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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 Council Members Discuss City Furloughs And Leadership In A Pandemic

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Betsy Sundermann (left) and Jan-Michele Lemon Kearney

The city of Cincinnati is furloughing 26% of its 6,477 employees. Mayor John Cranley and City Manager Patrick Duhaney made the announcement Monday. On Wednesday, they laid out the details of the cuts to city council during a Budget and Finance Committee meeting.

Joining Cincinnati Edition before that meeting got underway were the newest members of Cincinnati City Council: Betsy Sundermann and Jan-Michele Lemon Kearney. They discuss the furloughs, the city's response to the coronavirus and their new roles during a pandemic.

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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.