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Ohio has reported 15,970 new COVID-19 cases over the last seven days, bringing the state's t… Read more


Parents of children in the Solon City School District raised concerns about the mental healt… Read more

Ohio has reported 11,013 new COVID-19 cases over the last seven days, bringing the state's t… Read more

The largest credit bureaus will soon be giving some Americans a break from medical debt. Read more

Ohio has reported 8,731 new COVID-19 cases over the last seven days, bringing the state's to… Read more

Dr. Anthony Fauci has given an upbeat assessment of the state of the coronavirus in the U.S., saying the country is “out of the pandemic phase” on new infections, hospitalizations and deaths. But the top infectious disease expert says it appears to be making a transition to becoming an endemic disease — occurring regularly in certain areas. He told the PBS “NewsHour” Tuesday it's still a pandemic for much of the world, but the threat is not over for the U.S. In comments Wednesday to The Washington Post, Fauci seemed to clarify his remarks, saying that unlike the “full-blown explosive pandemic phase” of the winter omicron surge, he was describing an apparent transition toward COVID-19 becoming an endemic disease. Read more

Vice President Kamala Harris has tested positive for COVID-19, the White House says. It's a sharp new reminder of the persistence of the highly contagious virus even as the U.S. eases restrictions in a bid to revert to pre-pandemic normalcy. Neither President Joe Biden nor first lady Jill Biden was considered a “close contact” of Harris in recent days. The White House said Tuesday that Harris tested positive on both rapid and a PCR tests, and said she “has exhibited no symptoms.” Harris will isolate at her residence but continue to work remotely, and would only return to the White House once she tests negative for the virus. Read more

Ohio has reported 6,890 new COVID-19 cases over the last seven days, bringing the state's to… Read more

Ohio has reported 4,808 new COVID-19 cases over the last seven days, bringing the state's to… Read more

Ohio has reported 3,828 new COVID-19 cases over the last seven days, bringing the state's to… Read more

Ohio has reported 3,103 new COVID-19 cases over the last seven days, bringing the state's to… Read more

With places beginning to open back up and people being able to gather together in person aga… Read more

Ohio has reported 3,668 new COVID-19 cases over the last seven days, bringing the state's to… Read more

The Cleveland Orchestra removed its face mask requirements for concerts and events at Severa… Read more

Ohio has reported 3,605 new COVID-19 cases over the last seven days, bringing the state's to… Read more

Among the many challenges we collectively faced in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic was the… Read more

In partnership with community pharmacies like Marc’s in Fairlawn, Sand Run Pharmacy in Akron… Read more

Ohio will transition from daily to weekly COVID-19 data reporting beginning March 17, Ohio D… Read more

Dr. Sean Roth told the Cleveland Jewish News, there “aren’t any words to describe” what being a front-line worker was like in the early stages of the pandemic. Read more

Ohio's 21-day average of COVID-19 cases dropped below 1,000 on March 11, the first time sinc… Read more

The latest coronavirus headlines

U.S. regulators have authorized a COVID-19 vaccine booster for healthy children ages 5 to 11. Everyone 12 and older already was supposed to get one booster dose for the best protection against the newest variants of the coronavirus. Some people, including those 50 and older, can choose a second booster. The Food and Drug Administration’s action Tuesday now opens a third Pfizer shot to elementary-age kids, too -- at least five months after their last dose. There is one more hurdle. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention must decide whether to formally recommend the booster for this age group.  Read more

The Ministry of Health is also debating whether or not to end the isolation requirement for coronavirus patients.

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The U.S. death toll from COVID-19 has hit 1 million, less than 2 1/2 years into the outbreak. That is a once-unimaginable figure that only hints at the multitudes of loved ones and friends staggered by grief and frustration. The figure is based on data kept by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The number of dead is equivalent to a 9/11 attack every day for 336 days. It is roughly equal to the number of Americans who died in the Civil War and World War II combined. It’s as if Boston and Pittsburgh were wiped out. Some of those left behind say they cannot return to normal. They replay their loved ones’ voicemail messages. Or watch old videos to see them dance. When other people say they are done with the virus, they bristle with anger or ache in silence. Read more

Testing for COVID-19 has plummeted globally, making it tougher for scientists to track the course of the pandemic and spot worrisome viral mutants as they emerge and spread.  Experts say testing has dropped by 70-90% worldwide from the first to the second quarter of this year. Rates are particularly low in low-income countries. That’s the opposite of what experts say should be happening with new omicron variants on the rise in places such as the U.S. and South Africa. In the U.S., a shift toward home testing has also obscured efforts to track the virus. Read more

The count of U.S. deaths from COVID-19 is nearing 1 million, and there's a wealth of data making clear which groups have been hit the hardest. More than 700,000 people 65 and older died. Men died at higher rates than women. White people made up most of the deaths overall. Yet an unequal burden fell on Black, Hispanic and Native American people considering the younger average age of minority communities. Racial gaps narrowed between surges then widened again with each new wave. Most deaths happened in urban counties, but rural areas paid a high price at times.  Read more

U.S. regulators are strictly limiting who can receive Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine due to a rare but serious risk of blood clots. The Food and Drug Administration said Thursday the shot should only be given to adults who cannot receive a different vaccine or specifically request J&J’s vaccine. The decision is the latest restriction to hit the company's vaccine, which has long been overshadowed in the U.S. by the more effective shots from Pfizer and Moderna. In December, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended using the Moderna and Pfizer shots over J&J’s because of its safety issues. Read more

The World Health Organization is estimating that nearly 15 million people were killed either by the coronavirus or by its impact on overwhelmed health systems in the first two years of the pandemic. That is more than double the current official death toll. The U.N. health agency said in a report released Thursday that most of the fatalities were in Southeast Asia, Europe and the Americas. It says missed deaths in India alone ranged between 3.3 million to 6.5 million.  India, however,  disputed the U.N. agency’s methodology. Accurately counting COVID-19 deaths has been hard to do, as confirmed cases represent only a fraction of the devastation wrought by the virus. That's largely due to limited testing and the differences in how countries count COVID-19 deaths.  Read more

The number of coronavirus cases in Israel continues to drop with 497 patients hospitalized.

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Moderna is asking U.S. regulators to open its COVID-19 vaccine to the nation's youngest children. Kids under 5 are the only group in the U.S. not yet eligible for vaccination. Frustrated parents are waiting impatiently for a chance to protect them. Moderna submitted data to the Food and Drug Administration Thursday. The company hopes the FDA will rule in time for tots to start getting vaccinated by summer. It's a complex decision partly because while other countries give Moderna shots to older children, the U.S. so far has restricted them to adults. Rival Pfizer also is studying its vaccine in the littlest kids. Read more

“The expression ‘Judeovirus,’ which anti-Semites spread online, encapsulated the deep-seated superstitions against Jews,” said Dina Porat, a professor and founder of the Center for the Study of Contemporary European Jewry at Tel Aviv University.

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COVID-19 vaccines still offer strong protection against severe illness and death, but Moderna and Pfizer are testing combination shots as a possible new kind of booster. The vaccines now available in the U.S. were made to fight the original version of the virus. Variants are chipping away at some of their benefits, particularly their effectiveness against mild infection. The newer vaccine versions being tested are mixes — the original vaccine plus protection against the super-contagious omicron mutant. Other companies are pursuing nasal vaccines that might one day better prevent milder infections. The hunt for improvements comes amid concern that “booster fatigue” may dampen public confidence in the successful shots.  Read more

Masks will still be required at high-risk locations such as hospitals, nursing homes and flights.

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The mandate is to be lifted on April 23 at 8 p.m., excluding high-risk locations such as hospitals, old-age homes and flights.

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The Justice Department says it will not appeal a federal district judge’s ruling that ended the nation’s federal mask mandate on public transit unless the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention believes the requirement is still necessary. A judge in Florida on Monday ended the sweeping mandate, which required face coverings on planes and trains and in transit hubs. Justice Department spokesman Anthony Coley said Tuesday that officials believe the federal mask order was “a valid exercise of the authority Congress has given CDC to protect the public health.” The CDC continues to assess public health conditions, and if the agency determines a mandate is necessary, the Justice Department will file an appeal. Read more

A decision by a federal judge in Florida to throw out a national mask mandate in public transportation across the U.S. has created a patchwork of rules that vary by location. Passengers on a United Airlines flight from Houston to New York, for instance, could ditch masks at their departing airport and on the plane, but would have to put them back on once they get to New York. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had extended the mandate until May 3 to allow more time to study the BA.2 omicron subvariant of the coronavirus. The Biden administration said Monday the rule would not be enforced while federal agencies decide how to respond. Read more

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