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‘We’re just kind of drowning:’ Counties say they’re overwhelmed with new COVID-19 cases

BY: - November 11, 2020

In Clark County, more COVID-19 infections are coming in than the health department can contact trace. Health Commissioner Charles Patterson said in a news release they’re simply “overwhelmed” with cases, and those in the backlog will receive a packet of information about their diagnosis and educational materials. Kyle Trout, a department public information officer, said […]

County-by-county COVID-19 response ‘will not work,’ Harvard epidemiologist says

BY: - November 2, 2020

A Harvard epidemiologist cast skepticism on Gov. Mike DeWine’s emphasis on forming “COVID defense teams” to respond to the pandemic on a county-by-county basis. Dr. Michael Mina, an assistant professor of epidemiology at Harvard University’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health, said a “patchwork approach” of uneven policy applications is doomed to fail. “As long […]

Study: Ohio’s COVID-19 data undershot by thousands

BY: - October 2, 2020

The Ohio Department of Health released a study Thursday of July data showing — at that time, at least — its count of COVID-19 infections was thousands short, as evidenced by antibody and diagnostic testing. Between July 9 and July 28, ODH surveyed 727 randomly selected people from around Ohio to take different viral tests […]

The CDC sent Ohio a broken COVID-19 test kit in February, letting a virus run wild

BY: - September 28, 2020

On Jan. 2, symptoms kicked in around Ohio for the state’s first residents with COVID-19, a disease caused by the new coronavirus that has infected more than 150,000 residents. In Ohio, the pandemic had begun — we just didn’t know it yet.  The early infections, which would only be detected via antibody testing long after […]

Coronavirus death toll surpasses 100 in Ohio prisons

BY: - September 22, 2020

More than 100 inmates and workers in Ohio’s prison system have died from COVID-19, state data shows. Five prison workers (three corrections officers and two nurses) and 96 inmates have died from the disease that has clobbered the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction since late March when it was first detected in the system. […]

Pandemic historian to DeWine, leaders: ‘Just tell the truth’ 

BY: - September 18, 2020

John Barry’s advice to officials responding to COVID-19 starts simple. “Just tell the truth,” said Barry, who wrote “The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History” and has advised two U.S. presidents on pandemic preparedness. President Donald Trump admitted last week he downplayed the threat posed by the coronavirus in February to […]

DeWine breaks from controversial CDC guidance on coronavirus testing

BY: - September 4, 2020

In a subtle yet key split from CDC guidance, Gov. Mike DeWine said Thursday that people who have been exposed to the coronavirus but are not showing symptoms should seek testing. Last week, the CDC updated its COVID-19 testing guidance to say people who have had close contact with an infected person but are not […]

In ‘political pandemic,’ Ohio lawmakers punt on COVID-19 response

BY: - September 2, 2020

The state General Assembly is not deploying any legislative effort to respond to the health toll of a pandemic that has killed 4,165 Ohioans so far this year. Eight months into Ohio’s coronavirus outbreak, nursing homes still report a chronic lack of personal protective equipment, Gov. Mike DeWine has repeatedly bemoaned COVID-19 testing shortages, the […]

‘Simply not acceptable:’ Ohio narrowly misses its monthly COVID-19 testing goal

BY: - August 31, 2020

Ohio is on track to narrowly fall short on a projection the state health department sent to the federal government on COVID-19 testing. While the data reflects testing growth, Gov. Mike DeWine described the goal his administration submitted as unacceptably low, and researchers say Ohio is still not conducting enough testing to understand the full […]

Trying to avoid the fray, DeWine pleads for federal help for cities and states

BY: - August 14, 2020

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine on Thursday tried to stay out of Washington's political battles while making an impassioned plea for federal assistance to state and local governments.

Seven months into pandemic, COVID-19 testing still falling short

BY: - August 10, 2020

After an initial scare from a COVID-19 rapid-response test in the morning, two diagnostic tests on Gov. Mike DeWine came back negative late Thursday evening. A follow-up test Saturday did as well.  For most Ohioans, however, testing scarcity — antigen, antibody and diagnostic (PCR) — has been and continues to be the norm as the […]

A brutal July leaves 535 Ohioans dead from COVID-19

BY: - August 4, 2020

At least 535 Ohioans died of COVID-19 and 35,500 residents contracted the disease in July, state data shows.  More than 2,400 Ohioans were admitted to the hospital in July, elevating the number of coronavirus patients in state hospitals to their highest levels of the pandemic.  About 1,000 are currently in the hospital as of Monday, […]