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A technician from the Findlay College of Pharmacy fills a syringe with a dose of the Pfizer vaccine at a clinic in Reynoldsburg, February 2021.

Ohio COVID-19 Case Rate Drops Below Original Goal To Lift Health Orders

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The COVID-19 case rate in Ohio has dropped to the lowest it’s been in a year. Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) used the decreasing case numbers to call on people to get their vaccinations. The state saw a two-week average of 49.5 cases per 100,000 people. That’s the first time since… Read More

Jonathan Carlyle, 40, winner of the $1M "Ohio Vax-A-Million" Lottery.

Father Of Newborn Wins Second Vax-A-Million Sweepstakes

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The latest winner of Ohio’s million-dollar vaccine lottery says the sweepstakes was the extra motivation he needed to go get the COVID-19 shot. Jonathan Carlyle, 40, was finishing a shift of delivering packages for Amazon when he found out he won $1M. Carlyle, father of a five-month-old baby, says winning… Read More

Mike DeWine wearing mask

Ohio Ending Mask Mandate For Vaccinated People Along With Compliance Enforcement

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — In a move to conform Ohio health orders with federal guidance, Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) announced people in Ohio will no longer need to wear masks except for certain situations. The new health order will allow people to stop wearing masks as long as they have received the COVID-19 vaccine…. Read More

A sign lists COVID symptoms

Ohio COVID-19 Case Ratio Drops For Two Consecutive Weeks

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The metric the state is using to determine if health restrictions can be lifted continues to trend in the right direction. The state’s ratio of COVID-19 cases dipped again this week. The two-week average of cases per 100,000 people in Ohio is now at just over 155. That’s down from… Read More

Gov. DeWine receives his second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

DeWine Looking For Incentives To Boost Ohio Vaccine Numbers

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — There are 4.6 million Ohioans who have received at least the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, that’s 39% of the state’s total population. State officials are looking at how to create incentive for people who have yet to get the shot. Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) says the state… Read More

Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff, Ohio Department of Health

Ohio To Release County-Level COVID-19 Test Positivity Data

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Ohio is now making COVID-19 test positivity data available on the county level with state health officials saying this will help give a clearer picture on the potential spread of the virus in specific communities. Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff, Ohio Department of Health chief medical officer, said the state will… Read More

Governor Mike DeWine and Fran DeWine visit Heritage Hall College of Medicine on Monday, April 12, 2021, in Athens, OH. DeWine toured the facility and watched as three OU students were given the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and then spoke to the media about the vaccination efforts and supply in Ohio. "Our way to get back to normal is the vaccine, it's the only way to get back."

Ohio COVID-19 Case Ratio Drops For First Time In Weeks

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — After five weeks of climbing, Ohio’s case ratio per 100,000 residents is declining from the previous week’s tally. This is the metric Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) is using to determine if health restrictions can be lifted. On April 15, Ohio’s two-week average of cases per 100,000 people reached 200 cases. Now that… Read More

This Aug. 1 2018 photo shows a board at Harrah's casino in Atlantic City, N.J., listing the odds on pro football games in the first week of the NFL season. Resorts casino will begin taking sports bets in person on Wednesday, Aug. 15, becoming the fifth Atlantic City casino to do so.

Bengals, Browns, Blue Jackets Join Others In Calling For Legal Sports Betting

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Ohio’s professional sports teams are calling on legislators to break the log jam in the debate over legalizing sports betting before they go on summer break. Ohio lawmakers are locked in a stalemate over plans to legalize sports betting. The holdup is over which agency should be in charge of… Read More

Nan Whaley answers questions from local press at Court Street Diner in Athens, Ohio

Nan Whaley Announces Bid For Ohio Governor In 2022

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Nan Whaley, the Democratic mayor of Dayton, has announced she’s running for governor in 2022. Whaley has gained statewide and national attention for her response to several critical events in Dayton. After the 2019 mass shooting in Dayton, Nan Whaley became a lead Ohio voice calling for more gun regulations. Whaley,… Read More

Kent State University student Marz Anderson gets his Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccination from Kent State nurse Beth Krul in Kent, Ohio, Thursday, April 8, 2021.

Ohio Advises Pause On Johnson And Johnson Vaccine As Feds Review ‘Extremely Rare’ Blood Clot Cases

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Gov. Mike DeWine and the Ohio Department of Health are advising all COVID-19 vaccine providers to temporarily pause the use of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine as federal officials review six “extremely rare” cases of severe blood clotting. The U.S. has administered 6.8 million doses of the Johnson and… Read More

Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff, Ohio Department of Health

Vanderhoff Says COVID-19 Hospitalization Rates Dropping For High Risk Ages

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Ohio is seeing an increase in the rate of new COVID-19 cases due to the spread of a variant. But health officials say there’s encouraging data when it comes to the effectiveness of the vaccine. The state’s new case ratio has jumped from 146 cases per 100,000 people to 183 new… Read More

This Dec. 2, 2020, file photo provided by Johnson & Johnson shows vials of the COVID-19 vaccine in the United States.

Ohio High Schools Encouraged To Partner With Health Officials For Vaccinations

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The state is calling on local health departments and Ohio school districts to find ways to connect high school students with the COVID-19 vaccine. It’s part of a month-long effort to vaccinate eligible teenagers and young adults. All Ohioans 16 and older are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine…. Read More

Dr. Amy Acton stands at the podium flanked by Gov. Mike DeWine and Lt. Gov. Jon Husted

Amy Acton Will Not Run For U.S. Senate

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Amy Acton, the former state health director, says she will not be running for U.S. Senate in 2022. But the doctor, who rose to prominence while responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, has a message for voters. Dr. Amy Acton was thought to be a possible contender for the Democratic… Read More

Ohio University's Cutler Hall on the first day of the semester.

Ohio Sets Goal Of Vaccinating Most College Students Before Summer Break

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — More than 50 colleges and universities across Ohio are launching COVID-19 vaccination clinics this week, including all 14 public universities. As Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) toured the Schottenstein Center’s vaccination clinic on Ohio State University’s campus, he said thousands of college students around the state will be getting the COVID-19… Read More

Rep. Bill Seitz (R-Cincinnati) speaks in favor of overriding Gov. Mike DeWIne's SB22 veto.

Ohio Legislature Overrides DeWine’s Veto, Allowing Lawmakers To Rescind Health Orders

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The Ohio House and Ohio Senate have voted to override Gov. Mike DeWine’s veto of Senate Bill 22. The move can enact a law that weakens the authority of a governor’s orders and emergencies. Throughout the past year, Republican leadership in the House and Senate clashed with DeWine over… Read More

Sen. Niraj Antani (R-Miamisburg) and Sen. Tina Maharath (D-Canal Winchester)

Senators Urge Creation Of State Commission To Combat Violence Against Asian Americans

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — A shooting spree in Georgia left eight people dead, most of whom are of Asian descent. Leaders in Ohio say this is just the latest example of the uptick in violent acts occurring against Asian American and Pacific Islanders since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and legislators say they… Read More

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Lobbyist Neil Clark, Defendant In Ohio Nuclear Bailout Case, Found Dead At 67

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Neil Clark, a longtime lobbyist at the Ohio Statehouse who has been charged in a federal bribery investigation, was found dead in Florida on Monday. The Naples, Florida medical examiner says they are conducting an autopsy on Neil Clark, 67, following a sheriff’s office report of a man found dead with… Read More

Vaccination process on Monday, December 14, 2020.

DeWine Says Ohio ‘On Track’ To Make COVID-19 Vaccine Available For Every Adult By May 1

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The national goal laid out by President Joe Biden to make the COVID-19 vaccine available to every adult by May 1 is within reach for Ohio, according to Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio). Vaccine eligibility broadened last week with the inclusion of people over the age of 50, those with Type… Read More

Gov. Mike DeWine gives a coronavirus update from his home on August 20, 2020.

Battle Between DeWine, Legislature Over Health Orders Is Set With Pending Veto

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) plans to veto a bill that would limit the scope of any state of emergency coming out of the governor’s office. This sets up a battle between DeWine and a possible override by the legislature. DeWine said the bill that would allow Ohio lawmakers to… Read More

Rep. Scott Wiggam (R-Wooster) speaks in favor of SB22 on the House floor at the Ohio Statehouse.

Ohio Lawmakers Send DeWine Bill Limiting His Own Health Orders

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The Ohio House and Senate have passed a bill to limit states of emergency and health orders issued by the governor. Supporters say the change would allow for more accountability between the executive and legislative branches. The bill, SB22, allows lawmakers to revoke states of emergency and health orders. House Republicans say… Read More

Rep. Marilyn John (R-Shelby) at the House State and Local Government Committee.

House Holds Hearing On Bill Allowing Limits To State Health Orders

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The Ohio House has scheduled a possible committee vote on a bill that would limit states of emergency issued by the governor and allow legislators to rescind health orders. Supporters of the bill, SB22, say DeWine’s health orders are hurting small businesses and quality of life. They also say the… Read More

Sen. Matt Huffman explains his bill to reporters

State Senate President Calls Unemployment Issues ‘Catastrophic Government Failure’

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The top leader of the Ohio Senate says the issues with the state’s unemployment compensation system represent a catastrophic government failure. Senate President Matt Huffman (R-Lima) says Ohio’s unemployment compensation fund has been plagued by insolvency, technical issues and long wait times. “This catastrophic government failure is the result… Read More