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Some COVID-19 Restrictions Disappear As Case Levels Rise

6 Apr , 2021  

By 1808Delaware; State of Ohio

There’s a bit of reverse directioning going on.

As COVID-19 case numbers are again on the rise in Ohio, Governor DeWine announced on Monday that many restrictions to prevent more infections are going away while certain others, such as mask wearing, are continuing.

Welcome to the latest chapter in a year-long set of moves to address the pandemic.

Changes announced will impact mass gatherings, including sporting events, fairs, festivals, theatres, etc.. Most will now allow these to take place while maintaining limitations on social distancing and other safety measures. More…

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Life in Delaware County

DeWine Channels Vaccines To Colleges, Workplaces To Speed Up Rollout

5 Apr , 2021  

By Jake Zuckerman, Ohio Capital Journal

Ohio will surge doses into college campuses and private workplaces as an effort to speed up the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, Gov. Mike DeWine announced late last week.

Starting this week, the goal is to provide mostly Johnson & Johnson vaccines to any Ohio college student who wants one, DeWine said. Unlike the two other available vaccines from Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna, Johnson & Johnson’s only requires one dose and standard refrigeration. The other two vaccines require ultracold storage and a two-dose series, posing storage, transportation and scheduling difficulties.

Additionally, DeWine said vaccine providers can take up to 25% of their weekly dosage allocation to vaccinate their own employees or those of other businesses or labor unions starting April 12. Ohioans aged 16 and up are currently eligible for vaccination. More…

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Life in Delaware County

DeWine: GOP Bill To Limit Orders Threatens Ohioans In Crises

23 Mar , 2021  

By FARNOUSH AMIRI and ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS Report for America/Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Gov. Mike DeWine predicted a chaotic future for Ohio in a letter Monday pleading with fellow Republican lawmakers to compromise on a health bill that would handicap the state’s ability to issue any orders during an emergency on the same day the state surpassed 1 million COVID-19 cases.

The Republican governor vowed on Tuesday to veto a bill that was passed by the GOP-controlled Legislature earlier this month. The promise came hours after he issued a five-page letter outlining how the proposal would impede the administrative branch’s ability to protect Ohioans, not only during the coronavirus pandemic but also amid weather emergencies, food contaminations, prison riots or terrorist attacks. More…

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Life in Delaware County

Vaccine Available To Many More Ohioans Amid Signs Of Reluctance To Get It

10 Mar , 2021  

By Marty Schladen, Ohio Capital Journal

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine on Monday announced that he was again expanding eligibility for the coronavirus vaccine as more and more doses flow into the state.

Starting Thursday, Ohioans over 50, those with type 2 diabetes and those with end-stage renal problems will be able to get one of the three vaccines so far approved by federal authorities. That means more than 1 million additional Ohioans will be eligible.

“As fast as this vaccine is coming into Ohio, we’re ready to get it out,” DeWine said. More…

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Life in Delaware County

Sports, Entertainment Venues Can Reopen Under New Limits

26 Feb , 2021  

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Outdoor and indoor sports and entertainment facilities can reopen with limited attendance under rules announced Thursday by Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine. He also said guidance for proms, banquets, wedding receptions, fairs, festivals, and parades is coming soon.

The attendance limits could be further eased depending on the progress of the coronavirus pandemic this spring and summer, but could also be restricted if things worsen because of the coronavirus variant, the governor said.

DeWine said outdoor venues can reopen with a maximum 30% capacity and indoor venues with 25% capacity. Social distancing and continued mask wearing are key to making these limits work, the governor said. More…

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Life in Delaware County

YouTube Removes Ohio Committee Video, Citing Misinformation

20 Feb , 2021  

By FARNOUSH AMIRI Report for America/Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Legislative testimony made Wednesday in support of a GOP-backed effort to limit public health orders made by Ohio’s governor was removed from YouTube after the service deemed it contained COVID-19 misinformation.

The Google-owned platform said it removed content that was uploaded this week to The Ohio Advocates for Medical Freedom channel for violating the company’s terms of services.

The video showed Thomas Renz, an attorney for Ohio Stands Up, a citizen group, make the opening testimony during a House committee hearing on a bill that would allow lawmakers to vote down public health orders during the pandemic. More…

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Schools

Teachers Unions Push DeWine To Support Schools Without ‘Coerced Preconditions’

23 Jan , 2021  

By Susan Tebben, Ohio Capital Journal

Eight teachers’ unions throughout the state are pushing Gov. Mike DeWine to rethink his timeline for school reopening and vaccine distribution.

In a joint statement distributed by the Ohio Federation of Teachers and signed by the presidents of the unions in Akron, Canton, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Toledo and Youngstown, the leaders expressed disappointment with DeWine’s plan, saying his administration is using the vaccine “as a bargaining chip.”

“While we expect there will be no consequences for schools that fail to meet this commitment, that doesn’t mean the Governor isn’t harming communities with this action,” the statement reads. “Parents across the state now have unrealistic expectations for a March 1 reopening that simply will not be possible in many school districts.” More…

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Schools

DeWine: 96% Of School Districts Commit To In-Person Learning By March 1

20 Jan , 2021  

By Mahoning Matters Staff

The state is now readying to distribute coronavirus vaccines to adult workers in those schools starting the week of Feb. 1, the governor said during a Tuesday briefing.

Gov. Mike DeWine said 96 percent of all of Ohio’s K-12 school districts have committed to return to in-person learning by March 1.

The state is now readying to distribute coronavirus vaccines to adult workers in those schools starting the week of Feb. 1, the governor said during a Tuesday briefing.

School districts are expected to work with their local Educational Service Centers to identify vaccine providers like local health agencies are partnering pharmacies, DeWine said. More…

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Life in Delaware County

Ohio Governor Activates More National Guard As Columbus Shutters

16 Jan , 2021  

By FARNOUSH AMIRI and ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS Report for America/Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — More than 1,000 Ohio National Guard members have now been activated to head to Washington in preparations for anticipated armed protests ahead of Joe Biden’s presidential inauguration, Gov. Mike DeWine announced Friday.

The request came from the U.S. National Guard Bureau on Thursday night, DeWine said. The governor previously authorized more than 700 Guard members for service in Washington.

DeWine has also authorized 580 National Guard members to provide security around the Ohio Statehouse in downtown Columbus through Wednesday, where they’re expected to be joined by numerous Columbus police officers and troopers with the Ohio State Highway Patrol. More…

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Life in Delaware County

Governor Shares COVID-19 Updates

2 Jan , 2021  

Special to 1808Delaware

This week, Governor DeWine provided updates on Ohio’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic in reference to vaccines,school quarantine guidance changes, curfew extension, the availability of grants to Ohio bars and restaurants, and current case data as of Wednesday, December 30.

OHIO VACCINES

Ohio is expected to receive more than 238,000 doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines next week. Governor DeWine encouraged those administering the vaccine to do so with urgency. More…

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Life in Delaware County

Meet Ohio’s New Official State Fossil Fish, “The Dunk”

30 Dec , 2020  

Special to 1808Delaware

Governor Mike DeWine has signed Ohio Senate Bill No. 123 into law, officially designating the fossil fish species Dunkleosteus terrelli as the Fossil Fish of Ohio. It joins the ranks of other state symbols, such as the Ohio Buckeye (state tree) and cardinal (state bird).

Dunkleosteus is the second fossil animal and third geologic state symbol to be added to Ohio’s list. Previously, in 1965, flint was named Ohio’s State Gemstone. And in 1985, the large trilobite genus Isotelus, occurring in rocks exposed in southwestern Ohio, was named the State Invertebrate Fossil. More…

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Life in Delaware County

Vaccine Arrives In Ohio; Vaccinations Underway

15 Dec , 2020  

By 1808Delaware

On Monday morning, a standard UPS truck rolled up to the door of The Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center.

On board was some very precious and long-awaited cargo. Outside was the Governor and First Lady of Ohio (see the Governor’s video tweet below).

Arriving was the first of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to arrive in Ohio. Some 975 doses were in this initial shipment, with a corresponding arrival at the University of Cincinnati Health Center.

After warming to room temperature to allow for vaccinations to take place, the first of those took place shortly after noon. More…

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