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The state says it's continuing to monitor dozens of people who had contact with a nurse who tested positive for the Ebola virus. The Ohio department of Health says there are no confirmed cases of Ebola in the state and three people are quarantined. Dr. Marguarite Erme is with the Summit County Health Department . She says figures of people who may have had contact with the 29-year--old nurse change daily as officials gather information on the nature of the contact. Most monitoring involves people in Summit and Cuyahoga Counties, with smaller numbers in 15 other counties. Those counties include Geauga, Lorain, Mahoning , Medina, Portage, Stark, Tuscarawas and Wayne.
Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown is calling on the federal government to step up its involvement with Ohio health officials as it revises safety protocols to stem the spread of Ebola. In a letter, the Ohio senator says the Centers for Disease Control should send additional preparedness experts and work more actively on next steps and protocols in case any Ohioans exhibit Ebola symptoms. Brown ism also asking the CDC to help monitor closely those who have been quarantined in Ohio. The letter is addressed to President Obama's new “Ebola Czar, “ Ron Klain, as well as the CDC and Department of Health and Human Services.
At least one Portage County resident is among 116 people in Ohio being monitored for Ebola symptoms following the visit from a Dallas nurse who treated the first patient5 to die of the virus in the United States and later tested positive for herself. None of those being monitored is sick. The Record-Courier reports, the name of the Portage County resident has not been released, not how the Portage County resident may have come in contact with Amber Vinson.
The state is trying to make it easier for Ohioans to register as organ donors using a new mobile app. The application developed by the Ohio Department of Public Safety lets people sign up by swiping their driver's licenses on certain mobile tablets used by the state's organ recovery agencies. That automatically fills out relevant information for registration. Users then authenticate their identities, specify any restrictions on potential organ donations, and securely send the registration to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles via an Internet connection. The state says it's a faster, easier and more secure registration method than the existing process of completing or mailing a paper form. Ohioans also can register online.
Gas prices in Ohio are up a couple of pennies to start the work week. A gallon of regular gas was averaging $3.07 in today's survey from auto club AAA. That's up three cents from last Monday, but 15 cents less than last month at this time. Analyst say gas prices will likely remain low amid decreased demand and lower crude oil prices.
State officials report Ohio has suspended around 700 businesses since 2013 because owners didn't pay sales tax. There are currently 1,800 businesses with a recent history of late sales tax payments in Ohio's Habitual Offenders Program. Most of those businesses collect at least $25,000 per year in sales tax. Businesses can be suspended if they fail to pay sales tax for at least two consecutive months.
A 26 year-old Canton man has been arrested , accused of seeking sex with a 13 year-old girl. Bryan McAllister of Young Avenue NW, around 3:30 Saturday afternoon in the 2300 block of Lincoln Way E. he has been charged with importuning, possession of criminal tools and unlawful sexual conduct with a minor.
Police arrested three men accused of passing counterfeit bills at a Canton bar. The Canton Repository reports, a 28-year-old Massillon man and two Canton men, a 20 year-old and 23-year-old , were arrested around 1 am Saturday in the 2600 block of South Erie Street on charges related to forgery and petty theft. Police say the trio spent about $80 in counterfeit bills at Benders , on Lincoln Way East. A Benders employee was able to identify the men . The three booked into the Stark County Jail.
Authorities say the driver of a tractor-trailer led officers on a high speed chase across northwest Ohio. Police say the driver of the big rig stopped at a Sandusky convenience store last night and left without paying for dog shampoo and other items. Police say the driver, 61-year-old Ronald Weaver of Tennessee, refused to stop when an officer tried to pull him over. Weaver then allegedly led dozens of state troopers on a chase through four counties, reaching speeds of up to 95 mph. Weaver was arrested when he drove into a ditch. No one was injured.
Ohio has stepped up its Ebola quarantine protocols to include travel restrictions for the 116 residents under surveillance for the deadly disease. Enhanced protocols issued over the weekend urge those under daily monitoring not to leave their health department's jurisdiction unless the health district where they're traveling consents and agrees to perform monitoring. Dr. Marguarite Erme (Er-mee) with the local health department. Cuts 1009/1010. Ebola's incubation period is 21 days, and that mark is being reached for Dallas hospital workers who first treated the ill Liberian man. Other people who came in contact with Thomas Eric Duncan when he became infectious are also ending their three-week quarantine. Among those who have shown NO signs of the virus is Duncan's girlfriend.
The family of a Dallas nurse who tested positive for Ebola after flying to Cleveland and returning home says she wouldn't knowingly expose herself or anyone else. It says in a statement issued through a spokesman , suggestions nurse Amber Vinson ignored protocols recommended to her are false. It says she reported her body temperature three times before boarding her Oct. 13 flight home. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has acknowledged Vinson checked in repeatedly and was cleared for travel. Governor John Kasich was in Akron over the weekend addressing the Ebola situation. He admits the numbers have changed, and they will continue to do so. But, that doesn't mean people should get 'panicky' about it.
Ebola is spread through bodily fluids. Someone who's infected doesn't become contagious until they show symptoms. The good news- Dr. Chris Braden from the CDC says NO ONE is showing symptoms of Ebola among the people who had contact with the 29-year-old Amber Vinson.Akron's three hospitals are preparing to care for area residents being monitored for Ebola symptoms if any develop signs of the deadly viral disease. The Beacon Journal reports, officials at Akron Children's Hospital, Akron General and Summa, say their facilities launched more intensive training last week and ordered extra personnel protective equipment for nurses and other front-line health-care workers.
Officials addressing Ebola concerns in northeast Ohio say they're trying to keep the public adequately informed without prompting panic or drawing undue attention to people who aren't sick and pose no risk n Health officials stepped carefully while walking that line this week, repeating one message loudly at each opportunity. There are NO Ebola cases in Ohio.
A student group led a protest outside Ohio's Statehouse as it pushes for more action in the fatal shooting of a man at a Wal-Mart outside Dayton. The Ohio Student Association held the rally after demonstrators earlier this month at the Beavercreek police department. About 200 people showed up. The group wants the officer who fatally shot 22 year-old John Crawford III fired, among other demands.
It's the end of the run for Cedar Point's 18-year-old Mantis roller coaster. The park says the last rides will take place this weekend. The stand-up coaster will be reconfigured to create a new floorless coaster that will open next year.
Health officials are monitoring more than 100 people following the visit by a Dallas nurse who tested positive for Ebola shortly after returning to Texas from the Cleveland area. Officials say none of those being monitored are sick. Amber Vinson's stepfather is quarantined in his home in Tallmadge. That's where Vinson stayed during her visit.