Coronavirus Update: Curfew Ended, Jazz Fest Canceled, & More
Keep up with regular news updates regarding Columbus and Ohio’s response to COVID-19 here.
COVID-19 cases — In Columbus, 222 cases of COVID-19 were reported for Wednesday, Feb. 10. As of Thursday, Feb. 11, 76,747 total cases and 550 deaths from COVID-19 have been reported in Columbus and Worthington.
In Franklin County at large, 338 cases were reported for Wednesday.
Countywide, 115,405 total cases and 777 deaths from COVID-19 have been reported by Columbus Public Health and Franklin County Public Health.
In Ohio, 2,806 cases and 721 deaths were reported on Thursday.
Statewide, 931,437 total cases and 12,577 deaths have been confirmed or are probable, as reported by the Ohio Department of Health. 848,058 Ohioans are presumed recovered.
It was revealed on Wednesday by the Ohio Department of Health via press release that about 4,000 deaths had been missed over the last several months in the state’s daily coronavirus dashboard.
The Ohio Department of Health’s “reconciliation” process for counting deaths, the same process that many states go through, prevents both double-counting and the counting of deaths not directly attributed to COVID-19. It’s been reported that the process had slowed some time in October, resulting in the state reporting a much lower number of deaths in November and December.
The state’s dashboard will reflect an increase in death until next week, as this process is worked through and death tolls are updated.
Ohio Department of Health Director Stephanie McCloud has said the department would be performing an internal review of what occurred and the employee responsible.
According to the Ohio Vaccination Dashboard, 1,161,056 Ohioans (9.93% of the total population) have been administered at least one dose of the vaccine. 125,744 Franklin County residents (9.55% of the county population) have received at least one valid dose.
See a list of COVID-19 vaccine providers here.
Curfew Will Not be Extended — Governor Mike DeWine has announced that the state’s stay at home curfew would not be extended.
The current curfew, which was reduced to 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. just a few weeks ago, was already slated to end at noon on Thursday. With hospitalizations continuing to trend downward, the governor decided not to extend the curfew. However, if the trends reverse, the curfew could be reinstated.
The governor has attributed the downward trend partly to nursing home residents being vaccinated.
Jazz & Rib Fest Canceled — The Jazz & Rib Fest has been canceled for 2021, the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department announced on Thursday.
In a news release, the department said canceling the festival was necessary to help slow the spread of the coronavirus in Columbus and to ensure the festival can be celebrated safely in the future.
The Jazz & Rib Fest will return July 22 through 24, 2022.
The news comes at the same time as the announcement of the Columbus Arts Festival’s cancellation.
Next Vaccine Group to be People with Medical Conditions — People with these pre-existing conditions from childhood that have carried into adulthood will be eligible for the vaccine next week. Certain conditions require the individual to have recently been hospitalized for eligibility, such as those with severe asthma and severe type 1 diabetes.
For more information on COVID-19 in Ohio, visit coronavirus.ohio.gov or call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH.