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KSU freshman Thomas Jahnke is tested for COVID-19 in October at the KSU Center for Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement. Health Departments will receive rapid antigen tests that can be administered at home under a deal announced Thursday by Gov. Mike DeWine.

Health Dept. To Restructure After 4K Unreported Deaths

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s Health Department is restructuring its infectious disease division following the discovery of as many as 4,000 unreported COVID-19 deaths and will investigate how the error happened, the state health director said Thursday. The Health Department said that “process issues affecting the reconciliation and reporting of these deaths” began in October,… Read More

Signs reading "We're all in this together" decorate the windows of a nursing home facility in northeast Columbus.

Proposed Budget Gives Ohio Department Of Health More Power To Shutter “Unsafe” Nursing Homes

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — More than half of the state’s COVID-19 deaths coming from nursing homes. So those and other long term care facilities are getting a lot of attention in the new state budget. The Patient Protection proposal in the budget would give the Ohio Department of Health the power to shut down nursing… Read More

Dr. Joan Duwve

Duwve Retracts Decision To Be Ohio’s New Health Director

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Gov. Mike DeWine’s (R-Ohio) pick to be the next director of the Ohio Department of Health has backed out of consideration for the post. The public health official withdrew from the position just hours after DeWine made the announcement. DeWine said during his afternoon briefing on COVID-19 that Dr…. Read More

Ohio Flu Hospitalizations Reach Highest Number This Season

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio health officials say flu hospitalizations reached their highest number for the 2019-2020 season. The Ohio Department of Health said Friday 832 people were hospitalized between Jan. 26 and Feb. 1, a 36% percent increase from the previous week. Health Director Dr. Amy Acton says the spike in hospitalizations is “deeply… Read More

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State Agency Reports 2% Drop in Induced Abortions in 2018

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The Ohio Department of Health says the number of induced abortions in the state continued a downward trajectory last year. The department said in a report released Tuesday that 20,425 abortions were reported last year for a drop of 2% from the 20,893 reported in 2017. Officials say last year’s decrease… Read More

DeWine Appoints First Woman To Head Ohio Department Of Health

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Gov. Mike DeWine has filled the final position open in his cabinet, which is likely the most diverse in state history. Amy Acton has decades of experience as a doctor and administrator. She’s the first physician to lead the agency in almost five years. And Acton says she has a holistic approach. “The food we… Read More

Governor Nominates Physician to Lead State Health Department

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Gov. Mike DeWine has nominated a licensed physician with more than 30 years of experience in public health and preventive medicine to direct Ohio’s Department of Public Health. The state’s Republican governor on Tuesday announced the selection of Dr. Amy Acton to lead the department. A news release from the governor’s… Read More

Southeast Ohioans Still Fearful of Obamacare Replacement Plan

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ATHENS, Ohio – Local healthcare advocates and area residents said they continue to be concerned that the Affordable Care Act/Medicaid will be replaced by President Trump’s American Health Care Act, even after the president’s bill was pulled Friday before a vote could be taken. The cause of concern is that the American Health Care Act… Read More

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Ohio Health Department Reports Drop In Flu Hospitalizations

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Ohio health officials say the number of flu-related hospitalizations fell below 100 last week as an unusually severe season comes to an end. The Ohio Department of Health reported 92 flu-related hospitalizations from March 1 to March 7, down from 135 a week earlier. The figures reported Friday brought the season’s total hospitalizations to 8,074,… Read More

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Flu Hospitalizations Increase In Ohio

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Ohio health officials say the number of flu-related hospitalizations rose slightly last week as an unusually severe season winds down. The Ohio Department of Health reported 135 hospitalizations from Feb. 22 to Feb. 28, up from 119 a week earlier. Those figures brought the season’s total hospitalizations to 7,985, compared to 2,870 during the same… Read More