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.

Gov. Mike DeWine gives his daily coronavirus briefing on April 1, 2020.
Office of Gov. Mike DeWine

Gov. Mike DeWine is recommending 38 Ohio prisoners for early release to minimize the potential spread of the coronavirus due to overcrowding.

The New Century Chamber Orchestra
Jennifer Hambrick / WOSU Public Media

I’m guessing none of us thought we’d ever be quarantined in the midst of a pandemic, but here we are.

Like many people, my Classical 101 colleagues and I are working from home these days.

And we miss you. 

That’s why we created Quarantine Classics, Classical 101’s Facebook video series designed to help you weather this health crisis with beautiful, uplifting, calming music.

A key maker of N95 respirator masks, 3M, is arguing against a Trump administration request to keep U.S.-made masks in the domestic market, saying the policy could backfire by triggering retaliation. Trump signed a Defense Production Act order Thursday specifically aimed at requiring 3M to prioritize orders from the U.S. government.

The president and others have criticized 3M, with some officials saying it allows or even encourages profiteering during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This Feb, 25, 2020 file photo show the Preterm building, the busiest abortion clinic in Ohio, in Cleveland. Officials in Texas and Ohio are taking steps aimed at banning most abortions during this phase of the coronavirus outbreak.
Tony Dejak / Associated Press

A federal judge on Thursday denied a request to throw out a temporary restraining order that blocks Ohio from banning surgical abortions during the coronavirus pandemic. The Ohio Attorney General is appealing the ruling.

Volunteer Lisa Lewis prepares meals for pick-up at the Stowe Mission of Central Ohio.
David Holm / WOSU

As Ohio's stay-at-home order is now stretching out until May, many of us getting used to a new way of life where venturing out for errands, socializing, and other activities are limited.

sandwich in restaurant takeout container
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In a three-week period in March, the nation’s restaurants lost $25 billion and 3 million jobs. That’s according to statistics released by the National Restaurant Association.

Restaurants in Ohio reported a $700 million sales drop since Gov. DeWine ordered them closed in mid-March.

While many have closed, others are getting by with curbside service, home delivery, or new offerings altogether.

Answering Your Questions About COVID-19

Apr 3, 2020
A caregiver tests a patient for coronavirus at University Hospitals, Monday, March 16, 2020, in Mayfield Heights, Ohio.
Tony Dejak / Associated Press

At least 81 Ohioans have died from COVID-19. As of Thursday, the number of confirmed cases stands at 2,902.

Ohio’s stay-at-home order, with its ban on non-essential businesses, will continue for four more weeks. The new normal brings new questions about the disease. 

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

Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton says the state could be looking at issuing protocols for all hospital staff in order to help preserve personal protective equipment or PPE.

Erin Gottsacker (center) was working for the Peace Corps in Ethiopia when the organization evacuated all its volunteers.
Erin Gottsacker

An Ohio Peace Corps volunteer is back home from Ethiopia after organizers quickly evacuated volunteers around the world because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Coronavirus In Ohio: Hospitals Remain Quiet On Bed And Ventilator Counts

Apr 3, 2020
Urgent care at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, on March 31, 2020.
David Holm / WOSU

The Ohio Department of Health gets daily updates on the total number of beds and ventilators that could be available for COVID-19 patients at hospitals throughout the state. But so far the agency hasn’t provided any hospital-by-hospital breakdown, and the agencies that collect capacity information on their behalf have also declined to release their assessments.

The response to the growing threat of the coronavirus has varied widely in cities and counties across the country. Some are sheltering in place; others aren't.

Petition collection clipboard
Karen Kasler / Ohio Public Radio

In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown discuss how the state is handling the coronavirus pandemic, and why the backers of a $13 minimum wage ballot initiative are suing to ease state law requirements. James Hayes of the group Raise The Wage Ohio joins the show.

Columbus Arts Festival has been canceled for 2020.
Joe Maiorana / Columbus Arts Festival

The start of summer might feel a bit different in Columbus this year. The Columbus Arts Festival has been cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Gov. Mike DeWine inside the Governor's Residence in Columbus on Dec. 13, 2019.
John Minchillo / Associated Press

Ohio has extended its stay-at-home order, including the ban on non-essential businesses, until May 1. 

Greg Lehman is one of the owners of Watershed Distillery.
Courtesy of Watershed

In addition to producing bourbon, gin and other liquors, Columbus distillery Watershed is now making and selling its own hand sanitizer. 

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