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Ohio will begin allowing indoor visitation at nursing homes, long-term care centers and intermediate care facilities, months after closing their doors due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Parents and other caregivers of children who are learning at home while schools are closed – even for part of the week – can receive weekly cash benefits, regardless of whether they would normally qualify for unemployment.

That’s according to guidance released at the end of August from the U.S. Department of Labor about who is eligible for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA). The program, part of the federal government’s COVID-19 relief plan, is aimed at those affected by the virus who are not eligible for regular unemployment benefits. 

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A few weeks ago, Hamilton County health officials expressed concerns about the number of positive COVID cases in the 18-24 age group. On Wednesday, Health Commissioner Greg Kesterman said Wednesday those numbers are starting to decline. The positivity rate was around 18%, and it's now dropped to about 11%.

The Ohio Department of Health reported 685 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, the lowest number of cases reported since Sept. 8. The state’s 21-day average continues to stay around 1,000 cases, with a slight downward trend.

On Tuesday Ohio reported 145,850 total COVID-19 cases and 4,635 deaths. The state has had 14,899 hospitalizations and 3,210 ICU admissions.

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Hamilton County could use up to $2 million of federal CARES Act funding for a marketing effort to support struggling hotels, cultural institutions, attractions and businesses. 

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Americans are on a gun-buying spree. Sales spiked during the first months of the pandemic, according to data from the FBI's background check system. In Ohio, the FBI's National Instant Criminal Background Check System recorded its second-highest statewide tally since 1998.

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Cincinnati Public Schools will transition to a blended learning model starting Oct. 5.

Under a 1-2-2 model, all students will take part in distance learning on Mondays. On Tuesdays and Wednesdays, a group of students will attend classes, followed by a separate group on Thursdays and Fridays.

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A University of Cincinnati researcher finds cancer patients undergoing a combination of chemotherapy and immunotherapy one to three months before a COVID-19 diagnosis have a greater risk of death than patients who haven't undergone cancer treatment in the past year.

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Ohioans should consider drive-through trick-or-treating and stay out of haunted houses to avoid catching COVID-19 this Halloween, according to safety guidelines released Friday by the Ohio Department of Health.

Pictures of people at political rallies in Ohio recently have shown most of them unmasked, in large crowds. The state’s mask mandate has gone unenforced at those events. 

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Several agencies in Hamilton County are working together to acquire, store and distribute COVID-19 vaccines once they are available.

Big Ten Will Resume College Football Season In October

Sep 16, 2020

Ohio State football is coming back in October.

In a reversal from last month, the Big Ten presidents voted unanimously to resume the football season starting the weekend of Oct. 23-24, 2020.

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During a City Council meeting Tuesday, the City Manager's Office said it wants to partner up with Cincinnati Public Schools in order to promote the Safe and Healthy Schools Program. The program allows for temporary school facilities to operate around the city in order to provide safe in-person instruction. However, Assistant City Manager John Juech said they haven’t heard back from CPS.

Cuyahoga County has the highest unemployment rate in the state at 12.9%. That statistic has led the state to pilot a new program there to help connect people to training and available jobs.

Called Ohio to Work, the program has been developed by the state’s JobsOhio agency, which its director J.B. Nauseef said today during the governor’s coronavirus briefing is uniquely capable of doing this quickly because of its structure.

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The Cincinnati Public Schools Board of Education did not vote on a return to school plan Monday evening, despite a nearly four-and-a-half-hour-long meeting.

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The economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has forced many more people to live on the streets in Cincinnati. That's concerning with winter coming and reduced capacity with the traditional shelter plan for colder months. 

With two months to go before this year’s presidential election, WYSO is asking Daytonians what issues they’re most concerned about. In a recent survey from our collaborative Your Voice Ohio elections project some key trends jumped out.

In this interview, producer Jess Mador speaks with John Green, Political Science Professor and Director Emeritus of the The University of Akron's Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics. Green oversaw the poll, which included 1,037 registered Ohio voters.

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The Serum Institute of India, the world's largest manufacturer of vaccines, is already preparing to produce a COVID-19 vaccine once it's developed. But other plants around the world will also be needed for the billions of doses required.

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Newport Independent Schools will return to in-person instruction on Sept. 29 under a hybrid model.

According to Superintendent Tony Watts, a group of students will attend classes Monday and Tuesday. On Wednesday, all students will do virtual learning. On Thursday and Friday, a second group of students will attend classes.

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Earlier this week, Gov. Mike DeWine referred to some online rumors that have reportedly been echoed by some Ohio lawmakers, as "garbage" and "ridiculous." No, the governor said, the government is not planning to take kids away from parents and place them in FEMA camps in order to stop the spread of COVID-19.

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