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Over a year after Black Lives Matter protests erupted across the country, many are questioning what progress has been made toward racial equity.

A Year In Review: After Countless Cries For Racial Justice, Where Are We Now?

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KENT, Ohio (WKSU) — Last year, streets throughout the U.S. were full of people protesting racial injustices that have tormented the country for years, demanding real change. Since then, task forces, declarations, criminal charges and acts of solidarity have been the result. Despite the efforts of government officials and protesters, the question, “Has anything changed?”… Read More

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

Push To Vaccinate Ohioans Continues As Cases Plateau

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSKU) — Ohio expects to receive more than half a million doses of COVID-19 vaccine next week, “by far the highest amount that we have received,” Gov. Mike DeWine said in a briefing Thursday. He and Ohio Department of Health Medical Director Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff emphasized the need to vaccinate as many people… Read More

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County Fairs Will Be Back As COVID-19 Cases Continue Falling In Ohio

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COLUMUBS, Ohio (WKSU) — Nine Ohio counties went from red to orange this week on the state’s public health advisory map and one –Meigs County– decreased to yellow. The average number of cases per 100,000 people statewide has decreased to 155. And Gov. Mike DeWine said Thursday Ohio counties will be able to host county… Read More

A pharmacist labels syringes in a clean room where doses of COVID-19 vaccines will be handled, Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020, at Mount Sinai Queens hospital in New York.

Ohio Expects Increase In Vaccine Supply; Curfew May Be Lifted

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WKSU) — Ohio’s effort to vaccinate citizens against COVID-19 has been hampered by a lack of supply. During his briefing Thursday, Gov. Mike DeWine said there is hope that the state will begin receiving more doses from both Pfizer and Moderna, whose vaccines have so far been approved for use. He also hopes… Read More

KSU freshman Thomas Jahnke is tested for COVID-19 in October at the KSU Center for Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement. Health Departments will receive rapid antigen tests that can be administered at home under a deal announced Thursday by Gov. Mike DeWine.

State Launches Partnership to Provide Rapid, In Home COVID-19 Testing; Curfew Will be Extended

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WKSU) — Ohio’s public health departments are getting something Gov. Mike DeWine says they’ve wanted for a long time: rapid, in-home COVID-19 tests. DeWine today announced a partnership the state is entering with Abbott Labs and digital health care company, eMed to administer the rapid antigen tests. The state will spend $50 million CARES… Read More

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine

DeWine Lays Out Plan to Vaccinate Elderly, School Personnel

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WKSU) — As Ohio continues to distribute COVID-19 vaccines, Gov. Mike DeWine outlined plans to add recipients in group 1B in the coming weeks. He also said he’s disturbed by reports that some counties, including Erie County in northern Ohio, have vaccinated people not included in the 1A group. “Every time we vaccinate… Read More

Gov. Mike DeWine

Healthcare Workers Plead For Community Support; First County Goes Purple As COVID Surge Continues in Ohio

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WKSU) — For the first time since Ohio began utilizing a color-coded public health alert advisory system, a county has reached the highest level of risk. Franklin County is now at the purple level, with six of seven risk factors persisting for two straight weeks. Three other counties—Lake, Lorain and Montgomery are on the… Read More

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine

Ohio COVID-19 Deaths Spike, State Launches Effort to Help Unemployed

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WKSU) — Cuyahoga County has the highest unemployment rate in the state at 12.9%. That statistic has led the state to pilot a new program there to help connect people to training and available jobs. Called Ohio to Work, the program has been developed by the state’s JobsOhio agency, which its director J.B…. Read More

Mike DeWine wearing mask

Ohio Approved for Additional Unemployment; Schools Must Report Positive COVID Cases

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WKSU) — Ohioans who qualify for unemployment benefits will receive a federal extension of $300 a week. During the bi-weekly briefing on the coronavirus today, Lt. Gov. Jon Husted reported that Ohio’s application for $717 million federal funds to pay the benefit has been approved by FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency). Husted say the… Read More