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For the fourth week in a row, Hamilton County is reporting nearly 4,000 new cases, with 3,943 announced during a Wednesday briefing.

As more COVID-19 cases emerge, more hospitalizations are due to follow, officials say. Earlier this week, UC Health hospitals announced they were pausing elective surgeries for the near future to make way for potential COVID cases.

At least 3,865 new COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in Hamilton County since last week. On Thanksgiving Eve, the county's health commissioner said he's worried about a skyrocket of cases in the coming weeks.

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I can't presume to say that Cincinnati Council Member P.G. Sittenfeld's political ambitions, which burned hotter than a match until his recent indictment on felony charges of bribery and extortion, are snuffed out for good.

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More than 26,000 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Hamilton County since the beginning of the pandemic. Since last week, nearly 4,000 new cases have been confirmed.

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As Hamilton County heads into the holiday season, county officials are sounding the alarm on concerns of rising COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations.

Commission President Denise Driehaus said the week-over-week increase in new infections is over 4,000. Last week the county reported an increase of 2,000.

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The Hamilton County Board of Commission remains in Democratic hands after Tuesday's unofficial vote totals.

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Across Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana, absentee ballots have been mailed, early voting is in place, and Nov. 3 – Election Day – is here. No matter how or when you fill out your ballot (though if voting by mail in Ohio, it needed to be postmarked by Nov. 2; and by Nov. 3 in Kentucky and Indiana) WVXU has everything Tri-Staters need to know about the candidates vying for your vote.

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There are two seats up for election on the Hamilton County Commission this year. One of them is that of Commission President Denise Driehaus, who hopes to hold on to her job. But the Democratic candidate faces a challenge from first-time candidate, Republican Matthew Paul O'Neill.

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Greater Cincinnati officials are urging people to complete their census forms before Sept. 30, even though a federal court in California could extend that deadline based on a recent lawsuit.

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Hamilton County officials are concerned about an increasing number of COVID-19 cases in the county.

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Cincinnati Edition speaks with County Commission President Denise Driehaus about a new small business program that uses federal CARES Act dollars to help local businesses who have not yet received federal assistance.  

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Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine's much anticipated guidelines for reopening parts of the state's economy in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic have been released.

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Ohio Governor Mike DeWine is expected to outline more details this week as the state prepares to gradually reopen starting May 1

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The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases continues to increase in Hamilton County. But County Commission President Denise Driehaus said Friday those numbers are below what had been projected, and the curve that state officials have been talking about is flattening.

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Ohio's extended stay-at-home order for COVID-19 now includes a panel to decide which businesses can stay open. 

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As of Friday at 2 p.m., there are 63 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Hamilton County. Five of those patients are hospitalized, and there have been no fatal cases in the county.

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Hamilton County, like most local governments, is waiting to see if it will get any financial help from the state and federal governments for dealing with the coronavirus outbreak.

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Hamilton County commissioners are outlining their goals for the upcoming year. That includes welcoming a new commissioner, who is expected to be named this weekend by the Democratic Party to replace Todd Portune, who resigned Dec. 31 because of his battle with cancer.  

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Cincinnati FOP President Dan Hils was a Republican candidate for Hamilton County commissioner for about a week before he abruptly ended his candidacy this Tuesday.

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When Hamilton County Commissioner Denise Driehaus took office, she became the second woman ever to have a seat on the commission. She made it one of her priorities early on to begin addressing the disparity of women holding office. In 2017, she created the Hamilton County Commission on Women and Girls to promote women in leadership roles.

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The Hamilton County Commission on Women and Girls (HCCWG) will present its report and recommendations to the county commission Thursday evening.

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Two weeks ago, Hamilton County commissioner Todd Portune, a Democrat, held a press conference to announce that his cancer was spreading and that he would not be running for re-election in 2020.

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On Jan. 25, 2020, Todd Portune, who spent nearly 30 years in office as a Hamilton County commissioner, died at his home in Green Township, according to a statement from his family. He was 61. 

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Union Baptist Cemetery is tucked away in a quiet spot off Cleves-Warsaw Road on the border between Price Hill and Covedale.

It’s the oldest Baptist African American cemetery in Cincinnati, run by the oldest surviving black Baptist congregation in the city.

It’s also a monument to at least 120 free black men. During the Civil War, they took up arms and fought as soldiers against a Confederate army that would have kept their people in bondage.

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When I started covering politics in these parts 37 years ago, it would have been hard to imagine a day when the Republicans were on the outside of Hamilton County government looking in.

That day has come.

Hamilton County Commission Relocates Thursday's Meeting, Again

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After questions about moving the Hamilton County commissioners meeting to the Daniel Drake Center, Thursday's meeting will be held at the Hamilton County Administration building.

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In her first State of the County address, Hamilton County Commission President Denise Driehaus says the county must be collaborative, creative and cost-conscious.

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In Ohio and across the country, jails are becoming defacto hospitals with more than 30 percent of inmates suffering from mental illness. The national program Stepping Up will now include Hamilton County after county commissioners voted to enhance existing efforts late last year.

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Hamilton County voters won't get a chance this November to decide on whether they want to increase the sales tax next year. And they likely won't have to worry about paying two-tenths of a cent more during purchases in 2019 either. Commissioners rescinded the sales tax increase, under threat of a lawsuit.

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The federal judge overseeing the Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD) consent decree has again told Cincinnati and Hamilton County leaders to work together. Judge Michael Barrett says if the two entities can't, he'll make decisions and they probably won't like them.

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