Coronavirus Update: Call for Impeachment, OSU Suspensions, Party Ban & More
Keep up with regular news updates regarding Columbus and Ohio’s response to COVID-19 here.
COVID-19 cases — As of Tuesday, Aug. 25, 16,001 cases and 443 deaths from COVID-19 have been reported or are probable in Columbus and Worthington. Countywide, 21,735 cases and 592 deaths from COVID-19 have been reported by Columbus Public Health and Franklin County Public Health.
Statewide, 116,495 cases and 3,996 deaths have been confirmed or are probable, as reported by the Ohio Department of Health, with 89,068 presumed recovered.
Four Conservative Lawmakers Call for Impeachment — On Monday, four Republican lawmakers joined together to seek the removal of Governor Mike DeWine from office in response to his approach to the pandemic, as reported by the Ohio Capital Journal.
Sponsors have asked fellow House members to join, however others have yet to come forward in support of the governor’s removal. New Speaker of the House Bob Cupp has opposed the effort in a statement.
OSU Suspensions — NBC4 is reporting that The Ohio State University issued 228 interim suspensions to students who allegedly hosted or attended parties and large gatherings last weekend. An OSU spokesperson says some of those students are now permitted to return to campus and a COVID-19 testing count for faculty and students may be released soon.
In a statement, the university says anyone who sees such a gathering or event should call local authorities, which will result in the occupants being reported to Student Conduct.
Entertainment Venues Receive Reopening Plan — On Tuesday, Interim Ohio Department of Health Director Lance Himes signed an order that provides mandatory requirements for entertainment venues to reopen. The order includes social distancing, hygiene and facial covering requirements, capacity limitations and other protocols.
Airbnb Party Ban — As of last week, there is now a global ban on all parties and events at Airbnb listings. This includes a capacity gap at 16 people for larger homes, primarily. The ban applies to all future Airbnb bookings indefinitely, with exception being considered for specialty and traditional hospitality venues such as hotels.
PPE Vending Machines — Columbus Regional Airport Authority has installed new personal protective equipment vending machines at John Glenn Columbus International Airport and Rickenbacker International Airport. The machines contain face masks, hand sanitizer, sanitizing wipes, disposable gloves and non-contact thermometers for travelers.
Sports Order Released — Last week, the official sports order allowing fall sports to continue was released. On Tuesday, Aug. 25, Gov. DeWine went over some of the details of a variance provision within the order.
The order limits the max number of spectators to 1,500 individuals or 15% of fixed, seated capacity, whichever is the lesser, in outdoor sports venues and 300 individuals or 15%t of fixed, seated capacity, whichever is the lesser, in indoor sports venues. However, a variance lets schools request a higher spectator limit by submitting a plan and explanation to their local health department.
Spectators are still limited to family members, the school’s band and others performers during the event.
CML Expands Services — All Columbus Metropolitan Library locations are now open for limited services. The library also has begun in-person job help that has since expand to additional locations.
Limited services include the use of a computer, the ability to print, copy, scan and fax, the pick up and return of items, and the pick up of grab and go books. Visit columbuslibrary.org for more information.
For more information on COVID-19 in Ohio, visit coronavirus.ohio.gov or call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH.