Life in Delaware County

Ohio Moves Toward Regional COVID Containment

3 Jul , 2020  

By: MahoningMatters Staff; 1808Delaware

In response to the statewide spike in coronavirus cases, Ohio will adopt a county-by-county strategy for containing the virus.

Govenor Mike DeWine announced Thursday the state’s implementation of a Public Health Advisory System. It consists of four levels, and levels are determined by seven indicators: More…

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Schools

DeWine Talks Back To School – Here’s What’s Coming This Fall

3 Jul , 2020  

By: 1808Delaware

The Governor of Ohio began his Thursday COVID-19 briefing with a look ahead — specifically, at the 2020-2021 school year that grows closer each day.

DeWine took the opportunity to unveil newly released guidance for school districts as they make plans for the new school year, laying out both requirements and what DeWine referred to as “strong recommendations.”. The State of Ohio also issued the new “Reset and Restart Education Planning Guide for Ohio Schools and Districts”to provide additional guidance (can be accessed below). More…

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Schools

Education Officials: Schools Need Consistency In Reopen

30 Jun , 2020  

By: Susan Tebben, Ohio Capital Journal

Officials and superintendents said local control is a good thing for Ohio school districts, but consistency and guidance from the state is necessary in a global pandemic.

Opponents and interested parties testified in a recent meeting of the Senate Education Committee regarding Senate Bill 320, which seeks to give full authority for school reopenings to the districts for the 2020-2021 school year.

The bill’s language excludes “other public officials” from determining a school’s readiness to reopen. That includes the Ohio Department of Health and the governor. More…

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Life in Delaware County

As Outbreak Grows, Younger Ohioans Comprise Most COVID-19 Cases

26 Jun , 2020  

By: Jake Zuckerman, Ohio Capital Journal

More than half of the Ohioans who contracted COVID-19 in June are less than 40 years-old, a sign that new cases are skewing younger in the newly reopened economy.

In May, people in the age group comprised about 41% of the month’s new cases, according to a spreadsheet analysis of state data released Wednesday.

The Ohio trend mirrors similar patterns in Texas and Florida, where officials have connected the younger cases to parties and bar outings. More…

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Life in Delaware County

Library Announces Next Phase Of Reopening

25 Jun , 2020  

By: 1808Delaware; Delaware County District Library

Over the last three-plus months, the Delaware County District Library (DCDL) has gone through several stages of closure and reopening.

As with other libraries in Ohio, all branches closed in mid March, at which time all programs were cancelled. In late May, a step forward was made with the launch of curbside and drive-up services, which we covered in this post.

Continuing changes in state guidelines combined with a leveling off of infection statewide has given the DCDL the opportunity to take the next major step. On Wednesday, Library Director George Needham sent out the following release, which profiles changes in a number of services: More…

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Life in Delaware County

DeWine Tested For Virus As Daily Cases See Slight Decrease

24 Jun , 2020  

By FARNOUSH AMIRI Report for America/Associated Press

Ohio reported a slight decrease in daily coronavirus cases Tuesday with 590, following a series of higher-than-average day-to-day increases.

Gov. Mike DeWine, along with his wife Fran and Lt. Gov Jon Husted, got tested for the virus during the live briefing Tuesday, a day after the state reported 729 cases, its largest daily increase since May 21.

The state had reported 700 cases Thursday, which DeWine identified as a “worrisome” rise in cases in five southwestern Ohio counties. Those counties are Clark, Greene, Hamilton, Montgomery and Warren. More…

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Life in Delaware County

We Don’t Know Where Ohioans Are Contracting COVID-19

15 Jun , 2020  

By: Jake Zuckerman, Ohio Capital Journal

Everyone knows the numbers.

About 40,000 Ohioans have contracted COVID-19, 2,500 have died. That’s a piece of the 2 million infected Americans, more than 114,000 of whom have died in the pandemic since January.

The data are nearly ubiquitous, a click away.

Absent from the Ohio Department of Health’s website, however, is comprehensive information on where Ohioans were exposed to the new coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

Did the cases contract the virus from the workplace? An outbreak at church? A night at the recently reopened bars? More…

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Life in Delaware County

Shale Hallow Park Popular This Season

13 Jun , 2020  

By: 1808Delaware Staff

During Friday’s virtual meeting of the Preservation Parks of Delaware County Board of Commissioners, one fact clearly emerged.

When it comes to the County’s parks, Shale Hollow is currently one popular place.

Statistics shared by Board and Staff revealed this to tbe the case. In terms of law enforcement, for instance, there were 528 visitor contacts with the Preservation Parks Police squad, as compared to the usual 175 to 200. Shale Hollow leads all parks in this area. More…

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Life in Delaware County

Dr. Amy Acton Resigns

12 Jun , 2020  

By: 1808Delaware Staff

Ohio’s experience with the COVID-19 pandemic entered a new chapter this afternoon with the resignation of Dr. Amy Acton as Director for the Ohio Department of Health.

In an announcement that continued to suggest the presence of a close working relationship between Governor Mike DeWine and Dr. Acton, the tone was one of thankfulness and also looking ahead.

DeWine was profuse with his compliments. “It’s true that not all heroes wear capes, some wear a white coat,” he shared. “This particular hero’s white coat is embossed with the name Dr. Amy Acton.” More…

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History/Tourism

Cool Down Soon At Zoombezi Bay

12 Jun , 2020  

Zoombezi Bay is joining the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium in re-opening after weeks of closure.

The attraction is is pleased to welcome back Season Pass Holders and Gold Members beginning on June 19, 20, and 21, and all guests starting on June 22.

Zoombezi Bay will be open daily from 10:30 AM to 7 PM, and all Zoombezi Bay visits (including for Season Pass Holders and Gold Members) will require a dated, timed ticket to help ensure that social distancing and other precautions are followed appropriately. More…

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Ohio Wesleyan University

OWU Announces Back To School Details

10 Jun , 2020  

Last week, Ohio Wesleyan University announced a new fall calendar that brings students back to campus Aug. 20 for a shortened semester designed to support personal health and safety.

“The fall schedule has been designed to limit travel, maximize classroom learning, and keep everyone safe,” President Rock Jones, Ph.D., said in announcing the change. “We believe this academic calendar provides us the framework to establish a safer campus and limit exposure to the coronavirus while providing the most powerful learning experience possible for our students.” More…

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History/Tourism

Columbus Zoo Reopening Next Week

6 Jun , 2020  

The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is pleased to welcome back Columbus Zoo Members beginning on June 12, 13, and 14, and all guests starting on June 15.

The Zoo will be open daily from 9 AM until 7 PM, and all Zoo visits (including for Members) will require a dated, timed ticket to help ensure that social distancing and other precautions are followed appropriately. The Zoo has been closed to the public since March 16 in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) global pandemic and to support efforts to help reduce the spread of the virus within the community. Governor Mike DeWine announced on Thursday that Ohio zoos could reopen beginning June 10. The Columbus Zoo will use June 10 and 11 to provide more time to hire and train seasonal staff. More…

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