Wexner Medical Center

Two F-16s and a KC-135 with the 121st Air Refueling Wing of the Ohio National Guard conduct a flyby near the Wexner Medical Center.
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The Ohio Air National Guard conducted a flyby Wednesday over several Columbus-area hospitals to honor the work of health care professionals, first responders, military personnel, and other essential workers during the pandemic. 

Teams from the Ohio State Wexner Medical Center distribute care kits to stop COVID-19.
The Ohio State University

This week, Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center plans to hand out thousands of community care kits to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in vulnerable areas of Franklin County.

Ohio State Wexner Medical Center on March 30, 2020.
David Holm / WOSU

The Ohio State University Nurses Organization filed a complaint alleging that thousands of workers at the Wexner Medical Center have experienced hazardous coronavirus exposure.

Ohio State Wexner Medical Center
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While Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center currently serves nearly 140 COVID-19 patients, the adjacent rehabilitation hospital is not seeing any spike.

Dr. Sitaramesh Emani holds the Bellerophon INOpulse delivery system that helps COVID-19 patients breathe.
Courtesy of Dr. Sitaramesh Emani

A new clinical trial at Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center aims to improve coronavirus outcomes by using inhaled nitric oxide. 

Inside a hospital "room" for coronavirus patients at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.
Greater Columbus Convention Center

The Ohio Department of Health reports 1,999 people, or about 17%, of Ohio's confirmed coronavirus cases, are health care workers. The Ohio Nurses Association, a union representing 8,000 nurses across the state, says it wants details on where those cases are located.

Ohio State Wexner Medical Center on March 30, 2020.
David Holm / WOSU

On the third Friday every March, medical students around the country learn where they’ll spend their residency. But instead of a ballroom filled with hundreds of students and family members, this year, Ohio State Medical School dean James Rocco found himself in a mostly empty lecture hall, addressing students over the internet.

More coronavirus testing and more protective masks will soon be available statewide as Ohio officials work to continue flattening Ohio’s COVID-19 curve. 

At his daily briefing Wednesday, Gov. Mike DeWine also announced further steps towards easing the essential businesses order.

Dozens of confirmed COVID-19 deaths have been recorded across the state in just the last few days, with confirmed cases now reported in 87 of Ohio’s 88 counties.

Emergency medical physician Dr. Howard Werman was the first to donate convalescent plasma for COVID-19 therapies at the Ohio State Wexner Medical Center.
The Ohio State University

The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center is studying if plasma from recovering coronavirus patients can help others. The first transfusion was completed Monday.

Ohio State

A group of Ohio State University medical students will graduate early this month in order to help patients in the continuing coronavirus pandemic. 

Researcher Jacob Yount and colleagues prepared the viral transport media for COVID-19 test kits.
The Ohio State University

Ohio State University says it's received FDA approval for a new testing solution and swab meant to expand testing for the new coronavirus. 

In this Friday, March 27, 2020 photo provided by Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, makeshift hospital rooms stretch out along the floor at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York.
Darren McGee / Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo / Associated Press

Wexner Medical Center emergency medicine pharmacist Andrew North says the Jacob Javits Center in New York City hardly looks like a convention hall these days.

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. 

Carlos Del Rio, center, with his wife and kids.
Courtesy of Carlos Del Rio

For Carlos Del Rio, it started last week with a headache that felt like a hangover.

Columbus Public Health Commissioner Dr. Mysheika Roberts.
Nick Evans / WOSU

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and the state Department of Health ordered all hospitals to halt elective surgeries, hoping to free up equipment and staff for a predicted surge in COVID-19 patients.

Ohio had 67 confirmed coronavirus cases in 16 counties as of Tuesday and 17 people have been hospitalized.

Health officials say the second COVID-19 case in Columbus appears to be the result of community spread.