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‘Excess deaths’ suggest a much higher COVID-19 death toll in Ohio than current count

‘Excess deaths’ suggest a much higher COVID-19 death toll in Ohio than current count

Ohio’s COVID-19 death count might be a vast underestimation of the virus’ true reach, data from the CDC suggests.Researchers with the federal agency calculated Ohio’s “excess deaths” — the difference between expected deaths based on historical trends and the number of deaths expected in the state when all death certificate data is in.Nearly 1,500 Ohioans have died from COVID-19 as of Wednesday, according to a count of lab-confirmed and probable cases published by the Ohio Department of Health. However, in late-April and early May, the  shows significantly more Ohioans have been dying this...

May 14, 2020
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Teachers celebrated ‘Appreciation Week’ at home. Then DeWine cut their funding.

Teachers celebrated ‘Appreciation Week’ at home. Then DeWine cut their funding.

John Wells has a purpose for showing his language arts students the movie “Mean Girls” in class.He does so to teach the storytelling device of irony, sharing familiar examples in pop culture: from Batman and Shakespeare.As such, when the Mt. Healthy High School teacher learned of Gov. Mike DeWine’s plan to cut hundreds of millions of dollars from the Ohio public education budget, Wells couldn’t help but think of his lesson plans.“For an English teacher who works every year with irony, the dark humor of (the cuts) happening during ‘Teacher Appreciation Week’ is not lost on me,” Wells said.He...

May 8, 2020
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As demonstrators protest George Floyd’s death, Ohio legislators seek to make racism public health crisis

As demonstrators protest George Floyd’s death, Ohio legislators seek to make racism public health crisis

After a night of demonstrations related to the Minnesota death of George Floyd, Ohio legislators condemned the police actions that led to the man’s death, and called for racism to be declared a public health crisis.Thursday night street protests occurred in downtown Columbus calling for nationwide action, as police used tear gas and riot gear to force crowds to disperse. Multiple windows in the Ohio Statehouse were broken, along with some other buildings around Capitol Square.As Ohio’s General Assembly continued work on Friday, the Legislative Black Caucus (OLBC) called on the state to...

May 29, 2020
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Gov. Mike DeWine announces reopening date for movie theaters, zoos, playgrounds and more

Gov. Mike DeWine announces reopening date for movie theaters, zoos, playgrounds and more

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine today announced the reopening of certain facilities including certain entertainment facilities with health and safety restrictions.“As I’ve said, Ohioans are able to do two things at once. We can continue to limit the spread of COVID-19 while we safely reopen our economy. It is up to each of us to do what we can to keep each other safe and choose to keep six feet of social distance, wear masks, and maintain good hand hygiene.” said Governor DeWine.“The threat of COVID-19 remains and while it’s our responsibility to keep each other safe, business owners and...

June 4, 2020
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New details unveiled after Ohio House Speaker, 4 others charged in $60M bribery scheme

New details unveiled after Ohio House Speaker, 4 others charged in $60M bribery scheme

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio Speaker of the House was arrested Tuesday morning and charged in a federal racketeering conspiracy involving approximately $60 million paid to a 501(c)(4) entity to pass and uphold a billion-dollar nuclear plant bailout.It is alleged that Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford), 61-years-old, and his enterprise conspired to violate the racketeering statute through honest services wire fraud, receipt of millions of dollars in bribes and money laundering.Four other individuals were also arrested and charged, including:Generation Now, a corporate entity...

July 21, 2020
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Ohioans set election record for most absentee ballots requested

Ohioans set election record for most absentee ballots requested

It’s a new record.Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose said the 2020 General Election has already featured the most absentee ballots requested of any election in Ohio history.As of Oct. 2, a total of 2,154,235 absentee ballots had been requested in Ohio.That’s nearly double how many were requested at this point in the 2016 presidential election cycle.Ohioans still have several more weeks to request an .The eventual completed ballot must be postmarked by Nov. 2 (the day before the election) in order to count. Or voters can drop off their ballot at their .This story was republished from the...

October 7, 2020
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Walmart to require employees wear masks or other face coverings

Walmart to require employees wear masks or other face coverings

Walmart is taking another step to protect its employees and shoppers amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.The company announced Friday that it will begin requiring that associates wear masks or other face coverings at work.The action includes Walmart’s stores, clubs, distribution and fulfillment centers, and corporate offices.The company is also encouraging customers to wear face coverings when shopping at their stores.The requirement for employees will go into effect Monday. Employees are able to provide their own as long as it meets certain guidelines, or the company will provide them with...

April 18, 2020
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Ohio Senate candidate Melissa Ackison responds after Marysville man files report with elections board

Ohio Senate candidate Melissa Ackison responds after Marysville man files report with elections board

MARYSVILLE, Ohio — Republican state senate candidate , of Marysville, is responding after a Marysville man filed a complaint against her with the Ohio Elections Commission last week.Richard Nielsen, who describes himself as an “independent consultant” on his Facebook profile, filed the complaint against Ackison with the Ohio Elections Commission (OEC) on Apr. 13. A copy of the complaint was obtained by TiffinOhio.net over the weekend.Nielsen wrote in a letter to OEC that he is requesting they “investigate possible criminal activity” by Ackison, who is running in a for the 26th district...

April 21, 2020
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Ohioans who do not qualify for regular jobless benefits can apply for new federal program

Ohioans who do not qualify for regular jobless benefits can apply for new federal program

Starting on Friday, April 24, Ohioans who are unemployed as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic but who don’t qualify for regular unemployment benefits can begin pre-registering for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), a new federal program that covers many more categories of workers, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) announced today.In addition, more than 400,000 unemployment claimants in Ohio began receiving weekly $600 supplements this week in addition to their regular benefits as a part of the new federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (PUC)...

April 23, 2020
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Seneca County among top 5 counties with most bald eagle nests in Ohio: See how many your county has

Seneca County among top 5 counties with most bald eagle nests in Ohio: See how many your county has

Thanks to thousands of reports from citizen scientists during February and March, 707 bald eagle nests have been confirmed in Ohio!The Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Wildlife received approximately 2,500 reports from the public for the 2020 census. Wildlife staff, including wildlife officers and biologists, verified nest locations in 85 counties.Counties along or near Lake Erie have the highest number of bald eagle nests. Bald eagles thrive near Lake Erie because of the abundance of food and nesting habitat. The 12 counties with the highest number of eagle nests include:...

April 23, 2020
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