NBC News: ‘This is not about politics’: GOP governor says wearing masks is a public health issue

NBC News: ‘This is not about politics’: GOP governor says wearing masks is a public health issue. ” Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, a Republican, on Sunday dismissed the politicization of wearing masks in public to help contain the spread of the coronavirus, imploring Americans during the Memorial Day weekend to understand ‘we are truly all in this together.’ With many states like Ohio beginning to relax stay-at-home restrictions, he underscored the importance of following studies that show masks are beneficial to limiting the spread of the virus.”

Columbus Dispatch: Coronavirus deaths and cases in Ohio reported Saturday were both above the daily average

Columbus Dispatch: Coronavirus deaths and cases in Ohio reported Saturday were both above the daily average. “Ohio logged another 84 coronavirus-related deaths on Saturday, a figure more than double the number of deaths recorded in the previous 24-hour period. Ohio on Saturday reported another 84 deaths from COVID-19, a figure more than double the 36 deaths that the state Department of Health reported the day before.”

Ohio Capital Journal: Ohio prisons chief says inmates getting ‘excellent’ health care; 63 dead, thousands infected

Ohio Capital Journal: Ohio prisons chief says inmates getting ‘excellent’ health care; 63 dead, thousands infected. “Ohio has decreased its prison population by less than 4% while some institutions have been virtually overrun by COVID-19. Four prison workers and 63 inmates have died since prison officials first detected the new coronavirus March 29. More than 4,500 inmates have tested positive, though officials believe this to be a massive undercount since they abandoned a mass-testing strategy.”

‘Too Little, Too Late’: Inside the Nation’s Worst Coronavirus Hotspot (Daily Beast)

Daily Beast: ‘Too Little, Too Late’: Inside the Nation’s Worst Coronavirus Hotspot. “By Friday, over 2,000 people, or almost 80 percent of the [Marion Correctional Facility’s] population, had tested positive for COVID-19, causing Marion County to become the number one COVID-19 hotspot in the nation, according to The New York Times. At least 15 inmates and one corrections officer have died statewide, according to the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (ODRC). Some 150 correctional officers at Marion alone have also tested positive for the coronavirus, and Gov. Mike DeWine called in the National Guard to fill the void.”

Exclusive: Fewer poll workers, coronavirus, spark fears of election day woes in Ohio Democratic primary (Reuters)

Reuters: Exclusive: Fewer poll workers, coronavirus, spark fears of election day woes in Ohio Democratic primary. “Nearly a quarter of Ohio’s counties are deploying fewer poll workers for the state’s Democratic primary on Tuesday than they have in previous presidential election years, raising concerns from voting-rights advocates who say the reductions could lengthen lines at the polls.”

WOWK: Non-profit organization connects shoppers with local artisans across the tri-state

WOWK: Non-profit organization connects shoppers with local artisans across the tri-state. “The ‘Foothills Exploration of Appalachian Tourism’ (FEAT) group has been assisting local artisans in Northeast Kentucky for several years. Now, the group is expanding into other areas in the tri-state. Ohio and West Virginia artisans and small businesses can now join the group through their new website.”