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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.

Election Boards Move Polling Places Because Of COVID-19 Fears

John Minchillo

The Hamilton County Board of Elections has moved 30 voting precincts from 24 facilities because of concerns about COVID-19.  An official says all moves were to nearby voting locations.

The board made final confirmations Tuesday, and will be mailing notices to all affected voters as soon as possible.  Officials will also have to plan for how people in facilities that no longer have precincts will be able to vote next Tuesday. The statewide order to move voting precincts out of nursing homes and retirement communities came from the Ohio Secretary of State.

The board is also working on distributing cleaning kits for all polling locations along with the regular voting materials.

Officials are encouraging voters to take advantage of early voting. Saturday, March 14 is the last day voters can request an absentee ballot.

Bill Rinehart started his radio career as a disc jockey in 1990. In 1994, he made the jump into journalism and has been reporting and delivering news on the radio ever since.