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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

WEEKLY COVID-19 TRENDS | Is July's surge behind us?

WEEKLY COVID-19 TRENDS | Is July's surge behind us?

Ohio still sees days of more than 1,000 new cases, but the number of new cases per week has steadily decreased since the week of July 12.
These 5 Columbiana businesses have received the most mask order complaints

These 5 Columbiana businesses have received the most mask order complaints

More than a third of the 68 complaints Columbiana County Health Department received that were reviewed by Mahoning Matters are about five places. In some cases, we found, the county has OK'd exemptions.
Valley officials eye possibilities as DeWine mandates K-12 masks

Valley officials eye possibilities as DeWine mandates K-12 masks

Despite the ongoing uncertainty, DeWine said Tuesday he's not planning to order schools to start online. But a fully online start remains a last-minute option for many districts, including Poland. 
DeWine: All K-12 students will be required to wear masks at school

DeWine: All K-12 students will be required to wear masks at school

Some children, including those living with severe autism, will be exempt from the order.
Mask conflict causes Canfield cafe to close early

Mask conflict causes Canfield cafe to close early

“We are a small business trying to make a living," Peaberry's Cafe owner Chris Pendleton wrote on Facebook Monday. "I'm done with the mask debate. We are closed for the day.”
WEEKLY COVID-19 TRENDS | July set troubling records in Ohio

WEEKLY COVID-19 TRENDS | July set troubling records in Ohio

During July, the state added twice the total of new cases for any other month of the pandemic.
Mask order a challenge to enforce as complaints pour into Valley health departments

Mask order a challenge to enforce as complaints pour into Valley health departments

Alleged mask violations have prompted at least 123 complaints to Valley county health departments since Ohio's mask order took effect.
Saying there's 'not enough data,' DeWine punts on reopening schools and sports

Saying there's 'not enough data,' DeWine punts on reopening schools and sports

DeWine hinted that he's considering further restrictions on bars and restaurants.
Gas station a no-go: Meijer denied again by Boardman zoning commission

Gas station a no-go: Meijer denied again by Boardman zoning commission

Of the 75 comments submitted on the application, 73 opposed a zoning change that would allow Meijer to build a gas station across the street from its future grocery store.
Ohio daycares can return to normal class sizes

Ohio daycares can return to normal class sizes

Class sizes and ratios had been reduced to prevent spread of the coronavirus when daycares reopened May 31.