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COVID-19

COVID cases, deaths increase slightly locally

While some parts of the state have seen an increase in COVID-19 cases, locally the numbers of cases and death have been few as of Sunday. The Ohio Department of Health reported a total of 44,808 cases statewide since the pandemic began, leading to 2,700 deaths and 7,242 hospitalizations. Of ...

Mon. 8:37 a.m.: As virus spikes, Pakistan says there’s no choice but to open

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The coronavirus is spreading in Pakistan at one of the fastest rates in the world, and overwhelmed hospitals are turning away patients. But the government is pushing ahead with opening up the country, trying to salvage a near-collapsed economy where millions have already slid ...

Opioid crisis lingers amid coronavirus

WARREN — As COVID-19 still lingers in the Mahoning Valley and across the globe, another epidemic continuing to hit hard is the opioid crisis and the overdose deaths that accompany it. While many people were stuck at home during Ohio’s quarantine, there seems to have been an uptick in ...

Spike of COVID-19 cases slows in Ohio

After two days of high numbers of new reported COVID-19 cases in the state, Saturday saw 531 new probable or confirmed cases. Friday’s report showed 609 new cases and Thursday showed a spike of 700 new cases — a jump from previous weeks where new daily cases had been fewer than 500 since ...

Racino back in the game

AUSTINTOWN — Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course reopened Friday under state-mandated health and safety protocols. The state Route 46 facility will be open 8 to 3 a.m. and closed 3 to 8 a.m. for deep cleaning daily, and a limit of no more than 50 of the facility’s maximum ...

Silver screen returns to Robins

WARREN — Alex Bodie of Warren only knew the line “Of all the gin joints ...” as the title of a Fall Out Boy song. “I saw a clip and realized that must be where the song title comes from,” she said as she waited with David Wheeler for “Casablanca” to start at the Robins Theatre. ...

Pews fill up at area churches

Area churches have held worship services online or in parking lots as people practice social-distancing safety during the COVID-19 pandemic. In late May and early June, churches began reopening their doors for congregation members. More churches are planning to return to in-person worship ...

River Rock plans return for July 3

WARREN — River Rock at the Amp will return to the Warren Community Amphitheatre on July 3 with extensive rules to enforce social distancing. Sunrise Entertainment President Ken Haidaris said he submitted a proposal to the city health department that has been approved. “The city of ...

Virus cases increase at state prison

LEAVITTSBURG — While Trumbull County has seen a much smaller surge of nursing home coronavirus cases and deaths than Mahoning County and avoided the prison cases and deaths seen in Columbiana County’s federal prison at Elkton, virus cases are rising at the Trumbull Correctional ...

Fri. 8:11 a.m.: Britain lowers virus alert, Germany sees spike in cases

BERLIN (AP) — Britain lowered its coronavirus threat level one notch today, becoming the latest country to claim it's getting a national outbreak under control. The U.K.'s Joint Biosecurity Center recommended moving the COVID-19 risk in the country from the second-highest level, 4 - meaning ...

State deaths falling

Ohio is seeing a reduction in COVID-19 deaths, but Mahoning County remains a concern. No virus fatalities were reported Wednesday in Mahoning County — the first time in a week. But 44 COVID-19 deaths in Mahoning County were reported between June 1 and Wednesday. In comparison, Trumbull ...

Out of money

The state’s unemployment compensation fund is broke, forcing Ohio to borrow $3.1 billion from the federal government. Gov. Mike DeWine said Tuesday the system was running out of money before the COVID-19 pandemic hit. But the pandemic quickened its insolvency, he said. “That ($3.1 ...

State’s coronavirus deaths, cases flatten

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said Tuesday that while the virus is still present, the state is seeing the number of deaths and cases become “flat for well over a month.” On Tuesday, there were 24 reported COVID-19 deaths compared to the daily average of 28 for the previous 21 days. Also, there ...

Wed. 9:18 a.m.: Glued to the telly: English soccer returns, a nation sighs

MANCHESTER, England (AP) — English soccer's longest suspension since World War II comes to an end today, bringing the country's favorite sport back to a nation that has struggled to protect its citizens during the coronavirus pandemic. The Premier League, the richest soccer league in the ...

Wed. 8:19 a.m.: Beijing’s new outbreak raises fears for rest of the world

BEIJING (AP) — China raised its emergency warning to its second highest level and canceled more than 60 percent of the flights to Beijing today amid a new coronavirus outbreak in the capital — a sharp pullback for the nation that declared victory over the virus in March and a warning for ...

COVID test on fast track for OK

HUBBARD — Patent approval for a sub-one hour test to detect COVID-19 that was developed by a local biotech firm is on the fast track in a new program with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The application by NanoLogix for its enzyme-based test to detect quickly the virus was accepted ...

Area businesses called to ‘emerge’ safely from virus

WARREN — The Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber and tourism bureaus in Trumbull and Mahoning counties are encouraging local businesses to sign a pledge to emerge safely from the virus outbreak. The “Pledge to EMERGE Safely” assures customers and guests that each of the chamber’s ...