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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.

The Day Everything Changed: One Year Under The Pandemic

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Mark Lennihan
On Friday, March 27, 2020, William Samuels delivers caskets to the Gerard Neufeld Funeral Home during the coronavirus pandemic in the Queens borough of New York.

One year ago, the U.S. took a turn. Coronavirus cases in the country crossed the 1,000 mark and on March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared the disease a global pandemic.

Now, more than half a million Americans are dead, but the vaccines are here, giving many in our country hope.

Today on Cincinnati Edition, we look back at March 11, 2020, how our community prepared for remote learning, and an influx of patients in local hospitals, and we'll see how minority communities have been impacted. Plus, we examine how far we've come.

Joining the show are University of Cincinnati College of MedicineUC Health Physician and ECMO Program Director and Associate Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology and Critical Care Suzanne Bennett, MD; Evanston AcademyPrincipal Stacey Hill-Simmons; Newport Primary School Principal Matt Atkins; andWCPO Reporter Lisa Smith.

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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.