(COLUMBUS)— Ohio Governor Mike DeWine provided the following updates on Ohio’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
CONDENSED HEALTH ORDER Governor DeWine announced today that the Ohio Department of Health will issue a simplified health order that streamlines previous orders into a single order that underscores the most important tenants of infection prevention. “Our understanding of this virus and how it spreads is much more advanced than it was when we first learned about coronavirus in early 2020,” said Governor DeWine.
“As we move to begin a new chapter in our fight against the pandemic, where more and more Ohioans are being vaccinated, this new order will focus on our best defense measures against COVID-19, such as wearing a mask, social distancing, limiting large gatherings, being outside, and practicing good hand hygiene.”
HIGH SCHOOL VACCINATIONS Governor DeWine announced that he has asked Ohio’s local health departments and vaccine providers that are offering the Pfizer vaccine to coordinate with local high schools to offer vaccinations to high school students who are 16 or older. Pfizer is the only vaccine that is currently approved for children as young as 16.
Today’s announcement follows last week’s announcement that vaccination clinics will be offered at all higher education campuses in the coming weeks. “As with our colleges, by taking vaccines to schools, we’ll increase the percentage of people in this age group who choose to get vaccinated,” said Governor DeWine.
OhioRISE As part of the Ohio Department of Medicaid’s managed care overhaul, Governor DeWine announced the “Resilience through Integrated Systems and Excellence (OhioRISE) program. The program will feature new, intensive, community-based services that will serve youth in their homes and communities, rather than in congregate settings that can be far away from a child’s home and support system.
Over the next ten months, Aetna Better Health of Ohio will work with the Ohio Department of Medicaid and the Family and Children First Cabinet Council to launch OhioRISE to serve all of Ohio’s eligible children.
To enroll in OhioRISE, children must be Medicaid eligible, have significant behavioral health needs, and require enhanced services.
The Pickaway County Library has updated its hours of operation, effective immediately.
The Main Library in Circleville is open to the public seven days a week.
Monday through Thursday 10AM to 8PM
Friday and Saturday 10AM to 6PM
Sunday 1PM to 5PM
The Younkin Branch Library in Ashville is open to the public five days a week.
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 10AM to 8PM
Friday and Saturday 10AM to 6PM
Patrons entering the building will have one hour of access and be required to wear a mask covering the nose and mouth. Social distance is also requested.
Window and curbside service will remain available, including for patrons who for medical reasons cannot wear a mask.
Library materials are quarantined for four days upon return before being available to check out. The library is not accepting donated items at this time.
The public meeting rooms are available at the Main Library for groups of 10 or less during regular library hours.
Library programs will be online via the website or Facebook. Online services continue to be available 24 hours a day with your library card, including OverDrive/Libby, Hoopla and Kanopy. Assistance using these services is available during typical business hours in person or via phone or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It is that time of year again, where many Ohioans are back to enjoying and even working in their yards.
If your yard work includes any kind of digging beneath the surface of the ground, you are asked to keep these four words in mind. “Call Before You Dig!”
This safety reminder comes from the Call 811 Before You Dig Program, which will inform you as to whether the area in which you want to dig will be near electric or gas lines.
The One Call Process website says “Whether you’re planting a tree, shrub or garden, aerating your yard, installing a mailbox or building a fence or deck, contacting OHIO811 before you dig protects your home and your family. Avoid potential injury, property damage, and utility disruption by following the Law and digging safely. Learn how to contact OHIO811, the information you’ll need to provide, how utilities respond to your request, and more.”
The process to get this information is very simple. “Call (800) 362-2764 or 8-1-1 or visit e-dig and request the location of underground facilities near your proposed digging site.”
Knowing where gas, electric and other facilities cross your property will help protect your life, your property, and your wallet.
If you have hired an excavator to do work on your property, by law, it is the responsibility of the excavator to submit the one-call notification.