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Public Health Sending Cease and Desist Orders

Yesterday Montgomery County Health Commissioner Jeffrey Cooper said 12 non-essential businesses would likely receive cease operation orders today for continuing to operate. They included vape shops, private clubs, video stores, and pet grooming businesses.

"This isn't easy for any of us," Cooper said. "We understand the economic burden that it places on our community as well as our state. But our lives are more important than that, and we have to protect our citizens."

Over 200 other businesses are currently under investigation by Public Health. The department is evaluating whether or not a business is essential as well as whether social distancing measures are being implemented.

While working at the station Leila Goldstein has covered the economic effects of grocery cooperatives, police reform efforts in Dayton and the local impact of the coronavirus pandemic on hiring trends, telehealth and public parks. She also reported Trafficked, a four part series on misinformation and human trafficking in Ohio.