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Coronavirus / COVID-19 Updates in Columbus

The response to the Coronavirus pandemic continues to evolve rapidly, day-by-day. Below is a list of news and updates relating to Columbus and the State of Ohio’s response to the pandemic. Find a general timeline of events, resources for aid, a list of cancellations and more. This list will continue to be amended as new […]

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As Ohioans Stay Home, Telemedicine Soars

By Susan Tebben With Ohio’s stay-at-home order extended to May 1, more and more people are utilizing telemedicine as a way to get their care while reducing their risk of contracting COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus. That now includes those who have not yet seen a provider, but need to see someone […]

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Voter Rights Lawsuit Rejected, Primary to Continue As Is

By Tyler Buchanan Ohio voters have until later this month to mail in their absentee ballots. They must first apply to their county board of elections office in order to receive their ballot before mailing in the completed vote. The Capital Journal published a full explainer about the process, available here. The primary election was originally scheduled […]

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Construction Roundup: April 2020

With construction deemed essential business by the Governor of Ohio’s “stay at home” order, work has continued at building sites throughout the city as the weather warms up this April. This month’s construction roundup showcases some of the ongoing projects in Downtown Columbus, The Short North, Italian Village, Grandview Heights and The University District. Check […]

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Coronavirus Update: Stay at Home Extension, Bunbury & More

On Monday, April 6 at midnight, the state of Ohio’s Stay at Home order extension goes into effect. This includes the same measures taken in the first order plus additional guidance, including the requirement for retail stores and other essential businesses to set a maximum number of customers allowed in a store at one time […]

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‘Stuck at Home’ Short Film Contest to Support Local Filmmakers

The Greater Columbus Film Commission has announced the creation of a “Stuck at Home” Short Film Contest. The contest is open to anyone in the film industry in Franklin and surrounding counties, beginning April 6 and running through April 15. The contest includes cash prizes for six films in two categories, under 60-second films and […]

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Art Review: Ohio Diaspora – Art from the Collection of the National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center and Ohio Artists

I suppose we take our art where we can get it now. Whether it’s the Short North hosting a virtual Gallery Hop, the Wexner Center ramping up their “Off Center” initiatives, or the Columbus Museum of Art introducing the hashtag #myCMAathome, institutions and arts advocates continue to adapt to the stay at home world by making art […]

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Little Changing for Lucky’s Market After Sale

It’s good news for Lucky’s fans. The Clintonville grocery store will largely remain the same Lucky’s shoppers know and love after its purchase by Cleveland-based Dave’s Markets. The grocer announced the purchase of both the Columbus and Cleveland Lucky’s stores last week, following initial speculation that Lucky’s founders would retain control of the stores. Aaron […]

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Apartment Rents Continue to Rise Despite Pandemic

While a small handful of landlords may be waiving rent in April, the majority expect to continue to be paid — and according to a new report, they’re expecting to be paid even more than before. ApartmentList.com published its April Rent Report late last week and the numbers continue to climb. Month-over-month, the median rent for […]

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Restaurants Might Feel Coronavirus Effects for Years To Come

It feels like an eternity, but local bars and restaurants have been closed for exactly three weeks since Ohio Governor Mike DeWine first issued a statewide closure on Sunday, March 15. Many have shuttered completely, while some have continued to operate with takeout and delivery options, and thousands of employees have lost their jobs. Ohioans […]

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Dave Yost Continues Abortion Battle During Coronavirus Pandemic

By Susan Tebben The Ohio Attorney General’s Office filed an appeal on Thursday asking a court to release them from a restraining order allowing abortions to continue under a coronavirus health order until the appeal can be decided. A U.S. District Judge ruled partially in favor of Planned Parenthood and other clinics who perform abortions in […]

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Gun Sales Surging in Ohio

By Jake Zuckerman Federal data shows Ohioans made a run on gun stores in March as COVID-19 caseloads in the state exponentially grew. It was Ohio’s second busiest month for gun sales for as long as data has been available since 1998. Sales hit their peak in Ohio in December 2015, after 14 people were killed […]

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Coronavirus Update: Possible Prison Releases, COSI Layoffs & More

As of Friday, April 3, Franklin County has 503 cases of COVID-19 of the state’s reported 3,312 cases. Ohio’s death count rose to 91, while the county remained at five. Positive COVID-19 related news to end the week comes from Boston beer company Samuel Adams and its restaurant worker fund, and the encouraging numbers coming […]

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CATCO Announces New Executive Director

CATCO and CATCO is Kids have announced their new executive director, Christy Farnbauch, current executive director of the National Association of Women Business Owners Columbus, beginning April 15, 2020. Under Farnbauch’s leadership, NAWBO Columbus was recognized as the No. 1 NAWBO chapter in the United States by the Columbus Foundation in February 2019. At the […]

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10 Places You Can Get Donuts (Delivered, Carry-Out or Pickup)

There’s a lot of bad news pouring in from all around the world right now, and sometimes you need a break from the doom and gloom. And there’s no better escapism from life’s problems than donuts. To help you get your fix, we rounded up a list of 10 local businesses and franchises where you […]

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Brand New Streaming Options

There are more ways than ever for us shut ins to enjoy brand spanking new movies, and in many cases, help out the cinemas we miss so terribly. Here is this week’s crop of brand new streaming films, most of which you can view via Gateway Film Center and Wexner Center for the Arts websites, […]

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Opinion: Ohio is Faring Better Than Most. Keep it That Way.

Ohio may be considered fly over territory for some, but the state and its 11 million residents have increasingly found themselves on a national, and even international stage, as the coronavirus pandemic continues to ravage the world.  Over the past weeks, I have often found myself thinking how thankful (or lucky?) I am to live […]

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The Humble Neighborhood Walk Gets Its Moment in the Sun

Some local organizations are shining a spotlight on one of the few outside-the-house activities still available to us – the neighborhood walk. Transit Columbus has created a Walk Columbus Pledge to encourage people to take daily walks to “explore the nooks and crannies of our own neighborhoods…rather than heading for the most popular areas.” The […]

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Sam Adams Providing Grants, Locals Providing Meals for OH Restaurant Workers

Ohio restaurant workers could soon be getting a little help from Boston-based brewery Samuel Adams. Not in the form of beer, but grants. What started as a partnership with The Greg Hill Foundation to support restaurant workers in Massachusetts has extended to Ohioans. The Restaurant Strong fund is providing the state’s restaurant workers a free, […]

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ComFest is Either Cancelling or Rescheduling This Year
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The Columbus Festival Season traditionally kicks off in May, but several of the earliest outdoor parties are already cancelling or rescheduling. Following suit with the Asian Festival and Arts Festival, the organizers of Community Festival (aka: ComFest) announced tonight on social media that the event will not move forward on their originally scheduled weekend. “Due […]

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Mega Weekend – Fun Things To Do In(side) Columbus
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Another week of staying inside. It’s the right thing to do! So, here is a roundup of fun things to do inside. Get a new game delivered from Tabletop Game Cafe. Kingmakers has Stir-Crazy Kits. Support local restaurants doing carry-out. Have a safe weekend, Columbus. THINGS TO DO -Play Virtual Trivia with Kingmakers–Get your Absentee Ballot and get it postmarked by April 27 […]

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Coronavirus Update: Stay at Home Extended, Record Unemployment Claims & More

If you have watched Governor Mike DeWine’s daily coronavirus press conference updates in the last few days, you probably have caught on to hints that the governor and Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton would be extending the previous Stay at Home order for Ohioans. Today, the governor confirmed that Ohioans would be asked […]

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5 Reasons to Support Columbus Underground

Like most small businesses, Columbus Underground has been negatively impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. We have cancelled and delayed multiple revenue-generating events, and many of our regular advertising clients — organizations and small businesses such as restaurants, bars, arts venues, and event promoters — are currently closed or restricted in their operations due either to state mandates […]

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Early Numbers Reveal Drastic Impact on Ohio’s Restaurants

Even before Governor Mike DeWine signed an order closing Ohio’s bars and restaurants to dine-in patrons, establishments across the state were feeling the impacts of the coronavirus. The Ohio Restaurant Association conducted a survey asking restaurants about their business the week of March 8-14, the days leading up to the March 15 order. “As the […]

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Columbus Arts Festival Canceled Due to COVID-19 Concerns

The Greater Columbus Arts Council has announced that the Columbus Arts Festival — originally slated for June 12 through 14 — has been canceled. GCAC President and CEO Tom Katzenmeyer announced the cancellation in a letter sent out on Thursday, April 2, after the arts council’s board of trustees voted to cancel the 2020 festival […]

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