No hayrides, haunted houses or Halloween parties. Those are some of the recommendations in the newest coronavirus guidelines from the Ohio Department of Health. 

A Republican representative who’s been critical of Ohio’s response to coronavirus has proposed a bill to cancel the state of emergency order from March - the foundation of many of the state’s COVID restrictions.

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Here are your morning headlines for Friday, September 18:

It's a couple of weeks into the fall semester on Kent’s main campus. While some classes are being held in-person, in many ways the place feels empty and it certainly looks different.

The cloud of COVID-19 is especially heavy for expectant parents. As part of our Informed Communities Series on Infant Mortality, WKSU brings you insights from Northeast Ohio doctors and researchers on how to stay safe and minimize stress during pregnancy.

Pictures of people at political rallies in Ohio recently have shown most of them unmasked, in large crowds. The state’s mask mandate has gone unenforced at those events. 

When Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine gave K-12 students the go-ahead to play sports this fall, he left the final decision up to each school district. 

The Akron Public Schools Board of Education originally decided against letting students play, but reversed its decision a week later. One of the rationales was that for some of these student-athletes, getting to play is an issue of equity.

COVID-19 Cases Decreasing In Summit But Rising In Portage Counties

Sep 17, 2020

Updated: 5:35 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020

Summit County has dropped from coronavirus alert Level 3, or red, down two levels to Level 1, or yellow, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced Thursday during his regular virus briefing.

But more counties are moving up from Level 1 to Level 2, and in the case of Portage County, the increase in COVID-19 cases has taken the county up from Level 2 to Level 3.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine will provide an update with the latest information about the coronavirus pandemic in Ohio.

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Here are your morning headlines for Thursday, September 17:

Kent State Board of Trustees special meeting

The Kent State University Board of Trustees came together for a special meeting Wednesday to give a progress report on the university's re-opening for the fall semester.

The I-X Center is shutting its doors after decades hosting many of Cleveland’s biggest events, its managing company announced Wednesday afternoon. 

For 35 years, the massive events center brought Northeast Ohioans together for boat shows and trade conventions, garden expositions and the indoor amusement park with its iconic Ferris wheel and unforgettable TV jingle.

Ohio State football is coming back in October.

In a reversal from last month, the Big Ten presidents voted unanimously to resume the football season starting the weekend of Oct. 23-24, 2020.

Ohioans’ Perspectives on COVID, Economy Differ Based on Life Experiences

Sep 15, 2020
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When people make decisions in their everyday lives, they seldom analyze their choices by running through a checklist of who they are – age, race, income, level of education, or where they live.

But that checklist is important, especially now, in an unusually tense presidential election as Ohioans try to understand how others think and as politicians and campaigns try to manipulate minds.

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A recent study has found that heart attack cases in the U.S. have fallen by 50 percent during the pandemic. However, the death rate from heart attacks has doubled in some locations. Fear of going to the hospital because of COVID-19 could be causing greater health consequences.

A study from JAMA Cardiology that looked at 1,400 patients in six states found a significant increase in the death rate from heart attacks.

The annual state report cards on Ohio’s school districts and buildings are out – and they’re missing a few key elements this time. 

Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) is getting questions about why his pick for state health director turned down the job, after she cited concerns about potential harassment as the reason for withdrawing from the role.

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Cuyahoga County has the highest unemployment rate in the state at 12.9%. That statistic has led the state to pilot a new program there to help connect people to training and available jobs.

Called Ohio to Work, the program has been developed by the state’s JobsOhio agency, which its director J.B. Nauseef said today during the governor’s coronavirus briefing is uniquely capable of doing this quickly because of its structure.

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Here are your morning headlines for September 15, 2020:

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With COVID-19 straining public health care, Stark County is taking a practical approach to help families vulnerable to infant mortality. The THRIVE program has shown significant progress in reducing the racial disparity that, statewide, reveals Black babies continue to die before their first birthdays at twice the rate of white babies. Now, in this time of the pandemic, community health workers are delivering tools to help families stay safer.        

Now that some schools have restarted in-person classes, after shifting to online learning in March, calls to child and family services are increasing.

Whenever students return from summer break, social workers expect to see increased reports of possible child abuse. And this year some counties are approaching pre-pandemic levels already.

Jury Trials Resume Monday In Cuyahoga County

Sep 14, 2020

Jury trials are scheduled to resume in Cuyahoga County on Sept. 21.

In addition to requiring social distancing and masks, Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court has installed Plexiglas partitions in the three courtrooms holding criminal trials.

Sen. Bob Peterson (R-Washington Court House), the Ohio Senate President Pro Tempore, has tested positive for COVID-19. Peterson, along with Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina) have placed themselves under quarantine.

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Here are your morning headlines for Monday, September 14:

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With the end of this year’s census coming September 30, the City of Akron is holding events to try to boost participation over the coming weeks – which is currently estimated at only 40 percent in some neighborhoods.