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Updated Nov. 19

Hamilton County commissioners approved the following CARES Act adjustments on Nov. 19.

Hamilton County has about $10-12 million left to spend by the end of the year from its federal CARES Act allotment. It may use some of that to give an extra injection of funding to help cover COVID-19 related costs.


Cincinnati City Council has authorized spending $275,000 for three programs focused on reducing violence in the city.

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Hamilton County has now allocated all but $150,000 of the federal money it received to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Cincinnati Public Schools (screenshot from Sept. 30, 2020 meeting)

As schools transition back to in-person learning in Cincinnati, one school won't be able to.

Walnut Hills High School won't be returning to in-person classes next week for two reasons: high enrollment and small classrooms.

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Hamilton County begins accepting applications Monday for a second round of grants to help small businesses struggling because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Children in ballet slippers are able to practice their pliés and pirouettes at Arabesque Dance Academy in North College Hill thanks to a grant from Hamilton County's Small Business Relief Program funded by the federal CARES Act.

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The Hamilton County commissioners are using $18 million of federal CARES Act funding to increase COVID-19 testing and data collection in the county. 

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Hamilton County's health commissioner said Wednesday he's seen several positive indicators as it relates to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Hamilton County commissioners are using $3.5 million of federal CARES Act funding to assist people with their rent and utility payments. 


In less than a week, the extra $600 in federal weekly unemployment benefits that has been a crucial lifeline for many Americans will end. This is likely to impose financial hardship on millions of people who are out of work.

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The Hamilton County commissioners voted Tuesday on a plan to spend federal money from the Congressional CARES Act.

Updated at 12:37 p.m. ET

The Senate Banking Committee took its first look at spending under the massive CARES Act, which Congress approved in March to provide assistance to individuals, businesses and local governments affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin were pressed by senators about their stewardship of specific aspects of the approximately $2 trillion relief package at Tuesday's remote hearing.