Coronavirus pandemic

COVID-19 surge begins to ease in Ohio

BY: - October 8, 2021

A two-month surge in COVID-19 infections in Ohio appears to be easing, state data shows. On Oct. 1, the average rate of new infections by day fell to about 5,000, down from a recent high of about 7,400 per day in mid-September. While less pronounced, the number of patients in the hospital on a given […]

FDA panel backs COVID-19 booster shots only for elderly and high-risk Americans

BY: - September 20, 2021

WASHINGTON — A federal health advisory panel wrestled Friday with whether to widely authorize a booster dose of Pfizer’s two-shot COVID-19 vaccine for most Americans, ultimately recommending that a third dose be offered only to older or higher-risk individuals. The Biden administration had hoped that states could begin rolling out a wide national booster shot […]

Arizona attorney general first to sue over Biden vaccine requirement on private businesses

BY: - September 16, 2021

WASHINGTON — Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich on Tuesday filed the first lawsuit against the Biden administration’s upcoming COVID-19 vaccine rule for private companies with at least 100 employees, arguing that the federal requirement violates the U.S. Constitution. In the legal complaint, Brnovich argues that the business vaccine and testing rules President Joe Biden announced last week violate […]

As child COVID toll mounts, governor says legislature has tied his hands

BY: - September 15, 2021

Gov. Mike DeWine on Tuesday blamed Republican lawmakers for his inability to take stronger action against a surge in coronavirus cases — particularly among children. But he wouldn’t say they shared blame for a crisis that is putting children and adults on ventilators and straining hospital capacity across the state. And despite saying he’d like […]

Billions of dollars in federal rental aid remains stalled in slow-moving states, localities

BY: - September 13, 2021

WASHINGTON — Make it simpler to apply for rental assistance money. Allow landlords to apply on behalf of unresponsive tenants. And consolidate two overlapping federal programs aimed at getting financial help to struggling renters. Those were among the proposals that U.S. House members weighed during a hearing Friday on how to better help states and localities […]

COMMENTARY

20 years after 9/11 emergency hospital and emergency preparedness remains key

BY: - September 11, 2021

By Mike Abrams, President & CEO, Ohio Hospital Association The devastating fallout of Hurricane Ida coupled with the escalation of cases and hospitalizations from COVID-19 and devastating wildfires in the West demonstrate the vital importance of emergency preparedness planning. The actions taken nationally and locally after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, ushered in a […]

Biden to mandate COVID-19 vaccines for federal employees and contractors, reports say

BY: - September 10, 2021

WASHINGTON — Federal employees will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 with no opt-out for testing under an executive order that President Joe Biden is expected to sign Thursday, according to several news outlets. The new requirement will be rolled out as Biden gives a major address Thursday afternoon on new national strategies for combating […]

Columbus Public Health Department is requiring COVID-19 vaccines for employees

BY: - September 8, 2021

The city of Columbus’ public health department will require COVID-19 vaccination for all of its employees, the agency announced in a release Tuesday. Following the Food and Drug Administration’s full approval of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, Columbus Public Health will join all four central Ohio hospital systems and many other local and national employers in […]

COMMENTARY

Court ruling dismisses science, jeopardizes Ohioans’ health

BY: - September 3, 2021

By Thomas M. File, Jr., MD and Joel A. Kammeyer, MD, MPH A Butler County judge ignored scientific evidence and proven patient care when he ordered West Chester Hospital to treat a seriously ill COVID-19 patient with the livestock deworming drug ivermectin. This drug, which has been proven safe and effective for treating head lice […]

Medicaid vaccination rates founder as states struggle to immunize their poorest residents

BY: - September 1, 2021

By Phil Galewitz, Kaiser Health News Medicaid enrollees are getting vaccinated against COVID-19 at far lower rates than the general population as states search for the best strategies to improve access to the shots and persuade those who remain hesitant. Efforts by state Medicaid agencies and the private health plans that most states pay to […]

COMMENTARY

Everything we know about work is wrong. The pandemic proved it

BY: - August 31, 2021

So what can the plight of a little cafe tell you about the state of the American economy and the changing face of work? A lot, as it turns out. The other week, the bistro where my family and I have been grabbing brunch every Sunday since the start of the pandemic announced that it […]

Feds launch civil rights investigations of 5 GOP-led states banning school mask requirements

BY: - August 31, 2021

WASHINGTON — Federal education officials have launched civil rights investigations in five Republican-led states that have prohibited school districts from mandating mask-wearing, saying those policies could amount to illegal discrimination against students with disabilities. The Biden administration notified the education chiefs in Iowa, Tennessee, South Carolina, Utah and Oklahoma of the investigations through formal letters Monday. The new investigations will examine whether “students […]