Schools

Ohio Schools See Largest Weekly COVID Increase; Richland Has 9 New Cases

16 Oct , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse

When updated numbers were released by the State of Ohio on Thursday, it was revealed that Ohio schools have experienced the largest weekly increase in cases of COVID-19 to date.

The state has 869 new cases, which in turn means that there have been 2,739 cases during the 2020-2021 school year.

The report reflects both new and also cumulative cases reported to schools by parents/guardians and staff. Schools are then required to report those cases to their assigned local health department which, in turns, reports the same to the Ohio Department of Health. More…

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All About Richland

DeWine: Expect COVID-19 Virus To Get Worse Before It Gets Better

14 Oct , 2020  

By Mahoning Matters Staff

With colder temperatures and the annual flu season just ahead, Gov. Mike DeWine on Tuesday warned the spread of coronavirus in Ohio will likely get worse before it gets better.

“We’re already seeing that in the trend lines the last several weeks,” DeWine said during a Tuesday briefing on the state’s coronavirus response.
DeWine noted the number of cases statewide has increased “dramatically,” and though more virus tests are administered each week, test positivity has begun to climb as well.

“When the cold weather hits, more people will be going inside. … That’s when we will see more spread,” he said. More…

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All About Richland

Three Richland School Districts Have New COVID Cases

10 Oct , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse

This past Thursday, the Ohio Department of Health reported that 596 new cases of COVID-19 were found in Ohio schools since the last update on October 1.

Those new numbers include those from three Richland County school districts.

Across Ohio, Olentangy Local Schools in Delaware County has had the highest number of cumulative cases — 62, including 49 students and 13 staff. Across the state there have been 1,870 cumulative cases in school settings. More…

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All About Richland

Richland Stays Red

9 Oct , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse

When numbers were released Thursday afternoon by the Ohio Department of Health, Richland County found itself in very much the same place it was last week.

Fortunately, that meant that the county did not become the first in the state to reach the highest, or “Purple” level, during the current COVID-19 pandemic. The county was one of 18 statewide at the Red level.

That said, the margin by which it missed that level was very small. More…

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All Things Business

DeWine Addresses Possible Purple Level For Richland County

7 Oct , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse

At Tuesday’s Governor DeWine’s COVID-19 Update, the question was posed as to what actions would be taken, if any, by state officials should Richland County’s Public Health Advisory Level reach the highest, or “Purple” Level this week.

Carl Hunnell, City Editor for Richland Source, asked DeWine about possible local ramifications in light of the fact that no Ohio county has been moved to that highest level.

As we shared last week (see below), the county was moved to the “Red” Level last Thursday with additional placement on a “Watch List” because of the levels recorded for each indicator. More…

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All About Richland

Drive Thru Flu Vaccine Clinic Coming

6 Oct , 2020  

This year getting your flu shot is more than just preventing the flu. Reducing the burden of flu illnesses, hospitalizations and deaths will help our health care system conserve medical resources as they care for people with COVID-19 during the typical flu season.

Richland Public Health will hold a drive thru flu vaccine clinic for Richland County residents on October 13 from 1 PM to 4 PM at the Richland County Fairgrounds (750 N. Home Road, Mansfield). More…

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Schools

Richland County Schools COVID-19 Report

4 Oct , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse

Three new COVID-19 cases have been reported recently in Richland County schools, according to the State of Ohio’s School Reporting Dashboard.

The Dashboard reflects both new and also cumulative cases reported to schools by parents/guardians and staff. Schools are then required to report those cases to their assigned local health department which, in turns, reports the same to the Ohio Department of Health.

According to the Department of Health, “A report of COVID-19 should not be interpreted as an indicator that a school district or school isn’t following proper procedures—school cases can be a reflection of the overall situation in the broader community. Families and staff should always feel free to ask questions of the school district or school.” More…

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All About Richland

DeWine Issues Statement On President, First Lady Positive COVID Tests

2 Oct , 2020  

By Mahoning Matters Staff

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump have tested postiive for COVID-19 and will begin a “quarantine and recovery process immediately,” the president tweeted after midnight today.

Late Thursday, the president tweeted that he and the first lady would begin a “quarantine process” and were waiting for their test results after aide Hope Hicks tested positive for COVID-19. More…

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All About Richland

Richland County Moves to Red Level, On State Watch List

2 Oct , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse

The State of Ohio’s Public Health Advisory System monitoring local levels of COVID-19 moved Richland County on a “Red,” or “3” Level when statistics were released on Thursday afternoon.

The county was also put on the “Watch List,” meaning that if Richland County has six or more indicators triggered next week, it will move to the “Purple” Level, the highest in the advisory system.

Richland was one of 11 counties on the Red Level, including next-door Ashland County.

The indicators which were triggered this week include: More…

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All About Richland

Local Wastewater Test Results Warn Of Possible Rise In COVID Cases

30 Sep , 2020  

Governor DeWine provided an update this week on the Ohio Coronavirus Wastewater Monitoring Network which tests wastewater for gene fragments of COVID-19

Those infected with COVID-19 begin to shed the virus early in their infection, and a significant, sustained increase in gene fragments found in wastewater can be an early warning sign of a pending rise in COVID-19 cases in a specific area. The value of this information is that gives communities an opportunity to act proactively to prevent outbreaks.

Since the launch of the monitoring program, the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) has notified health authorities in six communities of a sustained increase in gene fragments found in their wastewater: Dayton, Columbus, Akron, Oregon, Sandusky, and Mansfield More…

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All About Richland

End of Month Report: Local COVID Numbers Show Increase During September

27 Sep , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse

Numbers released Friday by Richland Public Health suggest that Richland County is joining other locations which have seen increases in the number of COVID-19 cases over the last month.

The following categories and numbers were reported. The number in parenthesis is that reported at the end of August. More…

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Sports

Some Spectators Will Be Welcome At The Acura Sports Car Challenge

18 Sep , 2020  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

After working closely with the Ohio Governor’s office and local health officials, IMSA and Green Savoree Racing Promotions have announced today that the Acura Sports Car Challenge at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course set for next weekend, September 25-27, will be open to a limited number of spectators. Those who attend must adhere to necessary health and safety protocols for COVID-19.

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine’s administration approved earlier today a variance to the Ohio Department of Health Director’s Order for sports for a total up to 6,000 spectators to attend. Currently purchased event tickets and Mid-Ohio Season Race Passes will be valid for entry. More…

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Sports

DeWine Announces Attendance Limits For Browns, Bengals Home Games

6 Sep , 2020  

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced on Saturday that the Cleveland Browns and the Cincinnati Bengals have been granted a variance to the state sports order that will allow a total of up to 6000 spectators at two home games.

The variances allow no more than 1500 spectators in each side of the stadium. Fans must use the designated entrance for their ticket. In addition, all fans must wear a mask in accordance with state regulations. Games included in the variance include: More…

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All About Richland

DeWine Breaks From Controversial CDC Guidance On Coronavirus Testing

5 Sep , 2020  

By Jake Zuckerman, Ohio Capital Journal

In a subtle yet key split from CDC guidance, Gov. Mike DeWine said Thursday that people who have been exposed to the coronavirus but are not showing symptoms should seek testing.

Last week, the CDC updated its COVID-19 testing guidance to say people who have had close contact with an infected person but are not showing symptoms “do not necessarily need a test” unless they’re vulnerable to the disease.

Prior CDC guidance said such people should get tested. Public health officials have blasted the CDC’s decision, describing it as politically motivated to benefit President Donald Trump. At a June campaign rally, Trump explicitly urged officials to “slow the testing down” to artificially decrease case counts. More…

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All About Richland

Local COVID Numbers Show Modest Gain In Cases In Last Two Weeks

1 Sep , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse

On Monday, Richland Public Health included the following categories and numbers in its start-of-week report.:

The number in parenthesis represents the levels on August 14, a little over two weeks ago: More…

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