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COVID-19

Donors step up to provide blood

YOUNGSTOWN — Wanting to help out in this novel coronavirus pandemic, area residents came out Sunday to do their part at a six-hour blood drive hosted by the Jewish Community Center. Michael Rawl, executive director of the JCC, said when he was on a recent conference call with the United ...

DeWine eyes aid to first responders

COLUMBUS — 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 has contacted President Donald Trump for his help in getting the process started today. Late Sunday, the U.S. Food and ...

Rescue missions responding to COVID-19 crisis

Most of us 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 shows ...

Panera to provide meals for Ohio children

WARREN — Panera and Warren-based Covelli Enterprises announced a partnership with the Children’s Hunger Alliance (CHA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to provide freshly prepared meals to Ohio children in need. The announcement came during a press briefing last week in the ...

Mental health resources are available

AUSTINTOWN — With mandated closures and social distancing spurred by the COVID-19 pandemic, therapists and counselors are finding themselves with more and more clients. Austintown counselor Sarah Thompson of Pursuing Change Counseling said the fear weighing on so many people is the “what ...

Wildlife might get active if humans stay quiet

The COVID-19 pandemic already has shown its ability to reshape behavior in nature as evidenced by the returning of dolphins to the canals of Venice in Italy. With limited boat traffic the waters there have cleared to illustrate what could happen if humans back away from regular life ...

YCSD trains online

YOUNGSTOWN — While schools are closed to slow coronavirus spread, Youngstown City School District educators are at work, sharpening their vocabulary instruction skills through Keys to Literacy. East High School launched its online professional development and coaching Wednesday, with 9th- ...

Boardman firefighter exam changed to online

BOARDMAN — The township has changed the application process for open positions on the fire department because of COVID-19 restrictions and will not be giving the civil service examination as planned. The entry level firefighter position pays $30,800 annually plus benefits. Applications are ...

Mon. 9:08 a.m.: City at center of China’s virus outbreak gradually revives

WUHAN, China (AP) — Shopkeepers in the city at the center of China's virus outbreak were reopening today but customers were scarce after authorities lifted more of the anti-virus controls that kept tens of millions of people at home for two months. "I'm so excited, I want to cry," said a ...

Mon. 8:59 a.m.: Trump extends virus guidelines, braces US for big death toll

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bracing the nation for a coronavirus death toll that could exceed 100,000 people, President Donald Trump extended restrictive social distancing guidelines through April, bowing to public health experts who presented him with even more dire projections for the expanding ...