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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Weekly Reporter Roundtable

Jan 11, 2021
Supporters of President Donald Trump gather outside the U.S. Capitol, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington.
Shafkat Anowar / AP

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine last week said that President Trump’s refusal to accept the election results has ignited the flame threatening to burn down democracy.

His comments came a day after the deadly riots in the U.S. Capitol and stand as his sharpest rebuke of the president to date.

Columbus Police observe demonstrations over police violence on June 2, 2020.
Paige Pfleger / WOSU

The union that represents Ohio police is urging the state to put officers higher on the list of people eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccines.

Ohio State student Ronald Raine, center, move into the campus dorms in August.
Darrin McDonald / WOSU

Ohio State University starts another challenging semester Monday, with administrators once again going to great lengths to try to keep COVID-19 off campus.

Last summer, Dr. Anthony Fauci warned Congress that if the U.S. didn't get the coronavirus outbreak under control, the country could see 100,000 new cases per day.

Six months later, the U.S. is adding, on average, more than 271,000 new cases per day, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Over the past 24 hours, 3,700 new deaths were recorded.

That brings the total number of reported cases in the U.S. to more than 22 million since the start of the outbreak — with a death toll of 373,000.

Coronavirus FAQ: How Do I Protect Myself From The U.K. Variant?

Jan 8, 2021

Each week, we answer frequently asked questions about life during the coronavirus crisis. If you have a question you'd like us to consider for a future post, email us at goatsandsoda@npr.org with the subject line: "Weekly Coronavirus Questions."

I'm hearing about virus variants that might be more easily transmitted. I'm worried one might be coming soon to my neck of the woods! What precautions should I be taking?

A statue of Arnold Schwarzenegger wears a face mask in downtown Columbus.
David Holm / WOSU

The Arnold Sports Festival will be postponed to a later date this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

This time last year, the world was heading into a pandemic that would upend everything and cost 1.9 million lives — and counting. The promise of the new year is that vaccines are finally here and offer a way out.

Gov. Mike DeWine signs SB263 into law on Jan. 6, 2021.
Office of Gov. Mike DeWine

As Ohio continues to distribute COVID-19 vaccines, Gov. Mike DeWine on Thursday outlined plans to expand to new groups of recipients in the coming weeks.

Health experts warned that the coronavirus pandemic would get worse before it got better. And that is happening. December was the deadliest month of the pandemic in the United States. The vaccines have made people optimistic, but the process has been slow.

Dr. Anthony Fauci — head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health, who will be President-elect Joe Biden's chief medical adviser — said Thursday that the initial rollout of COVID-19 vaccines has been slow because it came during the holiday period.

Craig Miller, who has Type 1 diabetes, stores insulin in a refrigerator in his garage.
FARAH YOUSRY

Economic problems caused by COVID-19 hit diabetics especially hard. The American Diabetes Association says about a quarter of people with the disease are tapping savings, loans or stimulus checks to buy insulin. And some are taking big risks to get the life-saving drug.

Since the beginning of this pandemic, experts and educators have feared that open schools would spread the coronavirus further, which is why so many classrooms remain closed. But a new, nationwide study suggests reopening schools may be safer than previously thought, at least in communities where the virus is not already spreading out of control.

Ohio State East Hospital in Columbus
Ohio State East Hospital / Facebook

More than two dozen staffers and six patients have contracted COVID-19 at Ohio State East Hospital. 

Pulse Oximeter meter on a finger
Stefan Bellini / Wikimedia Commons

A recent study showed pulse oximeters are three times more likely to give inaccurate readings of blood oxygen levels in African-American patients.

The small, inexpensive devices clip to the fingertip and have been relied on heavily by physicians making treatment decisions for people with COVID-19.

Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields throws a pass against Indiana during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020, in Columbus, Ohio.
Jay LaPrete / Associated Press

Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith says the Buckeyes still plan to play for the college football championship next Monday. Smith spoke to several media outlets following reports that the game could be postponed because of COVID-19 issues within the Ohio State football team.

Crown Pointe Care Center resident Rebecca Meeker, left, receives a COVID-19 vaccine from Dr. Kate Latta, PharmD, Friday, Dec. 18, 2020, in Columbus, Ohio. Meeker was the first long-term care patient in Ohio to receive a vaccine.
Jay LaPrete / Associated Press

Ohio nursing homes have been one of the frontlines during the pandemic, and Gov. Mike DeWine has repeatedly raised concerns that many employees are refusing to take the COVID-19 vaccine. 

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