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Governor's Office COVID-19 Update | May 12, 2021

Below are the updates from Governor DeWine’s May 12, 2021 press conference. The next press conference is currently scheduled for Thursday May 13th at 2:00pm.





Governor's Office COVID-19 Update | May 12, 2021




Below are the updates from Governor DeWine’s press conference. The next press conference is currently scheduled for Thursday May 13th at 2:00pm.


Here’s the news from yesterday:


  • Ohio’s COVID-19 case data is below:
    • 911,944 confirmed cases
    • 175,238 probable cases
    • 1,087,182 total cases
    • 57,718 hospitalizations
    • 19,441 Ohio resident deaths
    • 19,439 deaths in State of Ohio
    • 7,953 ICU admissions
    • 140.2cases per 100,000 Ohioans (updated weekly on Thursdays and can be found HERE)
    • More data is available on the COVID-19 Dashboard HERE.


Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced a series of statewide drawings to provide incentives to Ohioans to get a COVID-19 vaccination. With wide access to the life-saving vaccine to help Ohioans safe, Governor DeWine also announced that most COVID-19 health orders would be removed on June 2nd. DeWine made the announcements during a statewide address to Ohioans Wednesday evening.


Vaccine Incentives/Statewide Drawings

  • In an effort to increase the number of Ohioans who currently have not taken a COVID-19 vaccine to get vaccinated, Governor DeWine announced a series of statewide drawings to help incentivize vaccinations.


  • Ohioans under the age of 18 who are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine will be entered into a drawing for a four-year full scholarship to any of Ohio's state colleges and universities, including full tuition, room, and board.


  • Ohioans aged 18 and older will be entered into a weekly drawing with a prize of up to $1 million.


  • A total of five weekly drawings for each prize will take place, with the first winners being announced on May 26th. Winners must have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by the date of the respective drawing.


  • The drawings will be administered by the Ohio Department of Health, with technical assistance from the Ohio Lottery Commission, and will be funded through existing allocations to the Ohio Department of Health of unexpended coronavirus relief funds.


  • Further details and contest rules will be announced by the Ohio Department of Health and the Ohio Lottery Commission next week during a briefing to news media.


Expiration of Health Orders

  • Governor DeWine also announced that he has asked the Ohio Department of Health to remove most pandemic health orders on June 2nd.
    • The timeline will allow any Ohioan who has not yet received a COVID-19 vaccine to obtain one to protect themselves and others before the lifting of coronavirus mitigation protocols.


  • Measures being removed will include facial covering protocols, social distancing guidelines, and capacity restrictions for indoor and outdoor events.


  • Governor DeWine announced that any pandemic health orders that would remain solely relate to either
    • 1.) nursing homes and assisted living facilities, which will also to have federal safety protocols, and
    • 2.) data collection related to the pandemic.


Governor Announces Vaccinations Available to Youth in Ohio,

  • Ohio Governor Mike DeWine today announced COVID-19 Pfizer vaccinations will now be available to Ohio’s youth, age 12 years and older, following members of the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommending use of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for this age group today.
    • This follows the FDA’s update of the emergency use authorization (EUA) on Monday to include youth ages 12-15.


  • Children under age 18 who are not emancipated must have parental consent for any vaccine.
    • A parent or legal guardian generally should accompany the minor to receive the vaccine, unless the administration of the vaccine occurs in a physician’s office, school-based or school-associated clinic setting or similar setting.


  • There are hundreds of locations at which youth ages 12-15 can be vaccinated across the state, including pediatrician’s offices, vaccine clinics, local health departments, hospitals, community health centers, and more. However, parents of 12-year-olds should be advised that due to current state law, those age 12 must have a prescription to be vaccinated at a pharmacy.
    • Youth ages 13 and older do not need a prescription and may receive their COVID-19 vaccine at a pharmacy or any other vaccine provider listed at gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov. A bill has been introduced that would permit youth ages 7-12 to receive a COVID-19 or influenza vaccination at a pharmacy without a prescription.
    • Prescriptions would still be required for all other vaccinations for this age group.
    • Members of the Ohio House of Representatives and the Ohio Senate have passed the bill. Once the bill is signed by the governor, it will immediately go into effect.


  • The Ohio Department of Health has also released a Frequently Asked Questions for Parents, Guardians, and Youth Ages 12-17 Eligible for the Pfizer Vaccine.


Wolstein Center Vaccination Update

  • Governor DeWine also announced today that anyone age 12 and older can get their first Pfizer dose at the Wolstein Center Mass Vaccination Clinic in downtown Cleveland from May 18 through May 31.
    • Appointments during this time period had initially been reserved for second doses only, but the site will expand to also offer first doses to anyone who has not yet been vaccinated, including those in the expanded eligibility category.


  • Youth ages 12-17 who are not emancipated must have consent from and be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian to be vaccinated at the Wolstein Center.
    • Second dose appointments will be scheduled at the time of the first dose, but because the mass vaccination clinic at the Wolstein Center will close in early June, those vaccinated at the clinic from May 18 through May 31 will be scheduled to receive their second dose at an area Discount Drug Mart location.


  • The state-federal mass vaccination clinic at the Wolstein Center, which is located at 2000 Prospect Avenue and open 7 days a week, has administered hundreds of thousands of vaccines since launching in March.
    • Walk-ins are welcome from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. or appointments can be scheduled at gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov or by calling 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634).
    • Parking is free and transportation assistance for those living in Cuyahoga County is available by calling 2-1-1.



What Are They Saying About Governor DeWine’s Statewide Address?


“We are grateful for the leadership the Governor has shown throughout the past 14 months.  His announcement this evening that nearly all health orders will be rescinded on June 2nd is going to provide Ohio’s economy with the additional momentum it needs to propel through the wake of the pandemic.  With the COVID-19 vaccine readily available to the great majority of Ohioans, it is time to return to the normal that so many are seeking.  We applaud the Governor for doing what is needed to ensure Ohio’s economy continues to grow.” Gordon Gough, President & CEO, Ohio Council of Retail Merchants


“Throughout the pandemic, Governor DeWine has approached each phase of the crisis in a balanced, thoughtful manner, and tonight’s announcement regarding the rescission of the health orders is no different. At the Ohio Business Roundtable, we are proud to have supported the all-hands-on-deck effort that has been required over the past year, most notably by standing up the Coalition to Stop the Spread. Spearheaded by Ohio’s business community, the efforts of the coalition have worked to promote safety protocols in the workplace as well as to encourage Ohioans to get vaccinated. Realizing the vaccine is the key to ending the virus once and for all, the Ohio Business Roundtable will continue our efforts to encourage workplace vaccination clinics and other measures to increase vaccine acceptance throughout the state.  Through the tireless efforts and sacrifices of Ohioans at all stages of the pandemic, we are now at the long-awaited beginning of the end of our fight against COVID-19. In Ohio we have seen this crisis through and are emerging stronger, more confident than ever. I applaud Governor DeWine for his leadership in navigating our state through this impossible challenge.” Pat Tiberi, President and CEO, Ohio Business Roundtable,


Gov. DeWine and Lt. Gov. Husted are to be commended for their ongoing leadership during this difficult chapter and their willingness to work with the employer community. Throughout the pandemic, Ohio manufacturers have led the way in workplace safety, all while supplying the nation and the world with needed goods.  From devising innovative safety protocols to encouraging employees to get vaccinated, Ohio manufacturers have put the well-being of their employees atop their priority list – and they will continue to do so. Ohio manufacturers appreciate the administration’s confidence in the industry to maintain a healthy workforce.”  - Ryan Augsburger, President, Ohio Manufacturers’ Association


The Ohio Chamber supports Governor DeWine’s decision to lift all coronavirus health orders impacting businesses on June 2, 2021. Removing these barriers comes at the right time and will assist the efforts of Ohio’s business community to restore Ohio’s economy by enabling companies across the Buckeye State to fully re-open. As more Ohioans become vaccinated, we look forward to getting back to a sense of normalcy and enjoying all that our great state has to offer this summer.  I applaud the work that all Ohio businesses have done to help limit the spread of this disease and I look forward to continuing on this path to recovery.” Andrew E. Doehrel, President & CEO, Ohio Chamber of Commerce


“On behalf of Ohio’s entire restaurant and hospitality community, the Ohio Restaurant Association applauds Governor DeWine’s announcement this evening that will allow Ohioans to take another step back toward fully engaging in all of those social interactions we each value so much. Ohio has been a leader in valuing public health while balancing the economic, mental health and other realities that COVID restrictions brought with them. Today’s announcement is the logical next step in fully reopening our state for Ohio’s businesses and families. The hospitality community has been one of those most negatively impacted by public health restrictions, and while it is still a long path back toward a full recovery, today’s news and ongoing support from the state, many local communities, and, of course, our customers, give us confidence that brighter days are ahead. We also echo Governor DeWine’s call for those who have not yet been vaccinated to quickly take that step. It is the single most important thing each of us can do to continue a path back to a fuller tomorrow. Many of Ohio’s restaurants have stepped up to incentivize their employees to get vaccinated, and have found innovative ways to help encourage their customers to get vaccinated as well. The Ohio Restaurant Association appreciates the strong and steady leadership of Governor DeWine, Lieutenant Governor Husted, and the entire Administration throughout this crisis. Ohio’s restaurants remain committed to helping to feed Ohioans, employ Ohioans, and contribute to vibrant communities in every corner of the Buckeye State.” John Barker, President and CEO of the Ohio Restaurant Association


“The last fourteen months have been hard on all Ohioans. The small business community saw the pandemic take away what was a robust economy and by the end of the year, many faced revenue declines of fifty percent or more. Ohio entrepreneurs have been following all of the safety protocols and patiently waiting for the full reopening of Ohio.  NFIB would like to thank Ohio Governor Mike DeWine for allowing businesses to get back to employing members of their community. With vaccinations underway, Ohio currently has the lowest rate amongst our neighboring states over the past week, and as Ohioans understand what they need to do to be safe, the timing is right to get our economy back to pre-pandemic levels.  We welcome the news that all health orders will be lifted on June 2 and appreciate Governor DeWine offering us this specific date so all businesses can prepare for what is best for them individually to continue to operate safely for their employees and customers. Small business owners will continue to do their part to keep the state on the right track as we emerge from the uncertainty of the virus to better days ahead. They look forward to continuing supporting their local communities and employing millions of Ohioans.”  -- Roger Geiger, Executive Director, NFIB Ohio.


“By working together, hospitals, communities, schools, government, businesses and others, have made important strides in recent months in our fight against the global COVID-19 pandemic. Our 243 member hospitals and 15 health systems, along with their more than quarter million caregivers and workers have worked 24/7 to provide care and services in our communities during this difficult time. We commend Gov. DeWine and Ohio policymakers for their leadership and support throughout this crisis as hospitals have managed over 57,000 hospitalizations and nearly 8,000 admissions in our intensive care units since the pandemic began. Through vaccinations and personal preventive measures such as mask wearing, social distancing and hand washing we have slowed the community spread of COVID-19. We encourage all Ohioans to reach out to their health care provider, continue taking preventive measures, and to get vaccinated to ensure the health and safety of our communities.” –Mike Abrams, president and CEO, Ohio Hospital Association


“The OSMA strongly urges all Ohioans who are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine to do so as soon as possible. While we have had a rapid rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine to over half of the adults in Ohio, we will be in an even better position as a state to avoid a resurgence of the virus with higher rates of vaccination.” Lisa Egbert, MD, President, Ohio State Medical Association President




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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