Kent City Council passes emergency motion banning mass gatherings

Kent City Council’s Oct 21. meeting continued further discussions on preventing the spread of coronavirus, including an emergency motion to approve a ban on mass gatherings. The council previously heard from the city’s Public Health and Safety Committee on Oct. 7 in which the council voted 6-2 to approve ordinance 2020-97, which limits mass gatherings to 10 or less people. With the council’s initial vote to approve the motion, the ordinance was expected to take effect on Nov. 7, as it was not approved on emergency due to Councilwoman Tracy Wallach’s absence during the Oct. 7 meeting. Councilwoman Heidi Shaffer Bish elected to reconsider the motion in order to approve

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How CARES Funds Helped Kent Community

According to The United States Treasury, “the CARES Act provides assistance for State, Local, and Tribal Governments. Through the Coronavirus Relief Fund, the CARES Act provides for payments to State, Local, and Tribal governments navigating the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak. The CARES Act established the $150 billion Coronavirus Relief Fund.”  The City of Kent is an entitlement community, which means that the City receives a direct allocation of federal money to the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) due to annually low-income numbers.  CARES Act funds were being provided to any entitlement community that was already receiving annual CDBG money; however, these funds are called Community Development Block Grant Coronavirus

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COVID-19 Pandemic Impacts the Environment Negatively

John Huss is a philosophy professor at the University of Akron. He received a bachelor’s degree in geology, a master’s degree in geophysical sciences and a Ph.D. in the history and philosophy of science. He currently teaches a class on environmental ethics which is about the ethics of consumption and human choice on the environment. Q: A lot of businesses have switched from using paper to single-use plastic again because of coronavirus. What are the effects of using single-use plastic on the environment? A: The ability to recycle plastic, while there is some ability to recycle plastic, actually encouraging the recycling of plastic and promoting it was to some degree

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Coping with Covid-19: How the currently unemployed working class is dealing with the lockdown.

The lockdown order in place due to the Covid-19 pandemic has been challenging for the country economically, medically, politically and socially. While the government has bailed out airline companies and Wall Street, the working class have been thrown into a pool of uncertainty due to most non-essential businesses being unable to stay open. As financial constraints loom closer for those that have yet to receive the $1200 stimulus check and for those that are still waiting on unemployment benefits, the outpouring of bombastic coronavirus conspiracies and misinformation in the media is an added stressor. Chase Ogle, Adam Bonomo and Shevalle Hopkins from Akron, dive into how they have been coping

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Most college students are ineligible for Covid-19 stimulus check

On Monday, April 26, 80 million stimulus checks were mailed to qualifying Americans. A first round of checks already went out through direct deposit earlier in the month. In late March, President Trump signed a $2 trillion Covid-19 stimulus package following the House of Representatives passing a massive bill in efforts to financially assist Americans affected by quarantine. In early April, the IRS began sending stimulus checks of $1,200 to those who qualify. A major group of people who most likely will not be receiving a check are college students. College students are widely affected by the pandemic. All universities resorted to online learning and all campus housing is closed.

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Coronavirus Poses No Immediate Threat to Ohio

The 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) swept the nation by a storm, with extensive travel restrictions and procedures in place for emergent quarantines as necessary. The outbreak which originated in the Wuhan region, Hubei Province, China has been deemed a pandemic under two criteria as determined by the Ohio Department of Health. The virus is newly discovered and communicable.  Although, the virus has primarily affected Wuhan and its immediate vicinities, travellers from China that were infected, carried the virus to a growing number of international locations including the United States. Out of the 398 total cases, 12 were confirmed positive across 6 states, 318 negative and 68 pending across 37 states

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