Life in Delaware County

Ohio Moves Toward Regional COVID Containment

3 Jul , 2020  

By: MahoningMatters Staff; 1808Delaware

In response to the statewide spike in coronavirus cases, Ohio will adopt a county-by-county strategy for containing the virus.

Govenor Mike DeWine announced Thursday the state’s implementation of a Public Health Advisory System. It consists of four levels, and levels are determined by seven indicators: More…

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DeWine Talks Back To School – Here’s What’s Coming This Fall

3 Jul , 2020  

By: 1808Delaware

The Governor of Ohio began his Thursday COVID-19 briefing with a look ahead — specifically, at the 2020-2021 school year that grows closer each day.

DeWine took the opportunity to unveil newly released guidance for school districts as they make plans for the new school year, laying out both requirements and what DeWine referred to as “strong recommendations.”. The State of Ohio also issued the new “Reset and Restart Education Planning Guide for Ohio Schools and Districts”to provide additional guidance (can be accessed below). More…

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Education Officials: Schools Need Consistency In Reopen

30 Jun , 2020  

By: Susan Tebben, Ohio Capital Journal

Officials and superintendents said local control is a good thing for Ohio school districts, but consistency and guidance from the state is necessary in a global pandemic.

Opponents and interested parties testified in a recent meeting of the Senate Education Committee regarding Senate Bill 320, which seeks to give full authority for school reopenings to the districts for the 2020-2021 school year.

The bill’s language excludes “other public officials” from determining a school’s readiness to reopen. That includes the Ohio Department of Health and the governor. More…

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Life in Delaware County

DeWine Tested For Virus As Daily Cases See Slight Decrease

24 Jun , 2020  

By FARNOUSH AMIRI Report for America/Associated Press

Ohio reported a slight decrease in daily coronavirus cases Tuesday with 590, following a series of higher-than-average day-to-day increases.

Gov. Mike DeWine, along with his wife Fran and Lt. Gov Jon Husted, got tested for the virus during the live briefing Tuesday, a day after the state reported 729 cases, its largest daily increase since May 21.

The state had reported 700 cases Thursday, which DeWine identified as a “worrisome” rise in cases in five southwestern Ohio counties. Those counties are Clark, Greene, Hamilton, Montgomery and Warren. More…

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Life in Delaware County

Dr. Amy Acton Resigns

12 Jun , 2020  

By: 1808Delaware Staff

Ohio’s experience with the COVID-19 pandemic entered a new chapter this afternoon with the resignation of Dr. Amy Acton as Director for the Ohio Department of Health.

In an announcement that continued to suggest the presence of a close working relationship between Governor Mike DeWine and Dr. Acton, the tone was one of thankfulness and also looking ahead.

DeWine was profuse with his compliments. “It’s true that not all heroes wear capes, some wear a white coat,” he shared. “This particular hero’s white coat is embossed with the name Dr. Amy Acton.” More…

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Ohio Reopens Some More For Some More Summer Fun

5 Jun , 2020  

By: 1808Delaware Staff

Going to the movies might be a different experience for awhile, but, then again, it’s better than not going, right?

With the notable exception of amusement parks, Ohio’s entertainment venues will be able to reopen to the public as of June 10, albeit with mandatory and recommended health and safety restrictions in place. More…

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Life in Delaware County

Amid Budget Wreckage, A Bright Spot For Ohio

25 May , 2020  

By: Marty Schladen, Ohio Capital Journal

Ohio officials have been drawing tight the state’s budgetary belt as they see revenue plummet due to coronavirus shutdowns. But hidden in the carnage is a pot of money they’ll have to use as they plan for the fiscal year that starts July 1.

Earlier this month, with April tax revenues far below what was budgeted, Gov. Mike DeWine announced $775 million in spending cuts for the remaining months of the fiscal year — $465 million to education, $210 million to Medicaid, and the remaining $100 million in cuts to be spread across other state agencies. More…

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Life in Delaware County

Today’s State Of Ohio COVID-19 Update: Restaurants, Bars, And More

19 May , 2020  

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, Lt. Governor Jon Husted, and Dr. Amy Acton, MD, MPH, today provided the following updates on Ohio’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Governor DeWine announced today that he is assembling an enforcement team to ensure that bars and restaurants are operating safely under the Responsible RestartOhio plan.

Bars and restaurants reopened to patrons for outdoor dining on Friday. Dine-in service is scheduled to resume on May 21. More…

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Schools, Sports

OHSAA Clarifies Lifting Of No-Contact Period For Six Sports, Report Shares

17 May , 2020  

By: 1808Delaware Staff

It’s time to play ball! Well, maybe.

On Saturday, the Toledo Blade reported that the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) is lifting its no-contact period for baseball, golf, softball, swimming and diving, track and field, and tennis, while spring sports seasons remain cancelled.

This will be effective on May 26.

In a letter sent on Friday evening, OHSAA Executive Director Jerry Snodgrass attempted to clarify the situation caused with several announcements from Columbus and previous OHSAA statements. More…

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Life in Delaware County

Responsible Restart Ohio Expands To Include More Starting Dates

15 May , 2020  

On Thursday, Governor Mike DeWine, Lt. Governor Jon Husted, and Dr. Amy Acton, MD, MPH, provided the following sector opening dates established as part of the Responsible Restart Ohio plan. These new dates include Child Care, Campgrounds, the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles, Gyms and Fitness Centers, No Contact and Limited Contact Sports Leagues, Public and Club Pools, and Horse Racing without spectators present.


Beginning Sunday, May 31, childcare providers in Ohio will be permitted to reopen if these providers can meet required safety protocols. More…

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Life in Delaware County

Ohio Restaurants, Salons Set To Begin Opening On May 15

8 May , 2020  

by: Jess Hardin, Mahoning Matters

Gov. Mike DeWine announced Thursday his plan to reopen more Ohio businesses.

Hair and nail salons and day spas may open May 15; bars and restaurants in Ohio can open for outside dining May 15 and inside dining May 21.

Restaurants will be required to seat groups of 10 or less in compliance with social distancing guidelines. Customers will be asked to self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms. More…

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Life in Delaware County

DeWine Announces $775 Million In Budget Cuts, Including $300 Million From K-12 Education

6 May , 2020  

By: 1808Delaware Staff

It was a sobering news briefing in Columbus on Tuesday from an economic point of view.

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine laid out steps his office is taking to address a burgeoning hit to state tax revenue over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic. As of April, the Governor shared, those receipts are $776.9 below budget estimates for the year. Based on the surplus going into this period, this represents a turnaround of approximately one billion dollars.

To address this shortfall, the Governor has decided to tackle the budget first, and only then pull money from the state’s so-called “ rainy day fund.” More…

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