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Your Morning Matters: Beer has its day

Reporter Jess Hardin chatted with St. Joseph Warren Hospital's Dr. Jill Uberti about getting back to normal after the vaccine.

Good morning and welcome to your Morning Matters.

It’s Wednesday, April 7, 2021, and today is the second National Beer Day in a row to be celebrated a.) in the middle of the week; and b.) during a pandemic.

The day marked the enactment of the Cullen–Harrison Act after it was signed into law on March 22, 1933, by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who famously uttered "I think this would be a good time for a beer" as he did so. This allowed the sale of "3.2 beer," which contained 3.2 percent alcohol considered too low to produce actual drunkenness.

On this day in 1933, 1.5 million barrels of beer were consumed by a public fed up with prohibition (which formally ended the following December). To put that consumption into perspective, in 2019, approximately 180 million barrels of beer were produced — and presumably consumed — in the United States, an average of a little less than 500,000 barrels per day.

For some reason, the U.S. Census Bureau has other beer facts. In Akron, the Summit Brew Path launches today.

Yet, this is likely to be another sad National Beer Day for purveyors of libations. According to, "The global pandemic ... decimated the industry. As many as 110,000 restaurants have closed since the pandemic was declared, according to the National Restaurant Association, and food-service sales have fallen $255 billion in the year since."

Hang on, barkeeps! Vaccinations are hopefully making for better beer days ahead!

Let’s make today count!

And here are more of the things you need to know about what's happening in the Mahoning Valley:

With more than 2 million Ohioans fully vaccinated, people are wondering: "What can I do once I've gotten my shots?"

Reporter Jess Hardin chatted with Dr. Jill Uberti, vice president of Medical Affairs at St. Joseph Warren Hospital, to answer questions you may have about getting back to normal after the vaccine. Some of the answers for the fully vaccinated out there might surprise you.

Pandemic facts

  • In the U.S.: 30,843,737 confirmed cases; 556,486 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University & Medicine at 8 p.m. April 6.
  • In Ohio: 1,028,800 confirmed or suspected cases; the new adjusted COVID-19 death total is 18,741.
  • In Pennsylvania: 1,049,655 confirmed cases; 25,237 deaths.
  • In the Mahoning Valley: 20,463 confirmed or suspected cases in Mahoning County; 15,215 in Trumbull; and 8,419 in Columbiana.
  • Dow Jones Industrial Average: Closed at 33,430.24, down 96.95 points, or 0.29 percent.

Other matters

Flying HIGH Inc. hopes its new Professional Development Center removes barriers to quickly connect job seekers to employers. The center was launched Tuesday, and it allows anyone to walk in for access to immediate job opportunities. Mahoning Matters

Among the notable Valley entities featured in today's Business Updates are the Educational Service Center of Eastern Ohio, the Oak Hill Collaborative, Youngstown Area Goodwill Industries, Public Library of Youngstown & Mahoning County, OH WOW!,  Central YMCA of Youngstown, 27 WKBN-TV and ONE Health Ohio. Mahoning Matters

Undercover police have cited two Lawrence County bars — Six Packs Bar and Grill in Shenango Township and the Keystone Bar in Ellwood City — for alleged violations of COVID-19 health orders. WFMJ

The owner of the California Palms Addiction Recovery Campus is appealing a sheriff’s sale of the property for $4 million to the Los Angeles-based Pender Capital Asset Based Lending Fund. The Business Journal [May require registration.]

The Bar Processing Corporation, a company in Newton Falls, is having a job fair today. Pay starts at $14.25 per hour with perfect attendance and production incentive bonuses. WKBN

The mystery of the body found in a Westlake Terrace apartment in 1995 has been solved with dental evidence showing that the body is that of America Williams, 30. The Vindicator [May encounter paywall.]

In case you missed it

A year ago, scientists, politicians and the public alike hoped the warmer summer weather would slow the spread of the coronavirus. Instead, the summer of 2020 brought the largest spikes in cases. What will happen this year? Mahoning Matters

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Event of the day

Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership will have a virtual information session at 7 p.m. about the resources it offers through the GROW program. Community garden volunteers and people interested in community gardens throughout Trumbull County can learn more about the resources offered for community gardens and urban agriculture. To register, click here.

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