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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.

Four Cases Of Coronavirus Reported In Cincinnati, Governor Closes Schools

Four cases of the COVID-19 are now confirmed in Cincinnati. Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced on Thursday that schools will be closed for three weeks beginning Monday. The move comes as local health departments work to prevent its spread. Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley issued a state of emergency on Wednesday.  

In Kentucky, where there are eight confirmed cases of coronavirus, Governor Andy Beshear says two of those patients are connected through a church.

Joining Cincinnati Edition for the Friday news review are Ohio Public Radio Statehouse News Bureau reporters Jo Ingles and Andy Chow; Kentucky Public Radio Statehouse Reporter Ryland Barton; WVXU reporters Ambriehl Crutchfield;Jay Hanselmanand Tana Weingartener.

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Maryanne Zeleznik is responsible for all news and public affairs programming at WVXU. She also hosts Morning Edition Monday through Friday.