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COVID-19

Shortage of vaccines plagues Ohio

One month after the state rolled out its COVID-19 vaccinations, it has given a first dose to a mere 3.09 percent of Ohio’s population. And Gov. Mike DeWine acknowledged Thursday there aren’t enough COVID-19 vaccinations for even the state’s oldest and most vulnerable ...

Deaths, infections fall at Valley nursing homes

The number of COVID-19 deaths and infections at Mahoning Valley nursing homes continued to drop this week. It is welcome news, especially for Trumbull County facilities. There were five additional deaths at Trumbull County facilities this week. That is down considerably from the second ...

Fri. 10:32 a.m.: Stocks fall toward weekly loss as economy’s pain deepens

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are pulling lower again this morning after reports showed the pandemic is deepening the hole for the economy, as Washington prepares to throw it another lifeline. The S&P 500 was down 0.8 percent in early trading, with stocks of companies that most need a ...

Fri. 10:27 a.m.: Pfizer temporarily reduces European deliveries of vaccine

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — U.S. pharmaceutical company Pfizer confirmed this morning it will temporarily reduce deliveries to Europe of its COVID-19 vaccine while it upgrades production capacity to 2 billion doses per year. "This temporary reduction will affect all European countries," a ...

Fri. 8:40 a.m.: Biden taps former FDA chief Kessler to lead vaccine science

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden has picked a former Food and Drug commissioner to lead vaccine science in his drive to put 100 million shots into the arms of Americans in his administration's first 100 days and stem the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. David Kessler, who will have the ...

Not fair: Disappointment follows veto on state’s agricultural events

Rodney Arter, president of the Ohio Fair Managers Association Board of Directors, expressed disappointment with Gov. Mike DeWine’s veto of legislation to allow fairs to operate as usual in 2021. The decision could have a major impact on the 175th annual Canfield Fair, set for Sept. 1-6, and ...

Counties will detail shot sign-ups for seniors

The health districts in Mahoning and Trumbull counties today will announce details of how those 80 years old and older can sign up to get COVID-19 vaccinations. Gov. Mike DeWine last week gave counties until today to make announcements about the vaccinations for that age group, which makes up ...

Thu. 10:13 a.m.: Lebanon begins all-day curfew as virus spins out of control

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanese authorities began enforcing an 11-day nationwide shutdown and round the clock curfew today, hoping to limit the spread of coronavirus infections spinning out of control after the holiday period. For the first time, residents were required to request a one-hour permit ...

Thu. 9:39 a.m.: German lockdown loopholes criticized as deaths hit new high

Germany has too many loopholes in its coronavirus lockdown rules, the head of the country's disease control agency said as figures published today showed the highest number of daily deaths since the start of the pandemic. The Robert Koch Institute said 1,244 deaths from COVID-19 were ...

Thu. 8:55 a.m.: US unemployment claims jump to 965,000 as virus takes toll

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people seeking unemployment aid soared last week to 965,000, the most since late August and a sign that the resurgent virus has likely escalated layoffs. The latest figures for jobless claims, issued this morning by the Labor Department, remain at levels ...

Thu. 8:35 a.m.: WHO team arrives in Wuhan to investigate pandemic origins

WUHAN, China (AP) — A global team of researchers arrived today in the Chinese city where the coronavirus pandemic was first detected to conduct a politically sensitive investigation into its origins amid uncertainty about whether Beijing might try to prevent embarrassing discoveries. The ...

Vaccine details for Valley expected in next two days

Local health districts, emergency management agencies and vaccine providers are supposed to announce today or Thursday when and where those at least 80 years old can get COVID-19 vaccines, Gov. Mike DeWine said. Tracy Styka, a spokeswoman for Mahoning County Public Health District, said: ...

Wed. 9:08 a.m.: US COVID-19 deaths hit another one-day high at over 4,300

Coronavirus deaths in the U.S. hit another one-day high at over 4,300 with the country's attention focused largely on the fallout from the deadly uprising at the Capitol. The nation's overall death toll from COVID-19 has eclipsed 380,000, according to Johns Hopkins University, and is closing ...

Vaccination pace picks up, but still slow

The pace of COVID-19 vaccinations in Ohio has picked up in the last week, but the state has vaccinated less than 3 percent of its residents. The latest data from the Ohio Department of Health shows of the 304,976 total first-dose vaccinations in the state as of Monday morning, 142,034 were ...

Tue. 8:50 a.m.: US asking states to speed vaccine, not hold back 2nd dose

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is asking states to speed delivery of COVID-19 vaccines to people 65 and older and to others at high risk by no longer holding back the second dose of the two-dose shots, officials said this morning. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar ...

New cases decline in Valley

The state reported 28 new COVID-19 deaths Sunday, bringing the total to 9,627 since the coronavirus pandemic began last March. The Ohio Department of Health reported 6,088 new COVID-19 cases, bringing total cases to 777,065. It was the lowest one-day increase in five days. ODH also ...

Mon. 11:08 a.m.: China: WHO experts arriving Thursday for virus origins probe

BEIJING (AP) — Experts from the World Health Organization are due to arrive in China this week for a long-anticipated investigation into the origins of the coronavirus pandemic, the government said today. The experts will arrive on Thursday and meet with Chinese counterparts, the National ...

Preparing for the return

Most Mahoning Valley school districts are working to be open with students learning in their buildings by March, as desired by Gov. Mike DeWine. But they are concerned about making sure the buildings are safe for everyone inside them. DeWine last week said school districts wanting to have ...

Coronavirus death jump in Mahoning County unclear

According to the Ohio Department of Heath website, 10 COVID-19 deaths were reported Saturday in Mahoning County. However, the site appeared to have contradictory information. The website listed the number of deaths for Mahoning at 325, 10 more than were listed on Friday. But the bar graph ...