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Governor Mike DeWine and Fran DeWine visit Heritage Hall College of Medicine on Monday, April 12, 2021, in Athens, OH.

DeWine: Keep Signing Up For COVID-19 Vaccines Even With J&J Pause

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCPN) — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and health officials from across the state urged Ohioans Tuesday to continue signing up for Pfizer and Modena COVID-19 vaccine appointments following a recommendation by federal agencies to temporarily pause administration of the Johnson & Johnson shot. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Food… Read More

In this March 31, 2021 file photo, a nurse fills a syringe with a dose of the Johnson & Johnson's one-dose COVID-19 vaccine at the Vaxmobile, at the Uniondale Hempstead Senior Center, in Uniondale, N.Y.

J&J Vaccine Pause Cuts Into Available Doses In The Ohio Valley

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (OVR) — State leaders around the Ohio Valley will temporarily have fewer doses of COVID-19 vaccine to distribute following the Food and Drug Administration’s decision Tuesday to pause the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Regional officials gave no indication that they will have shortages of vaccines as a result, but the pause… 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 University Switching COVID-19 Vaccine In Response To Safety Concerns

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Ohio University is switching to the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for its student clinics after federal officials recommended a temporary halt in use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine for safety reasons. However, because the Pfizer vaccine requires two doses three weeks apart, it’s unclear how many students will now be able… 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

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

Gov. DeWine Encourages Young People To Get COVID-19 Vaccine During Stop At OU Clinic

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(UPDATE 4/13, 10:44 a.m.) A day after Gov. Mike DeWine’s visit to Ohio University’s on-campus vaccine clinic, the state advised a pause on Johnson & Johnson Vaccine as the feds review “extremely rare” blood clot cases. “In these cases, a type of blood clot called cerebral venous sinus thrombosis (CVST) was seen in combination with low… Read More

Annes Kitchen, Powell, Ohio

Restaurants Statewide Having Trouble Finding Enough Staff For Summer

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Ohio’s restaurant and bar owners say they expect business to pick up this summer. But they are worried about having enough employees to handle the business. Ohio Restaurant Association President John Barker said restaurant and bar owners are telling him they’re having a hard time trying to hire enough staff… 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

The Ohio State Fair

No Ohio State Fair For The Public This Year

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — If you’ve had a hankering for the deep fried doughnut hamburger you weren’t able to get on the Ohio State Fair midway last year, you will have to wait a little longer. The Ohio Expositions Commission said members are concerned about public health and don’t know what the COVID-19… Read More

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine

‘We Are Headed In The Wrong Direction’ DeWine Says Of Ohio’s Coronavirus Numbers

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WVXU) — Gov. Mike DeWine on Thursday urged Ohioans to not let their guards down in the ongoing battle against the coronavirus pandemic as most key measures – cases, hospitalizations and ICU admissions – are creeping up across the state. “Not dramatically, but they are certainly up,” DeWine said. “We’re moving in the… Read More

Gov of Kentucky at podium with sign language interpreter next to him

Kentucky Judge Blocks Follow-up Attempt To Limit Beshear COVID Orders

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky judge has temporarily blocked another attempt by Republican lawmakers to restrict Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear’s efforts to combat the coronavirus pandemic. Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd extended a temporary injunction Wednesday. It applies to a measure passed over the governor’s veto. The measure specifies which of Beshear’s pandemic-related orders… Read More

Huntington, West Virginia skyline

A City Wrestled Down An Addiction Crisis. Then Came COVID-19

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — As the COVID pandemic killed more than a half-million Americans, it also quietly inflamed what was before it the country’s greatest public health crisis: addiction. The Centers for Disease Control estimates that more than 88,000 people died of drug overdoses in the 12 months ending in August 2020 — the highest… 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

Gov. Mike DeWine signs SB263 into law on January 6, 2021.

Ohio Ending Mass Gathering Ban As Part Of Simplified Health Order

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COLUMUBS, Ohio (WOSU) — Ohio is issuing a new, streamlined health order that encompasses its guidance on mass gatherings and other COVID-19 restrictions. Gov. Mike DeWine announced the new order at a press conference Monday, calling it a return to “basics.” “The best safety measures are the ones people can understand, remember, and apply faithfully… Read More

The U.S. Capitol

Ohio Valley Communities Wait For Guidance On COVID Funds

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (OVR) — The American Rescue Plan Act signed into law by President Joe Biden on March 11 provided the nation with a $1.9 trillion economic stimulus, including funds to state and local governments, but local officials around the Ohio Valley say they aren’t yet sure just how the money can be applied…. Read More