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Ohio sets new record with 8,808 new coronavirus cases

By Rick Rouan, The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio on

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The state also debuted two new tools this week at to track the virus' spread in childcare facilities. One shows the number of children and staff cases at individual centers, but a separate dashboard is being used to show the number of positive cases from children and adults at smaller home-based providers.

Both the National Veterans Memorial and Museum and the Columbus Museum of Art announced temporary closures on Friday because of the spike in coronavirus cases.

Officials at the National Veterans Memorial and Museum said in a release Friday that they will monitor the pandemic in the coming days, with a plan to reopen on Dec. 19.

The museum had, even prior to the pandemic, ramped up its online programming and those virtual events will continue. Already scheduled was a regular event called "Rally Point."

The next one is Dec. 5 at 10 a.m. featuring Mary Whyte, an artist who founded the Patriot Arts Foundation, and Heather Seymour from the Veterans Art Initiative. The will talk about the healing power of art.

The museum was closed for more than three months early on in the pandemic but reopened in late June.


The Columbus Museum of Art in Downtown Columbus will monitor the situation before announcing a reopening date. In the meantime, the museum will contact ticketholders and provide refunds.

The museum was set to open "Raggin' On: The Art of Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson's House and Journals," an exhibit of more than 200 works of visual and literary art by the Columbus artist, who died at age 75 in 2015. Originally scheduled to open in July, this is the second time the pandemic has caused the show to be delayed.

Earlier this year, the health crisis also impacted another major exhibit, "Art after Stonewall, 1969-1989," which celebrated the impact of the 1969 Stonewall riots and the ensuing LGBTQ civil rights movement on the art world. The show opened on March 6, but the museum temporarily closed just a week later on March 15. Visitors were welcomed back in late June, and the exhibit was able to resume.


(Cincinnati Enquirer reporter Jackie Borchardt and Dispatch reporters Holly Zachariah and Erica Thompson contributed to this report.)

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