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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Ohio Wesleyan University

OWU Holds Unique Double Year Commencement

5 Jun , 2021  

By Cole Hatcher

Ohio Wesleyan University held a combined 176th and 177th commencement ceremony May 29, celebrating its Classes of 2020 and 2021 and the students who persevered during a pandemic with “creativity, ingenuity, and profound commitment.”

The ticketed event was held outdoors in Ohio Wesleyan’s historic Selby Stadium, with President Rock Jones, Ph.D., addressing the graduates and their families and friends.

“You are the classes that were abruptly sent home,” Jones told the graduates. “You found yourself studying in spaces not designed for academic work. You attended classrooms defined by small squares on your laptop screen, or even smaller squares on your phone. You engaged in research and completed internships in virtual environments. You wore masks, practiced social distance, monitored your health, (and) took COVID tests. 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

Delaware County Approaching Fifty Percent Total Completed Vaccinations

16 May , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

For weeks, Delaware County has been the only county in Ohio to achieve a 50% rate in terms of initial COVID-19 vaccinations.

That trend continues. On Saturday, numbers released by the Ohio Department of Health show that the county has now had 115,905 initial vaccinations received, which represents 55.41% of the eligible population.

At the same time, those who have completed the process — obtaining two shots of either the Modern or Pfizer vaccine or a single shot of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine — now number 103,283. More…

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Life in Delaware County

Governor DeWine Announces End Date for COVID-19 Health Orders

13 May , 2021  

Special to 1808Delaware from the Ohio Department of Health

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine on Wednesday announced a series of statewide drawings to provide incentives to Ohioans to get a COVID-19 vaccination. With wide access to the life-saving vaccine to help Ohioans safe, Governor DeWine also announced that most COVID-19 health orders would be removed on June 2. DeWine made the announcements during a statewide address to Ohioans Wednesday evening.

“For a year, Ohioans have made sacrifices to save lives and keep our state moving forward. What you have done has really worked! And now, we have a powerful weapon that is almost 100 percent effective in beating the virus,” Governor DeWine said in his remarks. “Simply put, the vaccine is stronger and better than medical experts ever imagined. And now, everyone 12 and over can use it to protect themselves — to put an invisible shield of protection around themselves. Everyone can now control their own health—their own destiny.” More…

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Westerville

Westerville Tells The Story Of 2020

30 Apr , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

It is very likely that while we had many common experiences in 2020 due to the pandemic, much of it depended on individual circumstances.

Much happened last year in the City of Westerville, and as we move through the new year, city leaders decided to look back and create a virtual presentation on what the community went through during 2020.

The State of the Community is presented virtually this year, and can be viewed below. More…

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Life in Delaware County

Governor Announces Two More Health Orders

28 Apr , 2021  

.Ohio Governor Mike DeWine today announced Ohio Department of Health Director Stephanie McCloud signed the following public health orders:

Source: Ohio Department of Health

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Life in Delaware County

A Bit Of A Better Week For Delaware County, COVID-Wise

23 Apr , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

As statewide COVID-19 case numbers stabilize, Delaware County’s reported cases are doing the same.

In fact, the figures released for key trends showed some improvement this week. At the same time, school case numbers remained relatively high.

Thursday is the date when weekly numbers are released by the Ohio Department of Health. Delaware County remains at Level 3, or “Red,” under the Ohio Public Health Advisory system.

Indicators met include new cases per capita, non-congregate cases, and emergency room visits. In terms of new cases, the two week average went from 231.38 per 100,000 residents on April 15 to 207.96 this week. Numerically, that represents a decrease from 484 to 435 new cases reported. More…

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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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