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.
  • Find information on the coronavirus vaccine, if you're eligible, and where to receive it here.
  • 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 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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The head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned Friday of an uptick in the country's confirmed COVID-19 cases, saying recent progress may be "stalling" as highly infectious new variants become more predominant.

The empty world language room is shown at Orange High School, Thursday, March 12, 2020, in Pepper Pike, Ohio.
Tony Dejak / Associated Press

To get their employees into a priority vaccine group, most Ohio school districts agreed to return students to classrooms by Monday, March 1. They’ve been successful for the most part, but 10 districts remain fully remote.

A man cleans the sidewalk in front of the Grandview Theater on May 14, 2020.
David Holm / WOSU

With hints of spring in the air, Gov. Mike DeWine tantalized Ohioans with prospects of the end of pandemic restrictions and a gradual return to life as we once knew it.

This April 22, 2014, file photo shows an employment application form on a table during a job fair at Columbia-Greene Community College in Hudson, N.Y.
Mike Groll / Associated Press

In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown discuss the fraud and disarray in the state's unemployment system. State Rep. Lisa Sobecki (D-Toledo), a member of the Unemployment Compensation Modernization and Improvement Council, joins the show.

Adora Namigadde

Columbus Public Health is making efforts to vaccinate impoverished and displaced people through mobile vaccination clinics.

As healthcare workers in the U.S. received COVID-19 vaccines, many were relieved and hopeful. But doctors who are foreign-born also describe a bittersweet feeling.

The scramble to secure a COVID-19 vaccine appointment is chaotic and fierce. There are not yet enough doses for everyone who's eligible and wants to get vaccinated. As frustration rises, the federal government hasn't offered much besides assurances that things will get better and appeals for calm.

The Biden administration will distribute millions of face coverings to thousands of community health centers and food banks in an effort to help vulnerable Americans more easily mask up, officials said on Wednesday.

Ohio State employee Lauren Chisholm, left, receives a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccination from Robert Weber Monday, Dec. 14, 2020, in Columbus.
Jay LaPrete / AP

A recent poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research found about 1 in 3 Americans say they definitely or probably won’t get the COVID-19 vaccine.

The reasons for vaccine skepticism are varied and speak to the powerful psychological forces that inform our experience of the pandemic.

The Food and Drug Administration released an analysis of Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine Wednesday morning that supports its authorization for emergency use.

On Friday, a panel of advisers to the agency will meet to evaluate the vaccine and make a recommendation about whether it should be given the OK. If the agency goes on to authorize the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, it would be the third, after those made by Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna, to become available in the U.S.

A national health care provider has administered COVID-19 vaccinations to people deemed ineligible for the scarce vaccine by local health departments, including people with connections to company leaders and customers of its concierge medical service, according to internal communications leaked to NPR.

A sign on the door of Lucky Bones, which was forced to re-close.
David Holm / WOSU

Ohio lawmakers will look over yet another measure to pull back on Gov. Mike DeWine’s power to issue health orders. A new bill proposed by one of his fellow Republicans would take away penalties slapped on business owners cited for violating coronavirus restrictions.

Challenges Of Reopening Schools

Feb 23, 2021
Pickerington students in September.
Pickerington Local School District / Facebook

Gov. Mike DeWine and Ohio’s educators have worked out a plan to get teachers vaccinated and kids back in the classroom by March 1.

Now, some school districts are saying they will struggle to meet that deadline and get kids back in school, even in a hybrid model. DeWine has accused educators of reneging on their commitment.

New Ohio House Speaker Rep. Bob Cupp (R-Lima) speaks during an announcement of a proposed overhaul school funding for schools in Ohio at the Statehouse in Columbus, March 25, 2019.
John Minchillo / AP

The Ohio House is looking over a bill passed by the Senate that would limit Gov. Mike DeWine’s power to issue public health orders by allowing lawmakers to take a bigger role.

Columbus Crew supporters at the Nordecke fan section on September 29, 2019.
Adora Namigadde / WOSU

Gov. Mike DeWine says Ohio's professional sports teams could allow up to 30% of fans in stadiums this spring under a forthcoming pandemic-related plan.

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