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COVID-19

Outdoors offer safer holiday option during pandemic

With the Fourth of July less than a week away, an extra emphasis has been placed on outdoor activities in the age of COVID-19 because the open air as well as the ability to easily social distance. As such, a number of state parks already have opened, while others plan to do so later this ...

1-day virus spike in Columbiana is 11% of state total

Ohio had its fourth consecutive day with more than 800 new COVID-19 cases reported Sunday, bringing the total to 50,309. Columbiana County accounted for 11 percent of the state’s new cases, adding 97 for a total of 1,197 cases. Its hospitalizations and deaths stayed the same, at 145 and 59 ...

City pushes renewal of income tax

WARREN — When firefighters Tom Rush and Shane Preston entered 3233 Tod Ave. NW at 8:36 a.m. March 24, it was less than a minute before any other emergency personnel arrived at the scene. The firefighters located resident Charles Miller, 49, unconscious on the floor between the kitchen and ...

Cases near record high in the state

The number of newly reported COVID-19 cases Friday in Ohio reached its highest total since April 20 during a week that saw a huge surge, while deaths from the virus slowed. The increase in COVID-19 cases is hitting states all across the country and Ohio saw its highest amount — 987 — ...

States retreat as new virus cases hit an all-time high in US

Texas and Florida clamped down on bars again today in the nation's biggest retreat yet as a surge across the South and West sent the number of confirmed new coronavirus infections per day in the U.S. to an all-time high of 40,000. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott ordered all bars closed, while Florida ...

Fri. 8:29 a.m.: Virus on rise in US, other countries with big populations

ROME (AP) — While China moved closer to containing a fresh outbreak in Beijing, the coronavirus took a stronger hold elsewhere, including the United States, where surging infections across southern states have highlighted the risks of reopening economies without effective treatment or ...

Valley adds two COVID-19 deaths

The Ohio Department of Health reported Wednesday more than 630 new COVID-19 cases, increasing the total from 46,127 to 46,759. As of Wednesday, the total cases reported in Ohio since the pandemic began have led to 2,755 deaths, which is an increase of 20; and 7,447 hospitalizations, which is ...

Thu. 8:33 a.m.: Masks, travel restrictions, testing as virus cases surge

BANGKOK (AP) — Coronavirus case numbers are rising to dire new levels in several U.S. states and around the world, potentially wiping out two months of progress in fighting the pandemic and prompting governments and businesses to impose new restrictions. Indonesia exceeded the 50,000 mark ...

Thu. 8:15 a.m.: Eiffel Tower reopens, ending 104-day coronavirus shutdown

Marking another milestone in France's recovery from coronavirus lockdown, the Eiffel Tower reopened to visitors today after its longest-ever closure in peace time: 104 days. Tourists who are trickling back to Paris were delighted to find the landmark open when some other attractions in the ...

Mike DeWine set to glimpse Endurance today

LORDSTOWN — Gov. Mike DeWine said he’s purposely avoiding attending Thursday’s public introduction of the Endurance, the all-electric pickup truck by Lordstown Motors Corp., because of the viral outbreak. Instead, the Republican and Lt. Gov. Jon Husted will get their first look today at ...

Virus cases stay above average for 6th straight day

For the sixth day in a row, the number of newly reported COVID-19 cases in Ohio was higher than average. The state reported 590 new cases Tuesday, which is higher than the daily average of 466 cases for the past 21 days. The number of reported cases Monday was 729, the highest it’s been ...

Warren Township fire training center ready

WARREN TOWNSHIP — While upgrade work has been completed to transform the fire station on North River Road into a fire training center, it’s not available for use yet because of the coronavirus pandemic. Fire Chief Randy Daniels said Tuesday at the trustees meeting the building is set up ...

OH WOW! center closed until May 2021

YOUNGSTOWN — OH WOW! The Roger & Gloria Jones Children’s Center for Science & Technology will remain closed until May 2021 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and it will use the downtime to relocate its West Federal Street entrance. “Safety is our top priority,” Suzanne ...

Some states break virus records as US caseload grows anew

HOUSTON (AP) — Coronavirus hospitalizations and caseloads hit new highs in over a half-dozen states as signs of the virus' resurgence mounted, with newly confirmed infections nationwide back near their peak level of two months ago. After trending downward for six weeks, the U.S. caseload ...

Wed. 7:57 a.m.: US citizens likely to be left out as Europe reopens borders

BRUSSELS (AP) — Americans are unlikely to be allowed into Europe when the continent reopens its borders next week, due to how the coronavirus pandemic is flaring in the U.S. and President Donald Trump's ban on Europeans entering the United States. European nations appear on track to reopen ...

Niles Wellness Center reopens

NILES — The Niles Wellness Center at Waddell Park, which was closed for more than two months because of the coronavirus pandemic, has reopened with new guidelines in place for keeping visitors safe. Niles Park Board President Harry Salapata said new park director Mark Pallante informed them ...

Three more COVID-19 deaths reported today in Valley

Three more COVID-19 deaths were reported today in the Mahoning Valley — one each in Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties. Overall, there 340 COVID-19 deaths have been reported in Valley — 225 in Mahoning, 56 in Trumbull and 59 in Columbiana counties. There have been 2,735 COVID-19 ...

Fauci says ‘it will be when not if’ for a COVID-19 vaccine

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government's top infectious disease expert told a House committee today he believes "it will be when and not if" there will be a COVID-19 vaccine and that he remains "cautiously optimistic" that some will be ready at the end of the year. Dr. Anthony Fauci has returned ...

Tue. 8:46 a.m.: Fauci to testify at a fraught time for US pandemic response

WASHINGTON (AP) — With coronavirus cases rising in about half the states and political polarization competing for attention with public health recommendations, Dr. Anthony Fauci returns to Capitol Hill today at a fraught moment in the nation's pandemic response. The government's top ...

Tue. 8:32 a.m.: German region in new lockdown after slaughterhouse outbreak

BERLIN (AP) — German authorities today slapped new lockdown measures on a western region that has had a surge of coronavirus infections linked to a slaughterhouse, trying to make sure the cluster doesn't fuel a wider contamination in the community. More than 1,550 people have tested ...