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OSU isolation guidelines change, students see positives

News Channel 4 - Fri, 01/14/2022 - 15:12

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH)-- After one week back on campus and the guidelines for quarantining during the omicron surge is changing at the Ohio State University.

Students said this spring semester, like many others, is all about adaptability and flexibility.

“It’s kind of like playing it by ear, this virus is always changing,” said sophomore Ethan Smith.

New safety guidelines start immediately on Friday.

“Just kind of have to go with the flow, just kind of work with the punches as you go,” said senior Elise Fraze.

The Ohio State University announced new changes to quarantine rules following this week’s return to campus and the omicron variant.

Seniors and roommates, Isabella Victoria and Elise Fraze want to keep learning in person.

“Especially because we did have our sophomore year online and we had to go home and last year was mostly online so I’m really hoping the rest of this year ends up being as normal as possible,” said Victoria.

OSU said one residence hall and nearby hotels will be available for students to isolate if they test positive for COVID.

Students will be required to isolate for five days. If a rapid test is negative on the 5th day, a well-fitting mask will be required in all environments for five days even at home. If positive a positive test returns, isolation will go on for another five days.

“I think a lot of my professors are being very accommodating with everything that’s changing right now,” said Fraze.

Students NBC4 spoke with said their instructors have already implemented a Zoom option for classes.

“Typically, every class offers that from what I know, at least all my classes do and same thing with last semester,” said Smith.

There’s hope normalcy returns with the warmer weather.

“I think everything has to evolve over time so yeah we’ll see what happens,” Smith added.

OSU told NBC4 that the COVID-19 positivity rate on campus was not available at this time and that the COVID surveillance dashboard will be up and running again soon. No time frame on that could be provided.

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Individual healthcare plan enrollment deadline is Saturday

News Channel 4 - Fri, 01/14/2022 - 14:14

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH)--People with individual health plans must enroll or register by Saturday, Jan. 15.

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Columbus businesses react to new CDC COVID guidance

News Channel 4 - Fri, 01/14/2022 - 14:00

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH)-- Business owners in central Ohio are feeling a bit of relief after the CDC changed the recommendations on quarantine and isolation times for positive COVID-19 cases.

It's been nearly three weeks since the CDC reduced the guidance on isolation from 10 days to five days, and business owners say it's not only helping them maintain operations, but also keep money in the pockets of their staff.

"For the employees, team members, for them to get back to work. A lot of people are living check-to-check," says Aaron Gaynor, the Owner and CEO of The EcoPlumbers.

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On Friday morning, technicians were busy planning routes and equipping work vans before they head out on service calls.

For Gaynor, it's keeping them healthy that has become his company's biggest challenge.

"As a home service company, our number thing is safety in the home, right? Regardless of whether it's the health of our employees or the health of our customers," Gaynor admits.

The EcoPlumbers are a Hilliard-based service company with more than 200 employees.

He says at one point, he was down an entire department due to COVID-19.

"We've done the best we can to support and pay and keep people going, but when you're down as many people as large as our company has become, it's hard to cover that compensation all the time," admits Gaynor.

But the calls kept coming no matter how short-staffed they were.

"We have a lot of customers that became backlogged on jobs for weeks and months at times because of the shortage," Gaynor describes. "They want to do the right thing, they want to be safe. But they also want to work."

As an essential business, Gaynor's doors never closed.

A reality faced by Schmidt's in German Village over the past week.

"We had already thought these items through," explains Carla Epler. "And we're like, 'okay, we've got to go last resort.' which was shut down for a week so everyone could rest, recuperate."

Schmidt's re-opened its door on Friday after Epler, the company's COO, said they exhausted every option to stay open.

"It was different this time than the last time we had to close because we closed on our terms, and we had a plan for it," Epler describes.

Epler says contingency plans have forced employees from other sides of the business, and even managers, to help fill empty shifts.

But with new guidance helping employees get back on the job quicker than before, businesses remain hopeful.

"They're ready to work and keep moving forward," says Epler.

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Ohio State's Ryan Day officially adds Tim Walton, Perry Eliano to coaching staff

News Channel 4 - Fri, 01/14/2022 - 13:32

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — Ohio State confirmed Friday that Ryan Day has hired Tim Walton to be the Buckeyes' secondary and cornerbacks coach and Perry Eliano to be the safeties coach.

The news of both hires was reported Thursday. Former defensive coordinator Kerry Coombs is no longer part of OSU's coaching staff, per OSU.

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Walton joins OSU after two seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars where he coach cornerbacks. Walton is a former Buckeye cornerback who has 25 years of coaching experience at the collegiate and NFL levels.

Walton comes back to Ohio State after having spent the last 11 seasons in the National Football League. For the past three years, from 2019 through 2021, he was the cornerbacks coach with the Jacksonville Jaguars. This past season, the Jaguars ranked ninth in the league in fewest touchdown passes allowed (24) and 17th in fewest passing yards allowed (3,875).

Eliano comes to Columbus after coaching cornerbacks at Cincinnati for the past two seasons where he mentored soon-to-be first round pick Sauce Gardner and Jim Thorpe Award winner Coby Bryant.

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'A little city': What will New Albany computer chip plant be like?

News Channel 4 - Fri, 01/14/2022 - 12:53

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — With details still scarce in the case of a massive computer chip factory coming to New Albany, public records and past development projects may shed light on what could become one of the largest investments in Ohio history.

Jersey Township trustee Ben Pieper told NBC4 on Thursday that the project is indeed happening, confirming days of rumors. New Albany City Council last week annexed 3,190 acres of township land on the Franklin-Licking county line for the project.

Massive computer chip factory coming to New Albany was the first to report the company behind the project, who sources told them was California tech giant Intel, the world's largest semiconductor chip manufacturer by revenue.

Semiconductors are the brains of electronics. Crucial to modern technology, the tiny computer chips are meticulously made in massive, ultraclean facilities. A chip shortage during the COVID-19 pandemic has affected production of cars, medical devices, home electronics and more.

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In an August interview with The Washington Post, Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger said the company was talking with different states who had given them proposals for a new, "very large" site.

"It's a project over the next decade on the order of $100 billion of capital, 10,000 direct jobs. 100,000 jobs are created as a result of those 10,000, by our experience," he told the Post. "So, essentially, we want to build a little city."

"We're engaging with a number of states across the United States today who are giving us proposals for site locations, energy, water, environmentals, near universities, skill capacity," Gelsinger continued, "and I expect to make an announcement about that location before the end of this year."

Margaret Henschel, one of the more than 50,000 Intel employees in the United States, moves through Fab 32, a high-volume manufacturing facility in Chandler, Arizona. Intel Corporation’s U.S. manufacturing and research and development facilities are in Oregon, Arizona and New Mexico. They operate 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. (Credit: Tim Herman/Intel Corporation)

An announcement of the New Albany plant is expected a week from Friday, on Jan. 21, The Statehouse News Bureau reported Thursday night.

A few days before then, a resolution on the New Albany City Council agenda for Tuesday calls for the city to accept nearly $10 million in economic development funds. The resolution includes $7 million "for construction and equipment related to water, sewer and road improvements for future economic development opportunities."

Another $800,000 in the resolution would cover "costs of professional services including, but not limited to, engineering, plan design and legal counsel, for economic development projects."

The New Albany plant may not come together very quickly, though. Pieper told NBC4 the development will be a 10-year project.

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After Gelsinger laid out his plan for "a little city," the Post interviewer remarked that "it sounds a lot like Intel's version of the Amazon HQ2 contest in a lot of ways."

"A little bit so," Gelsinger replied. He said Intel sites in Oregon, Arizona, Israel and Ireland have "become hubs for those entire communities, and we've seen in all of our locations, it brings suppliers. Other companies come into it."

"You know, university, community college, training programs, the need for schools, restaurants, et cetera, these are really just such spectacular projects, and if you go to those communities, it's been just entirely transformational for them," he said. "And that's what we want to do. We want to build that kind of capability to even expand even further on U.S. soil."

The U.S. makes just 12% of semiconductors worldwide, according to an industry group's 2020 report, down from 37% in 1990. By comparison, East Asia accounts for 75% of global capacity.

Intel’s 700-acre Ocotillo campus in Chandler, Arizona, is the company’s largest U.S. manufacturing site. Four factories are connected by a mile-long automated superhighway to create a mega-factory network. (Credit: Intel Corporation)

Intel's Arizona computer chip campus sits on 700 acres in Chandler, outside Phoenix, and its Oregon operations spread out over four campuses in Hillsboro, outside Portland. New Albany annexed about 3,200 acres for the central Ohio project, nearly half of Jersey Township.

Intel says it has an annual $19.3 billion economic impact in Oregon and $8.6 billion impact in Arizona, employing 33,000 people among the two states and supporting tens of thousands of other jobs.

Some of the largest factories on the two campuses are 1 million or 2 million square feet, the size of tens of football fields.

The company, its foundation and employees "are committed to the community, with millions in grants, donations, and in-kind gifts to local Arizona schools, universities, and non-profits each year," Intel notes on its website.

A 2017 photo shows Intel Corporation’s Ocotillo, Arizona, campus, where the company has built special solar parking structures that keep employees’ cars shaded from 100-degree summer temperatures and generate solar power for on-campus use. (Credit: Intel Corporation)

The company also plans by 2030 to reach 100% renewable energy use and have its computing operations be carbon neutral. The Chandler facility, for example, has 3 million square feet (69 acres) of solar panels.

Intel announced a $20 billion expansion of its Chandler facility in September — the largest private-sector investment ever in Arizona — with two new computer chip factories the company said would create more than 3,000 jobs plus 3,000 construction jobs, per Phoenix news radio station KTAR.

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Ohio State defensive end Zach Harrison indicates he's returning for senior year

News Channel 4 - Fri, 01/14/2022 - 11:10

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — Ohio State defensive end Zach Harrison indicated on Instagram Friday he's staying in Columbus for his senior year.

The team captain and Olentangy Orange graduate recorded 33 tackles, three sacks and two forced fumbles in the 2021 season.

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Harrison's Instagram caption was "9/3/22," which is the Buckeyes' first game of the season at home against Notre Dame.

Harrison took on a larger role his junior year as one of the starting defensive ends. It will be interesting to see what his return means for rising sophomores J.T. Tuimoloau and Jack Sawyer

Other defensive ends who might return include rising senior Javontae Jean-Baptiste and Tyler Friday, who missed the 2021 season because of a torn ACL.

The Buckeyes also added two four-star recruits for the class of 2022: Kenyatta Jackson and Omari Abor.

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Coronavirus in Ohio Friday update: More than 41,000 cases after ODH backlog reported

News Channel 4 - Fri, 01/14/2022 - 11:05

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) -- The Ohio Department of Health has released the latest number of COVID-19 cases in the state. 

The ODH announced that cases for Friday and the next several days will be inflated due to a processing lag caused by the unprecedented number of cases reported. There was also a processing enhancement implemented Thursday, according to the ODH, that will expand Ohio’s capacity to process a higher volume of lab results.  

"As COVID-19 cases have reached all-time highs, driven largely by the highly contagious Omicron variant, the system reached its processing capacity, resulting in a multiple-day backlog of tens of thousands of results. In addition, there are some positive test results that involve a further manual review by state epidemiologists," the ODH stated in a release.

Numbers as of Friday, Jan. 14 follow:

TotalChangeNew cases2,307,691+41,455Hospitalizations101,659+472ICU admissions12,227+36Deaths*30,922+487*–Deaths are updated twice a week, usually on Tuesdays and Fridays

The 21-day case average is above 18,000.

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The department reported 8,580 people started the vaccination process, bringing the total to 7,092,901, which is 60.68% of the state’s population. And 24,631 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 availableTotal6,48826.1%15.3%In ICU1,22427.57%15.23%On ventilator85017%59.38%

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Go to this website for the current quarantine and isolation guidance from the Centers for Disease Control.

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Ohio Supreme Court orders new congressional map be redrawn

News Channel 4 - Fri, 01/14/2022 - 10:10

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) -- Days after ordering that districts for the state house and senate be redrawn, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled Friday that the new congressional map is unconstitutionally gerrymandered and must be redone, too.

In a 4-3 ruling, the court ruled in favor of a group challenging the map.

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The map draws U.S. House districts following the 2020 census.

Lawyers in two lawsuits brought by national voting rights and Democratic groups argued in December that it's indisputable that the map unduly favors the Republicans.

The GOP lawyer said new boundaries give Democrats two districts and make seven more competitive. Outside groups have found the map likely to deliver 80% of seats to Republicans, while estimates put Ohio's political breakdown at 54% Republican to 46% Democratic.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Columbus man rams Circleville cruiser in attempting to avoid arrest, police say

News Channel 4 - Fri, 01/14/2022 - 09:01

CIRCLEVILLE, Ohio (WCMH) -- Circleville police say a Columbus man is facing charges of fleeing and drug possession after he led police on a pursuit before they found drug paraphernalia in his vehicle.  

According to the Circleville Police Department, on Thursday morning, officers were searching for a missing juvenile when they noticed a suspicious vehicle in the Sheetz parking lot. Police say when officers contacted the driver of the vehicle, he refused to identify himself or give any reason for him being there.  

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Officers then saw drug paraphernalia in the vehicle, but when they asked the driver to step out, he rolled up the window and drove away from the officers at a high rate of speed, according to police. Officers began pursuing the vehicle and at one point the driver slowed down before accelerating again, striking a police cruiser that had pulled in front of the suspect’s vehicle.  

The suspect then stopped, and when officers approached, he accelerated once again, and struck the same police cruiser a second time.  

Photos courtesy Circleville Police Department Peter Hayes

According to police, the suspect then refused to open the door and exit the vehicle before officers broke the window and removed him by force.  

Police say a .22 caliber handgun was found, along with what was later determined to be 177.5 grams of DMT, 1 gram of methamphetamine and 1 gram of fentanyl.  

The suspect, identified as Peter T. Hayes, 34, of Columbus was found to have multiple warrants for his arrest, including possession of dangerous drugs, failure to appear, and fleeing. 

Officer John Merritt was treated on scene for a possible fentanyl exposure. Sgt. David McIntyre was treated at Berger Hospital for a head injury and released. 

Police charged Hayes with three counts of trafficking in drugs, three counts of possession of drugs, weapons under disability, carrying concealed weapons, improperly handling a weapon in a motor vehicle, two counts of felonious assault, vandalism, and failure to comply. 

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Ohio State will use residence hall to isolate COVID-19 students

News Channel 4 - Fri, 01/14/2022 - 08:14

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) -- Ohio State University is dedicating an entire residence hall to isolate students who have tested positive for COVID-19 as part of revised quarantine and isolation guidelines announced Friday.  

The school said the guidelines follow revised protocols from national, state and local public health guidance and are listed below.

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  • Students who test positive will be ordered to isolate for five days and required to complete a rapid antigen test on the fifth day.
  • If the results are negative on day 5 and symptoms are resolving, the student should:
  • Students must complete both the wellness check and report their results at the same time on the morning of day 5 so they can receive confirmation from the contact tracing team to return to their room on day 6.
  • Students who are positive on day 5 will need to complete the full 10-day isolation period. The maximum amount of time most students will be in isolation is 10 days, unless they have symptoms that are not resolving.
  • To return to their room, classes and other in-person activities, students must have a release from isolation letter.
  • In addition to an entire residence hall that has been dedicated to isolation for another academic year, the university has also worked with nearby hotels to expand available spaces.
  • Additionally, students who live on campus in single rooms with a private, in-room bathroom will be able to isolate in their regularly assigned rooms. Food and drink deliveries will be made directly to each student’s door.
  • Upon leaving physical isolation, the student will be required to wear a well-fitting mask in every environment, including at home in a shared living space, for an additional five days. For activities like brushing teeth, showering or eating, masks should be replaced as soon as possible. If someone continues to have a fever, they must complete the full 10-day isolation.

Identified close contacts and quarantine

  • Automatic close contact notifications will be emailed to the roommates of students in university housing who test positive.
  • Residential students who are automatically notified as a close contact of a positive roommate, and off-campus students who learn they are a close contact of a positive case, should facilitate their own quarantine according to their vaccination status.
  • Residential students who receive an automatic close contact notice and are required to quarantine may, as necessary, be able to quarantine in their current room and must mask at all times (they are welcome to go home or to quarantine in another off-campus location). To allow for daily access to fresh air, students in quarantine will be able to leave their room fully masked to pick up food from a dining facility near their residence hall. All students identified as a close contact should complete the wellness check daily.
  • If asymptomatic, students should schedule a test at Jesse Owens North via MyChart as soon as possible.
  • If symptom free and they have completed the wellness check daily, students will receive a release from quarantine letter to return to in-person activities.
  • Upon leaving quarantine, the student will be required to wear a well-fitting mask in every environment, including at home in a shared living space, for an additional five days. For activities like brushing teeth, showering or eating, masks should be replaced as soon as possible.
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Crash involving CPD cruiser sends 1 to hospital

News Channel 4 - Fri, 01/14/2022 - 04:52

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) -- A crash involving a Columbus Division of Police cruiser sent one person to the hospital.  

At about 3:13 a.m., Friday, a crash was reported on the ramp from E. Main Street to I-71N, that involved a CPD cruiser.  

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Dispatchers say one person was injured in the crash and but was stable when transported to an area hospital.  

It was not released whether the person hospitalized was an officer.  

The crash remains under investigation.  

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Nearly two dozen CCS schools go remote Friday

News Channel 4 - Fri, 01/14/2022 - 04:12

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) -- The Columbus City Schools District states that 23 of its schools will be transitioned to remote learning for Friday.  

The following schools are remote for Friday: 

  • Arts Impact Middle School
  • Berwick Alternative Pre-K-8
  • Champion Middle School
  • Devonshire Alternative Elementary School
  • Columbus Gifted Academy
  • Hilltonia Middle School
  • Huy Elementary School
  • Innis Elementary School
  • Liberty Elementary School
  • Livingston K-6
  • Moler Elementary School
  • Northgate Intermediate School
  • Sherwood Middle School
  • Wedgewood Middle School
  • West Broad Elementary School
  • West High School
  • Whetstone High School
  • Woodward Park Middle School & 6th grade at Walden
  • Yorktown Middle School
  • Burroughs Elementary School
  • Easthaven Elementary School
  • Forest Park Elementary School
  • South 7-12

Also, all middle school athletic practices and games for the remote learning schools are canceled for Friday.

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1 person in critical condition after south Columbus crash

News Channel 4 - Fri, 01/14/2022 - 04:10

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) -- A person was seriously injured after a crash in south Columbus.  

According to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, at about 12:41 a.m., Friday, a blue 2010 Nissan Altima driving east on Frank Road, near I-71, lost control and traveled off the road before striking a culvert.  

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The driver of the vehicle was taken to an area hospital in critical condition.  

Deputies continue to investigate the crash.   

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Colder early weekend, light snow, wind late Sunday

News Channel 4 - Fri, 01/14/2022 - 01:06

Colder air will filter into Ohio behind a departing clipper system that brought a few sprinkles late Thursday and a wind shift to the northwest.

Lingering moisture will result in mostly cloudy skies and a few flurries with a chilly north wind dropping the wind chill into the low to mid-20s. Temperatures this afternoon will peak in the seasonal mid-30s.

High pressure will build in from the northwest, allowing skies to partially clear tonight, sending temperatures down into the teens early Saturday. Skies will be partly to mostly cloudy at times to start the weekend, with a chilly north wind and readings in the 20s in the afternoon.

A storm developing in the Plains will drop south Saturday well west of Ohio down to near the Gulf Coast, before swinging north Sunday along the eastern side of the Appalachians, as a weakening low drifts north into eastern Kentucky. Snow will develop late Sunday afternoon from the south, with a wintry mix in the southeastern corner of the state, tapering to flurries overnight. Several inches are likely to accumulate making roads slippery across central Ohio, with heavier amounts in the eastern counties of the state.

Monday will be windy and cold with lake-effect snow showers and temperatures in the 20s.

  • Friday: Cloudy, cold, flurry High: 34
  • Tonight: Clouds linger, cold. Low 21
  • Saturday: Mix clouds and sun, brisk. High 30
  • Tonight: Partly cloudy, cold. Low 17
  • Sunday: Increasing clouds, snow late. High 36 
  • Martin Luther King Day: Snow showers, blustery, cold. High 28 (24)
  • Tuesday: Partly sunny. High 33 (22)
  • Wednesday: Mainly cloudy, shower possible. High 39 (29)
  • Thursday: Partly sunny, colder. High 27 (19)
  • Friday: Sunshine. High 25 (14)
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Educational Aide charged with sexual battery in Pataskala

News Channel 4 - Thu, 01/13/2022 - 21:00

PATASKALA, Ohio (WCMH) -- A woman who works at a central Ohio school has been charged with sexual battery and tampering with evidence on Thursday.

An official at Licking Heights Local Schools confirmed to NBC4 that McKenzee Webb, an Educational Aide, is on paid leave after she was arrested by Pataskala Police on Jan. 13.

Superintendent Philip Wagner said that Webb is employed by the ESC of Central Ohio and contracted by the district.

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Contest winner donates a year of pizza to shelter

News Channel 4 - Thu, 01/13/2022 - 20:50

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) -- A man who won a pizza-naming contest has donated his prize to a shelter in Westerville.

Bernie Lockard, of Columbus, won Romeo's Pizza's "Nameless Pizza Contest" with his entry Mad Honey. Out of 45 entries, his was selected to be on the pizza shop's next menu.

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But Lockard decided to give his prize to Westerville Area Resource Ministry (WARM) which provides assistance to people in the area who are living at or below the federal poverty guidelines.

The donation of free pizza for a whole year will help those in need achieve normalcy and joy with a slice of pizza, Romeo's said in an announcement about the prize.

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No. 13 Wisconsin beats No. 16 Ohio State 78-68

News Channel 4 - Thu, 01/13/2022 - 20:29

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Brad Davison scored 23 points and No. 13 Wisconsin beat No. 16 Ohio State 78-68 on Thursday night for its sixth straight victory.

Tyler Wahl added 20 points, one point shy of his career high, for the Badgers (14-2, 5-1 Big Ten).

Johnny Davis had 14 points and nine rebounds. Wisconsin was 10 of 23 from 3-point range.

E.J. Liddell scored 18 points for Ohio State (10-4, 4-2). Jamari Wheeler added 11 points, and Malaki Branham, Zed Key and Kyle Young each had 10.

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Pickerington: Grades 7-12 remote learning Friday

News Channel 4 - Thu, 01/13/2022 - 19:38

PICKERINGTON, Ohio (WCMH) -- Due to staff shortages, students in Pickerington's higher grades will learn remotely on Friday.

However, K-6 students will attend classes in-person at their normal times.

Staff for grades 7-12 will report to their buildings. Students will not, and will learn virtually instead, according to a social media post from the district.

Due to staff shortages, all @plsd students in grades 7-12 will learn virtually on Jan. 14. All K-6 students will attend classes in person on a regular schedule. Grades 7-12 staff will report to their buildings. More:

— Pickerington Schools (@PLSD) January 14, 2022
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Amazon hiring for $20.80 hourly plus $3k sign-on bonus

News Channel 4 - Thu, 01/13/2022 - 19:26

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) -- Amazon is hiring, and they're advertising a pay of $20.80 per hour, plus a $3,000 sign-on bonus next Wednesday.

According to a flyer put out by Amazon, NCUS TEC and Care Source, the hiring event will be held at 2886 Airport Drive, Columbus, near the airport from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 19th.

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COVID testing company at center of BBB complaints closes for now

News Channel 4 - Thu, 01/13/2022 - 18:30

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) - An Illinois based company with hundreds of COVID-19 testing locations across the country is temporarily closing all of its sites.

Due to the Omicron surge, all sites of the Center for Covid Control (CCC) will be closing for a week, according to a press release sent to NBC4 by the company on Thursday afternoon.

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“We’ve made this difficult decision to temporarily pause all operations, until we are confident that all collection sites are meeting our high standards for quality," said Aleya Siyaj, CEO of CCC in a press release.

She says the time will be used for more staff training.

“Center for Covid Control is committed to serving our patients in the safest, most accurate and most compliant manner. Regrettably, due to our rapid growth and the unprecedented recent demand for testing, we haven't been able to meet all our commitments," said Siyaj.

CCC has two testing sites in Columbus. One is in Franklinton. The other is on High street in the Beechwold area. Paul Warren was tested at the Franklinton site before the holidays. He says he still does not have his results.

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"I never heard back, called them, never heard back. Was told we would get our results 24 hours emailed to us, that never happened either," said Warren.

Inside the Franklinton site are two folding tables with a laptop for employees and some trash bins. There is also a space heater and mini refrigerator. After signing up online and submitting pictures of license and insurance cards, patients are given a swab by employees. The swab each nostril themselves for 10 seconds then hand the swab back to the employee.

"To be honest after getting the test I kind of felt like it wasn't going to be a place where I could trust the results," said Warren. "Because after they did my rapid test, they moved it to the side with a bunch of other rapid tests.

"And the only thing holding my test with my paperwork was just that test sat on top of that paperwork."

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An employee who says she is in charge of the Franklinton site declined an interview request. The Beechwold location uses noticeably more PPE.

CCC testing sites are at the center of Better Business Bureau (BBB) complaints around the country. The BBB of Central Ohio tells NBC4 no complaints have been filed about the Columbus locations.

"If I were to do it all over again, I would either stay home or find a different testing location for sure," said Warren.

The BBB suggests using testing locations on the Ohio Department of Health's (ODH) website. CCC's Columbus locations are not listed. ODH's testing map is voluntary and testing centers request to be included, according to ODH.

NBC4 also reached out to the Ohio Attorney General's Office to see if it is investigating CCC. A deputy press secretary said they do not comment on the existence of investigations.

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