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New models show a wave of coronavirus cases could be headed our way in Northeast Ohio.

The Cleveland Clinic’s latest estimates show the outbreak will peak in early May and could cause up to 10,000 new COVID-19 cases per day.

It’s a sobering picture, but our local hospitals are gearing up for the surge.

Food stamp recipients in Ohio won’t need to worry about renewals for their benefits — at least not for the next few months.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture this week issued a waiver to the state allowing an extension for select benefit recertifications and renewals.

Any Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients whose benefits are set to expire in March, April or May of 2020 won’t need to seek recertification until six months later.

Medicaid renewals are also suspended for 180 days. Recipients won’t lose coverage during that time.

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For the first time in history, people across the country have been directed to stay home.

Schools and daycares have closed. Bars and resturants are shuttered.

Elder care facilities are in lockdown. Businesses have closed their doors to all but the most essential workers.

Groups cannot gather outside homes, and everyone is expected to stay six feet apart.

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Shane Wynn / Akron Stock

With new coronavirus information coming out daily — in some cases hourly — it’s tough to keep up and keep facts straight. But for the many immigrants living in the Greater Akron area, the challenge is real.

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THE OHIO CHANNEL

Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton shared new information Wednesday on the spread of the coronavirus in Ohio. The data included a graph showing the ages of people who've been infected by the virus. There are a number of cases among those age 40 to 50 and Dr. Acton indicated there is a fatality rate in that age group of 1 in 250. 

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Back in school we memorized the parts of a cell: the cell wall, nucleus, Golgi bodies, lots of stuff.

But a virus is different. It's on the border of a living and nonliving collection of molecules, mostly proteins and a string of RNA or DNA. It doesn't eat or sleep; it's sole function is to parasitize its host cell and make copies of itself. 

Ohio’s casinos have been closed for almost two weeks and it's been a week since bars were shut down, including those offering Keno. But Ohio Lottery tickets are still being sold, even under the new “Stay at Home” order that goes into effect tonight.

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A Kent State University architecture student who was evacuated from her study-abroad program in Italy is emerging from a two-week voluntary quarantine amid coronavirus concerns. Life in Northeast Ohio has changed dramatically since Chloe Froning returned from Florence. 

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Gov. Mike DeWine is ordering all hair and nail salons, barbershops, spas and tattoo parlors throughout the state to close Wednesday afternoon until further notice. 

More than 180 Bureau of Motor Vehicles locations will also close Wednesday. Five around the state will remain open to issue commercial driver's licenses. 

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THE OHIO CHANNEL

Health officials have confirmed 26 cases of COVID-19 in the state, which is 10 more cases than Friday. At least 11 are in Cuyahoga County and two are in Summit County. 

At a press conference Saturday, Gov. Mike DeWine focused on individuals struggling with addiction and mental health challenges. 

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DAVID WILLIAMS / WKSU

Summit County has its first case of COVID-19. A woman in her 50s is currently hospitalized.

Summit County Health Commissioner Donna Skoda said this is the first case of community spread detected in Summit County. But she warns that people feeling symptomatic should consult their doctor first.

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CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION

The number of cases of COVID-19 continues to grow in Ohio and the state health director said Thursday it is likely more than 100,000 people in the state are carrying the virus. 

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JO INGLES / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

Gov. Mike DeWine says he thinks the state’s coronavirus hotline needs to be moved to a larger location because the tight space it is located in now is conducive to passing the potentially deadly disease. The hotline is getting an average of two calls per minute.

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KENT STATE UNIVERSITY

Kent State University and the University of Akron have announced starting Tuesday afternoon, all in-person classes will be moved online to prevent the spread of COVID-19, a disease caused by the coronavirus. 

GOOGLE EARTH

A handful of students in Northeast Ohio are in self-quarantine after health officials determined they had contact with one of three individuals in Cuyahoga County with COVID-19, a respiratory illness caused by the coronavirus. 

Four students at Hawken Upper School in Gates Mills traveled to last week's American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) conference in Washington, D.C. on the same bus with one of Ohio's confirmed patients.

ANDY CHOW / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

The worldwide outbreak of the coronavirus disease known as COVID-19 has officially landed in Ohio with Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) immediately signing a state of emergency after health officials confirmed the first three cases. 

After weeks of following the headlines of a coronavirus outbreak in other countries and in the Pacific Northwest, DeWine delivered the news that the virus is now in Ohio.

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BELLA LANG

Kent State University student who returned to the U.S. amid Coronavirus concerns is disappointed that her study abroad program was cut short.  But she hopes to someday return to Italy.

Montgomery County has rejected a permit from a Ku Klux Klan group that wanted to hold another rally in Dayton.

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THE UNIVERSITY OF MOUNT UNION

The University of Mount Union is known nationally for its elite football program. But its men’s basketball team is also beginning to build a powerhouse. The Purple Raiders are ranked 7th heading into this weekend’s Division III Tournament. They have a 17-game winning streak and a 25-3 record overall.

WKSU sports commentator Terry Pluto says the team has been led for the past nine seasons by former Stark County high school coach Mike Fuline, who has found his recipe for success. 

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JO INGLES / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

Ohio’s medical marijuana program has been fully operational for a year now, but participation in the program has lagged behind projections based on neighboring states. Now there’s a move afoot to put an issue on the fall ballot that would legalize marijuana outright. 

Cleveland attorney Tom Haren represents a group wanting to legalize marijuana and regulate it like alcohol.

“Full legalization in Ohio is a matter of when, not if, so we tried to put an amendment together that made sense in 2020,” he says. 

Summit County Judge Under Coronavirus Quarantine

Mar 3, 2020

Updated: 4:30 p.m., Monday, March 2, 2020

Summit County health officials have changed course and placed a Summit County Common Pleas Court Judge under official quarantine.

Judge Alison McCarty recently traveled to Italy and spent time with her daughter, who is now ill in Paris, said Leanne Beavers, Clinical Director of the county health department.

"After consultation with the Ohio Department of Health regarding the individual situation, the decision was made to recommend quarantine," Beavers said.

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KABIR BHATIA / WKSU

Lori Lightfoot is the mayor of the third largest city in the country, but she grew up in Massillon and often speaks about its influence on her. Lightfoot returned to Stark County over the weekend to speak at the Urban League’s Black and White Ball. She touched on an array of subjects from her hometown to Super Tuesday and even who she's rooting for to get into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  

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KENT STATE UNIVERSITY

Two Northeast Ohio universities are bringing home students studying abroad amid the ongoing threat of coronavirus.

The Centers For Disease Control has issued a Level 3 warning for travelers to Italy, meaning all non-essential travel is to be avoided.

So Walsh University in Canton has made arrangements to bring back students studying outside of Rome after just one week of what had been an eight-week trip. They're expected to return to Canton Monday night.

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KABIR BHATIA / WKSU

Nine Akron couples took a major leap over the weekend. They got married on Leap Day at a historic spot not usually open for weddings.

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WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

Officials with the Downtown Akron Partnership are excited about a project that will add even more apartments to the city and preserve an historic building.

The CitiCenter Building opened in 1931 as the Akron YWCA. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.

Suzie Graham with the Downtown Akron Partnership says preserving historic buildings – while also adding living space – is crucial for the city.

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