Anna Huntsman

Anna Huntsman is a senior broadcast journalism student at Kent State with experience reporting for radio, television and digital platforms. She reports for the Ohio News Connection, Ohio's branch of the Public News Service, and helps run the weekend assignment desk at WKYC. Anna served as the General Manager of TV2, Kent State's student-led television station, during the 2017-18 school year. A Canton native, she is excited to join the WKSU team and tell stories in the Northeast Ohio community. 

As record-breaking numbers of coronavirus cases continue to be reported across the U.S., Ohio and other states have invoked curfew orders to try to stem the surge.

But some medical and public health experts are puzzled by curfew orders, saying there is not much scientific evidence that curfews will do much to slow the spread of the virus.

Updated: 4:35 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2020

The City of Cleveland and Cuyahoga County have issued a stay-at-home advisory starting Wednesday and ending on Dec. 17 in an attempt to curb the skyrocketing spread of COVID-19 in the area. 

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.  

As Ohio continues to report record-breaking rates of COVID-19 cases, Kent State public health professor Tina Bhargava says Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and other state and local leaders need to consider closing some businesses to stem the surge in cases.

Some shutdowns are needed to get COVID-19 under control in Ohio, Bhargava said.

Updated: 4:20 p.m., Friday, Nov. 13, 2020

As COVID-19 cases are soaring across Ohio and here in Cuyahoga County, Cleveland Clinic is postponing non-essential surgical procedures that require a hospital stay until Friday, Nov. 20 to free up beds and staffing for potential COVID-19 patients.

The health system initially paused surgeries for two days, but extended the postponement to a week on Friday, officials said. They will reevaluate surgical cases on an ongoing basis, a Clinic spokesperson said.

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: 1:15 p.m. Monday, Nov. 9, 2020

COVID-19 cases are soaring across the country and here in Cuyahoga County.

The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner announced Monday the office building will be closed to the public and non-essential employees until further notice due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The U.S. the recorded highest number of new cases ever reported in a single day on Saturday -- 128,000. And Ohio continues to break records, with more than 5,500 new cases recorded Saturday, according to the Ohio Department of Health. 

Coronavirus cases continue to surge in Ohio, as the Ohio Department of Health reported 2,909 new cases of COVID-19 Monday. Cases had surpassed 3,000 each day recently and there are now a total of 221,909 confirmed cases in Ohio.

Despite the skyrocketing numbers, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine is not planning to issue any new closures or stay-at-home orders.

The number of coronavirus cases continues to surge in Ohio, with 1,800 new cases reported in the last 24 hours. 

Ohio’s cases have doubled over the past two weeks, Gov. Mike DeWine said during a visit to Burke Lakefront Airport in Cleveland Monday, and he is surprised by how quickly the cases are spreading in the state.

Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) and Republican Christina Hagan are running for Ohio's 13th Congressional District this election.
Associated Press / Ohio House

The candidates for Ohio’s 13th Congressional District faced off in a televised debate Monday night, sparring on issues from local job creation to the Affordable Care Act to racial bias in policing.

Flu season is approaching, and with COVID-19 cases likely to increase this winter as more people are stuck indoors, medical experts are urging people to do everything they can to protect themselves against both viruses.

It's more important than ever to get a flu shot this year, said Dr. Christine Alexander, chair of family medicine at MetroHealth.

Not only do COVID-19 and influenza often present similar symptoms, but vulnerable populations – such as elderly and the immunocompromised – are at a high risk for both illnesses, she said.

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.

Men tend to be less likely than women to go to the doctor, according to health officials, and a new survey released by the Cleveland Clinic found the COVID-19 pandemic may have exacerbated this ongoing problem.

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.

A new report found some people may pay about $13,000 for a bypass heart surgery at one hospital, but another Ohio hospital may charge them hundreds of thousands of dollars more for the same procedure.

Policy researchers at the Cleveland-based Center for Community Solutions compiled price data for six common medical procedures at Ohio’s 206 hospitals.