July 4 weekend fuels worries about skyrocketing virus cases

The United States has dipped under 50,000 new daily infections for the first time in four days, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University, but experts fear celebrations for the July 4th weekend will act like rocket fuel for the nation’s surging coronavirus outbreak.

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President Donald Trump will begin his Independence Day weekend on Friday with a patriotic display of fireworks at Mount Rushmore before a crowd of thousands. But even in a part of the country where many remain supportive of the president, the event has drawn controversy and protests.

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Public Library of Cincinnati, Hamilton Co. temporarily pausing in-person service due to surge in COVID-19 cases

All of the 28 open locations will continue to provide curbside or drive-thru service.

Disney suspends college internship program amid pandemic

The program was initially suspended in mid-March when the theme parks and hotels closed down due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Cincinnati Zoo offers free admission for military Saturday

This holiday weekend also marks the return of the zoo train and giraffe feedings.

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Guests will watch the fireworks light up the night sky without having to leave their vehicles.

  Cincinnati Reds begin summer training as 2 players test positive for COVID-19

The Cincinnati Reds are holding their first full team workout on Friday.

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  Cincinnati mask ordinance to go before council Friday

Violators would face a possible civil fine of $25.

  How California went from success story to virus hot spot

Heading into Memorial Day weekend, California's mood was celebratory. The state had avoided dire predictions of a coronavirus surge, hospitalizations were starting to decline and restaurants and most other businesses had reopened.

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  Walmart turning 160 parking lots into drive-in theaters

Walmart is transforming 160 of its store parking lots into drive-in movie theaters starting in August.

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The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. climbed to an all-time high of more than 50,000 per day on Thursday, with the infection curve rising in 40 out of 50 states in a reversal that has largely spared only the Northeast.

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The 1990s rapper with the hit single "Ice Ice Baby" had been scheduled to play a lakeside concert just outside Austin on Friday, but on Thursday he announced it was being postponed.

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The Ohio Department of Health will begin including the number of presumed recoveries from COVID-19 cases in the agency’s daily data reporting.

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The team said the two players tested positive for the virus before reporting to the team's practice facility.

Over 1,000 Ohioans send ‘thank you’ card to former ODH Director Dr. Acton for leadership during COVID-19 pandemic

More than 1,000 Ohio residents signed and submitted a digital “thank you” card for former Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton’s help during the coronavirus crisis.

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The Ohio State University requiring students and staff to wear face masks for fall semester

All students, faculty, staff, administrators, and visitors will be required to sign a pledge to “to affirm their understanding of what is needed to help fight the spread of the virus and their intention to do their part."

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  Kings Island reopens with distancing, mask requirements in place

The amusement park will reopen for the first time on Thursday

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  Trump plans huge July 4 fireworks show despite DC’s concerns

The Trump administration is promising one of the largest fireworks displays in recent memory in Washington on July Fourth.

  Tri-State basketball league files suit to continue games, tournaments

The owner of a local league says there's "no rhyme or reason" to the way the state is opening back up.

  4 members of City Council show support for mask mandate, 2 dissent

Council member Jeff Pastor member of council said he would not support the measure.

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  FEMA discusses hurricane season changes amid COVID-19 crisis

The Atlantic hurricane season is already breaking records with several storms named so early this year. With parts of the U.S. battling the wrath of the coronavirus pandemic, experts urge you not to delay in preparing.

City of Dayton adopts mask mandate as county sees spike in COVID-19 cases

Gov. Dewine issued a statement in support of the measure.

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Economists have forecast that employers added 3 million jobs in June and that the unemployment rate dropped to 12.3% from 13.3% in May.

Ohio reports largest COVID-19 case spike since April

Hospitalizations are climbing as well.

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Butler County to offer pop-up COVID-19 testing Thursday

No appointment is necessary and there is no cost to individuals

  Little evidence that protests spread coronavirus in US

If the protests had driven an explosion in cases, experts say, the jumps would have started to become apparent within two weeks.

  Indiana puts the brakes on reopening plan

Restaurant dining rooms, bars, and entertainment venues will not be able to increase capacity through at least July 17.

  Study: Children can transmit COVID-19 like adults

A new study suggests children may be able to transmit coronavirus similar to infected adults.

Reds, White & Blue delivering free drive-in fireworks show at Coney Island

Tickets are free, but there is only a limited number available.

  ‘Friday the 13th’-like villain stars in PSA for mask wearing

A New York public service announcement to get people to wear masks during the pandemic stars a character who looks like Jason from ‘Friday the 13th.’

  Health officials look to pool testing as new approach to trace coronavirus

Experts are now considering a new approach: pool testing. Many say it's the necessary next step in testing and tracing COVID-19.

  Bandana is least effective form of face mask, study says

Scientists at Florida Atlantic University are experimenting with different non-medical masks to find the most effective face covering to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

Kroger gets FDA approval for at-home coronavirus test kits

The kit will be available to frontline associates across the company.

  Health experts slam US hoarding of only licensed virus drug

Health experts on Wednesday slammed the U.S. decision to hog nearly the entire global supply of remdesivir, the only drug licensed so far to treat COVID-19, warning that type of selfish behavior sets a dangerous precedent for attempts to share scarce treatments amid the pandemic.

  CDC visits Hamilton Co. as cases continue to rise

According to the Ohio Department of Health, there are 5,010 cases and 198 deaths.

  Hollowed out public health system faces more cuts amid virus

The U.S. public health system has been starved for decades and lacks the resources to confront the worst health crisis in a century.

Cincinnati Museum Center debuts new exhibits for reopening

Guests returning to Cincinnati Museum Center will see new exhibits when it reopens on July 17.

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  Anchor Grill ‘refuses to sink’ despite pandemic, car crashing into building

In 74 years, the 24-hour restaurant had been closed just once before.

  Senate extends small business coronavirus relief program

About $130 billion remains of $660 billion approved so far for the subsidy program, which provides direct subsidies to businesses harmed by the coronavirus pandemic.

Baseball’s minor leagues cancel 2020 seasons

Baseball's minor leagues canceled their seasons Tuesday because of the coronavirus pandemic, and the head of their governing body said more than half of the 160 teams were in danger of failing without government assistance or private equity injections.

  Lakota Local School District unveils plan for fall classes

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  Republicans, with exception of Trump, now push mask-wearing

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  Sunbelt states rush to line up hospital beds, not barstools, amid virus surge

States such as Florida, Arizona, Texas and California have reversed course, closing or otherwise clamping down on bars, shutting beaches and rolling back restaurant capacity.

  Kentucky contracts with global accounting giant to clear out backlog of unemployment claims

The contract will triple Kentucky's claims processing workforce almost overnight, according to Gov. Beshear.

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