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TIM RUDELL / WKSU

As some of Ohio’s non-essential businesses reopen, you’ve still got questions about how coronavirus will affect everything from college tuition refunds to child custody hearings.

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OHIO DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

Gov. Mike DeWine's COVID-19 press conference Monday started out with a moment of silence to remember the four Kent State students who lost their lives 50 years ago.

"Today is the 50th anniversary of the tragedy at Kent State," DeWine said. "A very sad day in Ohio history."

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ED DUVALL / WKSU

The coronavirus pandemic is driving an interest in products that allow people to go “off the grid” -- and also in products to help pass the time during social distancing.

At Lehman’s in Kidron, the warehouse is running about a week behind as orders pour in for oil lamps, wood stoves, and other items that allow people to live self-sufficiently. VP of Marketing Glenda Lehman Ervin says they’re also seeing more demand for gardening supplies from people who may not have a lot of land but want to grow more of their own food.

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Kent State University. News Service May 4 Photographs / Kent State University Libraries. Special Collections and Archives

Here are your morning headlines for Monday, May 4:

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ELENA BELL / AKRON ZOO

The Akron Zoo is offering a number of virtual options to keep its animals connected with their fans. The options range from having a parrot or macaw join your Zoom meeting to having one of their turtles or possums paint a picture for you.

Spokesperson Elena Bell said these programs also give the zoo another way to bring in revenue while it remains closed to visitors during the pandemic.

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AKRON CITY COUNCIL

For the third meeting in a row, Akron City Council members will meet tonight using online technology.

Ward One Councilman Rich Swirsky says the move online has allowed council to take care of city business, including discussing policies and ideas for the future. Public comment comes in by email. But he says council may re-examine this in a few weeks as Ohio re-opens.

“At least [for] part of the month of May, our meetings will be Zoom videoconferencing meetings.”

Swirsky says it’s best to take a cautious approach.

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CASE WESTERN RESERVE UNIVERSITY

Case Western Reserve University researchers are studying trauma caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, and they say they’re concerned that the outbreak might have lasting mental health effects.

Eighty-six percent of the survey participants reported experiencing one or more trauma symptoms, and 94 percent reported experiencing some form of grief.

Ohio is taking the first step in slowly reopening businesses, beginning with health care procedures and work at dentists’ and veterinarians’ offices. Gov. Mike DeWine says companies following strict safety measures is not only in the best interest of public health but for the future of their business.

23 percent of all confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ohio are prison workers or inmates, and 31 inmates and workers have died. Ohio is the first state to do mass testing at three prisons. But the union representing prison workers says those facilities are still dangerous.

Dentists can resume office procedures on Friday, after being shut down last month to preserve personal protective equipment for health care workers fighting COVID-19. But some dental employees say they have serious reservations about whether there will be enough PPE to protect them as they see patients.

A coalition of tenants and landlords is calling on Congress to include $100 billion for rental assistance in its next coronavirus relief measure.

Just under a quarter of Ohio’s registered voters actually cast ballots in the primary election which ended earlier this week. Low turnout was expected after the original March 17th in person Election Day was canceled because of coronavirus concerns, and absentee voting by mail was extended until this past Tuesday. And there are now calls for change to make it easier to vote this fall.

Gov. Mike DeWine has extended the stay-at-home order expiring May 1 to 11:59pm on May 29. But hospitals can start performing some non-emergency procedures Friday, and dentists and veterinarians can get back to work as well. But some businesses say they plan to open their doors as well.

Magnet

As parts of Ohio’s economy begin to re-open over the next few days, the manufacturing industry is getting some tips. The Manufacturing Advocacy and Growth Network, better known as MAGNET, released guidelines and a checklist for each phase of the re-opening.

MAGNET President and CEO Ethan Karp said the organization has tips on everything from the Paycheck Protection Program to sanitation and safety concerns.

Gov. Mike DeWine used his Thursday briefing on coronavirus in Ohio to provide some insight into what the state's prisons are doing to battle the pandemic within their walls.

The state has now added deaths from COVID-19 in nursing homes to its coronavirus tracking website – confirming that nearly 300 people have died of the disease in those facilities.

Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) is calling on the Treasury Department to give local leaders greater flexibility when it comes to spending federal rescue funding.

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SHANE WYNN / AKRONSTOCK

Here are your morning headlines for Thursday, April 30:

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"1974 Commemoration: Photograph" / Kent State University Libraries, Special Collections and Archives

Monday marks the 50th anniversary of the day National Guardsmen opened fire on Kent State University students protesting the Vietnam War. 

The university planned a number of events for the days leading up to and including the anniversary of the May 4th shootings. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the school has shifted to a roughly hour-long virtual commemoration

Updated: 4:19 p.m., Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Ohio officials said on Wednesday that they reversed course on a requirement for all customers to wear masks before entering stores when they begin to reopen in May based on feedback from businesses.

According to Lt. Gov. Jon Husted, employers had many questions about how to enforce the new rule.

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OHIO DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

Editor's note: This story has been updated to include additional orders issused by the state. These orders are listed in chonological order from earliest to most recent. This story was originally published on March 24, 2020. We will continue to update it as new orders are issued.

In response to the spread of COVID-19, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton have signed numerous public health and executive orders since March 14 to attempt to stop the spread and keep Ohioans safe.

Here are your morning headlines for Wednesday, April 29:

PRELIMARY PRIMARY RESULTS:

  • Stark Parks levy approved;
  • School levies for Stark, Summit and Cuyahoga counties;
  • Cuyahoga County health and human services levy passes;
  • Summit County Metro Parks levy gains support;
  • Biden is the winner in Ohio's primary;
  • Notable Congressional seat races;

COVID-19 UPDATES:

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SARAH TAYLOR / WKSU

Ohio is wrapping up an unprecedented primary day. The state canceled scheduled voting over concerns about the coronavirus hours before polls were to open on March 17, the originally scheduled primary election day. The legislature opted not to schedule another day of full in-person voting. Instead it called on the Secretary of State to implement voting by mail. 

Wearing masks or facial coverings won't be mandatory for customers when retail businesses reopen in May, Gov. Mike DeWine announced, marking a quick reversal from the state's previous guidelines.

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KENT STATE UNIVERSITY

Here are your morning headlines for Tuesday, April 28: 

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