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As a new strain of coronavirus (COVID-19) swept through the world in 2020, preparedness plans, masking policies and more public policy changed just as quickly. WVXU has covered the pandemic's impact on the Tri-State from the very beginning, when on March 3, 2020, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine barred spectators from attending the Arnold Sports Festival in Columbus over concerns about the virus, even though Ohio had yet to confirm a single case of COVID-19.

New Cases Of COVID Increasing In Greater Cincinnati Schools

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Ohio's school COVID dashboard shows some alarming numbers when it comes to new cases in the classroom. Half or more than half of total cases in some of Greater Cincinnati's largest school districts are new.

Ohio lists new cases among students, cumulative cases for students, new cases among staff and cumulative cases for employees on the dashboard. You can search by county or school district.

  • In the last week, there have been 76 new cases among students and 46 new cases among staff in the largest Greater Cincinnati districts.
  • Cincinnati Public Schools reports only two student cases but 24 staff members infected with COVID.
  • Nearly all of Loveland's six cases are new (five of six). The same goes for Talawanda (four of five).
  • Half of Fairfield's cases are new: 12 of 24.
  • Nearly half  of cases are new for Mason (14 of 36), Lakota (seven of 18) and Northwest (six of 14).
  • All of the cases for a smaller school, Miami Valley Christian Academy in Newtown - eight - are new.

The highest numbers for infected staff in the bigger Greater Cincinnati districts include CPS, Northwest, Oak Hills, Hamilton and Fairfield.

With more than 30 years of journalism experience in the Greater Cincinnati market, Ann Thompson brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her reporting. She has reported for WKRC, WCKY, WHIO-TV, Metro Networks and CBS/ABC Radio. Her work has been recognized by the Associated Press and the Society of Professional Journalists. In 2019 and 2011 A-P named her “Best Reporter” for large market radio in Ohio. She has won awards from the Association of Women in Communications and the Alliance for Women in Media. Ann reports regularly on science and technology in Focus on Technology.
Cory Sharber attended Murray State University majoring in journalism and political science and comes to Cincinnati Public Radio from NPR Member station WKMS.