Coronavirus 4-1-1

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The Ohio Department of Health updates its numbers every afternoon on the spread of COVID-19. As of Tuesday, June 2, 2020 the state reports 36,350 cases of COVID-19, 2,258 people have died from the coronavirus disease and 6,176 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 three 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.

A line of cars circled the Cuyahoga County Jail, honking horns and holding signs with “Free Them All” and “A Jail Sentence Is Not A Death Sentence,” while more protesters gathered at the bottom of the stairs on Lakeside Avenue.

Local activists called for the release of inmates from state prisons during the coronavirus pandemic at a rally today outside the Justice Center in Downtown Cleveland.

There have been 75 confirmed coronavirus deaths at state prisons in Ohio, including 14 at Marion Correctional Institution and 35 at the Pickaway Correctional Institution.

COVID-19 Restaurant Closed

A bill to grant essential businesses and health care workers immunity from pandemic-related lawsuits has quickly and overwhelmingly passed the Ohio House. The measure, which was introduced just last month, now moves on to the Senate.

Diane Grendell (R-Chesterland) says the bill expands immunity protection to health care workers and facilities, first responders and essential businesses. And she says it will offer stability to businesses that are afraid to open.

A photo of Summa health

A deal that would have seen Summa Health merge with one of Michigan's largest hospital systems has been canceled.

Coronavirus In Ohio: Families Weigh Risks Of Sending Loved Ones To Nursing Homes

May 29, 2020

In early March, just as Ohioans were learning about the first cases of novel coronavirus in the state, Anna Bondar’s grandfather fell at his Cleveland home. Luckily, the 92-year old, who lives with dementia, wasn’t injured badly.

The tight-knit family started to discuss the possibility of a nursing home, though they had serious reservations.

George Floyd protests in Columbus

Here are your morning headlines for Friday, May 29:

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

Family Questions Why Ohio Senior Day Care Centers Remain Closed

May 28, 2020

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

May 28, 2020
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.