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Ways to address children's social and emotional growth during COVID-19 pandemic

Channel 10 news - Mon, 05/18/2020 - 06:53

COLUMBUS, OHIO - During the current pandemic, many parents find themselves taking on additional roles of teaching and monitoring the emotional health of their children.

"This is a new time and we are here to help through challenges," said Clinical Coordinator of School Based Services and Community Partnerships at Nationwide Children's Hospital Kamilah Twymon.

According to health experts, when schools teach youth to work well with others, regulate their emotions, and engage in problem-solving, students are better prepared to deal with life’s challenges. Part of social learning can come from regular interactions with other children. But even without that, Twymon says local families do have options within their homes.

"These are unprecedented times, so it is difficult for us as adults and certainly for students who really don't understand. Basically, what they know is their lives are different," said Twymon.

She suggested open communication with your child and several social-emotional strategies within the home. Those include:
1. Tend to basic emotional needs, not just the more obvious physical needs of your child. This begins by asking them more questions about what they are experiencing and what they feel.
2. Set up virtual playdates for some level of connection.
3. Use screen time to let children predict scenarios and explore social development. For example, during a television show, click pause and ask your child what they would do in that situation or what could have been done better.

Twymon said some of the behaviors children are seeing now could continue well into the future.

"It'll be a bit more intuitive for us, even our younger ones to keep our distance a little bit. We'll have to be creative about how do we connect?" said Twymon. "And so while we may have to do that physical 'not touch each other,' how do we remain emotionally connected?"

Click here to learn more about the effects of social distancing on children.

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Summer travel expected to hit record low and close to home, AAA predicting

Channel 10 news - Mon, 05/18/2020 - 05:31

As Memorial Day weekend approaches, travel is on a lot of people's minds when looking for people looking to take advantage of the 3 day weekend. But this year, AAA says with social distancing guidelines still in practice, this holiday weekend's travel volume is likely to set a record low.

When it comes to travel, this year's Memorial Day weekend and summer vacations will undoubtedly look different.

AAA's Kimberly Schwind says people just might not go as far.

"There's that pent up demand for travel and people are going to want to get out and travel in some way. But they want to go to places that are close to home that they can drive to," Schwind says.

Thankfully here in Ohio, there are plenty of family-friendly attractions.

Like Hocking Hills, which has lodging and private cabins for people to enjoy. But the major hiking trails are still closed.

Amish Country is another easy drive, with places to eat and unique shops to visit.

Plus if you enjoy the water, Lake Erie Shores and Islands is a popular attraction.

"For instance, if you're planning on going to Lake Erie shores and islands they have opened the ferries to and from the islands, restaurants, shops are opening at limited capacity but Cedar Point is still closed, the water parks are closed," Schwind says.

Put-in-Bay is also a popular place to visit, but this year guests should expect changes.

"You can rent a golf cart on Put-in-Bay, you can rent bicycles, again there are increased practices, the bars and restaurants will have limited capacity," Schwind explains.

Schwind says the best advice is to contact the destination ahead of time, to see what's open or closed and if you need to make a reservation.

When it comes to local and national travel, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to recommend that Americans stay home and avoid non-essential travel.

Some travelers are still choosing to fly, following new guidelines.

All U.S. carriers are requiring masks and temperature checks will be required at some airports.

For consumers there's good news and bad news when it comes to air travel, because the number of travelers has dropped by more than 90 percent, airlines are limiting their flight schedules.

But flight prices are down and consumers are protected for cancellations.

"The U.S. Department of State now requiring for domestic flights, if the airline drastically changes or cancels the flight and you don't accept it, you can get your money back," Schwind explains.

When it comes to hotels, cabins, and Air BnB's, lodging is starting to reopen, depending on each state.

"If you're planning on traveling out of state AAA recommends you you check with local authorities and health department in that state, not only for what restrictions are in place but also how COVID-19 has impacted that area," Schwind advises.

With cruise lines, AAA is seeing cancellations through July and August.

"If you do have a cruise or another summer trip planned it may be best to wait, if you wait until the company or cruise line cancels you could take advantage of the best travel refunds or future credits," Schwind says.

Speaking of the future, AAA travel agents say now is the time to start dreaming of a trip down the road. And maybe booking for late in 2020 or 2021.

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Mount Gilead Public Library reopening Monday

News Channel 4 - Mon, 05/18/2020 - 03:50

MOUNT GILEAD, Ohio (WCMH)– The Mount Gilead Public Library in Morrow County reopens its doors Monday at 10:30 a.m.

“We look forward to serving our patrons once again,” the library posted on their Facebook page.

They are asking library patrons to wear masks and maintain 6 feet of social distancing space at all times.

The library says the building will be open to the public for regular business hours, Monday -Thursday 10:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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Thousands defer plans to leave the military during crisis

Channel 10 news - Mon, 05/18/2020 - 03:26

WASHINGTON (AP) — Army Sgt. Antonio Gozikowski was planning to leave the military next month and head to college.

After serving for six years, the dental assistant's goal was to become a dentist, and then return to the Army in a few years with his expanded medical skills. But now, with the coronavirus forcing universities to consider virtual or reduced schooling this fall, he decided to take advantage of a new Army program and extend his military service for six more months.

Across the military, uncertainty about future jobs or college opportunities is driving more service members to re-enlist or at least postpone their scheduled departures. As unemployment, layoffs and a historic economic downturn grip the nation, the military — with its job security, steady paycheck and benefits — is looking much more appealing.

“Everything from elementary schools to universities is closing down and there’s no saying how it’s going to go when the fall semester opens,” said Gozikowski, adding that he’s hoping schools start opening up for spring semester. “This is like a safety net. I have a source of income and I’ll be able to continue working.”

Gozikowski, who is from Cherry Hill, New Jersey, and is serving at Fort Hood, Texas, is one of hundreds of service members who are taking advantage of newly developed, short-term extensions being offered by the military.

As of last week, the Army had already exceeded its retention goal of 50,000 soldiers for the fiscal year ending in September, re-enlisting more than 52,000 so far. And the other services have also met or are closer than planned to their target numbers. The influx of people re-enlisting will offset any shortfalls in recruiting, which has been hampered by the outbreak. And that will help the services meet their total required troop levels for the end of the year.

“We're hiring,” said Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy. “Like anything, market dynamics come into effect and people will see where the opportunities lie.”

Sgt. Maj. Stuart Morgan, the senior Army career counselor, said Gozikowski was able to take advantage of a new program designed to help soldiers who were planning to leave this year but are now worried and reconsidering their options. The program allows them to delay their departure for up to 11 months to get them past the peak coronavirus period. By early last week, he said, 745 soldiers had signed up.

“What we’re seeing this year, which is directly related to COVID, is we do have a population of soldiers that what they were expecting at the end of transition has suddenly disappeared,” Morgan said. “And now you have a soldier that is trying to go through a transition period that is now facing uncertainty on the outside.”

The Air Force is already expecting to fall short of its recruiting goal by as much as 5,800 as a result of the virus. And that gap, the Air Force said, could be filled by service members who decide to re-enlist or extend their service.

So far, the number of Air Force personnel who have withdrawn their requests to leave the service or have asked to extend their enlistment is 700 more than last year at this time, including 230 pilots and medical staff.

For one pilot, the opportunity to make that sudden change of course was a relief. In discussing his plans, he asked that his name not be used to preserve any future employment options.

Nearly two months ago, he was in Miami taking an airline certification course and getting ready for his next career. For months, he and his fellow pilots at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois had been talking about which airlines were hiring.

“Everybody was getting out,” the 10-year transport aircraft pilot said in an interview from the air base. “The conversations were like, oh, who got picked up by Southwest, who got picked up by American, who got picked up by Delta. And then the whole coronavirus thing started to play its course.”

Suddenly, he said, “the discussions are more like, what are we gonna do now?"

The pilot said he was worried about the uncertainty. Even if he got a job, it might only be temporary, if the economic downturn continued.

“I need stability in my life. There’s no steady income on the outside, or guaranteed income either,” said the pilot, adding that in the military, he’s guaranteed a job. “While other people are getting laid off and not working, we’re still collecting a paycheck and going to work.”

Retention is also on the rise in the Marine Corps.

Currently there are about 183,000 Marines, and the goal for the end of the fiscal year is about 184,600. The Corps has nearly reached its retention goal of about 12,600 for the fiscal year, with only about 100 or so to get by the end of September. The Navy was not able to provide retention numbers.

In addition, Marines who were planning to leave the service are being allowed to extend their enlistments by a few months, to get past the initial COVID crisis, or by a year or two.

Maj. Craig Thomas, a Marine Corps spokesman, said virus-related restrictions on recruiting and shipping new Marines to initial training will likely mean the service won’t meet its goal for total force size this year. He added, however, that while it is too early to tell if the bad economy will further boost retention, the enlistment extensions could make up for the recruiting shortfalls.

Coronavirus: What you need to know

There are now 26,220 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ohio; 1,472 people have died from the virus and 4,893 were hospitalized, according to the Ohio Department of Health. Breakdown of Ohio cases by county >>

For most people, the virus causes mild or moderate symptoms that clear up in a couple of weeks. Older adults and people with existing health problems are at higher risk of more severe illness, including pneumonia, or death.

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Virus has NFL prospects pondering threat of a lost season

Channel 10 news - Mon, 05/18/2020 - 03:07

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Joe Burrow was a competent if unspectacular quarterback as a backup at Ohio State and during his first post-transfer season at LSU. In 2019, he transformed into Super Joe.

Imagine if a pandemic had shortened or wiped out that last, golden season for Burrow, who won the Heisman Trophy and led LSU to the national championship. Would he still have emerged as the first overall NFL draft pick who is now being hailed as the savior of the woeful Cincinnati Bengals?

These times have brought an extra level of anxiety for current college players hoping for a Burrow-like season or at least one that will raise their profile with NFL scouts. The virus threat did away with spring football and in-person workouts on campus. And nobody can say yet what the 2020 season will look like, or if there will be one at all.

“It’s a nightmare, to be honest with you,” said Ohio State's Josh Myers, a second-team All-Big Ten center last year and an NFL prospect. “That’s time we can never get back."

“It’s a critical (year) for development, getting that much more experience and elevating our games to an even higher level,” said Myers, a fourth-year junior. “So even the thought of not playing this season is terrifying and absolute worst-case scenario.”

There are examples all over the NFL of how important one college season can be. Dwayne Haskins Jr. -- who beat out Burrow to start at Ohio State, leading Burrow to transfer -- went from backup to one-year superstar in 2018. He threw for 50 touchdowns and led the Buckeyes to a 13-1 record and Rose Bowl victory. The 15th overall pick in the 2019 draft, he is now the presumptive starter for the Washington Redskins.

For Burrow’s part, he acknowledge becoming a different and far better player in one year.

“I wasn’t very good my junior year,” he said. “You know, it’s pretty simple. I worked really hard to get better."

Coronavirus: What you need to know

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Burrow didn’t have the challenge of being sheltered at home for a long stretch, missing spring practice and being left to his own devices to work out, eat right and study film in preparation for a season that might not happen.

Penn State tackle Will Fries announced in December he would return for a fifth year, long before the pandemic changed everything. He insisted he doesn’t regret the decision.

“I mean, there’s nothing I can do about it,” said Fries, who was All-Big Ten honorable mention in 2019. “At the end of the day, I can’t worry about it. All I can do is just get myself better every day.”

Myers and fellow Ohio State lineman Wyatt Davis, an All-American who passed up the draft to come back for a fourth year, are unequivocal about their need for a 2020 season, whether it involves playing in empty stadiums, extreme quarantining and even signing a waiver of liability.

“I was looking so forward to this season, because I felt like last season I was just barely breaching the surface," said Davis, the grandson of Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame defensive end Willie Davis. “I know this is a very big year for me.”

Since shutdowns interrupted spring football practices in March, coaches around the country are trying to stay on top of their squads with video meetings and calls. Still, it’s mostly left to players who are 18, 19 and 20 years old to keep themselves in game shape and act right.

That thought worries Mickey Marotti, the Ohio State strength and conditioning guru who usually oversees offseason workouts.

“When you lay in bed (at night), you’re just like, oh I hope everyone is doing what they’re supposed to do,” he said.

College football teams typically start preseason workouts in early August. Some Power Five schools, including LSU, are making plans to reopen their on-campus facilities to players next month without a firm plan in place to bring students back to campus this fall. The NCAA says campuses will have to be open before fall sports can commence.

Mike Hart, Michigan’s all-time leading rusher who now coaches running backs at Indiana, thinks players who ultimately have the mental toughness to play beyond college will get there and be ready to play whenever the opportunity arises.

“If you want to play in the NFL, this is really an NFL schedule,” said Hart, who spent three seasons with the Indianapolis Colts. “This is what it’s like. You train on your own. You have to be on your own.”

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How to find the right childcare during the COVID-19 crisis

News Channel 4 - Mon, 05/18/2020 - 02:00

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Parents have been waiting for Governor Mike DeWine’s announcement about childcare for weeks and they finally have an answer. Daycare and childcare centers can reopen on May 31st.

“It’s a double edged sword,” said Jennifer Goodman, a parent who needs help with childare.

Goodman hasn’t received her unemployment check and her funds are running low. 

“I need to work to maintain this roof that I have for me and my kids,” she said. “How can I do that without the daycare? I can’t leave them in the house by themselves.”

Megan Gregory is a new mom and she needs help but can’t afford a full-time sitter. So, she found another family who needed help and they went in on one together.

“I reached out to every person I knew,” Gregor said. “Choosing a daycare or finding a nanny, it’s a very stressful situation.”

Aliesha Fullerman is a mom of two and finally decided she needed some help too. She hired one of her children’s teachers who is currently out of work while daycares are closed.

“When she leaves at three everyday, I’m like oh my god please stay longer,” Fullerman said.

For a lot of families, the cost of daycare can get overwhelming.

“It gets tough when you’re paying twice,” Fullerman said. “That’s a big strain on families because daycare itself is already so expensive.”

A lot of parents are still paying and upwards of 75 percent of their daycare tuition and they don’t want to back out in fear of losing their spot when they reopen.

“It went down to 50 percent and now it’s down to 25 percent so it frees up enough funds,” Fuller man said. “So, I’m like, ‘Okay that’s enough money to pay someone to watch the kids a few hours a day.'”

Laurie Katz is a professor of Early Childhood Education and she has some advice for families looking for babysitters or nanny’s right now.

“I think if you’re going to bring a helper into the house, you want to check to see if whoever they live with isn’t an essential worker,” Katz said. “It’s the idea of the germs and bringing those into the house. If you are having the child go somewhere else, you want to make sure they don’t have a lot of children also in the house. I think it’s difficult. You have to give a lot of thought to it.”

And if finances are really tight, Katz says there are ways to find help.

“Work out some deals with some of these people now,” Katz said. “Say, ‘I can’t pay you now, I’ll pay you later.’ You can also do bargaining in terms of, ‘I’ll cook your meals.'”

Some apps to help find sitters or nannys include Care.com, Urban sitter, Bambino sitter, Sitter city, Sitter friends and Juggle.

Katz offered other tips for finding qualified help:

  • Reach out to family and friends
  • See if there are teenagers or college students you know looking for extra work
  • Ask your sitter if they have any training or emergency skills such as CPR
  • Use social media like LinkedIn for professional references
  • Meet the sitter ahead of time and introduce them to your children while you’re home

When it comes to safety, websites like Care.com and apps like Bambino do background checks for you but there are ways parents can do their own research such as using the state’s website to look up predators and do some digging online, especially on social media.

Most apps don’t allow anyone under 18 to join if you’re comfortable with a younger teen watching your kids. Religious communities are also a good place to network. The American Red Cross and other organizations like YMCA may have CPR classes where parents can find teens looking for work.

Parents should discuss pay up front. Payment will depend on a few things like location, how many children are being looked after, how old the children are and other duties and responsibilities.

Parents and sitters can use babysitting apps to help compare pay or even ask friends to compare pay. Care.com has a free calculator that will use the sitters age, experience and children to determine the rate of pay as well.

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Newark boy honored with parade after life-saving 911 call

Channel 10 news - Sun, 05/17/2020 - 22:12

COLUMBUS, Ohio - On Sunday afternoon, first responders and friends paraded down Linden Avenue in Newark to honor a very special little boy.

"I liked it," 5-year-old Aydyn Maines said.

Supporters honked their horns and handed over gifts, as Aydyn stood on the sidewalk dressed in costume. It was a lot to take in for the little boy, who likely did not fully understand why it was happening.

"He still, to this day, has no real idea exactly what he did," his mom Licia Edwards said. "But, he’s five, I’ll keep his innocence as long as I can. But he does know that he did something really good, and he does know that he saved his mommy."

On May 11, Troyon Webster broke in to Edwards' home and beat, kicked and choked Edwards, according to court documents. Edwards says Aydyn was sleeping downstairs as her ex-boyfriend attacked her.

"I just screamed as much as I could, hoping that (Aydyn) would hear me and he would know that those weren’t normal screams and that he would just try to get out," she said.

Aydyn did, running to a neighbor's apartment for help, which led to a life-saving 911 call.

Records show, when officers arrived, Webster ran into the apartment, locked the door, and tried to escape out the back door. He was caught but was not taken into custody easily. According to records, he kicked in the cruiser door and windows while he was being transported and was abusive to the deputies at the jail. He is still being held in jail on a $100,000 bond on charges of burglary and assault.

Reminders of that day are still visible on Edwards' body. And she revealed her bruises in video and pictures posted on her Facebook page.

"I wanted my word out, I wanted it to be known that, in this small community that I live in, that, yes, I am a survivor of domestic violence, I did make it out alive, and you can, too," she said. "There’s somebody else out there right now dealing with this this very second. I just want them to know that it’s okay, that they can get out, that it will be fine, and it doesn’t last, and there is a way. There is help. There is so much help, there’s so many ways to get out of this. They don’t have to be the next me."

She also praised her son in that post, and when word about his heroism spread, the idea for the parade was formed.

Edwards said she is grateful for the community support and for her son.

"He thinks that he’s a superhero," she said. "As of right now, he is the superhero that saved his mom’s life."

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Man, 18, hospitalized after being shot, involved in crash in north Columbus

News Channel 4 - Sun, 05/17/2020 - 21:02

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — An 18-year-old man was found shot in the face following a multiple vehicle accident on the north side of Columbus Sunday afternoon.

According to Columbus Police, officers responded to the crash at Cleveland Avenue and McCoy Street at approximately 5:25 p.m.

Officers found the man in a white vehicle suffering from a gunshot wound to the face, police said. The man was listed in stable condition at a local hospital.

Columbus Police said officers were able to locate the scene of the shooting at 14th Avenue and Jefferson Avenue via ShotSpotter, where officers found several shell casings.

There is no suspect information available.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Columbus Police at 614-645-0877.

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Ohio Investigative Unit issues citation to Columbus bar over alleged lack of social distancing

Channel 10 news - Sun, 05/17/2020 - 20:09

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A Columbus bar received a citation from the Ohio Investigative Unit this weekend due to an alleged lack of social distancing.

OIU, a component of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, issued the Administrative Citation to Park Street Cantina. A spokesperson for the agency tells 10TV the citation was for the violation of the Ohio Administrative Code.

Specifically, OIU says the bar did not ensure all patrons and staff maintained "a distance of six feet or greater when possible for the health and safety of all individuals engaged in the transaction."

The agency says Park Street Cantina was the only Columbus-area establishment to receive the citation, saying other businesses were compliant at the time of compliancy checks.

10TV has reached out to Park Street Cantina for comment and has yet to hear back.

During an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union" Sunday, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said officials will do “whatever we have to do” to enforce the state's protocols if bars and restaurants fail to restrain crowds as the state eases coronavirus measures. He also said that officials had to issue a citation for a Columbus bar.

On a local level, Columbus Public Health sent out warnings to seven establishments Saturday. One of them, a bar in the Short North, received three warnings overall.

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Teen reported missing from Highland County

News Channel 4 - Sun, 05/17/2020 - 18:35

HIGHLAND COUNTY, Ohio (WCMH) — The Highland County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a teen girl reported missing.

Madison Bell weighs between 120 and 125 pounds and is 5-feet, 6-inches tall. She has brown eyes and brown hair.

Madison may be wearing grey contact lenses and has two tattoos — a cross tattoo on her neck and a ghost tattoo on her side.

Anyone with information on Madison’s disappearance is asked to contact the Highland County Sheriff’s Office at 937-393-1421.

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Lanes of I-270 closed due to crash in southeast Columbus

News Channel 4 - Sun, 05/17/2020 - 18:25

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — The right-hand lanes of I-270 southbound past US 33 are closed due to a crash in southeast Columbus.

The Ohio Department of Transportation are warning drivers they may encounter delays in the area.

No further information is available at this time.

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Kevin Harvick wins NASCAR's return race at Darlington

Channel 10 news - Sun, 05/17/2020 - 17:41

Kevin Harvick has won NASCAR’s return race, taking the checkered flag at Darlington Raceway 71 days after the series’ last event.

Harvick took the lead from Alex Bowman on a late restart and pulled away over the final 30 laps. Alex Bowman finished second, followed by Kurt Busch, Chase Elliott and Denny Hamlin. Harvick is the only drive to finish in the top 10 in each of the Cup Series' five races this season.

He made it look like a Sunday drive in what surely will go down as one of the strangest races in NASCAR history. Masks, social distancing, remote broadcasting and a fan-free speedway were among the most noticeable differences in NASCAR’s return.

NASCAR chose the oldest speedway on the Cup circuit as the safest place to restart its season after eight events were postponed amid the pandemic. NASCAR had been facing a financial collapse if races didn’t resume on national television.

Ryan Newman finished 15th in his first race since suffering a head injury in a last-lap crash in the Daytona 500.

Matt Kenseth, who came out of retirement to replace fired Kyle Larson at Chip Ganassi Racing, was 10th. The 48-year-old Kenseth raced in the Cup Series for the first time since the 2018 season finale. He was the oldest driver in the field.

This was the first of 20 races across seven Southern states between now and June 21. Darlington will host two more NASCAR races over the next three days.

The first race back was deemed The Real Heroes 400 and was dedicated to health care workers.

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Central Ohio fans happy to see live sports back

News Channel 4 - Sun, 05/17/2020 - 17:38

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — On Sunday afternoon sports fans gathered at patios across Ohio to watch the return of live golf and the NASCAR season.

Many said it was a perfect combination: fresh air, seeing people face to face, and once again the ability to use sports as a brief escape.  

“It’s nice to just see anything on TV – soccer in Germany yesterday. Empty stadiums, but I’ll take it,” said Isaac Smith, a sports fan who got up early with some friends on a Sunday to get in a round of golf before going to home to watch the pros. “We are excited to get back to watching anything, really. Just like to see good golfers instead of myself.” 

“I had no idea how much I watched sports at home until I had nothing,” said Krissy Austin, the head golf pro at the Golf Club of Dublin. “I think so many people, that’s a part of their life, whether it be your favorite football team, favorite college sport, favorite whatever. It’s just a feeling of normalcy and I think everybody is a little bit ready for some of that right now.” 

Golf fans weren’t the only ones with some fresh competition to watch as NASCAR moved from its virtual racing back into the cars for “The Real Heroes 400” at Darlington.

In New Albany, fans went to the patio at The Goat to sit outside, have some refreshments, and finally get the distraction that’s been missing.  

“Everything is kinda opening back up you know with social distancing,” said Cameron Trott, who came out to The Goat’s patio with his friend Trace Kelly, a fellow NASCAR fan. “Figured we would come out here, have a few beers, watch the race and enjoy the day.” 

“It’s nice, we’re happy to have NASCAR back or just a sport in general, really,” said Kelly. 

Austin said she hopes that sports getting back underway will encourage people to get out to restaurants, bar patios and, in her case, golf courses.  

“Golf on TV is just going to get the bug going again, so yeah, I’m looking forward to it,” she said. “I think everybody is excited to get back outside. I mean everybody has been cooped up long enough and I hope everybody feels safe enough to come out and see us here.”

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First case of COVID-19 reported at Ohio Reformatory for Women

News Channel 4 - Sun, 05/17/2020 - 16:22

MARYSVILLE, Ohio (WCMH) — The Ohio Reformatory for Women has reported its first case of COVID-19 among inmates at the facility.

According to the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections, the infected inmate is currently in isolation.

The Union County Health Department said it is working with the state to do the necessary contact tracing and symptom monitoring of the facility.

In total, the Union County Health Department is reporting 36 cases of the virus county-wide.

Statewide, 4,507 inmates in Ohio’s prisons have tested positive for the virus, leading to 60 deaths as of Sunday. Of those positive cases, 3,382 have recovered.

On Saturday, four inmates filed a class-action lawsuit against Governor Mike DeWine and ODRC Director Annette Chambers-Smith over conditions within the prisons due to COVID-19.

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Campgrounds prepare to reopen this Thursday

News Channel 4 - Sun, 05/17/2020 - 15:58

SUNBURY, Ohio (WCMH) – There are sure to be some happy campers around Ohio this week as campgrounds are allowed to reopen Thursday, May 21.

The news brought a sigh of relief to families with Memorial Day plans and camping trips booked months in advance.

“Everyday we’re like, ‘Can we go? Can’t we go? Are we going camping?’ It’ll be nice now that the campgrounds are slowly opening up, so we’ll be able to do some more family time,” Katie Cicero said about her family’s June camping trip planned almost a year ago.

Earlier state guidance allowed for season, long-term campers and frontline workers to stay at campgrounds. At the Sunbury/Columbus North KOA, owner Chip Hanawalt said his team rolled out new safety procedures in April.

“A lot of the things we were already doing,” Hanawalt explained.

As a member of the governor’s task force, Hanawalt helped develop the procedures for campgrounds reopening. Much of the requirements focus on extra cleaning measures, more posted signage, and increased social distancing. The Sunbury KOA previously implemented limited contact check-ins, a seven-person cap per campsite and regular cleaning in common areas.

“We’re out in the country so the distancing is already there,” Hanawalt said. “The sites are 45 feet apart.”

Many amenities, including playgrounds, rental items like bikes and paddle boats, and common spaces like picnic shelters will remain temporarily closed. Pools can reopen on the state recommended date May 26.

Hanawalt explained the size, staffing, and location of campgrounds will determine the changes they’re making and some may have to develop different ways to attract visitors.

“People are really going to have to be creative and we’re going to have to be a little creative,” he said. “We’ve decided to create some additional activities that are more safe.”

Campers like the Cicero family are eager for a change of scenery after months of quarantine and they believe they can effectively stay safe while enjoying the outdoors.

“We’ll go out and we’ll stay our social distance, but still be in our own little tribe, so to speak,” Katie Cicero said.

Hanawalt added that campgrounds provide a release for many stir-crazy Ohioans.

“We feel we have the one place where people can recreate safely and get back to the mental state they were in,” he said

If you are planning a camping trip, check with your campground for specifics about reservations, check-in procedures, and other restrictions.

Read the full set of requirements and recommendations for campgrounds set by the state here.

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Coronavirus shutdown forces Clintonville children’s art studio out of business

News Channel 4 - Sun, 05/17/2020 - 15:57

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — It’s been a week of reopenings in Ohio, with retail, outdoor seating at restaurants, and hair salons just to name a few getting back to business after being shut down since March.

More businesses are set to reopen by the end of the month, but the tough reality for some is that they will not be able to come back from the COVID-19 shutdown.

One of those businesses is Paper Moon Art Studio, a children’s art studio in Clintonville.

Owner Kristen Marek announced a few days ago she’s closing for good. 

Some of the kids that came here made a sign thanking her and saying they hope this isn’t goodbye forever.

Marek said it’s not, but it is time to close the studio, which has called the neighborhood home for five years, but like many other businesses, has been closed since March.

Cleanup for moving out of the space has already started.

The space isn’t that big, so if the studio reopened and children were to come back, social distancing would have been a huge challenge. 

When Marek realized the studio wouldn’t host summer camps this year, plus the time she’s already lost, she said it would just be too big of a loss to re-open.

“It’s really hard,” she said. “I’ve met so many families and so many kids and we’ve had such great experiences here, I hope this isn’t the end of Paper Moon — it’s just a pause in this space.” 

Marek said she is looking into maybe doing some pop-up events when it’s safe. 

Another local business that catered to children – Firefly Play Cafe, located just down the street — also announced it is closing for good.

In addition to the Clintonville businesses, the FireFly American Bistro (no relation to the play cafe) in New Albany announced Sunday it would also have to close permanently after five years in business due to the coronavirus shutdown.

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Portable wash stations, bathrooms set up for homeless around Columbus

News Channel 4 - Sun, 05/17/2020 - 15:51

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Two organizations in Columbus have teamed up to set up a portable wash station and will deploy six more next week to give people experiencing homelessness a place to get clean.

The first wash station is set up in a parking lot at the intersection of Cleveland Avenue and Broad Street.

Capital Crossroads and Discovery Special Improvement Districts have also placed several portable restrooms in downtown Columbus.

“Access to public restrooms downtown has always been a challenge in the best of times, but it is especially an issue now with the closure of restaurants, institutions, churches, social service providers, etc.,” Special Improvement Districts posted on its website. “People experiencing homelessness have not had access to basic hygiene, posing a health threat within this vulnerable population.”

The groups said it hopes the portable restrooms and wash stations will provide those experiencing homelessness access to basic hygiene, a lack of which poses a health threat to the homeless population.

The stations are funded by the United Way of Central Ohio and the City of Columbus.

The restrooms will be checked regularly throughout the day by SIDs from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Anyone who sees suspicious activity around the stations is asked to call 614-228-5718.

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DeWine: We will do 'whatever we have to do' in enforcing safety measures for businesses

Channel 10 news - Sun, 05/17/2020 - 15:27

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Gov. Mike DeWine said officials will do “whatever we have to do” to enforce the state's protocols if bars and restaurants fail to restrain crowds as the state eases coronavirus measures.

DeWine said he had seen images of crowds at Standard Hall in the Short North over the weekend, saying it was concerning.

“The good news is that the ownership, people running the bar, seem to get control of it last night," he said Sunday during an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union."

Columbus Public Health says they and local police have written a report for the city attorney's office regarding complaints made against the Short North bar.

CPH says Standard Hall received a warning on Friday along with two Saturday. A spokesperson says three warnings results in a referral to the city attorney.

“Ultimately, it’s going to come to Ohioans doing what Ohioans have done for the last two months, and that is, by and large, done exactly what they should do, try to keep the distance," DeWine said.

DeWine said what people do in the next month or so as far as what the fall look like when the state is hoping to reopen schools.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine reacts to photographs of crowded bars in his state: "Candidly, we've worked with the attorney general ... and we're going to do what we have to do if these things in fact occur across Ohio" #CNNSOTU pic.twitter.com/89ByMrwxMf

— State of the Union (@CNNSotu) May 17, 2020

DeWine press secretary Dan Tierney said operators of businesses disregarding safety guidelines “are being irresponsible and need to understand that these guidelines will be enforced.” Most Ohio bars and restaurants did “their part to follow best practices to keep patrons safe and socially distanced,” he said.

There are concerns about reports of establishments not operating in accord with the governor's guidelines, the Ohio Restaurant Association wrote in an email to members Saturday evening. But the organization said it is likely that “these are isolated incidents and not reflective of our industry’s overall positive response to reopening safely.”

Early Saturday morning, Standard Hall put out a post on social media, saying in part, "after a positive interaction with local police, fire, and health representatives - Standard Hall is implementing suggestions and guidance to ensure the continued safety of our guests and staff."

"Moving forward we will be asking customers to stay seated at their tables and be cognizant of the distance between themselves and other groups."

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Flash Flood Watch issued for most of central Ohio from Monday morning through Tuesday evening

Channel 10 news - Sun, 05/17/2020 - 14:14

Doppler 10 Weather Resources: Interactive Radar | Live Radar | Weather Warnings | Updated Forecast

A Flash Flood Watch has been issued for Hardin, Logan, Union, Delaware, Champaign, Clark, Madison, Franklin, Licking, Greene, Fayette, Pickaway, Fairfield, Ross, Hocking, Pike and Scioto County from 8 a.m. Monday until 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Periods of rain will be possible starting Monday morning through Tuesday evening. Showers and thunderstorms with periods of heavy rain may lead to flash flood conditions across the areas under the watch.

Rainfall amounts of 2-3” will be possible with some localized amounts to around 4”.

Flood prone and low-lying areas will be at a higher risk for flooding and in some cases, flash flooding.

An Areal Flood Watch has been issued for Hancock, Wyandot, Crawford, Richland, Ashland, Marion, Morrow and Knox County from 4 a.m. Monday until 10 a.m. Tuesday.

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THE SPECTRUM: Ohio’s reopening, racism is a health crisis, and non-profits struggling

News Channel 4 - Sun, 05/17/2020 - 13:58

COLUMBUS (WCMH) – This week on The Spectrum, Colleen Marshall takes a look at reaction to reopening Ohio, non-profits facing resource shortages, Franklin County declaring racism a public health crisis.

The full show is available above.

It’s the new great divide – those who believe it’s too soon to restart the economy in the midst of an uncontrolled pandemic and those who believe its government overreach to continue the shutdown.

Ohio is one of the states to slowly allowing different sectors of the economy to reopen. But this health crisis has become a political rallying cry. Democrats and Republicans, the White House and governors, arguing over who has it right, and Congress now battling over a new stimulus package.

There are 14,000 non-profit agencies in central Ohio, and 90 percent of them are facing drastic reductions in resources.  It’s all due to COVID-19.

Funding is down, demand is up, and it’s only going to get worse, experts said.

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