Ohio Coronavirus News


Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced Friday the Ohio Department of Transportation has created free permits for food trucks to sell food at Ohio’s 86 rest areas to truck drivers and other essential travelers.

Mobile food vendors must download a permit from the ODOT website and display it at all times while operating.

They must also abide by state and local food service regulations as well as social distancing guidelines from CDC.

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Ohio health officials are changing the way they count the cases COVID-19. Per CDC guidelines, "probable" cases will now be included in the official figures.

Including those numbers would bring the number of cases in the state to 5,878, and put the death toll at 231.

In Friday afternoon's briefing, Governor DeWine said the new guidelines will help them better track the disease.

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Ohio State University says federal agents have approved a solution that would speed up and expand coronavirus testing across the state. The school says they got to work after realizing the testing shortage was a worldwide issue.

The kits include swabs and a sterile solution to transport them in. Scientists say they made the product in 24-hours.

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Governor DeWine says Ohio is taking steps to keep the state's prison population as safe as possible from COVID-19.

He says all corrections employees have their temperatures taken at the start of their shifts, and anyone with a fever is sent home.

The governor added that there will be an increased number of inmates being tested, and more personal protection equipment distributed behind bars.

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Polls show the majority of Ohioans think Governor DeWine is doing a good job in responding to the coronavirus crisis.

FiveThirtyEight.com found that 80%of those polled approved of DeWine's performance. That's up from a 49% pre-pandemic approval rating.

The governor has won accolades nationwide for his handling of the COVID-19 outbreak.


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