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COVID-19

Wed. 8:59 a.m.: More than 50 infected with virus at California nursing home

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Southern California nursing home has been hit hard by the coronavirus, with more than 50 residents infected — a troubling development amid cautious optimism that cases in the state may peak more slowly than expected. Cedar Mountain Post Acute Rehabilitation in Yucaipa ...

Wed. 8:52 a.m.: Rural areas fear spread of virus as more hospitals close

ARROLLTON, Ala. (AP) — As the coronavirus spread across the United States, workers at the lone hospital in one Alabama county turned off beeping monitors for good and padlocked the doors, making it one of the latest in a string of nearly 200 rural hospitals to close nationwide. Now Joe ...

Wed. 8:16 a.m.: Europe faces ICU crunch, rushes to build field hospitals

ROME (AP) — Facing intense surges in the need for hospital ICU beds, European nations are on a building and hiring spree, throwing together makeshift hospitals and shipping coronavirus patients out of overwhelmed cities via high-speed trains and military jets. The key question is whether they ...

Local company 3D printing visors for medical workers

YOUNGSTOWN — A company that designs and manufactures industrial-grade 3D printers for the additive manufacturing industry is using that expertise to help keep frontline medical workers safe during the novel coronavirus pandemic. JuggerBot 3D is 3D-printing visors needed for face shields and ...

Owner retrieves aggressive dogs

NEWTON FALLS — The owner of three dogs running loose in the village over the weekend has retrieved them, as police and the Trumbull County dog warden’s office investigate. A woman was bitten by one dog, and other residents were cornered and approached aggressively by the dogs. The pack ...

Coronavirus rattles the Mahoning Valley

COLUMBUS — More than 20 percent of the 39 reported COVID-19 deaths in Ohio are in the Mahoning Valley. The Ohio Department of Health on Monday listed eight virus-related deaths in the Valley, including three — two in Mahoning County and one in Columbiana County — officially reported ...

Officials note ‘rapid spread’ of COVID-19

WARREN — The Trumbull County Combined Health District, reporting Monday that a third person has died from COVID-19 in the county, wants people to pay attention to how fast it’s spreading. “We extend sympathy to the family and friends of this individual and ask that all residents of ...

Howland Township buildings to close

HOWLAND — Howland Township buildings will close to the public starting Wednesday, in response to a recommendation from the federal government to continue practicing social distancing through April 30. The buildings are expected to be opened to the public again May 1, according to township ...

Mental health professionals adapt during the pandemic

YOUNGSTOWN — Amid continuing concerns spurred by the spread of COVID-19, most people are electing to stay at home and self-isolate — and behavioral health care, like many other services, has had to adapt. In response to the virus, state and federal governments have lifted restrictions ...

1,000 pounds of fish will feed the needy

YOUNGSTOWN — Mahoning County Sheriff deputies traveled over the weekend to Massachusetts where they were able to pick up 1,000 pounds of haddock, which was prepared Sunday and Monday for distribution to area pantries served by the Second Harvest Food Bank. Dennis Malloy, Northeastern Ohio ...

US death toll from the virus eclipses China’s official count

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. death toll from the coronavirus climbed past 3,500 today, eclipsing China's official count, as New York's mammoth convention center started taking patients to ease the burden on the city's overwhelmed health system and the tennis center where the U.S. Open is held was ...

Florida docking plan in the works for ill-fated cruise ships

MIAMI (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard said today that it's working with Holland America on a detailed docking plan that would require two ships carrying passengers and crew from an ill-fated cruise to handle all medical issues without impacting South Florida's already-stressed hospitals. If a ...

Tue. 8:37 a.m.: White House turns to statistical models for virus forecast

WASHINGTON (AP) — Like forecasters tracking a megastorm, White House officials are relying on statistical models to help predict the impact of the coronavirus outbreak and try to protect as many people as possible. The public could get its first close look at the Trump administration's own ...

Tue. 8:27 a.m.: World virus infections top 800,000; Spain sees record deaths

MADRID (AP) — Spain's coronavirus deaths jumped by a record number today as the country's medical system strained to care for its tens of thousands of infected patients and the world total climbed to more than 800,000 case. In the United States, where the spread of the coronavirus has been ...

FDA approves purification of used masks

Gov. Mike DeWine wants to get respiratory masks used by first responders, hospital workers and others in the medical fields sterilized as quickly as possible, and it looks like he’s getting his wish. Late Sunday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a Columbus manufacturer to ...

Local missions adopt new procedures over virus

Many people are lucky enough to have a home to self-isolate in, but for those who utilize the local rescue missions, it’s not that easy. Those who rely on the missions for their basic needs — as well as those who work there — are constantly at risk of contracting COVID-19. Research ...

FBI warns about virus-related scams

From job losses to shrinking 401k funds, the COVID-19 virus already is hurting people financially. Scammers want to make it worse. The Cleveland office of the FBI issued an advisory about several potential scams. Mahoning County Sheriff Jerry Greene called it, “Just criminals being ...