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Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine

Governor Cites New Variants As COVID Cases Continue To Rise In Ohio

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WYSO) — Gov. Mike DeWine announced at a press conference Thursday that the statewide average for coronavirus cases is now 200 per 100,000 people. The case rate is the metric the state plans to use to decide when to lift public health orders. The current rate is four times the rate needed to drop all public health… Read More

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

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

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

Lt. Gov. Jon Husted

Ohio GOP Lieutenant Governor Faces Political Test Over Tweet

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Republican Ohio Lt. Gov. Jon Husted entered the coronavirus pandemic a Republican rising star. But his party’s hard turn to the right and many member’s deep hatred of COVID-19 restrictions have required deft recalculation. University of Cincinnati political scientist David Niven says Husted’s increasingly provocative rhetoric on social media over the… 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

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Another New Ohio Abortion Law Is Temporarily Put On Hold

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COLUMUBS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — For the second time this week, a new Ohio abortion law has been put on hold. This one affects the use of telemedicine in abortions. A Hamilton County judge temporarily blocked the law that prevents doctors from using telemedicine to write prescriptions for medical abortions. The hold lasts until… Read More

Wildlife advocate Jack Hanna poses for a portrait with a serval cub on Monday, Oct. 12, 2015 in New York

Jack Hanna, Former Columbus Zoo Director, Diagnosed With Dementia

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COLUMUBS, Ohio (WOSU) — Zoologist and former Columbus Zoo director Jack Hanna has been diagnosed with dementia and may have Alzheimer’s, his family announced Wednesday. In a letter shared on social media, Hanna’s family says that the 74-year-old’s condition progressed faster than they’d expected over the last few months. “While Dad’s health has deteriorated quickly, we… 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

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New Abortion Law Won’t Be Enforced For Now

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — A law that requires burial or cremation of fetal tissue from an abortion will not go into effect Tuesday as planned. An Ohio judge granted a preliminary injunction, stopping enforcement of the new law requiring fetal remains from an abortion be buried or cremated. Abortion clinics had requested this delay,… 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