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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Updated: 4:21 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 24, 2020

The state will provide vaccines to school staff in early 2021 to encourage a return to in-person learning, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced Wednesday.

Any school moving from remote to in-person learning will have access to vaccines for adults working in the buildings as part of the state’s second stage of vaccine distribution, the governor said, which is coming after healthcare workers and those living and working in congregate care settings are vaccinated.

Updated at 9:30 a.m. ET

The Trump administration says it has reached a deal with Pfizer to buy an additional 100 million doses of the company's COVID-19 vaccine, effectively doubling the federal government's supply from Pfizer.

The pharmaceutical giant is to deliver 70 million doses by June 30, 2021, and complete the rest of the order by the end of the following month, according to a statement released Wednesday morning by the Department of Health and Human Services.

Wellness Wednesday: The Latest On COVID-19

Dec 23, 2020
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

London is in lockdown and more than 30 countries have banned travel and flights to the U.K. in response to a new variant of COVID-19 that has emerged in the country.

The mutation does not appear to cause more severe disease, but early evidence suggests it may be more contagious than the most common form of the virus.

Ohio Senate President Larry Obhof
Ohio Senate

The Ohio Senate adjourned Tuesday without overriding Gov. Mike DeWine’s veto of a bill that restricted his ability to issue health orders to shut down businesses.

William and Angela Rentel both contracted COVID-19 this spring. William had a stroke six months after recovering.
Jacob Dean / Side Effects Public Media

This is part two of a two-part series on COVID-19 and diabetes. Read part one here.

William Rentel, a nurse practitioner in Ohio, has Type 1 diabetes but kept his blood sugar well-managed. That changed when he and his wife contracted COVID-19 this spring.

Two more House Democrats have tested positive for COVID-19 as the virus continues to have an impact on lame duck session. Several members of both parties were absent during what could be the last day of session.

Updated at 9:52 a.m. ET Wednesday

President-elect Joe Biden warned Tuesday that the coronavirus pandemic will get worse before it gets better.

"Our darkest days in the battle against COVID are ahead of us, not behind us," Biden told reporters during a year-end news conference in Wilmington, Del.

He said that Americans, when united, could overcome the crisis, and he called the first vaccines being administered a good thing. But he noted that distribution of the vaccines is one of the biggest operational challenges the country has ever faced.

How Ohio Restaurants Can Survive The Pandemic

Dec 22, 2020
Cecelia Brockett, left, and Courtney Barefoot enjoy a lunch at the Winking Lizard Tavern, Monday, Nov. 16, 2020, in Beachwood, Ohio.
Tony Dejak / Associated Press

The restaurant industry has been battered by the pandemic. Three out of five Ohio restaurants surveyed said they are at risk of closing permanently without additional government aid.

The new stimulus bill could provide a lifeline, but many in the industry are worried it will be too little too late.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine
Office of Gov. Mike DeWine

Gov. Mike DeWine is calling on Ohioans to slow the spread of the coronavirus even as Christmas approaches. DeWine says a surge in COVID-19 cases could hit hospitals hard.

The nation is at a pivotal moment in the fight against the pandemic. Vaccines are finally starting to roll out, but the virus is spreading faster than ever — and killing thousands of Americans daily. And it will be months before enough people get inoculated to stop it.

That means it's critical to continue the measures that can limit the toll: mask-wearing, hunkering down, hand-washing, testing and contact tracing.

COVID-19 And Diabetes Make For A Dangerous Mix

Dec 22, 2020
Agatha Walston, a nurse with Type 1 diabetes, was hospitalized with COVID-19 in April.
Farah Yousry / Side Effects Public Media

This is part one of a two-part series on COVID-19 and diabetes. Read part two on Wednesday.

Agatha Walston leads a busy life. She’s a nurse in southern Indiana and a single mother of two young kids.

Many feared Ohio's cases of coronavirus would "surge" post-Thanksgiving if families gathered as normal, but data show many in fact heeded the call, leading Gov. Mike DeWine to again urge Ohioans to hunker down for the upcoming Christmas holiday.

Cleveland Clinic Union Hospital in Dover is at about 80% capacity, according to data from NPR.
Cleveland Clinic

An emergency room doctor at Cleveland Clinic Union Hospital in Dover is hopeful his staff can manage this winter’s coronavirus surge. The Tuscarawas County hospital is seeing on average about 40 COVID-19 patients per day.

Ohio State employees Meghana Moodabagil, left, talks with Emily Vrontos about her Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine Monday, Dec. 14, 2020, in Columbus, Ohio.
Jay LaPrete / Associated Press

Ohio moved past 8,000 confirmed and probable deaths from COVID-19 over the weekend. Around 4,500 Ohio health care workers and nursing home residents and staff have already gotten a first dose of the vaccine to protect them from the coronavirus.

Crown Pointe Care Center resident Rebecca Meeker, left, rolls away from the table after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine 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

Operation Warp Speed, the government effort to fast-track coronavirus vaccines, has lived up to its name: A new vaccine for a new disease is here in record time, and more are in the works.

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