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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.

A man wearing a face mask walks out of a Marc's Store, Friday, Jan. 8, 2021, in Mayfield Heights, Ohio.
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WOSU is providing updates about the coronavirus and COVID-19 in Ohio. Find the most recent news and information below.

Protesters gather outside of the Ohio State House in Columbus, Ohio Monday April 20, 2020, to protest the stay home order.
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Few Ohioans had heard of COVID-19 at the beginning of 2020. By the end, almost 700,000 Ohioans had contracted the disease and almost 9,000 have died. Millions more have been laid-off or impacted financially by the pandemic.

Ohio Senate President Larry Obhof
Ohio Senate

The Ohio Senate adjourned Tuesday without overriding Gov. Mike DeWine’s veto of a bill that restricted his ability to issue health orders to shut down businesses.

Many feared Ohio's cases of coronavirus would "surge" post-Thanksgiving if families gathered as normal, but data show many in fact heeded the call, leading Gov. Mike DeWine to again urge Ohioans to hunker down for the upcoming Christmas holiday.

Ohio has logged its highest daily number of confirmed coronavirus cases since the pandemic began, but some of that is related to a backlog of tests that the state was double checking over the last several weeks.

Two people walk past a sign for COVID-19 testing at the Cleveland Clinic, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020, in Cleveland.
Tony Dejak / Associated Press

The state of Ohio will be changing the process of adding COVID-19 cases to the daily count starting on Tuesday. Gov. Mike DeWine says the change will mean a one-time "significant" spike in cases.

Updated: 4:36 p.m., Monday, Dec. 7, 2020

COVID-19 cases in Ohio are spiking, but the numbers might be flattening out, Gov. Mike DeWine said at a data-focused Monday press conference.

However, hospital officials tell him the numbers are still far too high, and normal healthcare operations are unsustainable with the current caseload, the governor said.

Gov. Mike DeWine inside the Governor's Residence in Columbus on Dec. 13, 2019.
John Minchillo / Associated Press

Gov. Mike DeWine says he vetoed a controversial bill that would limit the health department's ability to issue public health orders during emergencies.

Ohio Senate president Larry Obhof is defending income tax cuts in their version of the budget, which must be finalized by this weekend.
Paul Vernon / Associated Press

Ohio Senate President Larry Obhof says he has the votes to override a threatened veto of a bill restricting the health department's powers during a health emergency.

A ventilator helps a COVID-19 patient breath inside the Coronavirus Unit at United Memorial Medical Center, Monday, July 6, 2020, in Houston.
David J. Phillip / Associated Press

Ohio on Wednesday reported its second-highest number of confirmed deaths from COVID-19, and the third day this week that death totals hit the triple digits.

An employee of a new Lufthansa corona quick test center shows the test device into the camera at the airport in Munich, Germany, Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020.
Matthias Schrader / AP

For the last five days, the data on Ohio's coronavirus website has been labeled as “incomplete,” with thousands of reports pending review. It’s unclear when that warning will be removed.

A health worker draws blood from a patient for a COVID-19 antibody test at the Volusia County Fairgrounds, Tuesday, May 5, 2020, in DeLand, Fla.

Health care professionals made a plea for help during Gov. Mike DeWine's coronavirus briefing Thursday, saying the surge of COVID-19 cases has them strapped for staff and space.

Close to 50 protesters held a “Lighted Dance Party” on the street in front of Gov. Mike DeWine’s Cedarville mansion last night. There was chanting, dancing, honking and almost nobody was wearing a mask.

Ohio Health Department Ordered To Disclose Hospital Capacity Numbers

Nov 17, 2020
A ventilator helps a COVID-19 patient breath inside the Coronavirus Unit at United Memorial Medical Center, Monday, July 6, 2020, in Houston.
David J. Phillip / Associated Press

The Ohio Court of Claims ruled this month that the Department of Health must share public records with Eye On Ohio showing the number of beds and ventilators available for COVID-19 patients at individual hospitals throughout the state.