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It’s a sad day in Greater Cincinnati, as Opening Day has come and no one will line the streets or fill Great American Ball Park.
The novel coronavirus pandemic has shut down nearly everything in the area and cases continue to rise.
Deaths due to coronavirus in the United States have passed a milestone.
U.S. deaths hit 1,000 late Wednesday, nearly doubling from the previous day, and the count was at 1,050 early Thursday, according to the Johns Hopkins University data dashboard. The global death toll was more than 21,300, USA TODAY reported.
Regional cases continue to climb
There are now 15 cases of COVID-19 in Northern Kentucky, according to the Northern Kentucky Health Department.
Kentucky now has 198 cases of COVID-19 and has experienced its fifth death, officials said Wednesday. In Kentucky there are now 198 cases, of those there were 35 new cases Wednesday, a daily decrease from the 39 new ones reported Tuesday.
The number of positive results in Hamilton County stands at 38 as of Wednesday morning. The state reported 704 confirmed cases of COVID-19, on Wednesday afternoon. Of those, 182 have been hospitalized including 75 receiving treatment in intensive care units.
At least 478 people have been reported to have COVID-19 in Indiana. According to reports, 14 have died. Two cases have been reported in Dearborn County.
It should be Reds’ Opening Day
Cincinnatians would be lining the streets of downtown Thursday, if not for the novel coronavirus.
Thursday is supposed to be Opening Day, but hopes were dashed by the MLB and an order preventing mass gathering earlier this month.
It has been dubbed it Reds’ ‘Fauxpening Day‘ and the funny name doesn’t make us miss baseball any less.
Starting Thursday morning at Cincinnati.com, we’ll have Reds-themed coloring pages from Kevin Necessary and a crossword puzzle that will test your knowledge of who has thrown out the first pitch on Opening Day. There will be galleries of classic photos and a countdown of the 100 greatest Reds.
Make sure you’re following us on Twitter at we “live tweet” what we wish was happening, from the Findlay Market parade to the final out.
At 11 a.m., join a live chat with sports writers John Fay, Bobby Nightengale, Paul Daugherty and Lindsay Patterson paired with a stream of the virtual Reds vs. the virtual Cardinals in “MLB The Show 20” on PlayStation. Even though the season’s postponed, there’s still plenty to talk about.
Need to file for unemployment? Here’s how
As more people are out of work for closures of their jobs, Ohio and Kentucky have eased requirements to apply for unemployment.
Gov. Mike DeWine announced Sunday that the state would ease some restrictions on applying for unemployment compensation because of his decision to close restaurants and bars.
Even if you’re partially unemployed because of a lack of work, you might be eligible for benefits. However, you would probably receive less money.
In Ohio, apply online at unemployment.ohio.gov or via phone at 1-877-644-6562 or TTY 1-614-387-8408.
Kentucky’s substitute teachers can now file for unemployment as schools remain closed to curb the spread of COVID-19.
Independent contractors, freelance workers, child care workers at religious organizations and others in gig-type of jobs can also now apply for benefits, Gov. Andy Beshear said Wednesday.
Kentuckians can apply for unemployment insurance benefits at kcc.ky.gov between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. EST Monday through Friday and on Sunday between 10 a.m. and 9 p.m. EST.
Stimulus package heads for the House
The Senate approved its largest emergency aid package in modern history that will offer $2 trillion to help Americans, hospitals and businesses weather the effects of the coronavirus.
House Majority Leader, Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md., announced that the House will vote on the $2 trillion bill Friday, and that they will convene at 9 a.m.
“We expect the bill to pass by voice vote,” he said.
Among the provisions offered in the measure are one-time $1,200 checks to individuals, $367 billion in loans and grants to small businesses, over $130 billion for hospitals and community health centers and financial help to airlines and other industries hit hard by the virus.
Additionally, unemployment insurance benefits will be expanded, increasing the maximum benefit by $600 a week for up to four months. In addition, programs for food assistance and for helping low-income households avoid eviction would get a boost.
Waffle House closes more than 400 locations during coronavirus crisis
Waffle House, known for weathering many a natural disaster, said it’s closing 418 of its restaurants. The chain posted a map on social media showing the closed restaurants, while another 1,574 across the southeastern U.S. remained open.
The posts also featured the hashtag “#WaffleHouseIndexRed. The initial Facebook post drew almost 1,000 comments, most of them reflecting alarm, such as “Oh geez, now we can worry” and “It’s getting real sir.”
The chain has its own “Waffle House Index” used during natural disasters to assess damage. If a store is closed, it’s likely in an area with significant damage.
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