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Coronavirus Update: Next Vaccine Phase to Begin Soon, ER Diversion & More

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman Coronavirus Update: Next Vaccine Phase to Begin Soon, ER Diversion & MoreVial of the COVID-19 vaccine. Photo by Lisa Ferdinando for the U.S. Department of Defense, via Wikimedia Commons.
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Editor’s note 01/07/2021: This article has been updated to include kickoff dates for the next phase of vaccine distributions.

Keep up with regular news updates regarding Columbus and Ohio’s response to COVID-19 here.

The Numbers

COVID-19 cases — In Columbus, 395 cases of COVID-19 were reported on Monday, Jan. 4. And as of Tuesday, Jan. 5, 62,851 total cases and 525 deaths from COVID-19 have been reported in Columbus and Worthington.

In Franklin County at large, 657 cases were reported on Monday. Countywide, 93,113 total cases and 727 deaths from COVID-19 have been reported by Columbus Public Health and Franklin County Public Health.

In Ohio, 7,580 cases and 104 deaths were reported on Monday. Statewide, 735,003 total cases and 9,247 deaths have been confirmed or are probable, as reported by the Ohio Department of Health. 596,221 Ohioans are presumed recovered.

According to the Ohio Vaccination Dashboard, 175,408 Ohioans (1.5% of the total population) have been administered at least one dose of the vaccine. 20,209 Franklin County residents (1.53% of the county population) have received at least one valid dose.


Phase 1B of Vaccine Distribution to Begin Soon – As the COVID-19 vaccine continues to be distributed to health care workers, EMS responders, nursing home workers and residents, and others outlined in Phase 1A under the Ohio Department of Health’s guidelines, the state has announced more details regarding Phase 1B.

While Phase 1A largely finishes up, Governor Mike DeWine outlined in a press conference on Thursday, Jan. 7 the plan to make the vaccine available to staggered groups.

On Tuesday, Jan. 19, vaccinations will be available to those who are 80 years of age and older. On Jan. 25, vaccinations will open up to those 75 and older and those with severe congenital, developmental, or early-onset medical disorders. On Feb. 1, vaccinations will open to people 70 and older and school personnel, and on Feb. 8, vaccinations will be available to those 65 and older.

K-12 teachers and staff will only be prioritized if the school plans to reopen for in-person learning.

At least 100,000 doses will be set aside for the first week of this next phase, with an exact date kickoff and plans for distribution to be announced in next few days.

Those receiving vaccines will receive them from physicians, local health departments, hospitals, federally-qualified health centers, in-home health providers, and some retail pharmacies.

For more information about the vaccine and distribution in Columbus, visit columbus.gov/coronavirus.

Citywide Emergency Patient Diversion — Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff, medical director of the Ohio Department of Health, said during a Tuesday afternoon Coronavirus Update press conference that all Central Ohio hospitals, EMS, police, and firefighters have begun working together to “balance care” and make sure patients get to an emergency room that is best able to take new patients.

The citywide emergency patient diversions will impact how ambulances coordinate hospital runs, not access to emergency care. ER diversions are not limited to COVID-19 patients.

For more information on COVID-19 in Ohio, visit coronavirus.ohio.gov or call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH.

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