Coronavirus In Ohio: Live Coverage

WOSU is providing updates about the coronavirus and COVID-19 in Ohio. Find the most recent news and information below.

Ohio by the numbers, according to the Ohio Department of Health:

  • 10,135 COVID-19-related deaths, 1,055 of those probable
  • 821,507 cases of COVID-19, 96,396 of those probable 
  • 43,048 people hospitalized, 6,345 in ICU
  • 8,431,240 total tests administered

All of WOSU’s coverage of the coronavirus outbreak can be found here.

If you think you have coronavirus, or have questions about the disease, Ohio's coronavirus call center is open daily from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. The hotline number is 1-833-4-ASK-ODH or 1-833-427-5634. More information is available at coronavirus.ohio.gov.

Has your job been impacted by the coronavirus? You may be eligible for unemployment benefits. Visit unemployment.ohio.gov to learn more and apply.

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have provided a list of answers to frequently asked questions about the coronavirus. Here are the latest numbers on the outbreak in the United States.

Latest Updates

Saturday, January 16

2:17 p.m. The Ohio Department of Health reports 7,065 new COVID-19 cases and 78 deaths in the last day. The state also reported 241 hospitalizations and 17 ICU admissions.  

Friday, January 15


1:54 p.m. Ohio has surpassed the benchmark of 10,000 deaths from COVID-19. The state on Friday reported 67 more coronavirus deaths and 7,149 new cases over the last 24 hours, as well as 316 hospitalizations and 39 ICU admissions.

11:22 a.m. The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services reported that Ohioans filed 37,309 initial jobless claims for the week ending January 9 – a 26% jump over last week, and the highest number of weekly claims in a month.

  • Ohioans filed 278,026 continued jobless claims last week, slightly above the figure for the week before.

8:00 a.m. Ohio has released its tool to look up locations to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

Thursday, January 14

2:00 p.m. Gov. Mike DeWine gives a press conference.

  • The Ohio Department of Health reports 7,654 new COVID-19 cases and 109 more deaths. The state also saw 340 more hospitalizations and 37 ICU admissions.
  • As of today, 361,603 vaccines have been distributed.
  • DeWine said that the state's pharmacy partners are almost complete in visiting all the nursing homes in Ohio for the fist shot of the vaccine. About half of all COVID deaths occur in nursing home facilities.
  • Local health departments will be announcing where to get vaccines when they are available. Each individual provider will do its own scheduling. More information will be available at coronavirus.ohio.gov on Friday morning.
  • DeWine said that new cases per capital have increased since last week, but the portion of ICU patients with COVID has gone down slightly.  
  • Hamilton County is now "purple," the highest level of alert on the state's Public Health Advisory System.

8:49 a.m. The Cleveland St. Patrick's Day Parade has been canceled for the second straight year. On Wednesday, the committee voted unanimously to scrap the annual downtown event in March, citing the continued coronavirus pandemic.

Wednesday, January 13


3:52 p.m. Columbus City Schools, Ohio's largest school district, says it will start returning to a hybrid learning model beginning February 1, with students in grades pre-K-3 attending class at school two days per week and at home the other three.

  • Students with identified complex needs in pre-K through 12 will also transition to a hybrid model on February 1, along with students in career and technical education programs at the downtown high school and Fort Hayes Career Center.
  • The next week, on February 8, all students in grades 4-5 will join the hybrid model, while students in 6-12 will remain remote for the forseeable future.

1:45 p.m. The Ohio Department of Health reports 6,701 new COVID-19 cases and 79 deaths in the last day. The state also reported 288 hospitalizations and 15 ICU admissions.

  • As of Tuesday, Ohio has administered the coronavirus vaccine to 321,506 people – 2.75% of the state's population.

11:17 a.m. Cleveland has administered fewer than 30% of the 6,500 COVID-19 vaccine doses it has received since late December, according to Mayor Frank Jackson. The mayor said the slow rollout is because "there is no infrastructure for this."

Tuesday, January 12

3:05 p.m. Gov. Mike DeWine's press conference.

  • So far 321,516 Ohioans have received the first dose of a vaccine.
  • 85% of nursing homes in the state have been visited by pharmacy providers and have had the opportunity to be vaccinated. Visits for second doses have begun.
  • In the state's two veterans homes, 92%  of residents  and 60% of staff in the Sandusky location have been vaccinated and 92% of residents and 42% of staff in the Georgetown location.
  • DeWine said the state is telling hospitals to finish up vaccinating its staff by Sunday. On Monday, they will need to move on to older Ohioans 80 years old and older. If they don't, the state will ask for the vaccine back.
  • On Thursday, the Health Department will post info at coronavirus.ohio.gov indicating what providers are being allocated vaccinations for the next week. Residents will be able to search by zip code and by county.
  • DeWine said the Trump Administration announced it will change policy and free up more of the vaccine that have been held back.

1:43 p.m. The Ohio Department of Health reports an increase of 7,891 new COVID-19 cases and 100 deaths in the last day. The state also saw 486 more hospitalizations and 49 ICU admissions.

  • As of yesterday, 304,976 Ohioans had received the COVID-19 vaccine – 2.61% of the state's population.
  • There are currently 4,010 coronavirus patients in Ohio hospitals, down from recent weeks, with 986 patients in the ICU and 638 on ventilators.

11:33 a.m. Akron Public School District voted Monday to reopen school buildings in March, with teachers and staff receiving COVID-19 vaccines under the state's distribution plan. Ohio says it will provide vaccines to schools that impelement at least a hybrid format by March 1.

11:25 a.m. Gov. Mike DeWine on Monday vetoed legislation that would have lifted COVID-19 restrictions at county fairs. GOP lawmakers argued that a majority of county fairs have lost revenue as a result of DeWine’s order banning most activities, that fair officials should be allowed to make their own decisions.

Monday, January 11


1:45 p.m. Ohio reported 7,892 new COVID-19 cases and 75 deaths in the last day. The state health department also logged 219 hospitalizations and 28 ICU admissions.

9:56 a.m. Following the new coronavirus relief measure passed by Congress, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services announced that many unemployment compensation recipients will start receiving an additional $300 weekly bonus checks through March 13, 2021.

  • Self-employed workers and independent contractors eligible for federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance will also be able to resume filing claims.

Sunday, January 10

1:53 p.m. Ohio's Department of Health reports 8,374 new COVID-19 cases and 28 more deaths in the last day. The state also reported 101 hospitalizations and 12 ICU admissions.

Saturday, January 9

1:56 p.m. Ohio's Department of Health reports 6,088 new COVID-19 cases and 55 more deaths in the last day. The state also reported 270 hospitalizations and 22 ICU admissions.


Friday, January 8

4:30 p.m. The Arnold Sports Festival will be postponed from its usual March date, possibly until fall 2021. The Arnold, one of Columbus' largest events, was also one of the first major events in the country last year to be impacted by the then-new COVID-19 pandemic.

1:50 p.m. Ohio reports an increase of 9,535 new COVID-19 cases and 82 deaths in the last day. The state also saw 318 hospitalizations and 34 ICU admissions.

  • As of Thursday, Ohio has administered the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to 221,302 people – or 1.89% of the state population.

8:45 a.m. The Cleveland Browns are in the playoffs yet they still haven't practiced for them. For the second straight day, the team’s headquarters and training facility were closed Thursday due to a COVID-19 flare-up.

  • Coach Kevin Stefanski remains unable to attend  Sunday night’s game in Pittsburgh, and quarterback Baker Mayfield said he hasn't thrown a football since last Sunday.

Thursday, January 7

5:05 p.m. Alabama coach Nick Saban acknowledged there were discussions about the possibility of moving the national championship game with Ohio State back because of COVID-19 issues. Ohio State had spoken with CFP officials about possible concerns of player availability, but the game remains scheduled for Monday.

2:04 p.m. Gov. Mike DeWine's press conference.

  • The Ohio Department of Health reports 10,251 new COVID-19 cases and 94 deaths since yesterday.
  • DeWine said 221,208 Ohioans have received the first dose of the vaccine.
  • The next phase of the vaccine rollout will start on January 19, when the vaccination will be available to those 80 years old and older. DeWine said this is because they are the most vulnerable. This group inlcudes about 420,000 people.
  • DeWine said that the plan is to lower the eligibility by 5 years every week there after, as long as supplies come in as expected. On the week of January 25, vaccinations will be available to those with severe congenital, developmental, or early-onset medical disorders.
  • DeWine announced a day-by-day plan on how providers and local Emergency Management Agencies can prepare to distribute the vaccine and alert the public to options for receiving it.
  • The plan is to start vaccinating school staff during the week of February 1. The state is asking schools to send in the number of staff members who will choose to take the vaccine and indicate if they have a provider.

11:54 a.m. The number of Ohio nursing home residents who have died with COVID-19 has topped 5,000, with more than 200 such deaths in the last week. Deaths at long-term care facilities account for 54% of all known COVID-19 deaths in Ohio.

Wednesday, January 6

10:00 p.m. Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost is recovering from COVID-19, the Columbus Dispatch reports. Yost, 64, is the first statewide officeholder in Ohio known to have contracted the coronavirus, but his office says he stayed home and feels well now.

2:00 p.m. Ohio's Department of Health reports 7,814 new COVID-19 cases and 121 more deaths in the last day. The state also reported 454 hospitalizations and 43 ICU admissions.

9:15 a.m. Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith says the Buckeyes still plan to play for the college football championship next Monday, following reports that the game could be postponed because of COVID-19 issues within the team.

7:30 a.m. Despite concerns that many nursing home staff are declining to take the COVID-19 vaccine, Gov. Mike DeWine said Ohio will not mandate that workers take it. Instead, he said the state will announce a certification program showing how many people in each facility have been vaccinated.

Tuesday, January 5

5:15 p.m. In a press release, the the Ohio Department of Health announced it would issue a directive requiring that vaccine providers develop plans for redistributing surplus doses. Gov. Mike Dewine said a long-term care facility recently overestimated how many doses its residents and staff would need, after more workers than expected declined to take it, which led to seven vials containing 35 vaccine doses expiring.

2:05 p.m. Gov. Mike DeWine's press conference.

  • As of Sunday, 61% of nursing homes have made the first dose of a vaccine available to residents and staff. DeWine said that only about 40% of staff is choosing participate. About 75% to 80% of residents are participating.  
  • Ursel McElroy, director of Ohio Department of Aging, said that there are ongoing programs to educate nursing home staff on safety because staff refusal or delay hurts efforts to eradicate the virus.
  • In the vaccine rollout, phase 1A is about one million people and comprises healthcare workers, nursing home staff and residents, and EMS workers among others.
  • Phase 1B includes over two million people and comprises of those 65 and older, those with congental or developmental disorders, and the staff at k-12 schools. DeWine said he hopes this phase will start in two weeks.
  • Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff of the Ohio Health Dept. said that hospitalizations across the state have jumped. Ohio now has three times the hospitalizations it had on Nov. 1 and almost seven times the number from Oct. 1. He said some patients may be diverted to neighboring hospitals when neccesary.
  • Lt. Gov. Jon Husted said businesses with liquor permits are eligible for the Restaurant and Bar Assistance Fund and a $2,500 assistance payment.

2:02 p.m. Ohio's Department of Health reports 7,580 new COVID-19 cases and 104 more deaths in the last day. The state also reported 538 hospitalizations and 44 ICU admissions.

11:11 a.m. Cleveland Browns have announced that head coach Kevin Stefanski, two other coaching staff members and two players have tested positive for COVID-19. The team has once again closed its facility while it conducts contact tracing. The Browns are scheduled to play the Pittsburgh Steelers this weekend in its first appearance in the NFL playoffs since 2002.

Monday, January 4

1:48 p.m. Ohio's Department of Health reports 5,942 new COVID-19 cases and 67 more deaths in the last day. The state also reported 314 hospitalizations and 45 ICU admissions.

9:12 a.m. Incoming Ohio Senate president Matt Huffman will have to take the oath of office from home after being diagnosed with COVID-19. Huffman has mild symptoms and plans to be back at the Statehouse next week.

9:04 a.m. A federal appeals court last week gave the go-ahead for Christian schools in an Lucas County to hold in-person classes during the pandemic. The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel on Thursday granted an injunction to Christian schools in the Toledo area who say their rights to religious expression have been violated by local health department's order closing schools until January 11. 

8:40 a.m. On CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday, Gov. Mike Dewine said that 61% of the state's nursing home residents had received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Overall, just 160,000 Ohioans have received the vaccine so far, less than 1.5% of the state's population.

Sunday, January 3

1:52 p.m. The Ohio Department of Health reported 6,808 new COVID-19 cases and 59 deaths in the last day. The state also logged 165 hospitalizations and 23 ICU admissions.

Saturday, January 2

2:36 p.m. The Ohio Department of Health reports 14,293 new COVID-19 cases and 55 deaths in the last 48 hours. The state also saw 299 more hospitalizations and 40 ICU admissions over the same time period. Ohio did not report new numbers on Friday due to the New Year's holiday. 

Friday, January 1

1:58 p.m. Ohio did not report numbers on Friday, due to the New Year's holiday. Saturday's numbers will reflect both January 1 and 2.

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