COVID-19

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% […]

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Legislators get to work figuring out how Ohio’s primary election will proceed 

BY: - March 25, 2020

The Republican answer to Ohio’s primary election confusion lays the foot down from the opening sentence.  “Secretary of State Directive 2020-06, issued on March 16, 2020, is void.” The election was postponed due to COVID-19, and the power to set voting dates rests with the Ohio General Assembly. In the absence of any initial legislative […]

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State, abortion clinic lawyers now clashing over health order specifics

BY: - March 25, 2020

State leaders declined to comment Tuesday on orders the Ohio Attorney General’s Office made to halt surgical abortions as part of a coronavirus-related health order.  In an order signed March 17 by Ohio Department of Health director Dr. Amy Acton, non-essential and elective surgeries were halted in order to conserve personal protective equipment, or PPEs. […]

With Cleveland COVID-19 cases on the rise, MetroHealth board member says to ‘reopen America’

BY: - March 25, 2020

There were still 10 more minutes until Ohio’s “stay at home” order was set to go in effect, but Cleveland businessman Bernie Moreno was already complaining about it. “We can’t shelter in place forever,” Moreno said on Twitter late Monday evening, “or there may not be anything on the other side!” Moreno is a prominent […]

Federal funds coming to help state community health centers, seniors

BY: - March 25, 2020

Federal funding will be coming to the state, targeted at helping community health centers during the coronavirus outbreak. Community health centers across the state are each getting a piece of a $3.2 million in monies secured as part of a coronavirus funding passed recently. The money is being distributed from U.S. Department of Health and […]

Ohioans get vastly different COVID-19 messages from Ohio leaders, Trump

BY: - March 24, 2020

One offered sympathy, the other sarcasm.  Gov. Mike DeWine was sober and pensive as he addressed Ohioans about the state’s first COVID-19 death, a Toledo man who happened to be an old friend of his. The governor quoted scripture at length and offered condolences to the deceased’s family. At his presidential lectern a day later, […]

‘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 […]

New federal sick leave law – who’s eligible, who’s not and how many weeks do you get

BY: - March 24, 2020

On March 18, President Donald Trump signed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act into law. The legislation is an emergency intervention to provide paid leave and other support to millions of workers sidelined by school closures, quarantines and caregiving. An obvious question you’re probably wondering is, “How will it affect me?” The bad news is […]

Bills to prevent utility shutoffs, evictions and foreclosures introduced in Ohio House

BY: - March 23, 2020

Two separate bills have been introduced in the Ohio House to address economic hardships stemming from the coronavirus pandemic, including one to prevent evictions and foreclosures and the other to prevent utility shutoffs. On Sunday, state Reps. David Leland, D-Columbus, and Jeffrey Crossman, D-Parma, introduced a bipartisan bill to put a stop to evictions and […]

Chamber releases business resources as Small Business Administration loans open up

BY: - March 23, 2020

As small businesses navigate the complicated environment of the coronavirus pandemic, local agencies and national companies are providing resources to guide owners through the process. The Ohio Chamber of Commerce launched a Coronavirus Business Resource to serve as a hub for all the happenings during the COVID-19 outbreak in Ohio. This includes business regulations and […]

AG’s office orders stop on ‘non-essential’ abortions; legislators, advocates condemn move

BY: - March 23, 2020

Legislators and advocates around the state are reacting after the Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost’s Office ordered two Planned Parenthood clinics in Ohio to stop performing surgical abortions during the coronavirus outbreak, calling them “non-essential and elective.” In a letter to Planned Parenthood of Southwest Ohio’s Cincinnati Surgery Center on March 20, Deputy Attorney General […]

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 […]