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By Dec. 1, the U.S. death toll from COVID-19 could reach nearly 300,000. That's the grim new projection from researchers at the University of Washington's Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation — one of the more prominent teams modeling the pandemic. The new forecast, released Thursday, projects that between now and December, 137,000 people will die on top of the roughly 160,000 who have died so far.

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine plans to issue an order that K-12 students returning to school must wear a mask.

With the national death toll from COVID-19 passing the grim 150,000 mark, an NPR/Ipsos poll finds broad support for a single, national strategy to address the pandemic and more aggressive measures to contain it.

Two-thirds of respondents said they believe the U.S. is handling the pandemic worse than other countries, and most want the federal government to take extensive action to slow the spread of the coronavirus, favoring a top-down approach to reopening schools and businesses.

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The Ohio Liquor Control Commission adopted a rule banning restaurants and bars from serving alcohol after 10 p.m.

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State health officials Wednesday reported 1,419 new cases of COVID-19  and 40 new deaths. 

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A Franklin County judge has issued a 14-day restraining order on a Columbus ordinance requiring bars and restaurants to close on-site service at 10 pm.  

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Twitter put a 12-hour restriction on Donald Trump Jr.'s account, saying the president's son put out a tweet that contained "misleading and potentially harmful" information about the coronavirus.

The news emerged after a person close to Trump Jr. — Republican political strategist Andrew Surabian — posted a screenshot showing what appeared to be a message to Trump Jr. alerting him of a temporary limit on his account based on the company's policy on spreading misinformation on COVID-19.

Ohio State University says part of the campus reopening plan will require students, faculty and staff to complete a ten-minute online training course and sign a pledge understanding and committing to the behaviors in the training. 

The American conversation around masks and COVID-19 has taken a dizzying turn. For months, wearing masks has been politicized as a sign of liberal leanings. But in recent days, ever more governors — many of them Republican — have moved to mandate masks. This week President Trump — arguably the nation's most visible mask un-enthusiast — started referring to wearing them as "patriotic."

As the Ohio Department of Health reported the second highest single-day total of COVID-19 cases, Governor Mike DeWine ordered mandatory face masks for the entire state beginning Thursday at 6pm.  

President Trump took to the White House briefing room on Tuesday to praise his administration's response to the virus that has killed more than 140,000 Americans so far. In a reversal of his recent statements and tone, he acknowledged the severity of the pandemic and urged Americans to comply with preventative measures.

"It will likely unfortunately get worse before it gets better," Trump said in uncharacteristically somber remarks, encouraging Americans to social distance, practice good hygiene and wear masks.

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Ohio health officials Sunday reported 11-hundred new cases of COVID-19 and 42 more deaths. 

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The Village of Granville is following the lead of other Ohio communities in requiring people to wear a face mask in public spaces. 

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Ohio Governor Mike DeWine’s Wednesday evening speech seemed to be a warning to Ohioans to wear masks or risk another round of shutdowns and closures.

Data released today by the Ohio Department of Health places 19 of Ohio's 88 counties -- including the most populous - under a level three public health advisory, triggering a public health order requiring masks worn indoors and when social distancing is not possible.  

Congressional investigators are launching an inquiry into a handful of companies that landed government contracts related to COVID-19, calling the deals "suspicious" because the companies lacked experience and, in some cases, had political connections to the Trump administration.

Franklin County Public Health has issued a mandatory mask order should the county drop below the state's Level 3 public health emergency. 

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The Ohio Department of Health is reporting another near-record number of new COVID-19 cases.  

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The state reported just under 1500 confirmed new coronavirus cases Friday, as mask mandates go into effect in 12 counties at 6pm.

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Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has resisted calls to make masks mandatory in Ohio, but with the dramatic rise in cases of COVID-19 in recent weeks he has partially relented. 

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State health officials Monday reported more than 800 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total of confirmed and probable  cases to just under 58-thousand.  

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Dublin City Manager Dana McDaniel has issued an executive order mandating the wearing of face coverings starting today. 

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Many Ohio cities are starting to require people to wear masks or face coverings in public spaces.

More widespread wearing of face masks could prevent tens of thousands of deaths by COVID-19, epidemiologists and mathematicians project.

A model from the University of Washington's Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation shows that near-universal wearing of cloth or homemade masks could prevent between 17,742 and 28,030 deaths across the US before Oct. 1.

Columbus Mayor Andy Ginther plans to sign an executive order this afternoon requiring the wearing of facial coverings in public to slow the spread of COVID-19. The order will take effect tomorrow and covers employees and customers in retail establishments, restaurants, hair salons, barbershops, nail salons, tattoo parlors, day care facilities and day camps, and public transit. 

The cities of Dayton And Bexley are now requiring citizens to wear face masks in public spaces to prevent the further spread of coronavirus. 

So you want to wear a face mask? Good call.

A growing body of evidence supports the idea that wearing face masks in public, even when you feel well, can help curb the spread of the coronavirus — since people can spread the virus even without showing symptoms. That's the main reason to wear a mask: to protect other people from you.

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Dr. Anthony Fauci, the country's top infectious disease expert, told members of Congress on Tuesday that although he can't predict the ultimate number of infections and deaths related to the coronavirus, "it's going to be very disturbing."

A growing number of leading Republicans are publicly embracing expert-recommended face masks as a means to slowing the spread of the deadly coronavirus, in the wake of more than 125,000 Americans killed by the virus.

In recent months, the topic of wearing masks has become politically divisive, despite official health guidance that they are one of the best defenses to restricting the spread of the deadly respiratory disease, COVID-19, from one person to another.

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Ohio has reported yet another one-day spike in COVID-19 cases as pandemic figures continue to rise day-by-day. 

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