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African American healthcare activist Yvonka Hall poses for a portrait in her Lee-Harvard neighborhood of Cleveland, OH.
Marvin Fong / Eye On Ohio

After moving to allow testing of asymptomatic people from ethnic minority groups disproportionately affected by COVID-19, the CDC this week removed all mentions of race and ethnicity from its testing guidelines.

Gov. Mike DeWine speaks during a public inauguration ceremony at the Ohio Statehouse, Monday, Jan. 14, 2019, in Columbus, Ohio.
John Minchillo / Associated Press

A Republican bill that would curb the power of Ohio Department of Health director Dr. Amy Acton reflects a split in how to restart Ohio's economy amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Ohio Department of Health director Amy Acton gives daily briefings on the coronavirus with Gov. Mike DeWine.
Office of Gov. Mike DeWine

On a mostly party-line vote, the Ohio House has approved a bill that would limit the power and length of public health orders that Gov. Mike DeWine and Health Department director Amy Acton have been issuing on COVID-19.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine speaks at his daily coronavirus press conference on April 8, 2020.
Office of Gov. Mike DeWine

Gov. Mike DeWine is making $775 million in budget cuts over the next two months, as the coronavirus pandemic takes a "profound" impact on the state's economy.

A caregiver tests a patient for coronavirus at University Hospitals, Monday, March 16, 2020, in Mayfield Heights, Ohio.
Tony Dejak / Associated Press

Ohio is ramping up its ability to test for COVID-19, which officials hope will lead to a big increase by the end of May. Gov. Mike DeWine is now announcing new protocols to follow since testing won't be as limited as it once was.

A man walks past a closed business Wednesday, April 29, 2020, in Shaker Heights, Ohio.
Tony Dejak / Associated Press

As part of WOSU’s ongoing COVID-19 coverage, we asked listeners to share their questions with us about the illness and Ohio's response. Now we have some answers.

Protesters gather at the Ohio Statehouse to criticize the DeWine administration's coronavirus response on April 18, 2020.
David Holm / WOSU

Gov. Mike DeWine began his usual press conference Monday with a moment of silence to remember the four Kent State students who lost their lives 50 years ago.

The Worthington dog park has been closed due to concerns about social distancing.
Ryan Hitchcock / WOSU

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

A group of doctors, medical professionals and their supporters held a demonstration at the Statehouse Sunday, a day after protestors showed up outside the home of Dr. Amy Acton.
Dan Konik / Statehouse News Bureau

Manufacturing, construction and distribution companies can reopen on Monday, with employees wearing masks and observing cleaning and social distancing rules.

State lawmakers are also coming back to work this week, although one has proposed a bill to open the state immediately while shutting down the authority of the governor and his health director.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine on Friday asked for public confidence in his plan to ease restrictions on businesses as the state recorded its thousandth probable COVID-19 death Friday.

At times seeming to address opponents of his gradual approach, DeWine said his administration sought to balance public safety with restarting economic activity.

Easton Town Center in Columbus has sat mostly empty since Ohio's stay-at-home order went into effect.
David Holm / WOSU

Brick-and-mortar retail stores deemed non-essential are scheduled to reopen May 12. But Ohio's newly expanded stay-at-home order is allowing some to start up Saturday, earlier than expected.

Ohio Department of Health director Amy Acton at a press conference on April 7, 2020.
Office of Gov. Mike DeWine

Ohio's stay-at-home order has been extended for another four weeks until May 29 by state health director Dr. Amy Acton. The previous stay-at-home order to slow the spread of the coronavirus was scheduled to expire at midnight on Friday. 

Cincinnati Health Department data shows African Americans have the highest confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Updated: 4:19 p.m., Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Ohio officials said on Wednesday that they reversed course on a requirement for all customers to wear masks before entering stores when they begin to reopen in May based on feedback from businesses.

According to Lt. Gov. Jon Husted, employers had many questions about how to enforce the new rule.

Gov. Mike DeWine holds up a face mask at a press conference April 6, 2020.
Office of Gov. Mike DeWine

Gov. Mike DeWine has unveiled plans to allow some businesses to begin reopening after Ohio's current stay-at-home order expires on May 1.