Jo Ingles

Many communities in Ohio have adopted local mask mandates in recent days since a statewide mask mandate is off the table right now.

The Ohio Restaurant Association’s John Barker says COVID itself presents a lot of unknowns. But he says local mask mandates hurt restaurants because they provide another level of uncertainty.

Karen Kasler / Statehouse News Bureau

The bill that would ban all mandatory vaccines in Ohio brought the state into a harsh national spotlight, and made many people wonder where the proposal came from in the first place. Now, text messages between the bill’s sponsor and the chair of the committee that’s hearing it are showing sometimes careful coordination on the controversial measure. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports.

Karen Kasler

Hospital leaders from around Ohio say the surge of COVID-19's Delta variant is leading to concerns about capacity and staffing. They say the loss of staff underscores the pandemic fatigue.  

Dan Konik

State health leaders are preparing to offer booster shots to Ohioans who are 8 months out from their last Pfizer or Moderna COVID dose. That leads to the question – will boosters be required every 8 months from here on out? Statehouse correspondent Jo Ingles reports.

Ohio's Governor and state Health Director held their first coronavirus press conference in weeks this afternoon, as COVID-19 cases continue to climb. Alison Holm has the numbers.

As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to climb, Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther announced face masks will soon be required in all municipal buildings. 

Office Of Gov. Mike DeWine

COVID-19 cases in Ohio are continuing to trend up but Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) says it's up to local communities how they want to address the spread of the virus.

An indoor mask advisory has been issued for Columbus and Franklin County effective immediately, regardless of vaccination status.

Ohio Department of Health

State health officials reported 1,769 new cases of COVID-19 Tuesday.

Jo Ingles

Ohio’s COVID-19 rates are on an upward trend, and less than half of the state’s residents have been vaccinated. Still, some lawmakers want to make sure Ohioans who don’t want to get vaccinated or don’t want to wear masks won’t feel compelled to do so. Statehouse correspondent Jo Ingles reports on the latest bill to keep schools and businesses from requiring masks for entry.   

Dan Konik

With more than 40% of Ohioans unvaccinated against COVID, the Ohio Department of Health is urging people to get those shots. And they say it’s critical with the way the highly contagious delta variant of the disease is spreading.

Dan Konik

Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) has signed a bill into law that prohibits public K-12 schools, colleges, and universities from requiring people to get a vaccine if that vaccine does not have "full approval" by the Food and Drug Administration.

Agency Coordinates Free Child Care For COVID Vaccinations

Jun 24, 2021

Local child care providers are joining the national push to get more adults vaccinated.


As summer approaches and more Ohioans are getting vaccinated, many businesses are thinking about what the new normal will look like post-pandemic. 

On the new episode of Prognosis Ohio, part of the WCBE Podcast Experience, host Dan Skinner talks with Max Filby, health and medicine reporter at The Columbus Dispatch. Topics include recent developments with vaccination supply and demand, a recent ebola scare, and lessons learned from the pandemic, both for reporting and for public health in Ohio.

Lt. Gov. Jon Husted is refusing to apologize for a tweet last week referencing "the Wuhan virus" that drew criticism for being tone-deaf during a time of rising violence against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.  

Millions of women were already supporting themselves and their families on meager wages before coronavirus-mitigation lockdowns sent unemployment rates skyrocketing and millions of jobs disappeared. Working mothers were already shouldering the majority of family caregiving responsibilities in the face of a childcare system that is wholly inadequate for a society in which most parents work outside the home. Of course, the disruptions to daycare centers, schools, and afterschool programs have been hard on working fathers, but evidence shows working mothers have taken on more of the resulting childcare responsibilities and are more frequently reducing their hours or leaving their jobs entirely in response. Our panel will discuss how this situation is playing out in our community and what is being done to support the women who are faced with these challenges.

A year after Ohio began battling the coronavirus, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced the state is now on the offense, deploying the vaccine to those most vulnerable.  

Gov. Mike DeWine’s usual Thursday COVID press conference is now a statewide address at 5:30pm. COVID hospitalizations are trending down, but Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports while it’s unknown what DeWine might say, it seems unlike that he’ll announce Ohio will follow other states’ lead on mask mandates.

Karen Kasler

School districts and communities are working on creating plans to improve student success and address the disrupted learning created by the COVID-19 pandemic. These plans could include a range of changes such as longer school years and additional tutoring, which could put a strain on teachers.

Ohio Senate

A Republican state Senator and a doctor who questioned whether members of “the colored population” were disproportionately contracting COVID-19 because of their hygiene is drawing new criticism after his appointment to lead the Senate Health Committee.

State health officals Thursday reported 72 hundred new cases of COVID-19 and 109 new deaths.

State health officials Sunday reported 5,247 new cases of COVID-19 and 65 new deaths.

Americans are being more careful to avoid catching and spreading the coronavirus but are still not being careful enough to slow the pandemic, especially with worrisome, apparently more contagious new variants looming.

That's the conclusion of the latest findings, released Friday, from the largest national survey tracking behavior during the coronavirus pandemic.

Ohio State University reports logging thousands of COVID-19 policy violations and issuing 446 formal reprimands during the fall semester.

The City of Columbus says it will install 125 more hand sanitizer stations at parks and playgrounds when the weather gets warmer.

State authorities have cited a Columbus bar for multiple health code and COVID-19 violations during Monday night's college football national championship game.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Scientists at the OSU Wexner Medical Center and the College of Medicine say they have found two new variants of SARS-Cov-2, the  COVID-19 virus, including one that has quickly become the dominant strain in Columbus.

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has vetoed another attempt to challenge the state's powers to issue public health orders during a pandemic.

Twenty seven staffers at OSU East Hospital have tested positive for the coronavirus.