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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alcohol poured into a shot glass
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Five Ohio bars were cited in the first weekend of the state’s new order banning alcohol sales past 10 p.m.

BrewDog in Franklinton offered carryout food when bars and restaurants were closed, but has since reopened for service.
David Holm / WOSU

Bars and restaurants around Ohio will be pouring their last drinks at 10 p.m. on Friday, and they must close their doors an hour later as state officials try to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

The leader of the Ohio Restaurant Association says the move could come close to devastating bars and restaurants that depend on late-night business from alcohol sales.

Marion Correctional Institution is the largest hotspot of coronavirus cases in the country.
Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections

Ohio's prisons agency says more than 20 death row inmates have tested positive for COVID-19 in an outbreak flaring up in just the past week.

Ohio officials have focused testing resources in high-risk areas, like Cuyahoga County and other more populated areas.

But what about less populated rural Ohio communities? Geauga County, for example, remains at Level 1 out of 4 in the state’s risk assessment, even as adjacent counties have seen large increases in COVID-19 cases.

Does that actually mean there’s less coronavirus spread there?

Not necessarily, said Geauga County Health Commissioner Tom Quade.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine
Office of Gov. Mike DeWine

Citing a number of coronavirus outbreaks stemming from bars, Gov. Mike DeWine says he's asking Ohio Liquor Control Commission to consider an emergency rule prohibiting the sale of alcohol in bars and restaurants after 10 p.m.

Updated at 4:44 p.m. ET

Former Republican presidential candidate and pizza magnate Herman Cain has died from the coronavirus.

Cain, 74, had been hospitalized since early July after he began having trouble breathing.

"Herman Cain – our boss, our friend, like a father to so many of us – has passed away," aides announced on Cain's website Thursday.

WOSU’s Letters from Home is collecting stories from our day-to-day lives during the COVID-19 pandemic. We want to hear reflections and thoughts from all Ohioans.

Power Of Epidemics To Change History

Jul 30, 2020
In this 1918 photo made available by the Library of Congress, volunteer nurses from the American Red Cross tend to influenza patients in the Oakland Municipal Auditorium, used as a temporary hospital.
Edward A. "Doc" Rogers / Library of Congress via AP

This episode originally aired on May 19, 2020.

From the plague to the present day coronavirus pandemic, disease outbreaks have shaped everything in society from politics to personal relationships.

Yale medical historian Frank Snowden explores this theme in his recent book, Epidemics and Society: From the Black Death to the Present.

A pharmacist holds a bottle of the drug hydroxychloroquine in Oakland, California
Ben Margot / AP

The Ohio Board of Pharmacy has reversed course on banning the use of hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for COVID-19, after pushback from Gov. Mike DeWine.

There is a connection between lower COVID-19 cases and fewer deaths and closed schools, according to a report published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Dr. Katherine Auger of Cincinnati Children's Hospital says states that closed schools early in the pandemic saw fewer new cases and fewer deaths than states that closed later.

Updated at 9:32 a.m. ET

The coronavirus pandemic triggered the sharpest economic contraction in modern American history, the Commerce Department reported Thursday.

An NPR investigation has found irregularities in the process by which the Trump administration awarded a multi-million dollar contract to a Pittsburgh company to collect key data about COVID-19 from the country's hospitals.

The contract is at the center of a controversy over the administration's decision to move that data reporting function from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — which has tracked infection information for a range of illnesses for years — to the Department of Health and Human Services.

Updated at 6:13 p.m. ET

The United States crossed a grim milestone Wednesday, with more than 150,000 lives now lost as a result of the coronavirus.

The tragic number includes around 33,000 people who have died in New York, nearly 16,000 in New Jersey and more than 8,700 in California.

Empty Basketball Courts at Dominion Middle School.
Mary Rathke / WOSU Public Media

WOSU's Letters from Home collects stories about day-to-day lives during the coronavirus pandemic. This week, we continue listening to Ohioans sharing their feelings about the upcoming school year, and the plans for reopening schools.

On January 30, the World Health Organization declared the novel coronavirus — then unnamed — to be a "Public Health Emergency of International Concern." The virus, first reported in China in late 2019, had started to spread beyond its borders, causing 98 cases in 18 countries in addition to some

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