COVID-19

Stay-at-home order is a hardship for those living with abusers

BY: - March 31, 2020

Ohio’s coronavirus stay-at-home order can be an inconvenience for people across the state, but for those being subjected to domestic violence, home confinement can add to an already damaging situation. Advocates for domestic violence survivors say they understand the need for Ohioans to stay home to avoid spreading COVID-19, but they know there are some […]

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First-time voters bummed, but undeterred by delayed Ohio primary

BY: - March 31, 2020

Abra Lisowski did everything right. The 18-year-old native of Cleveland Heights registered to vote and researched her 2020 primary ballot thoroughly. While other voters paid most attention to the presidential race, Lisowski had her eyes on a local schools levy. She was excited to cast her ballot in favor of the district. Then COVID-19 got […]

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 […]

Judge temporarily halts abortion ban as part of coronavirus health order

BY: - March 31, 2020

A judge has temporarily halted enforcement by the state saying surgical abortions are non-essential services under a coronavirus health order. Judge Michael R. Barrett of the U.S. District Court Southern District of Ohio Western Division issued the temporary restraining order Monday.  The ACLU announced Monday they would be taking the Ohio Department of Health to […]

COMMENTARY

With Trump as president, DeWine’s crisis approach requires the art of politics

BY: - March 31, 2020

The storyline, we’re told, goes like this. Gov. Mike DeWine wanted the Ohio company Battelle to be allowed to mass sterilize personal protective equipment. The problem? The U.S. Food and Drug Administration set a limitation on how many masks it could sterilize per day. So DeWine, feeling angry and backed into a corner, resorted to […]

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 […]

Poll: Ohio voters support DeWine’s COVID-19 response, are split on Trump

BY: - March 30, 2020

The vast majority of Ohio voters support their state government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic but are more evenly split on President Donald Trump’s handling of the health crisis, a recent poll shows.  Voters in Ohio and three other states were asked between March 17-25 about their opinions of COVID-19 and the 2020 presidential race. […]

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 […]

Health care workers using expired gear during pandemic and ‘hoping for the best’

BY: - March 30, 2020

WASHINGTON — States are receiving old or expired medical supplies from the federal stockpile. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s advice: Use them anyway. The shortage of vital medical supplies, such as masks and ventilators, in the face of COVID-19 has led public health officials to advise hospital workers to reuse personal protective equipment […]

Military at risk from COVID-19: ‘Anxieties are really high’

BY: - March 30, 2020

WASHINGTON — The Department of Defense is on course to get a major funding boost as the U.S. military is drawn into the nation’s war against an “invisible enemy.” The $2 trillion coronavirus response package injects $10.5 billion into the Defense Department as it responds to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the Senate Appropriations Committee. The […]

Behemoth $2T COVID-19 response bill signed into law

BY: - March 27, 2020

WASHINGTON — A $2 trillion bill to aid workers, health care providers and businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic became law following its passage in the U.S. House and signing by President Donald Trump Friday. Many House members reconvened in Washington to approve the 880-page measure, which stands to be the largest economic aid package in U.S. […]

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 […]