Coronavirus Update: COVID-19 Relief, Employment Program & Increased Hospitalizations
Keep up with regular news updates regarding Columbus and Ohio’s response to COVID-19 here.
COVID-19 cases — As of Tuesday, Oct. 27, 25,183 cases and 489 deaths from COVID-19 have been reported or are probable in Columbus and Worthington. Countywide, 34,526 cases and 668 deaths from COVID-19 have been reported by Columbus Public Health and Franklin County Public Health.
Statewide, 202,740 cases and 5,239 deaths have been confirmed or are probable, as reported by the Ohio Department of Health, with 161,704 presumed recovered.
City Update — On Monday, city and hospital officials held a press conference to give an update on COVID-19 in Columbus.
Among the announcements was the acknowledgment that hospitalizations in Franklin County have not been as high as they currently are since the summer.
City officials also noted large gatherings this past weekend and expected gatherings during this weekend coinciding with the Ohio State football game, adding that businesses were doing the right thing and that the problem largely stems from private residences.
In response to a question about mask compliance, Columbus Public Health Commissioner Dr. Mysheika Roberts estimated that after the city’s mask order and Governor Mike DeWine’s “last call” order in August, there was a 37% reduction in cases in Franklin County two weeks after and a 50% reduction among 20 to 29-year-olds, specifically.
Columbus’ newly reported cases are slowly approaching its last peak in early September. On Thursday, Sept. 8, 270 cases were reported in a single day. 176 cases were reported on Monday, Oct. 26, a 21.4% increase from the previous day.
State Approved for Coronavirus Relief — On Monday, the Ohio Controlling Board approved more than $419.5 million in CARES Act funding. The package includes funding for small businesses, restaurants and bars, hospitals, higher education, arts, nonprofits, and struggling Ohioans.
Cleaner Columbus Employment Program — Columbus City Council has passed an ordinance to dedicate $250,000 in CARES Act funding to an employment program that will provide temporary assistance to residents facing financial hardship. The program will take place within five social service agencies and offer residents in five neighborhoods the opportunity to have temporary employment for two weeks by performing litter cleanup and neighborhood beautification.
Rental and Mortgage Assistance — Also on Monday, council agreed to provide a $300,000 grant to the Columbus Urban League to provide rental and mortgage assistance to residents impacted by COVID-19.
For more information on COVID-19 in Ohio, visit coronavirus.ohio.gov or call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH.