Valley nursing homes managing COVID uptick with nationwide staffing shortage

Valley nursing homes managing COVID uptick with nationwide staffing shortage

According to the CDC, COVID transmission levels in Mahoning and Trumbull Counties remain high with Columbiana County not too far behind. Nursing homes in the Valley once the epicenter of the pandemic locally have rebounded, but said the recent COVID uptic

August 4th, 10:42 AM EDT by Madison Tromler
COVID levels nearly double in wastewater from the Warren area

COVID levels nearly double in wastewater from the Warren area

The increase of COVID-19 cases in communities is typically tracked by testing people with symptoms, an indicator that lags behind the actual spread of the disease.

July 19th, 6:50 AM EDT by Mike Gauntner
Cleveland Clinic pediatrician says COVID-19 vaccines safe for young children

Cleveland Clinic pediatrician says COVID-19 vaccines safe for young children

Dr. Guiliano said the COVID-19 vaccine will not interfere with other immunizations. 

June 20th, 11:40 AM EDT
COVID cases in Valley drop slightly, Mahoning Co. back to medium transmission risk

COVID cases in Valley drop slightly, Mahoning Co. back to medium transmission risk

According to the CDC COVID-19 County Check, which is used to monitor community transmission levels, Columbiana County remains at a low level. Trumbull County's community level is still listed as medium.

June 9th, 9:51 PM EDT by Corey Vallas
Another round of at-home COVID tests available for households

Another round of at-home COVID tests available for households

The tests are at-home tests (not PCR tests) and can be taken anywhere.

May 17th, 2:53 PM EDT by Corey Vallas
COVID-19 cases per 100k continue to rise in Mahoning Valley

COVID-19 cases per 100k continue to rise in Mahoning Valley

As of May 5, the state has an average of 146.9 cases per 100,000 people, an increase of about 45 cases per 100k.

May 6th, 5:26 AM EDT by Corey Vallas
Valley COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations rise in April

Valley COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations rise in April

Although the number of COVID-related hospitalizations is also on the rise, those being treated for serious symptoms remain relatively low.

April 22nd, 8:31 AM EDT by Mike Gauntner
Research: COVID-19 can cause stillbirths in unvaccinated women

Research: COVID-19 can cause stillbirths in unvaccinated women

The Cleveland Clinic reports that a new study is highlighting just how dangerous COVID-19 can be for pregnant women who are not vaccinated.

April 5th, 5:29 AM EDT
Youngstown City Schools, community partners to hold free wellness fair, vaccine clinic

Youngstown City Schools, community partners to hold free wellness fair, vaccine clinic

Anyone receiving their first dose of either Pfizer or Moderna vaccines will receive a $100 Visa gift card.

March 16th, 7:14 PM EDT by Zach Mosca
Company recalls unauthorized COVID-19 tests

Company recalls unauthorized COVID-19 tests

The Food and Drug Administration warns consumers of counterfeit COVID-19 antigen home tests being distributed in the United States.

March 14th, 4:54 AM EDT by Mike Gauntner
Red Cross blood donors can learn if they have COVID antibodies

Red Cross blood donors can learn if they have COVID antibodies

COVID-19 antibody test results will be available to donors one to two weeks after the donation.

March 11th, 5:29 AM EST by Mike Gauntner
Ohio to report COVID numbers weekly, instead of daily

Ohio to report COVID numbers weekly, instead of daily

Ohio health officials announced on Thursday that due to declining COVID-19 numbers, the state will switch from daily to weekly publication of data on the virus.

March 10th, 11:58 AM EST by Mike Gauntner
Poison control experts warn about liquid in COVID test kits

Poison control experts warn about liquid in COVID test kits

As Americans have started receiving government-issued COVID-19 test kits, poison control centers are cautioning people about a potentially toxic substance in the kits.

February 22nd, 7:30 AM EST by Mike Gauntner
Boardman schools making masks optional

Boardman schools making masks optional

Beginning Tuesday, masks will be strongly recommended but no longer required inside school buildings.

February 20th, 12:26 AM EST by Corey Vallas
YSU announces updates to COVID-19 contact tracing protocols

YSU announces updates to COVID-19 contact tracing protocols

When a positive case is reported in a classroom setting, students and faculty in the class will receive an email to let them know that they have been in close contact with someone who tested positive.

February 15th, 8:34 PM EST by Corey Vallas
Doctors say COVID is not over, but progress is being made

Doctors say COVID is not over, but progress is being made

As COVID-19 cases decline across the board, including in the Mahoning Valley, experts are starting to use the word "endemic" in hopes this pandemic is on the right track to becoming a thing of the past. "The good news is that cases are coming down to wher

February 1st, 10:41 AM EST by Madison Tromler
Ohio surpasses 2.5 million total COVID cases

Ohio surpasses 2.5 million total COVID cases

The Ohio Department of Health reported 9,932 cases Sunday.

January 23rd, 2:52 PM EST by Corey Vallas
Pennsylvania health officials urge pregnant women to get COVID-19 vaccine

Pennsylvania health officials urge pregnant women to get COVID-19 vaccine

"The evidence is clear that vaccines, including COVID-19 vaccines, are safe and effective and do not cause fertility issues in men or women," Dr. Johnson said.

January 11th, 11:25 PM EST by Corey Vallas
Unvaccinated Akron Children's Hospital employees being placed on leave

Unvaccinated Akron Children's Hospital employees being placed on leave

The employees being placed on leave will have a one-on-one meeting between them and their manager.

January 10th, 3:31 PM EST by Corey Vallas
Niles puts mask mandate in place for city-owned buildings

Niles puts mask mandate in place for city-owned buildings

Employees that have a medical reason to not wear a mask must provide valid recommendations to human resources from their doctor.

January 10th, 3:31 PM EST by Corey Vallas
Mercy Health allows COVID-positive workers with mild symptoms to return to work

Mercy Health allows COVID-positive workers with mild symptoms to return to work

The changes are in line with the CDC's contingency plan that allows COVID positive health care workers to work in the event of severe staffing shortages.

January 10th, 2:14 PM EST by Corey Vallas
YSU prepares for Monday's in-person classes amid Omicron surge

YSU prepares for Monday's in-person classes amid Omicron surge

As the Omicron variant of COVID-19 continues to spread across the nation, Youngstown State University administrators say they are committed to resuming in-person classes when the Spring semester begins on Monday.

January 7th, 5:58 AM EST by Mike Gauntner
Ohio reports nearly 600 hospitalizations in latest COVID update

Ohio reports nearly 600 hospitalizations in latest COVID update

As of January 5, 2022, only 16.1% of inpatient beds are available in Ohio and only 13.50% of ICU beds are available.

January 5th, 2:58 PM EST by Corey Vallas
Valley not currently receiving National Guard test site, Youngstown Mayor holds back mandate

Valley not currently receiving National Guard test site, Youngstown Mayor holds back mandate

Governor Mike DeWine announced the Ohio National Guard is setting up COVID-19 testing sites to take the burden off hospitals in Ohio cities, but none in the Mahoning Valley.

January 4th, 7:02 PM EST by Madison Tromler
YSU reports spike in COVID-19

YSU reports spike in COVID-19

Youngstown State University is reporting the second highest number of COVID-19 positive cases since fall classes resumed.

January 4th, 7:41 AM EST by Mike Gauntner
Ontario shuts schools, restaurants and gyms

Ontario shuts schools, restaurants and gyms

All schools in Canada’s most populous province will be shut down and move to online learning because of a record number of coronavirus infections fueled by the ultra-contagious omicron variant.

January 3rd, 11:43 AM EST by Mike Gauntner
Supply of free home COVID tests run out at all Mahoning County libraries

Supply of free home COVID tests run out at all Mahoning County libraries

A spokesperson for the library told 21 News in an email that as of 8 a.m., the Library’s phone lines are currently not working.

January 3rd, 8:33 AM EST by Mike Gauntner
Ohio surpasses 2 million COVID cases Friday

Ohio surpasses 2 million COVID cases Friday

82.9% of inpatient hospital beds are full in Ohio while 87.44% of ICU beds are taken.

December 31st, 3:24 PM EST by Corey Vallas
COVID home test kit distribution begins, ends early in Poland

COVID home test kit distribution begins, ends early in Poland

All 1,000 test kits were distributed in 40 minutes.

December 31st, 8:53 AM EST by Mike Gauntner
Columbiana closing City Hall to public over COVID concerns

Columbiana closing City Hall to public over COVID concerns

A third community in Columbiana County has announced that it is closing its government offices to the public as a COVID-19 precaution.

December 31st, 5:37 AM EST by Mike Gauntner
Lisbon, Wellsville village halls closed to public over COVID concern

Lisbon, Wellsville village halls closed to public over COVID concern

Government buildings in two Columbiana County communities have been closed to members of the public because of rising rates of COVD-19.

December 30th, 8:22 AM EST by Mike Gauntner
Mahoning County libraries distributing at-home COVID tests in January

Mahoning County libraries distributing at-home COVID tests in January

To get a test kit, you can call 330-744-8636 starting Monday, Jan. 3 to reserve them for curbside pick-up.

December 29th, 4:17 PM EST by Corey Vallas
Ohio breaks record for daily, monthly COVID cases

Ohio breaks record for daily, monthly COVID cases

The previous record was 279,317 in December 2020. So far in December 2021, Ohio has reported 285,506.

December 29th, 2:29 PM EST by Corey Vallas
Where to get a rapid COVID test before New Year's Eve

Where to get a rapid COVID test before New Year's Eve

The Youngstown Health Department is giving out 4,000 free Rapid COVID tests Wednesday, December 29th at 8 a.m. a the Covelli Centre.  

December 27th, 1:33 PM EST by Madison Tromler
Ohio Military Reserve members to help with staffing shortage at Cuyahoga Co. Corrections Center

Ohio Military Reserve members to help with staffing shortage at Cuyahoga Co. Corrections Center

Twenty-five OHMR members will begin their 30-day assistance at CCCC on December 28.

December 24th, 9:15 AM EST by Corey Vallas
Ohio National Guard being deployed to Mercy Health hospitals in Warren, Youngstown

Ohio National Guard being deployed to Mercy Health hospitals in Warren, Youngstown

During the Ohio Department of Health's COVID-19 update Wednesday, Mercy Health St. Joseph Hospital in Warren and Mercy Health St. Elizabeth Hospital in Youngstown were the first two hospitals named as deployment locations.

December 22nd, 6:46 PM EST by Corey Vallas
Ohio National Guard gearing up to support hospitals

Ohio National Guard gearing up to support hospitals

Members will be deployed this week in the Cleveland area for a testing site before others are sent to hospitals in Northeast Ohio.

December 20th, 5:48 PM EST by Lindsay McCoy
Youngstown health officials to distribute 5,000 free COVID home test kits

Youngstown health officials to distribute 5,000 free COVID home test kits

The free kits will be distributed at a drive-thru event.

December 20th, 8:02 AM EST by Mike Gauntner
Gov. DeWine deploys 1,050 National Guard to Ohio hospitals

Gov. DeWine deploys 1,050 National Guard to Ohio hospitals

The state is also working with a health care staffing company to hire nurses and other medical personnel from other states to ease the pressure on hospitals.

December 17th, 11:16 AM EST by Mike Gauntner
Ohio Health Director: COVID vaccine will keep you out of obituary pages

Ohio Health Director: COVID vaccine will keep you out of obituary pages

"Getting vaccinated now can keep you out of the hospital or out of the obituary pages," said Vanderhoff.

December 16th, 11:55 AM EST by Mike Gauntner
Health officials hand out 4,700 COVID 19 test kits at Canfield Fairgrounds

Health officials hand out 4,700 COVID 19 test kits at Canfield Fairgrounds

Each kit contains two tests, meaning that more than 9,400 tests are in the hands of people as families prepare for holiday gatherings.

December 16th, 7:32 AM EST by Mike Gauntner
Pennsylvania Senate aims to bar school COVID-19 vaccine rule

Pennsylvania Senate aims to bar school COVID-19 vaccine rule

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Republican-controlled Pennsylvania Senate approved legislation Monday to prevent school children from being required to get a COVID-19 vaccination to attend school, although it likely faces a veto by Gov. Tom Wolf. The bill passed on party lines, 28-21, and goes to the House of Representatives. Neither the state nor any school district in Pennsylvania require the COVID-19 vaccination to attend school. Wolf, a Democrat, opposes the bill and has no pla...

December 14th, 5:04 AM EST
Eastern Gateway returning to in-person classes for 2022 spring semester

Eastern Gateway returning to in-person classes for 2022 spring semester

Students have been learning remotely with a few exceptions for health care and hands-on classes throughout the Fall semester.

December 10th, 1:07 PM EST by Corey Vallas
Health officials handing out at-home COVID tests Wednesday in Canfield

Health officials handing out at-home COVID tests Wednesday in Canfield

MCPH will be handing out the tests on December 15 at the Junior Fair Event Center at the Canfield Fairgrounds.

December 9th, 8:34 PM EST by Corey Vallas
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