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Many people will be busy cooking for Thanksgiving, and fire departments are asking that you keep in mind a few things to avoid a fire this holiday season. Thanksgiving is the leading day for home cooking fires, according to the National Fire Protection Association. More >>

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Governor Mike DeWine speaks with members of the Ohio Hospital Association to get an update on COVID-19 hospitalizations throughout the state. More than 4,100 people are currently in the hospital with coronavirus-related symptoms, including more than one thousand on intensive care units and m… More >>

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As for statewide numbers, there were nearly 12,000 new cases reported today, but Governor DeWine says that number is misleading because two health systems in the state couldn't report their numbers for two days and they were added into today's total. The department of health also says there … More >>

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Even though the coronavirus numbers have spiked in recent weeks, Ohio’s unemployment numbers have fallen. According to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services the statewide October unemployment rates are at 5.6%, which is down from the 8.3% in September and the 17.3% in April at the s… More >>

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A local hospital is trying to help people breathe a little easier by getting them screened for lung cancer.  November is Lung Cancer Awareness month and Mercy Health-Saint Ritas is trying to bring attention to lung cancer and how to prevent it.   According to the American Cancer Society, lun… More >>

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There has been a lot of promising news in the last couple of weeks about having a vaccine that could protect against COVID-19.  Drug company, Pfizer, applied for emergency approval of their vaccine with the United States’ Food and Drug Administration.   The company says that their studies sh… More >>

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Senate Bill 311 inches closer to becoming a law after passing the Ohio House on Thursday. The bill narrowly passed through the Senate in September.State Sen. Rob McColley introduced the bill after Stay-at-Home orders were issued at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Ohio health dire… More >>

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Gov. DeWine is hopeful with the news of vaccines on the way, but to bridge the gap of getting to that point, he says he has to take action.DeWine has put a curfew in place beginning Thursday from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. It will go on for 21 days. DeWine's reasoning is that while masks and distanci… More >>

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While the "wait-and-see" travel trend continues, AAA says we can expect a decrease in people traveling for thanksgiving this year.AAA is projecting a 9 percent drop in people traveling, down from the 2.3 million that traveled in 2019. Although a decrease in travel, there still will be many p… More >>

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Ohio's Department of Job and Family Services says initial claims for unemployment compensation continue to rise along with the state's number of coronavirus cases.  For the week ending November 7th, there were 21,868 Ohioans filed claims for unemployment.   That is a 3% from the previous wee… More >>

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Mercy Health – St. Rita’s Medical Center remains committed to the health and safety of our patients, associates and community. As we continue to focus on the safety of those we serve and who serve our ministry, the medical center has updated our restrictions to allow limited visitors on site.  More >>

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As for statewide numbers, there were 35 new deaths and a record 7,100 new cases. 286 people were hospitalized and 21 patients were placed in the ICU. The department of health says there were 195,000 people presumed recovered from the coronavirus. More >>

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Serving the country through the military is something that runs deep at Ohio Northern University, starting with its founder, who served in the Civil War. Now, in 2020, the university wanted to continue that tradition by holding a Veterans Day ceremony on campus. More >>

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As for our statewide numbers, there were 76 new deaths and nearly 5,900 new cases today, which is the second-highest number of new daily cases since setting the record yesterday with 6,500. There were 253 people hospitalized and 36 patients were placed in the ICU. The department of health sa… More >>

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Scam calls seem like they're the norm nowadays, and the Better Business Bureau in Lima gave Your News Now a few tips to avoid falling for a scam dealing with Social Security. The BBB says that scammers will start the call with claiming that your Social Security number has been compromised or… More >>

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DeWine did not hold a coronavirus briefing Tuesday. Instead, he will wait until Wednesday to talk about the critical stage Ohio is in battling COVID-19. The state's 13 highest numbers for new daily cases have occurred in the last 13 days, with Ohio setting their new record on November 10th w… More >>

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As for the statewide numbers, there were 23 new deaths reported and there were over 6500 cases. Ohio set another record with hospitalizations with 386 today and there were 39 patients who were admitted to the ICU. The Ohio Department of Health is reporting nearly 190,000 people recovered fro… More >>

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As for statewide numbers, there were seven new deaths reported today and 4,700 cases. 154 people were hospitalized and 34 patents were placed in the ICU. The Ohio Department of Health says there are 186,000 people presumed recovered from the coronavirus. More >>

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As for statewide numbers, Ohio sets another new record for new cases with 5,008, plus there were 33 new deaths. There are 231 people hospitalized and 22 patients admitted to the ICU. Nearly 181,000 people are presumed recovered from the coronavirus. More >>

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Governor Mike DeWine says much of the rise in cases can be attributed to community spread. Mostly family members in a household affecting each other and people catching it at social gatherings. With the holidays fast approaching DeWine says his office will be releasing some recommendations f… More >>

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All of Ohio’s 88 counties are now considered high incident with the number of cases seen in the state, and of those 88 counties, 56 are at level red. Allen, Auglaize, Putnam, Mercer, and Hardin counties are still the only red counties in our area. DeWine also says that Ohio has nearly 2,100 … More >>

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As for statewide numbers, there were nearly 5,000 new cases, plus 33 new deaths reported today. We hit another record for new hospitalizations with 214 and 23 patients were placed in the ICU. The Ohio Department of Health says 179,000 people that are presumed recovered from the coronavirus. More >>

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Gas prices in Ohio have continued to drop over the last week, according to gasbuddy.com. Currently the average in Ohio is $1.95 a gallon. That's about 55 cents less than the average one year ago. But the question of those prices continuing to drop is currently in the air. The petroleum analy… More >>

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Unofficial results from the election are showing that more registered voters in Ohio cast their ballot in 2020 than any year prior. In a release from Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose, over 5.8 million Ohioans voted in the election this year, breaking the previous record set in 2008.  More >>

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As for our statewide numbers, there were 55 new deaths and this is the second day in a row that the new daily cases have topped 4,000. There were 186 people admitted to the hospital and 22 patients were admitted to the ICU. There were more than 176,000 people presumed recovered from the coronavirus. More >>

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Back in May, this task force came together to come up with a plan to essentially cut numerous ties with China. The report cites China's bad behavior throughout the year including their coronavirus response and acts taken in Hong Kong. The report recommends 137 bills that would try to ensure … More >>

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With the pandemic and election going on it has been stressful for many, but one of the most stressful times of the year is coming up. Holiday season is supposed to be a time for joy and being with family, but for a lot of people it brings stress, whether it be relationships or the hustle and… More >>

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As the holiday season approaches the OSHP is reminding drivers to buckle up. Buckling up is one of the easiest ways to protect yourself, and the people you are riding with. Since 2015, there have been 2,600 people killed in crashes because they were not wearing a seatbelt. More >>

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The Ohio Department of Health says there are 4,229 new cases reported and 33 new deaths. There are 213 people who have been hospitalized and 25 patients were placed in the ICU. More than 174,000 Ohioans are presumed recovered from the coronavirus. More >>

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It's a message that several schools have started to send out to students and their families - complete in-person classes are on hold as the school adjusts to a hybrid or completely virtual model due to COVID-19. More >>

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2020 has brought us all a lot of “firsts”. Maybe it was your first time working from home, or your kids first time learning from home. This is definitely the first presidential election we’ll be going through during a pandemic, and for one generation out there, this will also be their first … More >>

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Hancock County has one new death. Auglaize County is reporting 94 new cases since Wednesday. Allen County is reporting 59 new cases today, Mercer County increased by 50, Putnam County went up by 36, and Shelby 30. Hancock increased by 15 cases and Van Wert and Paulding 13 each. More >>