With recent updates from the Ohio High School Athletic Association related to fall sports, the Mid Ohio Athletic Association (MOAC), which includes three Richland County high schools, has set a tentative, six game schedule for 2020.
Recent statements from Governor Mike DeWine suggest that football and other fall contact sports might be allowed. His comments also revealed that spectators may be limited to parents and close family members.
Should area high schools be given the green light, the first week of play would begin on Friday, August 28. Two MOAC games would include Richland County schools: More…
Richland Public Health officials have been notified by the Ohio Department of Health that West Nile Virus (WNV) has been detected in mosquitoes in Jefferson Township.
“To be very clear, this is not a human infection case, but the first positive WNV mosquito samples in Richland County this year,” Joe Harrod, Director of Environmental Health at Richland Public Health, stated. Health Department officials will be spraying the WNV positive area in Jefferson Township to discourage transmittal of the mosquito-borne illness to residents. More…
By: Tyler Buchanan, Ohio Capital Journal
Ohio teachers have made themselves clear: They worry greatly about the spread of COVID-19 in their schools.
They acknowledge the challenges of remote learning are plentiful. They understand the potential social and emotional impact to young students being stuck at home rather than at school with their classmates.
However, their health fears of the virus remain even greater.
That is among the conclusions of a recent survey of educators conducted by the Ohio Federation of Teachers. The union sent out the survey on July 22 to nearly 12,000 members who work in K-12 education. Responses were returned between then and Aug. 9, a time period in which school districts around Ohio continued deliberating plans for the fall. More…
Update: In remarks on Thursday afternoon, Governor DeWine shared, “I don’t know where I got it. Frankly, we just can’t figure it out.” Dewine shared that he intended to undertake his regular duties while in quarantine at his Cedarville home. “I feel fine,” the Governor said, noting that he had had a headache today.
Later, the Governor announced that a second test had yielded a negative result:
UPDATE: In a second COVID-19 test administered today in Columbus, Governor Mike DeWine has tested negative for COVID-19. First Lady Fran DeWine and staff members have also all tested negative. pic.twitter.com/0Ixap90mJg
— Governor Mike DeWine (@GovMikeDeWine) August 7, 2020
Our original story is below:
Governor Mike DeWine has tested positive for COVID-19.
The test came as a part of standard procedures before DeWine was to greet President Trump Thursday morning at Cleveland’s Burke Lakefront Airport. More…
The Ohio Office of Criminal Justice Services (OCJS), a division of the Ohio Department of Public Safety, has announced recipients for its second round of Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding Awards. Two awards were made to Richland County insitutions.
According to its website, OCJS is the lead justice planning and assistance office for the state, administering millions of dollars in state and federal criminal justice funding every year. OCJS also evaluates programs and develops technology, training, and products for criminal justice professionals and communities. More…
By FARNOUSH AMIRI Report for America/Associated Press
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Gov. Mike DeWine issued a health order Tuesday requiring masks for children returning to in-person classes this fall. The governor pleaded with concerned parents and educators across the state to abide by the state’s health orders as K-12 schools begin to open.
During his briefing Tuesday, DeWine said the mask order for students “gives us the best shot to keep Ohio’s kids and educators safe and physically in school.”
New cases in Ohio remain high, with 1,143 reported Tuesday, up from over 900 on Monday, marking a 21-day daily case average of 1,291. More…
For the second consecutive day, Ohio is reporting fewer than 1,000 new confirmed coronavirus cases.
On Sunday, the Ohio Department of Health reported 916 new cases, bringing Ohio’s total to 88,134.
Through Friday, Ohio had reported more than 1,000 new cases in 23 of the past 24 days, including Thursday’s pandemic record of 1,649. More…
By 1812Blockhouse; Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
Just a handful of days after announcing a doubleheader weekend for Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course (see our story here), track officials have now announced that the event will be postponed until sometime later in 2020.
The news release stated:
“INDYCAR and Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course have agreed to postpone The Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio scheduled for Aug. 7-9 until a date to be determined in September or October. This decision was made through communication with local health officials given the current environment. More…
Revised levels for Ohio counties under the state’s Public Health Advisory System were announced today in Columbus.
The news was generally positive throughout the state. Of those counties with elevated levels (Level 3 and higher), 13 remained at Level 3, and nine counties were downgraded from Level 3 to Level 2.
The one county that showed the biggest downgrade in severity was Richland County, which fell from Level 3 to Level 1, the lowest level available. More…
Richland Public Health has begun taking appointments immediately for immunizations for children age 0 to 18. The appointments will be scheduled on a first come, first served basis. Appointment slots will be available Monday through Thursday beginning on August 3.
Call 419-774-4700 to make an appointment. When making an appointment, a working call back number will be required. Public Health Nurses will call prior to your appointment to verify information about your child to speed the process on arrival. Please have your child(ren)’s immunization records available during the call. All immunizations will be given in the Corley Room (back parking lot, lower level) at Richland Public Health, 555 Lexington Ave., Mansfield. More…
County Fairs, Day Care, New Case Plateau; OEA Calls For Remote Learning; Latest Numbers
Tuesday was a particularly busy day for announcements and news coverage related to the COVID-19 pandemic. We’re sharing several of these items here.
County Fairs. Sharing that the experience to date with county fairs has proven problematic in minimizing the spread of the virus, Governor Mike DeWine announced that county fairs and independent fairs taking place on or after July 31 will be limited to junior fairs where children can show livestock, 4-H projects, etc., but without rides or grandstand entertainment. Unless modified before then, this will impact the Richland County Fair next month and possibly the Bellville Street Fair in September. More…
It’s the first time that it has happened, and it is a tragic note in the ongoing struggle with a local and global health pandemic.
On Monday, Richland Public Health confirmed two deaths due to COVID-19 which have taken place in Richland County.
The first involved a 79 year man who died from COVID-related pneumonia who was not in a congregate setting. The second was a 69 year old man who was from a congregate living setting and had underlying health conditions. More…
By: Jake Zuckerman, Ohio Capital Journal
Hospital rolls of COVID-19 patients soared to a record high Wednesday as a month-long surge in new cases has spilled over into Ohio’s hospitalization counts.
On Wednesday, the Ohio Department of Health reported there are nearly 1,100 Ohioans currently in the hospital with COVID-19, the respiratory and vascular disease caused by the new coronavirus.
The active patient load peaked in early May (when the state began reporting the data point) with about 1,050 people hospitalized. It then tumbled down to a low in late June before marching upward ever since. More…