#schoolsafety | Gov. Mike DeWine talks about back-to-school safety: Capitol Letter

Back-to-school lessons: Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s coronavirus briefing on Tuesday focused on the latest information about sending kids back to school, a controversial topic due to safety and the coronavirus pandemic. Three doctors from children’s hospitals across the state shared that although there’s little information about how children would spread the virus in schools, there are some basic practices to follow when it comes to contact tracing and safety precautions, Emily Bamforth reports.

Mapping it out: DeWine also showcased a map that indicates which school districts are returning to school full-time, in a hybrid model or fully remotely. About 38% of Ohio public school students will return to school for a full five-day plan.

A fortnight: DeWine unveiled a new travel advisory map, with six states from which people arriving in Ohio are recommended to self-quarantine for 14 days, Laura Hancock reports. The states all have high coronavirus positivity rates and are in the South and West.

New York state of mind: On the other side of the coin, Ohioans are now free to travel to and from New York without being required to quarantine, Susan Glaser reports. Ohio was one of five states removed from New York’s travel advisory, due to declining coronavirus cases.

Bill watch: Sen. Kristina Roegner has proposed repealing a recent state law change that allows companies to continue withholding local income taxes from commuters, even if those employees are now working at home in another community. As Andrew Tobias writes, Sen. Kristina Roegner said her bill reflects the reality that work-from-home employees should be paying taxes where they’re spending all their time. If passed, it also has the potential to wreak havoc on big-city revenues.

Slowly declining? State officials reported 1,095 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday, which DeWine said is a “bit of a downturn,” Hancock reports. However, the 35 deaths were higher than the 21-day average of 23.

Free the drugs: The conservative Association of American Physicians and Surgeons is asking the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati to end alleged federal “Deep State” interference with public access to hydroxychloroquine, which it believes is beneficial in treating coronavirus. The Food and Drug Administration — as well as Ohio regulators — have offered contradictory guidance for the medicine’s effectiveness in treating coronavirus. DeWine recently instructed the state pharmacy board to reverse a ban on the drug for COVID-19.

Back in action: Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction Annette Chambers-Smith has recovered from the coronavirus, Seth Richardson reports. Chambers-Smith was diagnosed on July 27 with mild symptoms.

Rocket the vote: Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, home of the Cleveland Cavaliers, will serve as a polling location for the Nov. 3 election, Chris Fedor reports. The huge downtown arena, which hosted the Republican National Convention in 2016 and was remodeled recently, will allow plenty of social distancing for voters.

It’s live: Ohio Auditor Keith Faber has launched his site to collect stories from Ohioans about potentially inaccurate COVID-19 test results or data. “There are widespread concerns and reports regarding false data,” Faber said. “I saw a need for us to verify the data being used to either identify data errors or debunk what, in some cases, may be urban legends.”

Throwing the flag: U.S. Rep. Anthony Gonzalez, a former Ohio State Buckeyes wide receiver, was among the chorus of politicians pushing back on the decision to cancel Big Ten fall sports. As Sabrina Eaton reports, the freshman congressman from Rocky River said that depriving kids of the support structure and positive role models they get through sports is a greater risk than potential exposure to the coronavirus.

Biden-Harris 2020: Ohio Democrats cheered the selection of California U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris as former Vice President Joe Biden’s presidential running mate. Eaton has a roundup of reactions from politicians around the state.

Full Disclosure

Five things we learned from the Feb. 14, 2020 financial disclosure of state Rep. Scott Lipps, a Franklin Republican: 1. In addition to his legislative salary, Lipps made $50,000 to $99,999 as president of HomeCare Sales Consultants Inc., and more than $100,000 as vice-president of HomeCare Matress Inc. He also made more than $100,000 selling a house in Franklin.

2. He or an immediate family member also does business under two other companies: Lipps Inc., of which he is president, and Strategy Launch, of which he is vice-president.

3. At some point during 2019, he owed at least $1,000 to: People’s Bank, Discover Card, Bank of America, Chase Bank, American Express and Debbie Lipps.

4. The Ohio Association of Medical Equipment Services named him legislator of the year, and gave him a gift worth $158.03.

5. He disclosed no debts.

President Donald Trump on Tuesday sent Justin E. Herdman’s nomination to be U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia to the U.S. Senate. Herdman is currently the U.S. Attorney in Cleveland.

Kimberly Hartman, Ohio House chief administrative officer and director of human resources; ex-State Rep. Anne Gonzales

“I will be speaking at the #DNC Convention because I believe that America needs to go in a different direction. I’ve searched my conscience and I believe the best way forward is for change – to bring unity where there has been division. And to bring about a healing in America.”

– Former Ohio Gov. John Kasich on Twitter on Tuesday. He also shared a clip of him on CNN discussing his appearance.

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