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
General admission (lawns, standing room, infields) will be
permitted if masks are worn and if six-foot distancing can be
marked and maintained.
New guidance for proms, banquets, wedding receptions, fairs,
festivals, and parades is forthcoming.
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.
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
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
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:
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.
CURRENT CASE DATA:
In total, there are 962,404 confirmed and probable cases of
COVID-19 reported in Ohio and 17,125 confirmed and probable
COVID-19 deaths. A total of 49,951 people have been hospitalized
throughout the pandemic, including 7,104 admissions to intensive
care units. In-depth data can be accessed by visiting coronavirus.ohio.gov.
For more information on Ohio's response to COVID-19, visit coronavirus.ohio.gov or