Members of Physicians Action Network hold a rally in support of Dr. Amy Acton at the Statehouse

On Sunday, about 35 medical workers in masks stood 6 feet apart outside the Statehouse in silent support of Dr. Amy Acton, Ohio's health director, and the state's "stay at home" orders. In contrast to other recent protests at the Statehouse, which have attracted anti-vaxxers, white nationalists and far-right Ohio Senate candidate Melissa Ackison (who lost), the few dozen who gathered consistently practiced social distancing and held signs reading, "Doctors stand with Dr. Acton," "Listen to the Doctor" and "Dr. Acton we have your back."

The rally of support came after a smattering of 15 to 20 protesters opposing COVID-19-related shutdowns descended on the street where Acton lives in Bexley on Saturday.


Today, Ohio will continue its reopening process. "Nonessential" manufacturing, construction, distribution and other offices are allowed to resume work, though most are doing so slowly and gradually. On Friday, elective surgeries and dental and veterinary services were also allowed to resume.


Today is May 4, so gear up for many, many "May the Fourth be with you" Star Wars memes, which will be either annoying or entertaining, depending on your level of fandom and tolerance of puns.