COLUMBUS, Ohio (FOX19) - Fans, well some, could be in the stands for Opening Day at Great American Ballpark.
Gov. Mike DeWine said Monday they are aiming to allow for 30% capacity at baseball and soccer stadiums across Ohio.
“The target figure, we think, will be 30% with masks,” the governor said.
He says he talked with the Reds, Indians, and minor league teams in the state to develop a plan for fan attendance. Whatever the plan is, fans will need to wear masks and be socially distanced.
Gov. DeWine says there is one thing he is cautioning teams about - the COVID-19 variant. Just hours before the governor gave his update, Hamilton County Public Health reported the UK variant was detected in the county.
“The variant could become dominant in Ohio by the latter part of March,” the governor said Monday.
An official announcement is expected later this week, possibly Thursday, on the capacity at stadiums.
Nursing home visitations could be expanding “soon,” Gov. DeWine announced Monday.
The governor cited a major decrease in COVID-19 cases at long-term care facilities last week in comparison to a few months ago.
Last week, 343 new cases of the virus were reported in Ohio’s long-term care facilities, according to the governor.
Compared to the 2,832 cases reported at facilities during the December peak, Gov. DeWine said progress is being made.
Nursing home visitation is allowed if the facilities meet three requirements from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services:
- No new onset of COVID-19 cases in the last 14 days.
- The facility is not currently conducting outbreak testing.
- CMS reports the COVID-19 county positivity rate at less than 10%.
The number of new COVID-19 cases in Ohio “continues to trend lower,” Gov. DeWine said.
The Ohio Department of Health reported 1,611 new cases Monday. That is lower than the 21-day average of 2,681.
Another 58 Ohioans died from the virus, the ODH reported Monday.
To date, 16,874 people have died from COVID-19 in the state.
120 people were hospitalized and another 16 were admitted to the ICU in the past day, according to ODH.
Residents ages 65 and older are currently eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine in Ohio. The governor says the state will not lower the eligible age for the vaccine for a few more weeks.
Teachers in K-12 schools are also able to get the COVID-19 vaccine as long as their school district has signed a document to return to in-person learning by March 1.
Ohio expanded vaccine eligibility last week to those who were diagnosed with conditions in childhood that carried into adulthood.
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