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WKSU, our public radio partners in Ohio and across the region and NPR are all continuing to work on stories on the latest developments with the coronavirus and COVID-19 so that we can keep you informed.

The Ohio Department of Health updates its numbers every afternoon on the spread of COVID-19. As of Thursday, May 28, 2020 the state reports 33,915 cases of COVID-19, 2,098 people have died from the coronavirus disease and 5,811 have been hospitalized. These numbers reflect inclusion of probable cases, as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has encouraged states to now include. The state will provide both numbers on its key metrics page. The state has created a  dashboard to provide people with more data on the outbreak. 

The state has been tracking trends over a 3 week period.

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Confirmed COVID-19 Cases and Deaths in Ohio

Map credit: Sue Zake

This map will be updated daily following the release of new data from the Ohio Department of Health.

The University of Cincinnati is furloughing 360 employees for the summer.

Family Questions Why Ohio Senior Day Care Centers Remain Closed

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Cleveland resident Paula Morrison takes care of her 86-year-old mother, Lucille who, has dementia.

“It seems like I’m working two full-time jobs now. We get up and everyone has to get bathed and clothed. And normally she attends the adult daycare, but right now with COVID the adult daycare is not open,” Morrison said.

While many businesses in Ohio have received the green light to reopen, one exception is adult daycare.

These are facilities for seniors to go during the day when family caregivers are at work or taking care of other responsibilities

The leader of the Ohio House of Representatives says he cannot compel members to practice some of the safety measures recommended by Ohio’s health director to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Ohio is taking the first steps to lift the more than two month old ban on visits to some long-term care facilities. Officials says they want to expand this in stages.

photo of Coronavirus testing

Ohio’s coronavirus testing rate is one of the worst in the country. Data compiled by Johns Hopkins University shows the per capita rate is about even with Texas and Kansas, and about one-quarter of Rhode Island’s, which tops the list.

Joe Biden

Like just about everything else these days, political campaigning has had to rely on virtual connections. This week, Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) held an organizing call to rally support in Ohio for Vice President Joe Biden’s presidential campaign.

Gov. Mike DeWine is beginning to loosen restrictions on assisted living facilities and homes for the developmentally disabled.

Starting June 8, residents at those two types of long-term care facilities can meet with visitors outdoors, the governor announced Thursday.

a photo of CVS in Kent

Starting Friday CVS locations across Northeast Ohio will offer drive-thru coronavirus testing.

The woman in charge of the state agency that administers the unemployment system was on the hot seat yesterday as a panel of state lawmakers questioned her about inefficiencies in the system. 

A photo of banners at Youngstown State University.

Your morning headlines for Thursday, May 28:

Coronavirus testing in the U.S. has run into a number of snags, from a lack of nasal swabs to not enough chemicals needed to run the tests.

Now there's a new bottleneck emerging: A shortage of the machines that process the tests and give results.

Civilian labs and the Pentagon say they've had trouble getting the sophisticated, automated machines that can run hundreds of diagnostic tests at once. Three machine manufacturers — Hologic Inc., Roche and Abbott Laboratories — have confirmed to NPR that demand is outstripping supply.

Personal Protection Equipment, DEVO-style

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DEVO face shield
DEVO Store

The Akron-bred new wave band DEVO found their fame mixing danceable music with satiric takes on American culture. They also sold humorous fan merchandise, including buttons, action figures, and bumper stickers. The coronavirus pandemic has inspired the band’s latest promotional items ⁠— personal protection equipment.

A photo of Children's Akron campus

Health care providers locally and around the country are seeing a steep decline in the number of children being brought in for well visits.

Akron Children’s Hospital stopped offering well visits for children over the age of 3 in late March. Over the last two weeks it’s begun returning to full capacity.

Ohio leaders are condemning threats of violence made against Ohio House Minority Leader Emilia Sykes and her father, state Sen. Vernon Sykes, last weekend.

Tourism Losses Will Have 'Tremendous Impact' On Columbus Economy

May 27, 2020

Columbus has lost about $145 million in tourist spending due to the coronavirus pandemic.

With most of Ohio’s businesses allowed to open up, experts who’ve worked with the state on the modeling it used to create its COVID-19 policies are evaluating their predictions for what’s ahead.