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DeWine: Expect COVID-19 Virus To Get Worse Before It Gets Better

14 Oct , 2020  

By Mahoning Matters Staff

With colder temperatures and the annual flu season just ahead, Gov. Mike DeWine on Tuesday warned the spread of coronavirus in Ohio will likely get worse before it gets better.

“We’re already seeing that in the trend lines the last several weeks,” DeWine said during a Tuesday briefing on the state’s coronavirus response.
DeWine noted the number of cases statewide has increased “dramatically,” and though more virus tests are administered each week, test positivity has begun to climb as well.

“When the cold weather hits, more people will be going inside. … That’s when we will see more spread,” he said. More…

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Three Richland School Districts Have New COVID Cases

10 Oct , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse

This past Thursday, the Ohio Department of Health reported that 596 new cases of COVID-19 were found in Ohio schools since the last update on October 1.

Those new numbers include those from three Richland County school districts.

Across Ohio, Olentangy Local Schools in Delaware County has had the highest number of cumulative cases — 62, including 49 students and 13 staff. Across the state there have been 1,870 cumulative cases in school settings. More…

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Richland Stays Red

9 Oct , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse

When numbers were released Thursday afternoon by the Ohio Department of Health, Richland County found itself in very much the same place it was last week.

Fortunately, that meant that the county did not become the first in the state to reach the highest, or “Purple” level, during the current COVID-19 pandemic. The county was one of 18 statewide at the Red level.

That said, the margin by which it missed that level was very small. More…

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All Things Business

DeWine Addresses Possible Purple Level For Richland County

7 Oct , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse

At Tuesday’s Governor DeWine’s COVID-19 Update, the question was posed as to what actions would be taken, if any, by state officials should Richland County’s Public Health Advisory Level reach the highest, or “Purple” Level this week.

Carl Hunnell, City Editor for Richland Source, asked DeWine about possible local ramifications in light of the fact that no Ohio county has been moved to that highest level.

As we shared last week (see below), the county was moved to the “Red” Level last Thursday with additional placement on a “Watch List” because of the levels recorded for each indicator. More…

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Schools

Richland County Schools COVID-19 Report

4 Oct , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse

Three new COVID-19 cases have been reported recently in Richland County schools, according to the State of Ohio’s School Reporting Dashboard.

The Dashboard reflects both new and also cumulative cases reported to schools by parents/guardians and staff. Schools are then required to report those cases to their assigned local health department which, in turns, reports the same to the Ohio Department of Health.

According to the Department of Health, “A report of COVID-19 should not be interpreted as an indicator that a school district or school isn’t following proper procedures—school cases can be a reflection of the overall situation in the broader community. Families and staff should always feel free to ask questions of the school district or school.” More…

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New Level Results In New Schedule For Mansfield Schools

3 Oct , 2020  

By Mansfield City Schools, 1812Blockhouse

Mansfield City Schools changed its schedule for all grades for the week beginning on Monday, October 5. In a statement on their website, the District shared the following:

“On Thursday,  October 1, Richland County Public Health announced that the county’s risk to COVID-19 had been elevated to Red, or Level 3 and that the county had been placed on the Watch List.

Because of this, beginning Monday, October 5, Mansfield City Schools will return to two in-person learning days  and two at home remote learning days. No students will be in  session on Wednesday, October 7. More…

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DeWine Issues Statement On President, First Lady Positive COVID Tests

2 Oct , 2020  

By Mahoning Matters Staff

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump have tested postiive for COVID-19 and will begin a “quarantine and recovery process immediately,” the president tweeted after midnight today.

Late Thursday, the president tweeted that he and the first lady would begin a “quarantine process” and were waiting for their test results after aide Hope Hicks tested positive for COVID-19. More…

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Richland County Moves to Red Level, On State Watch List

2 Oct , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse

The State of Ohio’s Public Health Advisory System monitoring local levels of COVID-19 moved Richland County on a “Red,” or “3” Level when statistics were released on Thursday afternoon.

The county was also put on the “Watch List,” meaning that if Richland County has six or more indicators triggered next week, it will move to the “Purple” Level, the highest in the advisory system.

Richland was one of 11 counties on the Red Level, including next-door Ashland County.

The indicators which were triggered this week include: More…

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Local Wastewater Test Results Warn Of Possible Rise In COVID Cases

30 Sep , 2020  

Governor DeWine provided an update this week on the Ohio Coronavirus Wastewater Monitoring Network which tests wastewater for gene fragments of COVID-19

Those infected with COVID-19 begin to shed the virus early in their infection, and a significant, sustained increase in gene fragments found in wastewater can be an early warning sign of a pending rise in COVID-19 cases in a specific area. The value of this information is that gives communities an opportunity to act proactively to prevent outbreaks.

Since the launch of the monitoring program, the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) has notified health authorities in six communities of a sustained increase in gene fragments found in their wastewater: Dayton, Columbus, Akron, Oregon, Sandusky, and Mansfield More…

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End of Month Report: Local COVID Numbers Show Increase During September

27 Sep , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse

Numbers released Friday by Richland Public Health suggest that Richland County is joining other locations which have seen increases in the number of COVID-19 cases over the last month.

The following categories and numbers were reported. The number in parenthesis is that reported at the end of August. More…

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State Of Ohio Talks Halloween And Coronavirus

19 Sep , 2020  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

On Friday, the State of Ohio issued guidance for Ohio communities and families related to trick or treating and other Halloween events.

The communication began as follows:

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important to use caution and plan ahead for Halloween festivities. Decisions on whether to participate should be made by local communities, individuals, and parents/ guardians.

Always follow current state public health orders and rules/regulations established by your local community, and check the Ohio Public Health Advisory System to determine COVID-19 risk levels in your county before making decisions about Halloween activities. Some communities may choose to cancel Halloween events, so check with local sources before making plans. More…

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Schools

State Launches New School COVID Dashboard; 5 Cases Reported In Richland County

18 Sep , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse

The Ohio Department of Health has launched a new tool to help parents, students, and staff assess conditions in the state’s schools related to the current COVID-19 pandemic.

The new report reflects both new and also cumulative cases reported to schools by parents/guardians and staff. Schools are then required to report those cases to their assigned local health department which, in turns, reports the same to the Ohio Department of Health.

According to the Department of Health, “A report of COVID-19 should not be interpreted as an indicator that a school district or school isn’t following proper procedures—school cases can be a reflection of the overall situation in the broader community. Families and staff should always feel free to ask questions of the school district or school.” More…

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DeWine Breaks From Controversial CDC Guidance On Coronavirus Testing

5 Sep , 2020  

By Jake Zuckerman, Ohio Capital Journal

In a subtle yet key split from CDC guidance, Gov. Mike DeWine said Thursday that people who have been exposed to the coronavirus but are not showing symptoms should seek testing.

Last week, the CDC updated its COVID-19 testing guidance to say people who have had close contact with an infected person but are not showing symptoms “do not necessarily need a test” unless they’re vulnerable to the disease.

Prior CDC guidance said such people should get tested. Public health officials have blasted the CDC’s decision, describing it as politically motivated to benefit President Donald Trump. At a June campaign rally, Trump explicitly urged officials to “slow the testing down” to artificially decrease case counts. More…

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Local COVID Numbers Show Modest Gain In Cases In Last Two Weeks

1 Sep , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse

On Monday, Richland Public Health included the following categories and numbers in its start-of-week report.:

The number in parenthesis represents the levels on August 14, a little over two weeks ago: More…

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Controlling Board Gets Updates On Ballots, Education, And COVID Testing Funding

26 Aug , 2020  

By Susan Tebben, Ohio Capital Journal

The state’s controlling board has designated money for schools, election boards and COVID-19 testing, but members of those departments spent most of their time Monday answering questions on future plans.

In their regular meeting, the legislative body that distributes funding to governmental entities approved funding to train election precinct officials, and the distribution of CARES Act funding for municipalities, educational service centers, specialized education, and more money for remote learning students. More…

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