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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.

Ohio Surpasses 200,000 COVID-19 Cases Since March


Hamilton County faces the threat of being reclassified as "purple," the highest level of COVID-19 spread on Ohio's color-coded alert system. Ohio has topped 200,000 cases of the virus since the pandemic began and as of Tuesday, there are 18,433 hospitalizations. What does our region need to do right now to reverse this trend?

Joining Cincinnati Edition to discuss the numbers are Hamilton County Health Commissioner Greg Kesterman; and UC Health Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer Evaline Alessandrini, MD, MSCE.

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Michael Monks brings a broad range of experience to WVXU-FM as the host of Cincinnati Edition, Cincinnati Public Radio's weekday news and information talk show.