Coronavirus Update: Columbus Clippers, Children’s Hospital Marathon & More
Keep up with regular news updates regarding Columbus and Ohio’s response to COVID-19 here.
COVID-19 cases — As of Sunday, July 5, 8,215 cases and 338 deaths from COVID-19 have been reported or are probable in Columbus and Worthington. Countywide, 10,767 cases and 440 deaths from COVID-19 have been reported by Columbus Public Health and Franklin County Public Health.
Statewide, 57,151 cases and 2,911 deaths have been confirmed or are probable, as reported by the Ohio Department of Health.
No Season for Columbus Clippers — There will be no season this year for Minor League Baseball after Major League Baseball announced Tuesday, June 30, that it would not provide its affiliated teams with players, reported The Columbus Dispatch. That includes the Columbus Clippers, whose president and general manager Ken Schnacke said Huntington Park would be put to use in other ways, including allowing senior baseball and softball players to take final swings at home plate and screening films after the July 4th holiday.
Nationwide Children’s Hospital Marathon — The 2020 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon & ½ Marathon have been canceled due to the ongoing pandemic. Registrants for the 2020 event, scheduled for Sunday, October 18, will receive a full refund of registration fees.
Hospital supporters will still have an opportunity to fundraise for patients and families during future fundraising activities to be announced.
More Airbnb Restrictions — On Thursday, July 2, Airbnb announced it would be restricting booking guests under the age of 25 without a history of positive reviews from booking local home listings, in an effort to combat unauthorized parties during the pandemic.
Younger guests with at least three positive reviews and no negative ones are not subject to the local restriction, and all guests are still free to book private rooms and hotel rooms through the platform.
Mask Mandate — On Thursday, July 2, the City of Columbus announced a new mask mandate requiring individuals in Columbus to wear masks in indoor, public places, including daycares, restaurants and bars, and nail salons. The mandate is in response to an increase in new COVID-19 cases.
DeWine K-12 Reopening Plan — Also on Thursday, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced that the Ohio Department of Education has published a planning guide, which includes non-mandatory recommendations on testing, field trips, recess precautions and more, as well as the suggestion that school districts develop their own protocols. Columbus City Schools announced its own protocols last week.
CML Suspends Phased Reopening — On Monday, July 6, the Columbus Metropolitan Library announced it would be suspending limited service inside its buildings as part of its phased reopening plan. Curbside pickup will still be offered, and library locations that previously offered limited service will now offer curbside pickup instead.
Visit columbuslibrary.org for a full list of library locations offering curbside pickup.
For more information on COVID-19 in Ohio, visit coronavirus.ohio.gov or call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH.