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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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Coronavirus Update: CCS to Hold in-Person Graduations, Pelotonia Returns, & More

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman Coronavirus Update: CCS to Hold in-Person Graduations, Pelotonia Returns, & More

Keep up with regular news updates regarding Columbus and Ohio’s response to COVID-19 here. The Numbers COVID-19 cases — In Columbus, 134 cases of COVID-19 were reported for Wednesday, Feb. 17. As of Thursday, Feb. 18, 77,908 total cases and 852 deaths from COVID-19 have been reported in Columbus and Worthington. In Franklin County at large, 223 […]

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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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Coronavirus Update: Curfew Ended, Jazz Fest Canceled, & More

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman Coronavirus Update: Curfew Ended, Jazz Fest Canceled, & More

Keep up with regular news updates regarding Columbus and Ohio’s response to COVID-19 here. The Numbers COVID-19 cases — In Columbus, 222 cases of COVID-19 were reported for Wednesday, Feb. 10. As of Thursday, Feb. 11, 76,747 total cases and 550 deaths from COVID-19 have been reported in Columbus and Worthington. In Franklin County at large, 338 […]

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Arts Festival Will Not Return Until 2022

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman Arts Festival Will Not Return Until 2022

It has been announced that the Columbus Arts Festival has been canceled for 2021. In a statement released by the Greater Columbus Arts Council, organizer of the festival, the organization noted there is “too much uncertainty” in terms of the pandemic and hosting events. Though acknowledging a decrease in new cases and hospitalizations, new variants […]

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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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