Update: Akron Public Schools Superintendent David James joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss the district's approach and reaction to the announcement from the governor that all state schools, both public and private, will be close starting at the end of the school day Monday, March 16th for the next three weeks

Hear the interview here: 

Friday, 13 March 2020 07:53

This Week in Tech with Jeanne Destro-3-13-20 Featured

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This week, how governments around the world—and here in Ohio—are using facial recognition technology, and all the complicated issues that arise from that, including privacy, civil liberties, and the possibility of being falsely accused and prosecuted for crimes you never committed.

Friday, 13 March 2020 07:47

Coronavirus: Mental Health Resources

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Summit County ADM Board letting area residents know there's mental health support available, for people who have concerns and are distressed about the Coronvirus. Their 24 hour crisis hotline number is 330-434-9144.

 In addition, check out these health information resources:
Summit County Public Health
Summit County Public Health
COVID-19 hotline: 
Ohio Department of Health 
Friday, 13 March 2020 06:17

COVID-19: Summit County Public Health Update

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Summit County Public Health officials held the first of twice-weekly press conferences this week, offering the latest information on the Coronavirus, and giving advice on how we can best deal with it as a community. Please note: Some information, like the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases may be outdated, as the numbers are changing rapidly. 

The Ohio Department of Health is confirming FIVE COVID-19 cases in the state as of Thursday afternoon's update. 

With that, Dr. Amy Acton, Director of the ODH, says they believe that about one percent of the state's population, or roughly 100-thousand people are infected with coronavirus.

"We know now, just the fact of community spread says that at least 1%, at the very least 1% of our population is carrying this virus in Ohio today," said Dr. Acton Thursday. There are roughly 11.7 million people in the state.

One of those confirmed cases is a Canton man in his mid-50s who reportedly had no contact with anyone known to have the virus, nor did he recently travel. He is being referred to as the first "community-spread" COVID-19 patient. 

There are cuurently more than 50 patients under investigation for possible COVID-19. 

The Cleveland Clinic says they are increasing their COVID-19 testing capacity from 500 to 1,000 per day by the end of this week.

Meanwhile, Governor DeWine is banning the gathering of groups of more than 100 people and ordering all K through 12 students on mandatory three-week break from school starting Monday.

Thursday, 12 March 2020 17:14

Coronavirus:K-12 School Closings Start Monday

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Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has announced that due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, he has ordered that all kindergarten through 12th grade schools close for a period of several weeks.  

Beginning at the conclusion of the school day on Monday, March 16, all K-12 schools will close to students through Friday, April 3. This order includes all public, community, and private K-12 schools in the state, but does not apply to Ohio’s childcare system such as daycare centers and home-based childcare providers.

During this extended period of closure, schools should work to provide education through alternative means and school district leadership may make decisions on whether to use their school buildings. Staff members should continue to report to school as directed by administrators.

"We want to thank educators and administrators for the extraordinary efforts they will take to continue offering services during this time of national crisis," said Governor DeWine. 

Over the next 72 hours, the Ohio Department of Education will develop guidance for K-12 schools to ensure the continuity of important student services, including a strategy for providing meals.

Thursday, 12 March 2020 11:29

Summit County Issues Statement on COVID-19

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Summit County Executive Ilene Shapiro has issued the following statement on the COVID-19 coronavirus and the measures the county is taking to ensure the safety of its residents: 

As County Executive, my number one priority is the safety and well-being of my staff, the clients we serve, and the 541,000 residents of Summit County. The continuity of County services is paramount to that objective.

We are working closely with Summit County Public Health in monitoring the ongoing situation with COVID-19 and I want to thank Public Health for their service in keeping our community healthy and safe. Additionally, we remain in close contact with the State of Ohio and federal liaisons.

Summit County provides critical functions to our residents and at this time, our doors are open. While we look at limiting non-essential travel, appropriate staffing levels, and additional sanitizing protocols in our buildings, we are mindful that the public relies on our services, especially in times of need.

We intend to limit the chance for exposure for our staff and for the clients we serve. We are also working with the Board of Elections to ensure safe, properly staffed polling locations to support the critical County function of Election Day on March 17th.

As events are being cancelled and concerns increase, please know our Emergency Management Agency stands ready, as it always does, to assist the Public Health Department and the 31 communities within Summit County.

At this time, please continue to wash your hands, cover your cough and rely on good, factual information as you make decisions about social distancing and your commitments in the community. If you are experiencing symptoms, please contact your health care provider. If you do not have a primary care physician, please call the Summit County Public Health Department and they will refer you to a local doctor. As always, show compassion to those who are struggling, reassure those who are fearful and encourage each other to become educated on this evolving public health situation.

Informational Resources:

Summit County Public Health website.

Summit County Public Health hotline: 330.926.5795

Ohio Department of Health website

Ohio Department of Health hotline: 833-4-ASK-ODH

Thursday, 12 March 2020 10:07

Latest COVID-19 Patient from Canton

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The Ohio Department of Health has confirmed Ohio's fourth case of COVID-19 coronavirus is in Stark County.

The patient is reportedly a man in his mid-50's from Canton and is described as the first example of "community spread" COVID-19 in Ohio. That is to say that this patient has not traveled outside of the United States and has had no known contact with anyone else confirmed to have coronavirus.

The patient is currently hospitalized as local health officials are investigating what contact this person has had with the greater community. 

At last check there are 24 patients under investigation for COVID-19 coronavirus infection in Ohio. 

Here is the latest from the Stark County Department of Health

Here is the latest from the Ohio Department of Health

Here is the latest from the Centers for Disease Control

Wednesday, 11 March 2020 11:26

Renters, Evictions, and New Court Rules

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Good news and bad news this week for renters in Akron, which has the highest rate of evictions in Ohio.

The good news is that Akron Municipal Court adopted some new rules that help protect renters from being unfairly evicted, but the bad news, is that judges did not a rule that would have allowed unfair evictions to be taken off of a renter's court record. 

WAKR Morning Show Host, Ray Horner, talked about it with the Director of Community Legal Aid in Akron, Steve McGarity.


WAKR Morning Show Host, Ray Horner, talks to Democratic US Congressman Tim Ryan about the Coronavirus pandemic effect on our economy, over-reliance on China to supply vital components for US goods, and what he thinks about Joe Biden's big wins so far in the Democratic Presidential primaries.

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