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COVID-19

Thu. 8:58 a.m.: Africa reaches 100,000 known COVID-19 deaths as danger grows

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Africa has surpassed 100,000 confirmed deaths from COVID-19 as the continent praised for its early response to the pandemic now struggles with a dangerous resurgence and medical oxygen often runs desperately short. "We are more vulnerable than we thought," the director ...

Vaccine numbers rise, COVID-19 cases fall

The number of new COVID-19 cases reported in the state is going down as more people are getting vaccinated. The Ohio Department of Health reported 1,816 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday, the third time in four days the number fell below 2,000. It was 1,809 Sunday, 1,915 Monday and 2,026 ...

Thu. 9:17 a.m.: US jobless claims jump to 861,000 as layoffs stay high

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment aid rose last week to 861,000, evidence that layoffs remain painfully high despite a steady drop in the number of confirmed viral infections. Applications from laid-off workers rose 13,000 from the previous week, which was ...

DeWine to Youngstown schools: Open soon

Gov. Mike DeWine is urging school districts — specifically mentioning Youngstown — to return to at least partial in-person classes by March 1. All but one K-12 school district in the state agreed to in-person instruction, at least in part, by March 1 in exchange for their adult staff ...

COVID-19 cases decline while state works on death numbers

The number of new COVID-19 cases in the state continues to decline while the Ohio Department of Health is working to figure out how many people have died from the virus. The ODH reported 1,915 new COVID-19 cases Monday, a day after reporting 1,809. It’s the first time the state reported ...

Despite some shortfalls, we’re making progress

The number of COVID-19 cases, deaths and hospitalizations have been on the decline in the Mahoning Valley and across Ohio. Vaccinations are being distributed more briskly, pharmaceutical companies are continuing to perfect new vaccine options and, hopefully, the economy will follow with an ...

Ohio continues to see drop in new virus cases

The Ohio Department of Health reported 1,809 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, bringing the total to 939,350 since the pandemic began almost a year ago. Six new deaths also were reported, moving the state’s total to 16,346. Hospitalizations rose by 64 over the last 24 hours, with eight ICU ...

Mon. 8:42 a.m.: No new community cases found in New Zealand since lockdown

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — As people in Auckland adjusted to a new lockdown today, health officials said they'd found no evidence the coronavirus had spread further in the community, raising hopes the restrictions might be short-lived. New Zealand's largest city was hurriedly placed ...

Vaccine madness

Despite concerns about COVID-19 vaccines sitting around, about 92 to 93 percent of all doses in the state are used within seven days after their distribution, according to the governor’s office. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s COVID-19 website, however, shows Ohio is ...