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West Nile Virus Detected In Richland County

22 Jul , 2022  

From Richland Public Health

Richland Public Health officials have been notified by the Ohio Department of Health that West Nile Virus has been detected in mosquitoes in Jackson Township.

“To be very clear, this is not a human infection case, but the first positive WNV mosquito samples in Richland County this year,” said Joe Harrod, director of environmental health at Richland Public Health.

Health Department officials will be spraying the WNV positive areas in Jackson Township to discourage transmission of the mosquito-borne illness to residents.

West Nile Virus is a mosquito-borne virus where human symptoms are generally mild and often mimic the flu. An at-home COVID-19 Rapid Test may be used to rule out coronavirus as a cause of any illness.

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What To Do When You Test Positive For COVID-19: A Reminder

27 Dec , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

It’s a cold and harsh fact that many north central Ohioans are testing positive for COVID-19 each day.

For many, this is not the first time that a family member or other co-resident has had a positive test. Most of us also know someone who has been diagnosed on more than one occasion.

Although we are nearing the two year anniversary of the arrival of the pandemic, it still makes sense to share reminders of precautions to take if that test is for you or someone in your home. To that end, Richland Public Health has reissued a set of guidelines on what to do in such circumstances.

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COVID Foothold Getting Stronger In Richland County

3 Dec , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

There continue to be strong indications that even before the expected arrival of yet another variant, that COVID-19’s foothold in Richland County is getting stronger.

Numbers were released Friday by Richland Public Health that corroborates that view.

Among the numbers, which can be seen below for local, state, and national perspectives, the following are striking:

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Richland County Has 369 New COVID Cases In Last Week

19 Nov , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

On Friday, Richland Public Health provided a regular update on the level of COVID-19 infection in the county. What follows are statistics provided by the agency, with numbers effective on November 19.

The next update will be issued in two weeks, on Friday, December 3.

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Latest COVID Numbers from Richland Public Health

29 Oct , 2021  

On Friday, Richland Public Health shared its most recent update in terms of global, national, state, and local numbers relating to COVID-19

The next update will be released on Friday, November 5.

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Richland Public Health Provides Pandemic Overview

14 Oct , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

RIchland Public Health has released its overview of the COVID-19 pandemic’s local, state, national, and global impact impact. This informational synopsis is provided on select days each month.

The next update will be forthcoming on Friday, October 22.

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COVID Tightens Its Grip On Richland County

25 Sep , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

Using almost any measure, the communities in Richland County are in a very difficult place.

Whether you refer to the current rate of COVID-19 infection as a second or a third “wave,” it is certain that the situation has worsened substantially in the last 14 days.

Reported numbers bear this out.

Take, for instance, the number of school students and staff with positive tests over the last week, and compare that number to other locations in Ohio. As we reported on Thursday, Richland County had a total of 267 cases in local schools. Compare this to the number in Delaware County reported by our sister site, 1808Delaware. There, despite a steep rise, the number stood at 130.

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West Nile Virus Detected In Richland County

26 Aug , 2021  

Richland Public Health officials have been notified by the Ohio Department of Health that West Nile Virus (WNV) has been detected in mosquitoes in Mifflin and Weller Townships.              

“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 areas in Mifflin and Weller Townships to discourage transmittal of the mosquito-borne illness to residents.  See schedule at the bootm of the page here: https://richlandhealth.org/our-community/mosquitoes/

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This Is Infant Immunization Week

28 Apr , 2021  

National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) is a yearly observance highlighting the importance of protecting children two years and younger from vaccine-preventable diseases (VPDs).This is that week.

Current Challenges

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused some infants and children to miss or delay routinely recommended vaccinations.

A CDC report (Centers for Disease Control & Prevention) released in May 2020 found a troubling drop in routine childhood vaccinations as a result of families staying at home. While families followed public health warnings about going out, an unfortunate result was many missed recommended vaccinations. More…

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COVID-19 Variants Detected In Richland County

24 Mar , 2021  

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…

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COVID-19 Snapshot For March 15, 2021

15 Mar , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

The following statistics reflect the state of the COVID-19 pandemic in Richland County as of March 15. The most recent data in each area (overall, vaccinations, long-term care, schools/school districts) are presented here.

Overall Numbers (as of March 12): More…

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Richland Nears 200 Lives Lost: COVID-19 Snapshot: Monday, February 22

23 Feb , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

You’ve undoubtedly read about or heard news that the rates of COVID-19 infections have been going down nationally and across Ohio.

To see where things lie in that regard, we’re taking another snapshot using figures from Richland Public Health and the Ohio Department of Health, comparing numbers released on Monday with those shared three weeks earlier, on February 1.

According to the latest figures today from the Ohio Department of Health, the state is reporting 821,016 confirmed cases of the new coronavirus, or COVID-19, to date — 977 more than reported Sunday, including 84 new cases in the Mahoning Valley.

Of the state’s total cases, about 48,545 are presumed to be active infections.

The weekly volume of virus testing statewide has steadily decreased since late November. The average percent of positive tests continues a downward trend that began in early January.

So far this month, agencies statewide have administered an average 9,004 fewer tests per day than in January.

As a result of a data error at ODH, up to 4,000 COVID-19 deaths were not counted since October. The department has been adding the deaths to the state toll since last week.

Richland Public Health shared the following statistics on Monday (number in parenthesis is the same figure from February 1).

  • Confirmed Cases — 7,279 (7,279)
  • Probable Cases — 2,468 (2,186)
  • Total Cases — 10,104 (9,465)
  • Cases With Recoveries — 9,607 (8,278)
  • Hospitalizations — 559 (533) — 10 current
  • ICU Admissions — 88 (NA)
  • Deaths — 199 (145)
  • Age Range — 3 weeks to 102 years with a median age of 46

Last Friday, we reported on a dramatic decrease in infection among Richland County school students and staff. That post can be read here.

Reposted in part with permission from MahoningMatters.com – original post can be read here. Local information added from Richland Public Health; Image by Jeyaratnam Caniceus from Pixabay

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Local Schools COVID-19 Cases Rise Again; Demographic Details Shared

13 Feb , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

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…

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COVID-19 State, Local Snapshot: Monday, February 1

2 Feb , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

A sad milestone was reached on Monday. Ohio has now recorded 10,000 deaths related to the coronavirus.

According to the latest figures on Monday from the Ohio Department of Health, the state is reporting 783,158 confirmed cases of the coronavirus, or COVID-19, to date — 2,176 more than reported Sunday. That is much lower than the 3,215 cases reported between Sunday and Monday of last week.

The weekly volume of virus testing statewide continues a slump that began in late November. The average percent of positive tests, however, also continues to trend downward and has reached its lowest point since early November. More…

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COVID-19 State, Local Snapshot: Monday, January 25

26 Jan , 2021  

By: Mahoning Matters Staff; 1812Blockhouse

According to the latest figures on Monday from the Ohio Department of Health, the state is reporting 760,837 confirmed cases of the new coronavirus, or COVID-19, to date — 3,215 more than reported Sunday,The weekly volume of virus testing statewide continues a slump that began in late November. The average percent of positive tests, however, also continues to trend downward and has reached its lowest point since early November.

So far this month, agencies statewide have administered an average 10,287 fewer tests per day than in December. More…

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