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Plain Press Editor Debbie Sadlon’s Editorial Comment “The Virus: Mask it, or Casket”

‘Step Therapy’ and other insurer practices limit access to critical mental health care

‘Step Therapy’ and other insurer practices limit access to critical mental health careby Patrick J. Kennedy (Plain Press, October 2020)           COVID-19 is wreaking havoc on Americans’ mental health.     One in three Americans suffers from severe anxiety, and one in four battles depression, according to recent Census Bureau data. Texts to federal emergency mental health lines are … Continue reading

COVID 19 Update

COVID 19 Update (Plain Press, September 2020)       As of August 23, 2020, the city of Cleveland Department of Public Health reported 4,840 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 110 deaths due to the coronavirus. Zip codes 44102, 44113 and 44105 had the highest number of confirmed cases among city of Cleveland zip codes (coded red meaning … Continue reading

“He Loves to Fight for all the Little Guys”

“He Loves to Fight for all the Little Guys” (Plain Press, September 2020)       After 30 years as a MetroHealth doctor, and a number of years before that serving as a community organizer, Doug Van Auken is set to retire. Doug Van Auken’s mission in life was perhaps best captured in that headline from a 1984 … Continue reading

Trump Administration ends pharmacy coupons when patients need them most

Trump Administration ends pharmacy coupons when patients need them most by Peter J. Pitts (Plain Press, September 2020)       For chronically ill Americans, the economic damage from COVID-19 could be nearly as life-threatening as the virus itself. More than 40 million workers have filed for unemployment since the beginning of the outbreak. For many, the financial … Continue reading

Why did 77 Ohio prisoners die of COVID-19, but just 10 PA inmates? A look at how overcrowding and poor design contributed to two of the worst national outbreaks

Why did 77 Ohio prisoners die of COVID-19, but just 10 PA inmates?  A look at how overcrowding and poor design contributed to two of the worst national outbreaks by Cid Standifer and Brie Zeltner This article was provided by Eye on Ohio, the nonprofit, nonpartisan Ohio Center for Journalism. Please join our free mailing … Continue reading

Coping with COVID Collaboration seeks stories and ideas about experiences of Clevelanders during pandemic

Coping with COVID Collaboration seeks stories and ideas about experiences of Clevelanders during pandemic (Plain Press, August 2020) Coping with COVID is a collaboration between 90.3 WCPN/ideastream and more than a dozen community news outlets, including the Plain Press. Our aim is to bring you more stories about the experience of Clevelanders during the pandemic. … Continue reading

Lead tests for children plummet in Cleveland; advocates worry about long-term fallout

Lead tests for children plummet in Cleveland; advocates worry about long-term fallout  This story is provided by Ideastream as part of special community coverage of COVID-19 and funded by Third Federal Foundation and University Settlement. by Rachel Dissell (Plain Press, August 2020)                  CLEVELAND, Ohio — State shutdown orders meant to prevent the spread of … Continue reading

Here are ways to limit exposure to lead dust in your home:

Here are ways to limit exposure to lead dust in your home:  Much of the lead dust that enters homes comes in from outside via the dirt on shoes and feet and on pets’ paws. Remove shoes when entering the home and clean your pets’ paws if they spend time in bare dirt outside. Put … Continue reading

MetroHealth mobile unit offers Project DAWN services during COVID-19 pandemic

by Chuck Hoven (Plain Press, August 2020)            Attention to the crisis of opioid overdose deaths in Cuyahoga County remains a priority during the COVID-19 Pandemic. The MetroHealth Cuyahoga County Project DAWN (Deaths Avoided with Naloxone) is using an expanded mobile unit to distribute its Narcan Kits and Safe Injection Kits, and to offer referrals … Continue reading

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