Governor's Office COVID-19 Update | April 1, 2021
Below are the updates from Governor DeWine’s press conference. The next press conference is currently scheduled for Monday April 5th at 2:00pm.
Here’s the news from today:
- Ohio’s COVID-19 case data is below:
- 863,980 confirmed cases
- 156,061 probable cases
- 1,020,041 total cases
- 53,169 hospitalizations
- 18,609 Ohio resident deaths
- 18,611 deaths in State of Ohio
- 7,438 ICU admissions
- 167.1 cases per 100,000 Ohioans (updated weekly on Thursdays and can be found HERE)
- More data is available on the COVID-19 Dashboard HERE.
HIGHER EDUCATION VACCINATIONS
- Governor DeWine announced today 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 today 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 healthcare 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.
IN-DEMAND JOBS WEEK (MAY 3 – 7)
- Lt. Governor Husted, in his capacity as Director of the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation, also announced that In-Demand Jobs Week will officially take place May 3 through 7.
- In-Demand Jobs Week is designed to promote Ohio’s most in-demand and fastest growing industries through statewide hiring, education, and training events.
- This year, In-Demand Jobs Week will feature all of Ohio’s top jobs, including critical jobs, which focus on the health and well-being of Ohioans such as child care workers, home health aides, and firefighters.
- Throughout the week, businesses, education providers, community organizations, and more are encouraged to plan unique, virtual opportunities that will inspire students and job seekers to pursue a job in Ohio.
- From virtual tours and roundtables to virtual career-tech signing days and online job fairs, In-Demand Jobs Week is an opportunity to highlight what Ohio has to offer.
- Organizations can visit TopJobs.Ohio.gov to add their event to the official In-Demand Jobs Week map.
- Individuals interested in attending an event can use this map to find events near them.
LAUNCH OF APRIL ROUND OF TECHCRED
- The next round of TechCred launches today and closes on April 30 at 3:00 p.m.
- Ohio businesses can visit TechCred.Ohio.gov to apply and help their employees earn a new tech-focused credential, at no cost.
- More than 1,100 Ohio businesses have used TechCred, creating the opportunity for 19,841 technology-focused credentials to be earned by Ohio employees.
CASE DATA & VACCINE INFORMATION
- In-depth COVID-19 data for Ohio: coronavirus.ohio.gov.
- Ohio's central scheduling system: gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov
- Ohio mass vaccination information: coronavirus.ohio.gov/massvaccinationclinics
- All vaccine providers: vaccine.coronavirus.ohio.gov
- More vaccine information: coronavirus.ohio.gov/vaccine
Ohioans can apply for unemployment benefits online 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at unemployment.ohio.gov. It is also possible to file by phone at 877-644-6562 or TTY at 888- 642-8203, Monday through Friday 7AM to 7PM, Saturday 9AM to 5PM, and Sunday 9AM to 1PM. Employers with questions should email UCTech@jfs.ohio.gov.
As always, Coronavirus.Ohio.Gov and the Department of Health hotline, 1-833-4-ASK-ODH are great resources for those who have questions.
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