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WRITER: David Skolnick

COVID-19 deaths double in day in Mahoning

COVID-19 deaths in Mahoning County jumped by nearly 50 percent in one day. The number of deaths reported Wednesday in the county was 28 — up from 19 a day earlier. Mahoning is the leader, by far, among the 88 counties in the state for COVID-19 deaths. Cuyahoga, which has more than five times Mahoning’s population, is second with 23 deaths. The newly reported death figure “does not indicate the number ...

Brown endorses Biden for president

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown - who said a few months ago that he didn't see Joe Biden as the Democratic presidential nominee -- is endorsing the former vice president for the job. In a Tuesday statement from Biden's campaign, Brown said: "Joe Biden has dedicated his life to serving our country and has never forgotten whom he fights for: the millions of Americans who are working hard, but feel like they can't earn ...

Makeover of Covelli Centre into hospital begins

YOUNGSTOWN — While numerous local, state and federal officials toured the Covelli Centre a couple of times, it wasn’t until Gov. Mike DeWine announced that the downtown facility is one of the state’s six COVID-19 hospital overflow spaces that the arena got official confirmation of the designation. “We didn’t know for sure until we heard the governor say it” during his Monday afternoon news ...

Acton on coronavirus: Worst for Ohio is yet to come

By DAVID SKOLNICK Staff writer The number of COVID-19 confirmed deaths in the state is rising, with the Ohio Department of Health director saying the worst is still likely ahead of us. “Ohioans, we have a couple of hard weeks ahead of us,” Dr. Amy Acton, head of the department, said Tuesday. “The sacrifices we are making are painful sacrifices. But if we let up we will experience an even larger ...

DeWine targets Covelli Centre for makeover as hospital

With more than 1 in 5 confirmed COVID-19 Ohio deaths in the Mahoning Valley, the state is focusing medical resources on the area. The Youngstown-owned Covelli Centre is one of six locations in the state designated as a hospital overflow space, Gov. Mike DeWine said Monday. “After visiting locations and assessing for things such as distance to an existing hospital, conditions safe for patients and health ...

1 in 4 Ohio COVID-19 deaths in Valley

With five more reported COVID-19 fatalities in the Mahoning Valley, the three counties have 24 total deaths from the virus. That’s 1 in 4 COVID-19 deaths in Ohio as of Friday. The Ohio Department of Health reported at least 91 confirmed deaths in the state Friday, up from 81 a day earlier. The state listed three deaths as of Friday in Columbiana County. But that county’s health district said Friday ...

Order to stay home extended to May 1

Ohio extended its stay-at-home order to May 1 on Thursday as the number of confirmed COVID-19 deaths in Ohio reached 81, with 19 in the Mahoning Valley. Dr. Amy Acton, Ohio Department of Health director, announced Ohio extended the stay-at-home order to May 1 with at least 81 confirmed COVID-19 deaths in the state, including 19 in the Mahoning Valley. One new death each was reported Thursday in Mahoning and ...

Judge divides corruption trials

YOUNGSTOWN — A Mahoning County Common Pleas Court judge approved requests for ex-Youngstown Finance Director David Bozanich to have a separate trial from downtown developer Dominic Marchionda and 10 companies affiliated with him. They face numerous charges in a public corruption case. In her Thursday decision, Judge Maureen Sweeney cited a previous ruling she made that attorney Stephen Garea — a key ...

Prepare for an unusual primary

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Ohio and several other states are experiencing the most unusual primary election in our lifetime. With a few exceptions, everyone in Ohio is going to vote by mail or drop off their ballots at county boards of elections. This has already been a confusing election with the state canceling the March 17 in-person primary late the night before after failing to get a judge to do ...

State treasurer offers help to hospitals

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the state treasurer’s office is offering a program to provide financial stability to hospitals facing economic concerns. The Variable Rate Demand Obligation (VRDO) Stabilization Program “allows up to $900 million to be invested to stabilize hospitals’ short-term debt so they can focus on doing what they do best: caring for us and saving lives,” said Treasurer ...