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.

Ohio Lottery tickets
Jo Ingles / Ohio Public Radio

Ohio’s casinos have been closed for almost two weeks, and it's been a week since bars were shut down, including those offering Keno. Ohio Lottery tickets are still being sold, even under the new stay-at-home which went into effect on Tuesday. 

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine speaks at his daily coronavirus press conference where he annouced a stay-at-home order for all Ohioans.
Office of Gov. Mike DeWine

The number of deaths from COVID-19 doubled yesterday in Ohio - going from three deaths announced Sunday to six Monday. Gov. Mike DeWine has issued several orders to state government as it fights coronavirus, saying that he expects state revenues to go to go down dramatically.

Ohio Alliance For Arts Education

Artists in financial need during the coronavirus shutdown can now apply for grants from the Greater Columbus Arts Council.

Updated at 8:03 p.m. ET

On Monday evening, President Trump stressed what he called the need to reopen America for business even as he said the government also would continue tackling the spiraling coronavirus pandemic.

The White House's team will make an assessment after next week as to how effective social distancing and other mitigation measures have been in stifling the spread of the virus, said Vice President Pence.

Woman running
Daniel Reche / Pexels

Many listeners have written in asking if it’s safe to go outside, especially since Gov. Mike DeWine announced a "stay at home" order taking effect Monday night.

Ohio farmers are facing low commodity prices in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, even as demand skyrockets in local grocery stores.

Farms still have food in supply, said Ohio Farm Bureau Director of Media Relations Ty Higgins, and they’re working to move that supply to the stores that need it.

“Farmers are still getting up every morning and doing whatever they need to do to keep that supply chain full,” Higgins said.

As the number of lawmakers who have tested positive for the coronavirus grows, prompting many of their colleagues to self-quarantine, some members are pushing to move to remote voting, which would break a longtime institutional tradition of voting in person.

The laboratory test kit used by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The first coronavirus-related deaths have been confirmed in Franklin County.

Animal shelters are doing what they can to take care of their populations while closing their doors to the public and limiting volunteers. Employees are still allowed to care for animals as they're considered "essential" under Ohio's stay-at-home order.

The medical community is sounding increasingly urgent alarms about shortages of masks, gloves and ventilators — essential supplies in the fight against the coronavirus.

Meanwhile, President Trump has issued contradictory statements about whether his administration is ordering private companies to ramp up production of those items.

Schoedinger Funeral & Cremation Service in downtown Columbus.
Debbie Holmes / WOSU

While funeral homes across Ohio maintain their operations, services are getting adjusted due to the coronavirus outbreak.  

Abortion supporters gather outside the Ohio Statehouse on Tuesday to rally against the anti-abortion laws in the state.
Sam Aberle / Ohio Public Radio

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost is ordering abortion clinics to stop all non-essential surgical procedures, prompting criticism from abortion rights groups.

Weekly Reporter Roundtable

Mar 23, 2020
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine speaks at his daily coronavirus press conference where he annouced a stay-at-home order for all Ohioans.
Office of Gov. Mike DeWine

A stay-at-home order goes into effect for all Ohioans Monday at 11:59 p.m.

Gov. Mike DeWine said essential businesses will be allowed to stay open.

Daycares will have to apply for a temporary pandemic child care license, limiting children to six per room.

prescription medicine bottles
David Kessler / Flickr Creative Commons

Gov. Mike DeWine says the state is limiting prescriptions of two drugs used for malaria and rheumatoid arthritis, after interest in those drugs spiked when President Trump tweeted out suggesting they could be used to treat COVID-19.

Tom Chang in the dining room at Tiger + Lily.
Nick Evans / WOSU

Downtown Columbus isn’t exactly a ghost town, but it feels empty—hollowed out. Bars are closed, as are most retail storefronts, but a few restaurants are trying to hang on with takeout and delivery.

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