Officials project Ohio’s COVID-19 testing, 43rd in U.S., won’t speed up in June

BY: - June 3, 2020

Ohio is testing fewer of its citizens per capita for COVID-19 than almost every other state in the nation. The pace is hardly expected to budge in June, according to strategy documents submitted to the federal government. State officials estimate that 317,670 Ohioans will receive diagnostic testing in June for COVID-19, averaging out to about […]

COVID-19 in Ohio in four charts

BY: - May 21, 2020

Ohio is in the thick of reopening its economy as the new coronavirus continues to leap from person to person, leaving a joint public health calamity and a devastated economy in its wake. So where does that leave us? For starters, here are four key indicators from the Ohio Department of Health. So comparatively, things […]

More Ohioans are getting COVID-19 tests. It’s still not enough.

BY: - May 18, 2020

The COVID-19 tests were too warm to use. Probably.   The Ohio Department of Health attempted to send two shipments of a combined 750 COVID-19 specimen collection kits to Summit County Public Health. On April 29 and May 6, however, the Styrofoam packaging housing the swabs, the media that carries the specimens, and the ice that […]

As economy reopens, Ohio falls short on coronavirus testing

BY: - May 5, 2020

Despite what Gov. Mike DeWine describes as capacity increases, the raw number of Ohioans being tested for COVID-19 per day has failed to ascend to scale to bring the scope of Ohio’s outbreak into full view. State data shows less than 5,000 Ohioans per day on average in the last week have been tested for […]

DeWine says Ohio will double COVID-19 testing capacity by Wednesday

BY: - April 27, 2020

With his eyes on gradually reopening Ohio’s economy, Gov. Mike DeWine said Friday that the state is positioned to effectively double its COVID-19 testing capacity in a matter of days. State data shows between April 1 and Sunday, an average of about 3,300 Ohioans per day were tested for COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by […]

Lawmakers advance small business relief bill without extra cash for states

BY: - April 22, 2020

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate on Tuesday cleared an “interim” COVID-19 relief package that includes billions of dollars for small businesses, hospitals and testing, but no additional funds for state and local governments. The nearly $500 billion package passed by unanimous consent Tuesday afternoon. The U.S. House is expected to reconvene on Thursday to vote […]

How much coronavirus testing is enough? States could learn from retailers as they ramp up

BY: - April 22, 2020

As states develop plans to restart their economies, the big fear is that coronavirus cases will surge again. To keep the pandemic under control, strategic testing systems will be needed, and they will need to be scaled up fast. But how many people should be tested? Who should be tested? And what should that testing […]

Eleven days without lab results for hospital worker with suspected COVID-19

BY: - April 4, 2020

Update: On Monday, 12 days after being tested, Bob McFarland received a negative test result. After coming down with a fever, a nasty cough and shortness of breath, Bob McFarland, a worker at St. Luke’s Hospital near Toledo, figured he had COVID-19 and got tested. That was March 24. He’s still waiting on results. McFarland, […]

‘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 […]


A trial where the jury’s already made up their minds

BY: - December 9, 2019

Each day in our newsletter, we are highlighting stories and commentary from other media big and small throughout Ohio and the nation. If you’d like to get this feature directly to your inbox, please sign up for our newsletter here.  Catching our eye: ‘Peachment. This looks to be a big week in American history as U.S. House […]