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Covid skeptics look to ‘weak links’ in House on bill to gut the health department

BY: - December 7, 2020

Overriding the governor’s veto on legislation that would eviscerate the state health department’s legal power to respond to pandemics could be close, and supportive activists are eyeing two House representatives they see as “weak links” in the chain. Reps. Gayle Manning and Dave Greenspan, both Republicans, voted against Senate Bill 1 in May, which would […]

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DeWine’s anti-gun violence bill faces perilous deadline

BY: - December 3, 2020

With less than a month remaining in the legislative session, Gov. Mike DeWine’s gun policy response to the 2019 Dayton mass shooting, which killed nine and injured 27 more, could be all but doomed. The last hearing on Senate Bill 221 in the Senate Government Oversight and Reform Committee was exactly one year ago Thursday. […]

‘An explosion.’ New COVID-19 cases doubled in November from prior month

BY: - December 1, 2020

A whopping 186,000 Ohioans — about 1.5% of the state’s population — tested positive for COVID-19 in November compared to about 72,000 in the prior month, according to state data. The data is preliminary and likely an undercount given the prevalence of asymptomatic cases, the holiday week slowing down reporting from labs and local health […]

Pandemic worsens as Thanksgiving nears

BY: - November 24, 2020

If COVID-19 could devise a holiday to its liking, it’d be Thanksgiving. American families travel for a prolonged meal; congregate with extended family, neighbors and friends; and can’t wear masks when they eat and drink. In Ohio, the cold weather likely precludes any notion of eating outside, where the virus is less likely to spread. […]

Lawmakers send bill to governor to kneecap health department authority

BY: - November 19, 2020

The Ohio Legislature spurned the medical community and aligned itself with anti-vaccine groups Thursday, sending to Gov. Mike DeWine legislation that scuttles the state health department’s quarantine powers. In a party line vote, House Republicans passed Senate Bill 311, which prohibits the Ohio Department of Health from issuing statewide and regional quarantine or isolation orders […]

‘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 […]