Coronavirus

Copy of the email scam
Ohio Department of Job and Family Services

Ohioans are being alerted to a scam targeting current and past recipients of Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, which was set up for people who don’t qualify for regular jobless benefits such as part time workers or independent contractors. 

Office of Gov. Mike DeWine

Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) has announced Ohio will implement a statewide curfew requiring everyone to be in their homes after 10:00 p.m. to tackle what DeWine calls a "deteriorating" situation with COVID-19.

ideastream

Monday was the third day in a row for record numbers of COVID-19 hospitalizations in Ohio. That has health care facilities considering their options.

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.

A restaurant in downtown Cleveland with plexiglass dividers and heat lamps set up for outdoor dining.
Karen Kasler

More than a half a million people work in Ohio’s bar and restaurant industry, which is pushing back on an announcement from Gov. Mike DeWine in his statewide address Wednesday that he would consider shutting down those establishments next week if the state’s COVID-19 numbers don’t improve.

The Greater Columbus Convention Center was set up as a surge hospital this spring. The supplies are in storage now, but could be set up again if needed.
Greater Columbus Convention Center.

Saying the coronavirus is "more intense, widespread and dangerous" than it's ever been and that every single county has a high rate of virus spread, Gov. Mike DeWine announced two new health orders on masks and social gatherings. And he hinted at more to come.

Ronda Lehman, president, Mercy Health
Jo Ingles

Ohio’s COVID-19 numbers have been increasing steadily during the past couple of weeks. Now, doctors are warning if this pace increases any more, it would affect patient care for everyone. 

After announcing a new record in COVID-19 cases and calling this the most dangerous stage of the pandemic, Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) named a new leadership team at the Ohio Department of Health, including Stephanie McCloud as the new director.

Karen Kasler

There was good news for two-thirds of the state’s public school districts that had tax levies or other money questions on Tuesday’s ballot. But there are some worries among school officials about the future.

The Ohio Channel

Ohio's Bureau of Workers' Compensation will consider a request Monday morning to release the largest rebate in state history. Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) is asking the BWC board of directors to approve a $5 billion dividend.

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.

Fmr. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie
Jo Ingles

Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie did debate prep with President Trump in Cleveland last month. A few days after the debate, he was hospitalized with COVID-19. Thursday, Christie made a special guest appearance in Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s coronavirus briefing to drive home a point DeWine has been making. 

Gov. Mike DeWine briefing

Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) says the most effective way to bring down the current spike of COVID-19 in Ohio is for everyone to start taking social distancing more seriously. DeWine laid out what the stakes are if the virus continues to spread.

Office of Gov. Mike DeWine

The majority of Ohio's population is living in a county under a Level 3 health advisory, with 29 counties listed as "red" with very high exposure and spread of COVID-19. The spike in coronavirus cases and hospital admissions has Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) once again addressing the predicament of political rallies.

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The mandatory halting of sales of alcohol at Ohio bars at 10pm is getting pushback from owners, customers and elected officials. But Gov. Mike DeWine says it has to stay in place for now.

Office of Gov. Mike DeWine

Ohio is seeing an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases and hospital admissions, causing concern among health experts. Though Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) hasn’t made any policy changes, he says it's time for Ohioans to increase their efforts towards slowing the spread of the coronavirus.

Kim Hall, Director, Ohio Dept of Job and Family Services
Jo Ingles

Since the pandemic began in March, Ohio paid 821,000 regular unemployment claims and 608,000 for federally funded Pandemic Unemployment Assistance to people who don’t normally qualify for jobless benefits. At times, filers have experienced frustration over not being able to file or get questions answered. But leaders of the state agency that handles unemployment says changes are being made to make it more user friendly.

Ohio Department of Health
Ohio Department of Health

State health leaders say COVID-19 infections are increasing in recent weeks when compared with the same time last month. And Gov. Mike DeWine warns that might translate into more deaths from the virus in the future. 

Ohio Theatre, June 2020
Jo Ingles

The Columbus Museum of Art has announced it was laying off 39 employees and slashing their budget due to money lost during coronavirus. It’s the latest example of an arts organization that has suffered because of COVID-19. But there might be some help coming soon from the state for struggling performing arts theaters.

A line of cars outside the Columbus Department of Health for testing in August.
Daniel Konik

Gov. Mike DeWine is sounding a pessimistic warning about the coronavirus pandemic as the state heads toward colder months. The average number of new cases is up, and positivity has increased despite more people getting tested.

Gov. Mike DeWine
Jo Ingles

Gov. Mike DeWine says he’s concerned because the spread of COVID-19 continues to worsen in Ohio. 

Gov. Mike DeWine holds a mask made by his wife Fran at a press conference in April.
Office of Gov. Mike DeWine

Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio), who took some of the most aggressive actions in the country early in the pandemic, says he agrees with President Donald Trump that people should not let the coronavirus "dominate" their lives. However, DeWine adds that people should be cautious and still take it seriously.

Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (D-Columbus)
Jo Ingles

Ohio Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (D-Columbus) says she’s not surprised that President Trump, upon arriving back to the White House after his hospital stay for COVID-19, removed his mask and downplayed the serious nature of the virus. 

PBS

President Donald Trump’s positive COVID-19 test has stirred questions about what health orders were followed at Cleveland Clinic during the presidential debate on Tuesday.

Lt Gov Jon Husted
Jo Ingles

Gov Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) did not attend Tuesday’s debate in Cleveland. But Lt. Gov. Jon Husted (R-Ohio) did. He's being monitored as a precaution.

DUO Studio

Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) is rolling out updated guidelines for businesses and organizations to operate in the colder months to come and medical experts are sharing advise on how people can prepare for indoor visits that can still mitigate the spread of the coronavirus.

Gov. Mike DeWine tweeted out this photo of him signing a bill on addiction treatment drugs. His office didn't share a photo of him signing HB 272, which he signed the same day.
Office of Gov. Mike DeWine/Twitter

Gov. Mike DeWine has signed into law a ban on closures of houses of worship and on moving the date of an election – though he and other public officials have said those things technically have never happened in Ohio.

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. 

Wagon hitched for a hayride
Jo Ingles

No hayrides, haunted houses or Halloween parties. Those are some of the recommendations in the newest coronavirus guidelines from the Ohio Department of Health. 

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.

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