Mike DeWine

Updated: 4:32 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2020

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine celebrated the next phase of the state’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout on Tuesday, broadcasting the inoculation of several seniors during his twice-weekly pandemic update.   

The state launched Phase 1B of vaccine distribution Tuesday, and Ohioans age 80 and older are first in line. People in that age group make up more than half of the COVID-19 deaths in the state.

Next week, Ohioans age 75 and up will be eligible.

Donald Trump, impeached twice and soon to be gone from the White House, will likely always have his corps of MAGA hat-wearing fans who believe he can do no wrong, that he is the be-all and end-all of their world. But there are signs that Trump's grip on Republican voters who are less fanatical in their devotion to him is starting to slip.

Ohio hasn't seen a "dramatic surge" in new COVID-19 cases related to the holidays, according to the governor. But Mike DeWine says there has been an upswing. Hamilton County is now at "purple," the highest level on the state's color coded map tracking several different benchmarks. 

At 8 a.m. Friday, Ohioans can go to Coronavirus.Ohio.gov and search by county or zip code to find a location that is offering the vaccine for COVID-19, Gov. Mike DeWine announced during a Thursday briefing.

Supporters of President Donald Trump gathered in front of the Ohio Statehouse on January 6 shortly before the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.
Karen Kasler / Ohio Public Radio

Gov. Mike DeWine announced Thursday that the Ohio Statehouse and state office buildings downtown will be closed from Sunday-Wednesday to prepare for armed protests ahead of President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration.

A week ago, in the aftermath of a violent, destructive and deadly rampage of the U.S. Capitol by a mob of Trump supporters – a rampage that could have been much worse – we were inundated by tweets and press releases from Republicans in the Ohio congressional delegation decrying what had happened in their workplace, the very center of American democracy.

But barely a word about who inspired a frenzied mob of thugs to scale the walls and cause chaos in the halls of Congress – the president of the United States, Donald J. Trump.

Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) is activating 580 members of the Ohio National Guard to be ready for potential violent protests leading up to inauguration. Reports say armed supporters of President Donald Trump are planning for more protests in Washington, D.C. and even Ohio.

Vaccines will be available to Ohioans ages 80 years and older beginning Tuesday, Jan. 19. About 800 providers across the state have been selected to be part of the first week of distribution.

At a coronavirus briefing, Gov. Mike DeWine said the state has asked local health departments and emergency management agencies to hold press conferences Wednesday and Thursday with information on locations where residents ages 80 and older can get vaccinated.

Mourners gather for a vigil at the scene of a mass shooting, Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019, in Dayton, Ohio.
John Minchillo / Associated Press

"Arm The Populace" founder and lead firearms trainer Douglas Cooper is a gun guy.

State and local health officials are working on a plan to distribute the COVID-19 vaccine to millions of newly eligible people. Exactly how a person can get the vaccine will depend on systems created on the local level.

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Supporters of President Donald Trump gather outside the U.S. Capitol, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington.
Shafkat Anowar / AP

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine last week said that President Trump’s refusal to accept the election results has ignited the flame threatening to burn down democracy.

His comments came a day after the deadly riots in the U.S. Capitol and stand as his sharpest rebuke of the president to date.

Supporters of President Donald Trump gather outside the U.S. Capitol, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington.
Shafkat Anowar / AP

A member of the Ohio Arts Council has resigned after an inflammatory Facebook post in which she expressed support for the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol and used a slur to describe Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.

Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) specifically called out President Donald Trump for inciting the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, marking the first time DeWine has publicly criticized Trump for refusing a peaceful transition of power.

Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, prepares to evacuate the floor as protesters try to break into the House Chamber at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington.
J. Scott Applewhite / Associated Press

In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown discuss how Ohio politicians are responding to the violent breach of the U.S. Capitol building by pro-Trump extremists. Ohio Public Radio Statehouse News Bureau chief Karen Kasler joins the show.

Gov. Mike DeWine signs SB263 into law on Jan. 6, 2021.
Office of Gov. Mike DeWine

As Ohio continues to distribute COVID-19 vaccines, Gov. Mike DeWine on Thursday outlined plans to expand to new groups of recipients in the coming weeks.

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