Governor's Office COVID-19 Update | March 1, 2021
Below are the updates from Governor DeWine’s press conference. The next press conference is currently scheduled for Thursday, March 4th at 2:00 PM.
Here’s the news from yesterday:
- Ohio’s COVID-19 case data is below:
- 830,282 confirmed cases
- 138,592 probable cases
- 968,874 total cases
- 50,382 hospitalizations
- 14,752 confirmed deaths
- 2,594 probable deaths
- 17,346 total deaths
- 7,148 ICU admissions
- More data is available on the COVID-19 Dashboard HERE.
- Governor DeWine announced today that Ohio is expected to receive more than 448,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine this week.
- Of that total, more than 96,000 doses of the new Johnson & Johnson vaccine will be delivered to around 200 new independent pharmacy providers as well as chain pharmacies, hospitals, and health departments.
- Ohio now offers more than 1,200 provider locations. Ohioans can find vaccine provider locations at vaccine.coronavirus.ohio.gov.
- Those who do not have access to the internet or are having trouble managing the online scheduling systems should call their local health department, the 211 helpline center, or the Area Agencies on Aging at 1-866-243-5678.
PHASE 1C AND PHASE 2 VACCINATION ELIGIBILITY
- In response to this significant increase in the amount of vaccine coming into Ohio, Governor DeWine today outlined the individuals who are included in Phase 1C and Phase 2 of Ohio's vaccination plan which will go into effect on March 4.
- Phase 1C includes approximately 246,000 eligible Ohioans with certain occupations and with certain medical conditions not addressed in previous phases.
- Phase 1C: Medical Groups
- Type 1 diabetes
- Pregnant women
- Bone marrow transplant recipients
- ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease)
- Phase 1C: Occupations
- Childcare Services - Approximately 40,400 Ohioans:
- Administrators, lead and assistant teachers, and substitutes who are enrolled in Ohio’s Professional Registry who are currently working in open childcare and pre-kindergarten programs.
- Licensing specialists employed by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services or county job and family services agencies.
- This phase does not include parent volunteers, board members, or owners/administrators that do not provide in-classroom supports.
- Funeral Services - Approximately 3,600 Ohioans:
- Embalmers/morticians, funeral home directors, crematory operators, and apprentices.
- Law Enforcement and Corrections Officers - Approximately 76,000 Ohioans:
- Examples of law enforcement occupations included in Phase 1C are police officers; sheriff’s deputies; Ohio State Highway Patrol Troopers; other state or federal enforcement officers such as Ohio Department of Natural Resource enforcement staff, pharmacy board investigators, BCI agents, state fire marshal investigators, federal transportation security officers, and other federal law enforcement officers who do not have access to vaccination from federal sources.
- Phase 2
- Because the risk of more severe reactions and outcomes of COVID-19 increase with age, Phase 2 will open vaccinations based on age, beginning with Ohioans ages 60 and older.
- This group includes approximately 695,000 eligible Ohioans.
FEDERAL STIMULUS PACKAGE & BIASED FUND ALLOCATION
- Lt. Governor Jon Husted outlined provisions in the federal stimulus package recently passed by the U.S. House of Representatives that if signed into law would disproportionally and negatively impact Ohio and its recovery.
- This $1.9 trillion COVID Relief Bill provides significant additional relief funding for state and local governments, however, the as-passed version adopted by Congress distributes the $350 billion in coronavirus relief funding to state and local governments using a formula that incorporates state unemployment rates as of the fourth quarter of 2020, instead of using a solely population-based formula.
- As a result, this benefits states with higher unemployment rates during that period.
- Under the current proposal, because Ohio’s December 2020 unemployment rate was 5.5 percent, the state will miss out on over $800 million compared to if a more equitable population-based formula was used, as was used for the CARES Act.
- There are 33 states expected to lose funding under this proposal.
OHIO DEPARTMENT OF JOB AND FAMILY SERVICES
- Kim Henderson, director of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, will be relocating to North Carolina in the spring. She will remain in the director role until Monday, March 8.
- Matt Damschroder, current director of the Ohio Department of Administrative Services (DAS), will move into an interim director role at that time. Henderson will become a senior advisor to him until her last day on April 30th.
- A nationwide search will be launched for Director Henderson’s permanent replacement. Until that search concludes, Assistant DAS Director Matt Whatley will work as interim director at DAS.
INVESTING IN OHIO’S FUTURE: OHIO’S FY 22-23 OPERATING BUDGET
Statement on Governor DeWine’s Budget
“We appreciate the priority Gov. DeWine has placed on his H2Ohio program. Our ag retail members are committed to assisting Ohio’s farmers in the development of Nutrient Management Plans and the implementation of other H2Ohio practices. The H2Ohio program, along with the Ohio Agricultural Conservation Initiative and the 4R Nutrient Stewardship Certification Program, create a trifecta of programs that drive the long term adoption of proven on-farm practices that reduce nutrient loss and improve water quality. – Chris Henney, President and CEO, Ohio Agribusiness Association
“The Mental Health & Addiction Advocacy Coalition (MHAC) appreciates Governor DeWine’s support of behavioral health in the proposed Executive Budget. Maintaining support for these services recognizes their critical value to the health of Ohio’s families and communities. The MHAC looks forward to working with the Administration and the Ohio General Assembly to ensure all Ohioans can access the behavioral health services they need, when they need them.” – Joan Englund, Executive Director, Mental Health and Addiction Advocacy Coalition
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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