Ohio’s COVID Press Briefings


Latest Press Briefing:
Thursday, April 15, 2021

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has been conducting press briefings regarding the Coronavirus crisis since late February. His leadership through the crisis, together with Ohio Health Director Dr. Amy Action, has been a model for the entire country. Ohio was among the first states to respond seriously to the crisis by shutting down bars and restaurants, and then a statewide ‘Stay at Home’ Order.

As an Ohio resident for most of my life, I commend the Governor for the way he has managed the crisis. I’m grateful because (so far) Ohio has avoided a surge of cases that would overwhelm the hospital system. And this is saying a lot! I don’t recall the last time I’ve praised a Republican for anything, let alone with this depth of feeling.

As a Republican DeWine is cautious not to openly criticize President Trump, as doing so probably wouldn’t help him or Ohio much. DeWine is implementing policies that Trump condemns when carried out by Democratic governors. But I think DeWine is being more than pragmatic. I think he is sincere in not wanting to politicize the pandemic and sow divisions.

While there have been protests against the Ohio shutdown, DeWine and Acton have also become folk heroes of sorts and their daily 2:00 press briefings have been dubbed ‘Wine with DeWine.’ You can see more of this in a link below.

This intro was written Spring 2020, early in the pandemic.

I’ve assembled here all of the Governor’s COVID press briefings to date and will continue as long as he does.

Ohio’s COVID Press Briefings

April 2021
March 2021
February 2021
January 2021
December 2020
November 2020
October 2020
September 2020
August 2020
July 2020
June 2020
May 2020
April 2020
February/March 2020

Ohio Public Health Advisory System

In July, Governor DeWine announced a new Ohio Public Health Advisory System. The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) now posts a color-coded map online that residents and businesses can check it to keep track of the pandemic risk level in their county.

The first map shown below reported the status of Ohio counties as of July 2, 2020. DeWine says it will be updated at least once a week based on the latest available information compiled from various data sources. The current map can always be found at the ODH website.

When first launched, the Ohio Public Health Advisory System
showed this status for July 2, 2020.
For the current status go to the ODH website.

Every county is designated a status from Level 1 (best) to Level 4 (worst), with guidance for Best Practices at each level.

On July 8, the ODH Interim Director, Lance Himes, issued an Order mandating face coverings in public spaces when counties are at Level 3 or Level 4. Counties will be subject to the Order, or released from it, depending on their status level.

Ohio Vaccination Overview

For more information, visit Ohio COVID-19 Vaccination Program

Information & Official Documents


Ohio’s Stay at Home Orders /
Stay Safe Ohio Orders

November 19, 2020
March 22, 2020
April 2, 2020
April 30, 2020

Rescissions & Modifications
May 20, 2020

Stay Safe Partial Rescission
Urgent Health Advisory: Ohioans Protecting Ohioans
Camp Safe Order

News Coverage, Interviews, Accolades & Protests

‘Wine with DeWine’

Ohio Senate Bill 22

In March 2021 the Ohio Legislature enacted Senate Bill 22 over a veto by Governor DeWine. The new law severely limits the ability of the governor, the Ohio Department of Public Health (ODH) and local health officials to issue orders when needed in public health emergencies. See the March 2021 page for details and an interview with Governor DeWine.

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