Social Distancing

An Ohio State University Medical Center survey shows the majority of Americans plan to follow COVID-19 safety guidelines during the holidays.

State health officials Sunday reported 4,541  new cases of COVID-19 and 11 new deaths.

State health officials Sunday reported 3,303 new cases of COVID-19 and two new deaths.

Columbus city and health officials today urged residents to recommit to the safety protocols recommended to curb the spread of COVID-19. 

Ohio Department of Health

Ohio Thursday reported a new record number of COVID-19 cases, with 2,425 in the past 24-hours - surpassing the previous record set Wednesday.

State health officials Sunday reported over 15-hundred new cases  of COVID-19 but no new deaths. 

Ohio Department of Health

Governor Mike DeWine says - given the latest numbers released by the Ohio Department of Health - the rest of 2020 may be rough.


State health officials Sunday reported 1,291 new cases of COVID-19 and two new deaths. 

All 23 Columbus Metropolitan Library branches have reopened for in-person browsing. 

Office of Ohio Governor Mike DeWine

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine says the state will allow indoor visiting at nursing homes as cold weather approaches after stopping the practice at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ohio State University has sent a letter to students warning them failing to adhere to social distancing and other coronavirus safety measures could mean disciplinary action. 


A local bar that was cited by state agents for violating Ohio's COVID-19  restrictions has been served with a 15-day liquor license suspension. 

Election officials around the state are trying to recruit 35,000 poll workers for Election Day in November.

A new effort is underway to expand access to support and resources for domestic violence survivors in Ohio during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Ohio Liquor Control Commission adopted a rule banning restaurants and bars from serving alcohol after 10 p.m.

State health officials Wednesday reported 1,419 new cases of COVID-19  and 40 new deaths.

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.  

Associated Press

Ohio has reported yet another one-day spike in COVID-19 cases as pandemic figures continue to rise day-by-day. 

Ohio Public Radio

While President Trump has suggested slowing down COVID-19 testing, Ohio Governor DeWine says increased testing is one way of slowing the increase of COVID-19 cases as the economy begins to reopen.

State officials said Sunday Ohio now has 33 thousand confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 6 thousand hospitalizations and 1944 deaths. 

The organizers of four professional golf tournaments in Ohio are asking Governor Mike DeWine for permission to include fans. 

The gradual lifting of coronavirus restrictions is expected to cause the number of cases in Ohio to rise according to projections from MetroHealth System in Cleveland.

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

Dan Konik / Statehouse News Bureau

Many Democratic state lawmakers were upset Wednesday when they discovered an earlier seating plan that allowed social distancing in the Ohio House chamber had been scrapped in favor of one allowing all legislators inside. 

Karen Kasler

The state is in the process of reopening businesses, but leaders are calling on people to continue practicing social distancing. That includes Ohio's U.S. Senators who stress the importance of taking the coronavirus seriously as mitigation orders are lifted.

State leaders are considering reopening economies and allowing people to leave their homes, but more and more Americans appear to be doing so on their own.

Emerging data suggest that though people dramatically altered their habits to stay at home during the first month of America's response to the pandemic, that cooperation has since leveled off and — eventually — decreased. This could point to long-term challenges for state governments asking citizens to cooperate with extended stay-at-home policies.

Columbus police have cited a woman for violating the ban on large gatherings after she allegedly hosted a large party on Monday night. 


The owner of a Columbus restaurant says he will open on May 1st, despite state orders to remain closed. 

As millions of people remain socially isolated and anxious about COVID-19, several U.S. governors are at least making plans to relax controls in their states and revive economic activity — against the advice of many public health professionals.

Updated at 7 p.m. ET

More than a dozen states have unveiled formal plans to move from coronavirus disaster response and toward reconstruction, the White House said Thursday, but officials also didn't rule out the need for more mitigation.

Vice President Pence said that 16 states have released formal plans about progressing out of the crisis. Many are pursuing a "phased approach" county by county, he said, pointing specifically to Missouri, Pennsylvania, Oregon and Idaho.