COVID-19

Ohio senators plead for federal help as pandemic threatens to gut cities’ budgets

BY: - May 1, 2020

WASHINGTON — Ohio’s senators are joining forces around a hotly contested issue on Capitol Hill: federal aid for ailing state and local governments. As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, Ohio cities are facing massive revenue losses that threaten funding for police and fire departments, schools, trash collectors, food banks, libraries, museums, and civic spaces. […]

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The risk/reward tightrope of opening Ohio

BY: - May 1, 2020

Today, non-emergency medical procedures become allowable under Ohio’s adjusted stay-at-home order. This will be the first of many steps to lift social distancing restrictions and create a new normal for life in the state of Ohio.  On Monday, construction, manufacturing, and distribution operations will resume. On May 12, retailers and service companies will be allowed […]

Ohio unemployment more than 1 million over the last six weeks

BY: - April 30, 2020

Ohio has seen more than one million jobless claims filed over the last six weeks amid the coronavirus pandemic, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services reported Thursday morning. The department reported 92,920 initial jobless claims to the U.S. Dept. of Labor this past week. The number of initial jobless claims filed in Ohio […]

As Ohio economy reopens, state has no answers for many of the working poor

BY: - April 30, 2020

Cases of and deaths from coronavirus continued to rise in Ohio Wednesday as state leaders begin a phased reopening of workplaces. That leaves low-income workers who are older, have compromised health or who have day care issues with a dilemma: either go back to work and risk getting sick or stay home and lose unemployment […]

More than 2,000 COVID-19 cases in Ohio nursing homes; industry spokesman says that’s an undercount

BY: - April 30, 2020

The new coronavirus continues to ravage Ohio nursing homes and long-term care facilities, racking up at least 2,126 cumulative cases among residents and 872 among staff in two weeks, according to state data released Wednesday. Gov. Mike DeWine is set to begin phasing out some of the shutdowns imposed in March to slow the spread […]

31 dead, thousands infected in Ohio prisons; counts climb at five facilities

BY: - April 30, 2020

The outbreaks in Ohio’s prisons worsened Wednesday as COVID-19 illnesses turned to deaths in two facilities and a newer outbreak snowballed in another. Two prison workers and 29 inmates have died since officials detected the new coronavirus that causes the disease in the prison system March 29. A spokeswoman for the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation […]

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What’s good for people is good for the economy; Ohio policymakers must help

BY: - April 30, 2020

Our health depends on the health of the people near us, and the people near them. Gov. Mike DeWine’s social distancing orders have saved lives by slowing the spread of COVID-19. Ohioans have pulled through by pulling together. Now we need our statehouse leaders to put people first: Let public health experts, not politics, guide […]

You Said It: Readers sound off after DeWine’s mask reversal

BY: - April 30, 2020

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced Tuesday his administration would not require any customer or worker to wear face coverings when businesses reopen in May, just a day after saying they would be required to do so. Ohio Capital Journal readers were heavily critical of DeWine’s decision, though a few defended him. Here are a selection of […]

Double-digit cuts a sure thing for Ohio cities, mayors say, full coronavirus impact unknown

BY: - April 29, 2020

Mayors of many cities in Ohio agree that the steps taken to stem the spread of coronavirus were necessary, but the impacts of the stay-at-home orders and the business closures will be on their minds for the foreseeable future. Municipalities already anticipate drops in income taxes — one of the main revenue sources for the […]

Experts warn that widely used surgical masks are putting health care workers at serious risk

BY: and - April 29, 2020

With medical supplies in high demand, federal authorities say health workers can wear surgical masks for protection while treating COVID-19 patients — but growing evidence suggests the practice is putting workers in jeopardy. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently said lower-grade surgical masks are “an acceptable alternative” to N95 masks unless workers are performing an […]

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COVID-19 only underscores ACLU’s longstanding fight for society’s most vulnerable

BY: - April 29, 2020

As history painfully reminds us, during times of social uncertainty, political opportunism often leads to attacks on our civil liberties.  At the ACLU of Ohio, we don’t choose between protecting people’s lives and safeguarding democracy. We can do both at the same time.  Our organization’s priority work has long been about standing up for our […]

DeWine reversal on mask mandate follows pressure from public, fellow Republicans

BY: - April 28, 2020

On Monday, Gov. Mike DeWine made his position on wearing masks at reopened businesses very clear: “No mask, no work, no service, no exception.” As it turned out, there was an exception: some people being “offended” by that mandate. The result was a complete reversal on Tuesday. DeWine announced his administration would not require any […]