It is Tuesday, July 7, 2020. These are the five things you need to know about the coronavirus, COVID-19, pandemic today.

5 things to know about coronavirus today: School reopening plans and an inflammatory condition

It is Tuesday, July 7, 2020, and these are five things you need to know about the coronavirus today.

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Dayton schools plans to switch to online learning if necessary

Dayton Public Schools have announced its plans to switch to online learning if a student or staff member is diagnosed with the coronavirus. The schools said that parents and guardians would be notified immediately, and the next day students in that building would start working online from home for 14 to 28 days. Each student will also be sent home the day before the closing with a bag containing a Chromebook, a white board and dry erase markers, a notebook, pencils and crayons or colored pencils. Meanwhile, the building will be sanitized.

>>Coronavirus: Dayton schools will switch to online learning if necessary

Dayton offers free masks to residents

After a face mask ordinance took effect in Dayton at the end of last week, the city has announced it is distributing free masks to residents, until supplies run out. Packs of 10 masks are available to each household, and can be picked up at Dayton fire stations from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Proof of residency in the city is requested.

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First child with inflammatory condition associated with COVID-19 confirmed in Clark County

A child younger than 5 years old from Clark County is in Dayton Children’s hospital recovering from an inflammatory syndrome associated with the coronavirus. Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children appears in children and teens, and causes inflammation of the blood vessels. Symptoms usually develop within four weeks of being exposed to the virus, including fever, unusual weakness or fatigue, a red rash, abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, red/cracked lips, red eyes and swollen hands or feet.

>>Clark County confirms first child with inflammatory condition associated with coronavirus

Local school districts waiting for public health recommendations

Although some schools have started announcing their plans for reopening, other local district leaders met with Public Health – Dayton & Montgomery County officials to clarify guidelines announced by Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine last week. The agency may make its recommendations on Wednesday, officials said.

>>Coronavirus: Area schools await local public health guidance before reopening

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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