Coronavirus Update: Red, White & BOOM Canceled, Case Numbers & More
Keep up with regular news updates regarding Columbus and Ohio’s response to COVID-19 here.
COVID-19 cases — As of Thursday, May 7, 2,678 cases of COVID-19 have been reported or are probable in Columbus and Worthington, an increase of 288 cases since Tuesday. Countywide, 3,377 cases and 107 deaths from COVID-19 have been reported, an increase of 389 cases and 20 deaths from Tuesday.
Statewide, 22,131 cases and 1,271 deaths are confirmed or probable.
Unemployment — 61,083 unemployment claims were made the week of May 2, a nearly 30,000 claim decrease from the week before. 1,118,569 unemployment claims have been made since the week of March 21.
Red, White & BOOM Canceled
On Thursday, Red, White & BOOM Columbus announced the annual fireworks celebration would be canceled. Instead of the traditional celebration in Downtown Columbus, organizers have announced a four-night televised event looking back at “the tradition of parades, honoring veterans and the largest fireworks show in the Midwest.”
The nonprofit organization is also looking for possible on-site experiences in July for Columbus residents to partake in safely.
The television event will take place from Wednesday, July 1 to Saturday, July 4 on NBC4.
Franklin County Overdoses — According to Columbus Public Health, there has been a 50% increase in drug overdose deaths since January in Franklin County. 62 drug overdose deaths were reported in April.
If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, visit columbus.gov/CFCAP for resources.
Hair Salons, Restaurants to Reopen — On Thursday, it was announced that personal service businesses, restaurants and bars would be authorized to reopen beginning May 15. Come Monday, May 11, a plan to reopen daycares will be announced.
For more information on COVID-19 in Ohio, visit coronavirus.ohio.gov or call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH.