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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.

COVID-19's Impact On Small Local Churches

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Jason Whitman
A reader board sits outside of a closed church in the wake of the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, Sunday, April 5, 2020, in Cincinnati.

Most churches are complying with stay-at-home orders and not hosting in-person services amid the global pandemic. But without their crowds on Sunday, how are local small churches adjusting to survive?


Some are providing virtual services, and others are maintaining their long-running social programs despite the challenges of doing so while social distancing.

Joining Cincinnati Edition to talk about the issue areSt. Peter's United Church of Christ Pastor Derek Terry and Madison Avenue Christian Church Senior Minister Chinna Simon.

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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.