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Coronavirus Update: Columbus a ‘Location to Watch,’ Tattoo Shops Reopening & More

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman Coronavirus Update: Columbus a ‘Location to Watch,’ Tattoo Shops Reopening & More
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Keep up with regular news updates regarding Columbus and Ohio’s response to COVID-19 here.

The Numbers

COVID-19 cases — As of Tuesday, May 12, 3,140 cases and 108 deaths from COVID-19 have been reported or are probable in Columbus and Worthington, an increase of 101 and 13, from Monday respectively. Countywide, 4,002 cases and 138 deaths from COVID-19 have been reported, a daily increase of 121 and 10, respectively.

Statewide, 25,250 cases and 1,436 deaths have been confirmed or are probable.

In Columbus, long-term care facilities now represent 65% of deaths with 70 reported as of Tuesday. 58 of the cases and 13 of the deaths reported by Columbus Public Health are in Worthington.

White House Report Names Columbus a ‘Location to Watch’

According to an unreleased White House report obtained by NBC News, Columbus is one of the top 10 “locations to watch” in terms of a spike in new cases.

Columbus didn’t meet the criteria for the 10 top areas of concern. Those cities recorded surges 72.4% or more over a seven-day period compared to the previous period.

However, the locations to watch criteria includes cities with more than 10% week-to-week increases in cases and more than 30 new cases per 100,000 people in the past week.

The report, dated May 7, had Columbus at 1,290 new cases in the last seven days and 61 new cases per 100,000 in the last week.

Massage Studios, Tattoo Shops Allowed to Reopen May 15

On Tuesday, Lt. Governor Jon Husted announced at the state’s daily coronavirus update press conference that tattoo shops, piercing shops and massage studios would be allowed to reopen on Friday, May 15 with other shops and personal care businesses.

The lieutenant governor said on the separation from hair salons, barbershops and the like that there were differences in regulation by the Ohio Department of Health.

Tattoo studios in Ohio previously planned to peacefully protest the separation, arguing that because of strict guidelines their facilities are cleaner than other businesses reopening.

For more information on COVID-19 in Ohio, visit coronavirus.ohio.gov or call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH.

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