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Tuesday, 24 March 2020 11:55

Summit County Issues Pandemic Child Care Licenses

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(Summit County Executive's Office) In response to the COVID-19 situation, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) has implemented the Temporary Pandemic Child Care License, a new rule which sets the process and requirements for child care providers to operate under a special pandemic child care license. This…
Friday, 03 April 2020 03:25

Update: Stay At Home Order Extended in Ohio

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Update: The Ohio Department of Health and the governor's office have extended the Stay at Home Order and Essential Business Order through May 1st, per Thursday, April 2nd's update from the statehouse.  There are a few changes to the guidelines in the order. You can visit the state's coronavirus website…
Kent State University announced Friday that their Spring Commencement ceremonies and pre commencement celebrations will be postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic The University said in a statment that they are exploring alternate options and dates. An update will be provided by the school at a later date as they…
Friday, 22 May 2020 04:10

COVID-19: Statistics and Reopening Ohio

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As of the latest update from the Ohio Department of Health and Governor Mike DeWine's office, there are 30,167 total cases of coronavirus in the state; an increase of more than 700 cases from Wednesday's report.  The total number of deaths related to COVID-19 is now 1,836; 55 more than…
Friday, 20 March 2020 10:08

Summa Moves to No Visitors Policy Amid Pandemic

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As a precaution to protect against the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus, Summa Health has made several changes to their visitors policy.  As of Friday morning, Summa Health has moved to a no visitors policy. Exceptions to this policy will be made for one healthy visitor per patient, per day for the…
The American Red Cross is facing a severe blood shortage due to the unprecidented amount of blood drive cancelations amid the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.  That is why the Red Cross is calling on healthy individuals to donate now, in an effort to help patients who count on those lifesaving blood…
Thursday, 04 June 2020 09:11

COVID-19 Updates from Local Leaders and Experts

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Hear from the experts on how the COVID-19 coronavirus courtesy of the Ray Horner Morning Show: Akron Public Schools Superintendent David James - Returning to school this Fall. (6-4-20) 
Val Renner - Akron Civic Theatre - The pandemic's impact on the local music scene. (5-29-20) 
Richard…
Wednesday, 18 March 2020 17:25

Goodyear to Suspend Americas Manufacturing

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In a press release Wednesday, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company announced that they will be suspending manufacturing in the Americas through at least April 3rd or until further notice.  Acording to the company, a phased shut down will begin across the company’s tire, retread and chemical plants in Brazil,…
Wednesday, 18 March 2020 12:52

Health Officials "Challenge" the Public Amid Pandemic

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(Summit County Public Health) - Challenge Accepted! Social media sites have been used to propose challenges in which young and old alike have participated. Things like the “ice bucket” challenge have been done to raise awareness and funds for ALS research. Things like the “laundry pod” challenge left many scratching…
Thursday, 19 March 2020 13:06

Red Cross Facing Blood Shortage Amid COVID-19

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The American Red Cross is facing a severe blood shortage due to the unprecidented amount of blood drive cancelations amid the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.  That is why the Red Cross is calling on healthy individuals to donate now, in an effort to help patients who count on those lifesaving blood…
Tuesday, 17 March 2020 13:45

67 Cases of COVID-19 in Ohio

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The Ohio Department of Health has confirmed 67 cases of COVID-19 coronavirus in the state so far, with 17 of those patients now in the hospital. Five people have been confirmed to have it in Summit County; four women, and one man. Governor Mike DeWine this week ordered the closure…
Kent State University reducing on-campus operations until further notice. Only a limited number of employees will be asked to report in person to work, in areas such as health sevices, public safety, information technology, and residence services. More details here, from the notice they sent to students, faculty, and staff:…
Summit County is making Coronavirus-related changes to they do business, including temporary suspension of public access to many of their agencies including Building Standards, Clerk of Courts, County Prosecutor, and Sheriff's Office. See below for full list, and more details. March 16 Updates to Summit County Continuity of Services SUMMIT…
Monday, 16 March 2020 11:42

University of Akron Going Strictly Online

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The University of Akron has announced extra percautions in wake of the COVID-19 outbreak. After extending spring break to the end of March, the University has decided to go strictly online with classes beyond that point. The school will also close all residence halls (with limited exceptions) after the recommendations…
Monday, 16 March 2020 07:07

COVID-19: Summit County Office Closures

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The following was posted to Summit County Executive Ilene Shapiro's Facebook page Monday morning: 
Sunday, 15 March 2020 17:02

DeWine: All Bars & Restaurants Must Shut Down

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All dine-in bar and restaurants ordered shut down as of 9PM Sunday. Carry out and delivery is still permitted. Governor Mike DeWine calling it a matter of life and death. The State is also going to offer some new Unemployment assistance to help mitigate the effect it will have on…
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