COVID-19 CORONAVIRUS

Information and resources you can trust.

Important Information

Check back periodically for up-to-date information.

At-Home COVID-19 Testing Kits

All CML locations are currently out of COVID-19 testing kits. The Ohio Dept. of Health recently announced that schools and colleges will be given priority in the coming days and weeks. We’ll post here when we have them in stock again.

Click here for information about testing kits and other locations.
Click here to order free testing kits through the mail.

  • Free kits from the Ohio Department of Health are available at all Columbus Metropolitan Library locations.
  • Please call the phone number on the Curbside Pickup sign to request a testing kit, or use the branch’s Drive-Up Window if available.
  • If customers are ill, experiencing symptoms, or been exposed to someone that is ill or experiencing symptoms, they should not come to the library to get a kit. Please send a family member or friend to pick up.
  • Customers may request four kits per household per day.
  • Kits must be administered at home; not in the library.  
  • Email address, Internet connection and a device with a webcam: smartphone, tablet, or computer are required.
  • Call eMed customer support with questions or if assistance is needed: (844) 943-0061.

COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Learn about the vaccine phases and locations for Columbus residents, as well as frequently asked questions.

Learn about the vaccine phases and locations for Franklin County residents, as well as frequently asked questions. 

Learn about the vaccine phases and locations for Ohio residents, as well as frequently asked questions. 

OhioHealth

OhioHealth is distributing COVID-19 vaccines to eligible members of the public through walk-ins at select vaccine clinic locations and by appointment. Appointments can be made online or by calling the COVID-19 Vaccine Hotline at 614-533-6999 weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. OhioHealth also provides COVID-19 updates and vaccine information in Spanish, Somali, French, Nepali and Arabic.

NATIONAL AND LOCAL HEALTH DEPARTMENTS

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)

The CDC provides information on COVID-19 and your health. Get the latest about the COVID-19 vaccine, symptoms and testing and when to quarantine, as well as transmission prevention and reduction tips for work, school and home. 

Ohio Department of Health

The Ohio Department of Health provides the COVID-19 Dashboard for COVID-19 case information within the state of Ohio. Find additional information about the Ohio Vaccination Program, the Vax-a-million program, educational resources and public health order updates.

Resources available in ArabicChinese and Spanish.

City of Columbus and Columbus Public Health Department

This site provides information on COVID-19 and health and safety updates from the city. You’ll also find COVID-19 testing sites, multilingual materials and community resources including the Community Resource List. You can also call 614-645-1519 for answers to COVID-19-related questions.

Franklin County Public Health Department

Get tips on how to protect yourself and others and slow the spread of COVID-19. Find information about Franklin County’s COVID-19 vaccination clinics, case reports (including nursing homes and schools) and vaccine administered reports by ZIP code.

ADDITIONAL MEDICAL RESEARCH AND TRACKING TOOLS

Columbus Area Hospitals

OhioHealth and OSU Medical Center experts share important information about vaccines, testing, recognizing symptoms and caring for sick loved ones. Find additional information about patient care and safety plus translated documents in a variety of languages about COVID-19.

Johns Hopkins University

 

Johns Hopkins University medical experts share information and resources for understanding the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn about trends in vaccination impact and efforts, contact tracing, patient cases and more. John Hopkins also maintains a Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Dashboard that enables you to see in real time the global impact of the pandemic.

LitCovid

The National Institutes of Health and National Library of Medicine’s comprehensive literature hub for tracking up-to-date scientific information about the coronavirus.  Updated daily.

COVID-19 Projections from IHME

The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington’s School of Medicine is nationally recognized for its work modeling data related to hospital resource capacity and estimated deaths in relation to current mitigating strategies (social distancing) for the coronavirus pandemic. 

Coronavirus Infographics

These infographics can help you visualize the extent of the pandemic and its impact across the globe.

World Health Organization

The WHO provides current situation reports and advice for the public on the coronavirus. The WHO has also launched a health alert system in Arabic, English, French and Spanish to provide the latest news and information on the coronavirus, including details on symptoms and how people can protect themselves and others, using the WhatsApp.

GET THE LATEST COVID-19 UPDATES ON TWITTER

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)

The Centers for Disease Control shares updates on COVID-19 alerts and health and safety tips.

Gov. Mike DeWine's Office

Gov. Mike DeWine’s Office provides regular updates for the State of Ohio, including the latest in case numbers, state orders and helpful community resources.

MedLine Plus

MedlinePlus, a service from the National Library of Medicine, is a consumer-friendly resource focused on health.

Ohio Department of Health

The Ohio Department of Health provides updates from its Twitter account, which is helpful if its website has high traffic.

World Health Organization

The World Health Organization tweets about health topics from around the world.