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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.

It may seem counterintuitive, but health officials say that even after you get vaccinated against COVID-19, you still need to practice the usual pandemic precautions, at least for a while. That means steering clear of crowds, continuing to wear a good mask in public, maintaining 6 feet or more of distance from people outside your household and frequently washing your hands. We talked to infectious disease specialists to get a better understanding of why.

Why do I have to continue with precautions after I've been vaccinated?

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State health officials Sunday reported 6,088 new cases of COVID-19  and 28 new deaths.

State health officials Sunday reported 6,808 new cases of COVID-19 and 59 new deaths.

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The Ohio Departments of Aging and Health are mailing millions of masks to seniors.  

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The Ohio Department of Health Sunday reported 9,266 new COVID-19 cases and 15 new deaths.

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State officials say 94 percent of retail store employees and customers complied with the state's mask mandate during inspections last week.

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The Columbus club that was cited for state COVID-19 violations over the weekend has been shut down. 

President-elect Joe Biden on Thursday said he has asked the nation's top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, to become his chief medical adviser and said he plans to call on Americans to wear masks for the first 100 days of his administration.

A state representative from southern Ohio is reviving his efforts to impeach Governor Mike DeWine over actions taken to stop the spread of COVID-19.

It was Memorial Day when then-candidate Joe Biden made his first public appearance since the coronavirus shut down in-person campaigning. Before he went out to place a wreath at a veterans memorial in Delaware, Biden and his team decided he would wear a mask. It wasn't a difficult decision, an aide said when asked about the choice.

It has become the battle cry of public health officials around the world: "Wear a mask to slow the spread." Friday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new evidence supporting this advice.

Researchers analyzed coronavirus infection rates in Kansas following a statewide mask mandate. They found that counties that chose to enforce the mandate saw their cases decrease. Counties that chose to opt out saw their cases continue to rise.

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An Ohio State University Medical Center survey shows the majority of Americans plan to follow COVID-19 safety guidelines during the holidays.

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The woman escorted from a middle school football game for not wearing a mask has rejected a plea deal to charges of resisting arrest and criminal trespassing. 

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All visitors age ten and over at any Franklin County Metro Park are now required to wear a facemask.  

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Ohio businesses will now be required to have signs on all entrances explaining that masks are required, Governor Mike Dewine announced during a Wednesday address to the state. 

Wearing a mask protects the wearer, and not just other people, from the coronavirus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention emphasized in an updated scientific brief issued Tuesday. And the protective benefits of masks are stronger the more people wear masks consistently and correctly, the agency says.

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With most of the drama of the election over, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine says Ohioans have to focus on shutting down the spread of COVID-19.  

More Americans may be wearing masks than early last spring, but other recommended behaviors to stop the pandemic's spread haven't kept pace, according to a new federal survey. And young people are the least likely to take needed steps to stop the virus, the data suggest.

The proportion of U.S. adults reporting wearing face masks increased from 78% in April to 89% in June, according to the nationally representative survey released by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Tuesday.

Universal mask wearing in public could greatly reduce the number of Americans who die by COVID-19 by February, a study published Friday in the journal Nature Medicine projects.

Researchers at the University of Washington's Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation made estimates based on some assumptions under different scenarios.

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Ohio Thursday reported a new record number of COVID-19 cases, with 2,425 in the past 24-hours - surpassing the previous record set Wednesday.  

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State health officials Sunday reported over 15-hundred new cases  of COVID-19 but no new deaths. 

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Governor Mike DeWine says - given the latest numbers released by the Ohio Department of Health - the rest of 2020 may be rough.

All 23 Columbus Metropolitan Library branches have reopened for in-person browsing. 

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A Washington County woman was criminally charged Wednesday, after she was forcibly removed from a high school football game she attended without wearing a face mask.  

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Ohio Governor Mike DeWine says the state will allow indoor visiting at nursing homes as cold weather approaches after stopping the practice at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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The White House says President Trump will stop in Dayton on Monday for a campaign event. 

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More than two dozen parents, mostly in Northwest Ohio, are suing the state over the mandate that K-12 students wear masks.

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Ohio State University has sent a letter to students warning them failing to adhere to social distancing and other coronavirus safety measures could mean disciplinary action. 

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School this year will be different, whether students are learning online or heading back to the classroom. In Thursday's coronavirus press conference, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine turned to a school therapist for advice on easing children and parents worries. 

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