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People wait in line at the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles office, Tuesday, May 26, 2020, in University Heights, Ohio. Tuesday was the first day open for the Ohio BMV since they closed due to the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Ohio to test all staff members in state's nursing homes

May. 26, 2020 4:40 PM EDT

COLUMBUS (AP) — All staff members in the state’s nursing homes will be tested for the coronavirus, Republican Gov. Mike DeWine said Tuesday, announcing a ramped-up effort in Ohio's hard-hit long-term care facilities. The governor said testing will also be done on residents who are most likely to...

Heidi Hannah holds her head in her hands, as she is joined by her sons Tomas, 10, left, and Lucas, 8, right, at a Memorial Day visit to the grave of her oldest son, Army Specialist Taylor Hannah, at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery in Dixon, Calif., Monday, May 25, 2020. Public Memorial Day events at the cemetery were canceled this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. Taylor Hannah, 22, died March 1, 2020 of a rare blood disease. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Pandemic brings smaller, subdued Memorial Day observances

May. 25, 2020 8:31 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Americans settled for small processions and online tributes instead of parades Monday as they observed Memorial Day in the shadow of the pandemic, which forced communities to honor the nation’s military dead with modest, more subdued ceremonies that also remembered those lost...

Visitors gather on the beach Sunday, May 24, 2020, in Newport Beach, Calif., during the coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Memorial Day weekend draws crowds and triggers warnings

May. 24, 2020 8:27 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Memorial Day weekend marking the unofficial start of summer in the U.S. meant big crowds at beaches and warnings from authorities Sunday about people disregarding the coronavirus social-distancing rules and risking a resurgence of the scourge that has killed nearly 100,000...

Ohio governor: Wearing masks shouldn't be political issue

May. 24, 2020 2:45 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine says wearing masks while in public during the coronavirus pandemic should not be a political issue but is about people acting to protect others. DeWine was reacting on NBC's “Meet the Press” Sunday to North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum's call for...

Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows

May. 22, 2020 6:42 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows: ABC's “This Week" — Dr. Deborah Birx, White House coronavirus task force coordinator; former White House homeland security adviser Tom Bossert; Dr. Atul Gawande of Brigham and Women’s Hospital. ___ NBC's “Meet the...

FILE - In this Nov. 17, 2019, file photo, former Cincinnati Bengals player Anthony Munoz speaks during the NFL PLAY 60 event in Mexico City. The Pro Football Hall of Fame will have three members livestream a session Friday, May 22, 2020, with Ohio youngsters as part of its Strong Youth Strong Community program. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

Hall of Famers reach out to youth with messages of strength

May. 22, 2020 1:53 AM EDT

It doesn’t matter how the message is conveyed as long as it is communicated. So the Pro Football Hall of Fame will have three members livestream a session Friday with Ohio youngsters as part of its Strong Youth Strong Community program. Anthony Munoz, Aeneas Williams and Darrell Green, plus Ohio Gov....

Melissa and Lexie Hoinski have lunch at an outdoor restaurant, Wednesday, May 20, 2020, in Mayfield Heights, Ohio. Restaurants will be able to seat patrons indoors starting Thursday. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Nursing home deaths nearly 70% of Ohio's overall total

May. 21, 2020 5:52 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Nursing home residents continue to make up the vast majority of coronavirus-related deaths in Ohio, according to new Department of Health statistics. At least 1,246 residents of Ohio’s long-term care facilities have died as of Wednesday from the virus, or nearly 70% of the...

FILE - In this April 27, 2020, file photo, Jason Godbey hangs a banner over the entrance of Madison Chop House Grille as they prepare to shift from take out only to dine-in service in Madison, Ga. Gov. Strong concern about a second wave of coronavirus infections is reinforcing widespread opposition among Americans to reopening public places, a new polls finds, even as many state leaders step up efforts to return to life before the pandemic. AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)

AP-NORC poll: Americans harbor strong fear of new infections

May. 20, 2020 7:30 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Strong concern about a second wave of coronavirus infections is reinforcing widespread opposition among Americans to reopening public places, a new poll finds, even as many state leaders step up efforts to return to life before the pandemic. Yet support for public health...

Melissa and Lexie Hoinski have lunch at an outdoor restaurant, Wednesday, May 20, 2020, in Mayfield Heights, Ohio. Restaurants will be able to seat patrons indoors starting Thursday. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Judge: Ohio health director order closing gyms 'oppressive'

May. 20, 2020 5:39 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's decision to shut down gyms and fitness centers was “arbitrary, unreasonable and oppressive,” a judge ruled Wednesday in a largely symbolic finding that nevertheless underscored an ongoing debate over the state's response to the pandemic. The nine-page ruling by...

Ohio ballot campaigns allowed more flexibility on signatures

May. 20, 2020 5:15 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that Ohio must allow groups pursuing voting law changes, a minimum wage increase and marijuana decriminalization more time and flexibility to qualify for ballots amid the coronavirus pandemic. U.S. District Court Judge Edmund Sargus Jr.'s ruling Tuesday...