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With Thursday's announcement, the state regulations regarding visitation to nursing homes and assisted living facilities are also lifted beginning June 18th. You will no longer need to schedule visits. It will no longer be a state requirement nor will be a state requirement that you can only… More >>

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Wednesday evening was the fourth drawing of the Vax-A-Million giveaway, a public outreach campaign meant to incentivize people to get out and get the COVID vaccine. The winner of a million dollars was Suzanne Ward of Findlay. The winner of a full ride 4-year scholarship to an Ohio public uni… More >>

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The Delta variant was first seen in India in late 2020. It is considered to be more contagious than the original strain, but it is not any more severe. According to the Center for Disease Control, the new variant makes up about 6% of the infections in the United States, one month ago that nu… More >>

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Allen County Commissioners holding their 1st “open” agenda meeting with many still attending by “virtual” means. There is legislation that had been passed by the Ohio legislature allowing “virtual” means to be used to continue operations of state and local government due to the pandemic. All… More >>

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The proposed house bill would block employers from mandating vaccinations and allow any Ohioans to skip vaccinations if they declare they don't want the shot. Plus, it would repeal requirements for college students to be vaccinated against Hepatitis B and Meningitis before they live in a dor… More >>

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DeWine talked about the vaccine rate in Ohio. 50% of adults 18 years old and older have gotten at least their first dose of the vaccine. But he says he would like to see more Ohioans in the 18 to 49 age group to get their shots, which will help continue to get the state back to normal.  More >>

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Wednesday evening was the second drawing of the Vax-A-Million giveaway, a public outreach campaign meant to incentivize people to get out and get the COVID vaccine. The winner of a million dollars was Jonathan Carlyle from Toledo. The winner of a full ride 4-year scholarship to an Ohio publi… More >>

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On the day that health orders across the state were dropped, shoppers could be seen without a mask on at one of the local Chief Supermarkets. The store joins many around Ohio that are allowing shoppers the chance to go maskless, as the COVID health orders are being rescinded.  More >>

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With health orders lifting, many businesses and offices will be fully reopening as well. This includes the Lima City Building. Starting Wednesday, June 2nd, the city building will open to the public again. Protocol from the governor and CDC will still be followed. This includes mask wearing … More >>

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With many Ohio health orders being effectively lifted Tuesday, June 2nd, this will be the last day we report COVID numbers. If numbers spike in the future, we will continue our coverage on them. Further updates can be found on coronavirus.ohio.gov. Here are the local and state COVID-19 numbe… More >>

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After nearly a year of the mask mandate and other COVID health orders, the state of Ohio has reached the point where those orders will be lifted. That means for many places and events here in the state, people will be able to enter without needing to wear a mask inside. More >>

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Here are the local and state COVID-19 numbers for June 1, 2021. There were no numbers released on Memorial Day. Tuesday's data is for both Monday and Tuesday. Shelby County is up by 3 new cases, and Auglaize County by 2. Allen, Mercer, Hancock, Hardin, and Van Wert Counties all add 1 case ea… More >>

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Individuals in law enforcement, fire departments, paramedics, EMTs, and more could each receive the bonus. Riedel says other states have already implemented this and bringing it to Ohio sends a clear message on how we support first responders. More >>

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We are just a few days away from Ohio ending the health orders that have been in place for about a year.  Three weeks ago, Governor Mike DeWine announced that on June 2nd all health orders will be lifted in the state.  Which mean Ohioans will no longer be required to wear masks and follow so… More >>

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Ohio started a growing trend of offering a chance of one million dollars or free scholarships for people who have gotten their COVID vaccine.  Since Ohio announced the Vax-A-Million giveaway on May 13th, other states have picked up the idea and ran with it.   New York, Colorado, Maryland, an… More >>

Allen County has 3 more deaths.   Putnam and Hardin Counties have 1 more death each.   Allen County is also reporting 12 new cases.  Mercer County went up 3 cases and Paulding County increased 2 new cases.   Auglaize, Putnam, and Shelby Counties have 1 new case each.  Hancock, Hardin, Logan,… More >>

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Allen County is reporting 10 new cases. Auglaize and Logan Counties have 5 new cases each. Hancock County added 4 more cases. Putnam County has 3 more cases and Shelby went up 1 case. Mercer, Hardin, Van Wert, and Paulding Counties are not reporting any new cases Thursday.  More >>

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Allen County is reporting 9 new cases. Logan and Van Wert Counties have 5 new cases each.  Auglaize County went up 3 cases. Putnam and Shelby Counties added 2 cases a piece.   Mercer and Hancock Counties 1 case each.   Hardin and Paulding Counties do not have any new cases Wednesday.  More >>

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The $1.7 trillion plan includes money for infrastructure, affordable housing, and getting good-paying jobs for middle-class workers, among other areas. Republicans have been in negotiations with the White House to trim down the spending bill. But Senator Sherrod Brown says it is time to go b… More >>

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He says a little over 2.7 million people are registered for the first drawing for one million dollars Wednesday night. Plus, there were 104,000 students under the age of 17 registered for the full-ride scholarship to one of Ohio’s state universities. DeWine announced the giveaway after Ohio … More >>

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 Van Wert County has 5 new cases, Allen County is reporting 4 new cases, and Shelby and Hardin Counties have 2 new cases each.  Auglaize, Putnam, Mercer, Hancock all have one case a piece.   Logan and Paulding counties are not reporting any new cases Monday.  More >>

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Auglaize County has 1 new death. Allen County is reporting 6 new cases, Auglaize and Putnam Counties have 5 more cases each.  Hancock and Logan Counties increased 4 cases a piece. Hardin and Van Wert Counties have 1 new case each and Mercer, Shelby and Paulding Counties didn't see any new ca… More >>

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The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services says April's statewide unemployment rate remains at 4.7%. But the rate is considerably down from one year ago when unemployment reached 16.4% at the start of the pandemic. Ohio has nearly created 590,000 jobs over the past 12 months, but the mon… More >>

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Thursday was the last day that the clinic located at the old Knights of Columbus was providing shots. Attendance was light compared to when the clinic first opened. In total the mass clinic provided more than 35-hundred vaccinations to individuals from all over Ohio and neighboring states. V… More >>

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Allen County is reporting 11 new cases, Shelby County increased 8 cases, Hancock County went up 6 cases and Paulding County increased 4 cases.   Hardin County added 3 cases, Mercer County has 2 more cases.  Auglaize, Putnam, Logan, and Van Wert Counties have 1 new case each.  More >>

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Allen County Public Health is holding its final mass vaccination clinic tomorrow from 9 am to 1 pm at the old Knights of Columbus. Only 31% of Allen County residents are vaccinated and health officials hope that increases before the June 2nd date set for all health orders in Ohio to be lifte… More >>

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The Ohio Department of Health says there are 918 new cases.  There were 104 people who were hospitalized, and 6 patients had to be placed in the ICU.  There were 1,574 more people that are presumed recovered from the coronavirus.        More >>

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Hancock County has 2 new deaths, Allen, Van Wert and Paulding counties have 1 new death each. Hancock County also has 17 new cases, Allen County is reporting 12 new cases and Mercer County added 6 cases. Putnam and Shelby Counties have 5 new cases each. Logan County has 4 more cases.  Hardin… More >>

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At a joint video conference held this morning, the Ohio Department of Health and the Ohio Lottery Commission announced the rules for entering Ohio’s “Vax-a-Million”. People **must** opt-in to the lottery. The process starts tomorrow (May 18th) at 8 a.m. for anyone eager to win 1-million doll… More >>

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The governor reminds residents that restrictions continue through June 1st. He says the state's number of cases per 100,000 is steadily coming down. He accounts that to the vaccine. On June 2nd residents will have the option to not wear masks and that goes hand in hand with businesses choosi… More >>

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Here are the local and state COVID-19 numbers for May 17, 2021. Allen County has 8 new cases, Hancock County is up by 5 cases, and Paulding County by 3 cases. Putnam, Mercer, and Van Wert Counties increase by 2 cases each. Auglaize, Hardin, and Logan Counties add 1 case each, and Shelby Coun… More >>

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As Ohio announced this week that they will be ending the extra three hundred dollars a week in federal unemployment benefits next month, there has been a renewed talk about raising the minimum wage. President Biden has signed an executive order to require employers who have federal contracts… More >>

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Governor Mike DeWine has received both praise and criticism for the so-called vax-a-million program.  More details are expected to be announced this week on how vaccinated people can sign up for Ohio’s giveaways which start on May 26th. Those 18-year-old and older could get entered into one … More >>

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The Ohio Department of Health says, there are 1,014 new cases reported Friday, which is down from the one-week average of 1,175.  There were also 89 new deaths.   87 people had to be hospitalized and 10 patients were placed in the ICU.  Plus, there are 1,457 more people that are presumed rec… More >>

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On June 26th, the state will no longer be handing out the extra $300 per week in federal pandemic unemployment benefits. Around 10 other states have already stopped giving out the additional jobless benefits. The extra money nearly doubles what the state usually gives out in unemployment and… More >>