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There have been at least 674 deaths from coronavirus at nursing homes in Ohio, which is 43% of the state’s confirmed COVID-19 deaths. After saying for weeks that nursing home residents who have symptoms are tested but limitations prevented mass testing, there’s a plan for more tests in long-term care facilities.

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.

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.

Health officials say the new study to gather samples of COVID-19 antibody test results will include a broad range of participants from around Ohio.

The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) announced Wednesday the state has received enough remdesivir from the federal government to treat about 100 patients.

The antiviral drug has shown promise treating COVID-19 patients and received Emergency Use Authorization recently from the Food and Drug Administration.

A statue of Arnold Schwarzenegger wears a face mask in downtown Columbus.
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The decision to bar spectators from the Arnold Sports Festival started with a message from Houston. 

For the past 40 years, thousands of energy sector types have gathered in Houston for a major conference called CERAWeek. They come from all around the world, but on March 1, organizers canceled the event because of fears about the spread of the coronavirus.

The laboratory test kit used by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2.
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When Gov. Mike DeWine first spoke about lifting the state's stay-at-home orders, he emphasized that coronavirus testing would be a crucial component of safely reopening.

Cincinnati City Council is expected to vote on an ordinance Wednesday that would impose civil fines instead of criminal penalties for businesses in the city who violate the state's public health orders and related safety guidelines.

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As Ohio begins reopening businesses, parents in need of child care will have to wait a while longer to find answers. Gov. Mike DeWine said he's not ready yet to announce a reopening date for daycares, something that was expected Monday, saying the plan needs more work.

African American healthcare activist Yvonka Hall poses for a portrait in her Lee-Harvard neighborhood of Cleveland, OH.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.

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