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Jess Hardin

Jess Hardin

Jess Hardin is a reporter for Mahoning Matters. She grew up in Pittsburgh and started reporting at The Vindicator, where she covered two communities. Jess graduated from Georgetown University and upon graduating, she won a Fulbright grant to teach English in Georgia.

Recent Work by Jess

COVID-19 hospitalizations of Ohioans in their 20s have doubled since December

COVID-19 hospitalizations of Ohioans in their 20s have doubled since December

As older Ohioans become immune to COVID-19 through vaccination and a more deadly variant spreads throughout the state, Ohio is seeing younger people getting hospitalized with COVID-19 at a higher rate than before. 
'Much work to be done' | The Valley considers what's next after Chauvin verdict

'Much work to be done' | The Valley considers what's next after Chauvin verdict

“We have to make sure we’re ... making sure that officers who are doing the right thing are rewarded ... and those who are not are removed, punished and separated from the community,” said the Rev. Lewis Macklin.
WEEKLY COVID-19 TRENDS | 'Purple' as in 'scarier than red' in Ohio

WEEKLY COVID-19 TRENDS | 'Purple' as in 'scarier than red' in Ohio

For the first time since mid-January, an Ohio county has turned "purple" on the state's coronavirus advisory map. Meanwhile, first vaccine doses are down as Ohio gets further from its reopening goal.
WATCH | Secretary of State LaRose to 8-year-old Valley entrepreneur: 'You are an inspiration'

WATCH | Secretary of State LaRose to 8-year-old Valley entrepreneur: 'You are an inspiration'

He visited the Youngstown Business Incubator and met some of the Valley's youngest entrepreneurs, including 8-year-old A'nya Reynolds.
Ohio's COVID-19 cases are rising, but the state's pandemic strategy hasn't changed

Ohio's COVID-19 cases are rising, but the state's pandemic strategy hasn't changed

Ohio can reopen when it reports 50 cases per 100,000 people over two weeks. Four weeks ago, that figure hovered around 135 per 100,000. This week, it rose to 200 cases per 100,000 — four times the state goal. 
Mahoning Valley restaurant guide: what opened, what closed and what's coming

Mahoning Valley restaurant guide: what opened, what closed and what's coming

It's no secret the pandemic has been hard on restaurants and bars. We're all ready to return to normal, and when we do, these new Mahoning Valley restaurants will be ready.
Fast-casual Indian restaurant coming to Boardman this summer

Fast-casual Indian restaurant coming to Boardman this summer

Pittsburgh-based Choolaah Indian BBQ has five other locations, including one in Orange Village.
WEEKLY COVID-19 TRENDS | Ohio's hope for a 'normal' spring disappears amid surge

WEEKLY COVID-19 TRENDS | Ohio's hope for a 'normal' spring disappears amid surge

Six weeks ago, Ohio was headed for a "normal" spring. Rising COVID-19 cases and a slowing vaccine rollout are erasing the state's pandemic gains.
Your Morning Matters: Sincerely yours, Jessica Dragonette

Your Morning Matters: Sincerely yours, Jessica Dragonette

Gov. Mike DeWine said as spring outings bloom, he’s focusing more on vaccinating Ohioans against coronavirus than enforcing mandates.
What can I do after getting vaccinated? Here's what we know so far

What can I do after getting vaccinated? Here's what we know so far

We talked to an expert who answered questions on how to get back to normal after getting vaccinated against COVID-19.