COVID-19 Vaccine Checklist, Higher Education Vaccinations, and more | April 2, 2021
From the State Medical Board of Ohio: COVID-19 Vaccine Checklist, Higher Education Vaccinations, Workplace Vaccinations, Increase in Cases & Variant Spread, Ohio Public Health Advisory System & Case Data/Vaccine Information
April 2, 2021
COVID-19 Vaccine Checklist, Higher Education Vaccinations, Workplace Vaccinations, Increase in Cases & Variant Spread, Ohio Public Health Advisory System & Case Data/Vaccine Information
April 2, 2021
COVID-19 Vaccine Checklist
The Ohio Public Health Association and the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) have developed a COVID-19 Vaccine Checklist for consumers covering pre-vaccination planning, getting vaccinated, what to expect after vaccination, and some reminders. The checklist is posted here on ODH’s coronavirus website
Higher Education Vaccinations
Governor DeWine announced that the state will begin working with local colleges and universities to offer vaccination clinics on campuses across the state. These higher-education vaccination clinics will start on various campuses next week and will offer the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
The goal is to offer on-campus clinics to all of Ohio's college students before the school year ends in May.
Governor DeWine also announced that Ohio will begin working with employers and other organizations to offer workplace vaccination clinics throughout Ohio. Beginning the week of April 12, vaccine providers can allot up to 25 percent of their vaccine allocation to be used to vaccinate their own employees or to partner with local employers, labor unions, and other organizations to vaccinate their employees at their work locations.
Increase in Cases, Variant Spread
For the past two Thursdays, Ohio's statewide average was just under 150 cases per 100,000 population. The two-week case rate has now risen to 167.1 cases per 100,000. New cases had been relatively flat through the month of March, but cases are beginning to increase once again, which demonstrates the necessity that Ohioans choose to be vaccinated. To date, nearly 30 percent of Ohioans have received at least one dose of vaccine.
According to Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff, chief medical officer at the Ohio Department of Health, variant activity continues to rise, closely mirroring what is occurring in the rest of the nation. Michigan is currently experiencing an increase in cases that is more than 3.5 times what Ohio is seeing, and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), this increase appears to be driven substantially by variants. Most of Ohio's rising cases numbers and variant cases are happening in the area of the state bordering Michigan.
Governor DeWine announced that as Ohio continues to receive increases in its vaccine allotment, the state will allot more doses to areas that are seeing case spikes or increases in vaccine demand.
Ohio Public Health Advisory System
New health data compiled by the Ohio Department of Health shows case increases in 56 counties over the past week, however, because there are not yet significant increases in health care utilization at the county level, most counties stayed at the same level this week.
Level changes include:
Van Wert County moved from yellow to orange.
Auglaize, Paulding and Scioto moved from red to orange.
Carroll, Mercer, and Morgan counties moved from orange to yellow.
Clinton County dropped from red to yellow.
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COVID-19 Indoor Air Quality Assistance Program
The Bureau of Worker's Compensation has expanded the type of facilities eligible for our COVID-19 Indoor Air Quality Assistance Program. Click here to see more information.
ODH recently released new video public service announcements to help encourage Ohioans to get the COVID-19 vaccine. To find more resources, visit coronavirus.ohio.gov.
Video of the most recent updates, including versions with foreign language translation, can be viewed on the Ohio Channel's YouTube page.
For more information on Ohio's response to COVID-19, visit coronavirus.ohio.gov or call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH.
The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) is leading Ohio’s pandemic response. If you have questions or concerns about their programs, please use the links below. SMBO will continue to share information from ODH as it is received.