Coronavirus

Office of Gov. Mike DeWine

The next shipment of COVID-19 vaccines to Ohio will fall well below how much is needed to immunize the next eligible group. The next shipment would only cover less than 25% of the recipients that qualify for the next phase.

Medical professionals at Ohio State University's Wexner Medical Center were among the first in the state to get the COVID-19 vaccine last month.
Wexner Medical Center, Ohio State University

The state is pushing forward with more COVID vaccinations with new age groups eligible in the next few weeks, even as some communities are saying the vaccine supply is inconsistent.

An empty hallway at a middle school in Westerville after K-12 schools were closed in March 2020.
Karen Kasler

Ohio’s teachers and school employees are in the next group that will get the coronavirus vaccine starting February 1. And superintendents are signing pledges that they will return to either hybrid or in-person learning on March 1 as a condition of their workers getting the vaccine.

Mike DeWine, September 3, 2020
Office of Gov. Mike DeWine

State and local health officials are working on a plan to distribute the COVID-19 vaccine to millions of newly eligible people. Exactly how a person can get the vaccine will depend on systems created on the local level.

Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center administers first round of COVID-19 vaccine to staff, December 14, 2020
Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center/Twitter

The state has a tentative plan for how it will roll out the next phase of vaccination. The group known as 1B includes people over the age of 65, those with serious health conditions, and K-12 school teachers and staff.

Office of Gov. Mike DeWine

Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) says the state will release a plan in the coming days to explain how the COVID-19 vaccine will be distributed to a wider group of people. The eligibility parameters for Group 1B includes people over 65, those with serious health conditions, or who work at a K-12 school.

Daniel Konik

Ohio enters the new year with the economic task of repaying federal loans used to pay unemployment benefits needed during much of the pandemic.

Gov. Mike DeWine and his wife Fran congratulate the first Ohio nursing home resident to receive the COVID-19 vaccine on December 18, 2020.
Karen Kasler

Ohio’s nursing home residents and workers are among the first in the state to be offered the new COVID-19 vaccines. Most residents are taking it, but Governor DeWine says as many as 60 percent of nursing home employees are opting out. Why are so many employees are  balking at vaccination?

Andy Chow

Ohio students in K-12 schools no longer have to quarantine if they're considered a close contact of another student who's tested positive for COVID-19.

Gov. Mike DeWine speaks in his daily press briefing on April 30. Five days later he announced budget cuts of $775 million.
Office of Gov. Mike DeWine

Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) says he is not happy with the pace of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout in Ohio. But he says there are challenges standing in the way of speeding up the process.

The pandemic slowed down work at the Statehouse in 2020. But lawmakers did pass bills that make it easier for Ohioans to get health care, make it easier for local communities to get money to fund programs and make it more difficult to get an abortion. Here are some of the major pieces of legislation that were passed and signed into law.

Two more House Democrats have tested positive for COVID-19 as the virus continues to have an impact on lame duck session. Several members of both parties were absent during what could be the last day of session.

Office of Gov. Mike DeWine

Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) is calling on people to slow the spread of the coronavirus even as Christmas approaches. DeWine says a surge in COVID-19 cases could hit hospitals hard.

Rep Jon Cross at Ohio Statehouse
Karen Kasler

Another state representative is isolating himself, awaiting results from a COVID test. Republican Rep. Jon Cross’s wife has tested positive with COVID and he thinks there’s a good chance he has it too. 

Ohio nursing home
Jo Ingles

More than 30,000 nursing home residents in Ohio have tested positive for COVID19 since April. And nearly 21,000 nursing home workers have tested positive during the same period. Advocates for those workers say that situation is worsening.

Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center administers first round of COVID-19 vaccine to staff, December 14, 2020
Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center/Twitter

Nearly 2,000 doctors, nurses, and health care workers around the state are set to receive the first round of the COVID-19 vaccine.

credit Andrea Izzotti, Shutterstock.com

Ohio's two U.S. Senators are among the congressional leaders calling for passage of a new economic relief package. The senators say the bipartisan proposal can target areas hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Office of Gov. Mike DeWine

Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) is continuing his calls for Congress to pass additional federal relief for the COVID-19 pandemic. A bipartisan plan that would increase funding for unemployment and small businesses is still sitting on Capitol Hill.

A pop-up testing site on Columbus' west side on December 3, 2020
Dan Konik

Ohio has logged its highest daily number of confirmed coronavirus cases since the pandemic began, but some of that is related to a backlog of tests that the state was double checking over the last several weeks.

The House in session last month, after they voted not to require members to wear masks on the floor.
Karen Kasler

At least three state lawmakers have tested positive for the coronavirus, as the legislature has been rushing to get bills passed before the two-year session ends in a few weeks.

Office of Gov. Mike DeWine

The state of Ohio will be changing the process of adding COVID-19 cases to the daily count. Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) says the change will mean a one-time "significant" spike in cases.

Gov. DeWine watches Ohio National Guard members prepare refrigeration units for vaccines
Ohio Channel

Ohio is expected to get about a half million doses of COVID-19 vaccines during the next month. And Gov. Mike DeWine has laid out the state’s plan for processing and distributing those vaccines. 

A health care worker at the testing site at the Columbus Health Department talks to a patient before administering a PCR test.
Dan Konik

Ohio has recorded its second-highest number of confirmed deaths from COVID-19, and the third day in a week of death totals in triple digits.

Kim Hall, ODJFS Director
Jo Ingles

More than 1.5 million Ohioans – nearly 13 percent of the state’s population – have received some sort of unemployment assistance since the pandemic began last spring. And some of those people could still be receiving benefits. 

A sign describing COVID-19 symptoms is displayed in the lobby of a building on the campus of Grant Medical Center in downtown Columbus.
Karen Kasler

On the first weekday after the Thanksgiving holiday, Ohio hit yet another record for COVID patients in hospitals, and for those in intensive care units and on ventilators. And while case numbers have dropped a bit, medical professionals are saying the battle against the virus is raging on.

A pop-up testing site at Eaton High School in Preble County in July, where the health department was also distributing free masks and hand sanitizer.
@PrebleCoHealth/Facebook

Thousands of reports are being reviewed by the Ohio Department of Health before being posted to its coronavirus tracking website. Part of that is double-checking antigen test results with local health departments.

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Ohio is planning to receive the first batch of the COVID-19 vaccine around December 15, with another batch coming a week later. This begins the multi-tiered distribution process of immunization for the coronavirus in the state.

Ohio Department of Mental Health and Drug Addiction Services Director Lori Criss, speaking about her selection by Gov. Mike DeWine (right) to lead that agency in January 2019.
Andy Chow

As the coronavirus continues to spread widely and rapidly through Ohio, the head of the state’s mental health and drug addiction agency has tested positive for COVID-19.

Hospital Emergency Room Sign
Dan Konik

Hospital officials from around the state of Ohio are laying out a dire situation as COVID-19 cases continue to increase in record numbers. While preserving hospital space and equipment is a challenge, the doctors said there's a much more pressing concern at the moment.

A technician prepares some vials in a lab in northeast Ohio.
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For the last five days, the data on the state’s coronavirus website has been labeled as “incomplete”, with thousands of reports pending review. And it’s unclear when the asterisk will be removed from the daily numbers.

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