coronavirus vaccine

New guidance for schools on COVID-19 won’t include mask mandate

BY: - July 27, 2021

The Ohio Department of Health said new COVID-19 guidance for schools as they plan for a new school year will include safety recommendations, but no mandate for mask-wearing, even for the unvaccinated. In a press call on Monday, Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff, chief medical officer for the ODH, said guidelines would be released on the state’s […]

Public health officials try to battle the misinformation pandemic

BY: - June 8, 2021

Ohio continues to get good news in its fight against coronavirus. On Saturday, the infection rate dropped to less than 50 cases per 100,000 Ohioans. That’s the rate Gov. Mike DeWine originally set for removing COVID-related health orders, although he backed off of it as federal authorities eased masking guidance. The rate is a far, […]

Mailbag: The lowdown on winning the Ohio Vax-A-Million lottery

BY: - June 1, 2021

You have a 1-in-2.8 million chance of winning the Vax-A-Million, but at least a 1-in-3 chance of enjoying the Ohio Capital Journal Mailbag column. With those odds in mind, let’s get started: Got a question about Ohio politics/government? Send them by email to [email protected] or tweet them to @tylerjoelb. Can you take the Vax-A-Million winnings […]

Turning the page: After 15 months Ohio starts to move on from pandemic

BY: - May 18, 2021

Turning the page: After 15 months Ohio starts to move on from pandemic

Vax-A-Million seen as unorthodox, but legal way to promote vaccines in Ohio

BY: - May 14, 2021

New Jersey is offering free beer and New York is offering tickets to Yankee stadium. Ohio, meanwhile, is offering a much bigger incentive to getting the COVID-19 vaccine: $1 million in cold, hard cash. Gov. Mike DeWine’s announcement of a “Vax-A-Million” lottery has turned heads this week, with Ohioans debating the merits of the program […]

Ohio announces end of health orders, new incentives for vaccines

BY: - May 12, 2021

Gov. Mike DeWine began to move from sticks to carrots Wednesday when it comes to protecting Ohioans from COVID-19. The rate of infections is more than double the goal he set for removing pandemic-related restrictions. Even so, DeWine said that on June 2, all orders will expire except those regarding nursing homes and assisted-living facilities. […]

The NFL is asking for vaccine proof at Ohio event, but the governor won’t recommend other businesses to do likewise

BY: - April 28, 2021

When the NFL draft opens in Cleveland on Thursday, people will have to show proof that they’ve been fully vaccinated to be in most rooms where the action is taking place and to attend part of the fan event. Also, the league is requiring team employees who are medically eligible to get vaccinated or lose […]

As in other states, Ohio might be running out of people who want shots

BY: - April 22, 2021

Some county health departments in Ohio are again telling state officials this week not to send them any more coronavirus vaccines. That’s because they haven’t been able to use up the supplies they already have. It might be part of a national phenomenon. The news organization Axios reported this week on a paper by the […]

DeWine rules out additional restrictions as covid variants spread

BY: - April 16, 2021

Even with rising levels of vaccination, coronavirus cases are starting to surge in Ohio. The increase seems largely due to a faster-spreading variant spilling over the border from Michigan, but Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine on Thursday wouldn’t call for increased restrictions in either state. The faster-spreading B.1.1.7 variant is playing a big role in fueling […]

Ohio scrambles to adjust to vaccine “pause”

BY: - April 14, 2021

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine on Tuesday said he was blindsided like everybody else when he learned that federal public health officials were advising that all states should “pause” administration of the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine. DeWine followed that advice and now vaccine providers are trying to pivot as quickly as they can so that […]

With variants spreading, Ohio tries to reach the vaccine hesitant

BY: - April 9, 2021

After months of increasing vaccination rates and declining coronavirus cases, infections are again going up in Ohio.  Gov. Mike Dewine and health officials on Thursday said the increase has put the state in a race against more-contagious variants that evolve from the “mutant swarm” that thrives so long as the virus has plenty of hosts […]

Ohio Lt. Gov. bashes China on coronavirus, won’t address Trump

BY: - April 2, 2021

Ohio Lt. Gov. Jon Husted on Thursday continued to insist that in calling it the “Wuhan virus,” he was only raising questions about the Chinese government’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic — not blaming the disease on Asians.  At the same time Husted, a Trump supporter, wouldn’t address the former president’s handling of the pandemic […]