Mike DeWine

House Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford) speaks to masked reporters after session on May 13, 2020.
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Gov. Mike DeWine changed his initial mask mandate as a condition of businesses reopening, instead requiring masks for employees but not for customers. While mask wearing has become something of a partisan symbol, DeWine said it shouldn’t be.

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

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

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Lt. Gov. Jon Husted announced that event venues like catering and banquet centers can open back up in June 1. Guidelines for those businesses will include a cap of 300 people, no dance floors, limited mingling and six feet between tables. 

Tim Cassell, co-owner Pinnacle Performance Ohio in Franklinton.
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Tim Cassell, co-owner of Pinnacle Performance Ohio, reopened his gym near downtown Columbus after a Lakewood judge sided with local fitness centers challenging the state's closures.

Minority Strike Force Team Unveils First Recommendations

May 21, 2020

Cincinnati Vice Mayor Christopher Smitherman, a member of Ohio's Minority Strike Force team assembled during the COVID-19 pandemic, joined Gov. Mike DeWine's Thursday briefing to reveal the first steps the team is taking to combat inequalities in the state's response.

A jug of hand sanitizer is near exercise machines at Columbus Sports Connection in Clintonville.
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Lake County Common Pleas Judge Eugene Lucci has issued a preliminary injunction against the state's public health order closing gyms and fitness centers. The attorneys representing gyms say this ruling has wider implications.

With a state budget deficit of three quarters of a billion dollars and just two months left in the fiscal year, Gov. Mike DeWine ordered huge cuts to schools, Medicaid and other areas. He says he’s considering other options going forward, but he has ruled out one possibility.

Iconic Ohioan Annie Glenn passed away Tuesday.

An advocate and educator for people with communication disorders and the widow of astronaut and U.S. Sen. John Glenn, she celebrated her 100th birthday in February.

She died of COVID-19 complications at a nursing home near St. Paul, Minn.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine ordered flags in her home state to be flown at half-staff in her honor.

Gov. Mike DeWine signs an executive order.
Office of Gov. Mike DeWine

Ohio's stay-at-home order is now less a command than a suggestion.

An empty elementary school classroom in Westerville.
Karen Kasler / Ohio Public Radio

Ohio’s K-12 schools are winding down their remote classes to end this unusual year. Gov. Mike DeWine says he and school leaders are making plans for returning to in-person classes after the summer break.

Gov. Mike DeWine inside the Governor's Residence in Columbus on Dec. 13, 2019.
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As the state reopens, Gov. Mike DeWine insists, the success of the economy depends on whether Ohioans follow social distancing protocols.

Marshall Gilmore finally got what he'd been waiting for this month when the state of Mississippi allowed him to offer table service again at his restaurant, the Harvest Grill in Meridian.

Still, many of his tables sit empty, even at limited capacity, and he makes most of his money offering curbside food pickup.

"People are just a little apprehensive about getting out in public. This was a once-in-a-lifetime scare that we all just went through. So everyone's a little scared," Gilmore says.

Ohio House Minority Leader Emilia Sykes (D-Akron)
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The Democratic leader of the Ohio House, state Rep. Emilia Sykes (D-Akron), says the state has not done enough to address the disproportionate effect COVID-19 is having on black Ohioans.

Gov. Mike DeWine gives his daily coronavirus briefing on April 1, 2020.
Office of Gov. Mike DeWine

Gov. Mike DeWine says the state will do "whatever we have to do" to enforce social distancing measures if bars and restaurants fail to restrain crowds. His comments came Sunday after pictures of packed Columbus bars went viral on social media.

Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton speaks at a daily coronavirus press conference.
Office of Gov. Mike DeWine

A prominent anti-abortion group has taken an unusual step: asking the Ohio Senate to reject a House proposal that would restrict the power of public health orders signed by Gov. Mike DeWine and his health director.

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