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Pregnant Women, Childcare Workers, Law Enforcement Soon Eligible For COVID Vaccine

Come Thursday, Ohio will expand its list of eligible Ohioans who can sign up to receive the coronavirus vaccine. Phase 1C includes those with Type 1 diabetes or ALS; pregnant women; and those who have had a bone marrow transplant. Additionally, residents working in childcare, funeral services, and law enforcement and corrections also will become available. Ohio is also expanding to Phase 2 to people age 60 and older.

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The Cincinnati Department of Health wants to add 16 positions to the budget for the next fiscal year. Health Commissioner Melba Moore presented the department's budget request to City Council's Budget and Finance Committee Monday.

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A former first assistant United States attorney is taking over as the acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio. Vipal J. Patel became an assistant United States attorney in 2000 and has served in the criminal, civil and appellate divisions of the U.S. Attorney's Office.

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A nationwide suicide prevention hotline means much of the country will shift to 10-digit dialing. The change happens this fall for the 513 and 859 area codes.

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A security company for the Internet of Things (IoT) has identified 33 vulnerabilities in open source code among various devices. This is just a snapshot of what experts think is a growing problem with few government regulations in place.

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Editor's note: On Monday, March 1, the same day this article was published, Gov. Mike DeWine announced that some childcare workers would become eligible for the vaccine beginning Thursday, March 4. You can read more about the new list of Ohioans who qualify here

Just over 13% of Ohio residents have received the COVID-19 vaccine. Among the most recent people eligible to receive it are K-12 educators. Governor Mike DeWine says with enough of them vaccinated, schools can reopen in person. But early childcare providers have been excluded from that vaccine rollout even though some have been working since the start of the pandemic.

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Researchers are looking into a new rehabilitation treatment for patients suffering from post-COVID syndrome. The patients, who have contracted mild or moderate illness but then continue to suffer symptoms long after their COVID diagnosis, are also known as COVID-19 "long haulers."

The Brighton Center has served Northern Kentucky for decades and now the large social services agency based in Newport has a new chief executive officer. Wonda Winkler has taken the reins from Tammy Weidinger. 

A local singer-songwriter has music featured in the Netflix series Deaf U. Aziza Love was uniquely positioned to offer her creative offerings to such a series that focuses on deaf and hard of hearing students at Gallaudet University.

The Ohio Republican Party has a new chairman, the well-known political operative Bob Paduchik.

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Cincinnati's director of community and economic development says some interaction between council members and her department can be inappropriate. Markiea Carter briefed members of the new Economic Development Reform Panel at its second meeting Friday.

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Researchers Studying Exercise For COVID Long Haulers

Researchers are looking into a new rehabilitation treatment for patients suffering from post-COVID syndrome. The patients, who have contracted mild or moderate illness but then continue to suffer symptoms long after their COVID diagnosis, are also known as COVID-19 "long haulers."

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