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Monkeypox Has Yet To Reach North Central Ohio, ODH Reports

26 Aug , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

The Ohio Department of Health has taken on the relatively new monkeypox health situation with information and resources.

This Department’s efforts include a new “Monkeypox Dashboard” which would likely give visitors a sense of deja vu from the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a set of accompanying FAQs, the Department shared, “Monkeypox is a rare disease caused by infection with a virus. We’ve known monkeypox can cause disease in people since 1970. Before 2022, monkeypox was mostly seen in parts of central and west Africa. During 2022, monkeypox was reported in places where it is not usually found. This includes countries around the world, including the U.S. and here in Ohio.”

Other answered questions include matters of transmission, symptoms, treatments, pets, available vaccines, and more. The FAQ page can be accessed here.

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ODH Removes Contact Tracing At Schools; Richland School Case Numbers Remain High

27 Jan , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

At the same time that the Ohio Department of Health is adjusting contract tracing requirements for Ohio schools, Richland County schools are still managing with many dozens of student and staff cases.

In making their move, the Department cited the way in which the Omicron variant has impacted the ongoing pandemic. Infections arrive and then leave more quickly, and symptoms tend to be less severe.

The variant’s unpredictable nature suggests that it is more practical to consider COVID existing almost everywhere, it said.

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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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Number Of Infections Remains High In Richland Schools, Governor Talks About Schools And COVID

23 Sep , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

The number of positive COVID tests reported from Richland County school districts and buildings remained at a high level when numbers were announced on Thursday by the Ohio Department of Health.

Led by a reported 118 student cases at Mansfield City Schools, there were a total of 267 cases among students and staff. This number is a slight reduction from the 279 positive tests included in the total two weeks ago.

There were 15 districts or buildings included in the report, up 2 from the September 9 report. Those included:

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Checking In On Vaccinations

5 Jun , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

It has been a couple of weeks since we checked in on vaccination levels and shared that information with our readers.

COVID-19 is still a menace in Richland County, with additional cases being reported each week. In previous posts, we have shared information on how our county is faring, vaccine-wise, with the State of Ohio in general and with our neighboring counties in specific.

As in those posts, the current numbers are a bit of a mixed bag.

The State of Ohio shared this week that More than 50 percent of Ohio’s adult population has received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, however, Governor DeWine encouraged more Ohioans, especially those in the 18-59 age-range, to get vaccinated. More…

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Richland County Sees Orange For The First Time In Months

21 May , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

The leaves were beginning to turn as summer was making its way head-first into fall.

The COVID-19 pandemic was solidifying its grip on Richland County on October 1, 2020. It was on that date that the county first saw its Public Health Advisory System level go from “Orange” to “Red.”

With the exception of a few weeks when Richland County was pegged with the highest, “Purple” level, Orange status was elusive — until Ohio Department of Health numbers were released on Thursday afternoon. More…

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Richland County Falling Behind In Vaccination Rates

3 May , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

Richland County is holding its own in terms of COVID-19 vaccinations taken, at least as compared to other counties in north central Ohio.

Compared to the state as a whole, however, the county is lagging somewhat behind.

As of Sunday, figures released by the Ohio Department of Health show a continued slowing down of the number of Ohioans receiving initial vaccination shots. In fact, this past month show a drop of over 40% in initial vaccinations versus the same figure for March. More…

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County Schools, Nursing Homes COVID Numbers Remain Low

2 May , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

Ohio and Richland County’s noticeable turnaround in the number of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations is generally reflected last week in numbers reported by Richland County schools and long-term care facilities.

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A Bit Of A Better Week For Richland County, COVID-Wise

23 Apr , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

As statewide COVID-19 case levels stabilize, Richland County’s reported cases are doing the same.

In fact, the figures released for key trends, as well as for the County’s schools and senior residential facilities, showed some improvement this week.

Thursday is the date when weekly numbers are released by the Ohio Department of Health. Richland County remains at Level 3, or “Red,” under the Ohio Public Health Advisory system. More…

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Increase In Indicators Not Reflected In School, Long-Term Care Case Numbers

9 Apr , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

While there is a noticeable turnaround in the recent decline of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, that change has not been reflected in numbers reported by Richland County schools and long-term care facilities over the same period.

The number of new weekly infections has increased by 40% in the last two weeks, and two of the Ohio Public Health Advisory System indicators have been triggered again — the number of emergency room visits and outpatient visits. It has been several weeks since the last time these particular measures have been met.

That shared, cases reported in Richland County schools, as well as in nursing homes and assisted living centers, have not increased in a corresponding manner. More…

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