COVID-19 spurs research, innovations, care and hope

Elderly man receives COVID-19 vaccination

As we approach the one-year mark since the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Ohio, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center continues working to stop it. Our teams rise to the occasion and meet every challenge caused by the pandemic.

Throughout this uncertain time, we’ve been a source for health care, information, compassion, equity and truth. We’re proud of what we’ve accomplished with research, innovations and patient care.
In the earliest days of the crisis, we teamed up with Battelle to create a new rapid diagnostic test for COVID-19. We also created our own COVID-19 viral test fluid when there was a national shortage and printed 3D test swabs to expand access to testing. 
We’re involved in innovative research for COVID-19 antibody drug testing, convalescent plasma therapy and COVID-19 vaccines. We’re studying disparities in COVID-19 testing among vulnerable communities, hosting Community Day and providing underserved populations with community care kits.
We’ve greatly expanded our telehealth visits to expand access to health care and keep patients safe. So far, we’ve processed more than 450,000 COVID-tests statewide and administered about 60,000 vaccine doses to protect people from COVID-19.
We’re dedicated to our work, to our community and to each other. Watch this video for more highlights from this challenging year.