Jason Saul

News Director

Jason Saul is a public radio journalist and producer who has moved to the Miami Valley to help build a new culture of nonprofit journalism here in Southwest Ohio.

Jason's an experienced reporter and manager, and is hard at work building a new team of reporters and producers dedicated to bringing you the thoughtful, independent, thoroughly researched and vetted news you expect from WYSO and NPR. Listen for more of our team's stories every morning and afternoon, and find us online pretty much everywhere!

Jason grw up on Long Island, and spent some time in Boston, New Orleans and Seattle before settling here in Yellow Springs with his wife Dionne. He's passionate about way too many things, and has worked on a number of local and national public radio programs during his careeer, including some that air on WYSO, like American Routes and BirdNote.

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Greene County Public Health

Throughout this coronavirus crisis, officials have been repeating the same refrain over and over again. Stay at home. Stay away from other people. Wash your hands. Don’t touch your face. Stop this virus’s spread.

It turns out, this new normal comes from a very old playbook.

With a virus like this one, that’s mostly spread by droplets in the air, it’s when people come into close contact with each other that we’re able to get each other sick.

In the coming weeks, Governor Mike DeWine says that the state of Ohio is probably going to have to double its hospital capacity to meet the needs of coronavirus patients.

In recent days, officials have started to warn of what they’ve called a coming storm - the people who may have already contracted coronavirus, but aren’t sick yet.

If too many people get too sick too quickly, the hospitals get overwhelmed. So the state is approaching the problem from two angles: expanding healthcare capacity - and keeping people from getting each other sick.

At his Thursday press conference, Governor Mike DeWine said he’s been working with Ohio’s hospitals to make sure there’s a plan in place for the wave of coronavirus victims to come.

Mike Abrams, President of the Ohio Hospital Association, during the March 17 governor's press conference.
The Ohio Channel

With community spread of COVID-19, and cases popping up around the Miami Valley, healthcare organizations are getting ready for the influx of new patients.

Local healthcare organizations say they are doing everything they can to lower demand for healthcare. They are trying to limit the spread of coronavirus transmission now, so they don’t get overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients later.

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine during today's coronavirus emergency press conference.
The Ohio Channel

Governor Mike DeWine is warning that there are serious economic implications unfolding due to the epidemic. DeWine says state government revenues are declining dramatically, and the state is implementing an immediate hiring freeze — except for positions related to fighting the coronavirus. The state is also freezing travel and new contracts.

Cuts are coming to existing programs, too. Governor DeWine has been telling his cabinet members to look for emergency belt-tightening measures right away.

Miami Valley Hospital.
Premier Health

Miami Valley’s hospitals are preparing for an influx of COVID-19 patients. As WYSO’s Jason Saul reports, those hospitals have been training for an outbreak of an infectious disease like this one.

A healthcare facility, like an urgent care center or a hospital, isn’t a place you go when you’re feeling okay. They’re full of people who are already sick. And people with other underlying health conditions are more at risk if they get this new disease.

Dayton VA Medical Center
Dayton VA Medical Center

The Dayton Veterans Administration is closing its Community Living Center to all outside visitors.

Community Living Centers are VA nursing homes. The VA says Center residents tend to be older and have complex underlying health conditions - making them particularly vulnerable to infection.

The Center is also suspending all new admissions and transfers from other facilities, and all staff are being screened daily before coming into contact with residents.

Ohio's governor and senior state officials announced major new initiatives in the fight against the spread of the coronavirus.
The Ohio Channel

Governor Mike DeWine and state officials have announced significant new steps to help slow the spread of the coronavirus.

At a press conference this afternoon DeWine announced new regulations banning gatherings of more than a hundred people. And at the end of the school day on Monday, all students in Ohio will be sent home for a three-week spring break.

The Dayton VA Medical Center.
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

The Dayton VA Medical Center is closing its Community Living Center to all outside visitors.

Community Living Centers are VA nursing homes. The VA says Center residents tend to be older and have complex underlying health conditions - which makes them particularly vulnerable to infection.

A screenshot of Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley's press conference, streamed live on Facebook.
City of Dayton

The KKK-affiliated, Indiana-based hate group that rallied in Dayton last year has applied for a permit to do it again.

Last year, nine members of the Honorable Sacred Knights of Indiana rallied in downtown Dayton. They were armed and wore masks. They were met downtown by hundreds of police officers and counter-protestors. That event ended peacefully.

However, officials are concerned that the timing of this year’s rally could signal far greater trouble as the group’s application is for September 5, just weeks before Election Day.