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Biden to talk up health insurance cost cuts during today's visit to Columbus

Biden to talk up health insurance cost cuts during today's visit to Columbus

Today marks the 11th anniversary of then-President Barack Obama signing the Affordable Care Act. Biden, who as vice president was at Obama's side at the signing ceremony, is scheduled to tour the James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute before his speech.
Ohio's COVID-19 testing dropped 50% since November. Do we still know the extent of COVID-19 spread?

Ohio's COVID-19 testing dropped 50% since November. Do we still know the extent of COVID-19 spread?

It's not clear if the state has a plan to ramp up testing amid the spread of coronavirus variants. Meanwhile, as the state reached the grim milestone of 1 million COVID-19 cases, the governor also issued a new health order on nursing home visits and said Ohioans age 16 and older could be eligible to get the vaccine starting this week.
WEEKLY COVID-19 TRENDS | Ohio coronavirus cases jump after weeks of decline

WEEKLY COVID-19 TRENDS | Ohio coronavirus cases jump after weeks of decline

The circulation of contagious variants throughout the country combined with a nationwide drop in coronavirus testing have experts warning of a potential post-spring break surge — if we're not careful. 
LEGISLATIVE MATTERS | Cutrona pushes for legislation honoring the late Don Manning

LEGISLATIVE MATTERS | Cutrona pushes for legislation honoring the late Don Manning

State Rep. Al Cutrona recently introduced House Bill 191, which would designate a bridge on state Route 164 in Mahoning County as the Don Manning Memorial Bridge. In other matters, Gov. Mike DeWine on Saturday signed House Bill 67 into law.
$28M in federal funds to help clean air at Ohio senior facilities

$28M in federal funds to help clean air at Ohio senior facilities

Gov. Mike DeWine announced the money will become available to nursing homes, assisted living centers and adult day care centers that invest in HVAC improvements to weaken coronavirus' spread.
DeWine picks ex-judge as new Ohio utility commission chair

DeWine picks ex-judge as new Ohio utility commission chair

Jenifer French will succeed Sam Randazzo, who resigned as the state's top utility regulator in November days after FBI agents searched his Columbus townhome and Akron-based FirstEnergy Corp. revealed company top executives had paid him $4.3 million to end a consulting contract.
Ohio reporting 1,089 new COVID-19 cases; 68 new cases in the Valley

Ohio reporting 1,089 new COVID-19 cases; 68 new cases in the Valley

Statewide, there have been 18,347 confirmed and probable deaths, including 573 in Mahoning County; 446 in Trumbull; and 217 in Columbiana.
LEGISLATIVE MATTERS | Ohio Senate approves $300M in COVID-19 relief funding

LEGISLATIVE MATTERS | Ohio Senate approves $300M in COVID-19 relief funding

U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan joined 13 of his colleagues in asking the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to issue guidance so that Americans are not unfairly punished when bills arrive late because of undue delays by the Postal Service, and state Rep. Al Cutrona gave testimony to House Bill 163, which would prohibit mandatory overtime work for nurses as a condition of employment.
Residents at several Valley long-term care facilities have been COVID-free for nearly a year.

Residents at several Valley long-term care facilities have been COVID-free for nearly a year.

At the peak of the pandemic, Ohio reported more than 2,800 new cases at long-term care facilities. This week, it reported just 70. A year into the pandemic, some Valley facilities have reported none at all.
Ohio reporting 1,434 new COVID-19 cases, 53 in the Valley

Ohio reporting 1,434 new COVID-19 cases, 53 in the Valley

State coronavirus data was delayed today. Since yesterday’s report, there have been 17 new cases in Mahoning County; 28 in Trumbull; and 8 in Columbiana.