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OSU Shares First Safety Update Of New Semester

14 Jan , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

Ohio State University President Kristina M. Johnson has shared her first safety update of the new semester, in which she urges students to look at all available resources, on and off campus and for the main and regional campuses, including OSU Mansfield. She also encouraged students to obtain COVID-19 vaccine booster shots.

“We’ve communicated quite a bit in the recent weeks about our efforts to remain vigilant in protecting ourselves and others from COVID-19. With the Omicron variant surging in Ohio, we are encouraging all eligible students, faculty and staff to get their booster and sign up immediately,” Johnson said in a new video (see below).

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Ohio K-12, Colleges, Universities Receive COVID Testing Priority

13 Jan , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) is announcing plans to prioritize the state’s supply of COVID-19 tests to first support testing for K-12 schools and colleges/universities. This comes as the state is experiencing a delay in shipment of more than 800,000 testing kits amid a nationwide shortage in COVID-19 testing supplies.

ODH has been making available both the proctored rapid Abbott BinaxNow at-home antigen tests and over-the-counter self-administered tests free to Ohioans at local health departments, public libraries, schools, and other locations. Ohio was one of the first states to prioritize widespread distribution of free rapid testing kits and has distributed about 5.6 million free testing kits – 1.4 million in December alone.

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Mansfield On List Of Expanded COVID Testing Centers Announced Monday

3 Jan , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced on Monday that the Ohio Department of Health, the Ohio National Guard, and the Ohio Hospital Association will expand COVID-19 testing locations in nine Ohio cities, including several new locations, starting this week. The additional testing locations will be mobilized with support from Ohio National Guard personnel. The locations, which are intended to divert testing traffic from hospital emergency rooms, come as the state is experiencing the highest number of COVID-19 hospitalizations during the pandemic. Today, the Ohio Hospital Association reported a record-setting 6,177 inpatient hospitalizations.

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New Richland County COVID-19 Relief Grant Program Opens For Applications

29 Dec , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

Sectors of the local economy powerfully impacted by the pandemic are about to get some relief.

From January 1 through January 31, businesses in the areas of food & beverage, entertainment venue, and lodging & tourism can apply for funding in a new Richland County COVID-19 Grant program

Applications can be submitted for grants of $10,000, $20,000, or $30,000 depending on the impact of the pandemic on a given business. Grants will be given to those who qualify as long as funds remain.

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What To Do When You Test Positive For COVID-19: A Reminder

27 Dec , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

It’s a cold and harsh fact that many north central Ohioans are testing positive for COVID-19 each day.

For many, this is not the first time that a family member or other co-resident has had a positive test. Most of us also know someone who has been diagnosed on more than one occasion.

Although we are nearing the two year anniversary of the arrival of the pandemic, it still makes sense to share reminders of precautions to take if that test is for you or someone in your home. To that end, Richland Public Health has reissued a set of guidelines on what to do in such circumstances.

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OSU Encourages Community to Get COVID-19 Booster

26 Dec , 2021  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

Ohio State’s 92% vaccination rate against COVID-19 helped protect the university community during fall semester while resuming in-person traditions.

In advance of spring semester, the university is calling for another community-wide effort amid a nationwide surge of COVID-19 cases and emerging evidence about the new omicron variant, which is much more transmissible than previous strains of the virus.

Ohio State urges all students, faculty and staff to take action to ensure they have the strongest protection possible through vaccination. Anyone who is not fully vaccinated should do so, and all students, faculty and staff should receive a booster shot as soon as they are eligible.

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Good News For Once: COVID Numbers Fall For Richland Schools

17 Dec , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

This season has been an up and down one for COVID cases detected in and reported by Richland County school districts and buildings.

There’s some good news, however, in this last reporting date before some localities begin the winter break – after a week where reported cases quadrupled, this week they have fallen from a total of 251 to a total of 98.

The number of reporting locations also dropped this week, from 15 districts and buildings to 12.

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Vaccination Rates Pick Up In Richland County

14 Dec , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

Perhaps it is the presence of the word omicron in the news related to the current pandemic, but whatever the case, the rate of local vaccination has increased in recent days.

This includes those who received their very first COVID-19 vaccination.

In numbers released on Tuesday by the Ohio Department of Health and Richland Public Health, it was revealed that the weekly rate of first-time vaccinations approached 700 per week in the first part of December. From Monday to Tuesday, there were 60 first-time doses administered.

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Richland Schools COVID Numbers Quadruple In One Week

10 Dec , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

A week ago, we commented on numbers showing a continued decline in COVID-19 cases in Richland County school districts and buildings.

In numbers released by the Ohio Department of Health on that Thursday, December 2, it was reported that local districts had reported a total of 59 cases. Those cases included 44 students and 15 staff members. Those numbers, while high, represented the continuation of a period of apparent decline in virus among the County’s young people. They were reported from nine different locations.

On Thursday of this week, the numbers told a vastly different story – namely, over a four-fold increase in the space of seven days.

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OhioHealth Appears Caught In The Cross Currents Of The Mandate Debate

7 Dec , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

OhioHealth, the nonprofit health care chain with a substantial presence in Richland County, appears to be treading treacherous waters very carefully indeed.

Consider, for instance, a news release from OhioHealth dated December 2, and which references the new omicron variant while emphasizing on the need for vaccinations. “Nothing really changes what we’re doing. The best defense we have for infection, whether with this variant or the delta variant, still is to get vaccinated.”

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COVID Foothold Getting Stronger In Richland County

3 Dec , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

There continue to be strong indications that even before the expected arrival of yet another variant, that COVID-19’s foothold in Richland County is getting stronger.

Numbers were released Friday by Richland Public Health that corroborates that view.

Among the numbers, which can be seen below for local, state, and national perspectives, the following are striking:

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COVID Case Count Continues To Decline In Richland Schools

2 Dec , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

As we noted last week (post is here), Richland County schools experienced a decline in reported cases of COVID-19 from October numbers.

When numbers were released on Thursday, December 2 by the Ohio Department of Health, that trend continued — albeit at a much slower pace.

On November 27, we shared that a total of 70 cases were reported, including 54 for students and 16 for staff positions. On Thursday, it was reported that there have been 59 cases reported to Columbus from school settings.

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How Cities Are Addressing Mental Distress

29 Nov , 2021  

This recent piece in Route Fifty is part of the SoJo Exchange from the Solutions Journalism Network, a nonprofit organization dedicated to rigorous reporting about responses to social problems. The original post can be read here

By Kate Elizabeth Queram, Route Fifty, November 18, 2021

The Covid-19 pandemic exacerbated existing trauma and mental-health issues in vulnerable populations across the country. But the ubiquity of those issues—and the spotlight trained on them as communities continue to recover from the pandemic—presents a unique opportunity to implement new solutions to address them, municipal leaders said Wednesday at the National League of Cities Virtual City Summit.

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Richland Schools COVID Numbers Decrease From Last Month

27 Nov , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

While countywide COVID infection numbers continue to grow recently, the number of cases in Richland County schools and nursing facilities has decreased over the last month.

As reported by the Ohio Department of Health on Wednesday, the number of student and staff cases has seen a substantial decrease in the last six weeks. 

A total of 70 new COVID cases were identified last week in Richland County Schools — of those, 54 were new student cases and 16 were reported for school staff positions.

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Richland County Has 369 New COVID Cases In Last Week

19 Nov , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

On Friday, Richland Public Health provided a regular update on the level of COVID-19 infection in the county. What follows are statistics provided by the agency, with numbers effective on November 19.

The next update will be issued in two weeks, on Friday, December 3.

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