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Coronavirus

DeWine urges Ohio schools to mandate masks

WHEELING — Gov. Mike DeWine is urging schools to implement mask mandates amid a “surge” of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations across Ohio. DeWine held a press conference Friday morning at the Wheeling-Ohio County Airport to discuss the rise in cases and its impact on the health care ...

Harrison County seeing a spike in cases

CADIZ — Harrison County has seen a significant rise in COVID-19 cases recently with more than 120 new positive cases reported in the last week. Garen Rhome, administrator of the Harrison County Health Department, said the department has reported double-digit case numbers daily. He said in ...

Italy requires COVID-19 pass for all workers Oct. 15

MILAN (AP) — Italian workers in both the public and private sectors must display a health pass to access their workplaces from Oct. 15 under a decree adopted Thursday by Premier Mario Draghi’s broad-based coalition government. The measures are the first by a major European economy ...

Bridgeport mandates face masks in class

BRIDGEPORT — Due to the rising number of coronavirus cases in the Bridgeport Exempted Village School District, a mask mandate is now in place. According to Superintendent of Schools Brent Ripley, the five-member board of education voted unanimously to institute the mandate until Oct. 20 ...

Masks stay on at Union Local

BELMONT — The Union Local School District again decided to require masks while officials wait and see how things play out with COVID-19 in the district, but at the public’s urging the board may devise a numerical target for lessening mandates. The board and a handful of members of the ...

As COVID-19 vaccine mandates rise, religious exemptions grow

About 3,000 Los Angeles Police Department employees are citing religious objections to try to get out of the required COVID-19 vaccination. In Washington state, thousands of state workers are seeking similar exemptions. And an Arkansas hospital has been swamped with so many such requests from ...