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Howland schools, Falls going remote this week

State reports 7,853 COVID-19 cases Sunday

As the Ohio Department of Health reported 7,853 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, more local school districts are going to remote learning as more students and staff are forced to quarantine.

With the new cases, the state’s coronavirus total reached 298,096 and likely will surpass the 300,000 mark today. Eight new deaths also were reported, bringing that total to 5,722.

Hospitalizations increased by 189 over a 24-hour period. Ohio has totaled 22,265 hospitalizations since the beginning of the pandemic.

Mahoning County reported 159 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, increasing its total to 5,492. The county has recorded 633 hospitalizations and 295 deaths.

Trumbull County reported 142 new cases to increase its total of 3,852, with 335 hospitalizations and 139 deaths.

Columbiana County added 73 cases Sunday, putting its total at 2,811 with 265 hospitalizations and 92 deaths.

Sunday’s number of new daily reported cases is the second-highest reported since the pandemic began, state health officials report. Over the last three days, the state has reported 23,639 cases of COVID-19. The numbers reported Friday, Saturday and Sunday are the three highest during the pandemic, with Friday’s reported 8,071 new daily cases the highest since Ohio began recording the data.

Newton Falls Superintendent Rocco Adduci said on the district’s website the entire district will move to remote learning starting today until Dec. 1.

“Many of you listened last week to Gov. (Mike) DeWine discuss the increase in COVID-19 cases across the state. We have also experienced an increase in cases within our district. We currently have a small number of staff and students that have tested positive, and after careful consideration, our administration team has determined it is in the best interest of our students and staff to go fully remote, effective immediately. There will be no extracurricular events or practices during this time,” Adduci said.

Howland High School and Middle School also are going to remote learning starting Tuesday until after Thanksgiving break. Grades K-4 will continue with in-person learning, according to an email from the district.

Poland Local Schools, Youngstown, Champion and Warren school districts also announced last week that they will be online only until after Thanksgiving break. Youngstown State University also will be fully remote after Thanksgiving break.

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