Mask Up for School, and 10 Other Important Cincinnati Stories You May Have Missed This Week

Catch up on COVID-19 news, prepare for Paddlefest and get ready to rock out to Son Volt.

click to enlarge Cincinnati-area schools are bringing indoor masking back. - Photo: Kelly Sikkema, Unsplash
Photo: Kelly Sikkema, Unsplash
Cincinnati-area schools are bringing indoor masking back.

A lot happened this week and CityBeat is here to make sure that you don’t miss out on catching up! Check out the stories below to see what you missed including new COVID-19 safety plans in Cincinnati Public Schools, a new sweet street name and the country’s biggest paddle celebration. 

Kentucky's COVID-19 Positivity Rate Soars to 10%, Highest Since June

"We want to get back to normal. Those who are not vaccinated are preventing us from getting back to normal," Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear said this week after the state experienced 38 straight days of its COVID-19 test positivity rate increasing. Read CityBeat's story about why the CDC says Kentucky is a "high risk" state.

Cincinnati Public Schools to Require Masks Indoors for 2021-2022 School Year

Health officials have long since advocated for a mix of vaccination and mask wearing to slow the spread of the highly infectious Delta variant of the coronavirus. After deliberating throughout the summer, the Cincinnati Public Schools Board of Education finally decided on Wednesday to continue requiring students and staff to mask up indoors. Read CityBeat’s story about the Cincinnati Public Schools policy.  

Universities in Greater Cincinnati Make COVID-19 Safety Plans for Fall

Colleges also are figuring out how to lessen the Delta effect. In response to the spike in coronavirus cases, Northern Kentucky University and Xavier University share how and where they'll require masks on campus. Read CityBeat’s story about the safety measures they will be implementing. 

Biden Urges State and Local Leaders to Postpone Evictions while Rental Aid Is Distributed

Since the federal eviction moratorium on evictions expired on Saturday, U.S. President Joe Biden has been calling for congressional action to extend the ban that prevented millions of renters from losing their homes during the COVID-19 pandemic. Meanwhile, he is also encouraging state and local courts to hold off on eviction proceedings for as long as possible. Read CityBeat’s story about how Congressional Democrats are extending the moratorium. 

Thousands To Take Over Ohio River This Weekend for Nation’s Largest Paddling Celebration, Paddlefest

The annual Paddlefest will make a splashing return this weekend to celebrate its 20th anniversary. Hosted by nonprofit Adventure Crew, this year will feature a shorter 4.5-mile course down the river (in addition to the standard 9-mile float), plus a bigger-than-ever opening party this Friday. Read CityBeat’s story about the nation’s largest paddling celebration. 

Cincinnati Ice Cream Legend James T. Aglamesis Honored with Street Designation

Allston Street in Oakley is getting an extra sweet secondary name. Cincinnati City Council voted Aug. 4 to dub it James T. Aglamesis Way after the longtime owner of Aglamesis Bro’s Ice Cream and Candy, who passed away earlier this year at age 93. Read CityBeat’s story about Aglamesis’ legacy in the community. 

PHOTOS: LGBTQ+ Community, Allies Demonstrate in Response to Controversial Sermon at Crossroads Church

A controversial sermon that included transphobic rhetoric by guest speaker Dave Mahan at Crossroads Church in Oakley sparked a roadside LGBTQ-affirming demonstration near the church on July 25. Check out CityBeat's photos to see how Greater Cincinnati residents joined together during the demonstration and read CityBeat’s cover story about the sermon that sparked it. 

The City Flea is Back in August with a Special Kids Market Featuring Vendors Ages 4-14

Don’t be alarmed if the business owners at City Flea’s pop-up this Saturday seem a little younger than usual! Kid-made products will get their showcase this weekend along with all of your favorite vendors as part of a youth empowerment initiative by City Flea. Read CityBeat’s story to learn more about how to support small (literally!) businesses this weekend. 

Son Volt Plans Cincinnati Tour Stop in September

It might not be a bad idea to be at Clifton’s Ludlow Garage on Sept. 18, especially since Alternative Country band Son Volt will perform there as part of its 16-stop tour to support Electro Melodier, the band's latest album. Read CityBeat’s story about Son Volt’s history and see how you can score tickets. 

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