Columbus Public Health

On this week’s episode Dan Skinner and his Co-Producer Mark Frantz talk with Mikey Sorboro—owner of Mikey’s Late Night Slice—about the legal battle over the 10pm restaurant curfew that Mikey and other local restaurant owners fought at the end of July. Currently, Gov. DeWine has called for alcohol sales to stop after the same 10pm marker.

State health officials Wednesday reported 988 new cases of COVID-19  and 48 new deaths. 


Westerville City Schools will start the upcoming academic year with 100 percent remote learning, moving away from a blended learning model.

A Franklin County judge has issued a 14-day restraining order on a Columbus ordinance requiring bars and restaurants to close on-site service at 10 pm.  

Columbus Mayor Andy Ginther said Friday he is asking Columbus City Council to approve an ordinance on Monday limiting hours of operation for bars, nightclubs and restaurants as COVID-19 cases continue to rise.

Bars and restaurants that fail to observe safe distancing and other anti-coronavirus measures could lose their liquor license.

State health officials said  Sunday Ohio has more than 26 thousand confirmed cases of COVID-19 with nearly 49 hundred hospitalizations and 1472 deaths.

Columbus health officals say there are more than 1,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19  in Columbus and Worthington, including 14 deaths. 

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Ohio is now over 47 hundred, with 167 deaths and more than a thousand hospitalizations. 417 patients are in intesive care. 

Columbus Public Health is increasing business inspections to ensure compliance with state orders to help stop the spread of COVID-19. 


The Columbus Board of Health today declared a local public health emergency giving the city extra safety measures to respond to COVID-19 cases. The declaration allows for the quarantine and isolation of individuals with the virus and as a last resort law enforcement involvement for any instances of non-compliance. 

Show Notes

Talking Coronavirus (and Flu!) with Franklin County Public Health

Host: Dan Skinner (@danielrskinner)

Guests: Joe Mazzola, Commissioner, and Alex Jones, Director of Prevention and Wellness and Assistant Health Commissioner, Franklin County Public Health (@FC_PublicHealth)

An Ohio woman's lawsuit against an e-cigarette maker charges it markets nicotine vapor products to teens like her daughters and fails to warn consumers about the products' high nicotine levels. 

Columbus Public Health has closed a restaurant in the Polaris Fashion Place mall after being cited for several violations.

Columbus Public Health health officials have expanded the local list of at-risk groups that could be in danger of contracting hepatitis A without taking proper precautions.

Franklin County's infant mortality rate declined last year, but a racial disparity remains.

Columbus Public Health says an employee of Eddy’s Chicken and Waffles on East Livingston Avenue has been confirmed to have contracted hepatitis A.

Columbus Public Health is urging anyone who ate at a North High Street restaurant between January 1 and January 16 to get vaccinated for Hepatitis A. 


Columbus officials Tuesday provided an update on the city's safety strategy, and the mayor offered a glimpse at his 2019 budget proposal. 

Columbus Public Health says a rabid bat was found at the corner of McConnell and Nationwide Boulevards in the Arena District on August 19.  

Columbus Public Health is reporting the city's first case of West Nile Virus this season. 

Columbus Public Health reports a spike in rat sightings in the Linden, Clintonville, south side and Hilltop neighborhoods. 

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs says two vets in Columbus have been treated for Legionnaires' Disease, and three othes have symptoms of the respiratory illness.  

Columbus Public Health officials are launching a pilot program this month to give drug users free urine test strips to determine whether the substances are laced with fentanyl. 

Columbus city officials are pumping more money into gun violence prevention efforts.  

Columbus Public Health records show 280 of the 822 tobacco retailer officials inspected for violations of the city's Tobacco 21 ordinance failed those inspections.

Franklin County and Columbus Public Health officials plan to distribute bags that deactivate prescription drugs as part of the fight against the opioid epidemic.

Columbus Public Health has issued a community advisory about an increase in cocaine and fentanyl-related overdose deaths.

Columbus City Council is considering proposed legislation that would regulate hooka lounges.

Columbus officials, including the Mayor, Police Chief and Safety Director, have been holding neighborhood roundtables over the last month to develop ways to improve police-community relations and reduce crime.