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More Ohioans are getting COVID-19 tests. It’s still not enough.

BY: - May 18, 2020

The COVID-19 tests were too warm to use. Probably.   The Ohio Department of Health attempted to send two shipments of a combined 750 COVID-19 specimen collection kits to Summit County Public Health. On April 29 and May 6, however, the Styrofoam packaging housing the swabs, the media that carries the specimens, and the ice that […]

GOP state senators announce bill to end shutdown, curb Dr. Acton’s power

BY: - May 13, 2020

A pair of Republican state senators have proposed their own bill to get Ohio reopened and curb the executive power of the governor and state health director. The Republican caucus in the Ohio House of Representatives has been active in this effort over the past two weeks, but this marks the first bill coming from […]

Reps want level playing field with ‘Ohio Business Fairness Act’

BY: - May 11, 2020

State Reps. Shane Wilkin and Jon Cross believe there is an inherent unfairness with the COVID-19 business shutdown order, and they’ve addressed that concern through proposing a new bill. Wilkin, R-Lynchburg, and Cross, R-Kenton, introduced the Ohio Business Fairness Act on Thursday. It includes 32 cosponsors, all of whom are Republicans. Their House Bill 621 […]


Public health orders have been litigated many times. They’re constitutional.

BY: - May 11, 2020

Demonstrations against lockdown orders are like nothing we’ve experienced before, with anti-government activists, extremists and gun-toting militia men converging on state capitals. But the protests in Columbus and elsewhere also are part of a familiar pattern in America when government uses its broad powers to protect the public health. Seat-belt laws, anti-smoking laws and mandatory […]

GOP lawmakers proposing new bill to limit powers of Ohio health director

BY: - May 9, 2020

Two Republican state lawmakers are proposing new legislation that would strip the state’s health director position of much of its power to respond to a pandemic.  The bill is being proposed by state Reps. Ron Hood of Ashville and Reggie Stoltzfus of Minerva. The two sent a cosponsor request to colleagues in the Ohio House, […]

Coronavirus masks: the Ohio legislature’s new partisan divide

BY: - May 7, 2020

Votes and face coverings alike fell along party lines Wednesday. With few exceptions, Ohio’s Republican lawmakers flouted federal guidelines recommending everyone wear masks in congregate settings. Democrats heeded them. Barefaced, Speaker of the House Larry Householder, R-Glenford, said he didn’t even own a mask. “It’s just a personal matter for people,” he said to a […]

Ohio House passes bill to limit Dr. Acton’s power to issue health orders

BY: - May 6, 2020

A small group of Ohio legislators may be given the chance to put the state’s COVID-19 health orders to a vote. The Ohio House of Representatives has approved a bill that would give that group authority to approve or reject certain orders from Dr. Amy Acton, the director of the Ohio Department of Health. The […]

Ohio testing plan largely silent on reopening businesses, employees

BY: - May 6, 2020

Ohio leaders on Monday announced plans to quickly scale up coronavirus testing as the state allows a phased reopening of businesses. But even though a draft White House report predicts that the U.S. daily deaths from the disease will rise dramatically during the reopening, the Ohio plan offers few details for workers and employers who […]

As economy reopens, Ohio falls short on coronavirus testing

BY: - May 5, 2020

Despite what Gov. Mike DeWine describes as capacity increases, the raw number of Ohioans being tested for COVID-19 per day has failed to ascend to scale to bring the scope of Ohio’s outbreak into full view. State data shows less than 5,000 Ohioans per day on average in the last week have been tested for […]


Some Republican legislators need to grow up, stop stoking anger and peddling misinformation

BY: - May 5, 2020

This past week we’ve seen Americans at a fever pitch over stay-at-home orders imposed to save lives during the coronavirus pandemic. We’ve seen men armed with semi-automatic rifles in militia cosplay storm the Michigan Statehouse, screaming in the faces of the police officers preventing them from entering the Michigan House of Representatives. We’ve seen unhinged […]

State rep. won’t wear mask because faces are the ‘likeness of God’

BY: - May 4, 2020

Having already claimed that face masks do not work, state Rep. Nino Vitale offered a new reason Monday why he wouldn’t wear a mask during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic — because faces are the “likeness of God.” Vitale, a Republican from Urbana, has been among the most outspoken critics against the health orders issued by […]

Protesters targeting Acton, another Trump watchdog down, COVID-19 v. the flu

BY: - May 4, 2020

Each day in our newsletter, we are highlighting stories and commentary from other media big and small throughout Ohio and the nation. If you’d like to get this feature directly to your inbox, please sign up for our newsletter here.  Catching Our Eye: Quick Hits. Cleveland Scene’s Brett Zelman is reporting, “Ohio State Rep. Nino Vitale Calls Dr. […]