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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Ohio State head coach Ryan Day talks to his team during their practice Ohio Stadium on October 3, 2020.
Jay LaPrete / AP

Ohio State finally kicks off the 2020 football season tomorrow. It’s a pandemic shortened season, but also one of high expectations for the Buckeyes.

 In this Nov. 29, 2017, file photo, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks during a news conference in Newark, N.J.
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Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie who recently recovered from COVID-19 after a stay in a hospital intensive care unit, implored Ohioans yesterday to keep their guard up against the virus.

A stop sign on a school bus.
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Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine says the most effective way to bring down the current spike of COVID-19 in Ohio is for everyone to start taking social distancing more seriously. DeWine laid out what the stakes are if the virus continues to spread.

Joyce Chen had big plans for this year. She was working on multiple research projects with an eye on the prize: a promotion to full professor at Ohio State University.

That's when the coronavirus pandemic hit. It put the brakes on four years of hard work as an associate professor. And now she wonders if her promotion will happen as she had hoped for next year.

Ohio schools, which were initially closed until May 1, will remain shuttered through the end of the school year.
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Columbus City Schools announced it will continue with remote learning for most students through January 15. The district began a weeks-long process to bringing students back into the classroom with a blend of in-person and virtual learning on Monday.

Ohio State Marching Band drum major performs at halftime of an Ohio State football game
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There are even more changes coming to Ohio State football games this fall, as the university announced Monday that home games will not include performances from the marching band, cheerleaders or the school's well-known mascot.

A nurse pulls a ventilator into an exam room where a patient with COVID-19 went into cardiac arrest at St. Joseph's Hospital in Yonkers, N.Y on April 20, 2020.
John Minchillo / AP

Ohio hit a new record of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 on Monday, topping the high numbers of hospitalizations set in July.

Doctor working in hospital hallway
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Now that summer is over and temperatures are dipping across the Midwest, people are headed indoors, some experts fear the already striking rise in cases is the beginning of another wave of COVID-19.

The Latest On COVID-19, Mysteries Of The Virus

Oct 19, 2020
A volunteer is injected with either an experimental COVID-19 vaccine or a comparison shot as part of the first human trials in the U.K. to test a potential vaccine.
University of Oxford via AP

This episode originally aired on Oct. 15, 2020.

More than 38 million people globally have been infected by COVID-19 and more than a million have died.

Scientists are studying the virus at an unprecedented pace, and their knowledge base has grown since March. But much is still unknown.

Weekly Reporter Roundtable

Oct 19, 2020
alcohol poured into a shot glass
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A political battle is brewing over the mandatory 10 p.m. early last call at Ohio bars and restaurants.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine cited consecutive days of record-high COVID19 cases last week when he nixed plans to extend operating hours where alcohol is served. The Ohio Senate has responded with a measure that would repeal the governor’s curfew.

Columbus Board of Education building on April 15, 2020.
David Holm / WOSU

Columbus City Schools begins a phased approach to bringing students back to the classroom for in-person learning Monday.

From his bar in Shadyside, Ohio, Matt Coffland has been counting on his town getting a new petrochemical plant since it was first planned, seven years ago. He says the southeastern part of the state has long been neglected.

"For us to get something like that, rightfully, I think we deserve it by now," he says.

The plant, to be built by Thailand-based oil and gas company PTT, would be a major construction project.

"You're talking an influx of close to 10,000 people at one point," Coffland says.

The majority of Ohio's population is living in a county under a Level 3 health advisory, with 29 counties listed as "red" with very high exposure and spread of COVID-19. The spike in coronavirus cases and hospital admissions has Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) once again addressing the predicament of political rallies.

Pfizer, the apparent front-runner in developing a COVID-19 vaccine for the United States, says its results won't be ready until mid-November at the earliest. That dims any lingering expectation that there could be a vaccine by Election Day, as President Trump has asserted.

Coronavirus cases are rising rapidly in many states as the U.S. heads into the winter months. And forecasters predict staggering growth in infections and deaths if current trends continue.

It's exactly the kind of scenario that public health experts have long warned could be in store for the country, if it did not aggressively tamp down on infections over the summer.

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