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Community Conversations: How will Dayton survive the coronavirus pandemic?

Nurse practitioner Emmanuel Dsouza administers a COVID-19 test in the parking lot of The Inspiration Church on Philadelphia Drive in Dayton last week. JIM NOELKER/STAFF
Nurse practitioner Emmanuel Dsouza administers a COVID-19 test in the parking lot of The Inspiration Church on Philadelphia Drive in Dayton last week. JIM NOELKER/STAFF

A submicroscopic infectious agent has changed nearly every aspect of human life.

Daytonians, like people around the world, are seeking  paths through the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Dayton Daily News will hold the next in its series of town hall meetings 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 16.

The event, Community Conversations: Living Through the Pandemic, will be streamed live on Dayton Daily News's Facebook page.

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“Our community is living through a long summer under a pandemic. It is important that we all know how to stay safe and we hope this conversation gives people good insight on what they can do today and all the way through this time," Jim Bebbington, the newspaper's editor in chief said.

Among other things, panelists will be asked to discuss how the coronavirus has impacted life in the Dayton area and what the future might look like; explain safety precautions and how they are or are not working and provide information about what people can do.

Lucille Battis, 51, of Dayton, says she started wearing a mask Thursday and believes they could help reduce the spread of the virus. CORNELIUS FROLIK / STAFF
Lucille Battis, 51, of Dayton, says she started wearing a mask Thursday and believes they could help reduce the spread of the virus. CORNELIUS FROLIK / STAFF

Panelist will include:

• Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley

• Dayton Daily News health reporter Kaitlin Schroeder

• Dayton Chamber of Commerce Executive Vice President Chris Kershner

• Entrepreneurs Marketplace owner Tae Winston

• Public Health – Dayton & Montgomery County Medical Director Dr. Michael Dohn

• Mad River School District Superintendent Chad Wyen

• Dan Young, co-owner of Young's Jersey Dairy and former Ohio Restaurant Association president.

The hour-long discussions will be moderated by Amelia Robinson, the newspaper’s community impact editor.

“We hope to have an engaging conversation on how life is being impacted in the Dayton area and how the community can best move forward,” Robinson said.

What is on your mind?

Send your questions to Amelia Robinson at edletter@coxinc.com.