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COVID-19

No new COVID-19 deaths in Valley reported

The Ohio Department of Health reported three new COVID-19 deaths on Sunday with none reported in the Mahoning Valley. As of Sunday, a total of 144,309 COVID-19 cases, an increase of 762, have been reported in Ohio since the pandemic began, leading to 4,615 deaths and 14,773 hospitalizations. ...

Farm bureau honors achievements

FOWLER — The challenges of the coronavirus pandemic did not prevent area farmers, farm bureau members and volunteers from advancing and strengthening agriculture this year. Mary Smallsreed, president of the Trumbull County Farm Bureau, said she was very appreciative of the farm bureau ...

Falls goes remote after possible COVID-19 case

NEWTON FALLS — The school district will be fully remote today after officials reported a possible positive COVID-19 case in the district. All students K-12 will be remote and follow their “purple” schedules, which have been placed on the school website for students and parents to ...

City loans help firms

WARREN — Trumbull Family Fitness has placed wall-mounted thermometers and plexiglass dividers and purchased hundreds of dollars of sanitizing equipment, supplies, masks and other personal protective equipment with the $5,000 it received from a grant provided by the city’s Community ...

Valley ends week with no new reported deaths

After a particularly bad week for coronavirus deaths last week — 18 in the tri-county area — no new deaths were reported Saturday, and the area had a net gain of nine new cases. Mahoning County reported an increase of seven cases since Friday, according to statistics from the Ohio ...

State gives guidance on goodies

The Ohio Department of Health “is strongly recommending” that hayrides and haunted houses be canceled or avoided because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but it hasn’t banned them. Lance D. Himes, the department’s interim director, released Halloween guidelines Friday, urging people to use ...

Weekly deaths hit 3-month high

More COVID-19 deaths in the Mahoning Valley have been reported so far this week than any other week in more than three months. As of Friday, 18 deaths were reported in the Valley: nine in Columbiana, five in Mahoning and four in Trumbull counties. It’s the most reported COVID-19 deaths in ...

State reports rise in nursing home COVID-19 deaths

Almost none of the nursing homes and assisted-living facilities in Mahoning, Trumbull or Columbiana counties had any changes in the number of COVID-19 cases, the Ohio Department of Health reported in its weekly count Wednesday. But deaths at long-term care facilities rose in each county, led ...

State unemployment claims trending down

The number of Ohioans who sought unemployment assistance fell to 16,294 last week — the fourth straight week claims shrunk, yet still enormous in comparison to this time last year, according to the latest figures from the state. Across the U.S., jobless benefit claims fell to 860,000, a ...

Valley case numbers sit near state bottom

While nearly one in four counties in Ohio exceed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s threshold for high incidents of COVID-19, the Mahoning Valley’s counties are among the lowest in the state. Gov. Mike DeWine said Thursday 21 of the state’s 88 counties exceed the ...

Health care workers get thanks for service

WARREN — Each day, health care workers go to work at hospitals not always knowing what they will face, especially during the coronavirus pandemic. To show appreciation to the nurses, environmental service workers, respiratory therapists, kitchen workers and other hospital staff, local ...

Dominion rates up 72 cents in September over August

WARREN — The rate for Dominion Energy Ohio’s standard choice and standard service offers will be $2.72 per thousand cubic feet (Mcf), up 25 cents, or 10.4 percent, from the September 2019 rates of $2.47 per Mcf. The September rates are up 72 cents, or 36.2 percent, from the August 2020 ...

Bazetta looks to spend virus funds

BAZETTA — Township trustees and department heads are reviewing capital improvement projects and purchases they could make to benefit the community with the $330,000 in CARES Act funds that has been received or still is coming. Trustee Chairman Ted Webb said at Tuesday’s meeting specific ...

State tackles COVID’s economic havoc

On the day it was announced that Ohio has seen 87 new COVID-19-related deaths, Gov. Mike DeWine was working to head off economic challenges brought about by the pandemic by unveiling a jobs initiative intended to help unemployed Ohioans seeking work. The effort comes as the state remains slow ...

Graduate rate gains please school chiefs

CLICK HERE to find more details about your school’s report card. Given the limited data available on the state report cards this year, it can be challenging to gauge how well a particular school or district is performing. Ohio’s school districts received report cards without letter ...

The trick? Giving out the treats

GIRARD — Saying it’s the holiday he receives the most phone calls about, Girard Mayor James Melfi said he and other area mayors have been discussing what to do about Halloween trick or treat this year. Plans are still being worked out for trick or treating during this coronavirus ...

Schools receive no letter grades

WARREN — Ohio schools will receive report cards today, but without grades. Yes, you can blame this on COVID-19, too. Unlike state report cards in past years, there will be no letter grades for districts or individual schools because of the pandemic and closing in-person classes last ...

Area districts get connectivity grants

Mahoning Valley school districts received $2,725,908.23 in Broadband Ohio Connectivity grant awards. These dollars will be used, in part, to ensure that students are connected to the school districts online, whether they are attending classes in their regular school buildings, are attending ...

Ohio sees increase in cases during September

The state is seeing an increase in the average number of new COVID-19 cases reported during the first 14 days of September compared to the month of August. September is currently on pace to be the second-highest month for new cases reported in a month with only July being higher. As of ...

Protesters can’t mask their rage

SANDUSKY — The state health department pushed back on questions about people who refuse to wear masks where they are mandated. “The best answers to these questions should come from the local health department,” Melanie Amato, a press secretary for the Ohio Department of Health, told the ...