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Youngstown State University professor Adam Earnheardt still recovering from COVID-19 diagnosis

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — People are still getting sick from COVID-19. Today we spoke to a man who tested positive shortly after Thanksgiving and is just now starting to feel better.

Adam Earnheardt is a professor of communications at Youngstown State University. He is 51 years old and has heart problems, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and admits he is overweight and out of shape.

He had been vaccinated and was about to get the booster when he gathered with family for Thanksgiving. He was sick with COVID-19 on Saturday.

Another person at the party also tested positive, but the rest of his family, including his wife and children, are doing well.

Today Earnheardt’s voice was hoarse, but he seemed cheerful.

Earnheardt said it started with a tightness in his chest, then a headache and congestion. On the Monday after Thanksgiving, he had a fever that lasted three days and peaked at 100.7.

He knew he had COVID-19 when he couldn’t smell his shampoo. He eventually tested positive.

Earnheardt says the worst part is that he gets tired quickly.

“You can hear it, I’ve still got the congestion down here and it’s wearing you out. I’m exhausted all the time, even if I do something like that. You and I will talk a little and I’m going to chill out for half an hour and then recharge and then get on my laptop and answer an email and check in with students and all that sort of thing,” Earnheardt said.

The number of new COVID-19 cases in Ohio has increased significantly in the past week. In the seven days ending today, 52,400 new cases were reported — a 44 percent increase from the week before.

At the same time, the increase in new cases in Mahoning County jumped from 981 to 1,073 in the past week — that’s a 9 percent increase. It’s a big difference locally compared to what’s seen statewide.

Earnheardt will remain in quarantine, but will be allowed to roam free again on Wednesday. He helped pass the time by learning how to play Fortnite with his 9-year-old son.