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…
As we shared last Thursday, Richland County found itself all alone in the “Purple” Level of the Ohio Public Health Advisory System after numbers were released by the State of Ohio.
Although placed in the most serious level, there was some indication that the number of COVID-19 cases and their impact have recently begun to level off.
This conclusion is buttressed by the fact that the number of students and staff in Richland County Schools testing positive for the COVID-19 virus fell for the first time in three weeks. More…
Thursday’s release of information from the Ohio Department of Health included the weekly look at reported statistics from Ohio’s public and private schools.
For Richland County, these numbers continued an unfortunate trend of increases in student and staff cases of COVID-19. The figure of 77 new cases reported this week was 10 higher than that shared on November 28, and 23 higher than the 54 cases reported the Thursday before that.
These 77 cases involve 40 students and 37 staff members. It is unknown how the return of remote learning with some county schools impacted these numbers. On Thursday, Richland Source shared this overview of how various districts are handling that difficult decision. More…
With the Thanksgiving holiday providing a one-day respite on reporting of COVID-19 cases, the Ohio Department of Health shared new statistics that covered both Thursday and Friday.
That two day total revealed that Ohio’s number of new cases grew by 17,065 during those two days, bringing the total to 399,908.
It is all but certain that the next update will take the state’s total over 400,000.
The total number of deaths now stands at 6,346, up 72 from Wednesday’s figure. More…
Thursday afternoon each week brings the release of additional information about the COVID-19 pandemic in Ohio, particularly updates from the Ohio Public Health Advisory System and details about levels of the virus in public and private school settings.
The virus’ widespread nature statewide and locally is evidence in those statistics.
For the sixth week in a row, the number of counties at Level 3/Red grew and now stands at 72 — including Richland County (see below). Most of the counties at lower levels are in southeast Ohio, but those counties also include adjacent Huron County. More…
The day after Governor DeWine shared news of new orders concerning masks and gatherings, and the potential for additional orders impacting bar, restaurants, and fitness centers, updates to the Ohio Public Health Advisory System were announced.
Richland County remains at Level Three/Red, with five indicators met — the same amount, and the same indicators, that were met last week. The two indicators not met each of the last two weeks involve hospital admissions and ICU bed occupancy.
Ohio was a “sea of red” on the new map. Two counties, Franklin and Tuscarawas, are on the verge of turning purple. Only one county, Noble County in southeast Ohio, is at the lowest, “Yellow” level. More…
Thursdays bring updates of the Ohio Public Advisory Health System and of the reporting of new and cumulative cases of COVID-19 in Ohio schools.
Richland County remained at Level Three/Red this week, one of 56 Ohio counties at that level. Locally, five of the seven indicators were triggered — the only two not met were new hospital admissions and ICU occupany.
Overall, the county had an increase of 359 cases in the last two weeks, resulting in a current case rate of 296.32 per 100,000 population — up over 100 cases in the last week alone (see Richland Public Health tweet below).
Among Richland County schools, some 27 students and staff were newly reported with COVID-19 cases. Below are district/schools that reported those cases (note that this does not include cumulative cases): More…