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Hydroxychloroquine sales soared in Ohio despite thin evidence for treating COVID-19

BY: - September 10, 2020

Hydroxychloroquine sales skyrocketed in Ohio the day President Donald Trump first touted the unproven anti-malarial drug as a treatment for COVID-19.  Researchers say the drug has no curative or preventative value against the disease and can cause serious heart complications in people who take it. Limited data provided by the Ohio Board of Pharmacy shows […]

CDC forecast: 5,000 Ohioans dead from COVID-19 by October

BY: - September 8, 2020

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that more than 5,000 Ohioans will be dead from COVID-19 by the end of the month, according to new modeling. The agency released national and state-by-state models that combine forecasts from 35 modeling groups, mostly universities, into an “ensemble” prediction. About 5,080 Ohioans will be dead from […]

DeWine breaks from controversial CDC guidance on coronavirus testing

BY: - September 4, 2020

In a subtle yet key split from CDC guidance, Gov. Mike DeWine said Thursday that people who have been exposed to the coronavirus but are not showing symptoms should seek testing. Last week, the CDC updated its COVID-19 testing guidance to say people who have had close contact with an infected person but are not […]

High risk conditions for COVID-19 span far and wide in Ohio

BY: - September 3, 2020

The underlying health conditions that lay a path for severe COVID-19 complications are widespread in Ohio, potentially affecting as much as half the population, according to experts, state data and government research.   Take obesity: Ohio Department of Health 2017 survey data estimates that 34% of Ohioans are obese. Similarly, more than 74,000 Ohioans were diagnosed […]

In ‘political pandemic,’ Ohio lawmakers punt on COVID-19 response

BY: - September 2, 2020

The state General Assembly is not deploying any legislative effort to respond to the health toll of a pandemic that has killed 4,165 Ohioans so far this year. Eight months into Ohio’s coronavirus outbreak, nursing homes still report a chronic lack of personal protective equipment, Gov. Mike DeWine has repeatedly bemoaned COVID-19 testing shortages, the […]

‘Simply not acceptable:’ Ohio narrowly misses its monthly COVID-19 testing goal

BY: - August 31, 2020

Ohio is on track to narrowly fall short on a projection the state health department sent to the federal government on COVID-19 testing. While the data reflects testing growth, Gov. Mike DeWine described the goal his administration submitted as unacceptably low, and researchers say Ohio is still not conducting enough testing to understand the full […]

At least three Ohio children with COVID-19 died since June, but it’s not that simple

BY: - August 28, 2020

People who knew Dorielis Reyes-Paula, a 9-year-old from Middletown, Ohio, described her as a curious student, bouncing down the hallways of Wildwood Elementary and picking dandelion flowers for her teachers. She contracted COVID-19 in May, according to a GoFundMe page her mother established. She was hospitalized, lost movement in parts of her body, and lost […]

Ohio GOP reps introduce latest bill to weaken health department powers

BY: - August 25, 2020

Two Republicans in the Ohio House of Representatives have introduced another bill to weaken the Ohio Department of Health’s ability to issue public health orders during the pandemic. Its chance of passage is doubtful, given the laundry list of similar efforts that have either stalled out or been vetoed by the governor. GOP Reps. Susan […]

Inside the 19-year-old database tracking COVID-19 in Ohio

BY: - August 21, 2020

When the Ohio Disease Reporting System began tracking contagion in the Buckeye State, Harry Potter hadn’t yet made it to the big screen and people listened to music on CD players. Clinical labs, local health departments and Ohio hospitals pour data on the more than 112,000 COVID-19 cases in the state into ODRS, which makes […]

Coronavirus slows statewide, gains footing in rural Ohio

BY: - August 20, 2020

July’s coronavirus barrage has waned in August, as measured via seven-day moving average of new cases. However, COVID-19 is now more prevalent in Ohio’s rural counties when adjusted for population than in urban pockets carrying the heaviest caseloads. According to Ohio Department of Health data, Mercer, Champaign and Lawrence counties are reporting the most cases […]

PPE, staffing shortages linger as COVID-19 kills 2500 nursing home residents in Ohio

BY: - August 14, 2020

One in 10 Ohio nursing homes told regulators they didn’t have any N95 respirators on hand, which medical staff use to shield themselves from the coronavirus while treating infected patients. Even among those that do, the supply chain is tenuous: 1 in 4 said they don’t have a week’s worth of the masks in store. […]

Ohio State to launch mandatory COVID-19 testing program for students

BY: - August 12, 2020

Ohio’s largest university began its early, voluntary phase last week of an ambitious COVID-19 surveillance plan for the looming pandemic semester. But come Aug. 25, if randomly selected Ohio State University students opt out of swabs up their noses, they can expect a university order to quarantine, a referral to Student Conduct for non-compliance, and […]