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COVID-19

Parishes adapt to protect patrons

The next few days normally is a time when area churches are filled to capacity for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has forced churches to alter their services and traditions because of restrictions on crowd size and social-distancing guidelines. Many ...

Elderly next to get local vaccines

The next groups of Ohioans to be offered the COVID-19 vaccinations are those at least 65 years old, those with severe inherited or developmental disorders, and adults who work in schools that want to have in-person learning, Gov. Mike DeWine said. While DeWine said he didn’t have a specific ...

Vaccine arrives in Valley

Mercy Health-Youngstown, which operates three Mahoning Valley hospitals, has received its first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. The 4,800 doses are for Mercy Health’s medical staff and employees. The vaccine, which needs to be given in two doses, arrived Tuesday with about 400 employees ...

Wed. 9:23 a.m.: Global virus rules for Christmas: Tough, mild or none at all

In Peru, you can't drive your car on Christmas. In Lebanon, you can go to a nightclub, but you can't dance. In South Africa, roadblocks instead of beach parties will mark this year's festive season. How many people can you share a Christmas meal with? France recommends no more than six, in ...

Wed. 9:13 a.m.: US layoffs remain elevated as 803,000 seek jobless aid

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell by 89,000 last week to a still-elevated 803,000, evidence that the job market remains under stress nine months after the coronavirus outbreak sent the U.S. economy into recession and caused millions of layoffs. The ...

Wed. 8:51 a.m.: Isolation of UK eases but backlog could take days to clear

CALAIS, France (AP) — Goods and passengers from Britain began arriving on French shores today following a two-day blockade imposed because of a new variant of the coronavirus that had isolated the U.K. and raised fears of food shortages. But officials warned the backlog would take days to ...

Wed. 8:44 a.m.: Pfizer to supply US with additional 100M vaccines doses

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pfizer and BioNTech will supply the U.S. with an additional 100 million doses of their COVID-19 vaccine under a second agreement. The drugmakers said this morning that they expect to deliver all the doses by July 31. Pfizer already has a contract to supply the ...

Some sports in Trumbull to resume

Some area school districts expect to resume extracurricular activities, including sports, this week. LaBrae schools Superintendent A.J. Calderone said he expects sports teams to resume practices no later than the end of the school day today. Lakeview Superintendent Velina Jo Taylor, too, said ...

Tue. 9:28 a.m.: Biden to address COVID bill, holiday pandemic precautions

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden will speak this afternoon as the nation deals with a COVID-19 surge that's casting a shadow over the Christmas holiday this week. Biden will deliver remarks in Wilmington, Delaware this afternoon, where he's expected to speak on the $900 ...

Tue. 9:24 a.m.: US deaths in 2020 top 3 million, by far most ever counted

NEW YORK (AP) — This is the deadliest year in U.S. history, with deaths expected to top 3 million for the first time — due mainly to the coronavirus pandemic. Final mortality data for this year will not be available for months. But preliminary numbers suggest that the United States is on ...