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…
By Tyler Buchanan, Ohio Capital Journal
Republican-sponsored legislation will seek to prohibit the Ohio government from instituting a “vaccine passport” program, but the drafted proposal does not appear to restrict private businesses from doing so.
Rep. Al Cutrona, R-Canfield, is soon introducing this bill in the Ohio House of Representatives. It has already received support from fellow Republican lawmakers.
The term “vaccine passport” refers to showing proof of COVID-19 vaccination that could allow entry into a given place or public event. The vaccine is optional in Ohio, and Gov. Mike DeWine has given no indication the state government will develop a vaccine passport program here. More…
Special to 1812Blockhouse
President Kristina M. Johnson and Executive Vice President and Provost Bruce A. McPheron sent the following email to The Ohio State University community on Friday, April 9:
Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:
Our plans to reinvigorate campus life this fall are taking shape as we look forward to an autumn semester of engaged classroom learning, thriving student activities and community events that bring us together, and we need your help to reactivate our Ohio State traditions.
First, we’re writing to share more details and to ask every eligible student, faculty and staff member to be vaccinated and to follow all other safe and healthy guidelines. We will always base decisions on evidence-based public health guidance and the state of the pandemic, and a high vaccination rate will only increase the chances of normality. 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…
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…
By FARNOUSH AMIRI and ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS Report for America/Associated Press
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — GOP lawmakers on Wednesday made good on their promise to check the authority of fellow Republican Gov. Mike DeWine by issuing the first override of his term after a yearlong battle over how the state should respond during a health emergency.
The Republican-controlled House and Senate voted after short debates in each chamber to reject DeWine’s veto of legislation restricting the state including local health departments’ ability to respond to emergencies such as the coronavirus pandemic.
“Governor DeWine, through his letter Monday and his veto message yesterday, made his serious concerns regarding Senate Bill 22 known to the members of the General Assembly and to the public,” Dan Tierney, the governor’s spokesperson said following the override. More…
COVID-19 variants (mutations of COVID-19) have been detected in Mansfield in four COVID-19 positive tests, according to information provided to Richland Public Health from the Ohio Department of Health. Three of the four positive COVID-19 variant cases were from inmates at the Mansfield Correctional Institute.
The variant detected in Richland County is known as B.1.429 and was first detected in California. This coronavirus mutation is known to have a 20% higher transmissibility rate than the original strain.
The four cases detected in Richland County were ages 18, 24, 28, and 64. All four cases were detected by COVID-19 testing conducted between February 15 and February 22. All four cases have recovered. 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…
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 Ohio State University announced today that it plans to host a modified in-person spring commencement for graduates in what will be the first non-virtual commencement since late 2019.
“We are partnering with state and local health officials on a plan to provide our students and their families with the opportunity to celebrate their accomplishments safely in person,” said Ohio State President Kristina M. Johnson.
While the university is working to maintain many of Ohio State’s proud traditions, health and safety guidelines mean that certain elements will need to change. More…
By FARNOUSH AMIRI Report for America/Associated Press
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — After a year of learning upended by the pandemic, Ohio students would have extra time to take state-mandated tests under an emergency measure passed unanimously Wednesday by the Ohio House.
The GOP-controlled Senate approved some final changes to the school measure before sending it back to the House where it passed in a rare 92-to-0 vote days before the testing windows begin.
“I support any flexibility we can give to schools as we continue to address the pandemic’s impact on the students and families they serve,” Democratic Sen. Teresa Fedor said in a statement after the bill’s passage. More…