5 things to know today about the coronavirus: School plans and airline layoffs

It is Wednesday, July 22, 2020, and these are five things to know about the coronavirus pandemic today.

Free pop-up testing in Springfield today

There will be free walk-up coronavirus testing at the La Condesa Grocery at 440 South Burnett Road in Springfield today from noon to 6 p.m. No appointment or doctor’s referral are needed.

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Area small businesses received thousands of masks in state effort

Small business owners in a 12-county region surrounding Dayton received kits of personal protective equipment, each including 1—3-ply masks, 10 KN-95 masks and a 24-ounce bottle of hand sanitizer. These are part of a state effort to distribute 15,000 kits across the state through local organizations like the Dayton Development Coalition.

ExploreDayton small businesses receive thousands of masks as part of state effort

Local schools creating different plans to reopen

As we get closer to the traditional beginning of the school year, different local school districts are creating their own plans. In Butler County, where rates of people testing positive for coronavirus have jumped recently, Middletown Schools will begin next month with its more than 6,000 students learning from home. In Miami County, Troy City Schools opted to delay starting classes for three weeks to train staff on coronavirus safety measures.

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Huber Heights football suspended after player, coach test positive

After a Huber Heights football coach tested positive for the coronavirus last week, a player has also tested positive, prompting the athletic department to cancel all football program activities until the end of the month. All members were encouraged to be tested, and the athletic program director asked the community to do everything they can to isolate at home and wear a mask while in public, in order to make a healthy environment for fall sports.

ExploreHuber Heights football player tests positive for coronavirus

Dayton-based airline to lay off more than 200 workers in October

PSA Airlines, a regional carrier for American Airlines and the only airline based in the state of Ohio, announced that due to financial damage due to the coronavirus pandemic, it would be laying off 229 workers from the Dayton International Airport. It is unknown whether the layoffs will be permanent.

ExplorePSA Airlines to lay off 229 Dayton workers