As a new strain of coronavirus (covid-19) sweeps through the world, stay up-to-date on the latest preparedness plans, school closings, changed polling locations, and more in the Tri-State. 

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Cincinnati Public School students have been attending classes in-person for nearly three weeks now, but attendance is way lower than in previous years.


The number of positive COVID-19 cases continues to climb in Hamilton County, and the number of people hospitalized because of the virus in the region is also increasing. It comes as the county could move to "purple" on the state's coronavirus advisory map when it's released Thursday. That's the highest level.

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The last thing President Trump wants to talk about is clearly the first thing on the minds of Ohioans and voters in Great Lakes battleground states – the COVID-19 pandemic.

Hamilton County faces the threat of being reclassified as "purple," the highest level of COVID-19 spread on Ohio's color-coded alert system. Ohio has topped 200,000 cases of the virus since the pandemic began and as of Tuesday, there are 18,433 hospitalizations. What does our region need to do right now to reverse this trend?

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It's a spooky tradition dating back generations but with coronavirus cases spiking nationwide, will you be celebrating Halloween this year? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is discouraging traditional trick or treating amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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Tri-State business leaders say they're continuing to take measures to ensure their employees and customers are safe during the pandemic. A handful gathered online Tuesday to outline steps they're taking to help slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Gov. Mike DeWine on Tuesday dismissed the idea of another statewide shutdown, even as Ohio sees its highest-ever surge of coronavirus cases – surpassing even the peaks of this spring and summer.

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Gov. Andy Beshear released new recommendations to "combat the surge" of recent COVID-19 cases in counties where the spread is most severe at his regular briefing on Kentucky's coronavirus response Monday.

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COVID-19 cases are rising in Northern Kentucky. The region currently has more than 1,700 active cases of the virus.

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New Hamilton County COVID-19 cases are on average doubling every two weeks. At this rate, health care officials warn hospitals will be strained. They say simple protocols, like mask wearing, can avert that.


Local restaurants and bars are getting a boost under the pandemic. The Taste of Cincinnati All Winter program will give restaurants up to $10,000 to stay open. Mayor Cranley announced the funds last week at Nation Kitchen and Bar in Westwood.