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MANSFIELD -- Richland County officials are considering a local COVID-19 messaging system that could utilize DRM Productions and its retriever digital signage program.

"We had a Zoom meeting with local partners (Tuesday) morning on what we could do to get pertinent messaging out to the community," Richland County Commissioner Marilyn John said.

One possibility is placing the digital monitors in the county courthouse and other county buildings, John said, allowing the sharing of updated, local information about COVID-19 and what local residents can do to help fight against the spread of the virus.

"The Ohio Department of Health has provided us some messaging examples," John said. "But we also want the community to see the impact of the epidemic on our local county, the numbers we are seeing locally and what we can do personally to impact them."

The messages can easily be changed and updated, John said.

"In normal times, there is quite a bit of traffic that comes in and out of the (county courthouse). Having a messaging board there would be helpful since there are still people who come here for a variety of reasons," John said.

DRM officials are expected to make a presentation to all three commissioners on the project, perhaps at the next meeting scheduled Dec. 1. Commissioners will not meet Thursday due to the Thanksgiving holiday.

Also on Tuesday, commissioners approved spending up to $1,500 toward the Downtown Mansfield Christmas Light project, an effort being spearheaded by the Richland Community Development Group.

The northwest corner of the front lawn of the county courthouse will have the lights, "so it coordinates with what is happening in Central Park and also down Main Street," John said.

She said the hope is for all of the lights, being created by Mansfield resident Scott Trumpower, to be in place and lit by Dec. 4, when is when the City of Mansfield Christmas tree will be officially lit.

"Our hope is that we can draw people to the downtown and boost businesses that have been devastated by the pandemic," John said.

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