Life in Delaware County

State Rolling Out School Vaccination Plan; Teachers Union Has Concern

10 Jan , 2021  

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…

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Life in Delaware County

Delaware County Sees Red Again; School COVID-19 Cases Decrease Substantially

8 Jan , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

When the Ohio Public Health Advisory System was updated on Thursday afternoon, Delaware County found itself in a very familiar place.

A place, in fact, which is occupied by 83 other counties in Ohio.

Meeting only two indicators, that being that of new COVID-19 cases per capita and the seven day average of new cases, the county was at “Red” or “Level Three” for another week. There have been 1,718 new cases in the preceding two weeks, representing a total of 821.31 cases per 100,000 population. More…

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Life in Delaware County

State Provides Updates On COVID Vaccination Phases, Guidelines, Current Numbers, And More

6 Jan , 2021  

On Tuesday, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, Lt. Governor Jon Husted, and Ohio Department of Health Chief Medical Officer Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff provided the following updates on Ohio’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

VACCINATION PHASES

Governor DeWine today recapped Phases 1A and 1B of Ohio’s vaccine distribution plan. Because the availability of the vaccine remains limited in Ohio and across the country, Ohio is taking a phased approach that prioritizes the most vulnerable citizens, those in the healthcare field, and school staff members.

Phase 1A, which is currently underway, includes approximately 1 million Ohioans. More…

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Ohio Wesleyan University

A Year In The Life Of A University

4 Jan , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

Few institutions or organizations have been impacted by the pandemic to the extent faced by America’s colleges and universities.

This is certainly true for Delaware County’s four year seat of higher education, Ohio Wesleyan University.

Over the last nine months, 1808Delaware has carried several stories about how COVID-19 was affecting OWU. Here are just a sampling; click on any post title for access: More…

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Life in Delaware County

Ohio Officials Not Tracking Rate Of Vaccine Refusals

4 Jan , 2021  

By Marty Schladen, Ohio Capital Journal

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine got a lot of attention Wednesday when he said that 60% of nursing home workers who were offered a coronavirus vaccine refused to take it.

But state health officials on Thursday said there’s no organized effort to track refusals among people they consider so critical that they’ve been given first crack at the scarce vaccines.

In a press conference, DeWine implored people who are eligible for the vaccine to accept it, warning that it could be a long time before they get another chance. That argument might seem pretty compelling, given that a fast-spreading variant of the virus has popped up in two states, ICU beds are filling and the two approved vaccines have trickled out at a rate far lower than the Trump administration promised. More…

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Life in Delaware County

Governor Shares COVID-19 Updates

2 Jan , 2021  

Special to 1808Delaware

This week, Governor DeWine provided updates on Ohio’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic in reference to vaccines,school quarantine guidance changes, curfew extension, the availability of grants to Ohio bars and restaurants, and current case data as of Wednesday, December 30.

OHIO VACCINES

Ohio is expected to receive more than 238,000 doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines next week. Governor DeWine encouraged those administering the vaccine to do so with urgency. More…

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Life in Delaware County

COVID-19 And 2020: A Timeline

31 Dec , 2020  

By 1808Delaware

It has been a year unlike any other in our lifetimes, as a pandemic which struck without regard to social or economic status not only ravaged populations worldwide, but altered the ways in which Americans, Ohioans, and Delaware Countians live and work. The changes have been dramatic and many continue.

On the last day of the year we look back at the story of this public health crisis as told in the pages and posts of 1808Delaware.

It is difficult to know how many posts had the pandemic as a topic. A quick look at analytics revealed that there were 266 posts that referenced the word “COVID,” and 143 that included the word “coronavirus,” but some of those would have occurred in the same article. More…

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Life in Delaware County

Last Weekend Of 2020: COVID-19 Continues Its Toll

29 Dec , 2020  

By 1808Delaware

It has been a year unlike any other in most people’s lifetimes, one dominated by a single situation. Even the civil unrest and dynamic presidential election were dwarfed by the enormity of the COVID-19 pandemic.

When 2020 began, phrases like “social distancing” were not used in everyday conversation. Taking a look at a single weekend — in this case, the last weekend of the year — shows just what a different world it is, including here in central Ohio.

Consider these statistics shared by the Delaware Public Health District on Friday, just before the weekend began: More…

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Life in Delaware County

Delaware County Remains Red; School COVID Case Numbers Remain High

25 Dec , 2020  

By 1808Delaware

Delaware County remained at Level 3, or “Red,” under the Ohio Public Health Advisory System.

There was also good news in that only two indicators were met this week, as opposed to five the previous Thursday. The numbers suggested at least a leveling of if nor a slight turnaround in the current wave of cases.

Most Ohio counties, including all of Delaware County’s contiguous counties, remained at the “Red” Level this week. More…

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Delaware County

Small Business Protection Program Grant Recipients Announced

21 Dec , 2020  

Special to 1808Delaware

Delaware County has announced the recipients of $1.83 million in grants from its Small Business Protection Program. Earlier this fall, for-profit businesses in Delaware County were invited to submit applications, documenting the operating losses they have incurred in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

County Commissioner Jeff Benton said: “Our small business owners are among the real heroes of 2020, in facing down the multiple challenges that have come their way. We are privileged to help them with these grants and we look forward to seeing them thrive in the future.”

The Commissioners set aside money from their General Fund for the grants, which were awarded in allocations of $15,000 each. A total of 122 grants have been issued and are being administered through the County’s Department of Economic Development. More…

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Life in Delaware County

Vaccine Arrives In Ohio; Vaccinations Underway

15 Dec , 2020  

By 1808Delaware

On Monday morning, a standard UPS truck rolled up to the door of The Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center.

On board was some very precious and long-awaited cargo. Outside was the Governor and First Lady of Ohio (see the Governor’s video tweet below).

Arriving was the first of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to arrive in Ohio. Some 975 doses were in this initial shipment, with a corresponding arrival at the University of Cincinnati Health Center.

After warming to room temperature to allow for vaccinations to take place, the first of those took place shortly after noon. More…

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Life in Delaware County

Ohio National Guard Helps State Prepare For COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution

12 Dec , 2020  

Special to 1808Delaware

Military and civilian partners form an assembly line around tables and carefully work together to safely transfer glass vials into small boxes. Time is of the essence to keep the vials super cold. The vials are empty now and the packaging assembly lines are just for practice, as the Ohio National Guard works with the Ohio Department of Health to prepare for the arrival of a COVID-19 vaccine.

About two dozen Guard members have been working with the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) at the state’s Receive, Store, and Stage (RSS) warehouse to develop the logistics plan to receive and repackage the vaccine for distribution.

“We’ve been conducting daily drills for several weeks with our civilian partners to safely and effectively handle the vaccine that will be processed by ODH at the RSS warehouse,” said Ohio Air National Guard Chief Master Sgt. Timothy Merle of the 121st Air Refueling Wing in Columbus and the noncommissioned officer in charge of the RSS warehouse mission. “We have to maintain the vaccine at a certain temperature, so time is of the essence.” More…

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