(Press release)- The American Red Cross is facing a national blood crisis – its worst blood shortage in over a decade, posing a concerning risk to patient care. Doctors have been forced to make difficult decisions about who receives transfusions and who will need to wait until more products become available. Blood and platelet donations are critically needed to help prevent further delays in vital medical treatments.
The Red Cross has experienced about a 10% decline in the number of people donating blood since the pandemic began. At schools and colleges, the Red Cross saw a 62% drop in blood drives due to the pandemic. As a result, Gen Z, which accounted for nearly one-quarter of donors in 2019, made up just about 10% in 2021.
Supplying 40% of the nation’s blood, the Red Cross has had to limit blood distributions to hospitals in recent weeks. In fact, on certain days, some hospitals may not receive as much as one-quarter of the blood products requested. Blood cannot be manufactured or stockpiled and can only be made available through the kindness of volunteer donors.
(Waverly)- The Workforce & Business Development Program at the Community Action Committee of Pike County located at 941 Market Street in Piketon is providing the Free Tax Preparation Program by filing current and past years’ federal and state tax returns FREE OF CHARGE for low to moderate income taxpayers. Our Volunteer staff are certified by the IRS to prepare and complete tax returns.
Tax Envelopes and required forms are available in the mailbox outside the OMJ Career Center windows, along with a checklist of documents needed to properly prepare tax returns. It is IMPORTANT that you provide a good working contact number for the tax staff to reach you. Once your documents have been accepted by our staff, contact will be conducted via telephone as needed. Call (740) 289-2371 for more information.
Income Tax Returns can be dropped off at the OhioMeansJobs Career Center Monday through Thursday from 8:00am to 4:30pm beginning on January 24th.
(Columbus)—Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has announced additional Guard deployments to support COVID-19 testing locations across the state, including three testing locations in Cincinnati.
“We are grateful that National Guard members are continuing to fill critical roles in our state’s response to this pandemic, especially as the strain on our health care providers continues,” said Governor DeWine. “As cases increase across the state, the best thing Ohioans can do is to stay up to date on their COVID-19 vaccine.”
The National Guard is now supporting 12 testing locations across the state as part of ongoing efforts to ease some of the burden on the state’s hardest-hit hospitals as Ohio is experiencing the highest number of COVID-19 driven inpatient hospitalizations, ICU admissions, and patients on ventilators seen throughout the pandemic. Today, the Ohio Hospital Association reported 6,727 inpatient hospitalizations.
At this time, the Ohio National Guard has been deployed to support the following testing locations:
Akron: Atrium Testing Site (Summa Health), 1077 Gorge Blvd., Akron.
Canton: (Aultman/Cleveland Clinic Mercy), Stark County Fairgrounds, 305 Wertz Ave. NW, Canton
Chillicothe: Adena Regional Medical Center, 272 Hospital Road, Chillicothebetween 8:30am-4:30pm Monday through Friday.
Cleveland: Walker Center (Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals), 10524 Euclid Ave., Cleveland.
“Our men and women are supporting about a dozen testing sites throughout Ohio, helping to provide additional opportunities for our fellow Ohioans to be tested for COVID-19. We have been fulfilling COVID-19 missions for more than 20 months, and we are committed to supporting our state during this time of need,” said Maj. Gen. John C. Harris Jr., Ohio adjutant general.
The total deployment of National Guard members working with Ohio’s healthcare systems is now at 2,300 members. This includes approximately 200 Guard members offering medical support, and approximately 2,100 offering general support, including testing, food services, in-hospital patient transportation, administrative tasks, and more.
The testing locations are helping to divert testing traffic from hospital emergency rooms. For example, since the launch of the Walker Testing Center in Cleveland, more than 22,000 people have been tested, averaging more than 1,100 people daily.
“Ohio hospitals appreciate the continued support and service of the Ohio National Guard during this critical time of healthcare need related to COVID-19. The testing locations organized by the Guard and hospitals have been extremely important to provide this dedicated service to give better access to testing while alleviating demand of hospitals’ emergency departments. We will continue to assess daily the needs for testing and the best utilization of Guard support during this surge,” according to a statement from the Ohio Hospital Association.
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.
As COVID-19 cases continue to rise, maintaining up-to-date vaccination remains the best tool against COVID-19 hospitalization and death. As Ohio is experiencing record-setting hospitalizations amid the spread of the Delta and Omicron variants, it’s critical that Ohioans follow prevention strategies including getting vaccinated, getting a booster shot if eligible, wearing face masks, washing hands frequently, getting tested, and staying home if sick, even if symptoms are mild.
COVID-19 vaccines are widely available throughout the state at doctor’s offices, community vaccine clinics, hospitals, community health centers, pharmacies, and more.
(Chillicothe)- The Ross County Honor Band will hold their annual concert on Tuesday, February 1st at 7:30pm in the Chillicothe High School Auditorium.
The Ross County Honor Band is made up of high school band musicians from Adena, Chillicothe, Huntington, Unioto, Paint Valley, Ross County Christian Academy, Southeastern, and Zane Trace schools.
This year’s guest conductor is the nationally recognized composer Randall Standridge. The Ross County Honor Band will premiere of a new work by Standridge specially commissioned for the Ross County Honor Band.
Concert admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students and seniors. Masks are required for audience members.