coronavirus - health orders

Youth baseball game in Delaware, Ohio
Jo Ingles

Two new health orders are now in effect that relax rules for Ohio professional and youth sports as well as wedding and entertainment venues. The orders became effective at 12:01 p.m. today.

Office of Gov. Mike DeWine

Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) says the state will be increasing the capacity limits for sporting and entertainment events, creating an opportunity for more of these venues to reopen.

Speaker Bob Cupp (R-Lima) holds a briefing with reporters after session on September 1, 2020.
Karen Kasler

The House is looking over a bill passed by Senators that would pull back on Gov. Mike DeWine’s power to issue health orders – by allowing lawmakers to take a bigger role. The House leader is interested in the plan, which DeWine has threatened to veto.

Office of Gov. Mike DeWine

Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) says he still might veto a bill that would limit his authority when it comes to issuing a state of emergency and health orders. DeWine defends the restrictions created through these orders in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Ohio Channel

A bill to limit Gov. Mike DeWine’s (R-Ohio) authority to issue health orders and states of emergency and require more legislative involvement is moving forward today. It passed out of the Ohio Senate and now heads to the Ohio House, continuing the debate the role the government should play in a global pandemic. 

Gov. Mike DeWine, at a press conference in his home in January 2021.
Office of Gov. Mike DeWine

Gov. Mike DeWine says while Ohio’s COVID numbers are trending in the right direction, the pandemic isn’t over. So he’s warning that he will veto a bill that would pull back on some of his power to issue health orders if state lawmakers send it to him - as he did last year.

Outdoor dining area created for COVID at Annes Kitchen, Powell, Ohio
Jo Ingles

The curfew that closed Ohio’s restaurants and bars in late evening hours since November has been lifted. But is there evidence that curfew actually prevented the spread of coronavirus? The governor thinks so.

Rishanne and Doug Golden both testified in support of SB 22. They put up a billboard featuring their daughter's Haleigh's picture in 2020, in which they hoped to call attention to their concerns about vaccines.
Rishanne Golden/Facebook

Nearly two hundred people offered testimony in an Ohio Senate committee in support of a Republican-backed bill that would allow a panel of lawmakers to reject a health order from the governor, and to limit states of emergency to 30 days.

Sen. Rob McColley (R-Napoleon) in a November 2019 press conference with Sen. Kristina Roegner (R-Hudson). In 2020, the two sponsored Senate Bill 311 on business shutdowns, which Gov. Mike DeWine vetoed.
Ohio Senate

State lawmakers are starting their new session with an issue that dominated much of last year – the governor’s power to issue health orders that legislators might not like.

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.

A bar in Cleveland with a sign showing masks are required to enter.
Karen Kasler

With Ohio in the third week of COVID hospitalizations setting a new record each day, Gov. Mike DeWine laid out two new health orders and previewed the possibility of a limited shutdown. The announcement got mixed reviews from state lawmakers.

Ohio has hit an all-time high in the number of positive cases of COVID-19. During the past 24 hours, 3,590 Ohioans have tested positive for the virus. DeWine is now asking local communities to do more to tackle the spread of coronavirus.

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Ohioans with family members in nursing homes, assisted living facilities and developmental disability centers have been able to visit their loved ones outdoors since earlier this summer. They’ll soon be allowed to do that indoors too.

The governor's ceremonial office in the Statehouse
Karen Kasler

Gov. Mike DeWine is rejecting a proposal from a Republican lawmaker who wants to cancel the state of emergency order he issued in March, as the pandemic was just beginning. 

Former Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton, flanked by Lt. Gov. Jon Husted (right) and Gov. Mike DeWine, speaks at a press conference on March 9, the day the state of emergency order was signed.
Andy Chow

A Republican representative who’s been critical of Ohio’s response to coronavirus has proposed a bill to cancel the state of emergency order from March - the foundation of many of the state’s COVID restrictions.

Former Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton signs the state's first Stay at Home order on March 22.
Office of Gov. Mike DeWine

Former Ohio Department of Health director Dr. Amy Acton is one of dozens of public health officials who’ve been fired or resigned during the pandemic because of stress, pushback and even concerns about their safety. One of the lawyers who’s been leading the charge against some of the orders designed to protect public health in Ohio says he’s fine with knowing he might have been a part of Acton’s decision to leave.