Mayor Andrew Ginther tours the Greater Columbus Convention Center.
Greater Columbus Convention Center

Columbus Mayor Signs Executive Order Requiring Face Masks In Public

Mayor Andrew Ginther says he will sign an executive order that requires the wearing of face coverings in public. The order takes effect throughout Columbus on Friday, July 3, ahead of the holiday weekend.

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Gov. Mike DeWine gets a coronavirus test during his briefing on June 23, 2020.
Office of Gov. Mike DeWine

Coronavirus In Ohio: Live Coverage

WOSU is providing updates about the coronavirus and COVID-19 in Ohio. Find the most recent news and information below.

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Fireworks packages in store
Mike Mozart / Flickr Creative Commons

Sales of backyard fireworks are booming in Ohio, at least partly because the pandemic has canceled public fireworks shows. But it’s still technically illegal to set them off in the state, despite efforts by state legislators to change that.

Gov. Mike DeWine in front of the advisory alert system ranking the severity of coronavirus outbreaks across Ohio, on July 2, 2020.
Office of Gov. Mike DeWine

Gov. Mike DeWine has announced a series of health guidelines for Ohio's K-12 schools when they reopen in the fall.

Quentin Smith was found guilty of aggravated murder in the death of Westerville Police officers Eric Joering and Anthony Morelli.
Fred Squillante / Pool/Columbus Dispatch

The Columbus police union on Thursday demanded the immediate removal of an attorney from the recently-formed Civilian Review Board working group, while responding to critical comments made by Mayor Andrew Ginther.

Mayor Andrew Ginther tours the Greater Columbus Convention Center.
Greater Columbus Convention Center

Mayor Andrew Ginther says he will sign an executive order that requires the wearing of face coverings in public. The order takes effect throughout Columbus on Friday, July 3, ahead of the holiday weekend.

A sign in the window of Trattoria Roma in Grandview on May 14, 2020.
David Holm / WOSU

A collection of health and human services advocates are urging Ohio leaders to immediately work on revamping the unemployment compensation system in order to avoid another backlog of claims.

Marijuana plants
Jim Mone / AP

The Ohio Senate has passed what supporters call a critical bill to address criminal justice reform and overcrowded prisons. The legislation lowers the penalty for many drug possession charges from felonies to misdemeanors.

Brandon Duncan describes himself as fearless. So when he first heard news reports about the novel coronavirus, the 30-year-old wasn’t afraid for himself. 

“I’m like, how is this going to affect Danny?” he says.

County fairs around Northeast Ohio are debating whether to ban sale or display of the Confederate flag. The grass-roots movement comes after state legislators killed a proposal that would have banned the flag across all fairs last month.

Portage County is the latest to face calls to remove the Confederate flag from its county fair. A petition from Portage County Young Democrats urges the fair board to take the “necessary steps” of banning the sale and display of the flag at the Portage County Randolph Fair.

Kings Island is opening for its 49th season with a brand new giga coaster, Orion, and a slew of new safety precautions as the coronavirus pandemic continues.

Columbus City Schools Board of Education
David Holm / WOSU

The Columbus teachers union says it can’t formalize an opinion on the district’s plan for the upcoming school year until collective bargaining takes place.

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