What you need to know about the impact of COVID-19 on the Tri-State

What you need to know about the impact of COVID-19 on the Tri-State
COVID-19 GFX (Source: KLTV)

Publisher: FOX19

Location: Cincinnati, Ohio

Last reviewed: 1/21/2021

Overview: Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana are all under statewide mask mandates. Gov. Mike DeWine reissued Ohio’s mask order on Nov. 11 with new provisions including making stores responsible for ensuring that customers and employees are wearing masks. On Dec. 29, Kentucky’s mask mandate was extended another 30 days and Indiana’s has also been extended.

Closures: Gov. DeWine says Ohio’s statewide 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew, which had been extended until Jan. 23, 2021, will be extended again. Gov. Mike DeWine said officials believe the curfew, along with mask-wearing, has had an impact on the spread of COVID-19. Restaurants and bars in Kentucky were allowed to resume indoor dining at 50% capacity on Dec. 14.

Vaccines: Phase 1B of COVID-19 begins Jan. 19 in Ohio and anyone 80 years old or older is eligible. Gov. Beshear has offered a Feb. 1 deadline for completion of Phase 1a vaccinations which will go to long-term care facilities and healthcare personnel. To find out more about when and where vaccines will be available, and how to sign up, click here.

Events: The Bunbury Music Festival has been postponed for 2021 due to COVID-19. Organizers hope to hold it at a later date. The Findlay Market Association has postponed the 2021 Opening Day Parade. Association officials say the parade won’t take place until the Cincinnati Reds are permitted to fill the stadium to capacity and there are no restrictions on group events.

Schools: Based on the Ohio Schools COVID-19 Evaluations Team data, Gov. Mike DeWine says students who’ve been exposed to a COVID-19 positive student don’t need to be quarantined as long as masks were being worn and exposures happened in the classroom. The Cincinnati Public Schools Board of Education agreed to a phased-in approach to return to blended learning starting Feb. 1.

How to get help: The Freestore Foodbank Liberty Street Market is open 9 am -3 pm for emergency food distribution of prepackaged bags with distancing practices in place for customers at 112 E. Liberty Street. Liberty Street Market is open from 8:30 am – 3:30 pm for choice pantry or pre-made bags. For help, call (513) 357-4600. The Healthy Harvest Mobile Market will continue at regular locations.

Public Transport: Cincinnati Metro resumed full-service effective Sunday, June 28. As of July 8, riders and drivers are required to wear facial coverings in accordance with the state order for Hamilton County. The exception is for kids ages six and younger. Riders are being asked to use TransitApp with EZFare for contactless payment. Cash fares are still being accepted. Riders may view schedules and plan their trips here.

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