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How central Ohio is moving forward with COVID-19 3 years later

Wake Up CBUS is taking a closer look at how our lives have changed and how we're moving forward in the age of COVID-19.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — It's been three years since the world shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic has changed how we live, work and play. 

From vaccines to learning to work from home, Wake Up CBUS took a closer look at how our lives have changed and how we're moving forward while living with the virus.

When we look back three years ago, it's easy to remember the masks and the social distancing that came about during the pandemic.

Fast forward, central Ohio, let alone the nation, has evolved in more ways than one. City leaders say Columbus continues to transform before their eyes. 

During the pandemic, leaders called for educational learning to be done virtually to help slow the spread. With it came challenges for students with learning. Three years later, students of all ages are still struggling to catch up. 

Teachers are taking the chalkboard back to the drawing board. Educators across central Ohio are getting creative to help make up for the lost time. 

Supply chain operations were interrupted when COVID-19 cases started to rise and affected workflow. We looked at what the companies learned and their plans to stay resilient in the future. 

Restaurants had to quickly adapt in order to stay in business when they shut down during the pandemic. We examined how some of the new tactics restaurants implemented have kept them afloat and some of the challenges they're still facing. 

At its core, COVID-19 was a public health emergency. The emergence of vaccines and other medications has helped the world see a light at the end of the tunnel. 

Columbus Public Health Commissioner Dr. Mysheika Roberts discussed the long-term effects of the virus and pandemic and if we're ready for the next one. 

Leaders have learned a lot of lessons in the past three years.

Our time living with the infectious virus has produced laws that forever change how health is governed in Ohio. Businesses have adopted new strategies and technology that proved successful. 

One business in central Ohio utilized QR codes to connect with customers.

The pandemic also brought uncertainty to many people's lives. One central Ohio woman, Bonnie Brown, started creating watercolor paintings when the pandemic started three years ago. 

Today, Brown has created more than 1,000 paintings. She wanted others to feel happiness, be enlightened and instill inspiration. 

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