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COVID-19 and flu test combined

FDA approves test that can detect both COVID-19 and flu

This column is provided by ONU HeathWise Pharmacy.
 The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) for a third combination test for COVID-19 and the flu.

This new test is found under the name Influenza SARS-CoV-2 (Flu SC2) Multiplex Assay.

The FDA previously issued EUAs to BioFire Diagnostics LLC and QIAGEN GmbH for their combination tests. These particular combination tests can help identify other respiratory organisms in addition to the viruses that cause the flu and COVID-19.

OHSAA fall sports practices begin Saturday

All fall sports can begin practice, while golf, tennis and volleyball have been approved by the Governor to have contests between schools

The Ohio High School Athletic Association’s fall sports of girls tennis, girls and boys golf, field hockey, girls and boys soccer, girls and boys cross country, volleyball and football officially begin practice Saturday, Aug. 1.

Earlier Friday, the OHSAA Board of Directors reaffirmed their position that the OHSAA fall sports seasons will go forward as planned. While all fall sports can practice, contests between schools in the sports of golf, tennis and volleyball have been approved by Governor Mike DeWine. The OHSAA continues to work with the Governor’s Office toward approval of contests in cross country, field hockey, soccer and football.

1,008 lunches served to Ada area youth this summer

Thanks to a $1,200 grant from Hardin County Community Foundation to Beatitudes

Ada’s summer lunch program provided by Beatitudes, 210 N. Main St., topped its 1,000th lunch last week, according to Deb Curlis.

“Well actually served 1,008 lunches in the nine-week program,” said Curlis. “That’s an average of 112 meals per week.”

She added that parents and grandparents who were involved were very appreciative.  

“They all said how much the kids loved being able to choose what they wanted for the lunch each day,” said Curlis.  

Beatitudes received a grant from Hardin County Community Foundation for $1,200, specifically for children's lunch program.  

Icon book review: The Hollows

Journey back to 1926 Ohio, Bronwyn County, and solve a questionable death

Review by Robert McCool
Journey back to 1926 Ohio, Bronwyn County, and solve a questionable death.

Ah, summer. The visceral sun, the weight of humidity. Why not cozy up and chill out in 1926 in the rural Bronwyn County and the Appalachian time of coal country?

In her second book based  in this location, Jess Montgomery(The Widows) blesses us with a gem of a story in “The Hollows” (Minotaur Books, ISBN 978-1-250-18454-2).

ONU law grad Bob Cupp elected new speaker of Ohio House

Taught courses in leadership studies, judicial process, and state education policy at ONU

A 1973 Ohio Northern University law graduate, State Representative Bob Cupp (R-Lima) was elected as the new Speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives on July 30.

“I am deeply grateful to have earned the support of my fellow colleagues who have entrusted me with the position of Speaker of the House. It is a great privilege to lead this chamber, and I pledge to do so honorably, fairly and humbly,” Cupp said in remarks to the House.

“It is imperative to restore the public’s trust in our elected officials. The legislative branch of government must serve to enact laws in the interest of the people of Ohio, not to engage in activity shrouded in corruption.”

Longhorn Bar and Grill, Roundhead, possible covid-19 exposure

Management voluntarily closed business for 14 days

Several people were potentially exposed to the COVID virus in the Longhorn Bar and Grill in Roundhead on Monday, July 27.

The management of the business has voluntarily closed the business to accommodate quarantine of staff and to conduct appropriate cleaning of the facility.

Kenton-Hardin Health Department commends the decisions of the business operator in the wake of the unfortunate potential COVID virus exposure. It is anticipated that the business will re-open safely at the end of 14 days. 

Kenton-Hardin Health Department is asking for assistance from individuals who were present within the business on July 27.