Kentucky Has Its Worst Week Ever, and 8 Other Greater Cincinnati Stories You May Have Missed This Week

Catch up on pandemic news, sports oddities, local festivals and concerts.

Sep 10, 2021 at 12:04 pm
Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear - Photo:
Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear

Look, we’re as sick of writing about COVID-19 just as much as our Facebook commenters are of reading about it. But with the coronavirus continuing to spread throughout Ohio and Kentucky at rates not seen in months or even since last year, we’re stuck with covering the pandemic for a while longer. Maybe take a break by looking at local houseporn or checking out one of the area’s many beer festivals that we link to below?

Beshear: 'Worst Week Ever' for COVID Cases in Kentucky Last Week

Breaking records during a global pandemic generally isn’t a good thing. Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear said on Sept. 8 that COVID cases in Kentucky have hit a new record high. From Aug. 30 to Sept. 5, the state reported 30,680 new cases of COVID, with 13,000 of those recorded in just four days. Read CityBeat’s story about how hospital workers and the National Guard are scrambling to find room for patients.

Special Session Finale: Kentucky Legislature Ends All Masking Mandates within the State

On Sept. 9, the Kentucky General Assembly rejected Gov. Andy Beshear's pleas to support masking in an effort to slow COVID-19, which is engulfing the state. The Republican-led body overrode Beshear's vetoes of bills that stripped the governor's emergency powers. Read CityBeat’s story about the vote and what it means for Kentuckians.

COVID Cases in Ohio Children Overtake Other Age Groups

Roughly one in three people who have contracted COVID-19 this month are age 18 or younger, according to an analysis of Ohio data. Additionally, more than 3,100 Ohioans of all ages are hospitalized with COVID-19, a rate not seen since January. Read CityBeat’s story about other ways COVID-19 is affecting Ohio.

No Ban on COVID-19 Vaccine 'Passports, Cincinnati City Council Says

Businesses increasingly are requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination for entry, particularly since the U.S. Food & Drug Administration granted full approval for the use of Pfizer's coronavirus vaccine in adults in August. Read CityBeat’s story about what Cincinnati businesses can do to slow COVID-19.

10 Different Greater Cincinnati Oktoberfest Celebrations to Enjoy German Beer, Brats and Bands

If you’re ready to drink COVID-19 worries away, Cincinnati has plenty of opportunities coming up, beginning with several Oktoberfest celebrations this weekend. Tis the season to don your dirndl and fill your stein. Read CityBeat’s story about 10 local Oktoberfests we’re looking forward to.

This Opulent Limestone Estate in Indian Hill Just Hit the Market for $3.9 Million

Do you love salivating over homes that (probably) are out of your budget? Us, too! Check out this massive house that features a lagoon-style pool, a fully-stocked pond, a golf/hunting simulation room and even its own safe room. See CityBeat’s photos of the majestic home.

Cincinnati Bengals' Sam Hubbard Teaches You How to Make Ribs Ahead of Sunday'sRegular-Season Opener

Fresh off the team's 1-2 preseason, the Cincinnati Bengals are looking forward to its 2021 regular-season opener on Sunday, Sept. 12. But first, defensive end Sam Hubbard wants to make sure you've got game snacks — particularly ones made with Pepsi. Yes, the beverage. Yes, we're serious. Read CityBeat's story about Hubbard's forays in the Pepsi test kitchen.

Bibi Gets a Boyfriend: The Cincinnati Zoo Welcomes New Male Hippo, Tucker

The Cincinnati Zoo arranged a meet-cute for its resident mama hippo, Bibi. A "huge, dark and handsome" male Nile hippo named Tucker was transported from the San Francisco Zoo and arrived at his new home this week. Read CityBeat’s story about the dashing new couple.

Coheed and Cambria on the Band's 'Homecoming to the Stage' in Advance of Cincinnati Show with The Used

During the COVID-19 downtime, the band started on a follow-up to its last album and also recorded a remake of the Rick Springfield tune “Jessie’s Girl.” Coheed is scheduled to perform in Cincinnati at the ICON Festival Stage in Smale Riverfront Park on Sept. 14. Read CityBeat’s interview with Coheed guitarist Travis Stever.

Sign up for our weekly newsletters to get the latest on the news, things to do and places to eat delivered right to your inbox.

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.