WOSU is providing updates about the coronavirus and COVID-19 in Ohio. Find the most recent news and information below.
Gov. Mike DeWine is giving a coronavirus press conference today at 2 p.m. Watch below, courtesy of the Ohio Channel.
Ohio by the numbers, according to the Ohio Department of Health:
- 6,274 COVID-19-related deaths, 405 of those probable
- 382,743 cases of COVID-19, 21,120 of those probable
- 25,486 people hospitalized, 4,527 in ICU
- 5,835,768 total tests administered
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Wednesday, November 25
6:03 p.m. Hilliard City Schools is shifting to virtual learning starting on Monday, November 30 after Franklin County remained at the purple level on the state's Public Health Advisory System. The district had been in a hybrid learning mode.
5:57 p.m. Franklin County remains at purple or level four on Ohio's Public Health Advisory System, which indicates severe exposure or spread of COVID-19. Lake, Lorain and Montgomery counties were elevated to purple for the first time.
Eleven counties are on the watch list to be moved up to level four next week. They include, Adams, Clermont, Hamilton, Medina, Portage, Richland, Stark, Summit, Trumbull, Warren and Wood counties.
1:56 p.m. The Ohio Department of Health has reported record increases of 10,835 new COVID-19 cases and 156 deaths. The state also reported 417 new hospitalizations and 44 ICU admissions in the last day.
Tuesday, November 24
4:14 p.m. The Ohio State women's basketball game Wednesday against the University of Akron has been canceled "out an abundance of caution" aftter Akron "shared results of its most recent testing." The Athletics Department says the decision does not affect Wednesday's men's basketball game against Illinois State.
2:00 p.m. Gov. Mike DeWine's COVID-19 update press conference.
- DeWine said Ohio will get its first batch of a COVID-19 vaccine around December 15.
- DeWine said that many schools have suspended winter sports. He is asking schools that have not done so to have games without fans or family members in the stands.
9:18 a.m. Cleveland Browns defensive star Myles Garrett will miss his second consecutive game on Sunday as he recovers from COVID-19. Coach Kevin Stefanski says Garrett will not be back in time to face the Jacksonville Jaguars, but did not provide details on his condition.
Monday, November 23
2:00 p.m. Gov. Mike DeWine invited several hospital officials to speak at his press conference and report on how the surge is impacting the hospital system. New patients are arriving more frequently than beds open up, and staffing is a concern as more caregivers get infected or are in quarantine.
9:21 a.m. Akron Public Schools is pausing its plans for students to return to the classroom. A "remote plus" plan was set to begin November 30, which would allow in-person support to students with disabilities and those struggling with school. Most winter sports have also been paused.
8:45 a.m. The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is temporarily closing its doors beginning today. The Columbus Museum of Art closed on Saturday.
Sunday, November 22
1:59 p.m. The Ohio Department of Health has reported record increases of 8,133 new COVID-19 cases and 12 deaths. The state also reported 205 hospitalizations and 24 ICU admissions in the last day.
Saturday, November 21
1:59 p.m. The Ohio Department of Health has reported record increases of 7,863 new COVID-19 cases and 29 deaths. The state also reported 260 hospitalizations and 34 ICU admissions in the last day.
Friday, November 20
3:51 p.m. Cleveland Browns defensive star Myles Garrett has tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Eagles. Garrett had been isolating at home for two days after showing symptoms.
2:07 p.m. The Ohio Department of Health has reported record increases of 8,808 new COVID-19 cases and 398 hospitalizations in the last day.
8:00 a.m. Ohio State University has announced that classes will return to online only starting Friday at 6 p.m., earlier than planned. Meanwhile, Columbus City Schools, South-Western City Schools and Hilliard City Schools have all suspended extracurricular activities, following the county's stay-at-home advisory.
- Ohio State also announced that all campus facilities, including the Ohio Union, dining halls and rec centers will close by 9:30 p.m. nightly to comply with the new statewide curfew. All employees who can work remotely are being told to do so once again.
Thursday, November 19
5:33 p.m. Gov. Mike DeWine has signed the statewide curfew order, which takes effect tonight at 10 p.m. The curfew will remain in place for 21 days.
5:07 p.m. Republicans in the Ohio House have passed a bill limiting the governor and Department of Health's power to issue quarantines on any regions or the state as a whole. Gov. Mike DeWine says he will veto, but because Republicans control a supermajority of the legislature, they may have enough support to override the veto.
2:40 p.m. Ohio House Republicans rejected a motion to require masks on the floor during a session in a 58-31 vote.
2:00 p.m. Gov. DeWine's press conference.
- DeWine said today's data is not complete because more antigen tests are being done and not all are being included until they are investigated. Today there are about 12,000 cases that have not been double checked yet.
- Combating the notion that more cases are because of more testing, DeWine said that though testing has gone up 43% since October 17, positive cases have gone up 299%.
- DeWine said Ohio is now in the middle of a big surge in patients who are hospitalized. As of today, there are up to 3,829 COVID-19 patients currently in the hospital, with 943 of those in the ICU. These are the highest patient counts ever during the pandemic.
- DeWine spoke out against Senate Bill 311, which would limit the power of the state to issue quarantine orders. The bill has passed in the Ohio Senate and expected to be voted on in the House shortly. DeWine called the bill a "disaster," and promised to veto the bill if it gets to his desk.
- Hospital staff and administrators from across the state called in to share stories of how the surge is putting a stress on our hospital system.
1:14 p.m. Beginning Saturday, Columbus Metropolitan Library is once again closing its buildings to the public and returning to curbside and walk-up service only at all its branches. The Marion-Franklin branch will be closed entirely.
1:05 p.m. The Ohio High School Athletic Association is moving this weekend's football championships to Paul Brown Tiger Stadium in Massillon, following the "stay at home" advisory issued by Columbus and Franklin County health departments. The six games were set to be played at Fortress Obetz beginning Friday.
9:10 a.m. The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services reports that 24,964 Ohioans filed new unemployment claims in the last week – an increase from the previous week – and 254,613 people filed continued claims.
8:30 a.m. Ohio nursing homes reported another 89 COVID-19 deaths in the last week, according to the Department of Health. In total, nursing homes have seen 3,523 coronavirus deaths since the pandemic began, accounting for 64% of the statewide total.
Wednesday, November 18
2:45 p.m. Cleveland and Cuyahoga County, and Dayton and Montgomery County, have announced stay-at-home advisories of their own. Both take effect today and last through December 17. Similar to Columbus' measure, the advisories asks residents to avoid non-essential travel and activities, not hold holiday gatherings, and not travel in and out of state.
2:07 p.m. Ohio State University announces that staff and friends and families of players will no longer be permitted at Ohio Stadium to watch football games, in order to comply with the city's new stay-at-home advisory. Ohio State is scheduled to play Indiana at home on Saturday at noon.
11:52 a.m. Columbus is issuing a "stay at home" advisory beginning Friday at 6 p.m. due to the rapid rise of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in the area. Mayor Andrew Ginther and Health Comissioner Dr. Mysheika Roberts say that residents are advised to leave home only to go to work or school, or for essential needs and picking up food.
Tuesday, November 17
2:45 p.m. The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, OhioHealth and Mount Carmel Health System will temporarily stop allowing inpatient and emergency department visitors inside any of their hospitals in Columbus. The restrictions start Wednesday, Nov 18. There will be some exceptions including maternity and end-of-life care.
2:00 p.m. Gov. Mike DeWine has announced a statewide curfew to stop the spread of COVID-19.
- DeWine described the dramatic increase in hospitalizations. On Oct. 13, Ohio had about 1,000 hospitalizations. On Nov. 5, there were 2,000. Nov. 12 had 3,000. Today, there are 3,648 hospitalizations reported.
- DeWine announced that a curfew will go into place across the state from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. It will start Thursday and run for three weeks. There are exceptions for groceries and pharmacies, and the order is not meant to stop people from getting to work or going to the hospital.
- Restaurants will also be allowed to continue delivery, takeout and drive-thru service, but dining rooms must close at 10 p.m.
- Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff, the health department chief medical officer, warned that Ohioans should limit holiday gatherings to a small circle of people. He also expressed concern for a potential hospital staffing crisis as cases surge.
11:30 a.m. Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) says he is joining a phase-three trial of a COVID-19 vaccine, as a way to encourage more people to volunteer for the studies. Portman says he received an injection earlier this month at a Cincinnati lab that's testing an experimental vaccine from Johnson & Johnson, but doesn't know if he received the drug or a dummy shot.
10:09 a.m. Ahead of Thanksgiving, Akron City Council has passed legislation temporarily limiting the size of private gatherings in the city to six people, and mandates face coverings at those gatherings at all times. Violators may face a $250 fine.
Monday, November 16
4:30 p.m. Nationwide Children's Hospital says it will start admitting young adult patients under the age of 26 that are referred by other Columbus-area hospitals, as many near capacity due to the surge of coronavirus cases. Nationwide Children's will not accept COVID-19 patients, however.
1:55 p.m. The Ohio Department of Health reports an increase of 7,268 new COVID-19 cases in the last day, the fourth-highest on record, and bringing the state to over 300,000 cases since the pandemic began. Half of those cases have come in the last two months. Ohio also reported 20 more deaths, 213 hospitalizations and 19 more ICU admissions.
10:49 a.m. The Ohio Department of Health has issued a revised health order limiting mass gatherings, specifically wedding receptions, funerals and other banquet events – all of which have been identified as major events for spreading COVID-19.
- Under the order, no socializing, dancing or other activities are allowed in open congregate areas; guests must be seated at all times, with the exception of certain wedding activities like the first dance, toasts, and cutting he cake.
- Masks must be worn at all times unless actively consuming food or beverages, no self-serve bar or buffets are allowed, and no more than 10 people from the same household can be seated at a table.
9:54 a.m. Cincinnati has closed City Hall in order to install air purifiers and additional dividers, as COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations rapidly increase in the region.
9:08 a.m. Classes at the University of Akron have gone entirely remote this week.
- Ohio State is urging students to get tested for COVID-19 before leaving for home for Thanksgiving, and is encouraging students to leave early if possible. Residence halls will close for the semester on November 25.
- Cleveland State University recently announced it will go completely remote after November 30, although facilities on campus will remain open.
- Kent State University planning to send students home at Thanksgiving.
Sunday, November 15
1:57 p.m. Ohio's Department of Health reported 7,853 more COVID-19 cases and eight more deaths in the last day. The state also saw 189 more hospitalizations and 17 more ICU admissions.
Saturday, November 14
1:49 p.m. Ohio's Department of Health reported 7,715 more COVID-19 cases and 14 more deaths in the last day. The state also saw 220 more hospitalizations and 23 more ICU admissions.
Friday, November 13
1:54 p.m. Ohio has broken its daily record for COVID-19 cases a second day in a row, with 8,071 new cases in the last day. It's the first time the state has surpassed 8,000 daily cases. Ohio also reported 42 more deaths, 298 hospitalizations and 21 ICU admissions.
11:46 a.m. There are currently 229 inmates with COVID-19 in Ohio's prison system, according to the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction. Since the start of the pandemic, 111 inmates and five staffers have died from the disease, while 7,160 have tested positive.
10:09 a.m. Another 21,868 Ohioans filed claims for unemployment, according to the Department of Job and Family Services, a 3% increase from the previous week and nearly 20% higher than October figures. Ohioans also filed 260,855 continuing unemployment claims last week.
Thursday, November 12
2:00 p.m. Gov. Mike DeWine's press conference.
- Ohio set a new record for new cases with 7,101 reported in the last 24 hours.
- Sixty-eight of Ohio's counties are now red and Franklin and Tuscarawas counties are on the watch list for purple level in the Public Health Advisory System.
- DeWine said the legislature is allocating $30 million of CARES Act funding for each local health department to get $200,000. Money will also be used to hire more contact tracers.
- DeWine announced a new online dashboard to see case data by zipcode. He also announced a dashboard with flu information.
12:26 p.m. State Sen. Tina Maharath (D-Canal Winchester) announced that she has been re-infected with COVID-19. Maharath first tested positive in August, after apparently contracting the disease at a family funeral, and called her symptoms "unbearable at times." At the time, Maharath said her sister-in-law died from COVID-19, and two other family members were hospitalized.
11:30 a.m. Cleveland Clinic is once again postponing non-essential surgeries, which require a hospital stay for two days, to free up beds for COVID-19 patients. Urgent and emergency procedures, such as those for heart, cancer and neurological cases, and outpatient procedures will continue.
Wednesday, November 11
7:11 p.m. Gov. Mike DeWine delivered a statewide address to discuss the rise in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations.
- The state is strengthening its face mask order, which could result in the closure of businesses that don’t enforce the wearing of masks by employees and customers
- DeWine said the state will look into possibly closing bars, restaurants and fitness centers on Thursday, Nov. 21 if COVID-19 cases continue to rise.
- DeWine said the state is also placing additional safety restrictions on weddings, funerals and other social gatherings. Dancing, games and open congregate areas will be prohibited at gatherings, he said.
3:04 p.m. Ohio State's football game on Saturday has been canceled due to an elevated number of COVID-19 cases within the Maryland program. Maryland, who was slated to host the Buckeyes on Saturday afternoon has had eight COVID-19 cases among players in the last seven days. The game will not be rescheduled.
1:50 p.m. The Ohio Department of Health reported 5,874 new cases and 76 deaths. The state also reported 253 hospitalizations and 36 ICU admissions.
Tuesday, November 10
1:54 p.m. Ohio sets new daily records for most COVID-19 cases with 6,508, and 386 hospitalizations. The state also recorded 23 deaths and 39 ICU admissions.
10:13 a.m. Summit County has announced that trials would be postponed through the end of the year, while Cuyahoga County is delaying trials through December 1 amid a new surge of COVID-19.
Monday, November 9
2:00 p.m. Gov. Mike DeWine holds an impromptu coronavirus press conference to address the rise in COVID-19 hospitalizations.
- DeWine said that "100% of the state is high-incidence" for COVID-19, and that large gatherings continue to be a major culprit for the virus' spread.
- Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff, incoming chief medical director for the Ohio Department of Health, said that the boom in hospitalizations is causing staffing shortages at hospitals. If the spread isn't controlled, hospitals may have to once again delay less-urgent procedures in order to care for the sickest patients.
1:55 p.m. The Ohio Department of Health reported 4,706 new COVID-19 cases and seven deaths in the last day. The state also saw 154 people hospitalized and 23 ICU admissions.
Sunday, November 8
1:56 p.m. The Ohio Department of Health reported 4,541 new cases and 11 deaths in the last 24 hours. The state also reported 102 hospitalizations and eight ICU admissions.
Saturday, November 7
2:01 p.m. Ohio set a new record for number of reported cases in a single day, 5,549, a more than 500-case increase over yesterday's record. The Ohio Department of Health also reported 12 deaths, 149 hospitalizations and 14 ICU admissions.
Friday, November 6
2:00 p.m. Ohio set new records for number of reported cases, 5,008, and reported hospitalizations, 231.
10:07 a.m. Ohio Department of Health reports more than 1,000 new COVID-19 cases among K-12 students this week for the first time since the state began tracking the numbers in September. About 35% of the nearly 2,800 schools or districts listed in Ohio’s database have reported coronavirus cases.
Thursday, November 5
2:00 p.m. Gov. DeWine's press conference.
- After another record-breaking day for new cases, DeWine said that every county in Ohio is currently in the high incidence of spread category.
- DeWine said that there is a record number of patients in the hospital with COVID-19, a 55% increase compared to two weeks ago, as well as a record high number of 541 people in the ICU.
- The increase in case numbers is not because of more testing, DeWine said. The total number of tests is up 44% since Sept. 24 but the number of positive cases is up 280% in same time period.
- DeWine announced several new appointments in the health department. Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff will be the new Chief Medical Officer at the Ohio Department of Health (ODH).
- To replace Dr. Amy Acton, DeWine has named Stephanie McCloud as the new ODH Director.
- Lance Himes, who has been serving as interim director of the Ohio Department of Health, will now work in the new role of Senior Deputy, overseeing the vaccine rollout and working with local health departments.
- Kathleen Madden, the Assitant Director of the Office of Budget and Management, will now be the Chief of Staff at ODH.
1:55 p.m. Ohio set a new record for the most cases reported in one day: 4,961.
11:29 a.m. Ohio says the number of people filing initial unemployment compensation claims has spiked over last week. The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services oversees jobless claims reported Thursday that Ohioans filed 21,263 initial jobless claims last week, a 21% increase over last week.
- Another 265,613 continuing claims were filed as well, down just slightly from last week.
In total, the state has distributed more than $7.1 billion in payments to more than 833,000 Ohioans during the pandemic.
11:15 a.m. There were 74 deaths reported at Ohio’s nursing homes in the last week tied to COVID-19. That brings the total to more than 3,300 nursing home deaths since the pandemic begin, accounting for around 60% of all COVID-19 deaths in the state.
Wednesday, November 4
4:25 p.m. Gov. Mike DeWine has announced a travel advisory for South Dakota, Iowa, Kansas, Idaho, Wyoming, Alabama and Montana. The Ohio Department of Health is recommending that travelers self-quarantine for 14 days after leaving states with high COVID-19 positivity rates.
1:49 p.m. Ohio reports 4,071 new COVID-19 cases and 55 deaths in the last day. The state also saw 186 hospitalizations and 22 ICU admissions.
- The state also set a new record Wednesday for most people currently hospitalized for COVID-19, with 1,982 patients.
Tuesday, November 3
1:53 p.m. Ohio has once again shattered its record for most COVID-19 cases in a single day – 4,229. The state also reported 213 more hospitalizations, close to its all-time high, and 33 more deaths.
- The Ohio Department of Health reports that 1,960 people are currently hospitalized for COVID-19 across the state, the highest level since the pandemic began.
- The state's seven-day average positivity rate is now up to 7%.
10:53 a.m. The Akron school board has approved a plan to start winter sports. Contact sports such as basketball and wrestling will require COVID-19 testing, while non-contact sports, such as bowling and swimming, will not.
6:30 a.m. Polls have opened around Ohio for Election Day. Voting ends at 7:30 p.m. tonight, although voters who are in line at that time are allowed to vote. Read WOSU's voting guide for more information.
- Face masks are technically required at polling places, under Ohio's statewide mask mandate, although voters will not be turned away if they refuse to wear one.
- Curbside voting is an option this year at every polling place in the state. If you don't feel comfortable entering the building, a bipartisan team of poll workers wearing gloves and face masks will deliver voting materials to your car.
- Voters who have contracted COVID-19, or were recently exposed, are encouraged to vote curbside today.
Monday, November 2
2:00 p.m. Ohio's Department of Health reported 2,909 more COVID-19 cases and 37 more deaths in the last day. The state also saw 182 more hospitalizations and 23 more ICU admissions.
An all-time high of around 1,800 people are currently hospitalized with COVID-19, accounting for 7% of total bed capacity.
10:56 a.m. Applications open today for two state programs offering federal CARES Act funding. The Small Business Relief Grant will give $10,000 to businesses with fewer than 25 employees. About 15,000 establishments each will receive $2,500 through the Bar and Restaurant Assistance Fund to offset the cost of a liquor permit.
9:00 a.m. Gov. Mike DeWine penned an open letter over the weekend calling on Congress to pass additional coronavirus relief funds, while urging Ohioans to take precautions to stop the spread of COVID-19.
8:28 a.m. The chief justice of the Ohio Supreme Court is urging judges to adhere to strict health precautions in their courtrooms – including mask-wearing, temperature taking and social distancing – with Ohio seeing record high coronavirus cases. Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor said Friday that judges' first consideration should be the health and safety of court employees and members of the public entering courthouses.
7:52 a.m. Ohio's Bureau of Workers' Compensation will consider a request Monday morning to release the largest rebate in state history. Gov. Mike DeWine is asking the BWC board of directors to approve a $5 billion dividend to help struggling businesses.
7:00 a.m. Today is the last day of early voting in Ohio before Election Day. In-person voting is open from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. at your county board of elections.
- Today is also the deadline to postmark your mail-in ballot if you want it to be counted. It can be received by the election board up to 10 days after Election Day, but at this point, it may be a safer bet to deliver it to the secure ballot drop box located at each county's election board.