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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 COVID-19 Resource Site Aims To Help Underserved Populations

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A group of Cincinnati organizations has created a website to give the most vulnerable populations help and direction to "parse through the noise of over-communication and misinformation" when it comes to COVID-19

City Council Member Jan-Michele Lemon Kearney, one of the site's creators, says, "There is a lot of information to process from our government leaders, health officials and local businesses who are stepping up to help. We've never seen anything like this. It will take a team effort to get us through."

The website, covid19communityresources.com, is a work in progress. The site is live and sponsors - including The Center for Closing the Health Gap, NAACP, African American Chamber  of Commerce and the Urban League - are already making enhancements.

Users can find everything from the most critical health updates about testing, urgent care and medications to news about unemployment, job openings, volunteering and advocacy.

Other local leaders and non-profits can also contribute important content as the crisis continues to evolve by submitting it to covid19communityresources.com/submit.

Eric Kearney is president of the African American Chamber of Commerce and is married to Council Member Lemon-Kearney. He says the impact has also been crushing for local minority small businesses. "The black business community is supportive of these efforts to keep people and their families informed and safe," he says.

Ann Thompson has years of journalism experience in the Greater Cincinnati market and 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