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FILE - In this Aug. 15, 2019, file photo, Kimberly Hall, director of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, looks over a photo display outside her office, in Columbus, Ohio. Lawmakers planned to question Hall about the state's response to the unprecedented number of claims for unemployment before the House Ways and Means Committee meeting scheduled for Wednesday, May 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Andrew Welsh-Huggins, File)

Human services chief: jobless claims came 'in a tsunami'

May. 27, 2020 5:32 PM EDT

COLUMBUS (AP) — Ohio faced an unprecedented surge in unemployment claims almost overnight as the pandemic led to widespread business shutdowns, leaving the state no time to retool its system to respond, the state's human services chief said Wednesday as she testified before Republican lawmakers critical of...

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...

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...

Cars line up to receive food at the Greater Cleveland Food Bank food distribution, Thursday, May 14, 2020, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Governor: Ohio child care, camps, pools to reopen this month

May. 14, 2020 5:18 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio day care centers and gyms, along with activities ranging from sports like tennis and softball to horse racing to swimming in public pools, will resume this month, the state's top leaders said Thursday. State campgrounds will open May 21 and motor vehicle bureaus on May 26,...

Editorial Roundup: Ohio

May. 4, 2020 8:01 PM EDT

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Ohio newspapers: Bypass all the bureaucracy to find a cure The Warren Tribune Chronicle May 4 Give federal regulators credit for recognizing that the coronavirus pandemic is no time for business as usual. The Food and Drug Administration, in particular,...

Editorial Roundup: Ohio

Apr. 27, 2020 5:26 PM EDT

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Ohio newspapers: Truth needed from podium The Sandusky Register April 25 The message from the podium in Washington is that testing for the COVID-19 virus is robust, perfect. “Let me just say, we are the king of testing already. There’s no...

Healthcare workers wave and acknowledge members from the Crestview Presbyterian Church in West Chester Township, Ohio, as they participate in a prayer circle for front-line health workers Wednesday, April 22, 2020, in the parking lot at West Chester Hospital. (Kareem Elgazzar/The Cincinnati Enquirer via AP)

Ohio nears 1M unemployment claims over 5 weeks amid virus

Apr. 23, 2020 5:47 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Nearly 1 million people have filed unemployment claims in the past five weeks as Ohio's stay-at-home order continues to depress the economy and lead to widespread layoffs, the state reported Thursday. For the week ending April 18, 109,369 people filed jobless claims, according to the...

In this Friday April 10, 2020, photo, Moore's Heritage Farm Market Owner Connie Moore greets customers in the afternoon outside the family restaurant on Bridge Street in Ashtabula, Ohio. Grand River Rubber Company bought four Easter meals from Heritage Farm Market for each of their employees, said restaurant owner Connie Moore. She said the restaurant also had another 300 orders for Easter meals. (Warren Dillaway/The Star-Beacon via AP)

Unemployed Ohioans wait, and wait, for checks from state

Apr. 11, 2020 3:16 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — As Ohio fields record unemployment claims, many workers out of a job find themselves scrambling to make ends meet as they wait days or weeks for their claim to be processed and checks to be issued. Nearly 700,000 people filed for unemployment in the past three weeks, the state...

Wearing a homemade mask, Kathy Verhoff of Kalida, Ohio donates blood as phlebotomist Jacqueline Line looks on at the American Red Cross, Tuesday, April 7, 2020 in Lima, Ohio. Approximately 36,000 units of red blood cells are needed every day in the U.S.  (Craig J. Orosz/The Lima News via AP)

Nearly 700,000 in Ohio file for unemployment in just 3 weeks

Apr. 9, 2020 5:33 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Nearly 700,000 people in Ohio filed for unemployment in the last three weeks as the coronavirus pandemic continues to shake the economy, almost double the claims filed last year, according to the state. A look at coronavirus-related developments on Thursday: ___ ECONOMY Nearly 700,000...

Corey Stacey casts his fishing line on the shores of Lake Erie at Wildwood Park, Tuesday, April 7, 2020, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Ohio governor announces coronavirus death of prison guard

Apr. 8, 2020 4:47 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Gov. Mike DeWine announced the coronavirus-related death of a state prison guard, while the number of prison employees with COVID-19 jumped to 48, along with 17 inmates. DeWine also urged institutions with surgical masks not to throw them away because a new sanitizing process can...