COVID-19

Ohio voting rights groups take issue with LaRose’s election orders

BY: - March 19, 2020

Days after the Ohio Primary Election was postponed, it is still unclear how (or when) voting will proceed. Despite that, Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose is not waiting on the courts or the legislature to decide. LaRose has announced a new June 2 voting date on his official government website.  Not only that, but […]

‘Woefully unprepared:’ How small-scale testing capabilities mar Ohio’s COVID-19 response

BY: - March 19, 2020

The same day the first Ohioan known to be infected with COVID-19 began to display symptoms, the state Department of Health received its first testing kit from the CDC. The kit didn’t work. Two of the three reagents that comprise the kit were faulty, according to ODH Director Dr. Amy Acton. Samples from suspected cases […]

State applies for federal program to provide loans to small businesses

BY: - March 19, 2020

The state of Ohio has started the process of enlisting the U.S. Small Business Administration for monetary assistance amid the COVID-19 closures. Gov. Mike DeWine and Lt. Gov. Jon Husted said they sent a letter and application on Tuesday to the SBA so the state can qualify for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program. Husted […]

Congress clears 2nd major coronavirus package; 3rd in the works

BY: - March 19, 2020

WASHINGTON — A second major coronavirus package cleared the U.S. Senate Wednesday and is now headed to President Donald Trump for his signature. The bill passed 90-8, with overwhelming bipartisan support. The multi-billion dollar measure aims to slow the spread of a new coronavirus and stimulate the economy as a major recession looms. Both Ohio […]

COMMENTARY

The coronavirus response among Ohio’s neighbors

BY: - March 19, 2020

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s leadership during the coronavirus pandemic has garnered national attention, particularly in contrast to President Donald Trump’s mixed messages and slow response as the pandemic has unfurled nationally.  DeWine has taken swift action to close schools, ban large gatherings, close businesses, and even this week to go as far as to defy […]

Sherrod Brown has ‘mixed feelings’ about Ohio election postponement

BY: - March 18, 2020

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown gets why Ohio leaders sought to postpone Tuesday’s primary election.  He just wishes the decision had been made sooner. Brown told reporters Wednesday that he has “mixed feelings” about the decision by Gov. Mike DeWine and Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton to intervene late Monday evening to prevent the […]

Democrats challenge LaRose’s election postponement in state Supreme Court

BY: - March 18, 2020

The Ohio Democratic Party filed a lawsuit in the Ohio Supreme Court on Tuesday challenging Secretary of State Frank LaRose’s order — issued hours before Election Day was to commence — postponing in-person voting until June. LaRose issued the directive rescheduling the elections after the CDC escalated its social distancing guidelines Monday. The guidelines are […]

COMMENTARY

Coronavirus crisis reinforces need for paid sick days during the outbreak — and in the future

BY: - March 18, 2020

Every day, working Ohioans need access to paid sick days to address short-term health conditions for both themselves and their families, and these needs are amplified during a public health crisis like the current COVID-19 outbreak. The coronavirus has exposed vast shortfalls in our state’s social safety net programs, demonstrating the reality that many working […]

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From a mysterious pneumonia in Wuhan to a wrenched Ohio election: a COVID-19 timeline

BY: - March 17, 2020

In December 2019, the World Health Organization became aware of a strange pneumonia of unknown cause affecting 44 people in Wuhan city, in China.

Ohio state representative proposes remote meetings for public bodies

BY: - March 17, 2020

As closures and restrictions tighten across the state, one legislator wants the state to allow remote meetings for public bodies. State Rep. Lisa Sobecki, D-Toledo, filed House Bill 557 in response to other measures put in place in response to COVID-19. The bill’s language would only apply when a state of emergency is declared by […]

New poll finds Biden well ahead of Sanders in Ohio

BY: - March 16, 2020

Joe Biden has the wide support of Ohio Democratic voters over Bernie Sanders, a poll released a day before the primary election finds. Both candidates have narrow leads over Trump in theoretical match-ups, a broader survey of Ohio voters shows. An NBC News/Marist poll of “likely voters” in Ohio, conducted March 10-13, shows Biden with […]

Lawmakers debate paid sick leave as COVID-19 closes businesses, schools

BY: - March 16, 2020

State and federal legislators are criticizing the lack of action on paid leave policy as the COVID-19 pandemic causes the closure of schools, sporting events and businesses. Some state leaders have been urging administration to handle the ripple effects of the public health crisis as they balance the health risks of the disease. House Minority […]