City of Kent’s plan for Halloween during COVID-19 pandemic

KENT, Ohio — The City of Kent Trick-or-Treat event and annual Halloween party are coming up, and with the COVID-19 risk level increasing in Portage County, the Kent Police Department and Health Department plan to ensure everyone taking part in the festivities this year stays safe. Every year, the city of Kent gets a little spooky for the first popular holiday of the fall season. As Halloween creeps closer, friends and families visit orchards, haunted houses and corn mazes, decorate their houses and carve pumpkins that are later set out on their front porch steps.  Although many of these activities are fun and attached to yearly traditions, due to the

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Kent City Council Committee sets ordinance at meeting prohibiting mass gatherings of more than 10 starting Nov. 7

KENT, Ohio — The Kent city council committee voted to implement an ordinance to prohibit mass gatherings of more than 10 people during their monthly city council committee meeting Wednesday evening. The meeting started with a discussion on the Committee of the Whole’s topic about diversity hiring policies and practices, which dominated the discussion for the first half of the meeting. The topic was discussed specifically in relation to the police and education departments, strategizing ways for them to do better. The Health and Public Safety Committee’s topic was up next, regarding the prohibition of mass gatherings. This topic was also a highlight of the evening, dominating the conversation for

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Health officials urge public to get flu vaccination

By Kimberleigh Anderson and Melissa Puppo The Portage County Health Department is in full swing with administering flu vaccinations throughout the community. October through May is considered flu season, which is when it’s recommended for the public to get their flu vaccinations. The vaccine is created to last inside the body until May when the risk of getting the flu is decreased. The Portage County Health Department will provide multiple flu vaccines that contain two influenza A viruses — H1N1/H3N2— and two influenza B viruses to provide additional protection. What is the flu? Flu, or influenza, is a contagious respiratory disease that can be viral. It is spread mainly by

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