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. 

Some Ohio hospitals were already moving to stop elective surgeries, but now those procedures will be put on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic. 

When businesses shut down or lay off employees, they are required to give a notice to the feds and the state. A change intended to make that process easier is being made because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine ordered fitness centers and gyms to close on Monday, but the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati was already taking steps over the weekend. YMCA President and CEO Jorge Perez announced a plan to close fitness centers in an effort to help working families and hospital workers.

Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear is asking daycare centers statewide to close by Friday. The governor said there will be exceptions for healthcare workers and first responders. Beshear says the state is preparing plan to offer child care for healthcare workers, but has not shared details of that plan.

When local health officers issued simultaneous orders on March 16 for all residents of seven counties in the San Francisco Bay area to "shelter at their place of residence," Arnab Mukherjea thought it was "a bit draconian" for him as well as his wife and two young children.

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Cincinnati is taking steps to help people experiencing homelessness protect themselves from COVID-19. That includes setting up a facility at the Over-the-Rhine Recreation Center to help with overflows from shelters that may not be able to provide isolation areas. 

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At least two Cincinnati City Council members want the group to hold remote meetings for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The spread of COVID-19 is causing Ohio businesses in almost every industry to change how they cater to customers.

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Updated Wednesday, 2:45 p.m.

On Tuesday, UC Health began offering drive-thru screening and testing for COVID-19, but only with a doctor's referral. On Wednesday, the hospital issued a statement announcing it would limit drive-thru testing to the "most urgent and critical needs."

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The latest update is expected to begin at 11:30 a.m. ET. 


Cincinnati officials are working to set up "pick-up and drop-off" zones near city restaurants providing carryout and food delivery. The move comes after many of these businesses were forced to shut down their dining areas to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear announced that child care centers across the state must close by the end of Friday in response to the coronavirus outbreak.