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COVID-19

Wed. 8:47 a.m.: Pfizer says its COVID-19 vaccine protects younger teens

Pfizer announced this morning that its COVID-19 vaccine is safe and strongly protective in kids as young as 12, a step toward possibly beginning shots in this age group before they head back to school in the fall. Most COVID-19 vaccines being rolled out worldwide are for adults, who are at ...

Statewide vaccinations ticking up

More than twice as many Ohioans are vaccinated against COVID-19 than at the beginning of the month. Also, almost double the number of people in the state have started the vaccination process as of Monday compared to March 1. On March 1, 1,687,834 people, 14.44 percent of the population, ...

FEMA can reimburse funeral costs for virus victims

A new Federal Emergency Management Agency program will provide reimbursement for funeral costs of up to $9,000 for families whose loved one died from COVID-19. Tom Rossi of Joseph Rossi and Sons Funeral Home in Niles, and a past president of the Tri-County Funeral Directors Association that ...

Second Harvest shares thanks

YOUNGSTOWN — For Sgt. Ryan Jones of Youngstown, being able to spend time giving back to his hometown means a lot. “I like it because I know for sure that people of Mahoning County do need help,” Jones of the Army National Guard said, as he stood in an assembly line to fill 500 boxes for ...

Tue. 8:41 a.m.: Some medical experts unconvinced about holding Tokyo Games

TOKYO (AP) — The Tokyo Olympics open in under four months, and the torch relay has begun to crisscross Japan with 10,000 runners. Organizers say they are mitigating the risks, but some medical experts aren't convinced. "It is best to not hold the Olympics given the considerable risks," Dr. ...

Tue. 8:28 a.m.: World leaders call for pandemic treaty, but short on details

LONDON (AP) — More than 20 heads of government and global agencies called in a commentary published today for an international treaty for pandemic preparedness that they say will protect future generations in the wake of COVID-19. But there were few details to explain how such an agreement ...

Slight bump in local virus cases as vaccinations continue in Valley

Staff report The Ohio Department of Health reported 1,019 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, bringing the statewide total to 1,011,622. Twenty-seven new hospitalizations were reported. Mahoning County has recorded 20,120 coronavirus cases, 952 hospitalizations and 574 deaths since the pandemic ...

Mon. 8:48 a.m.: WHO report says animals likely source of COVID

BEIJING (AP) — A joint WHO-China study on the origins of COVID-19 says that transmission of the virus from bats to humans through another animal is the most likely scenario and that a lab leak is "extremely unlikely," according to a draft copy obtained today by The Associated Press. The ...

Mon. 8:31 a.m.: Happy Monday? England embarks on major easing of lockdown

LONDON (AP) — It's being dubbed Happy Monday, with open-air swimmers donning their wetsuits for the first time in months and rusty golfers doing their best to get their drives down the middle of the fairway. England has embarked on a major easing of its latest coronavirus lockdown that came ...

Back in classrooms

WARREN — About two-thirds of Warren City School District’s approximately 5,000 students returned to in-person learning five days per week over the last two weeks, while the remaining students have remained fully remote, according to Superintendent Steve Chiaro. Since the beginning of this ...

Ohio continues to see rise in cases

For the second day in a row, the state reported higher daily cases of COVID-19. On Saturday, the Ohio Department of Health reported 1,690 new cases, bringing the total to 1,010,603. On Friday, 2,742 new COVID-19 cases were reported, which was the most for a single day since Feb. 23. The ...

State posts most cases in month-plus

The state reported the most daily cases of COVID-19 in more than a month. The Ohio Department of Health reported 2,742 COVID-19 cases Friday. That’s the most for a single day since 2,775 on Feb. 23. It’s also considerably higher than the daily average of 1,556 for the past 21 days. The ...

Residents urged to report virus aid fraud crimes

CLEVELAND — Investigators for the Internal Revenue Service and the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Ohio are continuing investigating fraud and suspected financial crimes surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. They are urging residents to report any suspicious ...

State sees uptick in COVID-19 cases

Even with more Ohioans getting vaccinated, the state saw an increase in the number of new COVID-19 cases reported. Gov. Mike DeWine said Thursday there shouldn’t be a cause for alarm and urged people to get vaccinated. “The cases have plateaued,” he said. “We were coming down for a ...

Case numbers at Mahoning nursing homes drop

The number of COVID-19 cases at Mahoning County nursing homes and assisted-living facilities dropped this week from 33 to 29. Staff cases dropped from 28 to 23, while patient cases rose from five to six. There were 29 total cases at 21 facilities this week, two fewer facilities with cases ...

Fri. 9:13 a.m.: Aid groups call on Biden to develop plans to share vaccines

WASHINGTON (AP) — A coalition of nongovernmental organizations is calling on President Joe Biden to immediately begin developing plans to share an expected surplus of hundreds of millions of COVID-19 vaccine doses with the world, once U.S. demand for shots is met. Biden has repeatedly said ...

Legislature overrides Gov. Mike DeWine’s veto on health bill

The General Assembly overrode Gov. Mike DeWine’s veto of a bill that gives legislators the authority to end states of emergency and limit public health orders. On Wednesday, a day after DeWine’s veto, the Senate voted 23-10 to overturn it. That quickly was followed by a 62-35 vote in the ...

Thu. 9:08 a.m.: US jobless claims fall to 684,000, fewest since pandemic

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people seeking unemployment benefits fell sharply last week to 684,000, the fewest since the pandemic erupted a year ago and a sign that the economy is improving. This morning's report from the Labor Department showed that jobless claims fell from 781,000 ...

Thu. 8:53 a.m.: Torch relay for Tokyo Olympics kicks off its 121-day journey

TOKYO (AP) — The torch relay for the postponed Tokyo Olympics began its 121-day journey across Japan today and is headed toward the opening ceremony in Tokyo on July 23. The relay began in northeastern Fukushima prefecture, the area that was devastated by the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and ...