Is Northeast Ohio’s COVID-19 Surge Over? The awakening for Thursday January 20th, 2022

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Local results: Chicago Bulls 117, Cavs 104

COVID tip: COVID-19 omicron surge appears to be over in northeast Ohio, reports Julie Washington. The 18 counties in the two hospital regions that include Cleveland and Akron have seen the number of COVID-19 patients down 24% over the past week, while the rest of the state has seen it down just 1%. The decline was even more severe in the five-county region, which includes Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, and Ashtabula counties.

TransDig: Cleveland-based aerospace parts company TransDigm Group Inc. spent hours on Wednesday answering questions from a US House of Representatives committee accused of overburdening the Pentagon with spare parts. Democrats say TransDigm should pay the government nearly $21 million in overdue fees, while Republicans say the company has complied with the law, reports Sabrina Eaton.

hospitality solutions: Happy Dog co-owner Sean Watterson is consulting with the Fund for Our Economic Future for a year on COVID-related efforts to recover the restaurant and hospitality industry with the goal of finding short- and long-term solutions to attract workers to keep and promote. Marc Bona reports that staffing issues in the hospitality industry have become critical, with many restaurants being forced to reduce hours or close certain days of the week due to labor shortages.

Companies have announced intentions over the past year to move large manufacturing operations to areas near Toledo and Columbus. Why didn’t Northeast Ohio get a new factory? We talk what’s needed on Today in Ohio, cleveland.com’s daily half-hour news podcast.

American student Otto Warmbier, center, is escorted to the Supreme Court in Pyongyang, North Korea, in this March 16, 2016 file photo. (Photo by Jon Chol Jin, Associated Press)AP

Otto Warmbier: A federal judge awarded the parents of Otto Warmbier, a Cincinnati college student who was imprisoned in North Korea and later died, $240,330.41 plus interest. Laura Hancock reports that the government has confiscated the money from Korea Kwangson Banking Corp, an agency of the North Korean regime.

Ryan fundraiser: Rep. Tim Ryan, a Niles-area Democrat running for the Senate, is hosting a heavily paid fundraiser with former presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton, who easily lost the state in 2016. Costs to participate in the Jan. 31 fundraiser start at $2,900 individuals, with prices going up to $20,800 at the “co-chair” level, reports Seth Richardson.

Great Lakes Project: Two US Army Corps of Engineers projects critical to the environmental and economic vitality of the Great Lakes will receive $742 million from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, reports Sabrina Eaton. About $516 million will improve Michigan’s Soo Locks, which allow ships to access Lake Superior, and $226 million will go to Illinois’ Brandon Road Lock and Dam to protect the lakes from invasive Asian carp .

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Dorothy Baunach, CEO of DigitalC, shows a receiver that the non-profit organization uses to provide high-speed internet to homes in Cleveland. (Photo by Conor Morris)

High speed internet: Residents of Cleveland’s Central area will be able to access high-speed Internet starting this month as part of an initiative to improve broadband services in Cuyahoga County. Phase one of the Central Neighborhood Surge began over the weekend, connecting 300 homes, reports Kaitlin Durbin. Another 200 households will be brought online in April.

food bank: The Greater Cleveland Food Bank has canceled a food distribution scheduled for today on the City of Cleveland’s Muni Lot due to expected extreme cold. Alexis Oatman reports temperatures below 20 degrees are forecast, with wind chills that could make it feel below 10 degrees.

Alzheimer study: A groundbreaking brain study from the Cleveland Clinic — the largest clinical trial of brain disease ever conducted — will follow more than 20,000 participants over 20 years to learn how to predict who will develop a neurological condition before its symptoms become apparent, and to identify treatments for preventing or stopping the disease. Julie Washington reports that the study will be expanded to include physicians and researchers from across the clinic’s global healthcare system.

air force: A team of 20 US Air Force medical workers arrived at the Cleveland Clinic on Wednesday morning to help with the health system’s response to the coronavirus. Kaylee Remington reports that the group includes nurses, doctors and respiratory therapists.

Daily Cases: The state of Ohio reported 20,483 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday. Except for a few days, the number of new cases has remained above 19,000 since the end of December, reports Julie Washington.

cheating scheme: Authorities say a Euclid resident participated in a program targeting elderly residents by convincing them they had won a lottery or sweepstakes. A federal indictment released Monday charges Javon Spencer, 30, with two counts of conspiracy and three counts of mail fraud, reports John Caniglia.

ice festival: Ice Fest, North Coast Harbor’s family-friendly winter festival, has been postponed to today. Anne Nickoloff reports that Monday’s event was canceled due to the winter storm.

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