Ohio Health

The emergency room entrance to Grant Medical Center in downtown Columbus.
David Holm / WOSU

There are more than twice as many people hospitalized with COVID-19 in Ohio now as were a month ago. In some places, hospitals are trying to treat a flood of patients with fewer staff because their own employees have tested positive for the virus or are in quarantine.

A room inside Columbus' new homeless respite center.
Paige Pfleger / WOSU

When people experiencing homelessness go to the hospital for an infection or a surgery, they often can’t be discharged because they don’t have a safe place to recover.

A medical professional performs the COVID-19 test at a drive up testing site in Merrillville, Indiana.
Justin Hicks / Indiana Public Broadcasting

It’s a lot easier to get tested for COVID-19 in Ohio now. Gov. Mike DeWine announced that anyone in the state of Ohio can now get tested for coronavirus for free.

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

When Gov. Mike DeWine first spoke about lifting the state's stay-at-home orders, he emphasized that coronavirus testing would be a crucial component of safely reopening.

Coronavirus Doctor Q&A

Apr 17, 2020

Ohio’s surge of COVID-19 patients is expected over the weekend. Newer modeling reveals the state’s social distancing policies have worked to flatten the curve of the virus.

However, the virus continues to spread and sicken residents.

Answering Your Questions About COVID-19

Apr 3, 2020
A caregiver tests a patient for coronavirus at University Hospitals, Monday, March 16, 2020, in Mayfield Heights, Ohio.
Tony Dejak / Associated Press

At least 81 Ohioans have died from COVID-19. As of Thursday, the number of confirmed cases stands at 2,902.

Ohio’s stay-at-home order, with its ban on non-essential businesses, will continue for four more weeks. The new normal brings new questions about the disease. 

Like all hospitals in Ohio, Riverside Methodist Hopsital in Columbus has been told to cancel all non-essential and non-elective surgeries.
Ryan Hitchcock / WOSU

Gov. Mike DeWine and Ohio Department of Health director Amy Acton ordered the cancellation of elective surgeries and procedures, with the goal of preserving personal protective equipment like masks, gloves and gowns, and emptying out hospitals for the projected boom in patients.

A caregiver tests a patient for coronavirus at University Hospitals, Monday, March 16, 2020, in Mayfield Heights, Ohio.
Tony Dejak / Associated Press

As Ohio logs hundreds of new coronavirus cases every day, concerns are growing about the state's hospital systems and their ability to handle an expected influx of patients. 

The James Cancer Hospital at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.
The Ohio State University

COVID-19, a strain of the coronavirus, is spreading rapidly in the United States, with 164 cases and 19 deaths reported so far. Ohio does not have a confirmed case yet, but local hospitals are preparing for when it inevitably hits the community.

Paramedics Scott Widener (left) and Mike Warnimont (right) prepare the mobile stroke unit for the day.
Paige Pfleger / WOSU

Paramedic Scott Widener crouches in the back of an outfitted ambulance.

“I am six foot and I’m duckin',” he says, laughing.

Riverside Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.
Sixflashphoto / Wikimedia Commons

Ohio Health is raising its minimum wage from $12 an hour to $15.

Inmates With Mental Illness

Apr 26, 2019
This Jan. 8, 2001. file photo shows the Ohio State Penitentiary (OSP) in Youngstown, Ohio, the state's highest security prison.
Tony Dejak / Associated Press

More than half of all inmates in the U.S. suffer from some kind of mental illness. 

But managing mental health treatments in prisons remains a challenge across the country, including Ohio, where the problems are exacerbated by overcrowding and a shortage of mental health professionals.

Today on All Sides, the quality of care for inmates with mental illness.

Nationwide Children's Hospital announced it will raise its minimum wage to $15 per hour in July. The change will be fully implemented by 2020.

Senior Airman Areca T. Wilson / U.S. Air Force

OhioHealth announced it will open three new health clinics in underserved areas around Columbus. 

Adora Namigadde / WOSU

Circleville relies on Berger Health System. For residents of this Pickaway County city, Berger Hospital is the only one within about 20 miles. And like many rural hospitals, it’s on the brink of closure—that is, unless locals vote to save it.