The plan ensures that the maximum number of people can be
vaccinated in the shortest amount of time. The plan makes the
process as simple as possible for staff to be vaccinated and is
organized to allow most K-12 staff in a county to be vaccinated
within seven days of their assigned vaccination start date.
PANDEMIC IMPACTS ON K-12 STUDENTS:
Ohio has prioritized getting K-12 students back in schools by
March 1 because many adolescents’ social-emotional and mental
well-being has been impacted by the pandemic.
“We know some of our students have not been in the classroom in
months - it’s taking its toll,” said DeWine. "For some, remote
learning works, for others, it doesn’t. We are in danger of too
many kids struggling for too long if they don’t get back to
school in person.”
“School is community for our youth,” said Ohio Department of
Mental Health and Addiction Services Director Lori Criss.
“It benefits kids so much more than academic content. It’s the
social and emotional connections that kids feel with friends,
classmates, extra-curriculars, teachers, and more.”
According to the Ohio Department of Mental Health and
Addiction Services, the change of routine and the constant
uncertainty of the pandemic produces anxiety, and the
disconnection from learning, emotional, and social supports can
lead to depression. In addition, missed significant life events
like graduations, proms, art performances, science competitions,
sports, and more can result in grief.
Families and friends should reach out for help if a young person
talking about feeling hopeless;
worrying about being a burden;
feeling like there’s no reason to live;
using drugs, alcohol or engaging in other risky behaviors;
struggling with school;
disconnecting from family and friends.
Trained counselors with Ohio's CareLine are available 24/7 at
1-800-720-9616. They can help with a crisis, provide
guidance, and connect callers to help in the community.
OHIO PUBLIC HEALTH ADVISORY SYSTEM:
Hamilton County is no longer listed as a Level 4 (Purple) Public
Emergency, but the rest of the state remains the same as last
week. 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.
CURRENT CASE DATA:
In total, there are 883,716 confirmed and probable cases of
COVID-19 reported in Ohio and 11,006 confirmed and probable
COVID-19 deaths. A total of 45,786 people have been hospitalized
throughout the pandemic, including 6,644 admissions to intensive
care units. In-depth data can be accessed by visiting coronavirus.ohio.gov.
Video of this 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
Health Order signed reducing Curfew by 1 hour
Governor Mike DeWine has announced that Ohio Department of
Health Director Stephanie McCloud signed a health
order pushing back the statewide curfew one hour,
changing the start time of the curfew to 11 p.m.
The new hours began January 28, 2021 at 12:01 p.m. and lasts
through February 11, 2021, at 12:01 p.m. The change is being
made because Ohio hospitalizations for COVID-19 have remained
below 3,500 for seven consecutive days.
Specifications in this order include:
Individuals within the state must stay at a place of
residence during the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m.
except for obtaining necessary food, medical care, or social
services or providing care for others.
This order doesn’t apply to those that are homeless.
Individuals whose residences are unsafe or become
unsafe, such as victims of domestic violence, are
encouraged to leave their homes and stay at a safe,
The order does not apply to religious observances and
First Amendment protected speech including activity by
The order permits travel into or out of the state and
permits travel required by law enforcement or court order,
including to transport children according to a custody
agreement, or to obtain fuel.
Individuals are permitted to leave a place of residence during
the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. for the following
Engaging in activities essential to their health and safety
or the health and safety of those in their households or
people who are unable to or should not leave their homes,
including pets. Activities can include but are not limited
to seeking emergency services, obtaining medical supplies or
medication, or visiting a health care professional including
hospitals, emergency departments, urgent care clinics, and
To obtain necessary services or supplies for themselves and
their family or members of their household who are unable or
should not leave their home, to deliver those services or
supplies to others. Examples of those include but are not
limited to, obtaining groceries and food. Food and beverages
may be obtained only for consumption off-premises, through
such means as delivery, drive-through, curbside pickup and
To obtain necessary social services.
To go to work, including volunteer work.
To take care of or transport a family member, friend, or pet
in their household or another household.
To perform or obtain government services.