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Red Cross September Blood Drives

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As we look toward fall, we know blood donor availability can be a challenge as kids head back to school and people celebrate the Labor Day holiday. Donors are needed now to ensure blood is available when patients need it. Do you know someone who has never given before? Ask them to make an appointment with you.

All those who come out to give blood in September will receive a coupon via email for a free haircut, courtesy of Sport Clips Haircuts. Terms and conditions apply: rcblood.org/Sport-Clips.

Plus, when you come to give blood Sept. 3rd-7th, you’ll get a new 16 oz. Red Cross campfire mug, while supplies last.

Plus when you help the Red Cross tackle the need by donating blood Sept. 13th-30th, you’ll receive a limited-edition college football T-shirt, while supplies last.  

Below are the Ross County blood drives that are open to the public in September.

  • South Central Ohio Chapter – Friedman Donor Room
  • Friday September 3rd                 
  • 9:30am-3:30pm
  • To schedule an appointment call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit RedCrossBlood.org, sponsor code: SCOC
  • Derek Free Blood Drive – Open Door Ministries 3130 Bridge Street
  • Friday September 10th
  • 12:00pm-6:00pm
  • To schedule an appointment call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit RedCrossBlood.org, sponsor code: Derek
  • Zane Trace High School -Gymnasium
  • Wednesday September 15th
  • 8:30am-1:30pm
  • To schedule an appointment call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit RedCrossBlood.org, sponsor code: ZaneTraceHS.
  • Frankfort Community – Masonic Lodge located at 23 W Springfield Street
  • Saturday September 18th             
  • 9:00am-2:00pm
  • To schedule an appointment call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit RedCrossBlood.org, sponsor code: FrankfortCommunity
  • South Central Ohio Chapter – Friedman Donor Room
  • Friday September 24th                  
  • 11:00am-5:00pm
  • To schedule an appointment call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit RedCrossBlood.org, sponsor code: SCOC
  • Lions Club Chillicothe – Drive held at South Central Ohio Chapter
  • Monday September 27th             
  • 1:00pm-6:00pm
  • To schedule an appointment call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit RedCrossBlood.org, sponsor code: LionsChillicothe
  • Paint Valley High School – Gymnasium
  • Thursday September 30th   
  • 8:30am-1:30pm
  • To schedule an appointment call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit RedCrossBlood.org, sponsor code: PVHS

FDA Gives Full Approval To Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine For Age 16 & Up

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(Washington D.C.) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has given full approval of the first COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccine has been known as the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine, and will now be marketed as Comirnaty, for the prevention of COVID-19 disease in individuals 16 years of age and older. The vaccine also continues to be available under emergency use authorization (EUA), including for individuals 12 through 15 years of age and for the administration of a third dose in certain immunocompromised individuals.

“The FDA’s approval of this vaccine is a milestone as we continue to battle the COVID-19 pandemic. While this and other vaccines have met the FDA’s rigorous, scientific standards for emergency use authorization, as the first FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine, the public can be very confident that this vaccine meets the high standards for safety, effectiveness, and manufacturing quality the FDA requires of an approved product,” said Acting FDA Commissioner Janet Woodcock, M.D. “While millions of people have already safely received COVID-19 vaccines, we recognize that for some, the FDA approval of a vaccine may now instill additional confidence to get vaccinated. Today’s milestone puts us one step closer to altering the course of this pandemic in the U.S.” 

Since Dec. 11, 2020, the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine has been available under EUA in individuals 16 years of age and older, and the authorization was expanded to include those 12 through 15 years of age on May 10, 2021. EUAs can be used by the FDA during public health emergencies to provide access to medical products that may be effective in preventing, diagnosing, or treating a disease, provided that the FDA determines that the known and potential benefits of a product, when used to prevent, diagnose, or treat the disease, outweigh the known and potential risks of the product.

FDA-approved vaccines undergo the agency’s standard process for reviewing the quality, safety and effectiveness of medical products. For all vaccines, the FDA evaluates data and information included in the manufacturer’s submission of a biologics license application (BLA). A BLA is a comprehensive document that is submitted to the agency providing very specific requirements. For Comirnaty, the BLA builds on the extensive data and information previously submitted that supported the EUA, such as preclinical and clinical data and information, as well as details of the manufacturing process, vaccine testing results to ensure vaccine quality, and inspections of the sites where the vaccine is made. The agency conducts its own analyses of the information in the BLA to make sure the vaccine is safe and effective and meets the FDA’s standards for approval. 

Comirnaty contains messenger RNA (mRNA), a kind of genetic material. The mRNA is used by the body to make a mimic of one of the proteins in the virus that causes COVID-19. The result of a person receiving this vaccine is that their immune system will ultimately react defensively to the virus that causes COVID-19. The mRNA in Comirnaty is only present in the body for a short time and is not incorporated into – nor does it alter – an individual’s genetic material. Comirnaty has the same formulation as the EUA vaccine and is administered as a series of two doses, three weeks apart. 

The first EUA, issued Dec. 11, for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine for individuals 16 years of age and older was based on safety and effectiveness data from a randomized, controlled, blinded ongoing clinical trial of thousands of individuals. 

To support the FDA’s approval decision today, the FDA reviewed updated data from the clinical trial which supported the EUA and included a longer duration of follow-up in a larger clinical trial population. 

Specifically, in the FDA’s review for approval, the agency analyzed effectiveness data from approximately 20,000 vaccine and 20,000 placebo recipients ages 16 and older who did not have evidence of the COVID-19 virus infection within a week of receiving the second dose. The safety of Comirnaty was evaluated in approximately 22,000 people who received the vaccine and 22,000 people who received a placebo 16 years of age and older.

Based on results from the clinical trial, the vaccine was 91% effective in preventing COVID-19 disease. 

More than half of the clinical trial participants were followed for safety outcomes for at least four months after the second dose. Overall, approximately 12,000 recipients have been followed for at least 6 months.

The most commonly reported side effects by those clinical trial participants who received Comirnaty were pain, redness and swelling at the injection site, fatigue, headache, muscle or joint pain, chills, and fever. The vaccine is effective in preventing COVID-19 and potentially serious outcomes including hospitalization and death.

The FDA and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have monitoring systems in place to ensure that any safety concerns continue to be identified and evaluated in a timely manner. In addition, the FDA is requiring the company to conduct postmarketing studies to further assess the risks of myocarditis and pericarditis following vaccination with Comirnaty. These studies will include an evaluation of long-term outcomes among individuals who develop myocarditis following vaccination with Comirnaty. In addition, although not FDA requirements, the company has committed to additional post-marketing safety studies, including conducting a pregnancy registry study to evaluate pregnancy and infant outcomes after receipt of Comirnaty during pregnancy.

The FDA granted this application Priority Review. The approval was granted to BioNTech Manufacturing GmbH.

Adena Cuts Ribbon On New Orthopedic and Spine Institute

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(CHILLICOTHE) – Calling it a “game changer” in patient care across southern Ohio, Adena Health System’s leadership was joined Friday by several local and federal officials to celebrate the pending September 1st opening of the Adena Orthopedic and Spine Institute (AOSI) with an official ribbon cutting.

Situated on the campus of Adena Regional Medical Center in Chillicothe, the five-story, 111,000-square-foot AOSI will be the new home to Adena’s nationally accredited orthopedics program and specialized care for orthopedics, spine, sports medicine, neurology, podiatry and interventional pain management.

Nearly 40 physicians and advanced practice providers from across the six specialties will be housed within the building, along with associated testing services, coming together to create a unique combination in patient convenience and provider collaboration. 

“This group is first class, and now they have a facility that’s going to allow them to continue to expand and bring the future of healthcare to our communities today,” Adena President and CEO Jeff Graham said. “But this building, in all its splendor, is just a tool. It’s the people inside that make it special. We’re very blessed to have the caregivers, providers and physician specialists who call Adena their home, bringing the very best to all of us who live in this region.”

Dr. James Fleming, Jr., Medical Director for the AOSI, expressed appreciation to physicians and caregivers across the entire Health System and the people in the communities Adena serves for their support over the years and promised a quality, patient-centered healthcare experience in both the clinical care and the customer service provided in the new facility.

Within the building, special design attention to detail was paid in many areas, ranging from special infection prevention measures within the surgical suites to creating a comfortable, home-like feel within its inpatient rooms and throughout the facility to aid in patient recovery.

That feeling will be supported by a concierge-style level of service from those providing care within the AOSI. One of the most notable names in hospitality, Ritz-Carlton, has been training AOSI staff throughout the summer on providing a five-star level of service that enhances the care experience for patients and their families and will make the facility a destination for care across the region, state and beyond.

“When this project was presented to the board, we knew immediately this was going to be a game changer for the communities we serve,” said Joe Watson, Chair of the Adena Board of Trustees. “Providing quality healthcare in this region for more than 125 years, this latest project is a testament to Adena’s commitment to bringing comprehensive healthcare close to home. At our core, we are neighbors caring for neighbors.”

Adena Chief Operating Officer Kathi Edrington said those stepping into the building will definitely notice it’s something truly different and thanked everyone who played a role in making that vision for the AOSI a reality.

“We asked our communities and our providers what they needed and wanted, and we used that feedback and the voice of our patients to create it,” she said.

The patient is at the heart of Adena’s mission, and while the AOSI will enhance the patient experience within the building, its impact will be felt beyond its walls.

“It will not only give us the space we need for orthopedics, it’s going to continue to help us grow as a Health System,” Edrington said. “We have many other specialties in many other areas that we need to grow in order to meet the needs of the communities that we serve, and this will help us do that.”

During Friday’s ceremony, Dwight Garrett, chair of the Ross County Board of Commissioners, touted the AOSI as “another jewel in the crown of Adena Regional Medical Center”, while U.S. Congressman Brad Wenstrup said the building and its vision was the product of true leadership in rural healthcare and an example of the spirit of the region.

“The people of southern Ohio – and this is a great example today here in Chillicothe – roll up their sleeves and say, ‘We can take care of this, we can fix this, we can provide for ourselves,’” Wenstrup said.

Graham said the AOSI is the latest move building on the legacy and vision of Adena’s original founders for the role the Health System plays in the health of our communities.

“It is family, friends and neighbors caring for our families, friends and neighbors,” he said. “We have been doing that for more than 125 years and Adena is stronger than ever. This new facility is just another step in the continued development of our regional Health System.”

Members of the community can experience the AOSI by attending a Community Open House planned for Saturday, August 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This family-oriented event will include: Mighty Children’s Museum activities, a teddy bear clinic, exclusive building tours, free COVID-19 vaccinations (18+), music, food and drinks, giveaways and more. The Community Open House is free and open to all.

Litter Media Game of the Week, New Post Game Show debuts Friday

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The Jackson Ironmen work a possession with their backs against their own end zone in a Frontier Athletic Conference contest at Miami Trace during the 2019 Football Season. Photo by Dan Ramey/Litter Media

For a fourth consecutive season, the Litter Media cameras will be on the sidelines for high school football action, and for 2021 has added The Litter Media Game of the Week Post Game Show to its coverage.

The first of the season features Zane Trace at Logan Elm.

Litter Media’s Dan Ramey and Mike Smith will return to the studio and take to Facebook Live following the Litter Media Game of the Week with a report on the game in addition to interviews with the coaches and players involved in the game.

Smith will also post score updates of the game on the Litter Media Facebook and Twitter pages in real time during the game each week. Look for Litter Media Game of the Week photos albums on our Facebook Page, too.

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The Litter Media Game of the Week highlight video launches each Tuesday throughout the season.
(CLICK HERE TO VIEW PREVIOUS GOTW VIDEOS)

The Litter Media Game of the Week Post Game Show is presented by Classic Brands, Hometown-Motors, Inc., McDonald’s and Rathkamp Financial.

Week 1 games in our region:

Thursday – Blanchester at Paint Valley, Logan at Jackson and Lucasville Valley at Portsmouth.

Friday – Adena at McClain, Huntington at Circleville, Minford at Piketon, Northwest at Southeastern, Unioto at Vinton County, Westfall at Madison Plains, Zane Trace at Logan Elm (#LitterMediaGOTW), Teays Valley at Chillicothe, Western Brown at Hillsboro, Miami Trace at Waverly, Franklin Heights at Hamilton Township, Bloom Carroll at Highland, Jonathan Alder at Amanda Clearcreek, Fairfield Union at New Lexington, Heath at Liberty Union, Oak Hill at Wellston, Wheelersburg at Ironton and Bexley at Washington CH.

Saturday – Fairland vs Portsmouth West at Portsmouth’s Trojan Coliseum.

VA Makes Adjustments Due To Increased COVID Cases In Ohio

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(Chillicothe) – The Chillicothe VA Medical Center and its Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs) are making adjustments due to the recent increase of COVID-19 cases in Ohio.  These changes are in an effort to protect the Veterans we serve and minimize the risk of the virus.  

As part of this effort, visitation to the Community Living Centers (CLCs) has been ceased until further notice. 

Those entering the VA’s facilities will continue to be screened at the entrances.  Masks are required inside buildings and outside when social distancing is not possible.  Children under the age of 18 are not permitted inside buildings. To speed up this screening process, Veterans and caregivers are encouraged to utilize

The following COVID screening options:

  • Text “Screen” to 53079.
  • Use your cell phone camera to scan the following QR code.
  • Visit the screening tool website at: www.va.gov/covid19screen 

Once the screening questions are completed, show your cell phone screen at the screening station on the VA campus.

What can you do to protect yourself and others?  Take everyday preventive actions to avoid being exposed to the virus:  

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Stay home if you are sick or becoming sick.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

If you have symptoms or have been exposed to someone with symptoms, call your healthcare provider.  Veterans can call the VA, 740-773-1141, extension 15575, for guidance.   

For information regarding what to know, what to do, and how VA is responding: https://go.usa.gov/xdMYt

Third COVID Shot Now Available For Immunocompromised

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UPDATED 8/17/21

Area health departments are administering third COVID-19 Pfizer & Moderna vaccines to those with low immunity due . The CDC & U.S. FDA are recommending a 3rd dose be given to those who are immunocompromised.

Ross County Health District, Pickaway County Public Health and Pike County Health District are offering third doses to those who meet eligibility at all future Health Department run clinics.

The purpose of the third dose is to strengthen the immune response to those included in the following categories:

Individuals undergoing active treatment for cancer.

Individuals who have received a solid organ transplant and are taking immunosuppressive therapy.

Indivduals who have received Car-T-Cell hematopoietic stem cell transplant (within 2 years of transplant).

Individuals with moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency.

Individuals with advanced or untreated HIV infection.

Individuals undergoing active treatment with high dose corticosteroids.

Ross County’s Health District Office and Pike County are offering the third shots at their walk-in clinics to those eligible beginning August 17th, 2021 while Pickaway Public Health starts on August 18th, 2021.

CDC COVID-19 Map Shows Most Of Ohio At High Transmission Level

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85 of Ohio’s 88 counties have moved to the highest level red in the CDC’s data tracker for high levels of community transmission of COVID-19, as of Monday August 16th.

The updated map from the U.S. Center for Disease Control continues to show a steady increase in the number of counties now in the high transmission category.

In Ohio, masks are recommended if a county is in either orange or red. The other three Ohio counties not in red are now orange.

In a press conference Tuesday, Governor Mike DeWine reiterated state recommendations (not mandates) for everyone age 12 and older to get the COVID-19 vaccination and for individuals to wear masks when indoors with large groups of people, whether vaccinated or not. The mask recommendation was especially emphasized for the non-vaccinated.

Governor DeWine stated the following- “On July 7, our cases were at 17 cases statewide per 100,000 people for a two-week period. Today, that number is 236 per 100,000 people. Every county in the state is considered a high incidence county.” He added- “Today there are 1,571 of our fellow citizens hospitalized in Ohio with COVID-19. This is the highest since last February. Additionally, there are 464 people in ICUs in Ohio w/ COVID. This is the highest number, again, since February.”

“The spread of the delta variant has dramatically accelerated since we last held a public briefing 10 days ago. We are at the highest number of new cases since February,” said DeWine. “We are reiterating the recommendation from 10 days ago, get vaccinated or wear a mask while in the classroom. These steps will give them the best the chance of staying in school.”

Children under age 12 years-old are still not approved by the FDA to receive the vaccine. Studies are being conducted to see if students under age 12 can take the shot without any adverse health issues.

“We are clearly well past the time when the state can mandate to parents and school districts what actions to take. These decisions today rest with the parents and school officials.”

One week prior, Ross County Health Commissioner Garrett Guillozet stated the county had 121 positive cases of COVID-19 reported to RCHD. He added that this report “will not match other COVID-19 dashboards because other dashboards (including Ohio Department of Health) are based on onset of symptoms date, not reported positive test date.”