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COVID-19

Donation provides turkey, food for 500 city families

YOUNGSTOWN — “Are you hungry? I’m hungry. I can’t wait!” teacher Chris Stanley told a family driving up to the Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School on Mariner Avenue on Tuesday afternoon. He was talking about his Thanksgiving meal, which will be on Thursday. Stanley, who ...

Health districts: Stay home … please

A health advisory approved Tuesday by the Trumbull County Combined Health District is leading to the voluntary closure of all in-person instruction in K-12 schools. Athletics also are postponed, at least until Dec. 22. The COVID-19 advisory asks people to stay home except in essential ...

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 ...

Tue. 9:08 a.m.: For holiday travel, England uses tests to reduce quarantines

LONDON (AP) — In a boost to holiday travel that will be cheered by families and businesses, the British government has laid out a plan to reduce England's 14-day quarantine requirement for travelers from destinations not deemed safe to as little as five days if they test negative for ...

Tue. 8:53 a.m.: Thanksgiving could be make-or-break in US virus response

In Pennsylvania, if you're having friends over to socialize, you're supposed to wear a mask — and so are your friends. That's the rule, but Barb Chestnut has no intention of following it. "No one is going to tell me what I can or not do in my own home" said Chestnut, 60, of Shippensburg. ...

Ohio tops 350,000 cases as it nears 6,000 deaths

New coronavirus cases reported across the state on Sunday reached 8,133 — the second-highest daily total since March — with Ohio surpassing 350,000 cases since the pandemic began last spring. The Ohio Department of Health reported a total of 351,419 cases in Ohio since the pandemic began, ...

Mercy Health to indefinitely suspend some elective procedures

Mercy Health-Youngstown will indefinitely suspend elective procedures that require an overnight hospital stay starting Thursday. The decision, announced Monday by the healthcare provider, was made after "careful assessment and deliberation" as the viral pandemic continues to surge "to ...

Mon. 10:35 a.m.: Stocks open higher on Wall Street on latest vaccine hopes

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks edged higher in morning trading today after investors received several pieces of encouraging news on COVID-19 vaccines and treatments, tempering concerns over rising virus cases and business restrictions. The benchmark S&P 500 index rose 0.1 percent, led by ...

Mon. 9:14 a.m.: China tests millions after coronavirus flareups in 3 cities

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese authorities are testing millions of people, imposing lockdowns and shutting down schools after multiple locally transmitted coronavirus cases were discovered in three cities across the country last week. As temperatures drop, widescale measures are being enacted in ...

Mon. 8:43 a.m.: Global stocks rise on more good news on vaccines

BEIJING (AP) — World stocks and Wall Street futures rose today after more good news on potential vaccines but unease about anti-coronavirus restrictions on businesses. AstraZeneca said today that late-stage trials showed its coronavirus vaccine was up to 90 percent effective. The ...