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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.

Blood banks warn of ‘severely declining’ blood supply amid COVID-19 pandemic

By: - March 20, 2020

Blood banks are growing increasingly worried about a looming shortfall in the nation’s blood supply. They say coronavirus-driven cancelations and closures at major blood drive sites — universities, high schools, and large employers — are threatening a shortage down the line. As the infected population in Ohio continues to grow, the restricted blood supply represents […]

‘Woefully unprepared:’ How small-scale testing capabilities mar Ohio’s COVID-19 response

By: - March 19, 2020

The same day the first Ohioan known to be infected with COVID-19 began to display symptoms, the state Department of Health received its first testing kit from the CDC. The kit didn’t work. Two of the three reagents that comprise the kit were faulty, according to ODH Director Dr. Amy Acton. Samples from suspected cases […]

Democrats challenge LaRose’s election postponement in state Supreme Court

By: - March 18, 2020

The Ohio Democratic Party filed a lawsuit in the Ohio Supreme Court on Tuesday challenging Secretary of State Frank LaRose’s order — issued hours before Election Day was to commence — postponing in-person voting until June. LaRose issued the directive rescheduling the elections after the CDC escalated its social distancing guidelines Monday. The guidelines are […]

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From a mysterious pneumonia in Wuhan to a wrenched Ohio election: a COVID-19 timeline

By: - March 17, 2020

In December 2019, the World Health Organization became aware of a strange pneumonia of unknown cause affecting 44 people in Wuhan city, in China.

Judge rejects plan to postpone Ohio election; DeWine says polls closed regardless; poll workers left in lurch

By: and - March 16, 2020

With the polls set to open just 12 hours later, a Franklin County judge on Monday rejected a lawsuit — filed at the behest of the governor and secretary of state — to delay Ohio’s primary election until June due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Despite the ruling, Gov. Mike DeWine said in a statement just […]

DeWine to close restaurants and bars; 37 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Ohio

By: - March 15, 2020

Taking what he called a “drastic” step, Gov. Mike DeWine announced Sunday the closure of all bars and restaurants in Ohio indefinitely except for carry-out and delivery. The announcement marks the latest salvo in a series of escalating moves from the state to curb the spread of COVID-19 in Ohio. State officials have closed schools […]

Amid COVID-19 pandemic and economic cratering, evictions continue in Ohio

By: - March 13, 2020

On Sunday, after the publication of this story, the Franklin County Municipal Court suspended most hearings, including eviction proceedings, for three weeks. You wouldn’t know there’s a pandemic from looking at room 11b in Franklin County Municipal Court. There, as in Cleveland, Cincinnati, Toledo, and beyond, Ohio’s court system is advancing the legal process of […]

How Ohio’s homeless shelters are bracing for COVID-19

By: - March 13, 2020

Care providers for Ohio’s homeless population, which faces unique risks of COVID-19 outbreak, are among those taking steps to prepare for the days ahead. Research shows people experiencing homelessness are at an increased risk of respiratory illness due to the high prevalence of underlying chronic health conditions, poor ventilation and crowding in shelters, and limited […]

As coronavirus threat evolves, DeWine plans to force leagues to block spectators

By: - March 12, 2020

Twenty-four hours prior, he was asking. On Tuesday, Gov. Mike DeWine was telling. Speaking at the latest of what has become a daily briefing of advancements of the novel coronavirus in Ohio, DeWine said he was going to issue a legal order within the next few days to prohibit professional and collegiate teams from allowing […]

DeWine asks colleges to go remote; sporting events to block fans to slow COVID-19 spread

By: - March 11, 2020

Gov. Mike DeWine ramped up efforts Tuesday to curb the novel coronavirus in recommending — though not ordering — colleges to hold classes remotely, professional and collegiate teams to prohibit spectators, and other changes in nursing homes, churches, and prisons. The requests mark an escalation in Ohio’s preventative efforts after officials announced Monday that three […]

Secretary of State announces more polls to be relocated amid COVID-19 fears

By: and - March 10, 2020

Secretary of State Frank LaRose announced plans Tuesday to relocate at least 125 polling locations just seven days before primary voting begins, a number that has swelled as a result of mounting COVID-19 related concerns. At a press conference, LaRose said he could not immediately say how many voters are among those assigned to those […]

Eight days before primaries, coronavirus detection in Ohio shake up voting plans, rallies

By: - March 10, 2020

A week out from primary voting, state officials are planning to relocate about 75 polling locations from nursing homes and schools to combat the spread of COVID-19 in Ohio. The announcement came shortly after three Ohioans from Cuyahoga County were diagnosed with the novel coronavirus.  Along with declaring a formal state of emergency, Gov. Mike […]