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Ohio Governor Mike DeWine held up a cardboard chart during his briefing Saturday. The low-tech visual, he said, was due to an illness among the behind-the-scenes crew that allows the daily briefing to be televised. DeWine said they were relieved to learn that the individual, hospitalized with pneumonia, tested negative for COVID-19. 

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Ohio's top health official delivered grim but expected numbers about the coronavirus outbreak during Friday's press conference. 

Dr. Amy Acton, the director of the Ohio Department of Health, said there are 1,137 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state. More than 260 are hospitalized, and 16% are health care workers.

There have also been 15 deaths within the last week. Ohio's first COVID-19-related death was reported March 20. 

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Here are your morning headlines for Friday, March 27: 

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Although Gov. Mike DeWine didn't issue any new orders during Thursday's press conference, Ohio's top health official wanted Ohioans to know what they're doing is helping the health care system.  "Ohio, what you're doing is absolutely saving lives," said Dr. Amy Acton, the director of the Ohio Department of Health.  As of 3 p.m. Thursday, 867 cases of COVID-19 and 15 deaths have been confirmed in the state. But Acton said it could be far worse if residents weren't staying home and social distancing. However, there's more work to do. 

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Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton shared new information Wednesday on the spread of the coronavirus in Ohio. The data included a graph showing the ages of people who've been infected by the virus. There are a number of cases among those age 40 to 50 and Dr. Acton indicated there is a fatality rate in that age group of 1 in 250. 

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Gov. Mike DeWine and Ohio's top health official had a mix of good and bad news at Tuesday's press conference.

Ohio has confirmed 564 COVID-19 cases in the state and eight deaths — two more than Monday. Deaths have occurred in Stark, Cuyahoga, Erie, Lucas, Franklin, and Gallia Counties. 

DeWine said although he never wants to see the numbers rise, it's expected. But Ohio is on the right track and is preparing for that surge, he said. 

CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION

Here are your morning headlines for Tuesday, March 24:

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There are now 442 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Ohio in 46 counties. Six deaths have been reported in Stark, Cuyahoga, Erie, Franklin and Lucas counties, according to the Ohio Department of Health (ODH). 

Dr. Amy Acton, the director of ODH, said Monday it's likely there are clusters of cases in the state. 

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While saying it's an "absolutely crucial time", Gov. Mike DeWine said he's issuing an order for all Ohioans to stay at home starting at 11:59pm Monday - what's being called a "shelter in place" order in other states.DeWine said the order includes three parts:

Three COVID-19 Deaths In Ohio; New Orders Issued

Mar 22, 2020
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There are now three deaths related to coronavirus in Ohio. Gov. Mike DeWine is opening the state's emergency operating center, shutting down centers serving people with disabilities and allowing bigger loads to be trucked to grocery stores and medical facilities.

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Ohio has confirmed its first COVID-19-related death. 

"We have now entered a new phase in our battle against the coronavirus," said Gov. Mike DeWine Friday. 

DeWine said he and many other state lawmakers personally knew the victim, Mark Wagner Sr., a 75-year-old attorney from Lucas County.  

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Here are your morning headlines for Tuesday, March 17:

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State officials are trying to raise awareness about the importance of everyone doing their part in preventing the spread of coronavirus. As the Ohio Department of Health explains, this is a population health crisis, and containing the virus takes a group effort.

Health Department Director Amy Acton says Ohio needs to do what it can to slow the spread of the coronavirus in order to avoid flooding hospitals with patients.

As she puts it, everyone taking precautionary measures such as washing hands and avoiding large groups contains the outbreak.

Gov. Mike DeWine says he will issue a public order limiting mass gatherings as part of a state effort to stop the spread of coronavirus.

The state now has the ability to conduct tests for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. Due to limited resources the state has created a protocol to determine who to prioritize for testing.

The Ohio Department of Health is investigating a total of three potential cases of coronavirus, as of Thursday afternoon.

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Gov. Mike DeWine has set up a statewide health advisory group to come up with strategies to deal with the potential spread of the coronavirus. There are currently no cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus in Ohio. And while public health officials say it's only a matter of time, they are still urging people to take preventive measures. 

Department of Health Director Amy Acton says coronavirus will eventually make its way to Ohio. She says its arrival is imminent. But that hasn't stopped the state from diligently working to block the potential spread of the virus.

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The top doctor in state government says she’s keeping an eye on legislation involving vaccinations and abortion. Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton is concerned with one measure that opponents say have some dubious medical science behind them. 

Acton says she’ll weigh in on vaccinations. There’s a House bill that would demand schools post information about vaccine exemptions just as they put up immunization requirements.

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Gov. Mike DeWine has filled the final position open in his cabinet, which is likely the most diverse in state history. He’s appointed the first woman to head the Ohio Department of Health.

Amy Acton has decades of experience as a doctor and administrator. She’s the first physician to lead the agency in almost five years. And Acton says she has a holistic approach.

“The food we eat is our health. Where we live, the zip code we’re born into is our health. All the things that surround us are creating the conditions in which we can lead flourishing lives.”