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Morning Headlines: Cleveland’s COVID testing site to close; Akron Rep. Emilia Sykes announces run for Congress

A nurse administering a COVID-19 test to a motorist.
DON GERDA
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THE CLEVELAND CLINIC FOUNDATION
Due to a drop in demand, Cleveland’s drive-thru mass COVID-19 testing location at the W.O. Walker building will close on Sunday. It has tested nearly 25,000 people. Hospitalizations are down 10% from last week’s high with around 6,000 current patients.

Here are your morning headlines for Wednesday, January 19:

  • Cleveland’s COVID testing site to close
  • Akron Rep. Emilia Sykes announces run for Congress
  • Jim Obergefell, the face of gay marriage, to run for Ohio House
  • School closings and unplowed streets persist after Sunday's winter wallop

Cleveland’s COVID testing site to close
(WKSU) -- Due to a drop in demand, Cleveland’s mass COVID testing site will close on Sunday. The drive-thru location at the W.O. Walker building in University Circle opened late last month ahead of the holiday travel week. It has tested nearly 25,000 people. Summit County’s drive-thru testing location in Akron closed last week. Gov. Mike DeWine says Ohio National Guard members will be deployed to southern Ohio, which is seeing an increased need. Tuesday’s 15,000 COVID-19 cases are the fewest in Ohio in more than a month. Hospitalizations are down 10% from last week’s high with around 6,000 current patients. Around 1,100 COVID patients are in the ICU.

Akron Rep. Emilia Sykes announces run for Congress
(AP) — Ex-Ohio House Democratic Leader Emilia Sykes says she’s running for Congress. The 35-year-old Akron Democrat’s announcement Tuesday sets up a likely faceoff in Ohio’s potentially newly competitive 13th Congressional District against former President Donald Trump-backed Republican Max Miller. The district includes Akron, and it leans slightly Democratic on a map the Ohio Supreme Court ordered redrawn Friday. Miller was a campaign and White House aide to Trump. The 32-year-old launched his campaign last February.

Jim Obergefell, the face of gay marriage, to run for Ohio House
(AP) — Gay rights advocate Jim Obergefell who was the lead plaintiff in the U.S. Supreme Court case that legalized same-sex marriage nationwide, says he’s running for a seat in the Ohio legislature. The Democrat will run for the Ohio House in a district that includes his hometown of Sandusky and has been dominated by Republicans for the past eight years. His name was atop the landmark 2015 ruling that ended same-sex marriage bans and made him a visible figure in the marriage-equality movement.

Some schools close a second day following storm
(WKSU, Beacon Journal) -- There are still a number of schools closed Wednesday as the region continues to dig out from the more than a foot of snow that fell Sunday night. Cleveland and Akron schools are closed. On Tuesday, The Beacon Journal reported that around half of the city’s residential streets still had not been plowed.

Amanda Rabinowitz is the host of “All Things Considered” on Ideastream Public Media.
Jon Nungesser is a multiple media journalist at Ideastream Public Media.