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Jason Payne is taking over the reins as head coach for the Cincinnati Cyclones.Photo: Tony Bailey, Cincinnati Cyclones

COVID-19 is spreading like wildfire throughout Ohio and Kentucky, but that’s OK because legal weed may finally be on the way! Keep reading for the latest coronavirus news — including how the pandemic is affecting kids — and some fun ways to cope.

Hamilton County Sees Significant Rise in Pediatric COVID-19 Cases; ‘No End in Sight’ for Pandemic

On Sept. 1, Dr. Patricia Manning, chief of staff at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, said, “We have seen a very dramatic increase in the number of children testing positive for COVID.” Medical staff also are seeing more children with respiratory issues such as RSV (respiratory syncytial virus) and parainfluenza that normally wouldn’t arise until fall or winter, thanks to the abundance of COVID-19 within the region. Read CityBeat‘s story about just how much pediatric COVID-19 cases have risen and what doctors say you can do about it.

Local Colleges Now Require COVID-19 Vaccinations

As the Delta variant continues to spread across Ohio and Kentucky, universities in Greater Cincinnati are enacting new COVID-19 safety protocols. Miami University, Xavier University and University of Cincinnati all recently announced coronavirus vaccine requirements for students, faculty and staff members in light of the U.S. Food & Drug Administrating granting full approval to Pfizer for its vaccine. Read CityBeat‘s stories about when Miami and Xavier and UC will begin their mandates.

Great, Hamilton County Has West Nile in Addition to COVID-19

Hamilton County Public Health recently said that mosquitos found in a compost facility in Columbia Township had tested positive for the West Nile virus. It was the first positive pool of mosquitos found within the county this year. Read CityBeat‘s story about what West Nile is and how to protect yourself from it.

Cincinnati Cyclones Announce Jason Payne as New Head Coach, Pro Hockey’s Only Current Head Coach of Color

The Cyclones announced Aug. 31 that Jason Payne, who until today had been the Cyclones’ assistant coach, will replace Matt Thomas as the team’s head coach. As Payne ascends to team leader and director of hockey operations, he also becomes the only head coach of color in professional hockey today as well as the Cincinnati Cyclones’ first head coach of color. Read CityBeat‘s story about Payne’s playing and coaching career and where Thomas is heading.

New Texas Abortion Ban Raises Concerns Similar Laws Could Take Effect in Greater Cincinnati

Warren County’s Lebanon City Council passed an ordinance in May declaring itself a “sanctuary city for the unborn,” and the City Council in Mason is considering something similar. Read CityBeat‘s story about how Texas’ restrictive laws are spreading throughout Ohio.

Ohio Moves Closer to Legalizing Recreational Marijuana as State Gives OK for Petitioners to Gather Signatures

The Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol is trying to legalize marijuana by a process called an “initiated statute” in which they gather enough signatures to force lawmakers to consider their proposal. If lawmakers fail to act for four months after the signatures are submitted, the coalition could then move to place the initiative on the ballot for the 2022 election. Read CityBeat‘s story about how the coalition’s plan could help fund important resources across the state.

Erika Wennerstrom and the Heartless Bastards Are Back with a New Album and Cincinnati Tour Stop

As long as COVID doesn’t wipe yet another concert off the slate, the Cincinnati-spawned Heartless Bastards will play Covington’s Madison Theater on Sept. 25. Get ready for the show with our interview with vocalist/guitarist/songwriter Erika Wennerstrom. Read CityBeat‘s story about Wennerstrom’s thoughts on the Bastards’ newest album A Beautiful Life.

Oktoberfest Zinzinnati 2021 Will Now Last Four Days. Here’s The Schedule

Dust off your dirndl because Oktoberfest Zinzinnati is back in 2021 and it’s bigger than ever. After last year’s giant public party was canceled due to the pandemic, organizers are making up for it this year by adding an extra day and extra hours. Read CityBeat‘s story about when to hit the World’s Largest Chicken Dance and the Running of the Wieners.

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