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  • People only need to wait two weeks after their symptoms subside to get the COVID-19 shot, doctors advise.
  • This week, Catholic leaders expressed moral concerns about the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine because it was produced in part using fetal cell lines from an abortion. They say Catholics should first opt for Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, which also used a fetal cell line in research, but not in production.
  • The Ohio Legislative Black Caucus is calling on Gov. Mike DeWine to prioritize getting the COVID-19 vaccine to Black Ohioans. And the head of a medical…
  • Updated: 5:05 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021 A Cleveland Clinic nurse is concerned about changes to vaccine distribution plans in Ohio that no longer prioritize health workers. Now that Cleveland hospitals have begun the next phase of COVID-19 vaccine distribution, some health care workers who did not get the vaccine will have to get in line with the general public – causing concern for those who work closely with COVID-19 patients and can no longer get vaccinated.
  • Updated 4:20 p.m. Monday, Nov. 16, 2020 As the number of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to climb in Ohio, Cleveland-area hospital leaders are concerned about the growing number of health care workers who are out sick with the coronavirus. According to hospital officials, about 800 Cleveland Clinic employees, 200 at University Hospitals, and 60 MetroHealth staffers are out, making it more difficult to care for the rising number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients in Cuyahoga County.
  • An early glimpse at Pfizer’s experimental COVID-19 vaccine phase 3 clinical trial shows it to be both effective and safe so far, medical experts said Monday. University Hospitals (UH) was chosen as one of 120 sites for the phase 3 trial in August. More than 43,000 people have been enrolled in the trial from all over the world, said Dr. Grace McComsey, vice president of research at UH.
  • Updated: 6:05 p.m., Friday, Oct. 2, 2020 Everyone in the hall at Tuesday’s presidential debate tested negative for the coronavirus before entering the event, according to a statement from the Cleveland Clinic, which co-sponsored the debate with Case Western Reserve University and helped develop and enforce COVID-19 safety protocols.
  • Gov. Mike DeWine has said the state will soon require schools to regularly report positive COVID-19 cases to the public. But the move has local infectious disease experts concerned about patient privacy. Drs. Amy Ray at MetroHealth and Joan Zoltanski at University Hospitals agree that schools should be transparent about numbers of new cases in order to keep the public informed – but should take care not to give any information that could identify individuals.
  • University Hospitals (UH) and the NASA Glenn Research Center are partnering to test out two potential methods for decontaminating disposable masks. Coronavirus cases are on the rise in Ohio and across Northeast Ohio, including in Cleveland. University Hospitals has enough personal protective equipment on hand for now, said UH Innovation Center Managing Director Kipum Lee. The decontamination methods are a “contingency plan” in case of a future shortage.
  • If your allergies are worse this season, you might blame it on the coronavirus pandemic. University Hospitals allergist Dr. Sam Friedlander said it’s possible that allergies are worse now because people stayed home all spring to avoid the virus. Friedlander said when people have new exposures to allergies, they have a dramatic increase in symptoms. That means less time outside during the spring while people stayed home could have an impact.