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…
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:
UPDATE: In a second COVID-19 test administered today in Columbus, Governor Mike DeWine has tested negative for COVID-19. First Lady Fran DeWine and staff members have also all tested negative. pic.twitter.com/0Ixap90mJg
— Governor Mike DeWine (@GovMikeDeWine) August 7, 2020
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…
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:
STATEWIDE MASK ORDER
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…
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…
After 24 hours of build up fueled by the decision of Ohio Governor Mike DeWine to forego his Tuesday briefing in favor of a major Wednesday early evening speech, the result was a mix of strong rhetoric and no apparent new direction.
Much of DeWine’s remarks centered on the recent rise in the number of COVID-19 cases in the state, and the idea that without any change, Ohio is on the path to having the kind of alarming numbers seen in Florida, Texas, and Arizona. “We have now reached our most critical point in our battle,” he said.
“This is not a drill,” he said. “This is not a dress rehearsal.” More…
By FARNOUSH AMIRI and JULIE CARR SMYTH Report for America/Associated Press
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Residents of seven Ohio counties will be mandated to wear a mask when out in public, Gov. Mike DeWine announced during a briefing Tuesday as the number of hospitalizations from COVID-19 reached the highest count in at least 21 days.
The governor said the mandate will impact residents of Butler, Cuyahoga, Franklin, Hamilton, Huron, Montgomery and Trumbull counties starting at 6 p.m. on Wednesday. More…
By FARNOUSH AMIRI Report for America/Associated Press
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A company partly owned by Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine is among those that received loans from a $600 billion-plus coronavirus aid program.
The data released Monday shows DeWine Seeds-Silver Dollar Baseball received a loan under the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program for a range of $150,000 to $350,000.
The company owns the Asheville Tourists, a minor league baseball team in North Carolina, which was purchased by the governor’s family in 2010. DeWine’s son, Brian DeWine, currently serves as president of the baseball team. More…
By: 1812Blockhouse Staff
We’re staying put, folks.
It came as no real surprise when Governor Mike DeWine announced on Thursday that Ohioans are going to be staying home.
The stay-at-home order, first issued in March, was set to expire on Friday. Instead, it is being extended for an indeterminate period of time. More…
At a press conference on Wednesday afternoon, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine made two general annnouncements.
First, the Governor shared that a fourth case of COVID-19/coronavirus has been confirmed in Ohio. Importnatly, this 53 year old man appears to have contracted the virus through “community spread,” that is, not having been involved in foregin travel to heavily infected parts of the world. More…
On Tuesday, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced that 10 more counties have been added to the list of Ohio counties covered by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretarial disaster designations. Those additional areas included Richland County.
The new designations bring the total to 54 Ohio counties where farmers can seek potential relief from the USDA following Secretarial disaster designations in their counties or contiguous counties due to rain, flooding, or other weather conditions. More…