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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Rep. Bob Cupp (R-Lima) watches as Rep. John Patterson (D-Ashtabula) talks about their new school funding formula.
Karen Kasler / Statehouse News Bureau

Two representatives in the Ohio House are in the hospital right now, battling COVID-19. They are the latest Ohio lawmakers to acknowledge they have contracted the virus.

Even As COVID-19 Surges, Misinformation Persists

Dec 16, 2020

COVID-19 vaccines could one day end the pandemic. But at the moment, cases — and deaths — continue to rise. So does misinformation about the disease.

One comment often seen on social media is that deaths are being attributed to COVID even when the patient died of something else. Dr. Sonal Shah, a hospitalist at Southern Illinois Healthcare, says some of that confusion may come from death certificates having two fields. 

A phial of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at the Royal Victoria Hospital, in Belfast, Tuesday Dec. 8, 2020.
Liam McBurney / Pool via AP

Ohio should receive 420,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine by Christmas, Gov. Mike DeWine said at a briefing on Tuesday.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday authorized the first coronavirus test that people will be able to buy at a local store without a prescription and use for immediate results at home to find out if they're positive or negative.

The test will cost about $30 and be available by January, according to the Australian company that makes it, Ellume.

Updated: 2:40 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020

The first Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine doses have arrived in Northeast Ohio. 

Cleveland Clinic, MetroHealth, the Louis Stokes VA Medical Center in Cleveland, as well as Aultman Hospital in Canton, all received shipments Tuesday morning.  

Cleveland Clinic and Aultman received their vaccines shortly after 9 a.m., while MetroHealth got its allocation around 8:45 a.m. – a little earlier than hospital officials had expected. 

Rollout Of The COVID-19 Vaccine

Dec 15, 2020
Ohio State employee Lauren Chisholm, left, receives a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccination from Robert Weber Monday, Dec. 14, 2020, in Columbus.
Jay LaPrete / AP

The first COVID-19 vaccine is here. The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center administered the first doses of Pfizer’s vaccine to Ohioans on Monday, starting with frontline healthcare workers at the highest risk of contracting the virus.

Hundreds of thousands of doses are on their way to Ohio, but it is going to take months to get everyone vaccinated and the logistical challenges are enormous.

The Food and Drug Administration released a detailed analysis Tuesday morning of the COVID-19 vaccine from drugmaker Moderna that supports the authorization of the company's vaccine for emergency use.

The FDA's briefing document along with one from Moderna were posted two days before a group of experts will convene to advise the agency on whether to grant the vaccine emergency authorization for use, or EUA, during the pandemic.

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

"Three, two, one... vaccinate!"

Medical workers at Ohio State University's Wexner Medical Center cheered as several of their colleagues were among the first people in the state to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.

More than 300,000 people have died from COVID-19 in the United States.

It is the latest sign of a generational tragedy — one still unfolding in every corner of the country — that leaves in its wake an expanse of grief that cannot be captured in a string of statistics.

"The numbers do not reflect that these were people," says Brian Walter, whose 80-year-old father, John, died from COVID-19. "Everyone lost was a father or a mother, they had kids, they had family, they left people behind."

Ohio State employees wait for Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines Monday, Dec. 14, 2020, in Columbus, Ohio.
Jay LaPrete / Associated Press

A few dozen health care workers in Columbus and Cincinnati were vaccinated for COVID-19 on Monday, becoming the first people in Ohio – and anywhere in the country – to receive the newly-approved drug.

The UC Medical Center is the first Cincinnati hospital to receive a shipment of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine and it wasted no time in thawing the doses and administering them to health care workers.

Updated: 11:15 a.m., Monday, Dec. 14, 2020

The first shipments of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine have arrived in Ohio, and Ohioans will begin getting vaccinated as soon as Monday morning.

Trucks carrying the vaccines rolled into an area outside of The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus around 9:30 a.m. Monday. 

“This really is the day we've been waiting for,” Gov. Mike DeWine said. “It starts the process of the end. We know the end is a long way off, but the end now is in sight.”

Updated at 1 p.m. ET

The first people in the U.S. are receiving vaccination shots against COVID-19 on Monday, as U.S. health workers started administering the vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech.

The first widely publicized vaccination took place in New York City, shortly after 9 a.m. ET. The event was live-streamed and promoted by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who said, "The vaccine only works if the American people take it."

Weekly Reporter Roundtable

Dec 14, 2020
The Ohio Statehouse in downtown Columbus on March 26, 2020.
Ryan Hitchcock / WOSU

Four Ohio House members tested positive for COVID last week, leading to canceled sessions ahead of the busiest weeks on the legislative calendar.

More than 100 bills, including some of the most consequential of the term on gun rights, school funding and abortion, await action.

Marion Correctional Institution
Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections

When Ohio gets its first shipments of the COVID-19 vaccine, medical professionals, residents and staff at long-term care facilities and EMS workers will be first in line. But it’s unclear where those in the more controversial congregate setting of prisons might end up on the vaccine priority list.

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