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.

Nancy Vesey discovered Mutual Aid Central Ohio by chance on Facebook one day. Because of the group, she's had help obtaining groceries.
Adora Namigadde / WOSU

Inside her apartment in North Linden, Nancy Vesey sits in a chair while her four kids play upstairs. All are under the age of 10. Although no one in her family has been hit by the coronavirus yet, Vesey worries about the impact it will have on her situation.

Updated at 10:38 a.m. ET

The number of new people claiming unemployment benefits totaled a staggering 6.648 million last week — doubling the record set a week earlier, the Labor Department said Thursday.

In the prior week, ending March 21, a revised 3.307 million initial claims were filed.

In just two weeks, nearly all of the jobs gained in the last five years have been lost.

Attorney General Dave Yost speaks at a press conference in 2018.
Karen Kasler / Statehouse News Bureau

Earlier this week, a federal judge temporarily ruled Ohio cannot force abortion clinics to close under the state's order banning elective, non-essential surgeries. Now the state is considering its next move.

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

Gov. Mike DeWine has signed an executive order requesting commercial lenders to press pause on collecting payments from businesses.

Former Ohio State runner Julia Rizk hopes to qualify for Tokyo Olympics
Debbie Holmes / WOSU

The postponement of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics until next year due to the coronavirus pandemic left many athletes disappointed. One Central Ohio native, however, is taking the news in stride.

The Ohio Reformatory for Women in Marysville, Ohio.
Gabe Rosenberg / WOSU

While supplies of personal protective equipment remain tight, Ohio prison inmates will be making their own masks. 

Holmes County is home to 23,000 Amish citizens — nearly half of its total population. The county’s health department is getting the word out to this community about social distancing and COVID-19.

Health Commissioner of the Holmes County General Health District Michael Derr said Amish citizens in the area tend to be more progressive, and they are following media reports about the virus and protective measures.

He said his department sends out mailings with updated COVID-19 information every week to leaders in the community.

A Census 2020 form is seen Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020, in Toksook Bay, Alaska.
Gregory Bull / Associated Press

April 1 is Census Day - which is not so much a deadline but a check-in. If someone fills out their 2020 Census form after this date, they respond with where they were living on April 1.

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

Ohio Department of Health director Amy Acton signed an order Wednesday that bans hospitals from sending COVID-19 tests to private labs. 

Black and white photo of officer Attending to a sick soldier in the hospital barracks at Camp Sherman.
Ohio History Connection

As the coronavirus spreads across the country, many are looking back on the influenza pandemic of 1918 –inaccurately named the "Spanish Flu"– for lessons and some perspective on this global health crisis.

WOSU asked local historian Ed Lentz to discuss some of that history and the impact of the disease in Central Ohio.

women researcher working on COVID-19 test
Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

Battelle and The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center announced Monday they’ve developed a rapid diagnostic test for COVID-19.

Researchers say the new system can process about 200 tests a day, with results in as little as five hours. The goal is to run 1,000 tests a day.

Rural Hospitals And COVID-19

Apr 1, 2020
doctor
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Ohio has ordered that hospitals cancel non-essential surgeries to free up resources in advance of the expected surge of COVID-19 patients.

Those are the same surgeries that many cash-strapped rural hospitals rely on for primary revenue.

Dr. Amy Acton, Ohio Department of Health director, speaks at a coronavirus briefing.
Andy Chow / Ohio Public Radio

The state will start tracking ventilators through a new database as part of the ongoing effort to build up capacity for the projected peak of coronavirus in Ohio.

Michigan now ranks third in the country for coronavirus-related deaths, trailing only New York and New Jersey, after the Midwest state on Tuesday reported a new surge of cases.

State officials confirmed another 1,117 cases, bringing the coronavirus tally in Michigan to 7,615.

Officials on Tuesday said the virus claimed the lives of 75 more people, pushing up the number of COVID-19 fatalities to 259.

voting booths
John Minchillo / Associated Press

Organizers trying to put a minimum wage measure on November’s statewide ballot are hoping a Franklin County judge will grant an extension on the July 1 deadline for gathering signatures, amid a statewide stay-at-home order.

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