Life in Delaware County, Schools

COVID Cases Are Skewing Younger Locally

26 Nov , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

While Delaware County currently enjoys a relatively lower COVID infection rate compared to other Ohio counties, there are indications that the virus is reaching the county’s younger population in higher percentages.

As reported by The Delaware Gazette on Wednesday, it was shared that the November report of the Delaware Public Health District revealed that the county’s per capita rate of new cases and hospitalizations were the lowest in surrounding counties. That article can be read here.

The same post did state, however, that “…a bar chart showing cases by age from Oct. 30-Nov. 13 indicated that the most cases were among children 9 years old and under, followed closely by those aged 10-19.” More…

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Life in Delaware County

Community Health Surveying to Start

5 Nov , 2021  

Special to 1808Delaware

The Partnership for a Healthy Delaware County is asking residents to check their mailbox this week as they start surveying Delaware County residents as part of a community health assessment process. The Partnership is working closely with the Hospital Council of Northwest Ohio and researchers at the University of Toledo to conduct the survey.

This pats week, 7,000 Delaware County residents were randomly selected to participate in surveys divided into two age groups, including parents of children ages 0-11, and adults 19-years and older. Residents of Delaware County who are randomly selected are urged to complete and return the survey. More…

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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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Life in Delaware County

Ohio Kids Lead Blood Level At Twice National Average

30 Sep , 2021  

By Jake Zuckerman, Ohio Capital Journal

Ohio children have elevated levels of lead in their blood at more than two times the national rate, according to a study released Monday.

The research, from JAMA Pediatrics, a peer-reviewed medical journal published by the American Medical Association, found about 5.2% of Ohio children have elevated levels of lead in their system.

Nationally, the rate is about 1.9%. Ohio ranked second nationally in terms of states with the highest rates of children with elevated blood levels. More…

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Schools

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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Schools

Number Of Infections Grows In Delaware County Schools, Governor Talks About Schools And COVID

23 Sep , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

The number of positive COVID tests reported from Delaware County school districts and buildings grew when numbers were announced on Thursday by the Ohio Department of Health.

Led by a reported 46 student cases at Olentangy Local Schools, there were a total of 130 cases among students and staff. This number is an increase from the 79 positive tests included in the total two weeks ago.

That shared, there were 6 districts or buildings included, down 2 from the September 9 report. Those included: More…

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Schools

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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