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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.

Judge orders Cinci hospital to treat COVID-19 patient with Ivermectin, despite CDC warnings

By: - August 30, 2021

A Butler County judge ruled in favor of a woman last week who sought to force a hospital to administer Ivermectin — an animal dewormer that federal regulators have warned against using in COVID-19 patients — to her husband after several weeks in the ICU with the disease. Butler County Common Pleas Judge Gregory Howard […]

COVID-19 cases leap by 900% over a month, health department says

By: - August 27, 2021

More than 3,000 Ohioans per day are contracting COVID-19 on average, the highest the rate has been since early February. Over the last month, hospitalizations increased by between 83% and 375% by age group, according to data from the Ohio Hospital Association. As children go back to school, more students are testing positive. Comparing the […]

Anti-vaccine attitudes thrive at committee hearing; hundreds demonstrate outside Statehouse

By: - August 25, 2021

One day after the Ohio House Speaker announced a “pause” on a sweeping anti-vaccination bill, the House Health Committee spent five hours Tuesday fielding testimony laden with medical claims about vaccines that are diametrically opposed to guidance from state and federal health officials. While the hearing, the bill’s sixth, was ostensibly about legislation, vaccines themselves […]

School vaccine records missing for tens of thousands of Ohio students 

By: - August 24, 2021

School vaccination records were missing or incomplete among roughly 1 in 5 sampled Ohio middle and high school students last year, despite state law requiring local boards of education to track immunizations records of all enrolled students. All Ohio students, per state law, must be vaccinated against mumps, tetanus, polio, measles, Hepatitis B, chicken pox […]

Dominion dismissed from Stark County voting machine lawsuit

By: - August 24, 2021

A Stark County judge dismissed Dominion Voter Systems on Friday as party to a lawsuit filed by a Washington D.C.-based nonprofit seeking to reverse the county’s procurement of the company’s machines. The lawsuit, filed in May by Look Ahead America LLC, steers clear of any explicit allegation that Dominion voting machines were used to defraud […]

As classes return, 62.5% of eligible 12-18 year-olds unvaccinated

By: - August 23, 2021

Nearly two in three age-eligible teenagers remain unvaccinated against COVID-19 as summer ends and the disease looms over its third consecutive school year. Spokespersons for the state departments of health and education said they did not know what percentage of students enrolled in public schools are vaccinated. However, looking at the total population (which would […]

Ohio cities revive mask mandates as new state law stops health departments

By: - August 19, 2021

First the Mount Vernon City School District opted against requiring masks for students. Then Gambier, a small village of 2,400, mandated masks indoors in town — where one of the district’s elementary schools happens to exist. Finally, the sheriff said neither he nor his deputies would enforce the law. It’s August 2021 and the mask […]

House Republicans propose voter photo ID law, ending most absentee voting, and more

By: - August 18, 2021

Republicans in the Ohio House of Representatives proposed sweeping voting restrictions last week that would impose new hurdles for voters to register and cast a ballot. The legislation, if passed, would require voters to present state issued photo identification to vote, eliminate no-excuse absentee voting, prohibit the use of ballot drop boxes and more. House […]

Ohio House rep protests vaccine mandates outside area hospital office

By: - August 16, 2021

An Ohio House representative joined a protest last week outside a Miamisburg hospital that announced a requirement that caregivers receive vaccination against COVID-19. Rep. Rodney Creech, R-West Alexandria, said he joined the demonstration because vaccines should be a matter of personal choice, and it’s not an employer’s place to require them. In an interview, he […]

Ohio one of few states to skip on eviction moratorium during pandemic

By: - August 12, 2021

When the new coronavirus emerged, a rush of 43 states and Washington D.C. instituted an eviction moratorium, temporarily blocking landlords from ousting tenants from their housing during a health crisis. Not Ohio. Two recent studies highlight Ohio’s lack of action on evictions as most other states, the U.S. Congress and eventually the CDC moved on […]

New state law blocks Ohio’s largest city from mask mandate, official says

By: - August 6, 2021

Amid a COVID-19 surge in Ohio’s most populous county, health officials wanted to once again require the use of face masks indoors to slow the spread of COVID-19. Unlike July 2020, however, this time they hit a wall. State legislation that took effect earlier this summer forbids health departments from issuing blanket health mandates among […]

Amid corruption scandal, energy money continues to flow to state lawmakers

By: - August 5, 2021

It’s going to take more than a bribery scandal on a historic scale to get energy money out of Ohio politics. Campaign finance reports, submitted late last week, show the campaign contribution pipeline from the natural gas and utility industries to Ohio lawmakers’ campaign accounts is alive and well. The vast majority went to Republicans, […]