Coronavirus Update: Doo Dah Parade, Summer Jam West, Liquor Rebate & More
Keep up with regular news updates regarding Columbus and Ohio’s response to COVID-19 here.
COVID-19 cases — As of Monday, May 11, 3,039 cases and 95 deaths from COVID-19 have been reported or are probable in Columbus and Worthington. Countywide, 3,881 cases and 128 deaths from COVID-19 have been reported.
Statewide, 24,777 cases and 1,357 deaths have been confirmed or are probable.
Columbus Public Health has begun releasing daily reports for its jurisdictions. A few takeaways:
- 57 cases and 13 deaths have been reported solely in Worthington. 11 of those deaths are from long-term care facilities.
- Long-term care facilities account for 63% of deaths in Columbus and county-wide.
- The median age for cases in Columbus is 44 years old.
- From Saturday, May 9, to Sunday, May 10, Columbus saw a 32% daily change in new cases. Saturday the city reported 62 new cases. On Sunday, 82 new cases were reported.
- CelebrateOne Priority Areas — including the Hilltop, Linden, South Side, Near East and Northland areas — have a case rate of 409.3 per 100,000 people. For non-priority areas, the case rate is 254.9 per 100,000 people.
Daycares — Governor Mike DeWine did not give an update on daycares in his Monday coronavirus update, however an announcement is said to be coming within the next few days.
Doo Dah Parade — The annual Doo Dah Parade will be postponed to Saturday, September 19 in the Short North. The Doo Dah Parade After Party will also be moved to a new location — the Gazebo in Goodale Park. More information here.
Summer Jam West — Summer Jam West organizers have announced that the festival has been canceled due to COVID-19.
“We were looking forward to providing a sense of normalcy and a much-needed celebration for our community,” read the announcement. “However, with no lifting of restrictions on gatherings in sight and no clear picture of what the reality of those gatherings would ultimately look like, we decided it’s best to put the health and safety of our vendors, bands, artists, and community ahead of everything else.”
JobsOhio, Department of Commerce Announce Liquor Rebate — JobsOhio and the Ohio Department of Commerce’s Division of Liquor Control announced they will offer a one-time rebate to restaurants and bars and to cover the cost of restocking high-proof, spirituous liquor.
Starting in mid-May, JobsOhio will provide a $500 rebate in high-proof spirituous liquor to eligible permit holders for purchases made through Ohio Liquor Contract Liquor Agencies. Permit holders must register to be eligible.
Rebates will be applied as soon as a permit holder places an order from their assigned agency.
OSU Wexner Distributing Care Kits — The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center will distribute thousands of community care kits to Franklin County’s vulnerable populations starting today. The kits contain masks, soap, hand sanitizer, dental hygiene supplies, water and educational materials for residents.
The Wexner Center’s Community Care Coach will park at various community partner sites in the 43219, 43211, 43207, 43223 and 43203 zip codes for contactless drive-thru and walk-up distribution. Due partly to socioeconomic status as well as underlying health conditions, these areas have been disproportionately impacted by the coronavirus.
Target areas were identified by combining data from the Kirwan Institute Opportunity Index, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Social Vulnerability Index and other sources.
Find more information here.
Antibody Testing — The state will begin to send out postcards for Ohio residents to volunteer for antibody testing. If chosen to be a part of the study, which is voluntary, a representative will come out and swab eligible adults for coronavirus antibodies.
Local Distillery Partners on Hand Sanitizer — Joining the list of distilleries entering the hand-sanitizer market, 451 Spirits has partnered with Glenn Avenue Soap Company to create an alcohol-based hand sanitizer available to the public.
Bandit’s Oil is being sold with all profits donated to the Service! local relief effort. $2,000 has been donated so far.
Bandit’s Oil hand sanitizer can be purchased for curbside pickup through the Glenn Avenue Soap website.
For more information on COVID-19 in Ohio, visit coronavirus.ohio.gov or call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH.