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The director of the Ohio Department of Health says the state could be experiencing the start of a second wave of the delta variant. In the last 21 days, hospitalizations have increased by 23% and ICU admissions by 15%. That is why he and other doctors are urging those who are unvaccinated to… More >>

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The Healthy State Alliance was formed back in 2018 between the Wexner Medical Center in Columbus and Bon Secours Mercy Health. On Wednesday, health professionals spoke on the opioid epidemic that is continuing to affect people nationwide. They highlighted topics involving opioids like reduci… More >>

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They say we are at a plateau and are about 3 to 4 weeks behind cities like Columbus in decreasing numbers. In the last report from October 7th, Allen County saw 431 new cases in that week along with 6 deaths and 25 hospitalizations. The cases per 100,000 fluctuated as high as 800 down to 560… More >>

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The Mercer County Library is handing out the kits as part of Gov. Mike DeWine's call for libraries across the state to do so to help the public get easier access to testing. With the delta variant hitting Ohio, it seemed like a no-brainer for the Mercer County District Library to start offer… More >>

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Ohio Northern University is now offering the Pfizer booster shot. The booster shots are available at the HealthWise Pharmacy on ONU's campus and their mobile clinic. More >>

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COVID headlines across the United States have been pretty consistent over the last few weeks, as hospitals are becoming overwhelmed with patients, with the delta variant tearing through the country. Here locally, it’s much of the same, as Lima Memorial Health System says that about half of t… More >>

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Latta was vaccinated against the virus and is not showing any symptoms. He announced that he contracted the virus after he was exposed to someone who also tested positive. He said that he will quarantine and follow CDC guidelines.  Latta's tweet about him being positive came shortly after Co… More >>

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Everyone over the age of 2 years old is advised to wear a face mask, regardless of vaccination status, when in indoor public places or outdoors in crowded settings. The health organization says that universal masking in schools, businesses, and social settings will help slow the spread of COVID-19. More >>

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Several months ago, the Lima Public Library agreed to be part of a statewide initiative for libraries to provide free rapid at-home COVID-19 test kits. There wasn't a high demand for the tests at first but as of late, they've had problems keeping up with the community's need for the kits. Th… More >>

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The blood shortage that started before the pandemic continues and the Red Cross is looking for a few volunteers to lend an arm to save a life. In recent weeks, the organization has seen blood donor turnout drop ten percent while hospital demand continues to be larger than the donations comin… More >>

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Allen County Health Commissioner Kathy Luhn adds, “People need to understand that our recommendations are flowing off of what we are experiencing. I know it can be confusing for people, first we were saying “if you are fully vaccinated you didn’t need to wear a mask”. Right now, regardless o… More >>

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Findlay's mayor says that the city is keeping a close eye on the COVID situation in Hancock County. Mayor Christina Muryn says that they have been in constant communication with the Blanchard Valley Health System to get updates.  More >>

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A bill introduced by Ohio Republican Senator Andrew Brenner would prohibit state boards of education, the Ministry of Education, or school districts from requiring students, teachers, or other employees to wear face covers in public education. This includes face-to-face instruction or extrac… More >>

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Every county in the state is considered high incidence, that is because of the rise of the Delta Variant. On August 18th there were 3,303 new cases which is the highest one-day increase since February of this year. This increase is not just affecting large urban areas, but smaller rural area… More >>

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Mercy Health St. Rita's and Lima Memorial Hospital have both reported increasing numbers of COVID-19 hospitalizations in the past few weeks. The delta variant is one cause of the increase, according to both health systems. Both hospitals are recommending that everyone stay safe by following … More >>

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In his first coronavirus briefing in six weeks, DeWine laid out what Ohio looks like with the emergence of the Delta variant. The most recent data on coronavirus testing says that 86% of all samples were the delta variant. Officials say there are two Ohio's, the one that is vaccinated and th… More >>