President Donald Trump listens as Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin speaks about the coronavirus in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, Thursday, April 2, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Photo: Alex Brandon/AP
Photo: Alex Brandon/AP

5 things to know about coronavirus today: Watch out for aid checks, scams and abuse

It is Thursday, April 9 2020, and these are five things you need to know about the coronavirus today. 

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Federal aid checks are coming next week

Although Congress is currently in debates over what the next form of aid will be as the coronavirus crisis continues, the aid checks promised by the first bill are set to come out soon, according to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. In a phone call with House Democrats he reportedly said the checks would begin going out next week.

>>Congress in standoff on virus aid, but first checks coming

Keep an eye out for scams

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost warned the public that they could see more scams related to the coronavirus as the stay-at-home order continues. “Thieves and crooks prey on fear and uncertainty,” he said. “Ohioans need to inoculate themselves against an outbreak of scams with knowledge and good practices.’

>>Coronavirus: Pandemic could lead to outbreak in scams, Ohio AG says

Also watch out for signs of child abuse

Ohio officials are asking residents to be especially vigilant for signs of child abuse, as those that normally would see the children every day like teachers and counselors are separated from them by the coronavirus. 

>>Officials ask Ohioans to watch for signs of child abuse during coronavirus

90-year-old makes 200th blood donation despite warnings

John Teevan, 90, of Beavercreek, made his 200th blood donation Wednesday (wearing a mask and arriving early to avoid exposure to other patients).

>>90-year-old makes 200th blood donation despite coronavirus warnings

How you can help

If you want to do something to aid the community as this pandemic continues, there are a number of ways you can do so. We have compiled a list of organizations that are asking for help.

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