5 things to know about coronavirus: Area cities to allow trick-or-treating, Dayton Flyers return to workouts

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Today is Monday, September 28 and here are five things to know about the coronavirus pandemic.

Local cities are allowing trick-or-treating, but health agencies urge safe practices

Health authorities are sending a message to play it safe for upcoming holiday gatherings, including Halloween.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) this week issued its first Halloween-related guidance amid the pandemic earlier this week, including discouraging door-to-door trick-or-treating, indoor costume parties, haunted houses, tractor rides and rural fall festivals, labeling them high-risk, COVID-19 activities.

ExploreArea cities to allow trick-or-treating; health agencies say play it safe

Ohio passed 150,000 cases on Saturday, 800 new cases reported yesterday

There have been 150,809 cases and 4,741 deaths from coronavirus reported in Ohio as of Sunday, September 27, the Ohio Department of Health reported. A total of 800 new cases and one new death were reported today.

A total of 142,401 cases and 4,440 deaths have been confirmed by the state. 31 new hospitalizations have been reported, raising the total of people hospitalized since the beginning of the pandemic to 15,216. Intensive care unit admissions have risen by four to a total of 3,251. The state estimates that 130,193 people have recovered.

Explore150,809 cases, 4,741 deaths from coronavirus reported in Ohio

The Dayton Flyers have returned to their team workouts

The coronavirus pandemic shut down the sports world March 12, cost the Dayton Flyers the entire postseason and kept the players and coaches separated for more than four months. The crisis affected the program again in August when one of the largest COVID-19 campus outbreaks in Ohio happened at the University of Dayton.

All 12 of the scholarship players arrived on campus the week of July 12 and spent the rest of the month and early August working on individual skills, strength and conditioning. That period lasted until students started moving back to campus in August.

ExploreDayton Flyers return to team workouts as COVID-19 situation improves on campus

Eviction protection assistance is available, but renters have to take action

Montgomery County residents who are financially struggling because of the coronavirus crisis also have a good shot at getting rental assistance, which is desperately needed since rent eventually will come due and many will be unable to pay without help, advocates say.

But unlike past eviction suspensions, residents must act to receive protection from removal by submitting a special form to their landlords that declares they meet eligibility criteria.

ExploreEviction protection, assistance available. But local renters must act

Dayton area providers seek to attract patients with online scheduling

The major health care provider groups in the Dayton-area are hoping online scheduling will help draw in patients who are flocking toward convenience.

Kettering Physician Network just announced it has a new system that allows new primary care patients to schedule appointments directly with a provider on the Kettering Physician Network website.

ExploreDayton-area providers seek to attract and keep patients with online scheduling

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