Ohio Department of Health

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Here are your morning headlines for Friday, August 7:

Dr. Amy Acton, the chief health adviser to Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio), is officially leaving the administration. This is another transition for Acton who resigned as director of the Ohio Department of Health in June, concluding a long, high-profile journey. 

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WJW

Here are your morning headlines for Wednesday, August 5:

The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) reports statewide COVID-19 hospitalizations have reached their highest number since the pandemic began. 

The previous high was in late April.

Locally, COVID-19 hospitalizations over the past few weeks were at their highest since May at both Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals.

Officials said the biggest increases have been in younger patients.

"The increase that we've seen in July seems like it's driven because we've seen increases in younger patients," said Andrea Pacetti, spokeswoman for Cleveland Clinic.

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ANDREW MEYER / WKSU

As coronavirus cases rise again in Ohio, with 1,104 new cases reported July 27, counties across the state are faced with difficult decisions regarding their county fairs. 

 

On May 21, the Ohio State Fair was canceled due to concerns about public safety and the financial feasibility of hosting an event so large while maintaining social distancing protocols. The fair was originally scheduled for July 29 to Aug. 9. Last year, fair attendance was 934,925, with people visiting from all 50 states during its 12-day run.

 

Summit County Fair Set to Get Underway This Week

Jul 27, 2020
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ANDREW MEYER / WKSU

County fairs in Ohio were canceled by the state amid the changing landscape of COVID-19 in Ohio. The state health department changed its mind about county fairs June 16, now allowing them to proceed while following health and safety guidelines. 

 

As the Summit County Fair prepares to open Wednesday, officials implemented the following precautions: 

 

-reduced programming and fewer shows to limit crowds; 

-elimination of the senior class exhibits, such as draft horses and canned goods;

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More than 2,200 Ohio nursing home residents infected with the coronavirus have died since April. Now these facilities are struggling to figure out how to accommodate outdoor visitations as COVID-19 cases and deaths continue to climb. Some say the guidelines they're receiving from local, state and federal agencies are conflicting and confusing. 

Most people don’t want to think about their waste after it’s flushed down the toilet, but researchers can actually use waste samples to test for COVID-19.

The Ohio Department of Health and the Environmental Protection Agency are partnering to test sewage and wastewater for the presence of coronavirus genetic material, ribonucleic acid (RNA) fragments, in feces in several Ohio cities including Cleveland. 

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KABIR BHATIA / WKSU

The Ohio Department of Health plans to open two COVID-19 popup testing sites Tuesday in Northeast Ohio. A site in Alliance will offer tests today only. Another site at NEOMED in Rootstown will be open through Saturday, July 25.

Tests are being offered for free to anyone. No appointments or referrals are needed, but quantities may be limited.

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CUYAHOGA COUNTY

Cuyahoga County has been under a mask mandate since last week when the Ohio Department of Health issued one for all counties at a Level 3 public emergency. 

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CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION

The state health department reported 1,525 new cases of COVID-19 Friday. And in Cuyahoga County, the board of health noticed a change in the age of people contracting the cornavirus that causes the disease.

One in five people who tested positive in Cuyahoga County were between the ages of 20 and 29, and the median age of COVID-19 patients dropped to 44 years old. Health Commissioner Terry Allan is concerned by this trend.

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OHIO DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

Here are your morning headlines for Thursday, July 9:

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Juraj Varga / PIXABAY

Here are your morning headlines for Wednesday, July 8:

With cases of COVID-19 rising and the average age of those contracting the virus getting younger, Gov. Mike DeWine is ordering masks for people in counties considered "level 3 public health emergencies" - but not statewide.

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Here are your morning headlines for Thursday, June 25:

Interim Director of the Ohio Department of Health Lance Himes has issued a new order allowing for the reopening of county fairs, with exceptions to protect the health of participants. The order is effective immediately and will remain in place until 11:59 on October 21, 2020. 

Ohio’s confirmed deaths from and cases of COVID-19 continue to inch up. Today there were 2,280 confirmed deaths and more than 37,500 confirmed cases. But as the pandemic continues, the state’s health department has now lost two of its top medical experts.

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OFFICE OF GOV. MIKE DeWINE

Here are your morning headlines for Friday, June 12:

The director of the Ohio Department of Health, who drew national praise and criticism from some members of the state legislature for the state's pandemic shutdowns, has resigned.

Coronavirus In Ohio: DeWine Lifting Stay-At-Home Order

May 19, 2020

Ohio's stay-at-home order is now less a command than a suggestion.

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TY GREENLEES / DAYTON DAILY NEWS

Here are your morning headlines for Monday, May 18:

Health officials say the new study to gather samples of COVID-19 antibody test results will include a broad range of participants from around Ohio.

OHIO DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

Here are your morning headlines for Friday, May 15:

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CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION

Here are your morning headlines for Thursday, May 14: 

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Here are your morning headlines for Monday, May 11:

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