COVID-19 Updates

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VACCINATIONS INCREASING

  • Today Governor DeWine announced that vaccination rates are increasing across the state.

    • There has been an increase of vaccinations in 85 of Ohio’s 88 counties in July compared to the previous month while last week saw an increase in all 88 counties compared to the first week in July.

 

  • The latest data shows that 60% of Ohioans 18 and over have received at least one dose of vaccine, while 58% of all eligible Ohioans, those 12 and older, are either fully or partially vaccinated.

    • Demographic breakdowns of these age groups will now be available on the COVID-19 Vaccination Dashboard at coronavirus.ohio.gov.

 

DELTA VARIANT 

  • The Delta variant is now the dominant strain of COVID-19 in Ohio.

    • In May, less than 1% of lab sequenced cases were identified as the Delta variant.

    • The most recent data from July 4th through July 17th, show that 86.4% of lab sequenced cases were the Delta variant.

 

  • For those who get infected with the Delta variant, experts say they may have a higher viral load than those who are infected with other strains.

    • It is much more contagious than any version of COVID-19 that we have encountered and remains exceedingly dangerous to those who are not vaccinated.

 

  • Of the total hospitalizations of COVID-19 patients since January 1st, 18,367 individuals were not fully vaccinated.

    • Just 295 patients had received the vaccine. Delta variant information will be available beginning today on the coronavirius.ohio.gov website and will be updated every Thursday.

 

ISOLATION AND QUARANTINE

  • Governor DeWine today clarified information about isolation and quarantine in regard to Ohio's school students.

 

  • Beginning on June 2 and in accordance with CDC guidance, vaccinated children do not have to quarantine or be tested if they are exposed to COVID-19.

    • Unvaccinated children who are exposed to COVID-19 should quarantine if the exposure took place outside of a classroom setting where masks were required to be worn.

    • Unvaccinated children should also isolate if they test positive for the coronavirus.

    • Local health departments should determine if quarantine or isolation should occur.

 

  • Individual school districts will decide whether or not to continue masking and social distancing in school settings.

 

VACCINATION EFFORTS

  • Throughout the pandemic, local health departments, universities, schools, employers, pharmacies, nursing homes, hospitals, community health centers, primary care physicians, and pediatricians have worked tirelessly to vaccinate Ohioans.

 

  • We have seen that potential incentives have encouraged some to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

 

  • A study just published in the American Journal of Medicine estimates that nearly 115,000 additional Ohioans received vaccinations as a result of the Vax-a-Million program.

 

  • The Ohio Department of Health is encouraging local health departments to continue their vaccination efforts and is offering to assist in those efforts.

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