Friday, 22 May 2020 08:29

Ray Horner Podcast - 5/22/2020

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:17 - If and when students return to schools for the fall, how many changes will need to be made to ensure safety? From the buses to the cafeterias and gyms, to eliminating field trips altogether.

4:40 - With higher education, at least at Malone University, students will have the option to return to the classrooms and learn virtually. Provost Dr. Greg Miller talked about that opportunity for Malone Students come fall semester.

10:03 - For a quick long weekend or summer getaway, the islands on Lake Erie are a good place to get some fresh air. Bryan Edwards from Lake Erie Shores & Islands talked about what’s happening on Put-In-Bay and Kelleys Island for the summer, the social distancing guidelines they’re following, and if Cedar Point will open in 2020.

16:12 - It’s not the normal Memorial Day weekend when it comes to travel, but folks will still want to hit the roads in some capacity. Kevin Thomas from Akron AAA discussed how they will get you from point A to point B safely.

20:33 - And finally, our movie guy Scott Wynn talks about the resurgence of the drive-in movie theater, as we have two in our immediate area (Wadsworth and Barberton).


Bob Ethington from the Akron-Summit County Public Library is back for another round of book recommendations during the pandemic and subsequent lockdown.


Thursday, 21 May 2020 08:45

Ray Horner Podcast - 5/21/2020

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:17 - It will not be a typical Memorial Day anywhere, from COVID-19 to social distancing. Some will do Zoom meet-ups, while others will celebrate the holiday in person but at a distance with personal and disposable utensils. Donna Skoda is the health commissioner in Summit County, and she shared tips on how to celebrate Memorial Day safely, especially with restaurants and other businesses reopening.

9:29 - Akron, like the rest of Ohio, will see a continued roll-out of indoor restaurants, on top of other businesses and retail. The question is how a town with as many citizens can do this in the safest manner possible. Akron mayor Dan Horrigan joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to urge the listeners to continue social distancing during this new phase, and how his city keeps adapting as he and his cabinet learns more about the virus. Another topic point was the enforcement of social distancing inside the restaurants and pubs, to which Horrigan feels that most citizens will self-enforce, but has considered outside options to ensure this occurs.

17:09 - On the topic of enforcement of social distancing, this is in the wheelhouse for SACS Consulting & Investigative Services. President Tim Dimoff discussed the policing of these areas, whether it’s by actual law enforcement officials or private companies called in for assistance.


Akron, like the rest of Ohio, will see a continued roll-out of indoor restaurants, on top of other businesses and retail. The question is how a town with as many citizens can do this in the safest manner possible.

Akron mayor Dan Horrigan joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to urge the listeners to continue social distancing during this new phase, and how his city keeps adapting as he and his cabinet learns more about the virus.

Another topic point was the enforcement of social distancing inside the restaurants and pubs, to which Horrigan feels that most citizens will self-enforce, but has considered outside options to ensure this occurs.


Wednesday, 20 May 2020 08:35

Rep. Tim Ryan on Reopening Ohio, Manufacturing

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With Ohio going through their next phase of reopening, politicians and medical professionals have urged citizens to take the proper precautions.

One of those politicians is Congressman Tim Ryan, who joined the Ray Horner Morning Show on Tuesday. Rep. Ryan went over a variety of topics on the minds of Ohioans, including the Paycheck Protection Program and possibility of more stimulus dollars, and how to reopen the state safely.

Other topics impacting Ohio is the opportunity for more manufacturing coming home, and the state’s importance for unions and leadership.


Wednesday, 20 May 2020 07:48

Ray Horner Podcast - 5/20/2020

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:17 - Need a few items from the grocery store, followed by some home improvement supplies, then a trip to the drug store? Studies in mitigation believe one should spread out these trips to cut down on the possibility of spreading the virus.

4:06 - Testing for COVID-19 has increased across the country, and that includes the Akron area. Dr. Brian Harte, president and CEO of Cleveland Clinic-Akron General, talked about how the hospital has increased the testing, and how they have trained their staff to get this done in a quick and safe manner.

8:44 - The world of medicine has been abuzz this week, with news of a potential vaccine on the horizon. Summa Health’s Dr. Thomas File touched on that possibility, as well using hydroxychoroquine and zinc as a treatment.

16:02 - President Trump has put an emphasis on nationalism, but has that been good for the American people? Not according to Kent State University’s Dr. Mark Cassell, who thinks attacking the World Health Organization is a bad idea.


Cleveland Clinic Akron General is opening a COVID-19 testing center downtown in mid-June, according to a press release (See below).

In addition to assistance from the Akron Summit County COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund and the United Way of Summit County, Akron-based GOJO Industries is donating $25-thousand to the site. It will be located near GOJO's headquarters on the south side of downtown Akron. 

A doctor's order and appointment are required for any patient looking to get tested.

The current Akron General coronavirus testing site in Green is providing 100 tests per day, according to the press release.

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(CC Akron General) Cleveland Clinic Akron General will open a COVID-19 testing location in downtown Akron in mid-June with assistance from the Akron Summit County COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund. United Way of Summit County will provide additional support to families and individuals at the testing site. 

“Cleveland Clinic Akron General has been working closely with United Way, the City of Akron, Summit County Public Health, and the County Executive’s Office to help create a centrally located COVID-19 testing site for Summit County patients,” said Brian Harte, M.D., President of Akron General.

According to Summit County Public Health, it is estimated that 36 percent of individuals in Summit County who are infected with COVID-19 are African American. According to the Ohio Disease Reporting System, however, African Americans represent 15 percent of the total county population. 

“This site is an important step in addressing health disparities affecting minority populations that exist with COVID-19, and can serve as a component of an overall strategy for providing a community-based solution to testing access,” said Dr. Harte. “We continue to have discussions with county health officials on ways to manage testing.”

Cleveland Clinic continues to lead COVID-19 testing in Northeast Ohio, providing tests for patients with no copays, and regardless of their ability to pay. A doctor’s order and an appointment are required for a test. Patients with COVID-19 symptoms are asked to first consult a healthcare provider using Cleveland Clinic’s digital platform, Express Care Online, or call their primary care physician to evaluate their symptoms and determine if testing is appropriate.

The Akron Summit County COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund will provide $150,000 to help cover costs at the testing site, located at 676 South Broadway Street. The relief fund – which was created through a partnership between United Way of Summit County, the City of Akron, the County of Summit, Akron Public Schools, the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank, Summit County Public Health and Job & Family Services – has raised more than $1.3 million in support of the local pandemic response. 

“Public health experts have been clear – widespread testing will be essential to winning the fight against COVID-19. As Ohio proceeds through the reopening process, we must accelerate our efforts to protect our most vulnerable citizens and increase access to testing to those populations at highest risk of serious complications,” said Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan. “I want to thank Dr. Harte and the Cleveland Clinic Akron General leadership team for recognizing this and answering the call to provide testing in our city. I look forward to seeing access expanded even further in the near future.” 

GOJO Industries, Inc., will contribute $25,000 for the testing site, which is located on the south side of downtown Akron near the company’s headquarters. Support from donors will help offset expenses associated with configuring and operating the testing location, including equipment, staffing and supplies. 

“As a plan for county-wide access to testing evolves, Cleveland Clinic Akron General’s commitment to a testing site in the City of Akron is a critical and most welcome component of that plan,” said Summit County Executive Ilene Shapiro. “Many thanks to Akron General, Summit County United Way and GOJO for this community partnership in furtherance of public health for all Summit County residents.” 

United Way of Summit County will work with families and individuals at the testing site to provide referrals to supportive services across Summit County – from nutritional support to housing assistance and more.

“The pandemic has shined a spotlight on the need in our community, as well as the disparities that often exist between the support that’s available to different sectors of our community,” said Jim Mullen, President and CEO of United Way of Summit County. “United Way is committed to working with partners like Cleveland Clinic Akron General to make sure that help is available to anyone who needs it throughout this crisis.” 

As with other Cleveland Clinic COVID-19 testing sites, Akron General will follow the Ohio Department of Health’s guidelines for who is eligible for a test. The state continues to emphasize testing of patients who are most severely ill, patients who are moderately ill with a high risk of complications – such as those who are elderly and those with serious medical issues – and individuals who are critical to providing care and service to those who are ill. Cleveland Clinic also offers testing for caregivers, first responders and patients with scheduled surgeries. 

Last month, Akron General opened a testing site in Green, and is currently providing about 100 tests a day at that location. Cleveland Clinic’s first testing site opened in March at its main campus in Cleveland.

Monday, 18 May 2020 08:45

Ray Horner Podcast - 5/18/2020

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:17 - Countries and political figures have pointed their collective fingers at China for the spread of the Coronavirus. While valid given the facts, are these leaders doing so to shift blame from their own missteps to combat the virus?

8:00 - Plenty has been spoken of the frontline workers in the healthcare industry, but what about other avenues of essential work, like the fire department? Akron Fire chief Sierjie Lash talked about what has and has not changed for her department during this pandemic.

13:56 - A trend that will no doubt kick up, virus or not, is working from home. Dr. Erin Makarius from the University of Akron talked about the focus on working remotely, as opposed to driving into the office.

20:02 - In non-Coronavirus news, our veterinarian Dr. Gary Riggs touched on allergies and weight gain/loss in cats and dogs.


It’s Pulitzer season, so Bob Ethington from the Akron-Summit County Public Library shared his book recommendations for this week.


Friday, 15 May 2020 08:48

Jon Husted - Ohio Lt. Governor

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Beginning this week until May 31st, Ohio is reopening factions of their economy, from patio and indoor restaurants to public pools and gyms.

Ohio Lt. governor Jon Husted joined the Ray Horner Morning Show on Friday to answer several questions some may have with these reopenings. Among those are the possibility of a spike in COVID-19 cases when public gathering places reopen.

Husted also talked about the farming industry which has also taken a hit, as well as chance that younger Ohioans could pass the virus onto others, even if they are asymptomatic.


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