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Governor DeWine Visits Circleville H.S. COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic

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Governor Mike DeWine made a stop at Circleville High School’s COVID-19 vaccination clinic, Saturday morning.

“We will hit a new milestone today. We will pass 4 million Ohioans who received at least one vaccination.”

During his visit, DeWine expressed concern over the recent rise in new case numbers in Ohio as he continued his emphasis on Ohioans getting vaccinated. Virus variants are being blamed for the spike, impacting mostly people age teens through 54.

Nationally, statistics have indicated that older people are seeing a drop in new cases, with many of those people having received vaccinations.

“We can vaccinate our way out of this problem.”

Approximately 200 people were expected to be vaccinated at the Circleville site Saturday, as the governor mentioned plans to start vaccinating high school students age 16 and older, as well as the effort to get vaccination clinics into places of employment, making it easier for employees to get the shots without having to miss work.

Governor Opens Door For High School Students To Receive COVID-19 Vaccine

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(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.” 

Director’s Order for Social Distancing, Facial Coverings, and Non-Congregating
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.
CASE DATA/VACCINE INFORMATION
In-depth COVID-19 data for Ohio: coronavirus.ohio.gov

Ohio’s central scheduling system: gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov

Ohio mass vaccination information: coronavirus.ohio.gov/massvaccinationclinics

All vaccine providers: vaccine.coronavirus.ohio.gov

More vaccine information: coronavirus.ohio.gov/vaccine

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. 

HIGHER EDUCATION VACCINATIONS
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. 

WORKPLACE VACCINATIONS
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. 

INCREASE IN CASES, VARIANT SPREAD
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. 

OHIO PUBLIC HEALTH ADVISORY SYSTEM
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
IN-DEMAND JOBS WEEK (MAY 3 – 7)
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 TopJobs.Ohio.gov 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.

LAUNCH OF APRIL ROUND OF TECHCRED
The next round of TechCred launches today and closes on April 30 at 3:00 p.m.

Ohio businesses can visit TechCred.Ohio.gov 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.

CASE DATA/VACCINE INFORMATION
In-depth COVID-19 data for Ohio: coronavirus.ohio.gov. Ohio’s central scheduling system: gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov Ohio mass vaccination information: coronavirus.ohio.gov/massvaccinationclinicsAll vaccine providers: vaccine.coronavirus.ohio.govMore vaccine information: coronavirus.ohio.gov/vaccine

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

Congressman Wenstrup Visits OU-Chillicothe Vaccination Clinic

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U.S Representative Brad Wenstrup confers with Garrett Guillozet, Ross County Health Commissioner at the RCHD Vaccination Clinic in Shoemaker Center at Ohio University Chillicothe. Dan Ramey/Litter Media
Click to hear what Rep. Brad Wenstrup had to say during his visit of the RCHD Vaccination Clinic Tuesday March 30, 2021

Ohio Congressman Brad Wenstrup visited the Ross County Health District COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic at the Ohio University Chillicothe Shoemaker Center on Tuesday.. 

The 2nd district congressman, who is also a U.S. Army Reserve officer and Doctor of Podiatric Medicine, thanked nurses and members of the Ross County Health District who are working the clinics. 

“At a local level, we’re getting it done and should all be pleased with the results we’re seeing in the number of people coming out to get the vaccine and volunteers helping their community with it,” Wenstrup said. “We adapt and overcome, and it’s been great to see so many people in our district step up and get this done. I think it’s good for every American to get vaccinated if they can, if they’re medically able, it’ll benefit the whole country and community as far as our health.”

“As I’ve visited vaccine clinics, what I’ve noticed is that every location has its own unique quality that fits its community,” Wenstrup added. “I’ve visited clinics like this located in partnering facilities, to vaccine clinics in fairgrounds, each of them representing their community in its own way.”

Approximately 6,000 people have been vaccinated at the Shoemaker Center site since February 1st. Ross County has administered 19,182 total vaccines as of March 29th, which is 25% of the county receiving at least one dose of the vaccine. Of those vaccines, 11,377 have been completed with both doses administered. 

Ross County Health District officials have told Litter Media that most individuals at the Ou-Chillicothe clinic site are getting in and out with their shot within 20 minutes, including the 15-minute observation period after the shot.

The Shoemaker Center has served as a vaccine site since the beginning of February.

U.S Representative Brad Wenstrup confers with Garrett Guillozet, Ross County Health Commissioner at the RCHD Vaccination Clinic in Shoemaker Center at Ohio University Chillicothe. Dan Ramey/Litter Media

Adena Health System To Open Mass Vaccination Clinic March 31st/Highland Mass Clinic Opens April 1st

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(CHILLICOTHE) – As announced by Ohio Governor Mike DeWine earlier this month, Adena Health System will serve as one of 15 mass vaccination clinic sites throughout Ohio significantly expanding regional access to COVID-19 vaccines. Adena is set to receive the one dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine to begin administration as a mass vaccination clinic site on Wednesday, March 31 at the PACCAR Medical Education Center, located on the campus of Adena Regional Medical Center in Chillicothe.

Each regional mass vaccination clinic will be locally operated with support from the Ohio Department of Health and Ohio Emergency Management Agency. Adena’s clinic will be equipped to administer thousands of vaccines a day depending on supply and demand.

“As a rural health system with a mission of being called to serve our communities, it is a tremendous honor to be asked by the Governor and assist our state officials as one of Ohio’s mass vaccination clinic sites,” said Jeff Graham, Adena President & CEO. “Vaccines are our best defense against COVID-19, and it is a privilege to collaborate with our healthcare partners across the region and state in this coordinated effort to ensure all individuals have an opportunity to receive the vaccine as it becomes available.”

Adena’s mass vaccination administration is by appointment only.

Vaccination appointments can be made by individuals 18 years of age and older by calling 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634) or visiting gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov.

The vaccine is being offered at no cost.

WHERE: PACCAR Medical Education Center

446 Hospital Road Chillicothe, OH  45601

Parking – FREE

WHEN: Starting Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Tuesday – Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Individuals with appointments to receive their vaccination through Adena are asked to bring photo identification and be prepared to wait approximately 15-30 minutes following their shot for monitoring. This is not a drive-thru vaccination location.

In Highland County, the county health department, Highland District Hospital, Highland Health Providers and several other community organizations have partnered to provide a large COVID-19 mass vaccination clinic on Thursday, April 1 from 9AM to 7PM at the Hillsboro YMCA.   This clinic includes over 150 evening appointments.  

Appointments are available to anyone 18 years old and older, and pre-registration is required.  Registration can be done online at https://highlandcovidvax.timetap.com or over the phone at any of the following numbers: 

(614) 881-1882

(937) 981-1121

(937) 393-3406

(937) 393-6377

Operators are standing by to get people registered!

Moderna brand vaccine will be administered.

Chillicothe COVID-19 Mass Vaccination Clinic Among 11 To Open Week Of March 29th

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(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Lt. Governor Jon Husted Thursday, March 25th provided the following updates on Ohio’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

REGIONAL MASS VACCINATION SITES

Next week, Ohio will open 11 stationary mass vaccination sites and four mobile clinics that will travel throughout specific regions of the state. The stationary mass vaccination sites will be held at:

  • The Knights of Columbus, Lima, Ohio
  • The Lucas County Rec Center, Maumee, Ohio
  • Dayton-Montgomery County Convention Center, Dayton, Ohio
  • The Celeste Center, Columbus, Ohio
  • The Summit County Fairgrounds, Akron, Ohio
  • The site of the former Dillard’s at Southern Park Mall, Youngstown, Ohio
  • The Cintas Center, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • The Wilmington Airpark, Wilmington, Ohio
  • Adena Medical Education Center, Chillicothe, Ohio
  • Wayne Street Medical Campus, Marietta, Ohio
  • Colony Square Mall, Zanesville, Ohio

Additionally, an Ohio Northern University mobile clinic will start next week and travel between Wyandot, Marion, Union, Logan, Crawford and Hardin counties.

The Ohio University Mobile Clinic will travel between Lawrence, Meigs, Vinton, Washington, Morgan and Perry counties. 

(Southeast Ohio Mobile Clinic Schedule)

Additional details about the stationary and mobile clinics will be available at coronavirus.ohio.gov.

Appointments can be scheduled by visiting gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov. or by calling 1-833-427-5634 (1-833-4-ASK-ODH). Appointments will be available for Ohioans ages 16 years and older. 

VACCINE MAINTENANCE PROGRAM

The Ohio Department of Aging has created the Vaccine Maintenance Program to ensure new residents and employees, and established residents and employees who previously decided not to receive a vaccine, can still choose to receive one. 

“We are eager to partner with facilities across the state to ensure our long-term care residents and their caregivers are protected from COVID-19,” said Governor DeWine.  

The list of facilities includes nursing homes and assisted living facilities who have not indicated their willingness to participate in the Vaccine Maintenance Program or how they would make vaccinations available to their residents and staff.  

BMV WEBSITE REDESIGN

Lt. Governor Husted and the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) today announced the launch of a vastly improved, more user-friendly BMV website. The redesign allows Ohio customers to have a faster, easier and more streamlined experience when they are using this resource.  

“We’ve already heard from many Ohioans who have found the newly redesigned site to be cleaner, more efficient and much easier to use,” said Lt. Governor Husted, who also serves as Director of InnovateOhio. “The teams at InnovateOhio and the BMV built this site with the customer in mind so that when someone visits BMV.Ohio.Gov, they can quickly find what they’re looking for, get their question answered, and go on with their day.”

The newly redesigned website features a number of enhanced tools including a simplified authentication process for logging in, a dynamic search function to help customers explore by keyword, and a new “My BMV” profile allowing the user to see the status of their driver’s license, organ donation options, driving record, and more, all on one page as compared to the more than ten pages it was previously. Additionally, Ohioans will have an easier time utilizing the site on their mobile device.

TEAM OHIO RECOGNITION

Lt. Governor Husted also announced that this week, Government Technology Magazine named its annual Top 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers. This program annually recognizes the work of innovators around the country to improve state and local government through technology.  

Along with 21 individuals, the magazine recognized four teams. Among those teams was “Team Ohio,” including Lt. Governor Husted and Ervan Rodgers, the State Chief Information Officer and Assistant Director of the Ohio Department of Administrative Services.

The magazine focused on the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, along with Ohio’s ongoing focus on making use of technology assets to improve the well-being of Ohioans and their health, property, security, livelihood, and prosperity.

OHIO PUBLIC HEALTH ADVISORY SYSTEM

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: Brown, Columbiana, Coshocton, Fulton, Lawrence, and Logan. 

Dropping from Alert Level 2 to Alert Level 1: Holmes and Van Wert. 

JOB AND FAMILY SERVICES UPDATE

Governor DeWine today announced a new agreement between the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services and Google to conduct data analytics on all outstanding claims. Google will review claims for markers and patterns of fraud. This will allow the department to prioritize and quickly process legitimate, outstanding claims. 

Additionally, Governor DeWine announced that David DeVillers, former United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, will join the Public-Private Partnership Team (P3) as the law enforcement subject matter expert.  He will serve as a liaison between the department and local, state and federal law enforcement. 

CASE DATA/VACCINE INFORMATION

In-depth COVID-19 data for Ohio: coronavirus.ohio.gov

Ohio’s central scheduling system: gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov

All vaccine providers: vaccine.coronavirus.ohio.gov

More vaccine information: coronavirus.ohio.gov/vaccine

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.

Age 16+ Added To List Of Vaccine Recipients For “Unused” Clinic Appointments/Changes Announced For Nursing Home Visitations

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Health departments and other vaccine clinics in Ohio have been given the green light to give shots to anyone age 16 and older if they can’t fill appointment slots now through March 29th.

March 29th is the date when anyone 16+ can make appointments to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in Ohio. The governor made this announcement while visiting a vaccination site in Youngstown Monday morning.

COVID-19 vaccines are currently available to individuals age 40 and older and for those with cancer, obesity and heart disease.

The state will be opening more mass vaccination clinics around Ohio, including at Adena Health System in Chillicothe the week of March 29th, if they receive their expected shipment of Johnson & Johnson vaccine- according to Governor DeWine.

In his Monday afternoon COVID-19 update press conference, the governor updated state health orders that brings about more changes that allows more visitations in nursing homes and assisted living facilities.  

NURSING HOME/ASSISTED LIVING VISITATION

The Ohio Department of Health will issue an updated order related to assisted living facilities and nursing homes. The general visitation requirements will remain the same, including the requirement that visitors schedule appointments in advance, are screened at the door, and wear masks. Changes to the order include: 

  • Ohio is requiring that visitation be permitted whenever safety protocols can be met. Previously, visitation was permitted, not required;
  • Vaccinated residents may have physical touch with their visitor while wearing a mask. Previously, touch was discouraged;
  • Visits may occur in a resident’s private room, as opposed to the previous requirement of a separate visitation area;
  • 30 minutes should serve as the minimum amount of time for a visit. Previously, 30 minutes was the maximum time to visit.

The order will also expand the circumstances in which compassionate care visits should be granted.

In addition, the order will update nursing home and assisted living testing requirements to require the facilities to test vaccinated staff once per week and unvaccinated staff twice per week. The previous order made no distinction between vaccinated or unvaccinated staff.

“We must continue regularly testing for the virus,” said Governor DeWine. “It’s just good science, and it will help us identify cases early and prevent the spread. Further, if COVID is controlled, that means less disruption to visitation.”

Certain circumstances, such as a facility outbreak, may necessitate that visitation be restricted on a case-by-case basis. Nursing homes must also continue following federal regulations from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

For more information you can visit: Coronavirus.Ohio.gov

Gov. DeWine Visits Ross Health District COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic At OU-Chillicothe

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Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has been visiting COVID-19 vaccination clinics statewide in recent weeks and added Chillicothe to his list, Wednesday afternoon.

His tour took him to the Ross County Health District Vaccination Clinic being hosted by Ohio University-Chillicothe’s Shoemaker Center.

DeWine took the opportunity to speak with workers at the clinic along with individuals who were there to get a vaccination.

One of those getting a shot was kindergarten teacher Kylie Frankel, who graded the experience as an “A”. She also told the governor and his wife Fran that she would be getting married in a couple of months, to which the governor told her by June she should be OK for a traditional wedding setting.

The governor said as of Tuesday’s count, Ross County had administered more than 15,000 vaccinations, which is almost 20% of the county’s population. And that statistic does not count the number of veterans who have received COVID-19 shots at the V.A. Medical Center in Chillicothe, which would add many more to that Ross County total.

When asked about the recently announced plan to create a mass vaccination clinic at Adena Health System, the governor said he hoped to see that opened by March 29th, depending on whether they receive expected shipments of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.

The Adena clinic is expected to have up to 4,000 vaccine doses per week.

Ross County Health District Commissioner Garrett Guillozet said their Shoemaker Center vaccination clinic averages between 300-500 people per day and up to 1,000 per week, with Wednesday typically being their slowest day.

Guillozet added that they have “plenty of open appointments” for vaccinations the week of March 21st.

COVID-19 Vaccinations Open To All Ohioans 16+ By End Of March

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Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has announced that the state’s eligibility for COVID-19 vaccines will be available to everyone age 16 and over by March 29th.

People age 40+ will be eligible starting this Friday, March 19th along with those with cancer and obesity. DeWine made the announcement Tuesday morning at a press conference in Cleveland.

The eligibility for Phase 1E — those with chronic kidney disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, heart disease, obesity and Phase 2C — those 40 and older starts Friday.

DeWine was in Cleveland for the “soft launch” of Ohio’s first federally coordinated mass COVID-19 vaccination clinic.