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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — The Athens City School District announced Monday that masks will become optional beginning next week, which is the start of spring break. The district also said that individual contract tracing will only be done when “absolutely necessary” and that it will resume field trips on a limited basis. Superintendent Tom Gibbs… Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — After months of public health experts urging Americans to start wearing higher-quality masks, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday updated its mask guidance for consumers. While the agency didn’t recommend one type of mask over another, its new guidance emphasizes that N95s and similar high-filtration respirators offer the… Read More
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
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
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
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is expected to backpedal on some of its masking guidelines and recommend that even vaccinated people wear masks indoors in parts of the U.S. where the coronavirus is surging. That’s according to a federal official who spoke to The Associated Press. The CDC is expected to… Read More
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
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
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
Some parts of public life in the U.S. still operate according to restrictive rules, and that includes planes, trains and buses.
The loosened guidance should make it easier to reopen schools and workplaces. Mask requirements are still in place for public transport and health care settings.
With new cases teetering at about 60,000 to 70,000 per day, new hyper-transmissible variants and state rollbacks of coronavirus restrictions, the CDC chief urges Americans to remain vigilant.
New guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that people fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can gather indoors in some circumstances but should keep wearing masks in public.
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
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
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
The public health agency had previously emphasized that masks protect other people from viruses you might expel. The new advice gives a less altruistic reason to wear face coverings.
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine reflects on his approach to managing coronavirus outbreaks in his state through the winter and what help he needs from the federal government.
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
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
Just like in March, when coronavirus cases spiked for the first time, some workers and employers across the country face PPE shortages. Masks, gloves, gowns and other equipment are scarce.
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
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
The solo briefing came as cases of COVID-19 continue to surge in hot spots across the country.
Companies that made hats, socks and teddy bears have started producing surgical masks to protect people from COVID-19. Some sellers exaggerate their standing with the Food and Drug Administration.