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Ohio lawmaker Candice Keller shops without a mask in Butler County, tells followers to 'be brave'

Ohio State Rep. Candice Keller didn’t wear a mask when she shopped Thursday at a Middletown Walgreens.She did wear a blue hat featuring an American flag and the name “Reagan.”Keller posted on Facebook a photo of herself on Facebook outside the door of the Walgreens. A sign on the door said, “Mandatory face protection is required to enter.”“Spent $53. No mask. Only one in the store maskless,” Keller wrote in the post. “Be brave. Try it. You’ll like it. […]

Ohio coronavirus cases spike to a record daily high of 1,525

Four months into the COVID-19 pandemic in Ohio, the state recorded its highest number of daily coronavirus cases, reporting 1,525 Friday.The Ohio Department of Health’s total of additional probable and confirmed cases is the most recorded on one day.The state also reported an additional 111 hospitalizations and 24 more fatalities as the recent spiral of the pandemic continues.”Today, Ohio recorded its highest […]

Incredible odds: Trio of Ohio sisters give birth on same day

MANSFIELD — The odds of three sisters having babies on the same day are astronomical.According to an Associated Press story that ran in 1998, the odds are 1 in 50 million.It happened July 3 at OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital.Daneesha Haynes, Ariel Williams and Ashley Haynes had babies in a span of 4½ hours.”It was a blessing. It’s amazing,” Daneesha said. “This kind of blew everybody away.”Incredibly, the same doctor, Edroy […]

Lake Erie algae bloom unlikely to be severe

PUT-IN-BAY — Lake Erie’s annual algae bloom isn’t expected to pack the same punch this year as last year.Researchers reported Thursday that they expect western Lake Erie’s “harmful algal blooms” to reach 4.5 on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s severity index, which ranges from 1 to 10. In 2019, the bloom rated 7.3.NOAA and its research partners forecast this year’s bloom to be among the smaller ones in the past […]

Coronavirus: Fairfield, Pickaway counties now ’red,’ must wear masks

Residents of six additional counties — including Fairfield and Pickaway in central Ohio — will be required to wear face masks in public as the spiraling coronavirus pandemic continues to infect an increasing number of Ohioans.The state reported 1,170 additional confirmed and probable cases Thursday, the fifth-highest daily case total, while hospitalizations of the ill totaled 81 and another 15 deaths were recorded.Ohio’s COVID-19 outbreak has […]

CDC: No rewriting of guidelines for reopening schools

WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite President Donald Trump’s sharp criticism, federal guidelines for reopening schools are not being revised, the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday.Dr. Robert Redfield said the agency would be issuing “additional reference documents” for parents and schools to facilitate the reopening and deal with safety concerns in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. But he said there would be no changing of the overall guidance. […]

Will Franklin County go on ’purple alert’ for worst coronavirus spread in Ohio?

Franklin County and Columbus could have its spike of coronavirus cases — while not an official designation — essentially declared out of control.The state is scheduled to update its county-by-county virus spread and risk designations Thursday, which could bump Franklin County into the highest “purple” designation, a Level 4 outbreak.While a […]

Coronavirus: Ohio’s spike continues with fourth-highest number of daily cases

A new wave of coronavirus infections continued to sweep parts of Ohio on Wednesday as residents of seven hard-hit counties faced a new state mandate to wear masks to help undercut the spike.Ohio health officials reported 1,277 new confirmed and probable cases of the virus Wednesday; that was the fourth-highest daily total of the pandemic, behind only July 2 (1,301) and two days of prison-fueled cases in mid-April.The four-digit-number was accompanied by 106 more […]