Coronavirus Poses No Immediate Threat to Ohio

The 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) swept the nation by a storm, with extensive travel restrictions and procedures in place for emergent quarantines as necessary. The outbreak which originated in the Wuhan region, Hubei Province, China has been deemed a pandemic under two criteria as determined by the Ohio Department of Health. The virus is newly discovered and communicable.  Although, the virus has primarily affected Wuhan and its immediate vicinities, travellers from China that were infected, carried the virus to a growing number of international locations including the United States. Out of the 398 total cases, 12 were confirmed positive across 6 states, 318 negative and 68 pending across 37 states

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Kent Pizzeria Forced to Closed Half Their Doors

Story By: Pamela Marotta Ramella’s a local pizzeria in downtown Kent has been forced to close their doors due to a safety hazard the Kent Health Department discovered during a building inspection. Ramella’s has two buildings that are connected, the pizzeria and the spy night lounge. There is a window that is located on the inside of the building that connects to both buildings. This window is used for people to place orders to the pizzeria while in the spy lounge. Ramella’s must address this issue or they will lose their occupancy permit. According to the Kent Health Department this window is considered to be a safety hazard and needs to have flame

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Rosie’s Diner Inspections Find Critical Violation, Repeat Observation

Thick, fluffy waffles, juicy, stacked burgers and crispy mozzarella sticks are among the mouthwatering meals on the menu at Rosie’s Diner in the Tri-Towers Rotunda, attracting college student crowds even in the early morning hours. For those who aren’t wandering the campus at 1 a.m., a cheesy calzone is only a phone call away through Rosie’s delivery services.  Although the 24-hour operation appeals in convenience to its campus customers, the quality of the service remains paramount. According to the latest standard inspection report on Sept. 30, an inside look at Rosie’s Diner revealed critical violations and a repeat observation in the kitchen. Direct Connection between Sewage and Ice Machine Drain In a critical

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Trash-related violations increase in 2014

Trash complaints increased dramatically in 2014 compared to previous years, according to the Kent Health Department‘s records. The projected number of complaints in 2014 is 315, an 18 percent increase from last year’s. Trash-related complaints were 266 in 2013, 118 in 2012 and 141 in 2011. Public Health Sanitarian Kyle Kelly said the Kent Health Department has noticed the trend regarding the increased trash violations. The department has spent about 882 hours enforcing the local trash ordinance last year, but non-compliance remains frequent, he said. “Complying with the local trash ordinance needs to be a priority for all owners and occupants,” Kelly said. “Many local residents are tired of neighbors

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What You Need to Know About Off-Campus Housing

Story by: Michael Bratton, Alyssa Flynn, Haley Phillippi and Rob Rompala Off-campus housing is becoming overcrowded and has resulted in unfair standards of living in the city of Kent, among other problems. The many factors that come into play when students have to deal with living off-campus are money, landlords, apartment conditions, housing security and roommates. With the overflow of students on campus, some students are left with very little or no options to choose from in Kent. “Kent State has a population of about 32,000 students, although only about 6,500 of them currently live on campus,” said Patricia Dennison, assistant to the vice president of the Division of Enrollment

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Public Health Officials Speak at Kent City Council

The Wednesday, October 13 Kent City Council meeting started with Ebola talk. Portage County Health Commissioner, Jeff Neistadt, Director of Kent State University Center for Public Health Preparedness, Dr. Christopher Woolverton, and Medical Director at City of Kent, Dr. Kirk Stiffler, all spoke at the beginning of the meeting. They addressed what information they knew so far, what exactly Ebola is and does, how it can be spread, and any inaccurate rumors that had been floating around. Anchor Intro: The news of Ebola patient, Amber Vinson, staying in Tallmadge took over social media Wednesday. Even City Council got caught up in the story and had public health experts give and

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Kent City Council addresses Ebola before council meeting

Kent City Council met Wednesday night to suspend and adopt a multitude of ordinances from the community development, finance, health and safety and streets side and utilities committees, but before council addressed the agenda, Kent City Health Commissioner Jeff Niestadt reported on the status of Ebola in Ohio. Amber Joy Vinson, a nurse who tended to Thomas Eric Duncan, who died of Ebola on Oct. 8, had been visiting Tallmadge family members in Tallmadge and was there for the majority of her stay. “They spent the evening in Tallmadge, not going any where,” Niestadt said. He also said the she did not go to the Kent State football game, but did go

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Kent City Council becomes informed on Ebola, passes ordinance to purchase properties on College Avenue

Kent City Council held a meeting Oct. 15, which took more of an informational turn as the talk of Ebola made headlines in Northeast Ohio. Kent Mayor Jerry Fiala invited Jeff Neistadt, Kent Health Commissioner, to give the council and audience an overview of information about the latest Ebola issue related to Northeast Ohio. “This is kind of putting a puzzle together with various pieces,” Neistadt said. The infected individual, Amber Vinson, arrived in Cleveland’s Hopkins Airport Friday afternoon. Her mother and stepfather picked her up from the airport and returned to Tallmadge. Her parents did attend the Kent State football game on Saturday; she did not. “At this point,

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New Body Art Codes to Keep Public Safe

The State of Ohio passed a new code regarding tattoo parlor inspections Sept. 1, adding new regulations that will be adopted by the City of Kent. “[The change] is a big deal,” said Justin Smith, chief public health sanitarian at the City of Kent Health Department. “It’s the first time [the State of Ohio] reviewed [the code] and made important changes in years.” The new regulations represent the first revamp of Ohio’s tattoo and piercing regulation since 1998. “The new code actually had quite a bit of input from Tattoo Industry experts which may have added extra time in the development phases.” said Jeff Neistadt, health commissioner at the City

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West Nile virus positive mosquitoes found in Portage County, City of Kent taking precautions

Words by Carley Hull. Photo by Rachael Le Goubin.  The City of Kent and Portage County Health Departments are taking measures to rid the area of mosquitoes after five mosquito pools tested positive for West Nile virus. The City of Kent Health Department confirmed four positive pools, three in Kent and one in Brimfield, in August. Kent State University labs confirmed a fourth positive Kent mosquito pool last week, but results from the Ohio Department of Health are pending, said City of Kent Health Commissioner Jeff Neistadt. These are the first West Nile virus positive mosquitoes confirmed in the county. Eradicating mosquitoes Portage County Health Commissioner DuWayne Porter said that

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