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COVID-19

Rapid virus test gets patent

HUBBARD — The biotech firm here that created a COVID-19 detection test that reduces the wait time for results from days to less than one hour has won U.S. patent approval on the technology. Also, NanoLogix Inc. is seeking international protection over the intellectual property under the ...

Hubbard city building closing to public

HUBBARD —With recent advisories from the Trumbull County Combined Health District to increase social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19, new day-to-day operation adjustments to protect the health and safety of Hubbard employees and the community will be put in place. Mayor Ben ...

Fri. 10:33 a.m.: Keep cool: Germany preps vaccine drive as COVID cases hit 1M

TUTTLINGEN, Germany (AP) — Hulking gray boxes are rolling off the production line at a factory in the southern town of Tuttlingen, ready to be shipped to the front in the next phase of Germany's battle against the coronavirus as it became the latest country to hit the milestone of 1 million ...

Fri. 9:43 a.m.: Tokyo Olympic organizers plan to host 18 test events

TOKYO (AP) — The postponed Tokyo Olympics are getting a kickstart. Local organizers today announced a series of 18 test events set to begin in March and run into May. The Tokyo Olympics are set to open on July 23, 2021, after being postponed eight months ago because of the COVID-19 ...

Fri. 8:42 a.m.: S. Korea agency says N. Korea executed people, shut capital

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has ordered at least two people executed, banned fishing at sea and locked down the capital, Pyongyang, as part of frantic efforts to guard against the coronavirus and its economic damage, South Korea's spy agency told lawmakers ...

Fri. 8:28 a.m.: Black Friday offers beacon of hope to struggling stores

NEW YORK (AP) — After months of slumping sales and businesses toppling into bankruptcy, Black Friday is offering a small beacon of hope. In normal times, Black Friday is the busiest shopping day of the year, drawing millions of shoppers eager to get started on their holiday spending. ...

Trumbull County joins purple watchlist

Trumbull County joined 10 other counties on the watchlist to move to the most severe category in the Ohio Public Health Advisory System, according to the Ohio Department of Health. Counties have to remain on the Level 4 watchlist for two weeks before officially moving to ...

Accolades for firefighter

WARREN — Warren Fire Lt. Don Beauchene was a servant. He was a humble man who gratefully served his wife, family, city and, really, anyone needing a helping hand. Beauchene, 54, a born-again Christian, found that serving others made his life more fulfilling and taught a greater ...

Valley health officials plead with public to stay home

A health advisory approved Tuesday by the Trumbull County Combined Health District is leading to the voluntary closure of all in-person instruction in K-12 schools. Athletics also are postponed, at least until Dec. 22. The COVID-19 advisory asks people to stay home except in essential ...

Valley joblessness falls but remains highest in state

Jobless numbers in Trumbull and Mahoning counties fell sharply in October, marking the second consecutive month unemployment in the region shrank, yet they remain in a four-way tie for the highest rate in the state. It’s a similar situation for jobless rates in Warren and in Youngstown ...

Vaccines may be available to Ohioans by mid-December

COLUMBUS — Ohio could see its first batch of up to 30,000 doses of a coronavirus vaccine by Dec. 15, with fresh supplies arriving every few days, Gov. Mike DeWine said Tuesday, citing calls his office had with the White House. The first batch would come from a Pfizer-produced vaccine, ...

Wed. 9:07 a.m.: US jobless claims rise to 778,000 as pandemic worsens

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits rose last week to 778,000, evidence that the U.S. economy and job market remain under strain as coronavirus cases surge and colder weather heighten the risks. The Labor Department's report this morning said jobless ...

Wed. 8:38 a.m.: Global stocks edge lower after Dow crests 30,000

TOKYO (AP) — Global shares mostly edged back today after the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed above 30,000 points for the first time as investors cheered news of progress on the development of coronavirus vaccines. The Dow appeared set to edge back from its record high on the open, with ...

Wed. 8:36 a.m.: Global push to end domestic violence, worse amid COVID-19

PARIS (AP) — With domestic violence on the rise amid the coronavirus pandemic, activists are holding protests today from France to Turkey and world dignitaries are trying to find ways to protect millions of women killed or abused every year by their partners. The pope called for global ...

Area hospitals stressed by influx of patients; Second Harvest gives out food

Ohio hospitals are seeing so many patients with COVID-19 that need to be admitted that they are transferring patients between hospitals and hospital systems to keep up, doctors said during a Monday briefing hosted by Gov. Mike DeWine. COVID-19-related hospital admissions in Ohio rose from 600 ...

Tue. 9:08 a.m.: For holiday travel, England uses tests to reduce quarantines

LONDON (AP) — In a boost to holiday travel that will be cheered by families and businesses, the British government has laid out a plan to reduce England's 14-day quarantine requirement for travelers from destinations not deemed safe to as little as five days if they test negative for ...

Tue. 8:53 a.m.: Thanksgiving could be make-or-break in US virus response

In Pennsylvania, if you're having friends over to socialize, you're supposed to wear a mask — and so are your friends. That's the rule, but Barb Chestnut has no intention of following it. "No one is going to tell me what I can or not do in my own home" said Chestnut, 60, of Shippensburg. ...

County GOP chair still fighting virus

WARREN — People infected with COVID-19 experience the disease in a myriad different ways, but in the worst cases, isolation is a common feature. Kevin Wyndham, of Howland, has been in quarantine away from his friends and family for six weeks since coming down with the virus and still has ...

Ohio tops 350,000 cases as it nears 6,000 deaths

New coronavirus cases reported across the state on Sunday reached 8,133 — the second-highest daily total since March — with Ohio surpassing 350,000 cases since the pandemic began last spring. The Ohio Department of Health reported a total of 351,419 cases in Ohio since the pandemic began, ...

Relief funds limit loss at Covelli Centre, Youngstown amp

YOUNGSTOWN — Even though only two events were held at the Youngstown Foundation Amphitheatre and one at the Covelli Centre during the third quarter, the city-owned facilities’ loss for July to September was a mere $3,565. That’s because JAC Management Group, which runs the two locations ...