Coronavirus Update: Case Demographics, CARES Funding & More
Keep up with regular news updates regarding Columbus and Ohio’s response to COVID-19 here.
COVID-19 cases — As of Tuesday, Sept. 22, 20,496 cases and 483 deaths from COVID-19 have been reported or are probable in Columbus and Worthington. Countywide, 27,538 cases and 659 deaths from COVID-19 have been reported by Columbus Public Health and Franklin County Public Health.
Statewide, 145,850 cases and 4,635 deaths have been confirmed or are probable, as reported by the Ohio Department of Health, with 124,774 presumed recovered.
Case Demographics Dashboard — On Wednesday, Gov. DeWine and the Ohio Department of Health debuted the COVID-19 Case Demographics Dashboard on coronavirus.ohio.gov. The tool breaks down case data by race and ethnicity, as well as by age and county compared to the overall state population.
The dashboard was a recommendation by the Minority Health Strikeforce to help better track health inequities and disparities in the state.
Franklin County’s data shows a some disparities across racial and ethnic lines. Black residents, which make up 25.2% of the county population, account for 37.2% of hospitalizations. And Hispanic residents, which make up 5.8% of the county population, account for 12% of cases and 10.9% of hospitalizations.
Local Organizations Receive CARES Act Funding — Some 80 local human service agencies will receive $20 million in funding from the city and county’s CARES Act dollars to address the essential needs of Columbus and Franklin County residents.
110 organizations will receive funding to assist a variety of residents, including youth, seniors, families and veterans. The money will be used to support the purchase of technology to enable remote learning, telehealth and mentoring, as well as basic needs — including food, clothing, PPE, diapers and other basic necessities.
The largest contract amounts went to the Mid-Ohio Foodbank ($1,065,836), Alvis ($923,460), Habitat for Humanity MidOhio ($750k), Godman Guild Association ($700k) and LifeCare Alliance ($600k).
“I believe that we have to seek every opportunity to help our residents through this pandemic,” said Columbus City Councilmember Priscilla Tyson ahead of the vote for the funding at City Council Monday, Sept. 21. “These funds will serve as a resource to assist families with maintaining their necessities – by helping our non-profit partners strategically deliver services to those in need.”
For more information on COVID-19 in Ohio, visit coronavirus.ohio.gov or call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH.