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Ohio State To Require Masks Indoors Regardless Of Vaccination

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WOSU) — Ohio State will require masks to be worn indoors regardless of vaccination status. In an email to the campus community on Monday afternoon, Ohio State President Dr. Kristina Johnson announced effectively immediately all students, faculty, staff and visitors will be required to wear a face mask regardless of vaccination status when… Read More

One of three students receives a Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine during Gov. Dewines visit Monday, April 12.

Ohio COVID Cases Climb To Highest Number In Two Months

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COLUMUBS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Ohio’s COVID numbers are higher than they’ve been in two months, as the number of new vaccinations inches up only slightly. Confirmed cases dropped a bit on Thursday to 789 new cases. That’s down from 1,067 new confirmed cases the day before. That was the highest number of confirmed cases… Read More

In this image provided by the West Virginia Governor's Office, Timothy Jackson, the latest million-dollar winner in West Virginia’s vaccination sweepstakes, poses with West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice

W. Va. Governor Announces 50 New Winners In Vaccination Sweepstakes

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LEWISBURG, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has surprised the most recent winner of the state’s vaccination sweepstakes. Wanda Coleman of Ronceverte got together Wednesday with former coworkers at West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in Lewisburg. Justice made some remarks about the importance of being vaccinated against COVID-19, and school officials said… Read More

Housing activists erect a sign in Swampscott, Mass. A federal freeze on most evictions is set to expire soon. The moratorium, put in place by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in September, was the only tool keeping millions of tenants in their homes.

What Renters, Landlords Should Expect As The Federal Eviction Moratorium Expires

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NewsHour) — Throughout most of the pandemic, Americans who are behind on their rent have been safe from evictions due to a federal moratorium imposed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention over public health concerns. But the Supreme Court said the moratorium must expire July 31 unless Congress passes new legislation…. Read More

A mask up sign on a trash can on Court Street in Athens

Many Ohio Businesses Won’t Likely Require Masks To Deal With Delta Strain Of COVID

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Now that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has advised all Americans, vaccinated or not, to wear masks indoors to prevent spread of the highly-contagious Delta variant, what will Ohio businesses and government do? In a written statement, the Ohio Department of Health reiterated Gov. Mike DeWine’s earlier comment that… Read More

DeWine speaks to reporters at Ohio Statehouse

DeWine: “No Appetite” For Mask Mandate In Schools


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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The Ohio Department of Health’s latest COVID guidance for K-12 schools strongly recommends those who can be vaccinated get shots, and masks for those who can’t or choose not to. But it doesn’t mandate masks for all, like some individual schools are doing. Gov. Mike DeWine said when schools required students and staff… Read More

Health officials urge the use of face masks in public to limit the spread of coronavirus.

Ohio Health Officials Recommend Masks In Schools This Fall

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WOSU) — Citing a sharp spike in cases linked to the delta coronavirus variant, the Ohio Department of Health is issuing new guidance that recommends unvaccinated staff and students wear masks when classes resume for the fall term. The department’s medical director Dr. Bruce Varderhoff said the recommendation is not a requirement. “While… Read More

Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff, Ohio Department of Health

Top Doctors Issue A Dire Warning For Unvaccinated Ohioans

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — After falling to levels not seen in over a year, COVID-19 cases in Ohio have more than doubled in the past couple of weeks due to the latest highly contagious Delta variant. And doctors are warning unvaccinated people that they, and their unvaccinated children, are at great risk of catching… Read More

Remnants of the COVID-19 Pandemic are seen in Athens, Ohio, on Tuesday, July 13, 2021. [Joseph Scheller | WOUB]

New Bill Would Ban Or Limit Mask Mandates In Ohio’s Schools And Businesses

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Ohio’s COVID-19 rates are on an upward trend, and less than half of the state’s residents have been vaccinated. Still, some lawmakers want to make sure Ohioans who don’t want to get vaccinated or don’t want to wear masks won’t feel compelled to do so. The latest bill would keep schools… Read More