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.


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.


New health data compiled by the Ohio Department of Health shows declining rates of COVID-19 exposure and spread in ten counties.

Dropping from Alert Level 3 to Alert Level 2: Ashtabula, Carroll, Fayette, Jackson, Morrow, and Tuscarawas.

Dropping from Alert Level 2 to Alert Level 1: Auglaize, Mercer, Shelby, and Vinton.


This week, Ohio’s long-term care facilities reported just 70 new COVID-19 cases, compared to 157 new cases reported the previous week and 2,832 new cases reported at the peak of the pandemic in December.

“In addition to wearing masks, social distancing, and cleaning, there is no doubt of the significant impact vaccination is having on protecting nursing home residents and preventing severe illness and death among those most targeted by the virus,” said Governor DeWine.

A total of 93 percent of Ohio’s nursing homes and 77 percent of assisted living facilities have signed up to get additional vaccine for new staff and new residents through Ohio’s COVID-19 Vaccine Maintenance Program. Governor DeWine urged the 243 facilities in Ohio that have not requested additional vaccine for new staff and residents to alert the state to its process to offer the vaccine by filling out the survey at


The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation has expanded the eligibility of the COVID-19 Indoor Air Quality Assistance Program, which provides reimbursements to eligible applicants to help cover the costs of inspections, assessments, maintenance, and improvements to indoor heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems to control the spread of COVID-19. The program also provides reimbursement for secondary devices designed to destroy bacteria, mold, and viruses.

Launched in December, this $28 million federally-funded program targeted nursing homes, assisted living centers, and adult day centers that invested in HVAC improvements that weaken COVID-19’s spread. The expanded eligibility extends to:

  • Intermediate care facilities;
  • Hospices;
  • Senior centers;
  • Adult care facilities;
  • Waiver settings (group homes); and
  • Substance use treatment centers.

More information, including the application, can be found at


Numbers shared on Wednesday and Thursday showing reported levels of new cases in Delaware County schools and long term care facilities (nursing homes, assisted living, etc.):


  • Big Walnut — 3 students
  • DACC — 3 students
  • Delaware City — 2 students, 2 staff
  • Olentangy — 13 students, 2 staff
  • St. Paul — 1 student

Long term care facilities:

  • Arbors at Delaware — 1 staff
  • Capri Gardens — 1 staff
  • Inn at Walnut Trail — 1 staff

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