Mysheika Roberts

Columbus Public Health on Parsons Avenue.
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Betsy Baugh was in an addiction recovery program in 2018. She says she instantly made friends with a woman there.

Mayor Andrew Ginther tours the Greater Columbus Convention Center.
Greater Columbus Convention Center

The city of Columbus is issuing a "stay at home" advisory starting Friday, urging residents to avoid inessential activities in order to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Mayor Andrew Ginther at a press conference on October 26.
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With COVID-19 cases surging around Ohio, Columbus leaders are urging people to stay home and limit social gatherings. 


Columbus City Council has voted to drop coronavirus-related restrictions on bars and restaurants, although state limitations remain in place.

Clinton Elementary school was closed when COVID-19 hit in March.
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Columbus Public Health says that with the proper protocols, schools can safely host students in their classrooms this fall.

BrewDog in Franklinton offered carryout food when bars and restaurants were closed, but has since reopened for service.
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Story updated Tuesday, July 28 at 4:15 p.m.

A Franklin County judge has blocked a Columbus rule requiring bars, restaurants and nightclubs to close by 10 p.m. nightly.

Mayor Andrew Ginther tours the Greater Columbus Convention Center.
Greater Columbus Convention Center

Columbus leaders want to limit hours at bars and restaurants to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Columbus City Council will take up the measure Monday.

Mayor Andrew Ginther tours the Greater Columbus Convention Center.
Greater Columbus Convention Center

Mayor Andrew Ginther says he will sign an executive order that requires the wearing of face coverings in public. The order takes effect throughout Columbus on Friday, July 3, ahead of the holiday weekend.

What Does Racism As A Public Health Crisis Mean?

Jun 19, 2020
Protesters in downtown Columbus on June 2, 2020.
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Columbus City Council and Franklin County Board of Commissioners have both declared racism a public health crisis in the last month.

Even after that and after weeks of protests across the country, uncertainty remains about what that means.

A statue of Arnold Schwarzenegger wears a face mask in downtown Columbus.
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The decision to bar spectators from the Arnold Sports Festival started with a message from Houston. 

For the past 40 years, thousands of energy sector types have gathered in Houston for a major conference called CERAWeek. They come from all around the world, but on March 1, organizers canceled the event because of fears about the spread of the coronavirus.

Safe Point is Central Ohio's only needle exchange program.
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Christopher has been struggling with addiction since he was 14. He uses heroin, and he says things have been hard since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

Columbus City Hall
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As the state officials plans a gradual re-opening of the economy, the city of Columbus is working on measures to maintain safety during the transition.

Where Is COVID-19 Hitting Columbus Hardest?

Apr 24, 2020
Dawn at Bicentennial Park in downtown Columbus.
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Franklin County has recorded 1,837 COVID-19 cases and 48 deaths as of Friday. But ZIP code data shows smaller racial disparities in those numbers than in the rest of the state. 

Lucky Bones is one of several hundred businesses reported to Franklin County Public Health since the stay-at-home order went into effect.
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At Lucky Bones, a pet grooming and day care center in Canal Winchester, the outgoing message on their voicemail is chipper but blunt: “We have just been informed by the state of Ohio that we have to close our business and all services until further notice."

Inside the Greater Columbus Convention Center, hundreds of makeshift hospital rooms have been set up for coronavirus patients.
Greater Columbus Convention Center

In a large convention hall, hundreds of makeshift hospital rooms are lined up in rows like curtained off cubicles. This pop-up sick ward is meant to backstop local hospitals if cases of COVID-19 surge.