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WRITER: Renee Fox

Surge in virus cases strains Ohio hospitals

By RENEE FOX Staff writer Ohio hospitals are seeing so many patients with COVID-19 that need to be admitted that they are transferring patients between hospitals and hospital systems to keep up, doctors said during a Monday briefing hosted by Gov. Mike DeWine. COVID-19-related hospital admissions in Ohio rose from 600 to 4,000 in 60 days, said Dr. Robert Wyllie, Cleveland Clinic chief of medical ...

Trumbull GOP leader still battling virus

WARREN — People infected with COVID-19 experience the disease in a myriad of different ways, but in the worst cases, isolation is a common feature. Kevin Wyndham, of Howland, has been in isolated quarantine away from his friends and family for six weeks since coming down with the virus, and still has not received the all-clear through a negative COVID-19 test. Wyndham was hospitalized with COVID-19 at ...

Valley adds 650 cases in 1 day

The Mahoning Valley added more cases in one day than ever before Friday, reaching nearly 650 new cases. In the past week, Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties have counted 2,787 new cases of COVID-19. The state reported 8,808 new cases Friday, but the report is incomplete, because thousands of reports are still pending review, according to the Ohio Department of Health. The state’s 21-day-long ...

DeWine: COVID-19 bill ‘a disaster’

Gov. Mike DeWine said he will veto a bill that would limit the Ohio Department of Health’s ability to implement health orders to confine the spread of disease now and in the future. “This bill would make Ohio slow to respond to a crisis, take tools away from this governor or future governors and put the lives of Ohioans in jeopardy. This bill is a disaster,” DeWine said. The bill likely is “well ...

Governor defends curfew that starts tonight

VIENNA — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine defended the statewide curfew that begins today at a press conference at the airport in Vienna. DeWine fielded numerous questions about the efficacy of a 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew with numerous exceptions. The stop at the airport was part of a tour DeWine is making to drive home COVID-19 precautions. He is expected to give a 2 p.m. update today. He and Dr. James Kravec, ...

Ohio curfew set to begin Thursday

WARREN — With a vaccine on the horizon, Gov. Mike DeWine is implementing a three-week, 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. general curfew, starting Thursday in an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and “build a bridge” to immunity. The curfew will not apply to those going to or from work, those who have an emergency, or those who need medical care. It is not intended to stop anyone from getting groceries or going ...

COVID-19 cases skyrocket in Valley

In just one week, the Mahoning Valley added 2,126 new COVID-19 cases in Trumbull, Mahoning and Columbiana counties, according to Ohio Department of Health data. Between Nov. 9 and Monday, Trumbull County added 859 positive cases, Mahoning County added 922 cases, and Columbiana County added 345 cases. TRUMBULL On Monday, 118 new cases were reported in Trumbull County, along with one death, bringing the ...

Trumbull coroner’s race was a close call

WARREN — Although local voters picked the Republican candidates for president, in a Trumbull County commissioners race and in other races, the Democratic candidate for coroner eked out a victory by a 1.82 percent margin. In the race, which drew 92,320 voters, between the county’s deputy coroner, Democrat Dr. Lawrence D’Amico, and Republican Dr. Larry Woods, 50.91 percent voted for D’Amico. The ...

Trumbull park levy defeated by slim margin

WARREN — Trumbull County voters defeated a Trumbull County MetroParks levy by a 1.76 percent margin. A new 10-year, 0.6-mill levy would have generated $2 million each year and cost the owner of a $100,000 home $22 per year in additional property taxes. If it had passed, it would have increased the budget for the MetroParks by more than 2,000 percent, catapulting past the $95,000 annual budget the system ...

Liberty to split bulk of CARES funds between police and fire

LIBERTY — Liberty trustees will spend the bulk of its $650,000 in CARES Act funds on payroll for the police and fire departments. Township trustees voted Thursday to spend about $405,000, equally on payroll and benefits for police officers and firefighters incurred between March 1 and Dec. 30. Township attorney Cherry Poteet said she referenced updated federal U.S. Treasury guidance on how the CARES Act ...