Wexner Medical Center

Columbus Public Health on Parsons Avenue.
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Columbus and Franklin County health officials are preparing for phase 1B of the coronavirus vaccine rollout, which the state says will begin next week.

Ohio State employee Lauren Chisholm, left, receives a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccination from Robert Weber Monday, Dec. 14, 2020, in Columbus.
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Ohio State Wexner Medical Center doctors have identified new strains of COVID-19 in Ohio, one with a mutation identical to the virus spreading rapidly through the United Kingdom. 

Ohio State employees Meghana Moodabagil, left, talks with Emily Vrontos about her Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine Monday, Dec. 14, 2020, in Columbus, Ohio.
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"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.

Ohio State employees wait for Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines Monday, Dec. 14, 2020, in Columbus, Ohio.
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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.

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.”

Ohio State Wexner Medical Center
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Medical professionals joined Gov. Mike DeWine's coronavirus press conference Thursday to explain the dire situation for hospitals across Ohio. “Quite simply, we’re in crisis,” said Dr. Nora Colburn from Ohio State University's Wexner Medical Center. 

A hospital sign outside Grant Medical Center in downtown Columbus.
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On the first weekday after the Thanksgiving holiday, Ohio hit yet another record for COVID-19 patients in hospitals, and for those in intensive care units and on ventilators. While case numbers have dropped a bit, medical professionals are saying the battle against the virus is raging on.

Hospital officials from around the state of Ohio are laying out a dire situation as COVID-19 cases continue to increase in record numbers. While preserving hospital space and equipment is a challenge, the doctors said there's a much more pressing concern at the moment.

Ohio State Wexner Medical Center
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The number of people hospitalized in Ohio because of the coronavirus is growing rapidly and raising the possibility that elective procedures could be postponed, hospital officials and Gov. Mike DeWine warned on Monday.

The James Cancer Hospital at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.
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Ohio State University researchers will form a dedicated center to study the long-term effects of COVID-19, thanks to a $10 million federal grant. 

Ohio State Wexner Medical Center on March 30, 2020.
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An unexplained illness in the United Kingdom has put a pause on the COVID-19 vaccine trial that Ohio State was slated to help administer.

Ohio State Wexner Medical Center on March 30, 2020.
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Ohio State's Wexner Medical Center will participate in a clinical trial for a COVID-19 vaccine developed by researchers at the University of Oxford and the pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca.

Leon McDougle is the newest leader of the association that seeks to shrink health disparities among African Americans.
Ohio State University

An Ohio State University professor is now leading the nation’s oldest association of Black doctors.

Updated: 4:41 p.m., Friday, Aug. 7, 2020

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine got a call from President Trump Friday afternoon after missing out on a meeting with the president Thursday.

“I appreciated that very much,” DeWine said. “He wanted to see how I was doing and he said he had been told last night by the Secret Service that I actually tested negative. So, he was just calling to see how I was getting along. We had a good, good conversation.”

A medical professional performs the COVID-19 test at a drive up testing site in Merrillville, Indiana.
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After working as a legal observer at recent protests, local attorney Adam Vincent got tested a few weeks ago, with his results coming back negative. But recently, he started experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, so he wanted to get tested again.