COVID-19

Doctors discredit Ohio transgender bill as extreme overreach

BY: - June 10, 2022

Adding to the criticism from the medical field about bills attempting to restrict transgender health and inclusion in Ohio, doctors Thursday expressed grave concerns about a bill that would ban trans youth from participating in their chosen sports. During a press conference led by Democratic state representatives, Dr. Anita Somani held up a speculum, used […]

GOP reps introduce bill to expand access to ivermectin, other debunked covid cures

BY: - April 22, 2022

Several Ohio House Republicans have revived efforts to expand COVID-19 patients’ access to ivermectin, hydroxychloroquine, and other drugs that have been shown to be ineffective in treating the disease. The legislation would compel health departments to enter into agreements to “promote and increase distribution” of the drugs. If health departments decline to do so, the […]

COMMENTARY

Do you need a second booster shot? An epidemiologist has some answers

BY: - April 18, 2022

In late March 2022, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorized a second booster shot of COVID-19 vaccines for vulnerable populations in the U.S., a move that was soon after endorsed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. People ages 50 years and older and certain immunocompromised individuals who are at higher risk for […]

Biden administration announces boost for rural health care in midterm election push

BY: - April 15, 2022

As the midterm election season ramps up, the Biden administration wants rural Americans to know it’ll be spending a lot of money to improve health care in rural areas. It has tasked Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack with delivering the message that the COVID-19 pandemic exposed long-standing problems with health care infrastructure in remote parts of […]

COMMENTARY

COVID-19 is causing more type 1 diabetes in kids, who will be saddled with high insulin prices

BY: - April 14, 2022

As nurses, my husband and I witnessed truly awful and devastating things treating patients on the frontlines of this pandemic. Hundreds of thousands of Americans have died, while the millions who survived, now faced with disability, are left to grapple with the harsh realities of long COVID-19. Among those millions of people living with long-term health impacts […]

U.S. lawmakers look for path ahead on billions in restaurant, small business aid

BY: - April 13, 2022

Restaurants and other businesses that have survived more than two years of COVID-19 restrictions could see an infusion of federal dollars in the coming months, as long as U.S. lawmakers reach final agreement on a multibillion-dollar package. The U.S. House has approved a bill with $42 billion for restaurants and $13 billion for a hard-hit industries program […]

U.S. Senate strikes bipartisan agreement on $10 billion in COVID-19 funding

BY: - April 5, 2022

The U.S. Senate reached a bipartisan deal on pandemic aid funding Monday, settling on $10 billion for added testing, treatment and vaccines. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, a New York Democrat, and Utah GOP Sen. Mitt Romney released separate statements Monday afternoon announcing the compromise, though Schumer was disappointed negotiators didn’t reach an agreement on […]

Congress reaches deal on massive spending package with billions for Ukraine

BY: - March 10, 2022

WASHINGTON — Democrats and Republicans forged agreement early Wednesday on a spending package that will fund the government for the next eight months, as well as provide billions in emergency funding for the war in Ukraine. The announcement means Congress should be able to avert a government shutdown when a spending patch expires at midnight […]

COVID vaccination hits record lull in Ohio; less than 2 in 3 are vaccinated

BY: - March 8, 2022

Ohio’s COVID-19 vaccination campaign has hit a new lull after two months of record low numbers of residents getting vaccinated. While the concept of diminishing marginal returns would suggest this is to be expected, Ohio remains under-vaccinated on a national and international scale. Just 62% of state residents are vaccine-started, and 57% are vaccine completed. […]

COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations plunge in Ohio

BY: - February 22, 2022

For more than six weeks in a row, COVID-19 infections rates have plunged across Ohio. At an early January peak, the Ohio Department of Health reported nearly 25,000 Ohioans were testing positive per day, to say nothing of those taking at-home tests or with undiagnosed cases. Last week, that daily average fell below 1,500 cases […]

Art helped Ohioans endure the pandemic. Advocates say support shouldn’t change afterward

BY: - January 31, 2022

Elizabeth Brown-Ellis and Dr. Philathia Bolton spent the last two years watching the pandemic put a damper on their communities. As a University of Akron professor, Bolton watched her students dig for inspiration and purpose amid online classes and an isolated college experience. As head of the Lima Symphony Orchestra, Brown-Ellis watched 75 musicians adapt […]

Ohio leads nation in COVID-19 deaths over last week

BY: - January 28, 2022

Ohio led the nation in COVID-19 deaths over the last seven days. The finding, per a New York Times tracker of federal data, belies the good news that infections and hospitalizations caused by the new coronavirus have trended downward over the course of the first month of 2022 in Ohio and around the U.S. Death […]