Here are the headlines from the morning of Thursday, December 30:
- Ohio sets records for COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations
- Cleveland Schools to Switch to Distance Learning Next Week
- Cincinnati Mayor declares state of emergency due to firefighters’ workforce
- Cleveland recycling program has another problem
- Ohio court assesses statute of limitations for attempted murder
- Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse will require masks
Ohio sets records for COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations
(WKSU) – Ohio set a new daily record for the number of COVID-19 cases, with more than 20,000 as of Wednesday. Ohio broke its daily record for reported cases three times in a row last week. State health officials say the actual number of cases is much higher because most people do not report test results at home. The Ohio Hospital Association is calling on all schools in Ohio to consider mandatory masks as cases continue to rise. Meanwhile, Governor Mike DeWine says hospitalizations linked to COVID-19 have reached a pandemic record and the vast majority of patients are not vaccinated. State data shows 5,356 people were hospitalized with the coronavirus on Wednesday, and the Cleveland Clinic says more than 2,700 workers were sick. DeWine made the announcement as he mobilized an additional 1,250 members of the Ohio National Guard into hospitals.
Cleveland Schools to Switch to Distance Learning Next Week
(Ideastream Public Media) – Students in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District will learn remotely during their first week of school after winter break. CEO Eric Gordon informed families on Wednesday that the decision has been made to protect students and staff from the threat of COVID-19. Distance learning will begin the week of January 3. The district has yet to decide whether students will return to class the week of Jan. 10, Gordon said, but the decision will be based on COVID-19 data and advice from health officials.
Cincinnati Mayor declares state of emergency due to firefighters’ workforce
(WVXU) – The mayor of Cincinnati has declared a state of emergency for firefighters. Mayor John Cranley said between COVID cases and vacations, response time and preparedness could be compromised. He says the fire chief thinks they have enough people in place for the holiday weekend, for now. Canley says he consulted with mayor-elect Aftab Pureval, who agreed the emergency should be in place for 60 days. Pureval takes office next week.
Cleveland recycling program has another problem
(Ideastream Public Media) – Cleveland’s recycling program encountered another problem after contract negotiations with a potential supplier failed. The administration of outgoing mayor Frank Jackson broke the news in a statement posted online Tuesday, setting a potential new start date for the first quarter of 2022. The city’s recycling operation halted in 2020 so that the world price of recyclable materials has fallen. City Hall commissioned a study on Cleveland’s recycling needs and began collecting registrations for a smaller registration program. During his campaign, Mayor-elect Justin Bibb said he would “hit the reset button” on the city’s recycling program. He takes up his duties on Monday.
Ohio court assesses statute of limitations for attempted murder
(AP) – The Ohio Supreme Court has agreed to consider how long prosecutors have to charge a person with attempted murder or attempted aggravated murder. This is an assault in 1993 against a woman who was left for dead but survived. Police using new DNA tracing techniques arrested a suspect in southeast Ohio in 2019. Lawyers for the man, convicted of attempted aggravated murder, say the crime is running out of time. end after six years. Prosecutors say there is no time limit on prosecuting a murder or attempted murder related to the murder.
Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse will require masks
(WKSU) – The Cleveland Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse will require masks starting at the Cavs game on Friday, December 31. It includes anyone aged 2 and over and will be in effect for all events at the arena until January 31. Masks should cover the mouth and nose inside the arena, unless you are actively eating or drinking. The hall will provide masks for those who do not have them.