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


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

Adam Earnheardt is Professor of Communication at Youngstown State University. He is 51 years old and suffers from heart problems, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and admits he is overweight and in poor shape.

He was vaccinated and about to receive the booster when he reunited with his family for Thanksgiving. On Saturday he was sick with COVID-19.

Another person at the party has 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 sounded in a good mood.

Earnheardt said it started with chest tightness and then a headache and congestion. The Monday following Thanksgiving, he had a fever that lasted for three days and peaked at 100.7.

He knew he had COVID-19 so he couldn’t smell his shampoo. He ended up testing positive.

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

“You can hear it, I still have congestion here and it is wearing you out. I’m exhausted all the time, even doing something like this. You and I are going to talk a little bit and I’m going to relax now for half an hour and then regain some energy and then get up on my laptop and answer an email and check on students and all that stuff ” , Earnheardt mentioned.

The number of new COVID-19 cases in Ohio has increased dramatically over the past week. In the seven days ending today, 52,400 new cases have been reported, a 44% increase from the previous week.

At the same time, the increase in the number of new cases in Mahoning County over the past week rose from 981 to 1,073, an increase of 9%. This is a big difference locally from what is seen statewide.

Earnheardt remains in quarantine but is free to travel again on Wednesday. He helped pass the time by learning to play Fortnite with his 9-year-old son.