Ohio to Ramp Up COVID-19 Testing in Nursing Homes, State Developmental Centers

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Speaking at his coronavirus news conference Tuesday, Governor Mike DeWine announced a new plan and effort with testing in Ohio’s nursing homes and developmental centers.

The Governor cited the large number of COVID-19 deaths have occurred in nursing homes and has enlisted the service of the Ohio National Guard to assist in testing the homes statewide. The Congregate Care Unified Response Team will start testing this week in nursing homes.

DeWine said the clinically, medically driven effort will begin with all nursing home staff to be tested first. Resident testing will be based on assessments by the medical teams starting with those who have a COVID history. As to how many of state’s nursing homes can be tested this week is unknown, but it’s expected reports will be given in the days ahead. There are nearly 1,000 nursing homes in Ohio.

The Governor also says the Response Team hopes to have testing completed at all eight of Ohio’s Developmental Centers completed this week. 

Statewide as of 2pm ET Tuesday May 26th, Ohio has 33,006 total COVID-19 cases with 5,579 hospitalizations and 2,002 deaths due to the virus.


Ross County Health District Reports Second COVID-19 Death in Ross County

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A second person has died due to COVID-19 in Ross County. 

As with the County’s first death April 22, 2020, the identity of the individual will not be released.

Through Monday (May 25th), RCHD reported it was following 67 cases of COVID-19 countywide. SEE THE DAILY REPORT HERE

The Ross County Health District encourages residents to follow directives and recommendations handed down by the State of Ohio to help prevent further spread of the virus.

Ohio’s coronavirus call center is available to answer questions from 8am-9pm daily, 1-833-427-5634. Additional information is available at coronavirus.ohio.gov

Vinton County Ag Society Cancels 2020 Fair, Others Adjusting Amid Pandemic

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Following Thursday’s announcement by the Ohio Expositions Commission cancelling the 2020 Ohio State Fair, the Vinton County Agricultural Society voted to cancel the 2020 Vinton County Junior Fair. The release via Facebook states, “Due to the increased cost of operations and new mandates it was not financially feasible to operate the fair.” Addressed to 4-H and FFA members and advisors, the release states a plan is being in put into place to contact buyers to offer participants that complete their market projects (which includes a two minute video of their project) and an to be included in a species specific pool to be divided evenly among project participants.

Governor Mike DeWine has said direction from his office would be forthcoming, but has avoided making an official statement on fairs. Many are hopeful the Governor will address fairs directly before June 1st.

Meanwhile, the Pickaway County Fair is scheduled for June 20-27, 2020 and after the announcement of the cancellation of the State Fair for later this summer, the Senior Fair Board is preparing to make final decisions regarding their fair plans at its June 8th meeting.

We are really saddened to learn this news, as we heard it the same time as all of you just as it has developed and was…

Posted by Pickaway County Fair on Thursday, May 21, 2020

Last week, the Pike County Fair announced its Fair Board Directors opted for a virtual spring tag-in in preparation for their 2020 Fair, scheduled for July 31-August 8. The virtual tag-in deadline is June 1st.

At the May meeting of the Pike County Fair Board Directors the decision to go virtual for the 2020 Fair season’s spring…

Posted by Pike County Fairgrounds on Thursday, May 14, 2020

Earlier this month, the Ross County Fair Board stated on its Facebook Page “the Fair Board feels that we are still not at a place where we can make a firm decision regarding the fair” scheduled August 8-15.

Fair update from the Ross County Agricultural Society

Posted by The Ross County Fairgrounds and events on Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Jackson County Fair announced last week they would move forward with the Junior Fair, July 16-25 but would be foregoing the midway and grandstand activities or commercial vendors. The statement noted “a more definite decision will be made by the board on or before June 20th as to what the Jr. fair shows will look like.”

The Fayette County Agricultural Society stated on its website May 7th they weren’t certain what their fair will look like. The Fayette County Fair is scheduled for July 20-25. READ THE STATEMENT