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.More…
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.More…
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:More…
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…
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…
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…
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.
— Richland Health (@RichlandHealth1) April 30, 2021
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
As we shared last Thursday, Richland County found itself all alone in the “Purple” Level of the Ohio Public Health Advisory System after numbers were released by the State of Ohio.
Although placed in the most serious level, there was some indication that the number of COVID-19 cases and their impact have recently begun to level off.
This conclusion is buttressed by the fact that the number of students and staff in Richland County Schools testing positive for the COVID-19 virus fell for the first time in three weeks. More…
The Ohio Public Health Advisory System’s latest update was shared on Thursday afternoon, and Richland County was afforded a most unwelcome distinction.
The county is now the only one in Ohio with a “Purple” or Level 4 rating, the most serious given in the system. Four northeastern Ohio counties fell from “Purple” to “Red” this week.
This designation comes despite Richland County failing to meet two of the standard indicators — Emergency Department Visits and Outpatient Visits. Once reaching the “Purple” designation, Ohio counties remain there until there are five or fewer indicators each week for two successive weeks. More…
There were very few positive aspects to the COVID-19 numbers released Thursday afternoon by Ohio Department of Health.
On one hand, Richland County remains at the “Purple” Level under the Ohio Public Health Advisory System, the highest level possible.
On the other hand, the number of reported positive tests from students and staff in Richland County schools continued to climb, albet at a slower pace.
Richland County was one of five counties at the Purple Level, down from eight counties last Thursday. More…