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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

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

Masking Questions: How Pandemic Health Measures Became Politicized

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MURRAY, Ky. (OVR) — Health officials and researchers say the science is clear: face masks can help reduce the spread of the coronavirus. Yet in the Ohio Valley, not all elected officials are in agreement on whether to mandate measures such as the use of face masks in public places. In April, Republican Ohio Gov. Mike… Read More

Southern Ohio Pharmacies Struggle with Covid-19

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Local businesses across the country are doing their best to adapt to life during a pandemic. Covid-19 has brought numerous challenges to the day to day operations of any local business. On Friday, May 1, Ohio Governor Mike Dewine replaced Ohio’s Stay At Home order with the new, Stay Safe Ohio order. The new order… Read More

Gov. Mike DeWine

Feedback from Businesses Led DeWine to Reverse Ohio’s Mask Rule

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCPN) — Ohio officials said on Wednesday that they reversed course on a requirement for all customers to wear masks before entering stores when they begin to reopen in May based on feedback from businesses. According to Lt. Gov. Jon Husted, employers had many questions about how to enforce the new rule. “You are asking us… Read More

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Face Masks No Longer Mandatory for Reopening Businesses

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WOSU) — Wearing masks or facial coverings won’t be mandatory when retail businesses reopen in May, Gov. Mike DeWine announced, marking a quick reversal from the state’s previous guidelines. DeWine originally announced Monday that face masks would be required for all consumers and employees in businesses that choose to reopen. But the next day, DeWine… Read More

Dr. Amy Acton, Ohio Department of Health director

Ohioans Advised To Wear Homemade Masks During Pandemic

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Gov. Mike DeWine and Ohio’s top health leader say Ohioans should to wear homemade and non-medical grade masks when they go out in public.But wearing a mask doesn’t mean you can’t get coronavirus. Ohio Health Director Dr. Amy Acton says masks can be made simply using any fabric, but they have limitations. “It isn’t going… Read More