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Hamilton County Commissioners address COVID-19 cases, reduction in revenue and bus service



CINCINNATI (WKRC) - Hamilton County is still on the upswing of the COVID-19 virus. Twelve more people have tested positive for COVID-19. Commissioner Denise Driehaus said the county has 38 total cases, three people are in the hospital and no one has died.

Driehaus also said the county expects a big drop in sales tax, hotel tax and parking revenue. She will be on a call Wednesday afternoon to see how much they can expect from the federal stimulus package.

Personal Protective Equipment or PPE is in short supply. The EMA is working to get it here. Director of Hamilton County Emergency Management & Homeland Security Nick Crossley says they’d like donations but not hand-sewn masks. “I’m not saying they can’t be some type of barrier but the kind of personal protective equipment we are looking at is for health care and first responders. No, personally I would not use them.”

Cincinnati Metro says bus routes will move to a Saturday schedule due to lack of riders. All Express routes with an underlying local route will not operate and Access service will continue on its regular schedule.

The SORTA board held a special meeting Wednesday morning to make the changes. It was also decided that starting Sunday, March 29th Metro will suspend fare collection.

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