Ohio Takes Steps To Address Limited Monkeypox Vaccine Supply: The August 12, 2022 Revival

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Monkeypox: Amid the global shortage of Jynneos, the vaccine used to prevent severe cases of monkeypox, the Ohio Department of Health announced a three-phase prioritization system on Thursday. Laura Hancock reports that the first phase would include direct contact with sick patients, then gay and bisexual men as their risk of exposure is higher, and possibly the general public as a prevention tool. The state also shared new coronavirus guidelines for K-12 students returning to school.

Bedford: Bedford has filed a motion with the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas seeking a restraining order to legally prevent teaching hospitals from closing UH Bedford Medical Center, reports Gretchen Cuda Kroen. The motion states that UH’s decision to close Bedford Hospital amounts to racial discrimination that will block or significantly limit the range of health care and emergency medical services needed by predominantly African-American populations in Bedford and its neighboring communities.


The Ohio Supreme Court cleared a major hurdle this week for the construction of North America’s first freshwater offshore wind facility, ruling that the state permit for the Icebreaker project in Lake Erie has been granted. appropriately. We talk about what this means for the proposal to build six turbines off the coast of Lake Erie on Today in Ohio, cleveland.com’s half-hour news podcast.


Recovery watch: Ohio spent $3.5 billion of its $5.4 billion total in American Rescue Plan Act dollars. Lucas Daprile reports that the largest expense is the repayment of a nearly $1.5 billion federal unemployment loan, which was intended to prevent unemployment tax increases.

HB 6: Lt. Gov. Jon Husted pushed to extend controversial taxpayer bailout of two Ohio nuclear power plants, according to texts exchanged between now fired FirstEnergy executives, reports Jeremy Pelzer. The texts don’t suggest that Husted or Governor Mike DeWine engaged in any illegal activity, but they do confirm that Husted worked to make the nuclear bailout even bigger than what lawmakers ended up enacting in HB6.

GONE: The US Department of Transportation awarded $3.2 million from last year’s bipartisan infrastructure bill to the Portage Area Regional Transit Authority. Sabrina Eaton reports that the agency will use the money to replace five diesel-powered buses with more environmentally friendly buses that use renewable compressed natural gas.


Debt charge: Cuyahoga County is $1.5 billion in debt and could soon put at least another $580 million on its credit card. Kaitlin Durbin reports that budget officials say the county can only afford the expense if it has a revenue stream to repay it, such as by permanently extending the sales tax by a quarter of for cent which will expire in 2027.

Safer city?: Cleveland police reported fewer 911 calls, fewer arrests and fewer firearms seized in the first half of the year. John Tucker reports that the figures run counter to Covid-era narratives of criminals running amok and instead show that violent crime has fallen to near-low levels over the past decade.

Public record: The Cleveland City Council has approved an ordinance requiring the city to release video footage of police shootings or other uses of deadly force within seven days of the event. Courtney Astolfi reports that the videos will be posted on the city’s website and should serve as an “insurance policy” for officers and residents.

Health Equity: Cuyahoga County executive candidate Chris Ronayne on Thursday announced a plan to improve health care access and equity in the community by asking two of the region’s largest providers to voluntarily pay millions dollars to support it. Kaitlin Durbin reports that the so-called Community Health Equity Fund (CHEF) could be used to provide transportation for residents to appointments, create new wellness programs or strengthen mental and physical health services.


Prosperous: The Ashtabula River, which connects to Lake Erie, has become one of northeast Ohio’s most unexpected tourist success stories, with trendy restaurants, upscale shopping and a boutique hotel along the way. Susan Glaser reports how local businesses and community leaders have transformed once polluted and abandoned waterfronts into a tourist destination.

sports betting: The Hall of Fame Village has signed a 10-year deal with Betr to create a sports betting app associated with the resort. Sean McDonnell reports that the deal also sever ties with another sports betting company the station had previously agreed to partner with.


COVID-19[feminine]: For the second week in a row, the weekly number of COVID-19 cases in Ohio has fallen. Gretchen Cuda Kroen reports that cases have risen steadily since mid-June, peaking two weeks ago at 29,876, but started to drop last week.


Ponzi scheme: A Las Vegas sports betting company owner is accused of orchestrating an $8.5 million Ponzi scheme that defrauded 72 investors, including some Ohioans. Adam Ferrise reports that the owner, Matthew Turnipseede, has been charged with mail fraud and wire fraud in federal court in Cleveland.

Charge: A Cleveland man is charged with aggravated vehicular homicide in last month’s hit-and-run crash that killed a toddler while riding her bike and injured two others. Cory Shaffer reports that Vance Christian is jailed on $250,000 bond and also faces two counts of aggravated assault and failing to stop after an accident.

Riot: A Parma man is charged with conspiracy to commit arson in connection with the burning of a parking lot attendant booth during the May 30, 2020 riot in downtown Cleveland. Adam Ferrise reports that the man was part of the large group that clashed with police outside the justice center.


New glide: Cedar Point will launch a new roller coaster, Wild Mouse, at the park in 2023. Susan Glaser reports that the ride will be a game of cat and mouse, with spins, dips, drops and hairpin turns, modernizing a version of the ride that once operated in the park in the 1950s and 60s.

Documentary: The 13th annual Chagrin Falls Documentary Film Festival will showcase nearly 100 films from around the world October 5-9. Joey Morona reports that the in-person screenings will be followed by a virtual festival from October 9-16, opening up the competing films to national audiences.

FilmFest: This year’s Cleveland Jewish FilmFest is scheduled to take place September 8-18. Annie Nickoloff reports that the event will feature 30 films from 10 countries.

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