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Dr. Amy Acton, Ohio Department of Health director
OFFICE OF GOV. MIKE DEWINE

The Ohio Department of Health is now tracking probable cases of COVID-19 in the state through a detailed case definition that the department says will help them study the spread of the virus.

About 75 people wearing masks and carrying signs protest outside the Ohio Statehouse on Thursday, April 9, 2020, in Columbus, Ohio.
Karen Kasler / Statehouse News Bureau

Around 75 protesters gathered outside of the Ohio Statehouse on Thursday to criticize the government's restrictions during the coronavirus outbreak.

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

Gov. Mike DeWine said he plans to ask for the early release of 141 inmates under Ohio's "Overcrowding Emergency" statute in order to help reduce and stop the spread of the novel coronavirus among the state's prison population.

Dr. Amy Acton, Ohio Department of Health director
OFFICE OF GOV. MIKE DEWINE

Ohio’s coronavirus tracking website is now showing a breakdown of COVID-19 cases and deaths by race and ethnicity. However the state's health director is cautioning that this information is incomplete.

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

Gov. Mike DeWine and Ohio's top health leader say Ohioans should wear homemade and non-medical grade masks when they go out in public. However wearing a mask doesn’t mean you can’t get coronavirus.

Coronavirus In Ohio: Hospitals Remain Quiet On Bed And Ventilator Counts

Apr 3, 2020
Urgent care at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, on March 31, 2020.
David Holm / WOSU

The Ohio Department of Health gets daily updates on the total number of beds and ventilators that could be available for COVID-19 patients at hospitals throughout the state. But so far the agency hasn’t provided any hospital-by-hospital breakdown, and the agencies that collect capacity information on their behalf have also declined to release their assessments.

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

Ohio has extended its stay-at-home order, including the ban on non-essential businesses, until May 1. 

Ohio has gotten all that it’s likely to get from the National Strategic Stockpile of medical supplies – a plane dropped off gowns, gloves, coveralls, face shields, surgical masks and N-95 masks in Columbus Tuesday. But the state says it’s not enough for now or through the surge of COVID-19 patients that is expected in the near future.

Dr. Amy Acton, Ohio Department of Health director, speaks at a coronavirus briefing.
Andy Chow / Ohio Public Radio

The state will start tracking ventilators through a new database as part of the ongoing effort to build up capacity for the projected peak of coronavirus in Ohio.

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

Last Sunday afternoon, the Bhutanese Community of Central Ohio hosted a two-hour Facebook talk show with two doctors from the community: COVID-19 101. 

A sign is displayed at Planned Parenthood of Utah Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019, in Salt Lake City.
Rick Bowmer / Associated Press

A federal judge has temporarily blocked Ohio from banning surgical abortions as part of state restrictions on non-essential procedures during the coronavirus pandemic.

In this March 24, 2020, file photo, members of The Ohio National Guard assist in repackaging emergency food boxes for food distribution at the Cleveland Food Bank in Cleveland.
Tony Dejak / Associated Press

Coronavirus cases in Ohio hit 1,137 as Gov. Mike DeWine signed into law a relief bill passed unanimously by the legislature.

Like all hospitals in Ohio, Riverside Methodist Hopsital in Columbus has been told to cancel all non-essential and non-elective surgeries.
Ryan Hitchcock / WOSU

Gov. Mike DeWine and Ohio Department of Health director Amy Acton ordered the cancellation of elective surgeries and procedures, with the goal of preserving personal protective equipment like masks, gloves and gowns, and emptying out hospitals for the projected boom in patients.

Dr. Amy Acton, with Gov. Mike DeWine alongside, talks to reporters before the statewide coronavirus summit.
Andy Chow / Statehouse News Bureau

The number of COVID-19 deaths in Ohio increased by 50% as the state unveiled an upgraded dashboard with more details on the spread of the coronavirus. The Ohio Department of Health announced Thursday that 15 people have died, five more from the day before.

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

As Ohio logs hundreds of new coronavirus cases every day, concerns are growing about the state's hospital systems and their ability to handle an expected influx of patients. 

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