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Governor's Office COVID-19 Update | February 25, 2021

Below are the updates from Governor DeWine’s February 25, 2021 press conference. The next press conference is currently scheduled for Monday, March 1st at 2:00 PM.

 

 

 

 

Governor's Office COVID-19 Update | February 25, 2021

 

 

Below are the updates from Governor DeWine’s press conference. The next press conference is currently scheduled for Monday, March 1st at 2:00 PM.


Here’s the news from yesterday:


Ohio’s COVID-19 case data is below:

    • 826,149 confirmed cases
    • 136,255 probable cases
    • 962,404 total cases
    • 49,951 hospitalizations
    • 14,573 confirmed deaths
    • 2,552 probable deaths
    • 17,125 total deaths
    • 7,104 ICU admissions
    • More data is available on the COVID-19 Dashboard HERE.

 

SPRING EVENTS

  • Governor DeWine today announced a loosening of restrictions for sporting and entertainment venues when safety protocols are followed.

 

  • Sporting and entertainment events will be able to reopen with 25 percent maximum indoor capacity and 30 percent maximum outdoor capacity provided they follow established precautions such as mandatory mask wearing for employees and customers, spectator pathways that allow for social distancing, and seating in groups in six-foot intervals of no more than six people from the same household.

 

  • General admission (lawns, standing room, infields) will be permitted if masks are worn and if six-foot distancing can be marked and maintained.

 

  • Revised orders and guidelines are not yet finalized but will take effect March 1st.

 

  • New guidance for proms, banquets, wedding receptions, fairs, festivals, and parades is forthcoming.

 

PROVIDER EXPANSION

  • Next week, Ohio will receive 310,000 first doses of the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines.
    • With this increase in doses, Ohio will add additional new vaccine provider sites including some Meijer and Walmart locations and more independent pharmacies.

 

  • Providers that are currently receiving vaccines - including RiteAid, Kroger, CVS, Walgreens, local health departments, and hospitals - can anticipate larger shipments.

 

  • Based on information provided by the federal government, once the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is available, Ohio will receive an additional 91,000 doses during the first week.

 

SCHOOL UPDATE

  • As of this week, all doses requested by schools through the state’s vaccination program have been allocated to local providers.
    • Some school staff already received their second dose, and other second dose clinics are underway.

 

  • Ohio began making vaccines available to K-12 teachers this month with the goal of having all of Ohio’s K-12 students back to full or partial in-person learning by March 1.
    • Right now, most students in Ohio districts have access to at least some in-person instruction.

 

  • Governor DeWine expressed gratitude to school leaders who have prioritized a return to in-person instruction.
    • Ohio will continue to work with the handful of schools across the state that are struggling to meet the March 1 goal.

 

NURSING HOME CASES/HOSPITALIZATIONS

  • Ohio continues to see downward COVID-19 hospitalization trends, particularly in the 80+ age group which was among the first groups to become eligible for the vaccine. In December, those 80+ made up more than 25 percent of Ohio's COVID hospitalizations.
    • This month, that number has dropped to about 18 percent.

 

  • Ohio is also seeing a decline in COVID cases among nursing home residents. In the past week, Ohio had 369 new nursing home cases, compared to 2,832 new cases in one week in December.

 

  • As part of the new COVID-19 Vaccine Maintenance Program, Ohio will continue vaccinating new nursing home residents, new staff hires, and those who have recently decided to take the vaccine.

 

  • Due to the decrease in cases reported in long-term care facilities, Ohio's Veterans Homes in Sandusky and Georgetown have resumed accepting new residents, and certain restrictions on visitors at state behavioral health hospitals will be lifted beginning on March 1.

 

HEALTH EQUITY WEBSITE

  • Governor DeWine announced the launch of a new health equity website on coronavirus.ohio.gov that highlights Ohio's efforts to achieve equity in its pandemic response and provides resources to help communities, agencies, and organizations across the state join in those efforts.

 

  • The new Communications Resources Hub will offer various print, digital, audio, and video resources to help Ohioans provide education about the vaccine to any number of communities.
    • In addition to general resources, the website offers materials created for specific groups, including minorities and Ohioans who speak English as a second language.

 

OHIO PUBLIC HEALTH ADVISORY SYSTEM

  • For the first time in several weeks, Ohio's Public Health Advisory System has shown change in the amount of spread in some Ohio counties. Holmes, Mercer, Shelby, and Williams counties decreased to a Level 2 (Orange) Public Health Emergency.

 

TECHCRED

  • Lt. Governor Jon Husted today reminded Ohioans about the benefits of TechCred, which helps Ohioans learn new in-demand skills while also helping employers build a stronger workforce with the skills needed in a technology-infused economy.

 

  • There are more than 1,000 pre-approved credentials offered through the program.
    • These technology-focused credentials take only a year or less to complete and prepare current and future employees for the technology jobs Ohio employers need.

 

  • Businesses can be reimbursed up to $2,000 for each credential earned by an employee and up to $30,000 total each application period.

 

  • To learn more, visit: TechCred.Ohio.Gov.

 

INVESTING IN OHIO’S FUTURE:  OHIO’S FY 22-23 OPERATING BUDGET

Testimony on Governor DeWine’s Budget

 

H2Ohio

“Ohio’s cattle farmers are pleased to see continued funding for the H2Ohio program in Governor DeWine’s state budget recommendations. H2Ohio funds help provide the resources to implement science-based best management practices on our farms and demonstrate continuous improvement in addressing the state’s water quality challenges. The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association is proud to support these budget recommendations and looks forward to continuing this partnership for the benefit of all Ohioans.” - Elizabeth Harsh, Executive Director, Ohio Cattlemen’s Association

 

Higher Education

“OACC is grateful for the Administration’s ongoing support of the State Share of Instruction program and we appreciate the Governor’s decision to restore the previously planned SSI cuts for the current fiscal year, as well as the proposed 1% increase in FY 22 and 0.9% in FY 23. The proposed increases provide approximately $20 million in increased support to Ohio’s public universities and community colleges.” – Jack Hershey Mecum, President, Ohio Association of Community Colleges

 

Attached are the slides (in PDF format) that Governor DeWine used during today’s press conference.

 

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 [email protected].


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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