Woman in crash may face charges
A 29-year-old Youngstown woman involved in a serious one-car accident early Friday is expected to recover fully, but may be facing criminal charges.
According to Patricia Garcar of the Youngstown police, Latoya Martin, 29, of Philadelphia Avenue lost control of her car on U.S. Route 422 near the Madison Avenue Expressway shortly after 1 a.m., hitting a guardrail and flipping the car over. Martin was ejected from the car.
Police are investigating and looking to speak with Martin, who still is in hospital care but awake and alert.
Garcar said Martin was driving without a license, currently under 17 driving suspensions. She said charges against Martin for driving under suspension, failure to wear a seat belt and failure to control are all pending.
Visitor restrictions made at hospital
Akron Children’s Hospital on Friday implemented visitor restrictions to protect patients at all its facilities, including Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley, Boardman, because of increasing respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and influenzalike illnesses.
The restrictions are visitors should be healthy, free from fever, cough, colds or stomach-virus symptoms; visitation by children under 14 is limited to siblings; no more than two visitors, in addition to parents or guardians, should be in a patient room at any one time; only parents or guardians should visit in critical-care areas, such as pediatric and neonatal intensive care, special-care nurseries, the Burn Center, and hematology/oncology. Parents or guardians may arrange for visitors on a limited basis. Playrooms are open only to patients and their parents or guardians. Siblings must remain in the patient’s room.
Flu activity continues to climb
Flu activity continued to climb in Ohio causing one pediatric death in the state this week, according to the Ohio Department of Health.
The ODH would not release any information about the child’s death, except to say it did not occur in Mahoning, Trumbull or Columbiana counties. During the 2011-12 flu season, no pediatric deaths were reported, and one was reported in the 2010-11 season.
In its weekly flu update issued Friday, ODH said there have been 1,922 influenza-associated hospitalizations reported so far in the 2012-13 flu season compared with 175 in the 2010-11 season and 86 in the 2011-12 season.
Health officials say it is not too late to get the flu vaccine, which they say does not cause the flu but does take two weeks to develop full immunity.
Staph infection at middle school
A staph-infection breakout at Austintown Middle School caused the district to fumigate areas of the building, include athletic rooms.
“We’re doing extra cleaning — cleaning the floor, cleaning the walls,” said Superintendent Vincent Colaluca. “Unfortunately, this is a pretty consistent thing. It’s the second year it has happened.”
As is protocol, the school was cleaned after reports of staph infections came into the school. Colaluca said he was told of two cases.
The school also is planning to clean the areas this weekend as a final step to prevent more cases.