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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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What’s Up As OSU Starts New Academic Year

15 Aug , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

While primarily oriented toward Main Campus, many of the back-to-school reminders and notices shared with faculty and students this week apply to all student and campuses of Ohio’s flagship state university, including The Ohio State University at Mansfield.

The start of the 2022-23 academic year is just days away. Whether you are a returning Buckeye or new to our campuses, Ohio State is your community – one dedicated to creating positive impacts in the world through teaching, learning, research and service. 

You will receive a number of communications from the university in the coming days and weeks with more details about these and other items. Below are a few important updates and reminders to help ensure a successful start to the semester, including: 

  • Civil discourse 
  • Community safety 
  • Mental health and well-being  
  • Public health resources (COVID-19 and monkeypox)  
  • Drug and alcohol misuse prevention education  
  • Buckeye business reminders for students 

Please take a moment to review the information below. As a reminder, the first day of classes is Tuesday, August 23. Other important dates are available on the academic calendar

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City Of Mansfield Issues Water Quality Report

30 Jun , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

The Water Treatment Plant for the City of Mansfield has shared an overview of operations during 2021, providing citizens with answers and information about how their drinking water is purified, distributed, and monitored.

The Water Quality Report emphasizes that Mansfield’s drinking water met all applicable quality standards during that period. It then sets out to answer a set of basic questions concerning the system and the water it produces.

Many Mansfielders may be unaware that water in the system is obtained from two sources – surface water from Clearfork Reservoir, and well water from ten municipal wells. The water from those places is combined in almost equal quantities to create the source that is then purified and sent out.

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Additional CWD-Positive Deer Confirmed In Nearby Wyandot, Marion Counties

10 May , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife has confirmed nine additional wild white-tailed deer tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in northern Marion and southern Wyandot counties. Five were bucks, and four were does. Testing was performed on hunter-harvested deer during the 2021-22 season, as well as through a planned operation in February and March to obtain additional samples.

Since the fall of 2020, 11 wild deer have tested positive for CWD, all in Wyandot and Marion counties. Nine were confirmed in Wyandot County, and two were confirmed in Marion County. CWD is a fatal neurological disease that affects white-tailed deer and other similar species, including mule deer, elk, and moose. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there is no strong evidence that CWD is transmissible to humans.

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OSU Issues Summer Term COVID Guidance

3 May , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

With the start of summer term, The Ohio State University is updating its COVID-19 protocols based on the state of the pandemic and federal, state and local guidance.

While the university continues to require that all students, faculty and staff be vaccinated against COVID-19, Ohio State will be shifting to a voluntary testing program for the summer starting on Monday, May 9. Masks remain optional in most indoor spaces.

The university’s COVID-19 response is always subject to change. Throughout the pandemic, Ohio State has followed guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Ohio Department of Health as well as federal, state and local policy.

The Safe and Healthy Buckeyes website is regularly updated to reflect current guidance.

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Come April 1, Masks Are Optional At The Ren

30 Mar , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

Per CDC guidelines and recommendations, the Renaissance Theatre is lifting its mask requirement for audiences attending performances in its venues, effective April 1.

Patrons are welcome to wear masks at any performance in Renaissance Theatre’s venues. Health and safety policies will continue to be regularly evaluated and adjusted based on community health data, and public health and government guidance. To learn more about our additional health and safety procedures, visit rentickets.org/safety.

“Safety is a critical component of our business. Throughout the pandemic, we’ve taken every step possible to ensure the well-being of our patrons, following industry standards and health recommendations closely,” said Renaissance President Chelsie Thompson.

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Ohio State Adjusts COVID Protocols, Impacting Gatherings, Athletic Events, And More

31 Jan , 2022  

The Ohio State University, Special to 1812Blockhouse

The Ohio State University is adjusting some COVID-19 health and safety protocols for students, faculty, staff and visitors. The university continues to hold in-person classes and encourages employees and supervisors to work together to determine work arrangements, including when remote work is appropriate. The university’s established flexible work policy enables employees to work onsite or remotely with permission from their supervisor.

Senior Vice President for Student Life Melissa Shivers and Senior Vice President and Wolfe Foundation Endowed Athletics Director Gene Smith delivered the following message to students today (Jan. 31).

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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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OSU Details Return To Campus Measures For Spring Semester

5 Jan , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

University leaders delivered the following message to students, faculty and staff on Tuesday, January 4:

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:

We hope you had a happy and healthy winter break.

As you know, the nation and state are experiencing a dramatic increase in COVID-19 infections due in large part to the Omicron variant. As we prepare to start the spring semester and welcome students back to campus for in-person instruction, Ohio State continues to adjust health measures based on the latest data as well as evolving guidance from national, state and local agencies. 

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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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