COVID-19 news, views around Ohio; Ohio gets 238,000 more doses this week; curfew extended; bar and restaurants grants still waiting

Jan 6, 2021 | Around Ottawa County | 8 comments

Vaccines still in short supply around Ohio

The vaccine for coronavirus has been slow to be distributed around Ohio, and Gov. Mike DeWine warns those reluctant to get the vaccine that they might have to wait a while for another chance.

Ohio is expected to receive more than 238,000 doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines this week. DeWine encouraged those administering the vaccine to do so with urgency.

“Although we’ll never know whose lives have been saved, we do know that these vaccines are saving lives,” he said. “We all have a moral responsibility to get the vaccine out to those who choose to receive it as quickly as we possibly can.”

He also encouraged citizens who wish to be vaccinated to act with urgency when offered the vaccine because the vaccine is currently scarce.

School quarantine may not be needed after exposure

Ohio is changing its guidance regarding quarantines following an in-classroom exposure in K-12 schools. Moving forward, students and teachers exposed to a COVID-positive person in school are no longer required to quarantine as long as the exposure occurred in a classroom setting and all students/teachers were wearing masks and following other appropriate protocols.

The change follows an evaluation of virus spread in Ohio schools conducted by researchers with the Ohio Schools COVID-19 Evaluation Team. Preliminary results of the evaluation found no discernable difference in the risk of contracting the coronavirus between those in close contact with a COVID-positive person in the classroom and those who were farther away.

The evaluation confirmed Ohio’s classrooms are a safe place for students and that the commitment schools have made to keeping kids safe in the classroom is working,” said officials.

Schools should continue to require quarantines for exposed students in situations where masking and distancing protocols were not followed. The updated quarantine guidance does not apply to after-school activities, including sports.

Ohio’s 10 p.m.-5 a.m. curfew is extended

The Ohio Department of Health has extended Ohio’s 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew until Saturday, Jan. 23. The extension is necessary until Ohio can determine if it will see a post-holiday case surge that impacts hospitals, said ODH officials.

The curfew does not apply to those going to and from work, those who have an emergency, or those who need medical care. The curfew is not intended to stop anyone from getting groceries or going to the pharmacy

Picking up carry-out or a drive-thru meal and ordering for delivery is permitted, but serving food and drink within an establishment must cease at 10:00 p.m.

Ohio bars have left $12 million unclaimed

More than 5,100 eligible on-premises liquor permit holders have not yet applied for state assistance through Ohio’s Bar & Restaurant Grant Program. Of the $38.7 million allotted to support liquor permit holders, more than $12 million remains unclaimed.

Each active on-premises liquor permit (as of Oct. 23) is eligible for $2,500 per location. The funding is not competitive, and the money does not have to be repaid.

Although the program is referred to as the Bar & Restaurant Assistance Fund, more than just bars and restaurants have eligible liquor permits.  Movie theaters, bowling alleys, sports and concert venues, and even some hair salons are eligible for this funding.

Permit holders who have not yet claimed their funds should visit businesshelp.ohio.gov to apply.

8 Comments

  1. Barb byers

    Does krogers or walmart have the virus shot yet?

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    • John jagielski

      Were do you go to sign up or get on a list, theey never say

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  2. Roberta Croley

    I don’t see any change in the rising cases schools should be closed for the rest of the school year.
    And Ohio needs to on full lockdown.
    Curfews isn’t working ,people are still having large gatherings. Nothing is being. Inforced.
    And people like me and my son and daughters are out there working in all of this still getting the same pay while people on unemployment are getting paid for being off work get it together people.

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    • D.b.

      Amen to that Roberta! I feel the same way

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    • spacewish

      California has been on basic full lockdown and people still get together in homes……. You have a massive army to go around and force people at gunpoint to not get together? The people have decided to let it spread.

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  3. Tracie Stephan

    Why don’t u close everything again.

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  4. Carol Kotun

    Did everyone see how the people in bars right after Browns won were all maskless and no TV anchors mentioned it?

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    • spacewish

      It is embarrassing how slow the vaccine rollout has been. Where was the massive build up of people over 6 months to vaccinate 100,000 a day in Ohio. Every major company would have donated employees and space to do this. Israel is near 20% vaccinated in 3 weeks…. Don’t say they are smaller…doesn’t matter. We have more people which means more people to train to stick a needle in an arm. Tons of volunteers would have come out of woodwork to support all the logistics….. We still don’t have all the LTC facilities vaccinated… what the heck, really? You spent 6 months without simply doing a simulation and getting the actual number of people lined up. This is mass production 101 and our career bureaucrats failed missilery.

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