As the 2021-2022 school year progresses, it is clear that the precipitous rise in COVID infections in non-school settings is also taking place in Richland County’s educational facilities.
Numbers released by the Ohio Department of Health on Thursday show that the number of reported infections in the county’s school districts and buildings almost doubled in the last seven days. Last week’s numbered was more than twice that of the week before.
Last Thursday, in the second set of full results after the launch of school, there were a total of 141 reported cases during the previous week. These included 112 new student infections and 29 staff. These were found in 12 different school districts and buildings.More…
The rapid rise in COVID cases seen in the general population is now clearly reflected in infection rates for Richland County school districts and buildings, where total infections tripled in one week.
Last Thursday, in the first set of full results after the launch of school, there were a total of 43 reported cases during the previous week. These included 34 new student infections and 9 staff. These were found in seven different school districts and buildings.
This Thursday, September 2, that number of affected districts and buildings had grown to 12, and the total number of new infections stood at 141. This amount represents 112 students and 29 staff members.More…
With the first full week of school finished for many Richland County schools, this Thursday was the first real opportunity to assess the level of COVID impacting local students and teachers.
As it turns out, there were new reported cases from seven public or private school districts/facilities.
All in all, 34 new student cases were reported as well as 9 instances of positive COVID results for staff — for a total of 43.More…
At least three Richland County school districts are making substantial investments in the future of local education through projects to construct new buildings, renovate others, and build new athletic facilities.
Students in Shelby, Ontario, and Lexington will be benefiting from the changes over the coming years. Here are recent images from each project.
In Shelby, two such efforts are underway. The new Preschool through 8th grade building will house 1500 students and will combine current enrollments at Auburn and Dowds Elementaries, Little Whippets Preschool, and Shelby Middle School. 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 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…
Ohio is seeing a marked reduction in the number of new infections of COVID-19 being reported by the state’s schools.
At the same time, fueled in large part by an apparent cluster taking place among staff at Madison Schools, Richland County numbers are staying relatively constant.
The numbers shared on Thursday for infections across Ohio showed 847 new cases, which represents the smallest increase since October. This brings the total infection number for Ohio schools to 60,954. More…
By 1812Blockhouse, Ohio Department of Health
Some rather dramatic statistics were shared today by the Ohio Department of Health relating to the incidence of COVID-19 in Richland County schools.
In this case, “dramatic” is a good thing, at least for almost all districts and schools reported no new infections during the last seven days.
The exception to that rule was Crestview Schools, which appears to have had a localized outbreak. Officials there reported that 24 students and 20 staff tested positive. In the entire rest of the county there were only five cases — one student in Mansfield City Schools, one student and two staff in Shelby Schools, and two students at Pioneer in Shelby. More…
As the dates near for Richland County teachers to begin receiving vaccinations for COVID-19, the number of reported staff and student cases has been increasing again.
Two weeks ago, the weekly Thursday report showed a total of 60 new reported infections in county schools and districts. Last week, we shared the news that that number had dropped to 24 — 17 students and 7 staff members.
This Thursday, the number of reported cases rose to 70. The following schools/districts shared new infections: More…
What a difference a week can make!
The number of students and staff reported by Richland County schools as having new infections of COVID-19 fell dramatically over the last seven days, according to numbers released on Thursday by the Ohio Department of Health.
Last week, those figures showed a total of 60 students and 32 staff, for a grand total of 92. On the previous Thursday, that same total stood at 26.
The schools or districts reporting the largest number of infections last week were Madison Local, Lexington, and Plymouth-Shiloh. More…
At the same time that the State of Ohio is readying a program to vaccinate teachers and staff of the state’s public schools, and as total Richland County infection and related rates continue downwards, reported cases in local schools tripled in the last seven days.
According to information shared on Thursday on coronvirus.ohio.gov, every public school district in the state – except for one – has agreed to resume in-person schooling by March 1 which was a requirement for staff to have early access to the vaccine.
Some 500 K-12 schools whose staff can be vaccinated next week have been notified. All other schools will be contacted tomorrow with information on when their K-12 staff will be permitted to receive a vaccine. More…
Ohio’s 10 PM to 5 AM curfew will be extended past its expiration date this coming weekend, Governor Mike DeWine said in his Thursday briefing.
“Look, we would love to get rid of it,” DeWine said. The culprit that will keep it around is the arrival in Ohio of new, more contagious strains of the COVID-19 virus and the uncertainty that creates.
The curfew began in mid-November, and was extended an initial time the next month. More…
Thursday’s numbers shared by the State of Ohio relating to COVID-19 cases in Ohio schools had some good news for Richland County.
The county’s total number of reported cases dropped from a total of 49 a week ago to 39 on January 14.
These 39 new infections represent 15 students and 24 staff members. More…
By Susan Tebben, Ohio Capital Journal
Gov. Mike DeWine explained more of the planned roll-out of COVID-19 vaccinations for schools on Thursday, and a state teachers union said the criteria involved has members concerned.
DeWine said the plan as of now is to start vaccinating school personnel in the first week of February, with a goal for schools who receive vaccinations to return to in-person instruction by March 1.
“The sole rationale of vaccinating teachers and others in schools is to open up schools,” DeWine said on Thursday. More…
When the Ohio Public Health Advisory System was updated on Thursday afternoon, Richland County found itself in a very familiar place.
A place, in fact, which is occupied by 83 other counties in Ohio.
Meeting only one indicator, that being that of new COVID-19 cases per capita, the county was at “Red” or “Level Three” for another week. There have been 858 new cases in the preceding two weeks, representing a total of 708.19 cases per 100,000 population. More…