OHIO COVID-19 Update: Flu Shots, Updated County Risk Levels,
Suicide Prevention, New ODH Director
COLUMBUS, Sept. 11, 2020: Governor Mike DeWine’s administration
provided the following updates on Ohio's response to the
UPDATED COUNTY RISK LEVELS:
New health data compiled by the Ohio Department of Health found
that six counties currently have a very high risk of exposure
and spread: Butler, Mercer, Montgomery, Preble, Putnam,
A total of 68 counties stayed at the same level as last week,
and two counties, Lucas and Wayne, dropped from
Level 3 to Level 2.
In addition to the six Level 3 counties listed above, four
additional counties meet the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention's definition of high incidence: Clark, Hamilton,
Miami, and Wood. Although these counties do not meet
enough indicators to trigger a Red Level 3 Public Emergency,
these counties have had more than 100 cases per 100,000
residents over the last two weeks which could lead to rapid
virus transmission if steps are not taken to slow the spread.
Data calculations conducted by the Ohio Department of Health
also show the continued
increase in cases among younger adults in the age groups of 0-19
A county-by-county breakdown outlining the presence of COVID-19
in all of Ohio's 88 counties can be found on the Ohio
Public Health Advisory System's website.
With flu season approaching, DeWine reminded Ohioans of the
importance of getting a flu shot this year. The Governor, along
with First Lady Fran DeWine and Lt. Governor Jon Husted, all
received their flu shots this afternoon.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that
everyone 6 months of age and older receive an annual flu shot,
with rare exception. The recommendation includes flu shots for
pregnant women, whose vaccinations can protect their babies
"While the flu can be deadly on its own, we also are concerned
that Ohioans who get both the flu and COVID-19 at the same time
could become severely, if not fatally, ill," said DeWine. "Our
youngest and oldest Ohioans, those who are pregnant, those in
long-term care facilities, and those with chronic health
conditions may be especially susceptible to severe illness or
complications from the flu."
Those who are elderly and need help getting to their physician's
office can contact their local Area Agency on Aging
at 866-243-5678 to access transportation resources and other
Anyone without a primary healthcare provider can visit vaccinefinder.org to
find nearby pharmacies and other healthcare locations offering
the flu vaccine.
WORLD SUICIDE PREVENTION DAY:
On World Suicide Prevention Day, Governor DeWine reminded
citizens that resources are available for anyone who needs
support due to stress, anxiety, sadness, or anger caused by the
COVID-19 pandemic or other concerns.
Ohioans can reach the Ohio Careline by calling 1-800-720-9616.
Residents can also be connected to a trained crisis counselor
via the Crisis Text Line by texting the keyword “4hope” to 741
MENTAL HEALTH & SUBSTANCE USE DISORDER PSA CAMPAIGN:
In an effort to promote mental health, DeWine's RecoveryOhio
team partnered with the Ohio Department of Insurance to launch a
series of television, radio, and digital ads to help Ohioans who
have questions about their health insurance coverage when
seeking treatment. The
PSAs will begin airing next week in Columbus,
Cincinnati, and Cleveland.
Ohioans with questions about mental health and substance use
disorder benefits can contact the Ohio Department of Insurance
The deadline to complete the 2020 Census is quickly approaching.
As of this morning, Ohio’s self-response rate was 69.5 percent,
which is above the national rate of 65.5 percent but one
percentage point behind Michigan. The census, which only takes
about 10 minutes to complete, impacts the state for the next 10
years, including how federal, state and local funding is
distributed and determines congressional representation.
Ohioans can complete their census by either going to 2020Census.gov or
CURRENT COVID-19 DATA:
There are 134,086 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 in
Ohio and 4,354 confirmed and probable COVID-19 deaths. A total
of 14,164 people have been hospitalized, including 3,070
admissions to intensive care units. In-depth data can be
accessed by visiting coronavirus.ohio.gov.
Video of today's full update, 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