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Coronavirus: County Approaches 600 Cases

Butler County's Coronavirus case count is increasing as testing continues to increase. There were 592 total cases  of Coronavirus in Butler County Friday, an increase of 49 over Thursday, when 543 total cases were reported. The State of Ohio's database says there has been 16 COVID-19 deaths in Butler County, which is one higher than Thursday's total of 15. No details have been released about the latest fatality. The Butler County General Health District released an epidemiology report Friday that shows the Fairfield zip code (45014) led the county with 27% of the cases, followed by East Hamilton-Fairfield Township (45011) with nearly 23% of the cases, and Middletown (45044) with almost 11% of the county's Coronavirus cases. The other factor in the increase was clusters. According to the report, over a quarter of the cases were involved with a cluster. Household/Family made up 53% of the cluster cases, followed by healthcare at 22%, and workplace at 18%.

DeWine Announces Slow Rolling Re-Opening Plan

(Columbus)--Governor DeWine announced Monday his plan to re-open the state, as the number of new Coronavirus cases continues to slow. DeWine says medical facilities can begin to perform elective same day surgeries on Friday. On Monday, manufacturing, distribution, and construction companies can re-open, along with general office enviroments. Consumer retail & services will open on May 12th. All of the openings will have restrictions, including social distancing and required face masks. 
DeWine says beauty salons, sit-in restaurants, senior adult daycares and entertainment venues will stay closed for now. He did not give a date for their return, although many restaurant and beauty salon owners say the shutdown is coming close to driving them out of business.

For more information, you can visit Responsible Re-Start Ohio.  

(Photo Courtesy of Ohio Channel)

Coronavirus Update: 5th Death In Butler County

The Butler County General Health District has reported a fifth death from the Coronavirus in the county. According to a news release, the victim was a Fairfield woman in her 70's. She had previous health conditions, but it is not known how she contracted the disease. “Our hearts go out to the loved ones in their time of grief, and we send our deepest sympathies.” said Health Commissioner Jennifer Bailer. The death is the second straight woman from Fairfield to succumb to the disease. According to the latest figures, there are 244 total cases of COVID-19 in the county, with 5 deaths. The City of Hamilton reported five new cases, including a 29 year old man hospitalized in ICU. 


Hamilton City Council Passes Price Gouging Ban

Hamilton City Council unanimously approved a ban on price gouging during their meeting Wednesday night. Under the ordinance, the rule becomes part of the city's business regulation code, and would make it a criminal offense for businesses to overcharge for items during a declared state of emergency. Price gouging would be considered a first degree misdemeanor under the ordinance. It would be enforced by the police department or health commissioner. City council members discussed using the MyHamilton 311 portal for citizens to report possible infractions. Mayor Pat Moeller says "price gouging is one of those things when you see it, you know it."


OHSAA Cancels Spring Sports

(Columbus)--The Ohio High School Athletic Association has made it official--the spring sports season is canceled. The decision was a given after Governor DeWine declared schools would remain closed through the end of the school year. The coaches no contact period remains in effect through May 3rd.

From the release:

In an interview Monday afternoon, Snodgrass reflected on the unprecedented times that the pandemic has brought to the nation and the impact it has had on schools and interscholastic athletics.  


“I’ve heard from so many people who have said ‘You really need to understand what this means to our kids,’” Snodgrass said during the interview. “I’m a parent. I was a coach. I grew up every day as a player and a coach wanting to play high school sports and get to the state tournament. So I do think I understand that. I also have to go with the fact that my number one concern that I have, over everything, is the health and safety of everyone involved. It’s not just our student-athletes. It’s the parents, coaches, umpires, officials, the scorekeepers. All those things enter into this. It’s a tough decision and it’s one that I and all the other Executive Directors of the other states never thought we would have to do. Never did I think this would be the case, but I’ve tried to be as prepared as I could every step of the way.”


Snodgrass also addressed the summer and start of fall sports in the interview. 


“July is a very physical month for our student-athletes entering fall sports, so we have already started looking at, if this continues through the summer, we’ll have the potential of having a lot of kids who haven’t had the physical activity that they would normally have going into a fall season. So for the health and safety of everyone, we have to look at the acclimation periods going into the fall, if that happens. We have to be prepared for that. We’re also talking about that, if this does go through the summer, what is the likelihood that a student can get in to get a physical (annual medical exam). We have a sport medicine advisory group that is looking at that. They are looking at all aspects such as whether artificial surfaces need to be treated. We are relying on the advice of experts in our decision making.


The OHSAA will continue to communicate throughout the spring and summer regarding any adjustments to OHSAA off-season regulations, academic eligibility standards, sports medicine updates and more. 

County Unemployment Shows Increase

(Hamilton)--Butler County's unemployment rate increased in March as the DeWine shutdown was getting underway. The jobless rate for March was 4.7%, compared to 4.1% in February. Nine thousand Butler Countians were considered unemployed in March, a thousand more than February. The city of Fairfield lost 200 jobs and the cities of Hamilton and Middletown lost 100 jobs each.


Coronavirus: Three New Cases in Hamilton

(Hamilton)--The number of confirmed Coronavirus cases in Butler County stands at 169.  There have been at least 52 people hospitalized and the death toll remains at 3. Statewide, there are over 11, 292 cases, with 453 confirmed deaths and 2,565 hospitalizations. The City of Hamilton is reporting three new cases, including a 73 year old woman, and two males, aged 27 and 43. The City of Hamilton has had 23 confirmed cases of COVID-19.


Coronavirus: County Sees Third Death

HAMILTON--The Butler County Health Department says a third death has been linked to the Coronavirus in Butler County. Health Director Jennifer Bailer says it was a male in his 60's, who suffered from underlying health conditions. Family members are confirming it was Talawanda School District Treasurer Mike Davis, who passed away over the weekend. Butler County now has 130 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including a 35 year old male inmate at the Butler County Jail. Sheriff Richard Jones says the inmate and his cell mate were moved to the Court Street jail building, which was recently emptied and scrubbed clean for use by inmates who are confirmed with the virus. The cellmate did not have the virus. Statewide, the Department of Health says 7,153 Ohioans have been confirmed with Coronavirus, with 309 confirmed deaths. Around 2,156 patients have been hospitalized in Ohio.


(Photo: Mike Davis)

WMOH 1450 The Ticket Presents: High School Game Night Classics

While the high school sports season is on hold, WMOH 1450 The Ticket presents "High School Game NIght Classic," a replay of big games from the past.


Wednesday, April 8th at 5:00pm, we will bring you the 2019 Division Two Regional Baseball Semi-Final between the Ross Rams and the Franklin Wildcats


Stay tuned for more encore presentations of high school sports with High School Game Night Classic, on WMOH 1450 The Ticket, and on WMOH.COM.

Coronavirus: DeWine Orders Ohioans To Stay Home

(Columbus)--Governor DeWine and State Health Director Dr. Amy Acton have signed a "Stay at Home" order in which Ohioans are being told to shelter in place, and forego non-essential travel, starting Monday at 11:59pm. Under the plan, you will be allowed to go outside, as long as you comply with social distance guidelines. You will be allowed to pick up food and groceries, as well as report to essential jobs and medical appointments. 

Stay at Home Order FAQ's


(Screen Capture Courtesy Ohio Channel)

Storms Leave Behind Flooding, Damage

(College Corner)--Water rescue teams from West Chester and Monroe were in College Corner helping with swift water rescues in Preble County after overnight severe storms. A Rumpke driver was trapped in high water in Hueston Woods State Park, and was rescued by Monroe firefighters. A mobile home park near Camden had to be evacuated because of flooding from a nearby creek. A car was trapped in rising water at State Route 732 and County Road 227.  The National Weather Service says overnight storms dumped anywhere from 2 to 4 inches of rain on the region. The Miami Conservancy District reported 3.7 inches of rain in West Alexandria.

Storms that rolled through the area shortly after Midnight caused damage in Hamilton County.
Several trees were reported down on Wales Drive in Symmes Township. A car dealership sign was also damaged. Winds partially blew over a semi on I-71 near the 19 mile marker.

Earlier in night, a Tornado Warning was issued by the National Weather Service for Boone County, Kentucky, and Hamilton County, covering Cleves, Dent, and Cheviot. The storm died down before it crossed the Ohio River, and no major damage was reported.

(Photo Courtesy of Monroe Firefighters Local 3824)


Local Governments Restrict Visitors

(Hamilton)--Local governments are trying to limit visits from the public during the Coronavirus scare. The cities of Hamilton and Fairfield have decided to close their municipal buildings to the public. Those doing business with the cities will need to use the telephone or go online on their websites. West Chester Township
is asking the public to call before visiting their offices. 

Hamilton City Website


Fairfield City Website


West Chester Township Website


Announcement From Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church

 Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Zion’s Church Council has chosen to follow the State, County and City Health Department Recommendations for group activities and high-risk populations.  Currently all activities at church will be suspended or moved off site to smaller groups.  Council will meet on March 29 to evaluate the situation further.  God’s peace be with you as we care for our neighbors by assisting the efforts to slow the virus and protect our high-risk members.

First Local Coronavirus Cases Confirmed

The first confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Butler County and Southwest Ohio have been reported at UC Health's West Chester Hospital. Four patients have tested positive for Coronavirus, according to a release by UC Health. The statement says all four patients were treated and released, and no other details will be provided because of patient privacy.



Here is the statement....

CINCINNATI (March 13, 2020) — UC Health confirms that four patients have tested positive for COVID-19. The patients, initially seen at UC Health’s West Chester Hospital, have been treated and released. In order to protect patient privacy, no other details will be provided.

Our physicians, nurses, caregivers, and staff are continuing to take appropriate precautions to protect all patients and staff in accordance with U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) guidelines.

UC Health is Greater Cincinnati’s leader in emergency preparedness and has been preparing for COVID-19 for several weeks. We have been working with the CDC, the Cincinnati Health Department, EMS, police and fire to closely monitor developments related to COVID-19 and will continue to do so. An internal task force meets daily to discuss patient care, supplies, logistics, emergency management procedures and other necessary measures to ensure the health and safety of our patients, visitors and employees, and our community.

If someone is experiencing symptoms, such as fever, cough and shortness of breath and have experienced some exposure risk factor such as travel or close contact with another sick person, we ask that that person call their physician’s office, or the Ohio Department of Health at 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634) before visiting an emergency room or a doctor’s office. This line is monitored 7 days a week from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. EST. As always, if someone requires a true emergency response, please call 911 or visit the nearest emergency department and upon arrival immediately advise that you believe you are experiencing symptoms before entering a crowded waiting area.


Pair Indicted In Monroe Woman's Death

HAMILTON--Two men have been indicted by a Butler County grand jury in connection with the shooting death of a Monroe woman last week. 22 year old Jordan Lay of Mason is facing charges of murder, felony assault, and tampering with evidence, and 23 year old Nicholas Mattox of Trenton is accused of tampering with evidence in the death of 32 Amy Risner, who's body was found at a home on the 100 block of Anne Road in Monroe. The pair will be arraigned February 19th in front of Common Pleas Judge Gregory Howard.

Fairfield Company Closing

FAIRFIELD--A Fairfield delivery company who does work for Amazon is closing. Bear Down Logistics has filed a WARN notice with the State Department of Job and Family Services, saying there will be a total closure of the facility at 4520 Port Union Road on April 13th. The company employs 105 workers, all of whom will lose their jobs.

Pedestrian Accident Claims Retired And Beloved School Cook

FAIRFIELD--A woman who was hit by a car in Fairfield Monday has died of her injuries. The victim, 62 year old Mary Ann Rapien of Ross Township, passed away Tuesday at University Hospital in Cincinnati, according to the Hamilton County Coroner's Office. The accident happened at the intersection of Nilles Road and Bibury Road. "Mimi" Rapien was a longtime cook at St. Joseph Consolidated School in Hamilton, retiring in 2018 after 25 years of service. 

West Chester Police Looking For Theft, Pursuit Suspects

WEST CHESTER--Police have released photos of four suspects who allegedly stole a number of items from the Walmart on Cincinnati-Dayton Road on January 19th. The suspects got into a silver Buick, and later led police on a pursuit that had to be stopped because of safety concerns. If you have any information, you can call West Chester Police at (513) 777-2231, or Crimestoppers at (513) 352-3040.

Prosecutor Wants Hearing Delay For Accused Killers

HAMILTON--Butler County Prosecutor Mike Gmoser is asking for a one day delay in the preliminary hearing for two murder suspects. 22 year old Jordan Lay of Mason and 23 year old Nicholas Mattox of Trenton are facing aggravated murder charges in the death of Amy Risner, who's body was found at a home on Anne Road in Monroe last week. Gmoser wants the hearing held Thursday 1pm at Area One Court in Oxford.

Pair Charged With Monroe Murder

Two men are due in Area Two Court this morning to face arraignment on Aggravated Murder charges. 22 year old Jordan James Lay of Mason, and 23 year old Nicholas Alan Mattox are accused of killing 32 year old Amy Louise Risner, who's body was found on the 100 block of Anne Road in Monroe around 4pm Tuesday evening. Risner's death has been ruled a homicide by the Butler County Coroner's office, even though her cause of death has not been released. According to a criminal complaint filed in the case, Lay confessed to killing Risner on Monday. Both men are being held without bond in the Butler County Jail.

Miami Students Being Tested For Coronavirus

OXFORD--A Miami University student is being tested, along with their travel companion, for the Coronavirus. The student reported to the Student Health Services with mild symptoms on Monday, and health officials say the pair, who recently traveled to China, met the criteria for further testing by the Centers for Disease Control. Both are being kept in isolation at their off- campus residence until the test results come back.

Here is the e-mail sent to the Miami community this morning:

Good morning, 

On Monday morning, one student at Miami University presented at Student Health Services with very mild symptoms, and with their recent travel, met the criteria and are being tested for possible infection with the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV). Health providers quickly recognized that the presenting patient met the criteria for 2019-Coronavirus testing; results should be back from the CDC in the coming days. This student and his traveling companion are isolated in their off-campus residence while awaiting the test results. Miami and healthcare professionals continue to communicate and collaborate daily with the Butler County Health District and the Ohio Department of Health and are following their recommendations and protocols. We will share information with the community as it becomes available.

We are assisting and supporting these Miami students who are awaiting test results. We continue to work closely with local and state healthcare professionals and the Butler County Health District and Ohio Department of Health. If you are experiencing symptoms and have traveled to the impacted area, please first call Student Health Services at 513-529-3000 to receive guidance on next steps. Miami has set up a call center to address any general questions or concerns at 513-529-9000.

Meanwhile, we are still in flu season, and these precautions are recommended for both the flu and Coronavirus: 

·         Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
·         It is especially important to wash your hands:

·         Before, during, and after you prepare food.

·         Before you eat and after you use the bathroom.

·         After handling cash.

·         More frequently when someone in your house is sick.

·         Before/after smoking/vaping.

·         Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
·         Clean your doorknobs/light switches and areas commonly touched with disinfectant wipes frequently.
·         Avoid contact with sick people.


Miami Health Services and Student Life professionals acted quickly with appropriate protocol, and we will continue to follow the best practices currently known. We have proactive partners in local and state healthcare. We will post updated information on myMiami as it becomes available. Please check announcements there regularly.

Jayne Brownell
Vice President, Student Life

Terri Buzzell
Director, Student Health Services




Former Congressman Dies

Former Butler County Congressman Walter E. Powell has passed away at the age of 88. He was the last representative of Ohio's 24th Congressional District, and the first congressman of the 8th Congressional District. He served in DC from 1971-1975. He was the father of 12th District Appeals Court Judge Stephen Powell.
Visitation is Wednesday from 4pm-8pm at the Hodapp Funeral Home, 6410 Cincinnati-Dayton Rd., Liberty Township. Funeral services will be held at 11am Thursday, tentatively at the funeral home.

Winter Snap Hits Butler County

(Wilmington)--The National Weather Service says Butler County received 4 inches of snow overnight, measured at the ODOT facility in Maustown. Road crews did a good job of plowing the major thoroughfares. Most of the main arteries were wet, while secondary roads were slushy and slick. Edgewood, Madison, and Talawanda schools were under two hour delays Monday morning.


(Wilmington)--We will see a return of wintry weather again tonight. The National Weather Service has issued another Winter Weather Advisory in effect from 11pm tonight through 10am Tuesday. Forecasters are predicting a mix of rain, freezing rain, and less than an inch of snow.


(Photo Courtesy: Butler County Sheriff's Webcam)

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