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Serious Reactions to First 14 Million COVID-19 Vaccines Extremely Rare, Says CDC

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Serious Reactions to First 14 Million COVID-19 Vaccines Extremely Rare, Says CDC

By Jake Zuckerman Of the first nearly 14 million COVID-19 vaccine doses administered, serious adverse reactions were extraordinarily rare, according to CDC research published Friday. The findings, reported in the agency’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, illustrate that the vaccine is a safe preventative for the overwhelming majority of its recipients. “The postauthorization safety profiles for both […]

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Bill to Remove Business Penalties for Violating COVID-19 Health Orders Introduced

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Bill to Remove Business Penalties for Violating COVID-19 Health Orders Introduced

By Tyler Buchanan A Republican lawmaker wants to spare Ohio businesses from facing consequences for violating public health orders enacted to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  Rep. Derek Merrin, R-Monclova, introduced House Bill 127 to halt enforcement of coronavirus health orders going forward. It would also require the state to reimburse businesses fined for having violated health orders […]

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Ohio Death Penalty Could Be Repealed in Renewed Effort

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Death Penalty Could Be Repealed in Renewed Effort

By Marty Schladen The biggest-ever bipartisan coalition on Thursday announced a renewed effort to repeal the death penalty in Ohio. State Sen. Nickie Antonio, D-Lakewood, and Sen. Steve Huffman, R-Tipp City, hosted a virtual press conference to announce that they and three other Republican and four Democratic senators so far have said they will co-sponsor the […]

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Census Data Delays Could Significantly Impact Ohio Redistricting Efforts

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Census Data Delays Could Significantly Impact Ohio Redistricting Efforts

By Tyler Buchanan Delays in processing the 2020 U.S. Census data will likely impact Ohio’s ability to redraw legislative districts later this year. The U.S. Census Bureau announced last Friday it has pushed back the deadline to release population data to Sept. 30, months later than was originally expected, due to the pandemic. The delay could […]

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How ODH Undershot the COVID-19 Death Toll by 4,000 Cases

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal How ODH Undershot the COVID-19 Death Toll by 4,000 Cases

By Jake Zuckerman Human error, bureaucracy, and an abrupt crush of COVID-19 deaths this fall all factored into a critical accounting mistake obscuring Ohio’s full pandemic death toll, officials said Thursday. Ohio Department of Health Director Stephanie McCloud said the blunder traces back to a single employee who was tasked with resolving differences in death tolls […]

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Judge Knocks ‘Incomprehensible’ COVID-19 Lawsuit Against Ohio Health Department

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Judge Knocks ‘Incomprehensible’ COVID-19 Lawsuit Against Ohio Health Department

By Jake Zuckerman A federal judge expressed tremendous skepticism of a lawsuit alleging “absolute tyranny” of the Ohio Department of Health’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, deeming the plaintiff’s arguments nearly “incomprehensible.” U.S. District Judge James G. Carr didn’t rule on ODH’s motion to dismiss the suit, which was filed by a self-described citizens group called […]

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New Legislation Would Waive State Testing as Education Gap Worsens

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal New Legislation Would Waive State Testing as Education Gap Worsens

By Susan Tebben As state officials look for solutions to an education gap caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, two pieces of legislation introduced Tuesday hope to give more leniency on state and federal testing. State rep. Lisa Sobecki, D-Toledo, is a cosponsor with Rep. Jeffrey Crossman, D-Parma, on House Bill 40, to make exemptions for students […]

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