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COVID-19

Easy Street takes ‘Miracle’ to TV

Little Grinches are regular characters in Easy Street Productions’ “Miracle on Easy Street,” but neither the holiday-hating Grinch nor the COVID-19 virus will stop the Mahoning Valley Christmas tradition. Instead of a live production at Youngstown’s Powers Auditorium this year, Easy ...

Ohio records 49 new deaths but none in Mahoning Valley

The Mahoning Valley did not report any new deaths from COVID-19 on Friday, according to the Ohio Department of Health. Trumbull County remained at 126 deaths, while Mahoning and Columbiana counties stayed at 274 and 71 deaths Friday, respectively. Across the state, 4,403 deaths were ...

DeWine urges flu shots as start of season nears

As flu season approaches in the thick of the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Mike DeWine is urging “anyone who can get vaccinated” to do so. The plea came during DeWine’s news conference Thursday, when the governor shared that he and Ohio’s first lady Fran would receive their flu shots from ...

Nursing homes in Valley add 9 virus deaths

Columbiana County nursing homes and assisted-living facilities remain a hot spot for the coronavirus this week with four facilities showing the same number of cases now that they had last week. Only one saw a change: The Salem North nursing home had six patients and four staff cases last week ...

Fri. 8:51 a.m.: US remembers 9/11 as pandemic changes tribute traditions

NEW YORK (AP) — Americans are commemorating 9/11 with tributes that have been altered by coronavirus precautions and woven into the presidential campaign, drawing both President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden to pay respects at the same memorial without crossing paths. In ...

Fri. 8:46 a.m.: Virus spiking in eastern Europe; Hungary drafts ‘war plan’

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The number of new confirmed coronavirus cases spiked today in parts of eastern Europe, with Hungary and the Czech Republic registering all-time daily highs. Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said his government was drafting a "war plan" to defend against the ...

Thu. 9:04 a.m.: US layoffs remain elevated as 884,000 seek jobless aid

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits was unchanged last week at 884,000, a sign that layoffs are stuck at a historically high level six months after the viral pandemic flattened the economy. The latest figure released by the Labor Department this ...

Thu. 8:54 a.m.: Chiefs nix headdresses, face paint to start NFL season

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — Kansas City Chiefs fans who file into Arrowhead Stadium this morning for a masked and socially distanced start to the NFL season won't be wearing headdresses or face paint amid a nationwide push for racial justice following the police-custody death of George Floyd in ...

DeWine praises Ohio State on testing

Gov. Mike DeWine in his news conference on Tuesday discussed students returning to college and school this week and last week — praising the work of The Ohio State University for its testing of students and staff to keep everyone safe. The governor said health officials are reporting a sharp ...