Next groups eligible for COVID-19 vaccine announced by Gov. DeWine

Gov. DeWine gives update as COVID-19 vaccine distributions continue

COLUMBUS, Ohio (FOX19) - Gov. Mike DeWine announced who will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine next.

Ohioans, who are 65 years old and older, will be one of the next groups to be vaccinated, according to the governor.

“Ohioans in the 65 and older category make up just under 87% of COVID deaths,” said Gov. DeWine. “This is a stunning number, and it’s critical that we protect our older Ohioans.”

Adult school staff will also be among the next eligible groups who can get the vaccine. The governor said this is to help schools continue or get back to in-person learning.

The hope, according to Gov. DeWine, is to begin this next phase of vaccinations by mid-January.

Gov. DeWine said the vaccine will also be offered to younger people who have “severe inherited or developmental disorders that make them particularly vulnerable.”

The Ohio Department of Health announced 7,790 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday. The latest cases bring Ohio’s total to 644,822.

Gov. DeWine also announced a new map that will measure cases per capita over time. The governor says, “the time-lapse map is based on the list of high incidence counties and indicates the levels of spread from week to week.”

109 more COVID-19 deaths were reported by the ODH Wednesday. To date, 8,361 Ohioans have died from COVID-19, according to ODH.

Data from ODH shows 431 more people had to be hospitalized in the past 24 hours because of COVID-19.

Fifty-two more people were admitted to the ICU in the same time frame, according to ODH.

“At the beginning of August, we were at about 12% statewide, or 1 in 8 patients in the ICU was a COVID patient,” said Governor DeWine. “Now, we’re at 31% or about 1 in 3 patients in the ICU are a COVID patient.”

To show what percent of the overall ICU patient population are COVID-19 patients, Gov. DeWine announced another new map that will show the numbers. The map will be updated each week and will show every region in Ohio.

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