5 things to know about coronavirus today: Small business grants and dire warnings

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It is Thursday, July 16, 2020. These are the five things you need to know about the coronavirus, COVID-19, pandemic today.

Credit: DaytonDailyNews

It is Thursday, July 16, 2020, and these are five things you need to know about the coronavirus today.

Free coronavirus testing available today in Huber Heights

There will be free walk-up coronavirus testing available at a pop-up event at the Rose Music Center, 6800 Executive Boulevard, in Huber Heights today. Testing will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and no appointment or doctor’s referral are required.

>>Here is where you can get tested for coronavirus in the area

Montgomery County expands small business grants

After Montgomery County initially received federal coronavirus relief, it offered grant money to small businesses with fewer than 30 employees and less than $1 million in annual revenue to help them recover from the coronavirus pandemic. Now, the county is expanding eligibility requirements, opening the door for businesses with up to 50 employees making less than $5 million per year.

>>County expands eligibility for CARES Act small business grants

DeWine warns Ohioans of impending backslide

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine addressed the state on Wednesday, offering warnings that Ohio is at risk of seeing the same coronavirus case spikes that Florida, Arizona and other states are seeing. He also pleaded with Ohioans to wear masks, limit contacts and make small sacrifices now to slow the spread of the coronavirus. No new rules requiring masks were issued, stopping shy of speculation from before his address.

>>DeWine pleads with Ohioans to mask up to slow virus spread

Large retailers begin requiring masks

Best Buy, Walmart and Sam’s Club all announced that shoppers will be required to wear masks in the store. Best Buy’s mask requirement already started on July 15, while Walmart and Sam’s Club patrons will be required to wear masks beginning July 20.

>>Best Buy among latest retailers to require face coverings

>>Walmart, Sam’s Club to require face masks starting July 20

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.

>> HOW TO HELP

>> Coronavirus: Want to donate handmade face masks? Here’s how

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