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Sports, Entertainment Venues Can Reopen Under New Limits

26 Feb , 2021  


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Outdoor and indoor sports and entertainment facilities can reopen with limited attendance under rules announced Thursday by Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine. He also said guidance for proms, banquets, wedding receptions, fairs, festivals, and parades is coming soon.

The attendance limits could be further eased depending on the progress of the coronavirus pandemic this spring and summer, but could also be restricted if things worsen because of the coronavirus variant, the governor said.

DeWine said outdoor venues can reopen with a maximum 30% capacity and indoor venues with 25% capacity. Social distancing and continued mask wearing are key to making these limits work, the governor said. More…

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YouTube Removes Ohio Committee Video, Citing Misinformation

21 Feb , 2021  

By FARNOUSH AMIRI Report for America/Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Legislative testimony made Wednesday in support of a GOP-backed effort to limit public health orders made by Ohio’s governor was removed from YouTube after the service deemed it contained COVID-19 misinformation.

The Google-owned platform said it removed content that was uploaded this week to The Ohio Advocates for Medical Freedom channel for violating the company’s terms of services.

The video showed Thomas Renz, an attorney for Ohio Stands Up, a citizen group, make the opening testimony during a House committee hearing on a bill that would allow lawmakers to vote down public health orders during the pandemic. More…

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Ohio Adjusts COVID Curfew As Hospitalizations Decrease; Richland Rates Drop As Well

29 Jan , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

Governor DeWine has announced that the statewide curfew imposed because of the COVID-19 pandemic has been relaxed, with future adjustments — up or down — possible pursuant to a new formula.

In effect since November 19, the current 10:00 PM curfew requires that citizens stay at their place of residence between that time and 5:00 AM, with specific exceptions.

Now that hospitalizations are decreasing across Ohio, the Governor shared a new formula for current and future adjustments of that curfew. On Thursday, the state reported 2,829 hospitalizations, which is the third consecutive day below 3,000. More…

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Teachers Unions Push DeWine To Support Schools Without ‘Coerced Preconditions’

23 Jan , 2021  

By Susan Tebben, Ohio Capital Journal

Eight teachers’ unions throughout the state are pushing Gov. Mike DeWine to rethink his timeline for school reopening and vaccine distribution.

In a joint statement distributed by the Ohio Federation of Teachers and signed by the presidents of the unions in Akron, Canton, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Toledo and Youngstown, the leaders expressed disappointment with DeWine’s plan, saying his administration is using the vaccine “as a bargaining chip.”

“While we expect there will be no consequences for schools that fail to meet this commitment, that doesn’t mean the Governor isn’t harming communities with this action,” the statement reads. “Parents across the state now have unrealistic expectations for a March 1 reopening that simply will not be possible in many school districts.” More…

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DeWine: 96% Of School Districts Commit To In-Person Learning By March 1

20 Jan , 2021  

By Mahoning Matters Staff

The state is now readying to distribute coronavirus vaccines to adult workers in those schools starting the week of Feb. 1, the governor said during a Tuesday briefing.

Gov. Mike DeWine said 96 percent of all of Ohio’s K-12 school districts have committed to return to in-person learning by March 1.

The state is now readying to distribute coronavirus vaccines to adult workers in those schools starting the week of Feb. 1, the governor said during a Tuesday briefing.

School districts are expected to work with their local Educational Service Centers to identify vaccine providers like local health agencies are partnering pharmacies, DeWine said. More…

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State Provides Updates On COVID Vaccination Phases, Guidelines, Current Numbers, And More

6 Jan , 2021  

On Tuesday, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, Lt. Governor Jon Husted, and Ohio Department of Health Chief Medical Officer Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff provided the following updates on Ohio’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Governor DeWine today recapped Phases 1A and 1B of Ohio’s vaccine distribution plan. Because the availability of the vaccine remains limited in Ohio and across the country, Ohio is taking a phased approach that prioritizes the most vulnerable citizens, those in the healthcare field, and school staff members.

Phase 1A, which is currently underway, includes approximately 1 million Ohioans. More…

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Governor Shares COVID-19 Updates

2 Jan , 2021  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

This week, Governor DeWine provided updates on Ohio’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic in reference to vaccines,school quarantine guidance changes, curfew extension, the availability of grants to Ohio bars and restaurants, and current case data as of Wednesday, December 30.


Ohio is expected to receive more than 238,000 doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines next week. Governor DeWine encouraged those administering the vaccine to do so with urgency. More…

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Meet Ohio’s New Official State Fossil Fish, “The Dunk”

30 Dec , 2020  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

Governor Mike DeWine has signed Ohio Senate Bill No. 123 into law, officially designating the fossil fish species Dunkleosteus terrelli as the Fossil Fish of Ohio. It joins the ranks of other state symbols, such as the Ohio Buckeye (state tree) and cardinal (state bird).

Dunkleosteus is the second fossil animal and third geologic state symbol to be added to Ohio’s list. Previously, in 1965, flint was named Ohio’s State Gemstone. And in 1985, the large trilobite genus Isotelus, occurring in rocks exposed in southwestern Ohio, was named the State Invertebrate Fossil. More…


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Vaccine Arrives In Ohio; Vaccinations Underway

15 Dec , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse

On Monday morning, a standard UPS truck rolled up to the door of The Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center.

On board was some very precious and long-awaited cargo. Outside was the Governor and First Lady of Ohio (see the Governor’s video tweet below).

Arriving was the first of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to arrive in Ohio. Some 975 doses were in this initial shipment, with a corresponding arrival at the University of Cincinnati Health Center.

After warming to room temperature to allow for vaccinations to take place, the first of those took place shortly after noon. More…

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COVID-19: DeWine Extends Curfew, Announces “Stay Safe Ohio” Protocol

11 Dec , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse

Another chapter in the saga of all things Ohio and COVID-19 began today.

Governor Mike DeWine shared two announcements on Thursday related to the pandemic, one extending a previously announced initiative and the other introducing a new one.

As promised earlier in the week, DeWine extended the state’s current 10:00PM curfew out until January 2, thereby impacting any New Year’s Eve festivities. Variances from this curfew were granted for certain professional sporting events. More…

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Governor Announces Stronger Mask Order; Reveals Future Orders If COVID Rates Increase

12 Nov , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse

Governor Mike DeWine’s highly anticipated 5:30 PM talk to the people of Ohio resulted in the announcement of new health orders as well as possible future orders if COVID rates continue to increase.

The remarks came as Ohio topped 6,000 new cases on Tuesday for the first time.

The immediate order has to do with the wearing of protective face coverings. In a nutshell, businesses are now mandated to follow certain steps, with a new enforcement mechanism created to enforce those steps which can include store closure. More…

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DeWine Breaks From Controversial CDC Guidance On Coronavirus Testing

5 Sep , 2020  

By Jake Zuckerman, Ohio Capital Journal

In a subtle yet key split from CDC guidance, Gov. Mike DeWine said Thursday that people who have been exposed to the coronavirus but are not showing symptoms should seek testing.

Last week, the CDC updated its COVID-19 testing guidance to say people who have had close contact with an infected person but are not showing symptoms “do not necessarily need a test” unless they’re vulnerable to the disease.

Prior CDC guidance said such people should get tested. Public health officials have blasted the CDC’s decision, describing it as politically motivated to benefit President Donald Trump. At a June campaign rally, Trump explicitly urged officials to “slow the testing down” to artificially decrease case counts. More…

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Governor DeWine Tests Positive For COVID-19

7 Aug , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse

Update: In remarks on Thursday afternoon, Governor DeWine shared, “I don’t know where I got it. Frankly, we just can’t figure it out.” Dewine shared that he intended to undertake his regular duties while in quarantine at his Cedarville home. “I feel fine,” the Governor said, noting that he had had a headache today.

Later, the Governor announced that a second test had yielded a negative result:

Our original story is below:

Governor Mike DeWine has tested positive for COVID-19.

The test came as a part of standard procedures before DeWine was to greet President Trump Thursday morning at Cleveland’s Burke Lakefront Airport. More…

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Wide Range Of Subjects Covered During Wednesday Briefing

23 Jul , 2020  

By: State of Ohio; 1812Blockhouse

The Governor of Ohio covered a number of topics during his Wednesday briefing. Afterward, the following was released by the State of Ohio.

Topics covered include: the new statewide mask mandate, a statewide travel warning, informal gatherings, county fairs, a congressional letter, unemployment rates, hospital indicators, new public service announcements, and current COVID-19 data:


Governor DeWine announced that beginning on Thursday, July 23, at 6:00 p.m., a statewide mask mandate will go into effect for citizens living in all 88 Ohio counties. More…

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DeWine Calls For Ohio House Speaker’s Resignation

22 Jul , 2020  

By: 1812Blockhouse

A whirlwind day at the Ohio Statehouse found Governor Mike DeWine making a call for the resignation of Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder.

The move came shortly after US Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, David DeVillers, revealed details of a year-long investigation resulting in racketeering charges being levied against the Speaker and others.

Allegations are that Householder operated an organization, Generation Now, that funneled a substantial sum from an unidentified company to 21 political candidates, and also to an effort to thwart a referendum designed to repeal House Bill 6, a $1.3 billion dollar energy bailout eventually passed by the Ohio General Assembly and signed by the Governor. More…

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