Will we see a surge of COVID-19 this fall? The awakening of Monday, October 31, 2022

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I received my bivalent COVID-19 booster the week they came out, hoping to protect myself from another drop in rising cases and canceled plans.

I’m still in the minority. While 7.5 million Ohioans — 67% of the population over age 5 — have started COVID-19 vaccine injections, only about 900,000 Ohioans have received the latest booster, which protects against the latest variants of the virus. .

We have so far avoided a major COVID outbreak this season, but even mild cases of COVID can lead to the dreaded long COVID symptoms. Hopefully more Ohioans will roll up their sleeves for reminders, as well as their flu shots.


Browns vs. Cincinnati Bengals: 8:15 p.m. today, FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland. Television: WEWS Channel 5, ESPN. Radio: WKRK FM/92.3, WNCX FM/98.5, WKNR AM/850

Cavs vs New York Knicks: Donovan Mitchell shows the New York Knicks what they missed during Victory of the Cavaliers 121-108

Weather Forecast for Halloween in Northeast Ohio: Mild weather but probable showers

COVID-19 outbreak: This fall and winter could become a perfect petri dish for a new series of novel immunity-evading COVID-19 subvariants capable of thumbing their noses at vaccine and natural immunity, and the new COVID-19 bivalent booster injection. This means the new subvariants could be poised to fuel a surge in fall and winter coronavirus cases across the country, reports Julie Washington.

senatorial campaign: As the election nears, JD Vance spent his Saturday trying to shore up votes among Republicans in Ohio, while Democrat Tim Ryan worked to try to unstick them. Andrew Tobias reports that Vance appeared in Cincinnati and Wilmington with Senator Rob Portman and Governor Mike DeWine. Ryan spent his Saturday in southern Ohio, stopping in Ironton and Portsmouth before crossing Chillicothe outside of Columbus.

Today in Ohio: Christine Priola, occupational therapist for Cleveland Schools, wrote a 10-page letter explaining her motivation for participating in the January 6 uprising at the United States Capitol — and her remorse afterward. We talk about her explanation, in which she calls herself a fool, on Today in Ohio, cleveland.comhalf-hour daily news podcast.

Campaign finance: Ohio Democratic Rep. Emilia Sykes edged her Republican opponent Madison Gesiotto Gilbert by more than $100,000 in early October as they filled their campaign coffers for the final weeks leading up to the Nov. 8 election, reports Sabrina Eaton. Federal Election Commission records show Sykes raised $369,583 from Oct. 1 to Oct. 19.

Minimum wage: Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost on Friday approved a petition to amend Article II of the Ohio Constitution and set the state’s minimum wage at $15 an hour in 2028 , removing an early hurdle in supporters’ efforts to put the amendment on the ballot. The proposal, backed by a coalition of advocacy groups called Raise the Wage Ohio, is still in the early stages of the lengthy ballot registration process, reports Laura Hancock.

The convicted rioter: A federal judge has ruled that the 30 minutes Christine Priola of Willoughby spent inside the United States Capitol during the Jan. 6 riot will cost the former Cleveland Schools occupational therapist 15 months in jail. Priola, 50, also agreed to pay $2,000 in restitution to the Capitol’s architect for his share of the roughly $1.5 million in riot damage, reports Sabrina Eaton.

Number 24 backers interrupt Mayor Justin Bibb during the announcement of his candidates for the Community Police Commission.Courtney Astolfi, cleveland.com

police board: Mayor Justin Bibb’s press conference to introduce his 13 and City Council nominees to the powerful new Community Policing Commission was hastily cut short Friday when four drafters of the charter amendment that created the commission taken the action of City Hall in protest of the proposed membership. Courtney Astolfi reporting protesters honked horns and shouted as Bibb continued to speak from the podium, circling around the mayor and commissioner candidates while imploring Bibb to “follow the language” of the charter amendment.

Misunderstanding? Campaign finance records show that Cuyahoga County executive candidate Lee Weingart wrote a check to a company linked to Basheer Jones and named in an FBI subpoena, just before the former city councilman from Cleveland doesn’t approve of it. Kaitlin Durbin reporting that on June 30, Weingart paid $10,000 for “services” from Imani Wellness, a health and wellness company that Jones has backed and raised funds for, according to the latest fundraising reports from unaudited campaign.

Survey: The City of Cleveland and Western Reserve Land Conservancy announced on Friday that they will partner again to survey and analyze nearly 170,000 plots of land in Cleveland, in hopes they will be able to identify properties requiring rehabilitation, lead reduction, code violations and demolition. Zachary Lewis Reporting that the last survey was carried out in 2015 and identified many vacant and derelict properties subsequently demolished.

veiled lady: In the summer of 1909, a Plain Dealer reporter named George E. Davis set out to find a mystery in a rundown house near the village of Kirtland and later recounted what he “learned” in an exaggerated article from Plain Dealer magazine with the headline “The Veiled Lady of Kirtland. A century later, Chris Quinn writeswe received a request for correction, as well as embellished and repeated versions of The Plain Dealer in 1940, 1970 and 2000.

Demolition: More than 800 buildings in Ohio, including 375 in Cleveland, will be demolished with state funding. Sean McDonnell Reporting the governor’s office announced on Friday that 825 destroyed and vacant structures in 30 counties would be demolished, in a bid to spur economic development.

East Bank Apartments: The iconic building in the Flats East Bank entertainment area along the Cuyahoga River in downtown Cleveland is up for sale, hoping to attract nearly $100 million. Sean McDonnell Reporting the Flats at the East Bank, which house restaurants and 240 apartments on the upper floors, are now on the market.

Health Insurance: Choosing the right health insurance plan can be complicated. The process requires research and patience, but there are free resources ready to help. Julie Washington reports that was the advice given by a panel of Medicare experts Thursday during The Plain Dealer and cleveland.com Guide to Medicare & Golden Retirement presented by Medical Mutual.

Covid-19 map: Cuyahoga remained yellow, for moderate transmission of COVID-19, on the latest map from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Julie Washington reports three counties in Greater Cleveland – Medina, Portage and Summit – have gone green for low transmission of COVID-19.

Murder of Frank Q. Jackson: Jurors began deliberating Friday night during the trial of the man accused of masterminding the September 2019 ambush killing of Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson’s grandson. Cory Shaffer reports that prosecutors say Robert Shepard took Jackson’s dirt bike for the day and lured him to the site of his death under the guise of returning it.

tanker accident: A man died in a fuel tanker accident and fire early Friday on Ohio 8 in Stow, reports Molly Walsh.

Shop theft: A Garfield Heights man is charged with using a gun to rob 10 retail stores in Cleveland and Shaker Heights during a three-week spree last December, reports John Tucker. A 14-count federal indictment charges Lawrence Sturdivant, 32, with robbing or attempting to rob nine Walgreens, Family Dollar and CVS stores in Cleveland, and one Walgreens in Shaker Heights, prosecutors say.


St. Vincent’s Carnival: Hundreds of children attended the traditional Halloween welfare carnival Friday afternoon at the St. Vincent Charity Medical Center in Cleveland. It was the final carnival for the hospital, as it closes hospital care on November 15, reports David Petkiewicz.

Smash pumpkins: “The world is a vampire…” The iconic opening lyrics of the Smashing Pumpkins’ “Bullet with Butterfly Wings” still have the same effect as 27 years ago, sending the crowd into a frenzy on Saturday night at The Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse during the “Spirits on Fire” tour. Troy Smith Reports that with hundreds of people heading to parties in downtown Cleveland dressed in costumes, there might not have been a better band to take the stage amidst it all.

The spaces: Few institutional accolades in the art world are more significant than being chosen by the US State Department to curate an exhibition at the American Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in Venice, Italy. Steven Litt reporting that Spaces, a small non-profit art gallery on Cleveland’s West Side, has just joined this exclusive club.

Rock Hall inductions: To say the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2022 is busy would be an understatement. Troy Smith and Gary Graff catch up with inductees Eminem, Dolly Parton, Duran Duran, Carly Simon, Pat Benatar and Eurythmics.

House of the week: A brick colonial built in 1950 on the edge of Lake Erie in Lorain boats four bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms and more than 3,900 square feet of living space, reports Joey Morona. The house is available for $1,199,000.

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