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Athens Schools Extend Shutdown; Alexander Imposes Mask Mandate

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens schools are extending their COVID-related shutdown until after Labor Day. And the Alexander Local School District announced that starting Tuesday masks must be worn throughout the school day. The Athens shutdown began Friday when the district found itself with so many bus drivers out due to COVID-19 that it could no… Read More

A sign for Ohio State University in Columbus

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

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. Patty Manning-Courtney, Cincinnati Children's Hospital

Docs Say Children, Their Parents, And Some Adults Should Continue To Wear Masks

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COLUMUBS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Ohio’s statewide pandemic health orders have expired. And while the mask mandate has also been lifted, doctors said there are people who should still be wearing masks. Dr. Patty Manning-Courtney with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital said there are children there right now who are quite sick with COVID. And since kids 11 and under… Read More

Mike DeWine wearing mask

DeWine Has No Immediate Plans To Lift Mask Mandate

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A spokesman says Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has no immediate plans to lift the statewide mask mandate despite recent decisions to do so in Texas and other states. Dan Tierney is the Republican governor’s press secretary. He said Wednesday that even people who have been vaccinated could still transmit a weakened… Read More

This Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014 file photo shows Ohio senate candidate Cecil Thomas arriving at the Hamilton County Board of Elections, on the first day of early voting in Cincinnati.

Ohio Democratic Senator Leaves Hearing Over Lack Of Masks

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio Democratic state senator says he left a committee hearing because so many members of the public weren’t wearing masks. Sen. Cecil Thomas is a second-term senator from Cincinnati. He tweeted a picture of the largely unmasked crowd Wednesday in the state Senate Government Oversight and Reform Committee. Thomas says… Read More

Mike DeWine wearing mask

DeWine Issues New Mask Requirements, Limits On Gatherings For Ohioans

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCPN) — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced during a Wednesday evening address to the state new rules to compel mask-wearing. And he warned of more severe measures — such as another shutdown order for Ohio bars, restaurants and gyms — if the coronavirus surge continues. Ohio businesses will now be required to have signs on all entrances… Read More

A poll worker disinfecting a voting machine.

What Happens If A Voter Insists On Entering A Polling Place Without Wearing A Mask?

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — When Ohioans go to the polls to vote early in person, they are asked to wear a mask. If they don’t have one, polls will provide one. But what happens if the voter refuses that offer? Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose said masks will be available to voters… Read More

President Donald Trump removes his mask as he stands on the Blue Room Balcony upon returning to the White House Monday, Oct. 5, 2020, in Washington, after leaving Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, in Bethesda, Md. Trump announced he tested positive for COVID-19 on Oct. 2.

DeWine: ‘I Wish The President Would Wear The Mask More’

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WOSU) — Gov. Mike DeWine says that President Trump’s diagnosis and hospitalization should be a reminder that “no one is immune” from COVID-19. “Ohioans should ask: What are the enduring lessons that we have learned from the president and First Lady’s illness?” DeWine said. “What lessons are relevant to each of us?” DeWine opened… Read More

A health worker removes her face shield after performing a rapid tests on residents at a parking lot that has been converted into an extension of the Gat Andres Bonifacio Memorial Medical Center in Manila, Philippines on Monday, Aug. 3, 2020.

Ohio: Schools Can’t Sub Face Shields For Masks In Most Cases

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio health officials say school districts will not be allowed to use face shields rather than facial coverings or masks in most cases as a means of curbing coronavirus transmission as schools get ready to start the 2020-21 academic year. The Ohio Department of Health on Saturday cited guidance from the… Read More

Mike DeWine wearing mask

Students In Ohio’s K-12 Schools Must Wear Masks

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCPN) — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine on Tuesday added another statewide health order requiring all children in grades K-12 to wear masks while in school, with certain exceptions. The previous order was for third graders and older. DeWine said the aim is providing safe schools for students and employees when schools return to in-person classes…. Read More

Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford) holds a briefing with reporters after a House session in May. Householder has said he can't impose a mask mandate on other elected officeholders, even those in his GOP House caucus.

As Mask Mandate Goes Into Effect, Questions Are Raised About Enforcement

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Gov. Mike DeWine’s requirement that people in seven hot-spot counties wear masks inside businesses and in public places starting Wednesday night at 6 has raised the question of how it will be enforced. Butler County is one of those seven counties marked in red on the state’s alert map. Butler County… Read More

Gov. Mike DeWine and First Lady Fran DeWine wearing face masks on June 23, 2020.

Gov. DeWine Mandates Face Masks In Seven Counties

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WOSU) — Gov. Mike DeWine announced the Ohio Department of Health will issue a public health order requiring face masks in public in seven counties where the spread of COVID-19 is considered most severe. Butler, Cuyahoga, Franklin, Hamilton, Huron, Montgomery and Trumbull are all considered “red alerts” under the state’s Public Health Advisory System, and… Read More