Life in Delaware County

Delaware County Schools, Long Term Care COVID Numbers Continue To Decline

8 Oct , 2021  

From record highs, Delaware County schools are now experiencing a rather sharp decline in reported infections of COVID-19 for children and staff. When the Ohio Department of Health shared updated numbers on Thursday, Delaware County districts and individual buildings reported a total of 85 infections in the last week in eight school settings. Two weeks ago, the number of total cases stood at 130. This week’s report included the following: More…

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Big Walnut Mask Requirement Begins Monday

25 Sep , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

At its regular meeting on September 16, the Big Walnut Local Schools Board of Education voted to implement a mask requirement for all students.

As a follow up, Superintendent Angie Hamberg shared the following message via the District’s website:

As you know, face coverings are required on all school buses due to a Federal order.  Additionally, due to continued impact on attendance from Covid-19, our Board of Education voted at last Thursday’s meeting to implement a K-6 school mask mandate for students.  This mandate is for indoors only, and it is in effect until one of the following criteria is met: More…

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Delaware County Schools Report A Doubling In COVID Infections

10 Sep , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

As the 2021-2022 school year progresses, it is clear that the rise in COVID infections in non-school settings is also taking place in Delaware 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 more than doubled in the last seven days.

The footprint of that impact has also increased, with eight schools/buildings involved, versus six last week. More…

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COVID Cases Grow Slightly In Delaware County Schools

2 Sep , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

Perhaps reflecting its location in the most vaccinated county in the state, school districts and buildings in Delaware County showed a relatively modest increase of reported COVID infections on Thursday in numbers published by the Ohio Department of Health.

Those figures showed that 36 students and 13 staff had new reported cases, for a total of 39.

Last Thursday, in the first set of full results after the launch of school, there were a total of 34 reported cases during the previous week. These included 29 new student infections and 5 staff. These were found in six different school districts and buildings. More…

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Delaware County Schools Register 34 New COVID Cases

27 Aug , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

With the first full week of school finished for many Delaware 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 six public or private school districts/facilities.

All in all, 29 new student cases were reported as well as 5 instances of positive COVID results for staff — for a total of 34. More…

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Life in Delaware County

Delaware Public Health Issues New Mask Advisory

19 Aug , 2021  

By 1808Delaware, Delaware Public Health District

On Wednesday, Delaware County’s public health agency shared an advisory that reflects the growing concern with rising COVID-19 numbers, both statewide and locally.

It read:

This week we are reporting 2 failed factors on the 5-critical factor report card, therefore we are advising everyone to wear a mask in public indoor settings and in crowded areas, regardless of vaccination status. While this is not a mandate, we do ask that everyone comply with the practices of public facilities and businesses that continue to require masks as they decide what is best for their customers and staff. More…

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MTSO Requiring Vaccinations For On Campus Instruction

31 Jul , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

One by one, local and regional school districts and institutions of higher learning are adopting public health protocols to guide students, staff, and visitors as the new academic year nears.

This is nowhere more true than at the Methodist Theological School in Ohio (MTSO), south of Delaware. There, the curriculum will be delivered both in person and online — with a clear line between the two.

President Jay Rundell recently shared plans to “…move toward the robust campus experience we cherish at MTSO, including in-person classes and events.” He added, “But for unexpected circumstances or developments, the MTSO curriculum will be available both on campus and remotely beginning this fall and for the foreseeable future.” More…

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Life in Delaware County

Vaccination Check-In

24 Jun , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

It has been three weeks since was have reviewed current COVID-19 vaccination numbers as released by the Ohio Department of Health.

We have been regularly updating our readers over the last few months with the latest statistics related to how many Delaware Countians are being vaccinated, and how those figures compare to contiguous counties.

With the releasing of most health and safety guidelines, the pandemic may not be in the news as much as it has been, but COVID-19 is still real and still poses a health risk to Ohioans. With that in mind, we thought that we would check in with the Department of Health to verify where the effort to vaccinate stands locally. More…

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Life in Delaware County

Agencies Partner To Provide Vaccine To The Housebound

19 Jun , 2021  

Special to 1808Delaware

The Delaware Public Health District (DPHD), the Delaware County and Delaware City EMS, and aging services provider SourcePoint have joined forces to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to homebound residents and their families throughout the Delaware County area.

This partnership has allowed more than 40 residents, who are unable to leave their home for various reasons, to receive life-saving vaccinations within the comfort of their own homes. EMS officials visit the homes of registered residents, administer COVID-19 vaccinations, and can even connect recipients to other public resources available to them in their community. Both Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are offered to those who sign up. Homebound residents can still sign up for a home visit by calling 740-368-1700. More…

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Life in Delaware County

Public Health Officials Try To Battle The Misinformation Pandemic

9 Jun , 2021  

By Marty Schladen, Ohio Capital Journal

Ohio continues to get good news in its fight against coronavirus. On Saturday, the infection rate dropped to less than 50 cases per 100,000 Ohioans.

That’s the rate Gov. Mike DeWine originally set for removing COVID-related health orders, although he backed off of it as federal authorities eased masking guidance. The rate is a far, far cry from the 900 cases per 100,000 Ohio was seeing in mid-December, Ohio Department of Health Chief Medical Officer Bruce Vanderhoff said Monday.

But Vanderhoff and his colleagues warned that rampant misinformation about vaccines threatens progress against the disease — especially in certain pockets of the Buckeye State. More…

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Life in Delaware County

Four Of Ten Ohioans, Five Out Of Ten Delaware Countians Fully Vaccinated

27 May , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

It has been some time since we have checked in on COVID-19 vaccination rates for Delaware Countians.

As with statistics across the state, numbers have continued to rise slowly as a result of incentives, such as the “vax a million” lottery, as well as programs designed to provide easy transportation to vaccination locations.

On Wednesday, the Ohio Department of Health reported that some 5,229,367 Ohioans have had at least one dose of a vaccine. That number represents 44.74% of the population.

Currently, over 25,000 residents of Ohio are getting a vaccine daily. More…

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Life in Delaware County

Not Just A Lottery: States, Cities Incentivize Vaccinations

23 May , 2021  

NOTE: In addition to Ohio’s million dollar vaccination lottery, the first winner of which will be drawn on Monday, many jurisdictions are following suit with incentives. In the last few days, this has included state lotteries announced for New York, Maryland, and Oregon Ohio has seen a dramatic increase in vaccination rates, the local impact of which we will cover tomorrow.

This recent piece in Route Fifty is part of the SoJo Exchange from the Solutions Journalism Network, a nonprofit organization dedicated to rigorous reporting about responses to social problems. The original post can be read here

Boosting Covid-19 Vaccinations with $1 million Prizes, Free Crawfish, Hunting Licenses and More

By Brent Woodie, Route Fifty More…

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