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Coronavirus Update: PPE Donations, Outdoor Activities & More

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman Coronavirus Update: PPE Donations, Outdoor Activities & MoreThe swinging bridge on the Hemlock Bridge Trail in Hocking Hills State Park. Photo by Walker Evans.
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The Numbers

COVID-19 cases — As of Wednesday, May 20, 3,780 cases from COVID-19 have been reported or are probable in Columbus and Worthington, as reported by Columbus Public Health. Countywide, 4,793 cases and 200 deaths from COVID-19 have been reported.

Statewide, 29,436 cases and 1,781 deaths have been confirmed or are probable.

More Updates

Local Hotels Donate PPE, Essential Items — Local hotel developers and partners from Wickford Holdings, Evolv Hotels, The Witness Group, Hampton Inn Pickerington, Phelan Insurance and Premier Injury & Health have donated 500,000 pieces of PPE as part of the national #HospitalityStrong initiative. Locally they have delivered 25,000 surgical masks, 1,500 N95 masks and thousands of hygiene kits to frontline workers, food banks and nonprofits.

Recipients include Columbus Public Health and fire departments in Hilliard, Pickerington, Marysville, Dublin, Powell, Grove City and Westerville. Age-Friendly Columbus, a nonprofit organization that provides resources to the elderly, received several thousand masks and essential food and toiletry items.

Hocking Hills Reopens — Cabins and lodging at Hocking Hills have reopened to the public, as well as a number of outdoor activities and businesses.

Hocking Hills State Park is currently closed until new safety and distancing regulations are finalized. However, a number of other hiking areas that are currently open, including Lake Logan and Lake Hope State Parks. In addition, rappelling and climbing, guided hikes, canopy tours, off-road Segway woodland and waterfall tours, kayaking, canoeing and horseback riding have already opened or are expected to open to the public by the end of May.

A number of businesses and venues for summer activities are in line to reopen later this month, including public pools, campgrounds and day camps.

Visit ExploreHockingHills.com for more information.

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

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