Health Care

Ohio House Republican unloads COVID-19 conspiracy theories to Senate committee

BY: - November 20, 2020

There’s a whole story to tell about COVID-19 beyond just the “scary” stuff the Ohio Department of Health releases every day, said Rep. Diane Grendell. It’s time for ODH to tell both sides of the story regarding the pandemic that has killed more than 250,000 Americans, according to the Geauga County Republican, not just the […]

This time-lapse shows the alarming spread of COVID-19 throughout Ohio

BY: - November 20, 2020

The spread of coronavirus is evident all throughout Ohio as the state heads into the winter months. All 88 counties have “high incidence” of spread, as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The state’s Public Health Advisory System map, which labels the 88 counties by various spread indicators, shows an alarming trend […]

Lawmakers send bill to governor to kneecap health department authority

BY: - November 19, 2020

The Ohio Legislature spurned the medical community and aligned itself with anti-vaccine groups Thursday, sending to Gov. Mike DeWine legislation that scuttles the state health department’s quarantine powers. In a party line vote, House Republicans passed Senate Bill 311, which prohibits the Ohio Department of Health from issuing statewide and regional quarantine or isolation orders […]

Amid case surge, legislature’s attacks on health department authority continues

BY: - November 18, 2020

The number of Ohioans hospitalized with COVID-19 has tripled in the last month. In the meantime, GOP state lawmakers unleashed a renewed effort Tuesday to torpedo the public health authority of Republican Gov. Mike DeWine and the Ohio Department of Health. The efforts spanned the Ohio House and Senate, both firmly under Republican control, and […]

Bipartisan governors group including DeWine urges pandemic safety as holidays approach

BY: - November 18, 2020

Michigan Gov. Whitmer joined other Democratic governors for a virtual press conference to encourage everyone in the Midwest to stay safe during the holiday season as COVID-19 cases in the region are skyrocketing. Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear and Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers were part of the event. […]

DeWine announces new curfew to try to slow covid spread

BY: - November 17, 2020

Desperate to slow the spread of coronavirus, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine on Tuesday announced a new curfew intended to decrease person-to-person contacts and new infections. The move was greeted with skepticism in some quarters. DeWine said that starting at 10 p.m. on Thursday, there will be a 21-day statewide curfew from 10 p.m. to 5 […]

As COVID-19 vaccines near, Ohio’s distribution challenges loom

BY: - November 17, 2020

Regulators could allow two COVID-19 vaccines for emergency use as early as December, but getting the vaccines from out-of-state manufacturers to 11.7 million Ohioans poses a web of logistical challenges. One leading vaccine from Pfizer and BioNTech requires two doses taken 21 days apart. Doses must be stored at -94 degrees Fahrenheit. Some hospitals have […]

Agencies helping the poor fear a dreadful new year

BY: - November 17, 2020

The Nov. 3 general election has garnered most of the public attention lately, but officials on Monday warned that the coronavirus pandemic continues to squeeze the growing ranks of low-income Ohioans.

DeWine again caught in middle of tug-of-war over COVID-19 response

BY: and - November 16, 2020

Ohio has reached another crossroads in the battle against COVID-19.  Gov. Mike DeWine is once again caught in the middle as the state repeatedly sets new records for virus cases and hospitalizations. After months of a decentralized approach and emphasis on personal responsibility, DeWine now says Ohio faces “a monumental crisis.” As much as the […]

Ohio adds new dashboard to see COVID-19 cases by zip code

BY: - November 13, 2020

Ohioans have long been able to track the spread of COVID-19 in their respective counties. Now, they can find even more specific information about COVID-19 spread in their own zip code.  The Ohio Department of Health recently debuted its “Cases by Zip Code” dashboard, available online here. Users can search by individual zip code and […]

COVID-19 in Ohio continues to spiral, DeWine urges compliance, outlines possible steps

BY: - November 13, 2020

The spread of coronavirus in Ohio appears to be spinning out of control, prompting Gov. Mike DeWine to announce additional measures to enforce mask orders and raise the possibility of again shutting down bars and restaurants.

woman receiving medical care

Telehealth expansion bill introduced in Ohio Senate

BY: - November 12, 2020

A bill to expand telehealth amid a pandemic that continues to grow in Ohio has entered a state Senate committee for consideration. House Bill 679 passed the Ohio House in June, and seeks to expand telemedicine provisions already present in law regarding fields such as psychology, speech pathology, therapy and professional counseling, independent social workers […]