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COVID-19

Biden leads Trump in state poll

Click here for an interactive polling map of Ohio. A new poll that shows President Donald Trump trailing former Vice President Joe Biden in Ohio also reveals that Biden’s “strong” supporters here outnumber Trump’s — a snapshot of the state less than 100 days from an election that ...

Saturday numbers show smaller increase in cases

While 23 of the past 25 days have seen reported coronavirus case increases of more than 1,000 statewide, a comparatively lower increase of 928 was reported Saturday by the Ohio Department of Health. The decrease comes after Wednesday to Friday set a new record high for a three-day span with ...

COVID-19 cases increase by 944 in Ohio

The weekend saw an increase of 944 COVID-19 cases, bringing the statewide total to 93,031. The Ohio Department of Health reported 3,529 deaths statewide Sunday, an increase of 14. Wednesday to Friday set a new record high for a three-day span with 4,662 cases reported statewide. To ...

Hospitals struggle with backlog

Joyce Faber’s elective surgery has been postponed twice so far this year. It’s been rescheduled for September, but she’s worried the lengthy wait could cause complications. “My son is graduating with his doctorate in December,” she said in a recent interview. “I’m worried I ...

Mon. 10:07 a.m.: Parents struggle as schools reopen amid coronavirus surge

DALLAS, Ga. (AP) — Putting your child on the bus for the first day of school is always a leap of faith for a parent. Now, on top of the normal worries about teachers and lessons and adjusting to new routines, there's COVID-19. Rachel Adamus was feeling those emotions at sunrise this morning ...

Mon. 8:47 a.m.: Spain’s new wave of infections hits the young, middle-aged

SANT SADURNÍ D'ANOIA, Spain (AP) — Like most Spaniards, Emma Gaya thought the worst of the pandemic was behind her. Spain's government had ended a three-month lockdown after an COVID-19 onslaught that claimed at least 28,400 lives in the European Union nation. To kickstart its stalled ...

‘Masks, masks, masks’

WARREN — Trumbull County’s enforcement of state rules requiring face masks has been more challenging than in some counties, because the rules were changed here one extra time. Trumbull County had its own face mask order July 9 to 16 because the county was considered at high risk for ...

Back on the job

WARREN — The 29 city employees who accepted voluntary furloughs in May are expected to return to work this week. Most of those 13 who accepted the furloughs work out of the city’s water department, according to city records. The next highest number of employees — eight — work in the ...

Food trailer blues

BAZETTA — Several food-trailer proprietors were hopeful this strange COVID-19 summer of 2020 would be just be a blip and things could get back to normal soon. About a dozen trailers set up along the main drive Friday afternoon for the Trumbull County Fair Board’s third and last “food ...

Ohio sets 3-day case record

Ohio broke its record for the most reported COVID-19 cases during a three-day span with 4,662 between Wednesday and Friday. While the number of cases declined Friday for the first time this week, the 1,533 number is the fifth-most for a single day since the start of the pandemic. Thursday’s ...

Warren business loan program ending

WARREN — A loan program established by the city to help small businesses reopen and purchase personal protective equipment is set to end Aug. 15. Using a portion of $702,138 the city received from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic (CARES) Act, Warren established a forgivable ...

Gov. Mike DeWine seeks 10 p.m. cutoff of liquor sales

Gov. Mike DeWine is asking the Ohio Liquor Control Commission to call a meeting to consider enacting an emergency rule not to permit the sale of alcohol at bars and restaurants after 10 p.m., effective today. The commission was to meet at 9 a.m. today to consider the proposed rule and is ...

Cases decline at Mineral Ridge facility

MINERAL RIDGE — A Mineral Ridge nursing home saw a significant drop in the number of coronavirus cases this week, compared to last week. Continuing Healthcare at the Ridge went from seven patient cases last week to three this week and from seven staff cases last week to zero this week. It ...

WRTA giving employees ‘hero bonus’

The Western Reserve Transit Authority, which operates a bus service in Mahoning and Trumbull counties, voted Thursday to give employees an extra week of pay or a “hero bonus” for working closely with the public during the pandemic. WRTA’s board members voted to give the bonus despite ...

Fri. 10:37 a.m.: Britain delays easing of lockdown as virus spread speeds up

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson put some of the country's next steps out of lockdown on hold today with just a few hours' notice, saying the number of new coronavirus cases was on the rise for the first time since May. The government's top medical adviser warned that it ...

Fri. 9:55 a.m.: US consumer spending up 5.6%, but virus could stall gains

WASHINGTON (AP) — American consumers increased their spending in June by a solid 5.6 percent, helping regain some of record plunge that occurred after the coronavirus struck hard in March and paralyzed the economy. But the virus' resurgence in much of the country could impede further ...

Fri. 8:45 a.m.: Hong Kong postpones elections by a year, citing coronavirus

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam announced today that the government will postpone highly anticipated legislative elections by one year, citing a worsening coronavirus outbreak in the semi-autonomous Chinese city. The Hong Kong government is invoking an emergency ordinance in ...

Fri. 8:43 a.m.: US sinks another $2.1 billion into a potential vaccine

LONDON (AP) — Pharma giants GlaxoSmithKline and Sanofi Pasteur have announced they will supply 100 million doses of its experimental COVID-19 vaccine to the United States as governments buy up supplies in hopes something will work. The United States will pay up to $2.1 billion "for ...

COVID cases rise every day this week

The number of reported COVID-19 cases has increased every day this week, with Wednesday having the seventh-most for a day since the pandemic started. Wednesday, 1,396 cases were reported, up from 1,320 Tuesday. Monday had 1,104 and Sunday, 889 — the latter being the first time since July 7 ...

DeWine calls for sale of alcohol to stop at 10 p.m.

COLUMBUS — Gov. Mike DeWine is asking the Ohio Liquor Control Commission to call a meeting to consider enacting an emergency rule to not permit the sale of alcohol after 10 p.m., effective Friday. The commission is meeting at 9 a.m. Friday for the proposed rule. Under DeWine's proposal, ...