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COVID-19

Wed. 9:12 a.m.: Biden: Nearly 3M get health coverage during COVID-19 sign-up

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden announced this morning that 2.8 million consumers took advantage of a special six-month period to sign up for private health insurance coverage made more affordable by his COVID-19 relief law. He called the number encouraging and urged Congress to help ...

Wed. 8:43 a.m.: Unvaccinated French health care workers face suspension

PARIS (AP) — Health care workers in France face suspension from their jobs starting today if they haven't been vaccinated against COVID-19. With as many as 300,000 workers still not vaccinated, some hospitals fear staff shortages will add to their strain. Vaccines are now compulsory for ...

Passing $1,000 vaccine bonus for Youngstown workers looks unlikely

YOUNGSTOWN — Mandating COVID-19 vaccination for city employees is one plan the administration is studying while a proposal to pay $1,000 bonuses for getting the shot still can’t get a vote by city council. As the administration considers ways to require city workers to be inoculated or ...

Faculty blasts YSU’s pandemic response

YOUNGSTOWN — The Youngstown State University faculty union wants a vaccine mandate put in place for the university community by Dec. 1. The YSU Ohio Education Association in a Monday news release said the university made certain guarantees to keep staff, faculty and students safe, but it ...

COVID-19 cases stay high in Ohio, Mahoning Valley

The number of COVID-19 cases in the state remains at levels not seen in eight months. The 5,568 new COVID-19 cases reported Monday is the most for a Monday in the state since Jan. 11 with 7,812 cases. The state has exceeded 5,000 daily cases in 11 of the past 14 days, according to Ohio ...

Tue. 8:36 a.m.: Putin in self-isolation due to COVID cases in inner circle

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin entered self-isolation after people in his inner circle became infected with the coronavirus, the Kremlin said today, adding that the leader himself tested negative for COVID-19. Putin, who is fully vaccinated with Russia's Sputnik V, held ...