Coronavirus update: vaccine competition, COSI reopening and more


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Covid-19 case – In Columbus, 45 cases of COVID-19 were reported on Thursday, May 27. As of Thursday, a total of 90,987 cases and 1,098 deaths from COVID-19 were reported in Columbus and Worthington.

In Franklin County as a whole, 59 cases were reported on Wednesday.

Across the county, a total of 136,360 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 Thursday.

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

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

People eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine can make an appointment here or call 1-833-427-5634 for planning assistance.

Kroger and CVS announce vaccine competition: Kroger and CVS announced their own giveaways and raffles to encourage vaccination.

Kroger is offering 5 prizes of $ 1,000,000 and 50 grocery prizes for one year, while CVS is offering prizes that include free cruises, tropical vacations, VIP trip to the Los Angeles Super Bowl next year, cards -gifts and much more.

Kroger Giveaways have separate registration periods and end July 10. The CVS raffle also ends on July 10.

COSI reopens: COSI reopened today, Thursday June 3.

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

Additionally, the National Geographic Giant Screen Theater, Gadgets Live Show Stage, Motion Simulator, High-Wire Unicycle, and 3D interactive audio in the Life exhibit area will remain closed “for the foreseeable future.”

Visit for more information.

Council should change the mask’s mandate: Columbus City Council is expected to change its mask ordinance at its Monday, June 7 meeting, according to a city spokesperson. The amendment is likely to align more closely with current guidance from the Centers for Disease Control. This follows the lifting of most pandemic-related health orders and the Franklin County Board of Public Health’s cancellation of its face mask mandate. Last week.

For more information on COVID-19 in Ohio, visit or dial 1-833-4-ASK-ODH.

Taijuan Moor

Taijuan Moorman is a reporter and social media specialist for Columbus Underground and The Metropreneur, covering Civics, Arts, Entertainment, Lifestyle and News and Business. Born and raised in Columbus, she graduated from the renowned Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University.

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