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Ohio prisons chief says inmates getting ‘excellent’ health care; 63 dead, thousands infected

BY: - May 21, 2020

Ohio has decreased its prison population by less than 4% while some institutions have been virtually overrun by COVID-19. Four prison workers and 63 inmates have died since prison officials first detected the new coronavirus March 29. More than 4,500 inmates have tested positive, though officials believe this to be a massive undercount since they […]

What you need to know about COVID-19 contact tracing in Ohio

BY: - May 21, 2020

The reopening of Ohio means more people are out in public, and the state’s department of health wants to keep those infected by COVID-19 away from others. To do that, the Ohio Department of Health is carrying out a “contact tracing” program. The goal is to identify those with the virus as well as those […]

Tax amnesty program passes Ohio House

BY: - May 21, 2020

 A bill to give temporary tax amnesty to delinquent payers was approved unanimously by the Ohio House Wednesday The amnesty program seeks to boost state revenues during the pandemic with tax payments that may not ordinarily be paid without an incentive. State Rep. Thomas West, D-Canton, sponsor of House Bill 609, said it is a […]

Ohio Senate votes against bill to limit state health director’s power

BY: - May 20, 2020

The Ohio Senate unanimously voted against an amended bill on Wednesday that would subject some orders from the state health director to a legislative review. Republicans in the Ohio House of Representatives have defended the bill as allowing for checks and balances between branches of government. Senators of both parties offered numerous reasons for voting […]

Ex-OSU prez Gordon Gee wants to ‘dance with the pandemic’ in college athletics

BY: - May 20, 2020

Former Ohio State University President E. Gordon Gee, who is now president of West Virginia University, wants to “dance with the pandemic rather than be fearful of it,” when it comes to college athletics, CBS News is reporting. The comments came as the NCAA Council was slated to vote Wednesday whether to allow on-campus, voluntary […]

House Republicans vote down mask mandate for lawmakers and staff

BY: - May 20, 2020

Ohio House Republicans squashed a proposal from Democrats on Tuesday that would have required lawmakers and staff to wear face masks while conducting House business to slow the spread of COVID-19. The House Rules and Reference Committee, an arm of House leadership, recommended postponing the issue indefinitely, paving the way to the proposal’s demise. The […]

The day Ohio’s coronavirus orders became something less

BY: - May 20, 2020

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine on Tuesday downgraded many coronavirus orders to advisories, saying most compliance has been voluntary all along.

Ohio Senate committee discusses future of Ohio’s K-12 education

BY: - May 20, 2020

An Ohio Senate committee brought representatives from several education groups together to discuss what school districts will need to start the new school year in the fall.  The Senate Finance Committee held a panel discussion Tuesday, in which they heard from the Buckeye Association of School Administrators, the Ohio Education Association, the Ohio Federation of […]

Officials investigating COVID-19 outbreaks at two Ohio food plants

BY: - May 19, 2020

Health authorities are investigating two separate COVID-19 outbreaks at food plants in Hancock and Clark counties. The Clark County Combined Health District has identified 20 cases of COVID-19 associated with Dole Food Company’s Springfield salad plant, which employs more than 700 workers, a department spokeswoman said Tuesday. Of the 20, 12 are Dole employees, and […]

Summit County elections office flagged for defying COVID-19 standards

BY: - May 19, 2020

The Summit County Board of Elections has been ordered to comply with the state’s COVID-19 workplace standards after Republican employees were found to be not wearing masks or staying distant from one another. The county’s health department investigated the office and issued an inspection report, which was obtained by the Ohio Capital Journal. The inspector […]

Ohioans share their confidence, concerns about returning to work

BY: - May 19, 2020

A government worker who fears for their health. An employee who is afraid to return to working in a crowded Amazon warehouse.  A store clerk who is very complimentary of his boss’s safety precautions, but nevertheless worries about the virus infecting his small shop.  These are among the voices left unheard by state officials who […]

Much of the federal coronavirus money distributed so far goes to hospitals that need it least, critics say

BY: - May 19, 2020

The rich keep getting richer — even among hospitals dealing with a historic pandemic.