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Cleveland Department of Public Health confirms city's first flu-related pediatric death as city officials urge vaccinations for the flu and COVID- 19

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CLEVELAND, Ohio- The Cleveland Department of Public Health (CDPH) for the city of Cleveland has confirmed its first influenza-associated pediatric death for the 2022-23 flu season. The 19-month-old child was hospitalized at the time of her death.


This is Cuyahoga County's second pediatric flu-associated death of the season following the death of a 13-year-old boy in November.


"The news of any death in our community is devastating," said CDPH Assistant Director Brian Kimball. "We recognize the poignancy of the loss of a child, especially from flu, and we urge everyone six months and older to get vaccinated against the flu now, if you have yet to do so this season."


For those concerned with how well this year's flu vaccine matches up against the strains of flu virus currently circulating, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that the available vaccines appear to be a good match and provide superb protection against serious illness and hospitalization from the flu.


During this period of high activity for COVID-19, flu, and RSV, further infection spread can be limited by adhering to preventive measures such as getting vaccinated and boosted, when eligible, and by taking these precautions:

• Stay home when you are sick.
• Avoid close contact with those who are sick.
• Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing.
• Wash your hands often with soap and water.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth after touching objects – this is how germs are spread.
• Practice good habits like disinfecting surfaces, getting plenty of sleep, and managing stress.


CDPH offers flu and COVID-19 vaccines at two City of Cleveland health centers:

• J. Glen Smith Health Center, 11100 St. Clair Ave – ages 12 and up, Wednesdays & Thursdays9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; 6 months - 11 years old Thursdays only.
• McCafferty Health Center, 4242 Lorain Ave – ages 12 and up, Mondays & Wednesdays9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; 6 months - 11 years old Mondays only.


Walk-ins are welcome. Optional pre-registration available for COVID-19 vaccination at 216-664-2222 or gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov. Those under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.


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Last Updated on Saturday, 31 December 2022 03:14

Ohio Senator Nickie Antonio sworn in by Ohio Supreme Court Justice Melody Stewart for another term, Stewart the first and only Black ever elected to the Ohio Supreme Court....By Clevelandurbannews.com, Ohio's Black digital news leader

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CLEVELAND, Ohio- Ohio state Sen and Senate Minority Leader Nickie Antonio (D-23), whose 23rd state senate district includes Parma, Lakewood and 14 of Cleveland's 17 wards, was sworn in for another term on Tue, Dec 27 at the Beck Center for the Arts in Lakewood by Ohio Supreme Court Justice Melody Stewart, the first and only Black elected to the Ohio Supreme court and a former 8th District Court of Appeals judge in Cuyahoga County.


Those in attendance included dignitaries and elected officials from Parma and Lakewood such as Lakewood Mayor Meghan George, Clevelanders, community activists, residents and members of Antonio's family.


Sen. Antonio will also be sworn in next week in Columbus, the state capital. She is the first openly gay state legislator in Ohio to serve as minority leader. Among other venues, she is now the state senator of most of the largely Black city of Cleveland, following redistricting this year.


"I am honored to help bring the voices of all in district 23," said Antonio. "I do not believe that it is impossible. It is my job."


A Democrat and one of two state senators representing the greater Cleveland area, Antonio, thanked her supporters and staff members at the event as well as the politicians and community members, and she said that much work is needed relative to Ohio's Republican-dominated senate, which will tackle issues beginning in 2023 ranging from gun control and abortion, to voting rights, violence against women, tax cuts and the state's biennial budget.


The state senator commended community activists in attendance for their work in the community, namely Cleveland activists Billy Sharp, Delores Gray of the Carl Stokes Brigade and Kathy Wray Coleman, who leads Women's March Cleveland and the Imperial Women Coalition.


"Sometimes one of the most important things you can do is show up, and at times it might be the only thing you can do," said Antonio, referencing community activists at the swearing-in who have rallied and marched with her in Cleveland and greater Cleveland in the trenches on issues such as reproductive and voting rights, violence against women, and excessive force.


Clevelandurbannews.com and Kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com the most read Black digital newspaper and blog in Ohio and in the Midwest Tel: (216) 659-0473. Email: editor@clevelandurbannews.com. We interviewed former president Barack Obama one-on-one when he was campaigning for president. As to the Obama interview, CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 December 2022 16:25

African American Burial Grounds Act sponsored by U.S. Sen Sherrod Brown of Cleveland to become law and awaits President Biden's signature....It provides for grants and related research on the identification and preservation of Black burial grounds

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) (pictured), a Cleveland Democrat and Ohio's most prominent Democrat, announced that his African American Burial Grounds Preservation Act was included in the FY2023 Omnibus Spending Package. The bipartisan legislation is co-sponsored by Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) and after passing both the House and  Senate now heads to President Joe Biden's desk to be signed into law. It opens the door for grants and related research on the identification and preservation of African American burial grounds natiowide.


Brown first introduced similar legislation in 2019 after he visited Union Baptist Cemetery in Cincinnati following news reports of vandalism at the cemetery and the cemetery's call for much-needed repairs. Union Baptist Cemetery was founded in 1864 and includes the remains of former slaves, African American Union soldiers and civil rights activists.


"As a nation, we have failed to preserve historic Black burial grounds around the country. That's why we've worked with the community, and with civil rights, veterans, and historic preservation groups to introduce bipartisan legislation to preserve these hallowed grounds," said Brown, a seasoned member of the U.S. Senate. "Cemeteries like Union Baptist are important historical sites, and they're tools for education and understanding the American story. Now we will b,e able to preserve these sites before they are lost to the ravages of time or development."


In carrying out the program, Interior may make grants to other federal agencies, state, local, and tribal governments, other public entities, and educational institutions, historic preservation groups and private nonprofit organizations for the following:

  • the identification of historic African-American burial grounds,
  • the preservation and restoration of African-American burial grounds,
  • the interpretation of African-American burial grounds, and
  • related research and documentation for historic African-American burial grounds

Julie Schablitsky, president of the Society for Historical Archaeology, said that "the African American Burial Grounds Preservation Program will support descendant communities and their allies in saving our history, while simultaneously informing development decisions and community planning."


Society for Historical Archaeology members are among those that have advocated for federal leadership to protect and preserve these sacred places, along with groups such as Heritage Ohio.


"Since Senator Brown's visit to the African American Union Baptist Cemetery in Cincinnati, Heritage Ohio has been proud to be a supporter of Sherrod Brown's bill to establish the African American Burial Grounds Network Act" said Dave Williams, Heritage Ohio Board Chair. "It's disheartening how little is known about the location of these historically important cemeteries. This bill will strengthen the discovery of these unknown places through the power of networking and technical assistance to Ohio's local historians and descendant communities."


City officials in Cincinnati were also elated.


"The citizens of Cincinnati are grateful to Senators Sherrod Brown and Mitt Romney for their understanding of the importance of cemeteries," said Cincinnati Vice Mayor Jan-Michele Lemon Kearney. She added that "Senators Brown and Romney's advocacy exemplifies respect for our heritage, and we cannot thank them enough."

 

Clevelandurbannews.com and Kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com the most read Black digital newspaper and blog in Ohio and in the Midwest Tel: (216) 659-0473. Email: editor@clevelandurbannews.com. We interviewed former president Barack Obama one-on-one when he was campaigning for president. As to the Obama interview, CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS.

Last Updated on Monday, 26 December 2022 16:43

Cleveland Mayor Justin Bibb announces extended recreation and warming center hours as a snow blizzard approaches for Christmas in Cleveland and the city's homeless and the poor are at risk....The mayor says the city is ready for the winter

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By Kathy Wray Coleman, editor

CLEVELAND, Ohio-As Christmas Day approaches in the largely Black major American city of Cleveland in the midst of an upcoming snow blizzard, freezing cold temperatures and extremely hazardous weather for Northeast Ohio and the region, city officials and the Department of Public Works say they are prepared, including helping the city's homeless and plowing the city's neighborhood streets.

 

Mayor Justin Bibb, the city's fourth Black mayor behind Frank  Jackson, who retired last year after four terms as mayor, and new Department of Works Director Frank Williams promise an improvement from last year's first major snow storm where a plethora of residents and business owners were snowed in and the streets a literal mess, a debacle that drew heightened media attention and a wealth of complaints from residents and members of city council.

 

The city has extended recreation and warming center hours from Dec 23-26, though only 1-3 inches of snow is expected over the weekend with high wind gusts at more than 50-60 mps. It is the blizzard, ice and cold weather that have meteorologists worried. Temperatures in Cleveland and surrounding areas are expected to dip as low as seven degrees the Friday before Christmas Eve. when thre are two or more inches of snow the city's automatic parking ban on streets that have red and white posted snow sign bans takes effect.

 

Department of Works Director Williams, Commissioner of Streets Randy Scott, Cleveland Hopkins Airport Media and Communications Specialist John Goersmeyer, and Cleveland Fire Public Information Officer Lt. Mike Norman held a virtual press conference Wednesday  to discuss the service plan for city streets, what to expect for air travel, and recommendations for safety from the Cleveland Division of Fire. Some air flights at Hopkins will be cancelled, sources say.

 

Cleveland's new mayor, its second youngest at 35-years-old, says that safety for Cleveland residents and others is his first priority and the city is in the process of hiring upwards of 120 seasonal plow drivers, up from 94 when Jackson was mayor.

 

While schools are closed for the Christmas break, the mayor says that city officials have been communicating with  RTA, major hospitals and school officials on special weather conditions and safety and other measures, a new communications strategy to improve services during debilitating weather conditions, he say

 

The extended hours for city recreation and warming sites where people can come in from the cold are on Dec 23-28, including Christmas Day, and are as follows:

On Friday, Dec. 23, these sites are open from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

 

Zelma George Neighborhood Resource & Recreation Center: 3155 Martin L. King Blvd.

 

Collinwood Neighborhood Resource & Recreation Center: 16300 Lakeshore Blvd.

Michael Zone Neighborhood Resource & Recreation Center: 6301 Lorain Ave.

Sterling Neighborhood Resource & Recreation Center: 1380 E. 32nd St.


 

On Saturday, Dec. 24, these sites are open from 9:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

 

Zelma George Neighborhood Resource & Recreation Center: 3155 Martin L. King Blvd.

 

Collinwood Neighborhood Resource & Recreation Center: 16300 Lakeshore Blvd.

 

Michael Zone Neighborhood Resource & Recreation Center: 6301 Lorain Ave.

 

Sterling Neighborhood Resource & Recreation Center: 1380 E. 32nd St.


 

On Sunday, Dec. 25, these sites are open from 9:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

 

Zelma George Neighborhood Resource & Recreation Center: 3155 Martin L. King Blvd.

 

Michael Zone Neighborhood Resource & Recreation Center: 6301 Lorain Ave.

On Monday, Dec. 26, these sites are open from 9:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

 

Zelma George Neighborhood Resource & Recreation Center: 3155 Martin L. King Blvd.

 

Michael Zone Neighborhood Resource & Recreation Center: 6301 Lorain Ave.

 

Questions? Call (216) 664-2325.

 

Clevelandurbannews.com and Kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com the most read Black digital newspaper and blog in Ohio and in the Midwest Tel: (216) 659-0473. Email: editor@clevelandurbannews.com. We interviewed former president Barack Obama one-on-one when he was campaigning for president. As to the Obama interview, CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS.

Last Updated on Saturday, 24 December 2022 14:29

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The Browns win over the Ravens in Deshaun Watson's debut home game as Women's March Cleveland decides against a protest in spite of pressure, though the group says it reserves the right to picket the Browns and the NFL over women's issues

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CLEVELAND, Ohio-Quarterback Deshaun Watson played his first home game with the Cleveland Browns on Saturday at First Energy Stadium coming off of an 11-game suspension for violating NFL standards and offending a wealth of women who sued him for alleged sexual behavior and other sexual malfeasance before he joined the Browns earlier this year. His debut on the field with the team, however, came last month against the Houston Texans.

The Browns beat the Baltimore Ravens 13-3 on Saturday, a much needed win and a win that brings the Browns win-loss record to 6-8, and the Ravens 9-5.  The Browns are now third in the AFC North and the Ravens second, behind the Cincinnati Bengals.

It was Watson's third game since reinstatement and while he was not spectacular, he got the job done. And there were no protests outside of FirstEnergy Stadium from women's groups before or after the game as some media pundits had predicted.

Women's March Cleveland, the city's most prominent women's rights organization, had been lobbied  to protest against Watson at Saturday's home game in Cleveland but decided against a picket.

Activist Kathy Wray Coleman, a Black Cleveland activist and organizer who leads Women's March Cleveland, said that while her group believes Watson's accusers and is pleased that he  settled lawsuits with 24 of them in good faith, her group decided  against a protest specifically against Watson Instead, she said that Women's March Cleveland will focus on the NFL as a whole, and the Browns franchise.

"Women's March Cleveland remains firm on urging the NFL to take another look at its policies as they relate to women and to give back to women of Cleveland via contributions to the rape crisis and domestic violence centers and community programs," said Coleman.

Coleman said further that "Women's March Cleveland reserves the right to protest the NFL and the Browns on women's issues and any other matters of public concern when we deem it necessary."

Selected by Houston as a first round draft pick in 2017, Watson, 27, was traded to the Browns in early 2022 after being sidelined with an injury and following his problems with women, some 24 of them at least, and practically all of them massage therapists. He has denied any wrongdoing and has settled with 24 of the women coupled with paying a $5 million fine and undergoing counseling. A Harrison county grand jury out of Texas refised to indict him on criminal charges.

Until he made his post-suspension debut in a game last month against Houston, a game  that Cleveland won,  he had not played on the football field in an official NFL game as a starting quarterback in nearly two years. He signed a fully guaranteed, five-year, $230 million contract with Cleveland that featured a $44.965 million signing bonus and a 2022 salary of $1.035 million.

Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski was elated as he joined his players in the locker room after Saturday's victory over the Ravens  and said that he and his team look forward to winning next week's away game  against the New Orleans Saints.

Watson finished 18 of 28 for 161 yards. on Saturday before Cleveland fans In comparison, Ravens quarterback Tyler Huntley went 17 of 30 for 138 yards.

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Last Updated on Sunday, 18 December 2022 20:02

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The annual11th Congressional District Caucus Parade is Monday, September 2

11th Congressional District Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge, a Warrensville Heights Democrat who also chairs the Congressional Black Caucus of Blacks in Congress. waives to the crowd last year at the annual 11th Congressional District Caucus Parade.  This year's parade kicks off on Monday, September 2 on Cleveland's east side at 10:00 am from E. 149th Street and Kinsman Road and ends at Luke Easter Park where the picnic will begin. The event will be replete with political speeches and entertainment from various sources, including local musicians and bands. The well-attended caucus parade was initiated by Democrat Louis Stokes, the retired congressman before Fudge, and the tradition was furthered by the late Democratic Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones, Fudges' predecessor. Stokes was the first Black congressperson from Ohio and Tubbs Jones was the first Black congresswoman from Ohio