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Coronavirus Update: Vaccine Sweepstakes, COSI Reopens & More

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Keep up with regular news updates regarding Columbus and Ohio’s response to COVID-19 here.

The Numbers

COVID-19 cases — In Columbus, 45 cases of COVID-19 were reported on Thursday, May 27. As of Thursday, 90,987 total cases and 1,098 deaths from COVID-19 have been reported in Columbus and Worthington.

In Franklin County at large, 59 cases were reported on Wednesday.

Countywide, 136,360 total cases and 1,647 deaths from COVID-19 have been reported by Columbus Public Health and Franklin County Public Health.

In Ohio, 490 cases were reported on Thursday.

Statewide, 1,103,380 total cases and 19,923 deaths have been confirmed or are probable since the start of the pandemic, as reported by the Ohio Department of Health. 1,067,643 Ohioans have been presumed recovered.

According to the Ohio Vaccination Dashboard, 5,335,840 Ohioans (45.65% of the total population) have been administered at least one dose of the vaccine. 639,420 Franklin County residents (48.56% of the county population) have received at least one valid dose.

Those eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine can book an appointment here or call 1-833-427-5634 for help with scheduling.

Kroger, CVS Announce Vaccine Sweepstakes: Kroger and CVS have announced their own giveaways and sweepstakes to incentivize vaccinations.

Kroger is offering 5 $1,000,000 prizes and 50 prizes of groceries for a year, while CVS is offering prizes that include free cruises, tropical vacations, a VIP trip to next year’s Super Bowl in Los Angeles, gift cards and much more.

The Kroger giveaways have separate entry periods and end on July 10. The CVS sweepstakes also end on July 10.

COSI Reopens: COSI reopened today, Thursday, June 3.

COSI will be open four days a week, Thursday through Sunday. Reservations will be required for all guests. However, COSI will also not require face masks for those who are fully vaccinated.

In addition, the National Geographic Giant Screen Theater, Gadgets Live Show Stage, Motion Simulator, High-Wire Unicycle and 3D Audio interactive in the Life Exhibition Area will remain closed “for the foreseeable future.

Visit cosi.org for more information.

Council Expected to Amend Mask Mandate: Columbus City Council is expected to amend its mask order during its Monday, June 7 meeting, according to a city spokesperson. The amendment is likely to more closely align with current Centers for Disease Control guidelines. This follows the lifting of most pandemic-related health orders and Franklin County Board of Public Health’s rescindment of its face mask mandate last week.

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

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