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Will you have to repay the advanced Child Tax Credit payments

News Channel 4 - Tue, 01/18/2022 - 16:14

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH)--The Internal Revenue Service sent letters out at the beginning of the year to families that opted-in for the advanced Child Tax Credit (advCTC) payments.

The letter instructs tax filers to be sure to use Schedule 8812 with their 2021 income tax return to claim the remaining credit.

Repayment Protection

The letter explained the reasons for not having to repay the advCTC. The payment protection is based on your 2021 modified adjusted gross income. You will not have to repay any of the AdvCTC payments for non-qualifying children in your 2021 Modified Adjusted Gross Income is under:

  • $60,000 if you are married and filing a joint return or if filing as a qualifying widow or widower
  • $50,000 if you are filing as head of household
  • $40,000 if you are a single filer or are married and filing a separate return.

For questions about completing a Schedule 8812 click here.

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New year, new goals: Have a scam-free year

News Channel 4 - Tue, 01/18/2022 - 15:50

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) -- New year, new goals, usually around health and fitness, getting organized or trying new things.

Better Call 4 spoke with the Better Business Bureau of Central Ohio about a few items to add to your list of New Year's resolutions, to help make 2022 a fraud-free year for you and your family.

2021 was a year full of challenges and transitions, that created opportunities for scammers to take advantage of your time, your money, and your personal information.

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So, as we settle into 2022, the Better Business Bureau recommends adding five precautionary steps to your resolutions list to help keep you free from fraud this year.

1. Be cautious with emails.
Scammers can make them look legitimate, but you should never click on any links or open attachments from unsolicited or unknown senders.

2. Don't send money to strangers.
Scammers will trick you into transferring funds by making the situation seem urgent. If you haven't met a person face-to-face, don't send money.

3. Research before you buy.
When shopping online, ask yourself: Is this a business that I know and trust? Is customer service accessible? Where is the company physically located?

4. Use your best judgment before sharing anything personal.
That opens the door to identity theft. Keep your financial information, birth date, address, and social security number to yourself.

5. Be smart with social media.
Only connect with people you know and think twice before buying products from social media sites.

Need help? Contact ‘Better Call 4’

For additional information from the BBB about ways to avoid scams, and what to do if you become the victim of a scam, click here.

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Ohio State kicker Noah Ruggles returning next season

News Channel 4 - Tue, 01/18/2022 - 15:38

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — Ohio State kicker Noah Ruggles is using his extra year of eligibility to return to the Buckeyes next season, per a team spokesman.

Ruggles transferred from North Carolina to OSU and made 20 of 21 field goals last season. He went a perfect 74-for-74 on extra point attempts.

His biggest games of the season came in back-to-back weeks when he went 8-for-8 combined against Penn State and Nebraska. He made four field goals apiece in both games and the Buckeyes won both of those contests by nine points thanks to the 12 points he contributed.

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Columbus protest: Arbitration decision reached between city, FOP

News Channel 4 - Tue, 01/18/2022 - 15:30

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – An arbitrator has reached a decision in a dispute involving Columbus’ police officers union and the special prosecutor hired by the city to investigate police conduct.

The dispute stems from the ongoing probe into protests following George Floyd’s death during the summer of 2020.

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The decision could be a step forward in an investigation that has been stalled for nearly a year.

The special prosecutor and special investigator have had trouble getting Columbus police officers to speak to them as witnesses as they try to get to the bottom of a litany of grievances filed against officers during the protests.

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The Fraternal Order of Police filed a grievance in March 2021, saying the union contract protects officers from having to participate in an investigation that could lead to criminal charges against a fellow officer.

The arbitrator denied a portion of that grievance, writing the city can compel officers to testify as witnesses in a criminal investigation.

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However, the decision narrows down the definition of “witness,” ordering the city to stop compelling internal affairs officers, supervisors, and union reps of those under investigation to be interviewed.

When two parties agree to arbitration, the arbitrator’s decision is considered legally binding.

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Komen Columbus Race for the Cure returns to in-person in downtown

News Channel 4 - Tue, 01/18/2022 - 15:05

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH)-- After a two-year virtual hiatus, the Komen Columbus Race for the Cure will return to an in-person event downtown to celebrate its 30th anniversary of raising money, support, and awareness for breast cancer.

Registration for the event opened Tuesday for the 2022 walk that will take place May 14 and will follow a new path starting and ending at North Bank Park.

Komen Columbus says more than 10,000 Ohio women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year and 1,700 will die from the disease. And like many charities, the pandemic and not being able to hold in-person events have hurt their fundraising efforts.

CLICK HERE to register for the Komen Columbus Race for the Cure.

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Jim Obergefell, face of gay marriage, to run for Ohio House

News Channel 4 - Tue, 01/18/2022 - 14:49

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Gay rights advocate Jim Obergefell, whose name was atop the U.S. Supreme Court case legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide, announced Tuesday that he's running for a seat in the Ohio legislature.

Obergefell, a Democrat, said he wants Ohio to be a place where people feel they have equal opportunity.

He was the lead plaintiff in the landmark 2015 ruling that put an end to same-sex marriage bans, turning him into one of the most visible figures in the marriage-equality movement.

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Obergefell will run for the Ohio House in a district that includes his hometown of Sandusky and has been dominated by Republicans for the past eight years. Obergefell moved back to his hometown in 2021 to be closer to family.

“I think I’ve proven with my fight for marriage equality that I don’t mind being an underdog,” he said.

Obergefell said the area of northern Ohio he wants to represent has struggled to attract good-paying jobs and that too many people have been forced to leave. He said two of his biggest priorities are improving the region’s job outlook and protecting Lake Erie, a major driver of the area’s economy.

His path to becoming an “accidental” activist began when he and his partner, John Arthur, were unable to wed in Ohio because of their home state’s ban on same-sex marriage. At the time, Obergefell was living in Cincinnati and hadn’t been much involved in politics.

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Obergefell and Arthur, who was dying of Lou Gehrig’s disease, decided to get married in Maryland after the Supreme Court struck down part of the Defense of Marriage Act in 2013. But Ohio’s ban meant Obergefell would not be listed as Arthur’s surviving spouse on his death certificate.

They won a temporary injunction and when Arthur died a little over three months after they were married, Obergefell was listed as his spouse on his death certificate.

But the legal victory was overturned, setting the stage for the Supreme Court’s historic decision. By a 5-4 vote, the court ruled on June 26, 2015, that same-sex couples can exercise the fundamental right to marry.

Following the ruling Obergefell has worked for a group that advocates for LGBTQ families and spoken out on transgender and civil rights in appearances, interviews, and on social media.

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Person texts from back seat after car stolen, Tiffin police say

News Channel 4 - Tue, 01/18/2022 - 14:33

TIFFIN, Ohio (WCMH) -- A sleeping passenger in a stolen vehicle alerted police via text message of the theft, resulting in a police pursuit in Seneca County.

According to the Tiffin Police Department, it was notified by Findlay Police on Saturday afternoon about a stolen white Audi which was traveling from Findlay to the Tiffin area with what police said was a passenger/hostage in the car.

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Findlay Police said the passenger was asleep in the back of the Audi when the car was stolen. Police said the passenger alerted police of the car's location via text message as it got closer to Tiffin.

At 1:26 p.m., Tiffin officers spotted the stolen car and tried to stop it on U.S. 224 near Tiffin Mercy Hospital. The driver of the Audi, later identified as Justin M. Vaughn, did not comply with the traffic stop, fleeing east on U.S. 224, according to police.

Vaughn drove the car south on SR-100 with police in pursuit, driving through the Melmore area to the Crawford County line, police said.

Tiffin police officers performed a slow-speed vehicle termination maneuver, which ended the pursuit.

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Vaughn was taken into custody by Seneca County Sheriff's deputies and charged with felony aggravated robbery, kidnapping, theft of a motor vehicle, and fleeing and eluding police.

The passenger was unharmed and treated and released at the scene.

The Seneca County Sheriff's Office, Ohio State Highway Patrol, Crawford County's Sheriff's Office, Wyandot County Sheriff's Office, and John's Towing assisted at the scene.

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East Hospital opens COVID-19 test site serving eastside neighborhoods

News Channel 4 - Tue, 01/18/2022 - 14:12

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) -- With COVID-19 cases continuing to climb due to the omicron variant, Ohio State East Hospital opened a new testing site on its campus Tuesday.

"We know that there's a part of the community that's not able to access testing otherwise," said Dr. Daniel Bachmann, medical director at Ohio State East Hospital.

"And that's the whole goal of the community care coach, is to be able to provide care to the community where they can access it easily," said Dr. Kamilah Dixon, OB/GYN and medical lead for the hospital’s Community Care Coach program.

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The testing site is meant for those in the surrounding zip codes near the hospital. Those zip codes are:

43201, 43203, 43205, 43206, 43207, 43211, 43215, 43219, 43222, 43223, 43224

The community care coach will be onsite both this week and the next, with plans to keep it there longer if needed.

"A lot of people around here don't have vehicles, can't get all the way up on campus, can't go to all those other places, so we were trying to answer the call to be in the community," said Jackiethia Butsch, senior outreach coordinator in the Office of Civic Engagement at Ohio State University.

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In addition to OSU Wexner staff, members of the Ohio National Guard will also be on-site to help.

"We have some of our staff who are working at this site, supplemented by five National Guard members,” Bachmann said. “But that's only a small subset, of a larger portion of National Guard, who are working just about everywhere throughout our hospital system.”

Appointments are required, and in order to schedule one at their site, you can call 614-293-4000 or visit the Wexner Medical Center website.

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Lazarus House renovation underway

News Channel 4 - Tue, 01/18/2022 - 13:11

COLUMBUS, Ohio (COLUMBUS BUSINESS FIRST) -- Many a Columbus resident can remember the window displays at the Lazarus department store along Town and High streets. Fewer may know that further down Town Street is a grand brick mansion where the Lazarus family used to live.

Now, a young couple is working to breathe life back into the home and hopes to invite area residents in soon.

To see a slideshow of the renovations, click here.

Mark Sweeney, who grew up going to the department store, and his partner, Abigail McLean bought the house at 380 E. Town St. in 2020 from their now neighbors. They began working on plans to renovate the house in April 2021.

They hope to be moved into the home by the end of May.

The previous owners used state and federal historic tax credits to restore the home. Sweeney and McLean were able to use a tax abatement to further restore and refurbish the home.

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"We wanted to preserve history and this house is part of the fabric of downtown Columbus," Sweeney said.

The house was split up into three different dwellings when Sweeney and McLean bought it. The first floor is a luxury apartment unit, while the second and third floors of the house will be a four-bedroom, four-bathroom living area for Sweeney, McLean, and their two children. There is also an addition on the back of the house, added in the 1940s, that will be rented out as a short-term rental.

In total, the house includes more than 7,000 square feet.

The couples plans to add a rooftop patio on the second floor in the back of the home, where they hope to host dinner parties and welcome Columbus residents into the historic home. Both apartments will also have access to the rooftop patio.

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"This was a grand home back in the day," Sweeney said. "Socialites and Columbus' movers and shakers would come here, and our vision is for the house to be like that again. This house historically had parties and we want to continue that. This house is a beautiful piece of Columbus heritage."

Sweeney and McLean are also transforming the third floor from an attic-like space into two bedrooms for their children and a master suite. There will be a loft for the boys and their friends to play in when the renovation is complete, Sweeney said.

"We've learned that there are ways to renovate the house that keep the historically significant parts, but help it evolve to be better for the future, too," McLean said.

Midland Architecture is responsible for the design of the house and Sullivan Builders is handling the construction of the project.

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Sweeney and McLean, both in sales, have prior experience in restoring old homes. They previously restored an old home on East North Broadway in Clintonville, where they were living until they bought the Lazarus house.

McLean said when they first bought the Lazarus house, the couple thought they would only need to renovate the bare third floor.

"This house has taught us a lot about patience," McLean said.

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Restaurant resurgence drove Ohio liquor sales in 2021

News Channel 4 - Tue, 01/18/2022 - 13:09

COLUMBUS, Ohio (COLUMBUS BUSINESS FIRST) -- Ohio liquor sales grew in 2021, though fewer customers were buying for home use.

State liquor agencies sold 17.3 million gallons of high-proof alcohol last year (i.e. not beer and wine), which was a 3.48% increase on the 16.7 million gallons sold in 2020, according to data provided by the Ohio Division of Liquor Control.

Gallonage is the most apples-to-apples measure because it takes out any price variations, but the dollar sales tell a similar story.

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The $1.72 billion in 2021 sales was up 9.7% from $1.57 billion in sales in 2020.

The increase was driven not by direct retail sales to consumers stocking their home bars, but rather by a resurgence in the restaurant and bar business in 2021 after the Covid-19 constrictions many faced in 2020.

Wholesale sales were impacted in 2020 by the temporary closing of bars and restaurants around the state and the continued limited operations for much of the year.

Gallonage dropped 33.3% to wholesale buyers between 2019 and 2020 while dollar amounts declined the same. That rebounded in 2021 as gallonage rose 53.4% and dollar sales were up 60.6%. On a two-year basis, wholesale gallonage was up 2.22% while dollars were up 7.03%.

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More than 3.95 million gallons of spirits were sold wholesale last year in the state for $373.5 million

Retail sales direct to consumers saw the inverse as it is believed many stocked up on spirits for home consumption amid the shutdowns in 2020.

Gallonage rose 24.5% from 2019 to 2020 while dollars were up 37.1%. Gallons actually dropped from 2020 to 2021, falling 5.5% with dollars essentially flat at a scant 0.87% increase. On a two-year timeframe gallons are up 17.5% and dollars are up 38.3%

More than 13.3 million gallons of spirits were sold at retail last year tallying $1.35 billion.

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January, February, April, and November saw the biggest year-over-year increases in total sales. October was the only month to see a decline as gallons dropped by 0.94%, though dollar sales still increased.

Ohio’s spirituous liquor business is managed by the Ohio Division of Liquor Control. The inventory is owned by the JobsOhio Beverage System, a nonprofit entity that funds economic development group JobsOhio through its exclusive franchise agreement with the state.

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Police issue arrest warrant for robbery shooting suspect in east Columbus

News Channel 4 - Tue, 01/18/2022 - 12:29

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) -- Columbus police have issued an arrest warrant for a 31-year-old male suspect in a robbery shooting on New Year's Day in east Columbus.

Police state that the suspect went to an apartment on the 3500 block of East Livingston Avenue to confront a 32-year-old man about a girl.

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Both began to argue in the hallway and then the suspect shot the victim in the left thigh and stole cash and a phone from him, according to police.

The name of the suspect was not released.

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Body discovered inside house on fire

News Channel 4 - Tue, 01/18/2022 - 12:01

CHILLICOTHE, Ohio (WCMH) --- An investigation is under way after a body was found inside a Ross County house that was on fire.

Sheriff George Lavender said deputies were called to a residence in the 7500 block of State Route 28 about 8 p.m. Monday on a report of a burglary in progress, and when they arrived, they found the house on fire.

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Fire crews came and discovered the body while fighting the fire. It was given to the county coroner for identification and to determine the cause of death.

Detectives from the sheriff's office are working with the state fire marshal's office on the investigation.

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HBCU All-Star game coming to Columbus

News Channel 4 - Tue, 01/18/2022 - 11:57

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH)-- A one-of-a-kind event will hit the hardwood of Nationwide Arena this spring.

Community leaders revealed Tuesday that the College Basketball All-Star Game & Celebrity Extravaganza will be held in Columbus.

In 2004 the event became the first college all-star game of its kind to be played in NBA arenas.

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And while for many athletes the event is an opportunity to showcase in front of thousands what they can do on the court, it's also an opportunity to highlight the leaders HBCUs produce off the court.

Like the Classic for Columbus football game at Ohio Stadium this past August, the event will showcase the top seniors from HBCUs all around the country, competing against players from Ohio’s traditional universities— including Ohio State senior Kyle Young who will participate.

“To have an event like this come to Columbus just fills my heart with excitement, gratitude, and joy," says Clark Kellogg, an Ohio native and former Ohio State basketball player. “It's about the impact it can have as it relates to celebrating, uplifting, empowering, encouraging, and inspiring dreams."

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The five-day event will be filled with fashion, entertainment, music, and festivities.

The event is expected to bring a $10 million economic impact to central Ohio, and it will also generate around $300,000 in scholarship funds.

Devin Green, a Beechcroft graduate, used the opportunity to catapult himself to a more than 15-year professional career.

“I’m an alum of this event, I’m a product of this platform, I’m a proud HBCU alum, I’m an Ohio native, and lastly I love my culture and my community," says Green.

With scouts, agents, and thousands of fans on hand, both Green and Kellogg say the event is an opportunity for them to give back to the game.

“It's my responsibility on so many different levels to be an inspiration to the next generation of student-athletes, and this event is a culmination of that," Green adds.

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The event will take place April 20-24, with the All-Star Game and Celebrity Game on the 23rd.

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at

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Coronavirus in Ohio Tuesday update: 15,000 new cases and 300 additional deaths reported

News Channel 4 - Tue, 01/18/2022 - 11:10

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — The Ohio Department of Health has released the latest numbers related to the coronavirus pandemic in the state.

Numbers as of Tuesday, Jan. 18 follow:

TotalChangeNew cases2,418,722+15,077Hospitalizations102,717+423ICU admissions12,335+45Deaths*31,245+323*–Deaths are updated twice a week, usually on Tuesdays and Fridays

The 21-day case average is above 22,000.

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The department reported 4,754 people started the vaccination process, bringing the total to 7,113,063, which is 60.85% of the state’s population. And 11,567 received booster shots.

The Ohio Hospital Association reported the following numbers related to COVID-19 patients:

Hospitalized patients
with COVID-19

No.Percent of
total beds
Percent of total
beds availableTotal6,03624.7%16.9%In ICU1,16126.55%17.20%On ventilator81516.32%59.66%

The federal website to request an order for free COVID-19 tests is live and taking orders. Preliminary research in Israel indicates a fourth vaccine provides limited defense against the omicron variant. The CDC is advising schools cancel high-risk activities, like sports and band, in areas with high COVID transmission.

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What Ohio's record-high COVID-19 case numbers mean in mid-January

News Channel 4 - Tue, 01/18/2022 - 11:07

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — The highly contagious omicron variant of COVID-19 has been the dominant driver of new cases in Ohio since late December.

The latest genomic sequencing by the Ohio Department of Health on Monday shows more than 77% of cases surveyed in the two weeks ending Jan. 1 were omicron. And CDC sequencing as of Tuesday shows the variant was 99.5% of cases surveyed nationwide last week.

As omicron pushes cases to record levels, NBC4 spoke to Dr. Mahdee Sobhanie, an infectious disease specialist at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, to analyze the current surge.

What do these record case numbers mean?

"Because we are coming off a long holiday weekend where people gathered with one another, I think that's what the reflection is," Sobhanie said of January's high case numbers

Ohio saw an uptick in delta variant cases after Thanksgiving, but Sobhanie noted omicron's higher transmissibility, "the easing of social distancing" and "the decrease in mask compliance" contributing to the current surge.

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Ohio's 14-day average of onset cases, the measure ODH recommends looking at instead of daily case counts sometimes affected by backlogs, sits at 20,701 as of Monday. ODH reported 19,538 new infections that day.

The state's highest day yet, Jan. 4, saw 31,430 onset cases. (The number of infections on a single day are preliminary and expected to rise for at least 14 days after.)

OSU Wexner professor Dr. Carlos Malvestutto told NBC4 last week that because of at-home tests, the 20,000-cases-per-day mark could actually be between 60,000 and 100,000 cases. Only PCR tests, the most sensitive kind that are usually swab tests done by medical professionals.

"I do think that the case numbers are much higher than what we're currently seeing," Sobhanie said. He added that asymptomatic people and those who just don't get tested also don't get counted.

Cases have been so unprecedently high during the omicron wave that ODH case counts last Friday (41,455), Saturday (26,117) and Sunday (50,299), included backlogged infections. The department said an enhancement to the system is now implemented to better keep up with new cases.

When will omicron peak?

"I think we all expect that there should be a peak in January, and that we should be seeing this descend," Sobhanie said.

Many things factor into that, however. He cautioned that K-12 and college students returning to classrooms may affect the expected downward trend, as could mask compliance and large gatherings "in different areas where it's very difficult to socially distance."

"I do think just still implementing some of these social mitigation measures are going to be important in terms of decreasing kind of the spread of omicron," Sobhanie said. "But I do think that the surge that we saw should be coming down."

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Robert Wyllie, chief of medical operations at the Cleveland Clinic, told reporters about two weeks ago that the Cleveland area has "begun to peak" after being the first region in Ohio to be hit by the omicron wave.

ODH data reflects that, per an NBC4 analysis of Cuyahoga County cases and Franklin County cases since Dec. 1. Notice how non-preliminary daily case counts (those that are more than 14 days ago) are falling in Cuyahoga but not yet in Franklin:

What to think of hospitalizations

The omicron wave has brought coronavirus hospitalizations to record levels throughout Ohio. But although hospitalization data lags behind cases by a week or so, the proportion of omicron cases that put infected people in hospital beds is lower than previous variants.

Studies have shown omicron to be a less severe variant, but Sobhanie cautions that unvaccinated people and those with underlying conditions should not bet on having an easy time.

"The one thing that kind of worries me is that there's a thought process that omicron is more of a mild disease," he said. "And it may be mild for those who are boosted and have an intact immune system. It could be a little bit more of a severe disease for those who are boosted but they have underlying comorbidities or who don't have an intact immune system."

ODH data from last Wednesday shows more than 94% of Ohioans hospitalized for COVID-19 have not been fully unvaccinated.

Sobhanie said he didn't know the exact percentage of Wexner coronavirus patients who are unvaccinated, but he noted the "vast majority" he is seeing who need a higher level of care, such as oxygen or an ICU bed, are unvaccinated.

Will deaths skyrocket, too?

Deaths from COVID-19, which lag weeks behind case and hospitalization data, have yet to show any movement related to the omicron wave.

In South Africa, where omicron was first detected and has already peaked, the federal government reported only a "marginal increase" in deaths. That country's population, however, is younger than Ohio's, but the Buckeye State is more vaccinated.

"I think that you have to look at infections and deaths in terms of buckets," Sobhanie said, such as looking at how omicron affects people who are vaccinated versus unvaccinated, and looking at the comorbidities that could weaken a person's fight against the virus.

"Really, at the end, we want to be able to say to a particular patient, 'Listen, if you have high blood pressure, diabetes, if you're immunosuppressed, this is what omicron means for you going forward,'" Sobhanie said.

Bottom line: Get vaccinated

The overwhelming scientific evidence and advice from medical leaders remains that getting vaccinated is the best way to prevent catching COVID-19 or limit its worst effects.

New shots have been pretty consistent in Ohio since early December at just under 10,000 per day, but only about 61% of Ohio's population has gotten at least one shot. That's eighth-lowest in the U.S., according to the CDC.

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Sobhanie said he would like to see everyone vaccinated, because unvaccinated people have worse coronavirus cases, which is more strain on the health care system. But with about 6 in 10 Ohioans with one shot of a vaccine, he said he would like to see the number "be close to 90-some percent."

"I don't think it's a one-answer-fits-all for why certain individuals are vaccine-hesitant over others," Sobhanie said. "I do think it's incredibly important during the pandemic that that everybody has a doctor that they trust, that they can sit down and listen to and talk to."

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22-year-old dies after car accident off I-71 in Franklin Township

News Channel 4 - Tue, 01/18/2022 - 10:57

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WCMH) -- The Franklin County Sheriff's Office (FCSO) has confirmed that a 22-year-old woman died in a car accident overnight on Jan. 14.

FCSO reported that the driver, Maryah Marcum, lost control of her 2010 Nissan Altima on Frank Rd. off I-71 and struck a culvert around 12:45 a.m. last Friday morning.

Marcum was transported to Grant Hospital in critical condition.

FCSO announced on Tuesday afternoon she died from her injuries at Grant Hospital.

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Most neighborly US cities: where Columbus ranks

News Channel 4 - Tue, 01/18/2022 - 10:26

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — When it comes to being neighborly, a new survey puts Columbus near the top of the list.

According to a study by StorageCafe, Cbus ranks second in the nation for having friendly neighbors. In a survey, nearly 11,000 respondents from across the U.S. were asked about factors including neighbor satisfaction, sense of community, community involvement and how well a city is recommended.

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Overall, a whopping 80% of people in Columbus who participated in the survey said they were satisfied with their neighbors, above the national average at 67%. This statistic alone would have placed the city at the top of the list, only Austin, Texas came close with 79% in this category; however, the additional three measurements put Columbus in second place.

More than half of Columbus respondents, a total of 54%, said they felt a "strong sense of community" where they lived. A strong sense of community, defined as being "united by a local desire to be involved and help out others in need" and having "neighbors who look out for you," was the lowest-ranked factor for Ohio's Capitol city.

A larger majority, 60%, ranked "community involvement," or participating in community activities, such as choosing to volunteer, donating to charity or cleaning up public spaces, positively. And 63% said they would recommend living in their neighborhood to others.

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Nearby Indianapolis clinched the No. 1 position on the list with 74% of survey takers reporting they were happy with their neighbors, 58% feeling favorable about their sense of community, 65% agreeing that community involvement was present and 55% saying "yes" or "definitely yes" when asked about recommending their neighborhood to other people.

Rounding out the top five cities on the list were Houston, Minneapolis, and Raleigh, North Carolina.

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Hospital staff line hall in honor of deputy who died of COVID-19

News Channel 4 - Tue, 01/18/2022 - 09:02

WESTERVILLE, Ohio (WCMH) -- In a show of support, staff at Mount Carmel St. Ann's hospital lined the hall to make way for the flag-draped casket of Franklin County Sheriff's Deputy Terrance Bateman, who died over the weekend from complications related to COVID-19.

"The FCSO extends its deepest gratitude to the staff at Mount Carmel St. Ann's for the humbling show of respect for Deputy Terrance Bateman who passed away due to complications from COVID over the weekend," the Franklin County Sheriff's Office said in a social media post.

Staff line the hall of Mt. Carmel St. Ann's to show respect for Deputy Terrance Bateman, who died from COVID-19 complications on January 15, 2022.

"Deputy Bateman was a true public servant who devoted 25-years of his life to serving Franklin County and your kindness and support was a comfort to his family…blood and blue. Thank you."

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On Saturday, the sheriff's office announced Bateman's death. "Some of his closest colleagues said 'Mr. B' never missed an opportunity to say a kind word….he was simply loved," the announcement said.

"We ask that you please keep Deputy Bateman’s family, loved ones, and his Sheriff’s family in your thoughts and prayers. Deputy Bateman, we will honor your memory. We will follow your example. We will never forget."

Deputy Terrance Bateman, Franklin County Sheriff's Office, died from complications from COVID-19 on Saturday, January 15, 2022.
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Ohio State makes moves on football coaching staff

News Channel 4 - Tue, 01/18/2022 - 08:30

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) -- Changes to Ohio State's coaching staff continued Tuesday.

Running backs coach Tony Alford has been promoted to run game coordinator. Alford has been at Ohio State since 2015 and coached some of its greatest backs, including Ezekiel Elliott (2015) and J.K. Dobbins (2017, 2018 and 2019).

Ohio State OT Dawand Jones returning for senior year

Ohio State also announced Matt Guerrieri, formerly at Duke, is being added to coach Ryan Day's staff as a senior adviser and analyst.

And media reports have former defensive coordinator Kerry Coombs joining Cincinnati as an assistant coach. He and Bearcats coach Luke Fickell have worked together before, including on the staff of the Buckeyes.

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Columbus city leaders to hold press conference discussing in-person learning

News Channel 4 - Tue, 01/18/2022 - 07:02

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) -- Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther and other city leaders will be holding a press conference at Columbus Public Health to discuss in-person learning at schools.

The press conference is scheduled to begin Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. You can watch the press conference LIVE on this link.

According to the release, the press conference will address the "importance" of in-person learning.

Columbus City Schools teachers union urges remote learning

Among those joining Mayor Ginther at the press conference will be City Council President Shannon Hardin, Columbus Public Health Dr. Mysheika Roberts, and Columbus Public School Superintendent Dr. Talisa Dixon.

The Columbus Education Association released a letter last Wednesday they sent to the Columbus City Schools administration to enact a two-week remote learning period to "get us through the worst of the current COVID-19 Omicron surge." 2,800 staff members signed the letter.

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