Coronavirus Update: CDC Eviction Moratorium Overturned, More Walk-In Vaccine Opportunities
Keep up with regular news updates regarding Columbus and Ohio’s response to COVID-19 here.
COVID-19 cases — In Columbus, 133 cases of COVID-19 were reported on Thursday, May 6. As of Thursday, 89,062 total cases and 1,066 deaths from COVID-19 have been reported in Columbus and Worthington.
In Franklin County at large, 164 cases were reported on Wednesday.
Countywide, 133,688 total cases and 1,598 deaths from COVID-19 have been reported by Columbus Public Health and Franklin County Public Health.
In Ohio, 1,387 cases were reported on Thursday.
Statewide, 1,080,121 total cases and 19,344 deaths have been confirmed or are probable since the start of the pandemic, as reported by the Ohio Department of Health. 1,030,305 Ohioans have been presumed recovered.
According to the Ohio Vaccination Dashboard, 4,786,481 Ohioans (40.95% of the total population) have been administered at least one dose of the vaccine. 563,027 Franklin County residents (42.76% of the county population) have received at least one valid dose.
Those eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine can book an appointment here or call 1-833-427-5634 for help with scheduling.
No-Appointment Vaccine Options — If you still have not received your COVID-19 vaccine, Columbus Public Health is taking walk-ins at its Celeste Center Drive-Thru Clinic, 717 E. 17th Ave., Monday through Saturday, Noon to 3 p.m. and its Walk-In Clinic, 240 Parsons Ave., Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. You can also register online at columbus.gov/c19vax.
Mouth Carmel Health is also taking walk-in appointments at its Community Vaccine Clinic at 6001 E. Broad St. Hours are Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Click here for more info.
Nearly all of OhioHealth’s COVID-19 vaccine clinic locations are accepting walk-ins for first and second doses of the Pfizer vaccine. Its Eastside Health Center at 4850 E. Main St. is taking walk-ins on May 7-8, May 12 and May 14 at various times. The OhioHealth David P. Blom Administrative Campus at 3430 OhioHealth Pkwy is taking walk-ins on May 7, May 11, May 12-13 and May 14 at various times. Click here for more info.
Federal Judge Overturns CDC’s Eviction Moratorium — A federal judge has vacated the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s federal eviction moratorium, which was seen as a temporary fix for millions of renters. In a ruling this week by D.C. District Judge Dabney Friedrich, the judge said the CDC does not have “the legal authority to impose a nationwide eviction moratorium.”
Housing and Urban Development secretary Marcia Fudge said at a press conference Wednesday that the Biden administration has targeted billions of dollars of vouchers through the American Rescue Plan for individuals at risk and for cities to invest in housing, in an effort to keep people in their homes.
Health Order Exempts Vaccinated Nursing Home Staff from Testing — Governor Mike DeWine announced that a new Ohio Department of Health order will exempt fully vaccinated staff in nursing homes and assisted living facilities from routine testing. Staff members who are not fully vaccinated will be required to be tested twice a week.
In addition, the Ohio Department of Aging and Ohio Department of Health have developed a homebound vaccination plan to make vaccines available to homebound individuals. Individuals interested should contact their Area Agency on Aging at 1-866-243-5678.
For more information on COVID-19 in Ohio, visit coronavirus.ohio.gov or call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH.