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ODH’s COVID-19 Guidance for Schools Won’t Include Mask Mandate

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal ODH’s COVID-19 Guidance for Schools Won’t Include Mask Mandate

BY: SUSAN TEBBEN The Ohio Department of Health said new COVID-19 guidance for schools as they plan for a new school year will include safety recommendations, but no mandate for mask-wearing, even for the unvaccinated. In a press call on Monday, Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff, chief medical officer for the ODH, said guidelines would be released on […]

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DeWine Signs Bill Temporarily Banning School COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal DeWine Signs Bill Temporarily Banning School COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates

By Jake Zuckerman Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine signed legislation Wednesday that could block schools from mandating vaccination against COVID-19 for the fall. In the dying moments of the final legislative session before a summer recess, lawmakers tacked the vaccine provision as an amendment onto an unrelated bill regarding educational opportunities for military children. The amendment: Forbids public K-12 schools and […]

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Pandemic, Unemployment Impact Women on Many Levels, Say Advocates

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Pandemic, Unemployment Impact Women on Many Levels, Say Advocates

By Susan Tebben The loss of $300 in extra unemployment assistance has hampered recovery from the pandemic for many Ohioans, including women, advocates say. Leah Haenszel was a respiratory therapist before COVID caused her to leave her job to take care of her three kids, something she couldn’t afford to do, even with a full-time job. […]

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Ohio Lawmakers Send Bill Blocking School COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates to Governor

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Lawmakers Send Bill Blocking School COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates to Governor

By Jake Zuckerman After midnight on the last legislative day before summer break, Republican lawmakers passed legislation blocking public schools and colleges from mandating vaccination against COVID-19. The bill, if signed into law, would prohibit public schools and colleges from requiring vaccines that are available under emergency use authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. All […]

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Vax-a-Million Program Saw Ohio Vaccination Rate Spike, Then Fizzle

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Vax-a-Million Program Saw Ohio Vaccination Rate Spike, Then Fizzle

By Tyler Buchanan When Ohio’s governor announced a first-in-the-nation vaccine sweepstakes, he acknowledged it might seem like a farfetched idea.  “Now I know that some of you now are shaking your head and saying, ‘That Mike DeWine, he’s crazy. This million dollar drawing idea of yours is a waste of money,’” he said during a public […]

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State’s COVID-19 Vaccinations Hit Slowest Pace Since Last Year

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal State’s COVID-19 Vaccinations Hit Slowest Pace Since Last Year

By Jake Zuckerman The rate of new vaccinations against COVID-19 in Ohio has slowed to a rate not seen since December, according to an analysis of state data. The seven-day moving average of newly vaccine started Ohioans dipped below 10,000 on Sunday for the first time since Dec. 27 —  the tail end of a stretch […]

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Coronavirus Update: Columbus Repeals Mask Mandate, Ohio Reaches 50 Cases Per 100K Residents

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman Coronavirus Update: Columbus Repeals Mask Mandate, Ohio Reaches 50 Cases Per 100K Residents

Editor’s Note: As case trends continue downward and we return to somewhat normalcy, it stands to reason our weekly Coronavirus Updates come to a close. For more on what’s happening across the city as we approach post-COVID life, you can subscribe to Columbus Underground newsletters like Food & Drink, Mega Weekend and more. However, the […]

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The Columbus Coffee Festival Returns!

The 6th Annual Columbus Coffee Festival returns on Saturday September 25th and Sunday September 26th!

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