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Columbus schools’ fight for taxes on affordable housing spurs state legislation

BY: - March 30, 2021

Both chambers of the Ohio General Assembly unanimously passed legislation that would exempt providers of affordable housing for people with substance abuse or mental health disorders from property taxes. Senate Bill 57 comes in response to two rulings from the Ohio Board of Tax Appeals. The board recently sided with Columbus City Schools, which argued […]

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After a week of gun violence, House Republicans seek to expand concealed carry

BY: - March 25, 2021

After a spate of seven mass shootings around the U.S. in seven days, Ohio House Republicans introduced legislation that would allow Ohioans aged 21 and older to carry a concealed weapon without a license. House Bill 227, introduced Tuesday by Republican Reps. Thomas Brinkman and Kris Jordan and co-sponsored by 20 more, also contains other […]

Limited testing clouds view of COVID-19 variants in Ohio

BY: - March 19, 2021

Public health officials are racing to vaccinate Americans against COVID-19 faster than new, more transmissible variants of the coronavirus can proliferate. Limited visibility into how many of which variant is circulating in Ohio is clouding visibility into who’s winning the race. The Ohio Department of Health sends either its first 17 coronavirus samples collected in […]

26% of unvaccinated Ohioans are hesitant to take the COVID-19 shot, research says

BY: - March 17, 2021

About 1 in 4 unvaccinated Ohioans are hesitant to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, according to a large-scale, nationwide survey of Facebook users. More than 26% of Ohioans surveyed Feb. 21 to Feb. 27 said they will “probably not” or “definitely not” take the vaccine, ranking Ohio the 17th most vaccine-hesitant state in the nation. The […]

One year with COVID-19: Ohio woman remembers her late father

BY: - March 9, 2021

At 83 years old, Gerald Hobson still managed to work full time as a security guard in the lobby of a short-term care facility near Cleveland. Then came COVID-19, a new respiratory disease first identified in Wuhan, China in late 2019. It quickly depleted Hobson’s systems of oxygen, requiring hospitalization, intubation, and ventilation. He died […]

Inside Ohio Republicans’ 10-month war on the state health department over COVID-19

BY: - March 8, 2021

Ohioans were living with the coronavirus for about two months before GOP lawmakers initiated what would be a nearly yearlong effort to squash the state health department’s ability to issue public health orders. The earliest version of the idea was to limit any order issued by the Ohio Department of Health to a two-week window. […]

After two-month plunge, COVID-19 stabilizes in Ohio at high rate

BY: - March 2, 2021

On Jan. 8, nearly 9,000 Ohioans per day on average were contracting COVID-19. On Monday, that figure was just above 1,900. Between January and late February, the rate of new infections plummeted. Since then, however, case rates have stabilized, ending a stream of what had come to feel foreign in an era of plague: good […]

‘Stand Your Ground’ laws tied to racial inequities, increase in violent crime, researchers say

BY: - February 26, 2021

Laws that expand the right to shoot to kill in perceived self-defense yield unequal consequences in the justice system depending on whether the person shot was white, according to research published Monday. So-called “stand your ground” laws, one of which was passed in Ohio last year, are also associated with a modest to robust increase […]

Along with health department, state auditor missed 4,000 COVID-19 deaths during probe

BY: - February 18, 2021

The Ohio State Auditor’s months-long investigation into the state health department’s COVID-19 data practices failed to detect the 4,000 newly discovered COVID-19 deaths announced by the Ohio Department of Health last week. Auditor Keith Faber’s staff have declined to fully explain how they missed the deaths — which sprung Ohio’s death toll from about 12,000 […]

How ODH undershot the COVID-19 death toll by 34%

BY: - February 12, 2021

Human error, bureaucracy, and an abrupt crush of COVID-19 deaths this fall all factored into a critical accounting mistake obscuring Ohio’s full pandemic death toll, officials said Thursday. Ohio Department of Health Director Stephanie McCloud said the blunder traces back to a single employee who was tasked with resolving differences in death tolls between two […]

ODH to add 4000 COVID-19 deaths that ‘may have been underreported’

BY: - February 10, 2021

As many as 4,000 COVID-19 deaths “may have been underreported” and will be added to the state’s pandemic death toll this week, according to a Wednesday news release from the state health department. Under the previous tally from the Ohio Department of Health, 11,856 residents died of COVID-19. The 4,000 unreported deaths will be added […]

Despite anti-vaccine protest, teacher immunizations off to smooth start

BY: - February 3, 2021

HILLIARD — Ohio teachers began their march toward immunity Tuesday, despite a small crowd of anti-vaccine activists who protested outside the first COVID-19 vaccine clinic for Ohio educators. Even before the first appointments at noon, teachers lined up outside Hilliard Davidson High School for appointments to receive a vaccine against the new coronavirus. Gov. Mike […]