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COVID-19

Urgency needed in passing COVID relief legislation

Despite an effort by a bipartisan coalition of dozens of members of Congress, agreement on a new COVID-19 relief bill seems no closer than a month ago. More disturbing than the failure of negotiators is what appears to be a willingness to just let the issue go. At least there will be no ...

DeWine cites boy’s death to push for gun bill

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine cited the shooting death of a 4-year-old Struthers boy when calling on lawmakers Tuesday to take up a bill that would increase penalties for gun possession. DeWine used the first part of his coronavirus update to speak about gun violence across the state. Rowan ...

Valley COVID-19 cases slow down in September

The number of newly reported COVID-19 cases in Ohio has come down in the past week with September on pace to be the third-highest month for virus cases in the state. As of Monday, 22,008 COVID-19 cases were reported for the first 21 days of September. That’s an average of 1,048 cases a ...

Judge Dellick appointed to tech task force

YOUNGSTOWN — Mahoning County Juvenile Court Judge Theresa Dellick has been appointed to a statewide, Ohio Supreme Court-appointed task force on improving court operations by using remote technology. The iCOURT Task Force is charged with reviewing Ohio courts’ use of technology to ...

No new Valley virus deaths reported Sunday

Staff report The Ohio Department of Health reported three new COVID-19 deaths on Sunday with none reported in the Mahoning Valley. As of Sunday, a total of 144,309 COVID-19 cases, an increase of 762, have been reported in Ohio since the pandemic began, leading to 4,615 deaths and 14,773 ...

Weekly deaths hit 3-month high

More COVID-19 deaths in the Mahoning Valley have been reported so far this week than any other week in more than three months. As of Friday, 18 deaths were reported in the Valley: nine in Columbiana, five in Mahoning and four in Trumbull counties. It’s the most reported COVID-19 deaths in ...

State unemployment claims trending down

The number of Ohioans who sought unemployment assistance fell to 16,294 last week — the fourth straight week claims shrunk, yet still enormous in comparison to this time last year, according to the latest figures from the state. Across the U.S., jobless benefit claims fell to 860,000, a ...

Valley’s new COVID-19 cases among lowest in state

While nearly one in four counties in Ohio exceed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s threshold for high incidents of COVID-19, the Mahoning Valley’s counties are among the lowest in the state. Gov. Mike DeWine said Thursday 21 of the state’s 88 counties exceed the ...

COVID-19 deaths in Ohio high for second straight day

For the second consecutive day, the number of newly reported COVID-19 deaths in the state was quite high. There were 49 reported deaths Wednesday, a day after 87 were reported. The average for the past 21 days was 24 COVID-19 deaths reported per day. But that doesn’t mean all of the ...

City readies spending of $2.9 million in COVID-19 relief funds

YOUNGSTOWN — With city council approving legislation to accept $2.92 million in federal COVID-19 relief money, the administration will now focus on where those dollars will go. Kyle Miasek, interim finance director, said he will be working with department heads over the next three weeks or ...