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 at 4:10 p.m. ET

As odds of a global recession rise, governments and central banks around the world are racing to fend off the economic damage from the spread of the coronavirus.

 Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine
Paul Vernon / Associated Press

The state of Ohio has issued a public health order prohibiting most spectators at this week's Arnold Sports Festival. Event organizers say they will comply with the restrictions.

A Columbus grocery store has some empty space in the paper products aisle. Some stores are reporting items selling out or shortages of some items, such as hand sanitizer.
Karen Kasler / Ohio Public Radio

As the coronavirus spreads, people are being urged to prepare by stocking up on food and supplies, checking to see if they can work from home if schools and workplaces are shut down, and staying home if they’re sick. But these aren’t options for many lower-income people in Ohio.

Greater Columbus Convention Center
Greater Columbus Convention Center / Facebook

Ohio's governor and the mayor of Columbus announced this week they would limit spectators for this year’s Arnold Sports Festival over concerns about the coronavirus. But the impact on other major events coming to the city is still uncertain.

Product Delivered to the Greater Columbus Convention Center for the 2020 Arnold Fitness Expo
Nicole Rasul / WOSU

The cancellation of this week's Arnold Fitness Expo has vendors who anticipated marketing their products at the annual event returning home earlier than expected. 

Coronavirus testing kits are set to arrive in Ohio in a few days and should be ready to test Ohioans for coronavirus, also called COVID-19, by next week.

The current process is for hospitals to send potential coronavirus samples to the Ohio Department of Health (ODH), which then sends the samples to one of two out-of-state labs run by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

That process takes five to seven days.

Updated on March 5 at 8:15 p.m. ET

President Trump is expected to sign an $8 billion emergency spending package into law Friday, responding to growing cases linked to the coronavirus illness domestically and abroad.

Visiting Olympia, Wash. on Thursday, Vice President Mike Pence praised Congress' bipartisan response, and said some of the funds would be available for state and local response.

Anyone can catch COVID-19, the disease caused by the newly identified coronavirus. But certain populations appear to be more vulnerable to its effects.

Consider the 11 deaths so far in the United States — one in California and the rest in Washington state.

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger shakes hands and signs autographs for wrestlers and their families during the Arnold Sports Festival Sunday, March 8, 2009, in Columbus, Ohio.
Jay LaPrete / Associated Press

Businesses in downtown Columbus and the Short North suddenly have a lot of sales to make up, with the cancellation of the Arnold Fitness Expo and the banning of most spectators from the affiliated Arnold Sports Festival.

Mayor Andrew Ginther and Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine at a press conference March 3, 2020.
Andy Chow / Statehouse News Bureau

The Arnold Sports Festival will be a lot smaller than usual this year due to concerns about the spread of the coronavirus.

Updated at 4:32 p.m. ET

The coronavirus death toll in Washington state now stands at nine, with a total of 27 confirmed cases of the virus that causes COVID-19.

The newly revised tally includes two people who died in the Seattle area last week and have since been found to have been infected with the novel coronavirus, the health department in King County, Wash., announced Tuesday.

Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton holds up a mask as she gives an update about the state's response to coronavirus, on Feb. 27, 2020 in Cleveland.
Tony Dejak / Associated Press

The Ohio Department of Health is waiting on test results for a new possible case of coronavirus.

Luke Jacobs oversees the Columbus Public Health response team for infectious diseases.
Paige Pfleger / WOSU

With nine deaths linked to COVID-19 in the U.S. so far, health officials around the country are playing close attention to recent travelers.

Updated at 4:22 p.m. ET

An emergency interest-rate cut by the Federal Reserve failed to mollify investors worried about the coronavirus epidemic, and stocks once again plummeted.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average ended down 786 points, a drop of 2.94% after an especially volatile trading day.

All the major indexes have lost more than 10% of their value since their all-time highs, moving back into what the market calls a correction.

Arnold Sports Festival at the Great Columbus Convention Center in 2018.
Arnold Sports Festival / Facebook

The annual Arnold Sports Festival arrives in Columbus on Thursday, and officials are taking action to halt the spread of the coronavirus amid the flood of athletes and onlookers. 

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