As statewide COVID-19 numbers continue to rise, Richland County’s level of reported school cases is beginning to follow suit, through at a lesser rate.
The county’s long-term residential facilities, however, continue to show few signs of a comparable increase.
Thursday is the date when weekly numbers are released by the Ohio Department of Health. Across the state, this week’s reported levels how increases in both hospitalizations and ICU admissions, while new case and death levels remain relatively level. More…
Richland Countians are receiving at least one dose of any of the available COVID-19 vaccines, as well as those in surrounding counties, at a rate which lags behind state averages.
Statistics reported on Friday by the Ohio Department of Health indicated that 3,985,578 Ohioans have had at least one vaccine shot, representing 34.10% of those eligible. Of those, 2,459,174, or 21.04%, of them have completed their vaccination regimen.
In Richland County, 32,744 people have received at least one shot. This number is approximately 27.03% of those eligible. 18.56%, or 22,487 of those individuals have received either one shot of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine or two shots of the other two major vaccines. More…
By Daniel Polleta, The Land, with introduction/additional reporting by 1812Blockhouse
Across the county, the pandemic has changed the ways in which Americans live and work. In terms of the latter, it has impacted the ways in which traditional central city areas function — providing new opportunities for creative approaches to downtown revitalization.
We recently ran across an interesting post discussing downtown Cleveland’s approach to the pandemic. It comes from “The Land,” a new news startup that, like 1812Blockhouse and Richland Source, is a member of LION Publishers, the country’s foremost consortium of independent online news publications. Downtown Cleveland is, of course, much larger than Mansfield’s — but some of the same factors are at play in both, as is a sense of optimism in both about the future.
We first contacted Jennifer Kime, CEO of Downtown Mansfield, Inc., to find out how downtown Mansfield has been impacted. Jennifer shared the following: More…
By 1812Blockhouse; State of Ohio
There’s a bit of reverse directioning going on.
As COVID-19 case numbers are again on the rise in Ohio, Governor DeWine announced on Monday that many restrictions to prevent more infections are going away while certain others, such as mask wearing, are continuing.
Welcome to the latest chapter in a year-long set of moves to address the pandemic.
Changes announced will impact mass gatherings, including sporting events, fairs, festivals, theatres, etc.. Most will now allow these to take place while maintaining limitations on social distancing and other safety measures. More…
By Jake Zuckerman, Ohio Capital Journal
Ohio will surge doses into college campuses and private workplaces as an effort to speed up the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, Gov. Mike DeWine announced late last week.
Starting this week, the goal is to provide mostly Johnson & Johnson vaccines to any Ohio college student who wants one, DeWine said. Unlike the two other available vaccines from Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna, Johnson & Johnson’s only requires one dose and standard refrigeration. The other two vaccines require ultracold storage and a two-dose series, posing storage, transportation and scheduling difficulties.
Additionally, DeWine said vaccine providers can take up to 25% of their weekly dosage allocation to vaccinate their own employees or those of other businesses or labor unions starting April 12. Ohioans aged 16 and up are currently eligible for vaccination. More…
The number of Richland Countians obtaining at least one dose of any of the available COVID-19 vaccines, as well as those in surrounding counties, is lagging behind state averages.
Statistics reported on Friday by the Ohio Department of Health indicated that 3,571,137 Ohioans have had at least one vaccine shot, representing 30.55% of those eligible. Of those, 2,075,856, or 17.76%, have completed their vaccination regimen.
In Richland County, 29,830 have received at least one shot. This number is approximately 24.62% of those eligible. 15.74%, or 19,067, have received either one shot of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine or two shots of the other two major vaccines. More…
By 1812Blockhouse and Ohio Department of Health Release
The State of Ohio issued several updates on Thursday related to vaccinations, increase in variant spread, Advisory System changes, and more.
Over the previous two days, the State released updated statistics dealing with new COVID-19 infection rates in the state’s schools and long term care facilities (nursing homes, assisted living, etc.).
Richland County has shown a precipitous drop in the number of cases in local schools. The following infection levels were reported for the week ending March 31: More…
The Ohio Department of Health has released the most recent numbers related to COVID-19 cases in Ohio’s school and long-term care facilities, as well as for the pace of vaccinations.
Not surprisingly, the age group leading the charge of vaccination in Ohio are in the 70 to 74 age bracket; some 71.28% of Ohioans in that category have had at least one vaccination.
Here are the numbers for Ohio and Richland County: More…
Special to 1812Blockhouse
Avita has expanded patient visitation at their hospitals, clinics, and medical offices effective this past Monday, March 22.
Avita temporarily stopped patient visitation in March 2020 and re-opened visitation in a limited capacity in June. Avita has now expanded the visitation policy to allow 2 visitors at a time, maximum of 6 per day for patients in the following units: medical/surgical, intensive care unit, emergency department, and maternity. For surgery and medical offices, Avita is allowing 2 visitors at a time, maximum of 2 per day.
Visiting hours for hospital patients is 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM. Overnight visitation is not permitted. More…
By FARNOUSH AMIRI and ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS Report for America/Associated Press
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Gov. Mike DeWine predicted a chaotic future for Ohio in a letter Monday pleading with fellow Republican lawmakers to compromise on a health bill that would handicap the state’s ability to issue any orders during an emergency on the same day the state surpassed 1 million COVID-19 cases.
The Republican governor vowed on Tuesday to veto a bill that was passed by the GOP-controlled Legislature earlier this month. The promise came hours after he issued a five-page letter outlining how the proposal would impede the administrative branch’s ability to protect Ohioans, not only during the coronavirus pandemic but also amid weather emergencies, food contaminations, prison riots or terrorist attacks. More…
Numbers shared on Friday by the Ohio Department of Health suggest that Richland Countians, as well as other residents of north central Ohio, have somewhat lower rates of participation than elsewhere in the state in terms of COVID-19 vaccination.
Across Ohio, 2,730,835 people — or 23.36% of the population — have taken at least one shot of an authorized vaccine; 1,565.614 people have completed that process (one or two shots depending on the vaccine). That represents 13.39% of Ohioans.
A small portion of those represent shot takers whose residency was not reported or who are residents of other states. More…
By 1812Blockhouse and State of Ohio
Information released on Wednesday and Thursday provides an updated picture of the current state of the pandemic across the Buckeye State and here in Richland County.
STATEWIDE CASE RATE
Governor DeWine announced that Ohio’s statewide case rate stands at 143.8 cases per 100,000 people over the past two weeks. When Ohio reaches 50 cases per 100,000 people for two weeks, all health orders will be lifted. More…
The following statistics reflect the state of the COVID-19 pandemic in Richland County as of March 15. The most recent data in each area (overall, vaccinations, long-term care, schools/school districts) are presented here.
Overall Numbers (as of March 12): More…
Publisher’s Note: It has been a year unlike any other in our lifetimes, as a pandemic which struck without regard to social or economic status not only ravaged populations worldwide, but altered the ways in which Americans, Ohioans, and Richland Countians live and work. The changes have been dramatic and many continue.
It was during these weeks last year that the news broke and the world changed. We are marking that anniversary with a repeat of an article we ran back on New Year’s Eve, looking back at 2020.
Coincidentally, on Wednesday I obtained my own vaccination in Ontario. — Thomas Palmer
On the last day of the year we look back at the story of this public health crisis as told in the pages and posts of 1812Blockhouse. More…