COVID-19 Cases Increase For Ohio/Colleges To Become Vaccination Sites

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(COLUMBUS)—Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Lt. Governor Jon Husted provided the following updates on Ohio’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic on Thursday, April 1st. 

Governor DeWine announced the state will begin working with local colleges and universities to offer vaccination clinics on campuses across the state. These higher-education vaccination clinics will start on various campuses next week and will offer the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine. “Although young people are less likely to get sick from the coronavirus, they are significant carriers of the virus,” said Governor DeWine. “By offering one-dose clinics on campus, students who wish to be vaccinated will have a nearby, convenient location to get the vaccine with their peers.”

The goal is to offer on-campus clinics to all of Ohio’s college students before the school year ends in May. 

Governor DeWine also announced that Ohio will begin working with employers and other organizations to offer workplace vaccination clinics throughout Ohio. Beginning the week of April 12, vaccine providers can allot up to 25 percent of their vaccine allocation to be used to vaccinate their own employees or to partner with local employers, labor unions, and other organizations to vaccinate their employees at their work locations. 

For the past two Thursdays, Ohio’s statewide average was just under 150 cases per 100,000 population. The two-week case rate has now risen to 167.1 cases per 100,000. New cases had been relatively flat through the month of March, but cases are beginning to increase once again, which demonstrates the necessity that Ohioans choose to be vaccinated.

To date, nearly 30 percent of Ohioans have received at least one dose of vaccine. According to Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff, chief medical officer at the Ohio Department of Health, variant activity continues to rise, closely mirroring what is occurring in the rest of the nation.

Michigan is currently experiencing an increase in cases that is more than 3.5 times what Ohio is seeing, and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), this increase appears to be driven substantially by variants. Most of Ohio’s rising cases numbers and variant cases are happening in the area of the state bordering Michigan. “Ohio remains in a race against a virus that is now more contagious and right back on our heels,” said Dr. Vanderhoff. “We can win this race as long as we don’t falter; as long as we press on with consistent masking and vaccination, especially in light of this week’s important and encouraging research out of the CDC confirming that the vaccines are powerful protection against COVID-19 and its variants.”

Governor DeWine announced today that as Ohio continues to receive increases in its vaccine allotment, the state will allot more doses to areas that are seeing case spikes or increases in vaccine demand. 

New health data compiled by the Ohio Department of Health shows case increases in 56 counties over the past week, however, because there are not yet significant increases in healthcare utilization at the county level, most counties stayed at the same level this week.

Level changes include: Van Wert County moved from yellow to orange. Auglaize, Paulding and Scioto moved from red to orange. Carroll, Mercer, and Morgan counties moved from orange to yellow. Clinton County dropped from red to yellow.
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Ohio COVID-19 Color Alert Map
Lt. Governor Husted, in his capacity as Director of the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation, also announced that In-Demand Jobs Week will officially take place May 3 through 7.

In-Demand Jobs Week is designed to promote Ohio’s most in-demand and fastest growing industries through statewide hiring, education, and training events. This year, In-Demand Jobs Week will feature all of Ohio’s top jobs, including critical jobs, which focus on the health and well-being of Ohioans such as child care workers, home health aides, and firefighters.

Throughout the week, businesses, education providers, community organizations, and more are encouraged to plan unique, virtual opportunities that will inspire students and job seekers to pursue a job in Ohio. From virtual tours and roundtables to virtual career-tech signing days and online job fairs, In-Demand Jobs Week is an opportunity to highlight what Ohio has to offer.Organizations can visit to add their event to the official In-Demand Jobs Week map. Individuals interested in attending an event can use this map to find events near them.

The next round of TechCred launches today and closes on April 30 at 3:00 p.m.

Ohio businesses can visit to apply and help their employees earn a new tech-focused credential, at no cost.

More than 1,100 Ohio businesses have used TechCred, creating the opportunity for 19,841 technology-focused credentials to be earned by Ohio employees.

In-depth COVID-19 data for Ohio: Ohio’s central scheduling system: Ohio mass vaccination information: vaccine providers: vaccine.coronavirus.ohio.govMore vaccine information:

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

New ODNR APV Sites Include Pike County

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(COLUMBUS) – Outdoor enthusiasts can now enjoy the spring weather at one of the Ohio’s designated All-Purpose Vehicle (APV) areas, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). The APV areas are located on four state forest properties: Maumee in northwest Ohio, Pike and Richland Furnace in southern Ohio, and Perry in east-central Ohio.
Pike, Richland Furnace, and Perry state forests open on April 1 for APV trail use. They will close in the fall after the last day of regular deer-gun season. The APV area at Maumee State Forest is open year-round, and snowmobile use is allowed when conditions permit. The APV areas are maintained by the ODNR Division of Forestry.
The Pike State Forest APV area will close from April 5 to noon on April 11 to allow for the Thunder in the Hills Turkey Hunt, a special event designed for disabled hunters.
Funds from each APV registration are deposited into the State Recreational Vehicle Fund and are used by the ODNR Division of Forestry for projects that directly support the state’s APV areas.
Trail users must have a valid APV registration from the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV). Riders must wear the required safety gear, which includes helmets and eye protection. APVs, including utility vehicles (UTVs), may be up to 62 inches in width. Out-of-state registration is required for visitors from states without similar registration laws. Additionally, spark arrestors and mufflers must be compliant with industry-standard sound limitations.
Safety is key when riding an APV. For tips on how to have fun and stay safe, click here.

Hometown Motors, Inc. Introduces Harold Dempsey as Master Technician

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Hometown-Motors, Inc. is introducing Harold Dempsey as its Master Technician. Dempsey is widely known as the area’s #1 diesel mechanic. Dempsey’s wealth of knowledge and 30-plus years of experience involves working on lawn & garden equipment to diesel tractors and heavy equipment.

“In martial arts’ terms, I would equate Harold to a Grandmaster” said Matt Litter, President of Hometown Motors, Inc.. “Just as the addition of Ferrari Tractor elevated Hometown Motors, Inc. to a higher level, so too the addition of Harold.”

Dempsey says most of his decades of experience all started when he was a boy- working with his father. “I’ve worked on skid-loaders, jack-hammers, tillers, you name it- I have pretty much worked on it.”

Dempsey’s arrival further enhances the Hometown Motors, Inc. motto of “Buy it here, get it serviced here”.

“If you go to a big box store for example- some of the stuff at the big-box stores, we carry that here, but if you buy that out there at the big-box stores and they have nobody that knows anything about it- whether from the operational standpoint to the maintenance standpoint. We do service what we sell here.” 

Hometown Motors, Inc. has become Ohio’s premiere dealership for top brand names in turf and outdoor power equipment. In early March, Hometown Motors, Inc. was appointed by BCS America as Ferrari Tractor’s exclusive dealer/distributor for all U.S. States east of the Mississippi River. The partnership provides the east coast with several models of Ferrari sub compact and compact tractors.

Dempsey will also be part of a new video series on the Hometown-Motors YouTube Channel.

Area Counties See Unemployment Rates Remain Steady

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Among the state’s 88 counties, preliminary February 2021 unemployment rates ranged from a low of 3.1% in Holmes County to a high of 8.5% in Clinton County.

From January, unemployment rates increased in 21 counties, decreased in 53 counties, and did not change in 14 counties. The comparable unemployment rate for Ohio was 5.6% in February.

Five counties had unemployment rates at or below 4.0% in February. The counties with the lowest rates, other than Holmes were: Geauga and Medina, 3.6%; Mercer, 3.7%; and Union, 4.0%.

Five counties had unemployment rates at or above 8.0% in February. The counties with the highest rates, other than Clinton were: Morgan, 8.4%; Adams and Ottawa, 8.3%; and Noble, 8.0%.

Counties within our coverage area are as follows:

Vinton County 7.1%

Pike County 7%

Jackson County 6.9%

Highland & Scioto Counties 6.8%

Fayette & Hocking Counties 5.8%

Pickaway & Ross Counties 5.2%

Fairfield County 5.1%

Finalists Announced For United Way of Pickaway County Community Impact Award

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Last month, the United Way of Pickaway County announced the names of seven finalists for the 2021 Community Impact Award.

The 2021 finalists for the outstanding community volunteer honor are Mike Wagner, Cindy Wagner, Mark Denniston, Sharon Link, Suzie McMullen Ebenhack, Karla Exline, and Terrell Edwards.

United Way of Pickaway County Finalists For 2021 Community Impact Award

This year’s winner will be named on Saturday, April 10th at 2pm on the United Way of Pickaway County’s Facebook page by way of a livestream event. Members of the community are encouraged to vote daily for the candidate(s) of their choice until April 4th to help decide this year’s honoree.

The winner will have five scholarships named in their honor which will be awarded to high school seniors of the Class of 2021 in Pickaway County in May.

As a part of the online livestream, hosted by Mare Wilbanks, United Way of Pickaway County will highlight and honor each candidate and their contributions to the community through volunteerism.

The event will feature an advertisement for the United Way’s online auction to be held starting Sunday, April 11th at 5pm and running through Friday, April 16th at 9pm.  Head to the link here to view items up for bid.

Donations have been made possible by Deer Creek Lodge, Eldorado Scioto Downs and Hampton Inn, Easton TownePlace Suites, and Marriott Residence Inn (Mason, OH), Brew Brothers, Mum Mums, the Pickaway County Family YMCA, and Hampton Inn (Circleville).

This virtual Community Impact Auction will be a way to help fundraise for the nonprofits this year’s finalists volunteer and work on behalf of. Prospective bidders can head to the link below to access and view items.

All five online auction packages are local in-state getaways with all proceeds going to support the six Pickaway County community agencies the United Way supports: the Pickaway County Senior Center, the Haven House, Traditional Scouting with the Boy Scouts of America (Simon Kenton Council), Pickaway County Community Action Organization (PICCA), Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Central Ohio, Pickaway Area Recovery Services Inc., and the Pickaway Family YMCA.  

Members of the public can get to know the 2021 finalists by reading their bios and question and answers at the link here.

Be sure to vote for your candidate of choice daily until April 4th at the link here!

Octagon Earthworks Open House

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Newark, Ohio’s Octagon Earthworks Open House will be held Sunday, April 11th and Monday, April 12th. The earthworks will be open from daylight to dusk, and our staff will be on site from Noon–4pm each day to answer questions about its features and history.
Part of the larger Newark Earthworks complex and built by ancient American Indians, the Octagon Earthworks consists of a 50-acre, 8-sided enclosure with earthen walls measuring about 550 feet long and five to six feet in height. Between 100 B.C. and 500 A.D., this architectural wonder of America was part cathedral, part cemetery and part astronomical observatory. The Octagon Earthworks are aligned to the four moonrises and four moonsets that mark a complicated 18.6-year-long lunar cycle.

While there, you can also explore the Great Circle, a short distance by car. Upon arrival, guests are encouraged to follow the signs for a self-guided tour. (Note due to limited capacity and ongoing COVID concerns the museum and restrooms will be closed). The Great Circle Earthworks is nearly 1,200 feet in diameter and was likely used as a vast ceremonial center by its builders. The 8 feet (2.4 m) high walls surround a 5 feet (1.5 m) deep moat, except at the entrance where the dimensions are even greater and more impressive. The Great Circle will be open from daylight to dusk.

If you can’t make it to the open house days in April, you can also visit on July 26 or October 17. Get more info below. 

The Octagon Earthworks is located at 125 North 33rd Street in Newark, on the grounds of Moundbuilder’s Country Club.

For more information, go to our link to the Ohio History Connection website. CLICK HERE: