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Jake Zuckerman

Jake Zuckerman

Jake Zuckerman is a statehouse reporter. He spent three years chronicling the West Virginia Legislature for The Charleston Gazette-Mail after covering cops and courts for The Northern Virginia Daily.

Ohio gets less than 50% of coronavirus PPE requested from national stockpile

By: - April 1, 2020

Ohio received less than half of the personal protective equipment for health care workers it requested from the federal government to respond to the COVID-19 epidemic. In a statement Tuesday, Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton issued blunt remarks affirming the allocation from the Strategic National Stockpile wouldn’t meet the state’s needs. “The […]

Two weeks, 2,000 new cases: COVID-19 accelerates in Ohio

By: - April 1, 2020

State data shows the new coronavirus is picking up speed, having infected at least 2,000 Ohioans in the last two weeks alone, which officials and experts widely believe to be an undercount. As of Tuesday, 2,199 Ohioans are known to be infected with COVID-19 — 266 diagnosed within the last 24 hours. At least 585 […]

Ohio Supreme Court dismisses election lawsuit

By: - March 31, 2020

The Ohio Supreme Court dismissed a lawsuit Tuesday challenging Secretary of State Frank LaRose’s decision to postpone the March primary elections.  Given the General Assembly passed a bill last week revoking LaRose’s order and establishing a mail-in election with an April 28 deadline, the court deemed the matter moot.  The state Democratic Party originally filed […]

Quarantine blues: Ohio musician livestreams self covering all 214 Beatles songs

By: - March 31, 2020

Joe Peppercorn played through all 214 songs The Beatles ever recorded in a webstream Sunday after showing a video Paul McCartney recorded for him, wishing him luck with the music marathon. How’s your quarantine going? Covering the iconic band’s entire discography has been an annual tradition for Peppercorn, 39, since 2010. Usually the shows are […]

6,000 coronavirus cases per day? 8,000? OSU researchers on forecasting pandemics

By: - March 30, 2020

Since the new coronavirus was first detected in Ohio, state Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton repeatedly emphasizes the need to “flatten the curve” at regular afternoon pandemic briefings.  Meanwhile, a team at Ohio State University’s Infectious Disease Institute turns mounds of discrete data points into models that try to predict how many people […]

Reversing ‘reckless’ decision, FDA waives limits on coronavirus mask cleaners

By: - March 30, 2020

Federal regulators removed daily quantity restrictions Sunday on an Ohio company’s new technology that it says allows health care providers to sterilize N95 respirators, masks in short supply as researchers forecast dramatic surges in hospital demand due to COVID-19. The Food and Drug Administration removed its previous restriction limiting Battelle Memorial Institute to decontaminating 10,000 […]

HIV positive inmate to Ohio Supreme Court: people will die here in a pandemic

By: - March 27, 2020

Derek Lichtenwalter is serving 30 months for leading police on a lengthy chase, but he says the pandemic has turned 2.5 years into a death sentence. Lichtenwalter says his HIV diagnosis coupled with a worsening COVID-19 pandemic has turned the stretch into an extremely dangerous situation.   Citing an overcrowded prison system that makes social distancing […]

‘Critical lack’ of resources and capacity for COVID-19 at homeless shelters, report says

By: - March 27, 2020

If a person at a homeless shelter tested positive for COVID-19, about half of the organizations that oversee shelters wouldn’t know how to respond. Less than half of them have received any training or education on COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the new coronavirus. These and other findings appeared in a recent report, “Double […]

Of 564 COVID-19 cases in Ohio, a quarter required hospitalization

By: - March 25, 2020

About 25% of Ohioans with confirmed COVID-19 cases have been hospitalized in the two weeks since officials detected the disease in the state, a concerning sign as health experts warn of an overload on the state’s hospitals.   Data released Tuesday afternoon show 145 people have been hospitalized due to the new coronavirus, or about 26% […]

‘No ordinary time’: COVID-19’s 14-day blitz in Ohio

By: - March 24, 2020

Two weeks ago, public health officials first detected three cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, in Ohio. The next 14 days were a whirlwind of 439 subsequent positive diagnoses, six deaths caused by the virus, a primary election postponed with 12 hours’ notice, a blanket cancellation of K-12 in-person classes, and […]

Health dept. issues stay-at-home order; Ohioans to shelter in place through at least April 6

By: - March 22, 2020

The director of the Ohio Department of Health issued a “shelter in place” or “stay at home” order Sunday — basically closing all non-essential state businesses and ordering people to stay home to curb the transmission of the increasingly prevalent COVID-19 disease. The order takes effect Monday evening at midnight and is set to last […]

COVID-19 outbreak reported at Miami County senior living facility; 32 suspected cases

By: - March 21, 2020

The novel coronavirus has penetrated a Miami County senior assisted living center, leaving a trail of 32 people showing symptoms, 11 presumptive positives, nine people hospitalized and one person dead. Miami County Health Commissioner Dennis Propes said at a Friday press conference, broadcast by WDTN News, that test results are still pending on the deceased […]