COVID-19

Errors, deception preceded deadly nursing home covid outbreaks, inspections show

BY: - January 25, 2022

Regulators found infection control violations in at least three dozen Ohio nursing homes placed the health and safety of patients in “immediate jeopardy” during the COVID pandemic, an Ohio Capital Journal investigation has found. Between allowing nurses with active COVID-19 infections to report for their care duties, placing infected residents in shared rooms with uninfected […]

Ohio’s pandemic politics cast long shadow over omicron surge

BY: - January 21, 2022

After a severe bout of COVID-19 put him in the ICU and left him with significant respiratory systems, Dr. Emily Amin’s patient had questions about getting vaccinated. Most of the COVID-19 patients Amin treats at the Wexner Medical Center are either vaccinated but manage an immune-compromising condition, or unvaccinated. In an interview, Amin recounted how […]

Youth homelessness remains a problem in Ohio

BY: - January 17, 2022

Statistics don’t tell the whole story as the pandemic throws into sharp relief issues the state’s been having for years, including homelessness and its impact on Ohio students. While the state has plenty of numbers on school enrollment, proficiency of the students and even the sharp 25% increase in home-schooling that has happened during the […]

Meet the anti-vax doctor who just won a local school board race

BY: - January 14, 2022

For most the pandemic, Dr. Elizabeth Laffay, a licensed doctor of osteopathic medicine, worked from the outside in. She told state lawmakers that vaccines kill; she touted dubious COVID-19 treatments like ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine on talk radio; she stormed a Big Lots with a small and barefaced crowd to protest its mask requirement; and she […]

Buckeye Institute, DeWine, defend ending pandemic unemployment assistance

BY: - January 12, 2022

A think-tank in favor of Gov. Mike DeWine’s decision to end supplemental unemployment assistance despite a continued pandemic impacting the economy is yet again pushing the Ohio Supreme Court to support the decision. The governor himself is also weighing in. The federal supplemental assistance from The CARES Act expired on Sept. 4, 2021 though DeWine […]

Ohio is 2nd in nation for COVID-19 deaths over last week

BY: - January 7, 2022

Ohio is second in the nation per capita in terms of the reported COVID-19 death rate over the last seven days, according to a database from The New York Times. Only Wyoming experienced a higher rate of COVID-19 deaths over the past week, the data shows. Nearly 30,000 Ohioans have died of COVID-19, including some […]

School enrollment numbers grim, state superintendent lays out future plans

BY: - January 3, 2022

The Ohio Department of Education is still watching the impact from the COVID-19 pandemic affect the children of the state. Interim Superintendent of Public Instruction Stephanie Siddens had to deliver some grim realities last month to a Senate Primary and Secondary Education Committee eager to learn about what the next steps will be for school […]

Org leaders: Health, food security should be top priority in ARPA spending

BY: - December 20, 2021

With a new load of American Rescue Plan funding headed to the state in the new year, heads of advocacy groups and food assistance groups in the state are hoping the state will be more transparent as they choose spending priorities. “We really know the legislative intent from Congress for these dollars was to make […]

Gov. DeWine deploys National Guard to hospitals as COVID deaths surpass 2020

BY: - December 17, 2021

Gov. Mike DeWine is deploying more than 1,000 national guard troops to Ohio hospitals ahead of a busy holiday season that could swell the number of COVID-19 patients. The state is also in talks with a hospital staffing agency that could bring in additional workers from out of state. “This will allow for Ohio hospitals […]

Ohio Supreme Court dismisses lawsuit targeting vaccine lottery

BY: - December 17, 2021

The Ohio Supreme Court dismissed a lawsuit Thursday that alleged the state’s COVID-19 vaccine lottery program was an illegal spend and that mask mandates violate a Holocaust-era ethics doctrine around experiments with human subjects. The court dismissed the suit on legal grounds like standing and jurisdiction and left alone the vaccine conspiracy theories that undergirded […]

COMMENTARY

Dangerous care delays ahead if more insurers implement “white bagging” policies

BY: - December 15, 2021

Consider the following scenario: A cancer patient comes into a community oncology clinic for their regularly scheduled chemotherapy treatment. After concluding the pre-treatment evaluation, the oncologist determines that the patient’s dose should be adjusted. Perhaps they need a higher dose than what we previously administered — a fairly common occurrence in the world of cancer […]

Senate votes for $300 million in COVID relief for nursing homes; more for schools, police

BY: - December 9, 2021

The Ohio Senate passed legislation Wednesday giving nursing homes $300 million earmarked to pay their workers. The payment is part of a $4.18 billion appropriation of federal pandemic relief money. The bulk of the funds go toward schools ($2.49 billion); workforce incentives for health care providers like rural or “distressed” hospitals, plus assisted living and […]