Keep up with regular news updates regarding Columbus and Ohio’s response to COVID-19 here.
COVID-19 cases — As of Monday, May 18, 3,623 cases and 136 deaths from COVID-19 have been reported or are probable in Columbus and Worthington. Countywide, 4,734 cases and 181 deaths from COVID-19 have been reported.
Statewide, 28,454 cases and 1,657 deaths have been confirmed or are probable.
According to Columbus Public Health’s report for May 18, 120 deaths are from long-term care facilities and nursing homes countywide, which is 66% of the total deaths.
However, between May 16 and May 17, Columbus alone saw a decrease in new daily cases by 62%.
The 20 to 29 year old and 30 to 39 year old age ranges continue to have the highest number of cases.
Bar and Restaurant “Safety Checks” — Governor Mike DeWine announced on Monday that he is assembling an enforcement team to ensure that bars and restaurants are reopening safely.
The enforcement team will conduct safety compliance checks in crowded bars and restaurants, and businesses found in violation of the state’s COVID-19 regulations will receive citations that could result in the loss of state liquor licenses.
City and county prosecutors could also take action with potential criminal charges.
Over the weekend, as restaurants and bars reopened for patio service, local businesses made headlines for complaints of large crowds and not adhering to social distancing,
Dine-in service for restaurants and bars will resume on Thursday, May 21.
City of Columbus Virtual Prom – Columbus City Council and students from the city’s Youth Council have partnered with Radio One and Orange Barrel Media for a virtual prom event in celebration of the Class of 2020.
The virtual event will feature Radio One DJs, government officials, celebrities and students, and will be live-streamed on Instagram, Facebook and the Power 107.5 website.
Students will also have the opportunity to compete in a “dance off” leading up to the event by posting a video to Instagram and using the hashtag #Power614VirtualProm. Winners will receive a prize announced during the virtual event.
The virtual prom is scheduled for May 23, from 7 p.m. to midnight. Visit mycolumbuspower.com for more information.
JazZoo Canceled — On Friday, the Jazz Arts Group and the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium announced the cancellation of JazZoo 2020. The annual summer concert series has been around for over a decade, and features the Columbus Jazz Orchestra and animals from the Columbus Zoo.
For more information on COVID-19 in Ohio, visit coronavirus.ohio.gov or call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH.