Life in Delaware County

Details Emerge On Proposed Bill To Restrict ‘Vaccine Passports’ In Ohio

13 Apr , 2021  

By Tyler Buchanan, Ohio Capital Journal

Republican-sponsored legislation will seek to prohibit the Ohio government from instituting a “vaccine passport” program, but the drafted proposal does not appear to restrict private businesses from doing so.

Rep. Al Cutrona, R-Canfield, is soon introducing this bill in the Ohio House of Representatives. It has already received support from fellow Republican lawmakers.

The term “vaccine passport” refers to showing proof of COVID-19 vaccination that could allow entry into a given place or public event. The vaccine is optional in Ohio, and Gov. Mike DeWine has given no indication the state government will develop a vaccine passport program here. More…

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Life in Delaware County

Increase In Indicators Not Reflected In School, Long-Term Care Case Numbers

9 Apr , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

While there is a noticeable turnaround in the recent decline of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, that change has not been reflected in numbers reported by Delaware County schools and long-term care facilities over the same period.

The number of new weekly infections has increased in the last two weeks, from 458 over the two weeks before April 1 to 497 in the two weeks before April 8. Also, one of the Ohio Public Health Advisory System indicators have been triggered again — the number of outpatient visits. More…

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Life in Delaware County

Some COVID-19 Restrictions Disappear As Case Levels Rise

6 Apr , 2021  

By 1808Delaware; State of Ohio

There’s a bit of reverse directioning going on.

As COVID-19 case numbers are again on the rise in Ohio, Governor DeWine announced on Monday that many restrictions to prevent more infections are going away while certain others, such as mask wearing, are continuing.

Welcome to the latest chapter in a year-long set of moves to address the pandemic.

Changes announced will impact mass gatherings, including sporting events, fairs, festivals, theatres, etc.. Most will now allow these to take place while maintaining limitations on social distancing and other safety measures. More…

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Life in Delaware County

DeWine Channels Vaccines To Colleges, Workplaces To Speed Up Rollout

5 Apr , 2021  

By Jake Zuckerman, Ohio Capital Journal

Ohio will surge doses into college campuses and private workplaces as an effort to speed up the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, Gov. Mike DeWine announced late last week.

Starting this week, the goal is to provide mostly Johnson & Johnson vaccines to any Ohio college student who wants one, DeWine said. Unlike the two other available vaccines from Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna, Johnson & Johnson’s only requires one dose and standard refrigeration. The other two vaccines require ultracold storage and a two-dose series, posing storage, transportation and scheduling difficulties.

Additionally, DeWine said vaccine providers can take up to 25% of their weekly dosage allocation to vaccinate their own employees or those of other businesses or labor unions starting April 12. Ohioans aged 16 and up are currently eligible for vaccination. More…

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Life in Delaware County

Delaware County Setting The Statewide Pace For Vaccinations

4 Apr , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

The number of Delaware Countians obtaining at least one dose of any of the available COVID-19 vaccines, as well as those in surrounding counties, is substantially above the state average.

Statistics reported on Saturday by the Ohio Department of Health indicated that 3,647,477 Ohioans have had at least one vaccine shot, representing 39.1% of those eligible. Of those, 2,135,650, or 18.27%, have completed their vaccination regimen.

In Delaware County, 81,607 have received at least one shot. This number is approximately 39.01% of those eligible. 21.49%, or 44,943, have received either one shot of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine or two shots of the other two major vaccines, and thereby completed their vaccination. More…

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Life in Delaware County

This Week’s COVID-19 Case, Vaccine Numbers From Delaware Public Health District

1 Apr , 2021  

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Life in Delaware County, Schools

Latest School, Care Center, Vaccinations Numbers For Ohio, County

27 Mar , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

The Ohio Department of Health has released the most recent numbers related to COVID-19 cases in Ohio’s school and long-term care facilities, as well as for the pace of vaccinations.

Not surprisingly, the age group leading the charge of vaccination in Ohio are in the 70 to 74 age bracket; some 71.28% of Ohioans in that category have had at least one vaccination.

Here are the numbers for Ohio and Delaware County: More…

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Life in Delaware County

DeWine: GOP Bill To Limit Orders Threatens Ohioans In Crises

23 Mar , 2021  

By FARNOUSH AMIRI and ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS Report for America/Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Gov. Mike DeWine predicted a chaotic future for Ohio in a letter Monday pleading with fellow Republican lawmakers to compromise on a health bill that would handicap the state’s ability to issue any orders during an emergency on the same day the state surpassed 1 million COVID-19 cases.

The Republican governor vowed on Tuesday to veto a bill that was passed by the GOP-controlled Legislature earlier this month. The promise came hours after he issued a five-page letter outlining how the proposal would impede the administrative branch’s ability to protect Ohioans, not only during the coronavirus pandemic but also amid weather emergencies, food contaminations, prison riots or terrorist attacks. More…

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Life in Delaware County

Delaware Public Health District And 16 Others To Receive Collaborative Achievement Award

23 Mar , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

Congratulations to the Delaware Public Health District which, together with 16 other health departments in central Ohio, will be receiving the important William C. Habig Collaborative Achievement Award.

The announcement was made via social media on Monday by the Mid Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC).

In making the announcement, MORPC shared, “We’re proud of our public health professionals for all they have done to keep our community healthy and informed throughout the pandemic.” More…

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Life in Delaware County

Delaware County Setting The Vaccination Pace In Central Ohio

22 Mar , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

Numbers shared on Friday by the Ohio Department of Health suggest that Delaware Countians are taking vaccination against COVID-19 very seriously.

Across Ohio, 2,730,835 people — or 23.36% of the population — have taken at least one shot of an authorized vaccine; 1,565.614 people have completed that process (one or two shots depending on the vaccine). That represents 13.39% of Ohioans.

A small portion of those represent shot takers whose residency was not reported or who are residents of other states. More…

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Life in Delaware County, Schools

COVID-19 Updates: State And Local

19 Mar , 2021  

By 1808Delaware and State of Ohio

Information released on Wednesday and Thursday provides an updated picture of the current state of the pandemic across the Buckeye State and here in Delaware County.

STATEWIDE CASE RATE

Governor DeWine announced that Ohio’s statewide case rate stands at 143.8 cases per 100,000 people over the past two weeks. When Ohio reaches 50 cases per 100,000 people for two weeks, all health orders will be lifted. More…

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Life in Delaware County, Schools

Bill Allowing Ohio Schools More Time For Spring Tests Passes

18 Mar , 2021  

By FARNOUSH AMIRI Report for America/Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — After a year of learning upended by the pandemic, Ohio students would have extra time to take state-mandated tests under an emergency measure passed unanimously Wednesday by the Ohio House.

The GOP-controlled Senate approved some final changes to the school measure before sending it back to the House where it passed in a rare 92-to-0 vote days before the testing windows begin.

“I support any flexibility we can give to schools as we continue to address the pandemic’s impact on the students and families they serve,” Democratic Sen. Teresa Fedor said in a statement after the bill’s passage. More…

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