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COVID-19 Engulfs Ohio and Kentucky, and 8 Other Greater Cincinnati News Stories You May Have Missed This Week (Aug. 23 to 27, 2021)


The CDC’s data tracker for Hamilton County and others near Cincinnati doesn’t look good.Image: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The summer COVID-19 spike continues, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) labeling every county in Greater Cincinnati — as well as throughout much of the nation — as high risk. Keep reading for the latest depressing figures, plus find a few fun local things to do to keep pandemic fever at bay.

COVID-19 Spreads in Record Numbers Throughout Ohio and Kentucky

The Delta variant of the coronavirus is fully surrounding Cincinnati. This week, Ohio reported a 900% increase in COVID-19 infections over the last month, with the southern border of the state considered a big-old hot spot. Meanwhile, Kentucky had a 26% increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations over a one-week period, with more than 20% of the state’s hospitals experiencing staff shortages. COVID-19 infections in children also increased 400% over the last month in Kentucky. Read CityBeat‘s stories about Ohio’s big COVID-19 leap and Kentucky’s staffing woes.

Beshear Yanks Kentucky’s School Masking Order After State Supreme Court Ruling

The Kentucky Supreme Court shared an opinion Aug. 21 that the state’s General Assembly could limit what a governor can and cannot do on his or her own, including during public emergencies. To enact COVID-19 safety measures, Beshear now would need to call a special session of the General Assembly to discuss and pass a new state of emergency, and then pass orders that result from the state of emergency. Read CityBeat‘s story about Kentucky’s Supreme Court decision as COVID-19 hospitalizations rise.

FDA Grants Full Approval for Pfizer’s COVID-19 Vaccine

The FDA originally had given emergency use authorization to administer Pfizer — and later, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson — vaccines while trials continued, saying that vaccine benefits outweighed most risks during the coronavirus public health crisis. But full approval means that there’s now significantly more trial data available to deem the Pfizer vaccine safe and effective. Read CityBeat‘s story about how health experts hope Pfizer’s approval will boost COVID-19 vaccination numbers.

Ohio Brewery Dealing with Online Backlash Created by Dumbass Tweet by Noted Dumbass Josh Mandel

Oh, Josh Mandel. The Senate hopeful just can’t help being an ass. He also apparently can’t help but applaud restaurant servers heading to work despite being sick and despite a raging public health crisis. Read CityBeat‘s story about how Mandel has drastically affected an Ohio Brewery.

Amador Cuban Restaurant and Rum Bar Coming to Newport on the Levee

Nick Pesola of chicken joint Revolution Rotisserie is tapping into his love of Latin American culture for his newest venture: Amador, a Cuban restaurant and rum bar at Newport on the Levee. Basing the concept off of a Cuban “paladar” — “an independently-owned, local restaurant where the best food and drinks are often found,” says a release — Amador will begin construction in October.  Featuring mojitos and river views, the name Amador roughly translates to “lover” and will boast “part 1980s Miami vibe, part Havana nights packed with plenty of Cuban nostalgia,” says the release. Read CityBeat’s story and check out Amador’s menu.

More Than 200 Humans Will Jump Into the River During This Weekend’s Great Ohio River Swim

Go jump into a lake, Cincinnati — or a river. A couple hundred folks who probably were born under the Pisces sign will take the plunge on Aug. 29 when the river closes to boating traffic. Read CityBeat‘s story about how to join the wet and wild fun.

Jason Isbell Schedules Back-to-Back Shows in Cincinnati at ICON Music Center for December

Grand Ole Opry star Marty Stuart will be the featured guest when Isbell comes to town for his two-night stand. Check entry requirements, though: Isbell requires fans to be fully vaccinated or show proof of a recent COVID-19 test. Read CityBeat‘s story about Isbell’s latest album and his crusade to encourage more COVID-19 vaccinations.

Cincinnati Parks Giving Away Free Trees to Plant in Your Yard to Help Urban Tree Canopy

Cincinnati Parks’ goal is to get every neighborhood in the city to a 40% canopy coverage; last year, it was at 38%, according to the Cincinnati Park Board’s Division of Natural Resources. Read CityBeat‘s story about how the tree effort may help offset pollution and excessive heat within majority-Black and lower-income neighborhoods.

This ‘Once in a Lifetime’ Bellevue Home Just Hit the Market

Built in 1910, the red brick, green-roofed home in historic Bellevue is loaded with character inside and out, featuring stunning millwork, built-ins, original fireplaces and hardwood floors. Seriously, you have to see it to believe it. See CityBeat‘s photos of one of the most gorgeous houses on the market.

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