Coronavirus

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Find WOSU's latest coverage on the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, below.

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.

  • The Ohio Department of Health is providing daily updates of the number of confirmed and suspected coronavirus cases in Ohio. Find those numbers here.
  • Ohio's coronavirus call center is open to answer questions from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. 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 city of Columbus The City has compiled a list of resources for human services, businesses, volunteer opportunities and online recreation options.

WOSU's Curious Cbus project wants to hear from Ohioans: What questions do you still have about COVID-19? What aspects of Ohio's response are you curious about?

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A closed sign is posted at Pins Mechanical duckpin bowling alley and bar in downtown Columbus.
Karen Kasler / Ohio Public Radio

An extra 20 weeks of unemployment compensation will be made available to eligible Ohioans once they have exhausted their other benefits.

Ohio Attorney General and Republican gubernatorial candidate Mike DeWine reviews his prepared comments ahead of a primary election night event, Tuesday, May 8, 2018, in Columbus, Ohio.
Bryan Woolston / Associated Press

A company partly owned by Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine is among those that received loans from a $600 billion-plus coronavirus aid program.

This spring, as it became clear COVID-19 was hitting African-Americans especially hard, Indianapolis-area health officials vowed to set up testing sites in “hotspot” neighborhoods. One opened in predominantly Black Arlington Woods, at a respected local institution: Eastern Star Church.

A sign on the Columbus Metropolitan Library's downtown branch, on May 4, which remains closed.
David Holm / WOSU

Columbus Metropolitan Library will again close their doors to the public because of the spike in COVID-19 cases. 

Global Gallery coffee shop in Clintonville has reduced its store capacity to just one, but allowed customers to sit on the outside patio.
Mary Rathke / WOSU

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

A sign is displayed at Planned Parenthood of Utah Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019, in Salt Lake City.
Rick Bowmer / Associated Press

Many of Ohio’s doctors are already using telehealth to connect to their patients, especially during this COVID-19 pandemic. Now, Planned Parenthood says it is going to do the same thing for some of its services.

Columbus Police vehicles outside the division headquarters.
David Holm / WOSU

Columbus Police report violent crimes in the city are on the rise, which officials link to the coronavirus pandemic. 

Brazil, the second worst country in the world for COVID-19 cases, is getting some help from Cincinnati. The new non-profit Venti-Now will send ventilators there for free that it designed, built and tested in just three weeks. Tanzania is also on the list to get them.

Fresh off a Caribbean cruise in early March, John Campbell developed a cough and fever of 104 degrees. He went to his primary care physician and got a flu test, which came up negative.

Then things got strange. Campbell says the doctor then turned to him and said, "I've called the ER next door, and you need to go there. This is a matter of public health. They're expecting you."

It was March 3, and no one had an inkling yet of just how bad the COVID-19 pandemic would become in the United States.

Nearly 130,000 people in the United States have died from the coronavirus and more than 2,800,000 people have been infected, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The state is rolling out a new public health advisory system to identify counties experiencing a higher spread of coronavirus. Gov. Mike DeWine hopes the new notification system can drive policies to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

Gov. Mike DeWine in front of the advisory alert system ranking the severity of coronavirus outbreaks across Ohio, on July 2, 2020.
Office of Gov. Mike DeWine

Gov. Mike DeWine has announced a series of health guidelines for Ohio's K-12 schools when they reopen in the fall.

Columbus joined several other Ohio cities in requiring masks in public spaces. The Columbus mask mandate begins Friday. Akron may soon follow.

“This is about science. This is not about politics,” said Akron Ward 5 councilwoman Tara Mosley-Samples.

“I think that they have politicized it so much that we are ignoring the science here, and the science says we have a problem,” said Samples.

Cincinnati City Council will meet in a special session Friday to discuss passing a mask ordinance. Mayor John Cranley says it's in response to rising numbers of COVID-19.

Mayor Andrew Ginther tours the Greater Columbus Convention Center.
Greater Columbus Convention Center

Mayor Andrew Ginther says he will sign an executive order that requires the wearing of face coverings in public. The order takes effect throughout Columbus on Friday, July 3, ahead of the holiday weekend.

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