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Dayton Public Schools Superintendent Elizabeth Lolli. The district's plans for the 2020-2021 school year have been developing quickly.
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Dayton Public Schools Superintendent Elizabth Lolli says that whenever a student tests positive for the coronavirus, their school will shut down and move online temporarily.

The number of counties where masks are required in indoor business spaces and public places has gone up to 12, with one county falling off the initial list and five more being added.

Nearly three quarters of all confirmed COVID-19 deaths in Ohio have been in nursing homes. Ohio National Guard personnel have been helping with testing in long term care facilities, but the funding for them to continue that and other pandemic related missions runs out in a month.

Gov. Mike DeWine announced the Ohio Department of Health will issue a public health order requiring face masks in public in seven counties where the spread of COVID-19 is considered most severe.

Dr. Jack Thomas, the 9th president of Central State University.
Central State University

Dr. Jack Thomas is the new president of Central State University. He takes office in the middle of a pandemic that is having a negative impact on both the bottom line and morale at universities across the country. But he tells WYSO’s Jason Reynolds that those problems come with some great opportunities as the campus prepares to reopen.

Brandon Duncan describes himself as fearless. So when he first heard news reports about the novel coronavirus, the 30-year-old wasn’t afraid for himself. 

“I’m like, how is this going to affect Danny?” he says.

Midwest chapters of an influential college professors' union signed an open letter detailing concerns about campuses reopening this fall and possible solutions.
Wright State AAUP Facebook

Professors’ unions at Wright State and Miami University are warning of problems to come when students return to campus this fall. 

More than a dozen chapters of the American Association of University Professors have signed an open letter to college administrators, warning of a potential “superspreader event” as campuses reopen.

“What is being set up is a very, very dangerous situation,” according to Dr. Cathy Wagner, President of the AAUP Chapter at Miami University.

The Ohio Public Health Advisory Alert System ranks counties' case rates at four levels of severity using seven indicators of community COVID-19 spread.
The Ohio Channel

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine says he’s not ruling out a statewide mandatory facemask order to slow the spread of COVID-19. In his Thursday briefing with reporters, DeWine called the state’s coronavirus outbreak “a crisis,” citing exponential community spread in many counties.

“This should be a wakeup call to all of us that we're in the fight of our lives and we're literally fighting for lives. We're fighting for our future,” he says. “We're fighting for our ability to be able to expand our economy and grow our economy.”

The Indiana Women’s Prison has taken hard measures to contain the coronavirus. Many inmates in the prison have spent long periods locked in their cells — which have no toilets, running water or air conditioning — with limited opportunities for relief. 

As temperatures rise over the summer months, advocates and those with loved ones inside certain housing units, known as the cottages, worry about the heat and long periods of confinement. They fear it could cause health problems for the inmates, and say that the treatment amounts to cruel and unusual punishment. 

A screenshot of the July 1, 2020 Dayton City Commission meeting that was held via videoconference.
City of Dayton

The Dayton City Commission has unanimously passed a law requiring people to wear masks. It's a dramatic attempt by the city to stem the spread of the coronavirus as the state's economy reopens.

The city ordinance goes into effect this Friday, July 3, at 8 a.m. The law requires people to cover their nose and mouth when inside public places, or even when outside when social distancing isn't possible. Failure to comply will be enforced by Dayton Police officers, who are empowered to issue $85 citations.

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