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Summer temperatures in Glendale, Ariz., frequently climb to 110 degrees.

"I can go outside and scramble eggs on the sidewalk," says Glendale resident Leandra Ramirez. "That's crazy."

Air conditioning is essential. And now that she and her family are at home all day during the pandemic, Ramirez's AC is running around the clock.

With lights out in many offices and shuttered businesses, millions of people — both with and without jobs — are plugging in at home. Residential demand for power in the U.S. has soared, even as commercial and industrial use have declined.

With the national death toll from COVID-19 passing the grim 150,000 mark, an NPR/Ipsos poll finds broad support for a single, national strategy to address the pandemic and more aggressive measures to contain it.

Two-thirds of respondents said they believe the U.S. is handling the pandemic worse than other countries, and most want the federal government to take extensive action to slow the spread of the coronavirus, favoring a top-down approach to reopening schools and businesses.

WOSU’s Letters from Home is collecting stories from our day-to-day lives during the COVID-19 pandemic. We want to hear reflections and thoughts from Ohioans of all stripes.

A jug of hand sanitizer is near exercise machines at Columbus Sports Connection in Clintonville.
Andy Chow / Ohio Public Radio

Lake County Common Pleas Judge Eugene Lucci has issued a preliminary injunction against the state's public health order closing gyms and fitness centers. The attorneys representing gyms say this ruling has wider implications.

The U.S. economy, frozen by COVID-19 shutdowns, is in the process of thawing out. All 50 states have at least partially eased tight restrictions on businesses, with a mix of policies letting restaurants or stores welcome customers.

Gov. Mike DeWine signs an executive order.
Office of Gov. Mike DeWine

Ohio's stay-at-home order is now less a command than a suggestion.

A basketball hoop blocked off at Kobacker Park in Columbus.
David Holm / WOSU

A group of 35 independent gyms and fitness centers is suing the state, saying they could reopen for business safely but they’re not being allowed to.

Wisconsin's Supreme Court has overturned the state's "Safer at Home" orders and mandated that all future statewide restrictions to battle the coronavirus must be approved by the legislature's rule-making committee before they could be implemented.

The court ruled to strike down the orders 4-3 on Wednesday, with conservative Justice Brian Hagedorn dissenting.

If you were to believe what you see on the mainstream media, on social media and everywhere else, you would think there was a major revolution brewing – the people rising up and taking to the streets and to the statehouse halls screaming to throw the gates open and declare the pandemic over.

Don't believe it. It's an optical illusion.

Cincinnati City Council is expected to vote on an ordinance Wednesday that would impose civil fines instead of criminal penalties for businesses in the city who violate the state's public health orders and related safety guidelines.

Summer camp directors across the Tri-State are in limbo. As the economy slowly reopens, they're anxiously awaiting directives from state leaders about how or if they'll be able to operate this summer.

The Dublin Barber Shoppe in Dublin, Ohio, has been closed since the state shut down hair services in March.
Ryan Hitchcock / WOSU

Two studies released Monday by The Ohio State University researchers are helping federal officials understand the emerging unemployment crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Home for sale in Gahanna.
Debbie Holmes / WOSU

Matt Hairston is determined to keep looking for his first house, even as the ongoing pandemic decreases the already low number of homes available. These days, Hairston and his girlfriend, who live on the Northwest Side, spend more time searching for their dream home online.

A lone goose prowls the empty parking lot in front of a closed Kohl's department store.
Ryan Hitchcock / WOSU

Ohio has paid out more than $1.7 billion to over a half a million jobless Ohioans in the last seven weeks. But there another section of the state’s unemployment website that’s starting to get attention: a page where employers who are reopening can report workers who they say refuse to go back.

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