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“People Aren’t Being Careful”: COVID-19 Worsens in Ohio

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal “People Aren’t Being Careful”: COVID-19 Worsens in Ohio

By Jake Zuckerman State data released Thursday depicts an increasingly worsening COVID-19 situation in Ohio. There are “very high levels of exposure and spread” in 18 Ohio counties, up from 11 last week, per the Ohio Public Health Advisory System, based on several inputs like infection rates and hospital visits. The seven-day moving of average new […]

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Small COVID-19 Spikes Reported in Ohio Schools

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Small COVID-19 Spikes Reported in Ohio Schools

This article was originally published on Friday, Oct. 2, 2020. By Susan Tebben Schools across the state have largely seen single-digit amounts of COVID-19 cases, but the state has not been without its spikes. In the most recent numbers, released Thursday by the state, cases came from preschools to high schools, private schools and public schools. […]

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Ohio Continues to See Decline in Abortions

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Continues to See Decline in Abortions

By Susan Tebben As court battles continue over legislation related to abortion, the Ohio Department of Health last week reported a 2% decline in the procedures. The annual report gathered information about abortions occurring in the state from confidential abortion reports and “post-abortion care reports for complications.” Last year, 20,102 “induced pregnancy terminations” were reported in […]

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How a Failed CDC Test Kit Let Ohio’s Early Coronavirus Infections Go Undetected

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal How a Failed CDC Test Kit Let Ohio’s Early Coronavirus Infections Go Undetected

By Jake Zuckerman On Jan. 2, symptoms kicked in around Ohio for the state’s first residents with COVID-19, a disease caused by the new coronavirus that has infected more than 150,000 residents. In Ohio, the pandemic had begun — we just didn’t know it yet.  The early infections, which would only be detected via antibody testing […]

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Ohio General Assembly Prioritizes Ice Cream, Gun & Grocery Bag Legislation

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Ohio General Assembly Prioritizes Ice Cream, Gun & Grocery Bag Legislation

By Jake Zuckerman In what could be the last full legislative day before November elections, boozy ice cream, grocery bags and gun stores drove the Ohio General Assembly’s agenda. House Republicans, who generally do not wear masks and have skipped on COVID-19 social distancing accommodations in the chamber, passed legislation Wednesday to ban local governments from imposing […]

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Ohio Senate Passes Bill to Prohibit Quarantine and Stay-at-Home Orders

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Senate Passes Bill to Prohibit Quarantine and Stay-at-Home Orders

By Tyler Buchanan The Ohio Senate has approved a bill that would restrict the state health director from issuing broad quarantine and stay-at-home orders in battling a pandemic. Senate Bill 311 is one in a string of bills introduced by Republican legislators this year seeking to rein in power of the Ohio Department of Health, all […]

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Senate Committee Passes Gun Dealer Protection, Resolution Against Police Defunding

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Senate Committee Passes Gun Dealer Protection, Resolution Against Police Defunding

By Susan Tebben A bill sponsored by Ohio Senate President Larry Obhof to bar public officials from closing down licensed firearm dealers passed through committee on Tuesday, but not without questions on the priorities of the legislature. The bill, which bans elected officials from closing down federally-licensed firearm dealers as part of an emergency such as […]

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