Barb Jividen Talks About “MOM: In the Dictionary Between Laughter and Noise”

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Barb and Jerry Jividen are finally seeing an 18 year journey come to fruition. Last spring, “MOM” was to be released in time for Mother’s Day.

The pandemic pushed the release date back to November, 2020. If not for the pandemic, the book may never had materialized.

Jividen tells Litter Media she had written the manuscript in 2002 and when publishers were hesitant to give the book a chance, she placed the manuscript in a drawer at their home. While doing a remodeling project during the pandemic, she rediscovered the manuscript and still had the photos planned for the book. With the extra time on their hands, the Jividens brought the book back to life with a new outlook.

The book is available through www.goodreads.com and other online bookstores, as well as Chillicothe’s Wheatberry Books at 9 West Second Street and www.wheatberrybooks.com.

Litter Media Game of the Week: McNicholas at Waverly

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Most of the area teams still alive in OHSAA playoff action will be playing Saturday night, but several will be continuing their regular season action on Friday night. All kick off times are 7pm.

The Litter Media Game of the Week features Waverly hosting McNicholas in the quarterfinals of D IV Region 16. The Tigers enter the game 7-0 after pasting Norwood 62-14 last Saturday. McNicholas was a 27-0 winner over Unioto last weekend, improving the Rockets’ record to 5-2. Watch for score updates from Waverly on the Litter Media Facebook Page Saturday night, Litter Media Extras including a game report, photos over the weekend and a game highlight package next week.

SEE THE OHSAA PLAYOFF REGIONAL BRACKETS HERE

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2020 (Regular Season)

   South Point at Huntington

   Lancaster at Teays Valley

   Logan Elm at Amanda-Clearcreek

   Fairfield Union at Utica

   Unioto at Madison Plains

   Clermont Northeastern at Hillsboro

   McClain at East Clinton

   Northwest at Piketon

   Eastern Pike at Zane Trace

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2020 (Playoffs)

D IV Region 15

   Carrollton at Bloom-Carroll

D IV Region 16

   Cincinnati McNicholas at Waverly

D V Region 19

   Bishop Ready at Wheelersburg

D VI Region 23

   Lucasville Valley at Barnesville

D VI Region 24

   Minster at Adena

   Paint Valley at Mechanicsburg

DeWine on COVID-19: “Sadly, our situation continues to worsen”

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“Sadly our situation continues in Ohio to worsen” Governor Mike DeWine said in the opening to his Thursday COVID-19 Update News Conference.

Governor DeWine today released Ohio’s updated Public Health Advisory System map. New health data compiled by the Ohio Department of Health found that 38 counties currently have a very high risk of exposure and spread (Red Level 3), up from 29 counties last week. This represents the highest number of Red Level 3 counties since the launch of the advisory system in July. As of today, 92.8 percent of Ohioans are living in a county that is Red Level 3 and/or high incidence. Only 1 percent of Ohioans live in a Yellow Level 1 county.

“For my fellow Ohioans who have felt that until now this virus really did not impact their lives or their families and that they would react when the situation got really serious – I say to them that the time is now. Now is the time to take this seriously,” said Governor DeWine. “We need you. We need you to be fully engaged in this battle. The virus is spreading fast and has penetrated deeply into virtually every county in the state. We all must fight back.”

Updated Map

Three counties are currently on Ohio’s Watch List, meaning that they are approaching Purple Level 4: Clark, Cuyahoga, and Hamilton counties.

In the past 24 hours, an additional 2,425 new COVID-19 cases have been reported, the highest number of new cases in any 24-day reporting period since the start of the pandemic. Of the top 10 days with the most newly reported cases, eight have occurred in the past nine days, and nine have occurred in October.

According to local health departments across the state, spread is primarily occurring during social and family gatherings. Many counties are also seeing a sustained increase in hospitalizations.

A county-by-county breakdown outlining the presence of COVID-19 in all of Ohio’s 88 counties can be found on the Ohio Public Health Advisory System’s website.

Hospitalizations

DON’T LET UP

Governor DeWine unveiled a new advertisement that will begin airing across the state to serve as a visual reminder of how quickly COVID-19 can domino out of control. 

FORMER NEW JERSEY GOVERNOR CHRIS CHRISTIE

Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie speaking remotely on his experience of being treated for COVID-19 during Governor DeWine’s Thursday COVID-19 News Conference on The Ohio Channel.

Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie virtually joined today’s public briefing to discuss his recent diagnosis with COVID-19. Governor Christie spent a week in ICU fighting the disease.

Governor Christie said, in part:  

“I thought I was safe, and I was wrong. I took my mask off, and I left it off, but only for the time that I was inside the White House gates. Three days later I began to feel what I call the freight train of symptoms that happen with COVID-19 – fever, headaches, incredible body aches, chills, sweats, and it overcame me in a period of 24 hours. I had gone from feeling fine and doing my work on a Friday afternoon to by Saturday at 1:00 being admitted to the hospital and taken immediately to the intensive care unit where I stayed for the next six and a half days.

“I want everyone to understand that this is one of the most unpredictable, random, and brutal viruses you’ll ever see. My message to the people of Ohio and the people of this country is that there is no place to hide from this virus if you are not going to take the common-sense steps recommended to us: wear a mask when you’re outside, remain socially distant from people, no big crowds, and wash your hands frequently.

“I just want to urge as many people as I can, don’t let your guard down. It’s not worth it. I made a huge mistake by taking that mask off. It’s something I hope no other Americans have to go through. 

“One of the things I think people don’t understand about this disease – because it’s so random and because so little is understood – is that when you’re there and going through it, the psychological effect it has on you is significant. You start to think about life and death. It’s like getting beaten up from the inside out, and that combination of physical and psychological stress – it’s unique in my life and pretty extraordinary.

“I know how tired everyone is of this, I felt it myself, but as tired as you are of strapping that mask on or going to the sink and washing those hands again – you will take those days in a heartbeat compared to getting this disease.”

Watch DeWine’s October 22nd News Conference from The Ohio Channel here.

ACTIVE CASES IN THE REGION: Some area health departments report an active case county for their county daily, others up to three times per week on their social media platforms or department websites. (Note: Ross County does not report a count of active cases.) These are the active cases as of the date reported, which total 1,074 an increase of 47 since our report on 10/19/20.

FAIRFIELD: 423 (10/22) +29

FAYETTE: 85 (10/21)-22

HIGHLAND: 93 (1021) -15

HOCKING: 15 (10/22) +7

JACKSON: 86 (10/22) +1

PICKAWAY: 67 (10/22) -13

PIKE: 31 (10/21) -8

ROSS: No report

SCIOTO: 252 (10/22) +65

VINTON: 22 (10/21) +3

CORONAVIRUS NUMBERS:

Statewide as of 2pm ET Thursday, October 22, 2020 (difference since Wednesday at 2pm ET): Ohio has 190,430 (+2,425) total COVID-19 cases with 155,181 (+1,412) presumed recoveries, 17,682 (+159) hospitalizations and 5,161 (+12) virus related deaths.

Cases by county in the Scioto Valley Region since the count began in March 2020: (Data compares Wednesday’s Report with Thursday’s from the State’s COVID-19 dashboard which show 150 new cases (9,739 since March) in the 10 county region over the last 24 hours, the most being in Ross County (+33), Fairfield County (+28), Scioto County (+22), Pickaway County (+17), Highland County (+13), Jackson County (+12) and Pike (+10) with 0 new deaths reported. There have been 4 new hospitalizations (787 total since March). See the updated Ohio Public Health Advisory System Code map here: https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/public-health-advisory-system)

FAIRFIELD, (ORANGE/Level 2): 2,644 cases (+28), 2,209 recoveries (+21), 196 Hospitalizations (+0), 57 deaths (+0).

FAYETTE, (RED/Level 3): 449 cases (+9), 289 recoveries (+13), 54 Hospitalizations (+0), 8 deaths (+0).

HIGHLAND, (RED/Level 3): 430 cases (+13), 245 recoveries (+7), 38 Hospitalizations (+0), 4 deaths (+0).

HOCKING, (YELLOW/Level 1): 197 cases (+3), 167 recoveries (+2), 31 Hospitalizations (+0), 9 deaths (+0).

JACKSON, (ORANGE/Level 2): 459 cases (+12), 289 recoveries (+9), 41 Hospitalizations (+0), 8 deaths (+0).

PICKAWAY, (ORANGE/Level 2): 3,011 cases (+17), 2,679 recoveries (+19), 123 Hospitalizations (+0), 46 deaths (+0).

PIKE, (RED/Level 3): 300 cases (+10), 226 recoveries (+9), 31 Hospitalizations (+1), 0 deaths.

ROSS, (RED/Level 3): 1,394 cases (+33), 972 recoveries (+28), 171 Hospitalizations (+2), 36 deaths (+0).

SCIOTO, (RED/Level 3): 859 cases (+22), 569 recoveries (+15), 88 Hospitalizations (+1), 9 deaths (+0).

VINTON, (ORANGE/Level 2): 96 cases (+3), 53 recoveries (+3), 15 Hospitalizations (+0), 3 deaths (+0) 

OHIO CORONAVIRUS DASHBOARD

American Red Cross Blood Drives For November

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Donors of all blood types are urged to give now to keep the blood supply stable. Blood donations often decline from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day, and the COVID-19 pandemic may further impact donations. Every donation can give a hospital patient something to be extra thankful for this year.

The Red Cross continues testing blood donations for COVID-19 antibodies. As part of this effort, plasma from standard blood donations that test positive for COVID-19 antibodies may now help current coronavirus patients in need of convalescent plasma transfusions.

The American Red Cross continues to experience a decline in scheduled educational blood drives this fall due to COVID-19 drive cancellations. To help encourage and provide incentive for youth donors to donate blood, any donor, ages 16-24, who comes to give blood Oct. 17 – Dec. 17, 2020 will automatically receive a $10 e-gift card, by email. 

Below are the blood drives that are open to the public in November.

HERITAGE NAZARENE CHURCH – Multi-Purpose Room

ALL DONORS WILL RECEIVE A $5 ROOSTERS COUPON!

Monday November 2nd                

2:00pm-7:00pm

To schedule an appointment call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org, sponsor code: HNC

SOUTH CENTRAL OHIO CHAPTER HOUSE – Friedman Donor Room

ALL DONORS WILL RECEIVE A $5 AMAZON GIFT

Friday November 6th                

11:00am-5:00pm

To schedule an appointment call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org, sponsor code: Roberta

SOUTH CENTRAL OHIO CHAPTER HOUSE – Friedman Donor Room

Friday November 13th               

9:30am-3:30pm

To schedule an appointment call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org, sponsor code: SCOC

FRANKFORT COMMUNITY – Masonic Lodge, 23 W. Springfield St.

Saturday November 14th           

9:00am-2:00pm

To schedule an appointment call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit RedCrossBlood.org, sponsor code: FrankfortCommunity

LIONS CLUB CHILLICOTHE – Drive held at the Red Cross South Central Ohio Chapter House

Monday November 23rd             

1:00pm-6:00pm

To schedule an appointment call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit RedCrossBlood.org, sponsor code: LionsChillicothe

SOUTH CENTRAL OHIO CHAPTER HOUSE – Friedman Donor Room

Friday November 27th              

11:00am-5:00pm

To schedule an appointment call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit RedCrossBlood.org, sponsor code: SCOC

COVID-19 Update: Record-Breaking Hospitalizations, $1.3 Billion for Ohio Businesses, Spread from Social Gatherings

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(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Lt. Governor Jon Husted today provided the following updates on Ohio’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

RECORD-BREAKING HOSPITALIZATIONS

Governor DeWine announced today that hospitals across Ohio are currently treating 1,221 COVID-19 patients which is the most hospitalized patients at one time since the start of the pandemic. A total of 216 of these hospitalizations were reported in the past 24 hours which is the highest number of hospitalizations reported in a single day and more than 50 hospitalizations more than the previous high in mid-July. 

Ohio is also recording an increase in ICU admissions and ventilator utilization. 

Hospitalization Chart

“So far, Ohio’s hospitals still have adequate remaining capacity to care for everyone who is sick, but our hospitalizations are already breaking records, and we are not seeing any signs of Ohio’s case numbers slowing down,” said Governor DeWine. “If we don’t buckle down, wear our masks, and take care of each other, I am very concerned that our hospitals will begin to fill up. We pushed this virus down before, and it’s up to all of us to do it again.”

Ohio also reported 2,015 new COVID-19 cases since yesterday. Sixty-nine of Ohio’s 88 counties have a high incidence of COVID-19 spread, meaning their rate of cases is more than 100 cases per 100,000 population in the past two weeks. 

SOCIAL GATHERINGS

The White House Coronavirus Task Force strongly recommends that Ohioans limit gatherings with family and friends to prevent the virus from spreading to those most at risk of complications. The recommendation follows the increase in community spread in Ohio initiated by small social gatherings.

“It’s the same thing I’m hearing when I speak with county health commissioners. They are seeing the most spread in Ohio from informal gatherings,” said Governor DeWine. “We can’t let our guard down; we must keep our masks on.”

Governor DeWine also urged caution for sports fans who gather this weekend to watch the Ohio State, Browns, and Bengals football games. 

$1.3 BILLION GOING TO OHIO BUSINESSES

Dividend checks from the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation will be mailed to employers beginning this week.  The dividend amount totals approximately $1.3 billion.

The money is being given back to employers in response to Governor DeWine’s request in August that the Ohio BWC Board of Directors approve a second dividend to provide financial support for public and private employers impacted by the ongoing pandemic.

These checks will be mailed to employers throughout the end of October. 

A wide-ranging program to address the needs of struggling Ohioans, including funding for rent, mortgages, and water and sewer utility bills, as well as funding for small businesses and nonprofits, will be announced in the near future. 

OHSAA UPDATE

Lt. Governor Jon Husted provided an update from the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) on the status of high school fall sports.

OHSAA Observers have attended 458 sites, including 600 football games, at least 50 volleyball matches, and at least 50 soccer matches over the course of eight weeks.

The OHSAA provides reports to the schools following the competitions to serve as an educational opportunity for the school to improve.

LONG-TERM CARE FACILITY DASHBOARD

Ohio’s new long-term care facility dashboard is now available at coronavirus.ohio.gov. The new dashboard outlines visitation information at nursing facilities across the state. Those with loved ones in a nursing facility can search for information by county or facility to find information on the types of visits that are offered and when they are permitted. Nursing facilities were permitted to allow indoor visitations beginning October 12. 

Details regarding the visitation guidelines for Ohio’s intermediate care facilities can be found in a public health order issued on September 24. Visitation at intermediate care facilities was permitted to resume on September 28.

VACCINE PROVIDER REGISTRATION

Governor DeWine announced that Ohio has submitted its Interim Draft COVID-19 Vaccine Plan to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The plan is a framework on how Ohio will proceed once a vaccine is available. The plan will be available tomorrow at coronavirus.ohio.gov.

The Ohio Department of Health will also be launching a new registration tool for health care providers who would like to eventually administer the COVID-19 vaccine. Providers, such as local health departments, hospitals, pharmacies, and nursing facilities, will be notified soon with instructions about how they can register.

TEST RESULT REPORTING

The Ohio Department of Health has developed a technology solution to allow their systems to track negative test results. In response, Interim Director of Health Lance Himes today amended a directive that now requires all labs to start sharing all positive, negative, inconclusive, and invalid test results related to COVID-19 tests with the Ohio Department of Health.

Previously, labs were reporting positive COVID-19 results at the individual level and as an aggregate count for all other test results.  

“Adding these categories will allow us to gather additional data for a more complete picture of how COVID is spreading in our communities,” said Governor DeWine. This will also allow us to provide positivity data by county in the coming weeks.”

FLU SHOTS
Governor DeWine once again urged Ohio citizens to get their flu shots this year.  A person can become infected with both the flu virus and coronavirus at the same time.

If you become ill this season, many healthcare providers will test for both flu and COVID-19 to get a proper diagnosis. While the symptoms can be similar, COVID-19 is more serious, its symptoms last longer, those hospitalized tend to have longer hospital stays, and the virus has a higher mortality rate. 

Flu vs. COVID

CURRENT COVID-19 DATA

There are 185,639 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 in Ohio and 5,083 confirmed and probable COVID-19 deaths. A total of 17,388 people have been hospitalized, including 3,597 admissions to intensive care units. In-depth data can be accessed by visiting coronavirus.ohio.gov

Video of today’s full update, including versions with foreign language translation, can be viewed on the Ohio Channel’s YouTube page

For more information on Ohio’s response to COVID-19, visit coronavirus.ohio.gov or call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH.

Adena’s New Family Viewing Area Encourages Safe Baby Introductions

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Nobody wants to see Grandpa Joe climbing a ladder or Aunt Helen perched atop a wobbly chair outside the windows of Adena Regional Medical Center’s Women & Children’s Center trying to get a glimpse of the latest addition to their family.

A version of those scenarios is what has played out, however, outside the windows of patient rooms where mothers have been bonding with their newborns since precautionary visitor restrictions were imposed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Prior to Coronavirus, an expectant mother could have up to five visitors at a time while in labor and delivery and an unlimited number of visitors once moved into the mother/infant rooms after giving birth. Once the virus became a factor, expectant mothers were permitted one support person – a spouse, significant other or another family member, for instance – during labor and delivery and for the remainder of their hospital stay for safety measures.

The change in protocols produced a considerable and concerning change in the behavior of some families.

“We were seeing that families were attempting to view babies through the (patient room) windows in maybe not the safest manner because the windows on the outside aren’t level with what’s on the inside – so they would have a chair or a ladder or some other type of item that they would just have in their car and they were trying to stand on it and look in the window,” said Tasha Turner, nurse manager of pediatrics and the nursery. “We were really concerned someone was going to get hurt. (It was happening) almost every day.”

While safety was a critical part of the problem, it wasn’t the only concern.

“They were usually trying to look into a patient room, which also could lead to its own issues if they went to the wrong window and looked in on somebody else’s family, and we definitely don’t want those kind of things either,” Turner said.

The challenge was to find a way for families to safely view their newest loved one without having to enter the ward to do so.

“We discussed how we can allow families to see the new baby because we know that’s important to families, so we started thinking about is there any area that is easily accessible?” Turner explained. “Because of infant safety, there just aren’t a whole lot of places where it’s safe for somebody to view a baby. We have some doors, but if you get a baby too close to one of our doors, it will set off our alarms because that’s how we keep them safe so somebody’s not taking a baby.

“So we really just walked around our unit and thought where’s a good place where you could look at a baby and then we found this one area out in Mother/Infant — it’s a large window facing out toward the parking lot, and we thought if we could do something to make the outside area (leveled) up to the inside area, then we would easily be able to have the family look in at the baby.”

The result is a newly constructed wooden ramp leading to a platform outside that window just off the northeast corner of the hospital. With signage and guidelines posted, families are able to schedule a time to stand on the platform and look at the new baby resting in a crib by the window. Times will be arranged between the new mothers and their family members, then ward staff will be informed when times are confirmed.

“We want to make sure, especially at the beginning, that we’re keeping an eye on that area to make sure they’re doing it in a safe manner,” Turner said. “We don’t want moms picking up the baby to show them because we’re a little bit worried about babies being dropped. We made the viewing area in a manner that somebody can come up to the window and see the baby in a crib, they don’t have to pick the baby up out of there.”

Keeping ward staff in the loop on scheduled times also will help prevent a backlog of families from congregating outside the viewing area during periods in which the ward is handling a large number of births. When multiple families are awaiting a turn on the platform, social distancing will be observed between families and a time limit of 15 minutes at the window will be in place.

With the platform now in use, security will be asked to monitor activity around it “just so they can check and make sure people are using it safely and that people are not going back to the old ways because we have this new way for them to do it that’s safe for everyone,” Turner said.

The platform is the latest example of the type of out-of-the-box thinking about patient-centered care – in this case going beyond patients themselves to include their extended families – that helped earn Adena a spot this summer on Newsweek’s 2020 list of Best Maternity Care Hospitals. Only 231 hospitals across 36 states were selected to receive the honor.

“Holler” Screening at The Majestic in December

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CHILLICOTHE, OH – The Majestic Theatre will be hosting a fundraiser on December 19 and December 20, 2020 to assist in recovery efforts from the COVID-19 pandemic. The fundraiser will be a special two-day, limited seating preview of the film HOLLER that was filmed in Jackson, Ohio and Chillicothe, Ohio during the winter of 2019.

Recently the Majestic Theatre announced the suspension of its live programming due to the pandemic and restrictions set in place. This fundraiser will allow the Majestic to screen the film to a limited audience of 72 patrons for each of its four showings, which follows capacity restrictions put in place by the State of Ohio.

HOLLER is set in a forgotten pocket of Southern Ohio, where American manufacturing and opportunity are drying up. A determined young woman finds a ticket out when she is accepted to college. Alongside her older brother, Ruth Avery joins a dangerous scrap metal crew in order to pay her way. Together, they spend one brutal winter working the scrap yards during the day and stealing valuable metal from the once thriving factories by night. With her goal in sight, Ruth finds that the ultimate cost of an education for a girl like her may be more than she bargained for, and she soon finds herself torn between a promising future and the family she would leave behind.

Nicole Riegel, writer and director of HOLLER states, “My film is a semi-autobiographical story about how challenging it was to transcend where I came from as a young woman, both practically and emotionally. Like Ruth, the teenage girl at the center of my story, and many young girls across America, I was vulnerable to a fractured system that felt rigged against me, particularly when it came to access to education for young people living the margins. HOLLER is not only a glimpse into that part of my life, but also a window into the lives of thousands of girls who, like Ruth, live in towns that are currently in a state of atrophy from fewer opportunities and a drinking population. They are faced with the choice of forced reinvention or abandoning their hometowns completely.”

Tickets will be priced at $20.00 and will go on sale beginning on October 19, 2020. Tickets will be available through the theatre’s website and at the Ross-Chillicothe Convention & Visitors Bureau.

In addition to ticket sales, the Majestic Theatre is hoping to raise funds from community partners to achieve a $10,000 fundraising goal from the special showing of HOLLER. The proceeds from fundraising efforts will be used to sustain the Majestic Theatre during this period where restrictions prevent productions to take place.

For more information about HOLLER, ticket sales, and the Majestic Theatre, please visit www.MajesticChillicothe.net.

Autumn Colors are About to Pop!

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The fall colors have been popping out across Ohio and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources says the peak time for the picturesque views is here!

Learn more about how to enjoy the colors across the Buckeye State HERE.

CLICK HERE to see the Litter Media Fall Colors Photo Album from 2019

A look over western Pike County just north of Morgantown, Ohio, October 16, 2020. Photo by Dan Ramey/Litter Media

COVID-19 Update: Updated County Risk Levels, Increased Spread in Cases

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(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Lt. Governor Jon Husted today provided the following updates on Ohio’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

UPDATED COUNTY RISK LEVELS

Governor DeWine today released Ohio’s updated Public Health Advisory System map. New health data compiled by the Ohio Department of Health found that 29 counties currently have a very high risk of exposure and spread (Level 3):

Adams, Butler, Clark, Cuyahoga, Fayette, Franklin, Greene, Guernsey, Hamilton, Highland, Lawrence, Licking, Lucas, Madison, Mahoning, Marion, Mercer, Montgomery, Muskingum, Pike, Portage, Putnam, Richland, Ross, Stark, Summit, Scioto, Union, and Warren

“We have 70 counties that are either red or high incidence. That’s 10 million Ohioans or 85% of the population, living in an area with a high risk of community transmission,” Governor DeWine said.

Governor DeWine reviewed the seven indicators of the Ohio Public Health Advisory System, which assess the degree of the virus’ spread in each county. The seven indicators are:

  1. Indicator: New cases per capita
  2. Indicator: Sustained increase in new cases
  3. Indicator: Proportion of cases not in congregate setting
  4. Indicator: Sustained increase in Emergency Department visits for COVID-like illness
  5. Indicator: Sustained increase in outpatient visits for COVID-like illness
  6. Indicator: Sustained increase in new COVID hospital admissions
  7. Indicator: Intensive Care Unit bed occupancy
Updated Advisory

A county-by-county breakdown outlining the presence of COVID-19 in all of Ohio’s 88 counties can be found on the Ohio Public Health Advisory System’s website.

INCREASED SPREAD IN CASES

Governor DeWine also announced the state’s positivity rate was 5.4% and the seven-day average was 4.2%. This is up from September when the positivity rate was 2.7%. He reported that today Ohio has 1,042 COVID inpatients in hospitals, which is a significant increase from the 563 patients on September 20, 2020.

Governor DeWine spoke with Dr. Nick Dreher, medical director of the Population Health Innovation Institute at MetroHealth System, and Dr. David Margolius, division director of internal medicine at MetroHealth System about the recent rise in COVID-19 cases in Ohio.

Dr. Margolius told Ohioans that if they are planning to spend time with family and friends, they need to do it safely, by wearing a mask and practicing social distancing.  Dr. Dreher reminded Ohioans that they know how to fight the spread of COVID-19 and need to continue following the proper prevention methods to avoid stress on Ohio’s hospital systems.

“The only way, the only way we can beat this virus back is to follow the prevention methods we have been talking about since the beginning of the pandemic,” said Governor DeWine. “Stay home when you are sick. Social distance. Wear a mask. Always.”

CENSUS REMINDER

 Lt. Governor Husted also reminded Ohioans that today is the last day to respond to the 2020 Census. The Census determines the spending of $675 Billion in federal funds and what portion of that funding comes back to Ohio for schools, hospitals, public safety, roads, and bridges.

 Individuals can respond online at 2020Census.gov or by phone: In English – 844-330-2020or in Spanish – 844-468-2020.

CURRENT COVID-19 DATA

There are 175,843 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 in Ohio and 5,038 confirmed and probable COVID-19 deaths. A total of 16,824 people have been hospitalized, including 3,507 admissions to intensive care units. In-depth data can be accessed by visiting coronavirus.ohio.gov.

Video of today’s full update, including versions with foreign language translation, can be viewed on the Ohio Channel’s YouTube page.

For more information on Ohio’s response to COVID-19, visit coronavirus.ohio.gov or call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH.

Watch Governor Mike DeWine’s October 15, 2020 COVID-19 News Conference

Safely Celebrating Halloween in 2020

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The Ohio Department of Health and the CDC have prepared recommended best practices for those wishes to celebrate Halloween this month.

While some communities will host beggar’s night activities, some will host trunk-or-treating.

The ODH strongly recommends canceling hayrides, haunted houses and trunk-or-treating  events. Of course, seek guidance for your local health department. 

SEE THE ODH RECOMMENDATIONS FOR HALLOWEEN

City of Chillicothe and Ross County villages/townships will conduct trick or treat on Thursday, October 29th from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 🎃🎃🎃

Posted by Chillicothe Police Department on Friday, October 9, 2020