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Gov. Mike DeWine announced that Ohio's nursing homes will be allowed to have outdoor visitors again, beginning July 20. It will be the first time in four months that many long-term care residents will be able to see family members in person.

The Ohio National Guard will soon have to end its pandemic-related missions, including its first assignment in the coronavirus crisis – helping Ohio’s 12 food banks with the huge job of getting food to increasing numbers of people who need it.

The Ohio National Guard is returning to the state after being called to Washington, DC to secure demonstrations in the District. However, members of the guard are still in some Ohio cities as protesters continue to demonstrate against the deaths of George Floyd and other black people killed by police.

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine at his April 8, 2020 coronavirus briefing
The Ohio Channel

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is investigating a member of the Ohio National Guard after federal officials, Gov. Mike DeWine says, revealed information they say indicates the guard member expressed white supremacist ideology online before being deployed to assist with protest security in Washington, D.C.

In his regular coronavirus briefing Friday, DeWine told reporters the unidentified guard member is suspended from all missions as the investigation continues.

Gov. Mike DeWine dedicated most of his press conference about the coronavirus Tuesday to discussing racism in the state. 

Office of Gov. Mike DeWine

The Ohio National Guard will deploy across the state beginning this week to help expand COVID-19 testing at Ohio’s 960 nursing homes. Gov. Mike DeWine announced the effort during his regular coronavirus briefing.

Ohio National Guard members have been performing a variety of duties during the COVID19 pandemic. But the roles of members are changing a bit as time progresses.

There have been at least 674 deaths from coronavirus at nursing homes in Ohio, which is 43% of the state’s confirmed COVID-19 deaths. After saying for weeks that nursing home residents who have symptoms are tested but limitations prevented mass testing, there’s a plan for more tests in long-term care facilities.

An F-16 Fighting Falcon, assigned to the 180th Fighter Wing, Ohio Air National Guard, sit on the flightline of Patrick Air Force Base, Florida, before morning training sorties Jan. 30, 2019. The 180FW deployed more than 130 Airmen and 10 F-16s.
Ohio National Guard/Senior Master Sgt. Beth Holliker

The Ohio Air National Guard will take to the skies this week to pay tribute to the healthcare workers, first responders, military members and other essential personnel at the forefront of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 180th Fighter Wing will conduct a series of flyovers across the state throughout the day Thursday.

The guard says they want to lift the spirits of the heroes fighting COVID-19 every day and all Ohioans affected by the crisis.

The Ohio National Guard is working with public health leaders all around the state in what they say is a coordinated effort to prepare for the peak of the coronavirus.

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