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State health officials Thursday reported over eleven-hundred new cases of COVID-19, bringing thestate's total to 61-thousand-331. 

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A new report from a group of business leaders shows many Ohio companies cannot get back on their feet because their employees no longer have affordable day care options.

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A new Quinnipiac University poll of registered Ohio voters shows a statistical tie between President Trump and presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. 

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As the number of new coronavirus cases surges each day in many parts of the country, some states are hitting pause on their plans to reopen.

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Governor Mike DeWine says the state as a whole has seen a steady decrease in cases of COVID-19.

An NPR survey of state health departments shows that the national coronavirus contact tracing workforce has tripled in the past six weeks, from 11,142 workers to 37,110. Yet given their current case counts, only seven states and the District of Columbia are staffed to the level that public health researchers say is needed to contain outbreaks.

Across the country, states are loosening the restrictions that had been put in place to curb the spread of COVID-19 — with varying results.

Just weeks after parts of the U.S. began reopening, coronavirus infections are on the upswing in several states, including Arizona, Utah, Texas and Florida. Dramatic increases in daily case counts have given rise to some unsettling questions: Is the U.S. at the start of a second wave? Have states reopened too soon? And have the recent widespread demonstrations against racial injustice inadvertently added fuel to the fire?

The U.S. has reached another dire landmark in its fight against COVID-19, surpassing 2 million confirmed cases on Wednesday. New coronavirus infections are rising in at least 20 states, even as restrictions on daily life continue to ease across the country.

As of Thursday morning, more than 112,000 people have died from COVID-19 in the U.S. — the most fatalities reported by any nation, according to a tracker from Johns Hopkins University. And most experts believe those numbers underestimate the true toll.

Texas reported a record-breaking number of COVID-19 hospitalizations Monday as the governor plans to reopen more businesses and double capacity.

On the edge of the Mississippi River, the small historic city of Kimmswick, Mo. has an archaeological site with mastodon bones, Levee High Apple Pie at its famous Blue Owl Restaurant, and a volunteer mayor, Phil Stang.

What it doesn't have right now is money.

"They think I'm kidding but I'm not," Stang says. "I [will] have to go and do crazy electronic stuff like GoFundMe pages, or start a lemonade stand ... something."

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As Ohio continues to slowly reopen, Governor Mike DeWine issued an order today reopening some entertainment facilities.  

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State officials said Sunday Ohio now has 33 thousand confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 6 thousand hospitalizations and 1944 deaths. 

A northeastern Ohio judge has issued an injunction blocking the state health department's order closing gyms and fitness centers.  

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Bars and restaurants that fail to observe safe distancing and other anti-coronavirus measures could lose their liquor license.  

More Ohio businesses will be allowed to reopen on Friday.  

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Non-essential businesses that were closed during the past month due to COVID-19 are now starting to reopen. But as Statehouse correspondent Jo Ingles reports, some worry that’s happening too quickly without proper safeguards.

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Ohio’s retail businesses that were shut down as non-essential are being allowed to open Tuesday. And by the end of next week, many restaurants, bars and hair salons will also reopen. 

Salons, barbershops and outdoor dining can begin to reopen May 15th, under guidelines being released today by Governor Mike DeWine, and restaurants and bars can fully reopen by May 21.  But he says  reopening Ohio carries a risk.

Dan Skinner talks with John Barker, President of the Ohio Restaurant Association about how the trade association, which represents the state's more than 23,000 restaurants is preparing for a safe reopening of Ohio's restaurants.

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Ohio's "Stay at Home" order has been extended to May 29, and is being rebranded as "Stay Safe Ohio". 

Dentist offices are among the medical providers permitted to reopen Friday as part of the governor's health services reopening in Ohio. 

Hospitals may begin performing some non-emergency procedures Friday, and dentists and veterinarians can get back to work as well.

Columbus Mayor Andy Ginther is praising Ohio Governor Mike DeWine's plan to gradually re-open the state beginning this Friday.  

Doctors, dentists and veterinarians may begin reopening May 1st, but restaurants and hair salons remain on hold.