Coronavirus

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

Follow along with the latest updates on our liveblog.

WOSU is providing a daily COVID-19 Updates at the end of PBS NewsHour, Mondays through Thurday. Watch Now.

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.

Health officials made the following recommendations to protect yourself from illness:

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; dry hands with a clean towel or air dry hands. 
  • Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water are unavailable. 
  • Cover your mouth with a tissue or sleeve when sneezing or coughing. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands. 
  • Stay home when you are sick. 
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.

WOSU Classroom and PBS Kids offers a guide on healthy habits and how to talk to your kids about coronavirus.

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.

color photo of empty interior of the Ohio Theatre
JRD Photography / Wikimeia Commons

As Ohio’s COVID-19 crisis continues, Columbus-area arts organizations have canceled dozens of performances by local and visiting artists, world premieres of new musical works, exhibitions, classes, international tours and other events this spring. All anticipate major financial losses in the wake of Gov. Mike DeWine’s executive order banning large gatherings.

The Ohio Hospital Association has sent out its guidelines for allocating scarce resources, detailing what medical staff should do if they don't have the equipment they need to treat patients with COVID-19.

Managing Unemployment Claims Due To Coronavirus

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Unemployment Insurance Claims Office sign
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More than six million Americans filed unemployment claims in the last week of March. State unemployment systems are overwhelmed with applications and Ohio is no exception. More Ohioans filed unemployment claims in the last two weeks than in all of last year.

Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville, Ohio.
John Minchillo / Associated Press

Following reports of deaths from COVID-19 in a federal prison in Ohio, and as more inmates and staffers test positive for the coronavirus in three state prisons, officials have identified more prisoners who could be released early.

Oral arguments for the first case before the Ohio Supreme Court on Tuesday as seen from a video monitor in the Ohio Public Radio Statehouse News Bureau office.
Karen Kasler / Ohio Public Radio

The Ohio Supreme Court held a historic session on Tuesday with oral arguments were conducted remotely due to coronavirus.

alcohol poured into a shot glass
Pixabay

Ohio restaurants have not been able to serve mixed drinks and straight liquor since the state put a stop to in-person dining last month. Now, the state is making a change to its rules that will allow restaurants to serve those drinks along with take-out meals.

An elephant at the Columbus Zoo, which is closed under the state's coronavirus orders.
Columbus Zoo / Facebook

Columbus Zoo officials already had their pandemic plan in action when the Bronx Zoo reported a tiger tested positive for the coronavirus. Three other tigers and several lions at that zoo are showing symptoms.

Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder
Paul Vernon / AP

Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder named 24 lawmakers to a bipartisan task force that will research economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Gov. Mike DeWine signs an executive order.
Office of Gov. Mike DeWine

Gov. Mike DeWine said he plans to ask for the early release of 141 inmates under Ohio's "Overcrowding Emergency" statute in order to help reduce and stop the spread of the novel coronavirus among the state's prison population.

A sign at Dempsey's says "shut happens."
David Holm / WOSU

The stay-at-home order in place for Ohio has been extended until May 1, and each state neighboring Ohio has imposed similar measures. Both have seen higher numbers of both coronavirus cases and deaths.

Dayton and Columbus are both reporting spikes in overdose deaths. Some experts say it's at least in part because of pandemic-related stress. Ann Stevens with Montgomery County Alcohol Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services says there's been a 58% increase in fatal OD's compared to a year ago.

Mill Run Rehab Center and Assisted Living in Hilliard.
Macintosh Co.

Mill Run Rehabilitation Center and Assisted Living in Hilliard says 10 people, including eight employees and two residents, have tested positive COVID-19. The facility is now considered a hotspot for the novel coronavirus.

The new CHOICES domestic violence shelter which opened in January and can accomodate up to 120 people and currently has a waitlist of more than 40 people.
Paige Pfleger / WOSU

Sue Villilo directs LSS CHOICES For Victims Of Domestic Violence. At their shelter in Columbus, the phone lines have been less busy these past few weeks.

“We actually have a little bit of a dip in seeking services right now. I think to some extent that isn’t too surprising,” Villilo says. “It’s probably harder for people to contact us if they’re in the home with the abuser.”

Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford) speaks to reporters after a House session, while waiting for the Senate to take action on a bill that includes a change to the EdChoice voucher program.
Karen Kasler / Statehouse News Bureau

Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder on Monday named 24 lawmakers to a bipartisan task force that will research ways the Ohio House can speed economic recovery from the pandemic.

Ohio’s budget office reported Monday that preliminary March tax receipts fell 10.5% or $159 million below expectations.

Dr. Amy Acton, Ohio Department of Health director
OFFICE OF GOV. MIKE DEWINE

Ohio’s coronavirus tracking website is now showing a breakdown of COVID-19 cases and deaths by race and ethnicity. However the state's health director is cautioning that this information is incomplete.

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