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

A sign at the Mill Run nursing home in Hilliard.
Ryan Hitchcock / WOSU

Ohio's nursing home lobby supports Gov. Mike DeWine's decision to shield some information regarding COVID-19 cases in long-term care facilities, including death rates.

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

Thousands of Ohioans whose elective procedures were postponed as a result of the state’s coronavirus outbreak will soon be able to access the treatment they need. Gov. Mike DeWine said the state is easing its restrictions on medical centers, and first priority will be given to patients awaiting surgeries.

Former Ohio Governors To Join State's COVID Fight

Apr 21, 2020

Two former governors of Ohio – Democrat Richard Celeste and Republican Bob Taft – have agreed to lead a testing strike force team for Ohio to help the state combat the coronavirus crisis, Gov. Mike DeWine announced during his Tuesday briefing.

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A federal judge has rejected a Columbus bridal shop’s initial bid to roll back parts of Ohio’s stay-at-home order. 

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

On April 17, 1964, Columbus native Jerrie Mock became the first female aviator to circle the globe in her plane, the “Spirit of Columbus.”  To kick off his Friday coronavirus update, Gov. Mike DeWine presented Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton with the 2020 Spirit of Columbus Award.

Gov. Mike DeWine at his daily coronavirus press conference on April 7, 2020.
Office of Gov. Mike DeWine

Ohio will begin the slow process of reopening shuttered businesses on May 1, Gov. Mike DeWine announced Thursday.