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Thursday, 02 April 2020 09:06

Guidelines for State Primary Election

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(Summit County Executive Ilene Shapiro) — On March 25, 2020, the Ohio General Assembly passed H.B. 197, setting April 28, 2020 as the final day of Ohio’s primary election. Voters who have not already cast a ballot must request an absentee ballot from Summit County Board of Elections. Inperson voting…
[Summit County Public Health] – As the number of COVID-19 cases identified in Summit County increases, Summit County Health Commissioner Donna Skoda is providing additional guidance on public gatherings. Summit County Public Health is asking that, as a result of COVID-19, funeral homes and religious entities restrict and limit certain…
SUMMIT COUNTY, OHIO—On Monday, March 30, 2020, Summit County Executive Ilene Shapiro introduced, and Summit County Council passed, emergency legislation authorizing the creation of a COVID-19 Small Business Emergency Relief Grant Program. The program will be administered by the Greater Akron Chamber of Commerce and grants will be available to…
Announcements from Mayor Horrigan's Office today, including the suspension of all recreation programs in the city through the end of May. There will be no city-hosted events in April or May. Furthermore, all Lock 3 events that were scheduled for May are now officially canceled, tentatively set to resume on…
Domestic violence doesn't stop during a pandemic. In fact, it may increase as victims more than ever feel forced to remain with their abusers, because of the state's current "stay at home" order. But it doesn't have to be that way. There are options, as Victim Assistance Program Director, Leanne…
Wednesday, 25 March 2020 10:39

Safe Distance Learning: One Teacher's Story

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What is it like for teachers who are "sheltering" at home during the pandemic, conducting their classes, and maintaining an ultra-safe distance from their students? Ray talked to Leora Cohen, who teaches Science, at the Lippman School in Akron.
Wednesday, 25 March 2020 07:48

JoAnn Fabrics Answering Call for Medical Supplies

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Hudson-based JoAnn Fabrics is answering the urgent call for medical supplies coming from healthcare professionals and first responders nationwide. Listen here, as company spokesperson, Amanda Hayes, explains what they're doing, and how they're helping home-sewers step up, and help our nurses, doctors, keep us all alive.
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) 
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…
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