Ohio COVID-19 Response Series

Black Ohioans are 13% of state population, but 5.6% of the vaccine recipients

BY: - March 5, 2021

Of more than 1.8 million Ohioans who have received at least one COVID-19 vaccination dose, only 5.6% went to Black Ohioans, who comprise about 13% of the population. The inequity is the latest example of disparate health outcomes in the state and nation along racial lines. The math is slightly worse among the nearly 1 […]

How Ohio has responded to COVID-19: The first cases

BY: - July 2, 2020

It was only a matter of time. Officials had faced scrutiny for scaling back the Arnold Sports Festival as a preemptive measure to ward off spread of the novel coronavirus. Gov. Mike DeWine and then-Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton had taken action despite the fact that Ohio had not yet witnessed a […]

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How Ohio has responded to COVID-19: The first tests arrive

BY: - June 18, 2020

This was still a calm before the storm. Gov. Mike DeWine had already hosted a crowded press conference announcing changes to the Arnold Sports Festival. He had also hosted a large gathering of top state officials to help prepare with how the new coronavirus would impact all aspects in Ohio’s government. He, Ohio Department of […]

How Ohio has responded to COVID-19: Part Two

BY: - June 4, 2020

The first big decision had been made. The popular Arnold Sports Festival, which brought tens of millions of dollars in economic activity to central Ohio, would be held in limited capacity to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.  The date was March 5. There had not yet been a positive test of the virus […]

How Ohio has responded to COVID-19: Part One

BY: - May 28, 2020

The star of Ohio’s first coronavirus press conference wasn’t the state health director who would eventually have a bobblehead made in her honor. Nor was it the governor, who would soon enjoy soaring approval ratings for his handling of the pandemic.  Actually, the star was the bodybuilding former governor of California. Calling in from his […]