Ohio’s path towards normalcy not going in ‘direction we want,’ DeWine says

Gov. DeWine updates COVID-19 response, vaccine rollout

CINCINNATI (FOX19) - Ohio is going the wrong way on its road back to normalcy.

All health orders will be lifted when the state gets down to 50 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents for two weeks, Gov. Mike DeWine announced March 4.

Cases are not going in the direction needed though.

Ohio is currently at 183.7 cases per 100,000 residents, which the governor said is “not the direction we want.”

Getting more people vaccinated is how Ohio gets back on the right path, Gov. DeWine explained Thursday.

Another way to get the vaccine to people will start on April 12.

Vaccine providers can partner with organizations (e.g., employers, labor unions, churches) to hold closed-pod vaccination clinics.

“To increase vaccine uptake, Ohio will also begin working with businesses, labor unions, and other organizations to offer vaccinations to employees at their work locations,” the governor said. “We think this will increase the percentage of those who choose to be vaccinated.”

Ohioans 16 and older are eligible for the vaccine.

The Ohio Department of Health has started scheduling vaccine appointments through a central scheduling tool. The tool can be used to figure out if you are eligible to receive the vaccine, schedule an appointment, and receive updates and reminders.

If you have questions about the coronavirus or need help scheduling a vaccine appointment, call the COVID hotline at 833-427-5634.

Ohio is now vaccinating the state’s college students who want it, regardless of hometown, with Johnson & Johnson.

The state consolidated its health orders recently.

Masks are required at indoor locations that are not a residence. Outdoor areas where six feet social distance cannot be maintained also require masks.

Groups should be kept 10 or fewer people, and indoor event capacity is 25%.

The updated order loosens rules for large outdoor gatherings such as graduations and festivals. The state will not cap the size of such events.

The health director says they emphasize the importance of wearing masks, social distancing, staying in smaller groups, and sanitizing.

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