COVID Testing Sites Announced With Chillicothe Included In Future Locations

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(Columbus)—Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has announced that the Ohio Department of Health, the Ohio National Guard, and the Ohio Hospital Association will expand COVID-19 testing locations in nine Ohio cities, including several new locations, starting this week. Chillicothe will be among the sites where testing will occur, with details not yet available.

The additional testing locations will be mobilized with support from Ohio National Guard personnel. The locations, which are intended to divert testing traffic from hospital emergency rooms, come as the state is experiencing the highest number of COVID-19 hospitalizations during the pandemic. Today, the Ohio Hospital Association reported a record-setting 6,177 inpatient hospitalizations.

“As the demand for COVID-19 testing increases, adding to the pressure our hospitals are facing, members of the Ohio National Guard will continue to play a critical role in the state’s response,” said Governor DeWine. “I commend Guard members for their commitment to their fellow Ohioans as they answer the call to serve.”

About 300 members of the Ohio National Guard will provide support at the additional testing sites, which will be operated in partnership with Ohio hospitals and health networks.

While the testing centers are critical to the state’s effort to decompress high volumes at hospitals around the state, the majority of Ohio National Guard members will remain in hospitals providing direct clinical care and non-clinical support.

Last week, Governor DeWine ordered the mobilization of an additional 1,250 members of the Ohio National Guard to support Ohio’s hospitals experiencing the most critical needs across the state, bringing the total deployment of National Guard members working with Ohio’s healthcare systems to 2,300 members.

The Ohio Department of Health and the Ohio Hospital Association are evaluating the situation in Ohio’s hospitals daily to assess and maximize staffing to ensure Guard members are assisting in locations with the most critical needs. Hospitalizations for COVID-19 and non-COVID-19 patients and testing needs change every day, and staffing adjustments are being made accordingly.

At this time, the Ohio National Guard has either been deployed or will soon be deployed to support the following testing locations:


  • Cleveland: Walker Center (Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals), 10524 Euclid Ave., Cleveland.
  • Akron: Atrium Testing Site (Summa Health), 1077 Gorge Blvd., Akron.
  • Columbus: (Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center), first floor of the CAS parking garage at 2540 Olentangy River Road, Columbus.


  • Chillicothe
  • Canton
  • Zanesville
  • Mansfield
  • Toledo
  • Springfield
  • Cincinnati
  • Dayton expanding capacity at existing testing locations.

More details about these testing locations are forthcoming.

Chillicothe Live Christmas Tree Collection Details

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(Chillicothe)- Chillicothe Safety Service Director, Jeff Carman, has announced the City of Chillicothe will provide Christmas tree pickup service to city residents beginning January 2, 2022 and ending January 31, 2022.

Christmas trees will be picked up on the same day as your regular garbage. Trees must be live (no artificial trees) and must have all decorations and stands removed or city crews will not take them. The trees should be placed in front of your residence and not blocking streets or sidewalks. Do NOT place trees in the street.

City residents can also drop their trees of at the City Park Annex. This site is open daily 7:00AM-5:00PM.

The City of Chillicothe will once again be partnering with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources to re-purpose the trees for fish and wildlife habitat.

If you should have any questions, please feel free to contact the Service Department by calling (740) 773-2700, or by email to

A similar service is also being offered this month at the Ross County Engineer’s Office. CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS.

Adena Youth Wrestling Tournament & Fundraiser

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Adena Local Schools are working more at lower grade levels to build up their wrestling program.

Adena will host a youth wrestling tournament on January 16th for grades K-6. will be wrestling.

They will also be holding a fundraiser that day with a goal of purchasing new mats for their youth program.

Local businesses are donating items for the fundraiser as well. The tournament is open to the public.

Ross Humane Society Sets 2022 Adoption Fee

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(Chillicothe)- The Ross County Humane Society has set their adoption fees for puppies and adult dogs at $200. Due to increased cost of utilities, supplies, medical care and staffing the Society found it necessary to increase their adoption fees.

The increase went into effect January 1st, 2022.

On average, the Ross Humane Society says it spent $364 on each dog who crossed their path in 2021 and their average adoption fee was $175. “We feel that fees are in-line with other private humane societies, shelters and rescues in our area and we are proud of the things we have been able to accomplish.”

In 2021 the Ross County Humane Society will have spent just over $200,000 on medical care for dogs from the community. This includes spay/neuter initiatives, vaccines, preventatives, treatments and even surgeries for dogs who enter their shelter and members of the community that they have been able to help.