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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More travelers are expected at John Glenn International Airport this week than in recent months. The airport has social distancing precautions in place.
John Glenn International Airport / Facebook

Fewer people are traveling this year for Thanksgiving, but even with that reduction, there will still be thousands on the move in Central Ohio.

Ohio Department of Mental Health and Drug Addiction Services Director Lori Criss, speaking about her selection by Gov. Mike DeWine (right) to lead that agency in January 2019.
Andy Chow / Ohio Public Radio

As the coronavirus continues to spread widely and rapidly through Ohio, the head of the state’s mental health and drug addiction agency has tested positive for COVID-19.

COVID-19's Economic Impact

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Ohio National Guard Specialist Parris Roberts picks up a box of food at the Greater Cleveland Food Bank food distribution, Thursday, June 11, 2020, in Cleveland.
Tony Dejak

Low-income Americans have been hit hardest by the pandemic and its economic fallout.

The CARES Act, passed in March, formed the backbone of a state and federal response that helped get people through the spring and summer. But most of that aid has lapsed or will soon.

As record-breaking numbers of coronavirus cases continue to be reported across the U.S., Ohio and other states have invoked curfew orders to try to stem the surge.

But some medical and public health experts are puzzled by curfew orders, saying there is not much scientific evidence that curfews will do much to slow the spread of the virus.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine
Office of Gov. Mike DeWine

Ohio could see its first batch of coronavirus vaccines on December 15, Gov. Mike DeWine announced, bringing some welcome news as COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations show no indications of slowing.

It was Memorial Day when then-candidate Joe Biden made his first public appearance since the coronavirus shut down in-person campaigning. Before he went out to place a wreath at a veterans memorial in Delaware, Biden and his team decided he would wear a mask. It wasn't a difficult decision, an aide said when asked about the choice.

Columbus Blue Jackets' Matt Duchene, top right, scores a goal against Boston Bruins' Tuukka Rask, of Finland, during the second period of Game 3 of an NHL hockey second-round playoff series Tuesday, April 30, 2019, in Nationwide Arena.
Jay LaPrete / AP

The Columbus Blue Jackets plan to re-open their off-ice facilities next week following positive COVID-19 results among players.

What COVID-19 Vaccines Could Mean For The Pandemic

Nov 24, 2020
A volunteer receives an injection in Soweto, Johannesburg, as part of Africa's first participation in a COVID-19 vaccine trial developed at the University of Oxford on June 24, 2020.
Siphiwe Sibeko / Pool via AP

The chief scientific adviser for Operation Warp Speed says that some Americans could start receiving a COVID-19 vaccine by mid-December.

Dr. Moncef Slaoui cautioned, however, that true herd immunity likely won’t be achieved until May of next year.

The Strategic National Stockpile, which the U.S. has traditionally depended on for emergencies, still lacks critical supplies nine months into one of the worst public health care crises this country has ever seen, an NPR investigation has learned.

A combination of long-standing budget shortfalls, lack of domestic manufacturing, snags in the global supply chain and overwhelming demand has meant that the stockpile is short of the gloves, masks and other supplies needed to weather this winter's surge in COVID-19 cases.

Gov. Mike DeWine issued a 10 p.m. curfew last week in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19. Lots of bar and restaurant owners are concerned the curfew will cut even deeper into their bottom line. But one bar owner in Fairborn has found a way to keep his operation profitable.

Millions of Americans are ignoring the advice of public health experts and traveling for the Thanksgiving holiday.

The Transportation Security Administration reported that more than 1.04 million people went through airport security checkpoints Sunday, the most since mid-March, and about 1 million more went through TSA checkpoints each day on Friday and Saturday.

Hospital officials from around the state of Ohio are laying out a dire situation as COVID-19 cases continue to increase in record numbers. While preserving hospital space and equipment is a challenge, the doctors said there's a much more pressing concern at the moment.

Ohio State Wexner Medical Center
Ryan Hitchcock / WOSU

The number of people hospitalized in Ohio because of the coronavirus is growing rapidly and raising the possibility that elective procedures could be postponed, hospital officials and Gov. Mike DeWine warned on Monday.

On their last phone call, Chelsea Reed says her “proud” mother broke down, distraught about fears of dying alone in her long-term care facility, Rosewalk Village on Indianapolis’ east side.

“She had been calling me in tears, not wanting to die there,” Chelsea says about her 61-year-old mom, Vanessa.

An analysis of thousands of medical records finds teens, children with diabetes or cancer, lower-income families, and Black, Latinx and Asian groups are hit the hardest when it comes to children who were tested and treated for COVID-19.

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