Covid-19 Update: Athlete guidelines, mass vaccinations, rapid testing

Mar 17, 2021 | Around Ottawa County | 0 comments

Ohio Department of Health Director Stephanie McCloud has issued an addendum that updates quarantine guidance for student athletes and participants in extracurricular activities who may have been incidentally exposed to COVID-19 in a classroom setting.

For spring sports and extracurricular activities, students will not be required to quarantine because they have an incidental exposure to Covid-19 in a classroom under the school-based exposure guidance unless symptoms develop. Students will now be permitted to participate in organized sporting and extracurricular activities as long as they remain symptom-free and follow applicable safety precautions.

However, students who are exposed in other settings outside of the classroom will be required to continue following existing CDC quarantine guidance.

Cleveland Mass Vaccination site launches

The Cleveland mass vaccination site, in partnership with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), launched on Wednesday, March 17, at Cleveland State University’s Wolstein Center in downtown Cleveland. More than 17,000 Ohioans had registered to receive their vaccine at the site.

Additional appointments will become available throughout the coming days. To schedule an appointment at the Cleveland mass vaccination site, or with a vaccination provider, visit gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov.

Four initiatives trigger rapid Covid-19 tests

Four initiatives are making rapid Covid-19 tests more accessible to Ohioans:

Federal Qualified Health Centers

The state’s ongoing partnership with federally qualified health centers has led to the availability of over 150,000 rapid tests at community health centers. These centers have professionals on-hand to administer the tests free of charge.

Local Health Departments

Local health departments have partnered with their communities to make at-home testing available to schools, nonprofit organizations, and first responders.

Public Libraries

The state has recently partnered with public libraries to make at-home tests available to more Ohio communities. During the first two weeks, Ohio has partnering with 120 libraries.

K-12 Schools

A new partnership launched today will bring 200,000 at-home tests to Educational Service Centers. To increase confidence and safety in schools, Governor DeWine encourages school districts to take advantage of this resource and develop aggressive testing plans.

Between libraries and local health departments, at-home testing is accessible in 76 of Ohio’s 88 counties. Some of these areas had disproportionate access to testing earlier in the Covid-19 pandemic.

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