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DANIELFOSTER437 / CREATIVE COMMONS

A survey of an indicator of Ohioans’ recovery from COVID-19 first announced in May is now underway.

Lt. Gov. Jon Husted says 12,000 postcards have been mailed to volunteers asking if they’d like to participate in the state’s antibody study. Husted says teams of trained workers are collecting samples starting Thursday in central Ohio and hope to complete the process by July 28.

In This Election Year, Ohioans Want to Rise Above the Numbers

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ANDREW MEYER / WKSU

The past two decades have not been kind to most of Ohio.

With one of the nation’s most significant declines in household income, among the largest  job losses and an aging, less-educated population, the effects can be seen in people and neighborhoods.

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CLEVELAND CLINIC

Science suggests that extreme stress can lead to a variety of medical problems.

One example is stress cardiomyopathy, a severe heart condition often referred to as broken heart syndrome. The condition, which is brought on by intense emotional stress, causes rapid and severe heart muscle weakness and symptoms similar to a heart attack.

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CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION

The state health department reported 1,525 new cases of COVID-19 Friday. And in Cuyahoga County, the board of health noticed a change in the age of people contracting the cornavirus that causes the disease.

One in five people who tested positive in Cuyahoga County were between the ages of 20 and 29, and the median age of COVID-19 patients dropped to 44 years old. Health Commissioner Terry Allan is concerned by this trend.

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SHUTTERSTOCK

Ohioans who’ve recovered from COVID-19 are being encouraged to donate plasma to help treat others suffering from the illness.

The benefits of so-called convalescent plasma are still being researched. But Lt. Gov. Jon Husted said the plasma is rich in antibodies. And doctors have shared with him positive results. 

“Ohio medical facilities are having success with this. So plasma donation, Ohio innovators in the medical care field are using this to help people not only survive when they’re in difficult situations, but even to shorten the stay for people who are there.”

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KENT STATE UNIVERSITY

This week the Trump administration announced that international students must take an in person class in the fall, or they will have to leave the United States. 

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OHIO DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

Here are your morning headlines for Friday, July 10:

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THE TANGIER

Two Akron landmarks are getting a new lease on life: The Tangier restaurant and the former Akron Beacon Journal building.

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GRAY & CO.

The cofounder of Akron’s Nightlight Cinema passed away last week after a long battle with cancer. Rob Lucas was heavily involved in Akron’s film community. He helped to create the Nightlight in 2014, drawing on a love of cinema and community.

Steve Felix, who cofounded the Nightlight, met Lucas in 2007 while working at the Akron Film Festival.

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OHIO DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

Face masks will be required in public throughout Summit County beginning Friday at 6:00 p.m. The county was moved up to level red Thursday afternoon on Ohio’s coronavirus risk level map.

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OHIO DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

Here are your morning headlines for Thursday, July 9:

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Here are your morning headlines for Wednesday, July 8:

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ERIK DROST / WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

The Cleveland Indians will likely have a new nickname in 2021. The team late last week issued a statement that it will discuss the best path forward in response to recent social unrest. They've been the Indians since 1915. 

WKSU’s sports commentator Terry Pluto says that while he personally doesn't have a problem with the Indians name, current social unrest prompts a change. 

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One of the largest county fairs in the state of the Ohio has essentially been canceled. The Canfield Fair, Mahoning County’s annual event that usually occurs over the Labor Day weekend, will not open to the public. Only the Junior Fair, that includes 4-H and other youth activities, will operate.

The Canfield Fair typically draws some 300,000 visitors.

George Roman runs concessions and grandstand entertainment at the fair.

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UNIVERSITY OF AKRON

Here are your morning headlines for Tuesday, July 7:

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Creative Commons

A local school librarian who’s won a national award for her work, will use the money to buy more books for the programs she started at Kent Roosevelt High School.

Media Specialist Jennifer Flaherty plans to split the $10,000 prize between Read Woke and Rough Riders Read.

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ZOOM

Akron City Council has wrapped up a three-year long process to do away with Columbus Day. Beginning in 2021 because of the pandemic, the city will celebrate Italian-American Heritage and Culture Day each October. September will be known as “Welcoming Month.” 

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CREATIVE COMMONS

The federal CARES ACT moratorium on evictions for people in subsidized housing, which was established during the pandemic, is set to expire soon.And that’s causing confusion among renters and courts alike. 


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OHIO DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

Here are your morning headlines for Friday, July 3, 2020:

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COMING TOGETHER STARK COUNTY

Policing and race relations in the city of Canton will be discussed tonight at a town hall being hosted by the newly formed Stark County Collaborative on Race Relations. Those interested in asking a question should email it to StarkCountyCORR@gmail.com, with "question 6/30" in the subject line. The event begins at 7:00 p.m. at Faith Family Church in North Canton. You can watch it live below or via Coming Together Stark County's Facebook page

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As cases of COVID-19 increase across Ohio, Summit County Public Health is warning residents to be safe this holiday weekend. As of today, there are 54,166 total cases, an increase of 1,301 from Wednesday. Total deaths attributed to COVID-19 stand at 2,903. Officials fear these numbers will rise due to July 4 festivities.

During the Summit County Public Health weekly briefing, commissioner Donna Skoda asked residents to remember how we can control the spread of the virus. 

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OHIO DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

Here are your morning headlines for Thursday, July 2:

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Former University of Akron track star and 2016 Olympic bronze medalist Clayton Murphy has cut ties with his alma mater after the school recently eliminated the men’s cross-country program.

Murphy has launched a campaign to get the university to reverse the decision that was part of budget cuts due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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UNIVERSITY OF AKRON

Here are your morning headlines for Wednesday, July 1:

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ERIK DROST / WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

Major League Baseball players begin reporting for spring training Wednesday, with a shortened 60-game season beginning later this month. It caps months of contentious negotiations between players and owners to start the season amid the pandemic. The MLB used its right to implement a season where the players receive 100 percent of their salary for each game played. 

On Monday, Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona addressed the media, and WKSU sports commentator Terry Pluto said he had some tough words about the state of the league.

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