Life in Delaware County

Air Quality Awareness Week In Central Ohio

5 May , 2020  

With the theme of “Better Air, Better Health,” the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) is promoting National Air Quality Awareness Week through Friday, May 8.

Air Quality Awareness Week encourages people to be mindful of their contributions to air pollution and to make responsible decisions that contribute toward healthier air. It also encourages them to check the current and forecast Air Quality Index (AQI) from MORPC’s air quality program and sign up for Air Quality Alerts.

Dr. Kerstin Carr, MORPC Director of Planning and Sustainability, shared, “Air Quality Awareness Week is a national conversation about the impacts of air quality on public health in our communities. MORPC will highlight how Central Ohioans can protect their health from air pollution and still enjoy being active outside through daily messages on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts.” More…

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Life in Delaware County

Delaware County Second In State For US Census Response

4 May , 2020  

By: 1808Delaware Staff

It’s one month later, and the citizens of Delaware County appear to have taken their duty to have themselves counted very much to heart..

April 1 was known as “Census Day” as the official count takes place on that date. On that day, the United States Census Bureau reported that the national rate of census returns stood at 36.2%, with Ohio’s pegged at 39.3%.

As of today, those numbers stand at 56.3% and 61.5%, respectively. More…

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Life in Delaware County

Disease Detectives Reports Available Each Friday

3 May , 2020  

By: 1808Delaware Staff

According to the Delaware General Health District, as of Saturday, May 2 there are currently 135 confirmed and 38 probable cases of COVID-19 in the District, up a cumulative total of 3 since Friday.
There are currently 18,537 confirmed cases in Ohio, along with 3,712 hospitalizations and 1,021 confirmed deaths.

Local numbers are posted each day at 1:30 PM on DelawareHealth.org/covid-19, and Ohio numbers at 2:00 P.M. at coronavirus.ohio.gov.

The Delaware General Health District’s Disease Detectives will now release Delaware County details every Friday. These reports drill down the COVID-19 numbers into charts and tables to give you the best information to make important choices. More…

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Life in Delaware County

Let The Music Play On

2 May , 2020  

By: 1808Delaware Staff

Like other central Ohio arts organizations, the Central Ohio Symphony has taken a hit with the COVID-19 pandemic. Concerts have been cancelled which bring needed revenue to the ensemble, including the Building CommUNITY concert that was to take place last week but has been postponed to as-yet-to-be-determined date.

Not to be deterred, the Symphony has since taken its performances online. More…

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Life in Delaware County

Stay At Home Order Extended; DeWine’s Response Polls Well

1 May , 2020  

By: 1808Delaware Staff

We’re staying put, folks.

It came as no real surprise when Governor Mike DeWine announced on Thursday that Ohioans are going to be staying home.

The stay-at-home order, first issued in March, was set to expire on Friday. Instead, it is being extended for an indeterminate period of time. More…

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Life in Delaware County

Virtual Astronomy

30 Apr , 2020  

By: 1808Delaware Staff

It’s a new world at the renowned Perkins Observatory in southern Delaware.

Rather than shutting down while Ohio’s stay at home order is continuing to impact gatherings and travel, the observatory has decided to open up its Public Program offerings to include virtual stargazing.

Each 9:00 PM Friday evening program through May will combine telescope views with question and answer sessions, and will be available via Zoom. There is a limit of 100 virtual attendees at each event. More…

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Delaware

Delaware City Officials Provide Coronavirus Update

29 Apr , 2020  

By: 1808Delaware Staff

During the Monday evening virtual meeting held by Delaware City Council, several city officials shared details of City operations over the time which has passed since Council’s last meeting.

While the mood was generally upbeat, words of caution were also present as the City awaits news on important revenue items. More…

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Business, Life in Delaware County

DeWine Unveils Responsible Restart Ohio: What Will Open And When

28 Apr , 2020  

By: 1808Delaware Staff

The much-anticipated announcement of the State of Ohio’s plans to “reopen” the state to business was made as promised at Governor Mike DeWine’s Monday news briefing.

The new measures, the first of which goes into effect on May 1, which bring a staggered start to three key economic sectors. For each, mandatory measures will be in place for the business’ physical environment, for employees, and for customers. In some cases, these will be additional requirements which have not yet been imposed, particularly for guests and patrons.

Under Responsible Restart Ohio: More…

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Life in Delaware County

Virtual Public Meetings This Week In Delaware County

26 Apr , 2020  

By: 1808Delaware Staff

Almost all public meetings held by local governments and school districts continue to be held via livestreaming, either via Facebook, YouTube, or by being broadcast on other online applications like Zoom.

The change in Ohio’s Sunshine Laws that gave rise to the ability to conduct meetings in this matter was enacted in March by the Ohio General Assembly. Certain conditions must be met, however participation in these meetings via the internet is allowable. More…

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Life in Delaware County

A Different Kind Of Census: 707 Bald Eagle Nests In Ohio Include 13 In Delaware County

25 Apr , 2020  

Source: ODNR, 1808Delaware Staff

Thanks to thousands of reports from citizen scientists during February and March, 706 bald eagle nests have been confirmed in Ohio, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife.

The bald eagle is one of Ohio’s greatest wildlife success stories. The nest census was the first undertaking to discover all such sites for the first time in eight years. The results show an increase of 151% from the 2012 census, when 281 nests were recorded in Ohio. The high number of nests represents the hard work and dedication put forth for Ohio’s wildlife. More…

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Life in Delaware County

Zoo Welcomes Baby Gorilla Jamani

24 Apr , 2020  

The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is pleased to announce the birth of a female western lowland gorilla baby named Jamani on Wednesday, April 15 at 9:09 PM to mother, Cassie, and first-time father, Ktembe.

The Zoo’s team of animal care experts, who continue to monitor the gorillas, report that experienced mom, Cassie, is providing excellent care to her little one. Cassie and Jamani will likely remain behind the scenes with Ktembe and the other members of their troop for several months to ensure minimal disruptions so they can continue to bond. More…

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Ohio Wesleyan University

Take A Coronavirus Class For Free

23 Apr , 2020  

When it comes to COVID-19, “we’re in this together,” Ohio Wesleyan University’s professors say. In response, they have created a free online course to explore the coronavirus pandemic from the perspectives of biology, politics, psychology, humanities, the arts, and other academic areas.

“Like everyone affected by this virus,” professor Laurie Anderson says, “the Ohio Wesleyan faculty have been asking: What can we do? How can we help our students, our communities, and ourselves as we all cope with the isolation that is absolutely necessary to protect and support those working in essential services? More…

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