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CLEVELAND, Ohio – From tennis star Novak Djokovic’s legal woes in Australia to U.S. skaters testing positive during championships to Northeast Ohio school cases, here is our timeline of coronavirus facts, figures and numbers regarding Cleveland, Ohio, the United States and the world Jan. 8-14, 2022, followed by our quotes of the week:

Jan. 8

Two days before the Browns’ regular-season finale, the team places cornerback Denzel Ward and linebacker Malcolm Smith on the reserve/Covid list and activates running back D’Ernest Johnson. … William Hubbart, and the ice-dance team of Raffaella Koncius and Alexey Shchepetov withdraw from the U.S. Figure Skating Championships due to positive tests. The news follows the reports of two-time U.S. women’s champion Alysa Liu (above photo, top right) and Amber Glenn testing positive.

Jan. 9

Reuters reports that the northern coastal Chinese city of Tianjin began testing its population of around 14 million after at least two local cases of the highly transmissible omicron variant are detected.

Jan. 10

Ohio reports 18,042 new cases, making it only the second time since Dec. 29 when the one-day case rate has dipped below 19,000. More than 141,000 Americans are hospitalized with Covid, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. … The Biden administration announces that starting Saturday, private health insurers will be required to cover up to eight home Covid tests per month for people on their plans. … According to a Reuters tally, the United States reports 1.35 million new coronavirus infections, highest daily total for any country. Previous record was 1.03 million cases Jan. 3. … An Australian judge reinstates tennis star Novak Djokovic’s (above photo, bottom right) visa, which was canceled last week because he is unvaccinated. Circuit Court Judge Anthony Kelly orders the government to release Djokovic from Melbourne hotel quarantine within 30 minutes of his decision. Djokovic was in the country to compete in the Australian Open.

Jan. 11

Ohio reports 19,611 new cases. The state’s death toll stands at 30,435. … CNN, citing Centers for Disease Control statistics, says at least one in five eligible Americans – about 65 million people – are not vaccinated against Covid. … Dr. Hans Kluge, World Health Organization regional director for Europe, says the omicron variant is projected to infect more than half of all Europeans in six to eight weeks.

Jan. 12

Ohio reports 20,093 new cases. … Cleveland.com’s Alexis Oatman reports that Case Western Reserve University has converted some vending machines to dispense free Covid tests for students and staff. The university has stocked machines across campus with polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests to help combat the latest surge of the virus. … Starting today, Cleveland-area Starbucks will be closing their dining rooms because of Covid factors. To-go orders will be served. Customers will be able to order in the shops and online, and drive-throughs will remain open. … The Biden administration announces a new set of measures to keep classes open, including doubling Covid-testing capacity in schools with 10 million additional tests. … Department of Health and Human Services figures say 19 states – including Ohio – have less than 15% remaining capacity in hospitals’ intensive-care units. Four of them – Kentucky, Alabama, Indiana and New Hampshire – have less than 10%. … Serbian tennis star Djokovic – caught in a legal quarantine struggle in Australia – admits via Instagram to an “error of judgment,” saying he broke isolation once after he tested positive last month.

Jan. 13

Ohio reports 19,262 new cases. … Fourteen of 20 schools reporting the most new cases in the state are in Northeast Ohio, the Ohio Department of Health says. Willoughby-Eastlake City Schools reported the most new cases among students and staff in Ohio, with 211 – 152 among students, 59 among staff. … The Supreme Court stops a major push by the Biden administration to boost the nation’s vaccination rate, a requirement that employees at large businesses get a vaccine or test regularly and wear a mask at work. … President Joe Biden announces the federal government is acquiring 1 billion home coronavirus test kits for free public distribution and will dispatch an additional 120 military medical personnel to help respond to the virus, including 20 to the Cleveland Clinic. … Most access to Tianjin, a port and manufacturing center with 14 million people near Beijing, is suspended as the government tries to contain an omicron outbreak. Beijing is set to host the Winter Olympics in February. … French teachers walk out in a nationwide strike, angry over the government’s handling of the virus in schools.

Jan. 14

Djokovic faces deportation after Australian government revokes his visa for a second time. … Reuters reports that hundreds of thousands of Hindu worshippers gathered on the banks of India’s Ganges river for a holy bathe at a festival despite a 30-fold rise in coronavirus cases in the past month. Hindus believe the bath washes away sins.

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky.

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and Dr. Anthony Fauci remain at odds.AP

Quotes of the week

• “Given how much infection there is, our hospitals really are at the brink right now.” – Dr. Ashish Jha, dean of Brown University’s School of Public Health, to CNN. About 24% of U.S. hospitals are reporting a “critical staffing shortage,” according to data from the Department of Health and Human Services as experts warn the Covid surge fueled by the omicron variant threatens the healthcare system.

• “What happens when he gets out and accuses me of things that are completely untrue is that all of a sudden, that kindles the crazies out there and I have … threats upon my life, harassment of my family and my children.” – Dr. Anthony Fauci, top U.S. infectious disease official, accusing Republican Sen. Rand Paul of spreading misinformation while distracting the public from the fight against the pandemic. Reuters reports that at a Senate health committee hearing, Fauci had his latest heated back-and-forth with Paul. Fauci said Paul was focused on misinformed attacks rather than oversight aimed at addressing the health-care crisis that has killed more than 800,000 people in the United States. Fauci also pointed to fundraising appeals on Paul’s website next to a call to have Fauci fired. Paul accused Fauci of making personal attacks against him and said no one wished violence on Fauci.

We compile our coronavirus timeline from cleveland.com stories and wire reports. Each Saturday morning, we recap news and stats regarding the virus. Here is the previous coronavirus recap Jan. 8-14.

I am on cleveland.com’s life and culture team and cover food, beer, wine and sports-related topics. If you want to see my stories, here’s a directory on cleveland.com. Bill Wills of WTAM-1100 and I talk food and drink usually at 8:20 a.m. Thursday morning. Twitter: @mbona30.

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