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COVID-19

Lakeview parents push return to in-school learning

HOWLAND — The COVID-19 pandemic has changed how school systems operate. While many school districts are getting by, parents of students in the Lakeview Local School District believe being in school is not only safe but the best option for students to learn, rather than the hybrid or remote ...

Gov. Mike DeWine keeps 10 p.m. curfew

With the state’s 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew set to expire Saturday, Gov. Mike DeWine said it will be extended but didn’t give a new end date. He said Thursday the number of COVID-19 cases and deaths are too high to lift the curfew restrictions. But DeWine said the next step would be to ...

State nursing home COVID-19 infections drop

COVID-19 infections at Mahoning Valley nursing homes and assisted-living facilities leveled off while the totals statewide dropped significantly. The number of deaths locally climbed by three. The results were mixed at the three local prisons. The number of Mahoning County nursing homes and ...

Fri. 8:54 a.m.: 2 films offer 2 tales ahead of Wuhan lockdown anniversary

WUHAN, China (AP) — Two new films about Wuhan were released today, the eve of the anniversary of the start of a 76-day lockdown in the central Chinese city where the coronavirus was first detected. How they were released and who their audiences are stand in stark contrast. The first, a ...

Fri. 8:44 a.m.: Biden ordering stopgap help as talks start on big aid plan

BALTIMORE (AP) — President Joe Biden plans to take executive action today to provide a stopgap measure of financial relief to millions of Americans while Congress begins to consider his much larger $1.9 trillion package to help those affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The two executive ...

Vaccine effort picks up, but remains slow

With the state vaccinating those at least 80 years old this week for COVID-19, the number of doses given is picking up. But the total COVID-19 vaccines still lags well behind the number of people eligible to receive them. The Ohio Department of Health reported that as of 6 a.m. Wednesday, ...

Locals can’t meet demand for vaccine

Today is the start of vaccinating Ohioans at least 80 years old — though there aren’t nearly enough doses this week to give to even 25 percent of that age group. With a limited amount of vaccines available and high demand, there have been issues for some calling health departments, ...

Tue. 8:34 a.m.: China sees virus outbreaks across its northeast

BEIJING (AP) — China was dealing with coronavirus outbreaks across its frigid northeast today, prompting additional lockdowns and travel bans ahead of next month's Lunar New Year holiday. The country reported another 118 cases today, with 43 of those in the province of Jilin. Hebei province ...

Overdoses crept back up in 2020

Increased isolation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted people with substance use disorders, local mental health officials said. In Trumbull County, accidental drug overdose deaths increased in 2020, over data from 2019 and 2018, but the number has not risen to the highs of 2017, ...

Man allegedly hid 3 months at Chicago airport due to virus

CHICAGO (AP) — A California man who told police that the coronavirus pandemic left him afraid to fly has been arrested on charges that he hid in a secured area at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport for three months. Aditya Singh, 36, is charged with felony criminal trespass to a ...

Mon. 11:51 a.m.: EU insists virus shots will remain voluntary

The European Union sought today to ease concerns that citizens might be obliged to get shots against the coronavirus before they're allowed to travel, as debate swirls over the use of vaccination certificates to help reopen tourism across the 27-nation bloc. The European Commission has been ...

State adds more than 5,200 COVID-19 cases

The Ohio Department of Health reported more than 5,200 new COVID-19 cases Sunday, bringing total cases to 826,754 statewide. Statewide deaths rose to 10,200 — an increase of 65 — and hospitalizations rose to 43,189 — an increase of 141. Mahoning County cases increased by 48 for a ...

Virus cases, deaths continue to rise across state

The death total from COVID-19 continues to climb across Ohio. On Saturday, the Ohio Department of Health reported 10,135 deaths, an increase of 76 from Friday — the same day the state surpassed 10,000 deaths from the virus. Trumbull County had an increase of two deaths Saturday, while ...

NEOCAP staying virus-free so far

WARREN — An official at the alternative lockup facility in Warren last week reported no positive COVID-19 cases among its residents during the span of the pandemic. “Over the past few months, we have isolated eight residents,” said Jake Jones, director of the Northeast Ohio Community ...

State tops 10K COVID-19 fatalities

More than 10,000 people in Ohio have died as a result of COVID-19. The state surpassed that milestone in the numbers reported Friday by the Ohio Department of Heath. The statewide total stands at 10,057 deaths with the addition of 67 fatalities. Three of those deaths were from the Mahoning ...

Trumbull County gets 2,300 vaccine doses

HOWLAND — Trumbull County has received 2,300 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine and will begin distribution next week with one of the main locations to be the Trumbull County Fairgrounds in Bazetta, where a drive-thru vaccination clinic will begin Wednesday. The vaccine also has been given to ...