Columbus Public Health

Restaurants and businesses on Grandview Avenue on May 14, 2020.
David Holm / WOSU

Ohio bars and restaurants finally got to let customers back inside their businesses Thursday, more than two months after closing to limit the spread of coronavirus. 

Standard Hall in the Short North was cited multiple times over the weekend for violating state health guidelines.
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In Columbus, nine bars and restaurants were cited for violating social distancing requirements after patios were allowed to reopen Friday.

Paige Pfleger / WOSU

Christopher has been struggling with addiction since he was 14. He uses heroin, and he says things have been hard since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

Dawn at Bicentennial Park in downtown Columbus.
Ryan Hitchcock / WOSU

Franklin County has recorded 1,837 COVID-19 cases and 48 deaths as of Friday. But ZIP code data shows smaller racial disparities in those numbers than in the rest of the state. 

Inside the Greater Columbus Convention Center, hundreds of makeshift hospital rooms have been set up for coronavirus patients.
Greater Columbus Convention Center

In a large convention hall, hundreds of makeshift hospital rooms are lined up in rows like curtained off cubicles. This pop-up sick ward is meant to backstop local hospitals if cases of COVID-19 surge.

Taylor Williams, left, and other shoppers what in line to enter a Traders Joes store, Monday, April 6, 2020, in Woodmere Village, Ohio. Only 25 customers are allowed in the store at one time.
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In a newsletter this week, Columbus City Council president Shannon Hardin had a prediction: “Coronavirus may not discriminate, but underlying health and economic disparities mean that the impacts of COVID-19 will hit neighborhoods like the Near East Side and Southfield the hardest.”

The response to the growing threat of the coronavirus has varied widely in cities and counties across the country. Some are sheltering in place; others aren't.

Black and white photo of officer Attending to a sick soldier in the hospital barracks at Camp Sherman.
Ohio History Connection

As the coronavirus spreads across the country, many are looking back on the influenza pandemic of 1918 –inaccurately named the "Spanish Flu"– for lessons and some perspective on this global health crisis.

WOSU asked local historian Ed Lentz to discuss some of that history and the impact of the disease in Central Ohio.

Mayor Andrew Ginther and Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine at a press conference March 3, 2020.
Andy Chow / Statehouse News Bureau

Columbus officials on Saturday confirmed the city's first case of coronavirus. Mayor Andrew Ginther and Public Health Commissioner Dr. Mysheika Roberts announced that a 49-year-old man had been tested and found to have COVID-19.

Columbus Public Health on Parsons Avenue.
Paige Pfleger / WOSU

Columbus city officials say it's just a matter of time before there's a confirmed case of coronavirus in Central Ohio.

Luke Jacobs oversees the Columbus Public Health response team for infectious diseases.
Paige Pfleger / WOSU

With nine deaths linked to COVID-19 in the U.S. so far, health officials around the country are playing close attention to recent travelers.

Columbus Public Health on Parsons Avenue.
Paige Pfleger / WOSU

Two people die each day from overdoses in Franklin County. Columbus Public Health on Tuesday released an updated strategic plan to tackle the addiction problem.

Paige Pfleger / WOSU

It was April 1 at exactly noon when Crystal Logan got the phone call: Her daughter Jenea and her son Donell had been shot.

Paige Pfleger / WOSU

West Park Avenue looks like an idyllic Columbus street: A-tree lined boulevard cuts through the middle, and every house has a porch and a small front yard.

But looking closer, it’s clear the neighborhood has been hit by the opioid crisis. A few houses are boarded up, and orange caps from syringes litter the sidewalk.

Columbus Public Health on Parsons Ave.
City of Columbus

Columbus City Council will vote Monday night to authorize the Columbus Public Health Department to put money towards medical interpreters.