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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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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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While President Trump has suggested slowing down COVID-19 testing, Ohio Governor DeWine says increased testing is one way of slowing the increase of COVID-19 cases as the economy begins to reopen. 

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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. 

The organizers of four professional golf tournaments in Ohio are asking Governor Mike DeWine for permission to include fans. 

The gradual lifting of coronavirus restrictions is expected to cause the number of cases in Ohio to rise according to projections from MetroHealth System in Cleveland. 

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State health officials said  Sunday Ohio has more than 26 thousand confirmed cases of COVID-19 with nearly 49 hundred hospitalizations and 1472 deaths. 

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Many Democratic state lawmakers were upset Wednesday when they discovered an earlier seating plan that allowed social distancing in the Ohio House chamber had been scrapped in favor of one allowing all legislators inside. 

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The state is in the process of reopening businesses, but leaders are calling on people to continue practicing social distancing. That includes Ohio's U.S. Senators who stress the importance of taking the coronavirus seriously as mitigation orders are lifted.

State leaders are considering reopening economies and allowing people to leave their homes, but more and more Americans appear to be doing so on their own.

Emerging data suggest that though people dramatically altered their habits to stay at home during the first month of America's response to the pandemic, that cooperation has since leveled off and — eventually — decreased. This could point to long-term challenges for state governments asking citizens to cooperate with extended stay-at-home policies.

Columbus police have cited a woman for violating the ban on large gatherings after she allegedly hosted a large party on Monday night. 

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The owner of a Columbus restaurant says he will open on May 1st, despite state orders to remain closed. 

As millions of people remain socially isolated and anxious about COVID-19, several U.S. governors are at least making plans to relax controls in their states and revive economic activity — against the advice of many public health professionals.

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More than a dozen states have unveiled formal plans to move from coronavirus disaster response and toward reconstruction, the White House said Thursday, but officials also didn't rule out the need for more mitigation.

Vice President Pence said that 16 states have released formal plans about progressing out of the crisis. Many are pursuing a "phased approach" county by county, he said, pointing specifically to Missouri, Pennsylvania, Oregon and Idaho.

A majority of Americans — 8 in 10 — say strict shelter-in-place guidelines are worth it, to keep people safe from COVID-19 and control the spread of the virus, according to a new Kaiser Family Foundation tracking poll. The same percentage, of around 80% of Americans, also say they can follow the restrictions for at least one more month.

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Ohio State University scientists have received approval from the Food and Drug Administration for two crucial components of COVID-19 testing.  Officials say a lack of available tests has hampered efforts to fight the spread of the coronavirus.  

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A coalition of farm groups are pressing Ohio officials to help ensure growers can survive the COVID-19 crisis. 

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Columbus police and Ohio State University are now jointly enforcing bans on public gatherings near campus. 

State officials say there are now more than five-thousand confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ohio, with 193 deaths and nearly 15-hundred hospitalizations.  

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Monroe Mayor Jason Frentzel is pleading with operators of a megachurch to "reconsider" holding in-person services amid the coronavirus pandemic. 

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A Grove City woman whose brother, mother and father died this week of coronavirus is pleading for people to stay at home and follow social distancing guidelines.