Southwest will hold two graduations
Southwest Local Schools will hold two graduations for the Harrison High School class of 2020.
The first graduation will be virtual in nature, but students will receive their diplomas in person and have a chance to take a photo in their cap and gown.
The district will record a series of videos over the next few weeks, and these will be mixed with the graduate photos, to create a virtual celebration through a video that will be presented on June 13.
The second graduation ceremony will be a traditional, in-person ceremony that will occur on one of four possible dates: July 11, Oct. 10, or Dec. 29 of this year, or May 22 of 2021.
Meanwhile, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced that restaurants and bars in Ohio can reopen their outdoor dining on Friday, May 15, and dine-in service on Thursday, May 21.
Hair salons, day spas, barbershops, nail salons, and tanning facilities can also open on May 15.
As these businesses reopen, they must follow some mandatory and recommended best practices, such as requiring regular hand washing by employees, and requiring all employees to wear face coverings, with some exceptions.
Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicle deputy registrars might also open later this month, but no exact location opening dates have been set, according to a press release from DeWine.
Each location will offer Ohio BMV’s “Get in Line, Online,” a program that aims to reduce wait times for customers, and the amount of time they will physically spend in the location.
For the last days of fiscal year 2020, which ends on June 30, DeWine announced $775 million in reductions to Ohio’s general fund revenue due to the economic impact of COVID-19.
Between the end of February and the end of April, the state saw revenues for the fiscal year swing from more than $200 million ahead of estimates to $776.9 million below budgeted estimates, according to a release from DeWine.
For the next two months, the state will enact budget reductions because Ohio is required to balance its budget each year. Ohio is not taking money from its rainy day fund to balance the budget.
Reductions include $210 million for medicaid, $55 million for other education budget line items, $110 million for higher education, $100 million for all other agencies, and $300 million in a K12 Foundation payment reduction.
Reductions will not apply to critical services or services related to COVID-19.
By the numbers
As of press time, there are 22,891 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Ohio, with 1,220 deaths.
Hamilton County Public Health reports 26 cases in the 45030 ZIP code, with between one and three deaths.