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Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine discusses COVID-19 vaccinations and Dr. Acton's possible Senate run during Thursday press conference

Ohio remains in Phase 1B of the state's COVID-19 vaccination strategy. What's next?

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Editor's note: Video at the top of this story was originally published on Feb. 2 as Gov. DeWine received his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

It's Thursday, which means Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine will be back at the podium to give new details in our battle with the COVID-19 pandemic and the state's vaccination process. We will stream the 2 p.m. press conference live inside this story. You can also watch on our Facebook and YouTube pages.

What can you expect from today's press conference? Here's what we anticipate is coming down the pipeline from vaccines to an update with Dr. Amy Acton...


As thousands of K-12 school employees throughout Medina County were among some of the first Ohio educators to get vaccinated for COVID-19 today, we expect Gov. DeWine to provide an update on how the process in going for other districts.


Ohio will open vaccine eligibility next week for residents who are 65 and older. But who will be eligible next? The state has not yet outlined any plans beyond those in Phase 1B.

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Data from Feb. 3 shows Ohio has given 7.6% of the state’s population their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. 1.7% have been fully vaccinated.


The state of Ohio has reported less than 4,000 new COVID-19 infections all week. Will that trend continue? Gov. DeWine will provide an updated look at the state’s new data, which includes the number of new infections, hospitalizations, deaths and vaccinations.


According to Henry J. Gomez at BuzzFeed News, Dr. Acton has announced she is stepping down from her post at The Columbus Foundation as she considers a run for the U.S. Senate. Her interest in the political role comes as Ohio’s Rob Portman recently announced he would not be running for reelection. We anticipate Gov. DeWine will be asked for his thoughts on this latest update since Dr. Acton previously served his administration as the Ohio Department of Health Director.


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