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.