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COVID-19

Fri. 9:10 a.m.: US employers add 49K jobs as unemployment falls to 6.3 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S employers added just 49,000 jobs in January, a sign that the viral pandemic retains a tight grip on the economy nearly a year after it triggered a painful recession. The tepid increase followed a decline of 227,000 jobs in December, the first loss since April. The ...

Fri. 8:52 a.m.: Ohio public school enrollment drops by 53,000 amid pandemic

COLUMBUS (AP) — Ohio's public school enrollment dropped significantly in autumn amid the coronavirus pandemic as widespread use of remote learning led some families to consider other options and some students disappeared from schooling altogether, state data shows. For pre-K through 12th ...

Ohio virus cases fall for 4th day

The number of new COVID-19 cases in Ohio increased daily over the past three days, but for the first time in three months, the number is below 4,000 for four consecutive days. The state was barely below 4,000 Wednesday with 3,991 COVID-19 cases reported. But the number of cases in Ohio ...

Police warn of unemployment benefit scams in area

Some area police departments, including Howland and Austintown, are seeing an uptick in the number of identity fraud cases being filed by residents. People are saying someone unknown is filing for pandemic unemployment claims in their names and claiming the government funds. A 70-year-old ...

Wed. 8:51 a.m.: Rights groups call for boycott of Beijing 2022 Winter Games

TOKYO (AP) — A coalition of 180 rights group today called for a boycott of next year's Beijing Winter Olympics tied to reported human rights abuses against ethnic minorities in China. The games are to open in one year, on Feb. 4, 2022, and are set to go forward despite the pandemic. The ...

Wed. 8:47 a.m.: WHO team visits Wuhan virus lab at center of speculation

WUHAN, China (AP) — World Health Organization investigators today visited a research center in the Chinese city of Wuhan that has been the subject of speculation about the origins of the coronavirus, with one member saying they'd intended to meet key staff and press them on critical issues. ...

COVID-19 numbers hit three-month low

Ohio reported its lowest two-day total number of new COVID-19 cases in three months. The state reported 3,287 cases Monday, a day after it listed 3,011 new cases, according to the Ohio Department of Health. It was the smallest number of COVID-19 cases over a two-day period since Nov. 1 ...