Coronavirus Update: Vaccine Delays, Provider Location Tool & More
Keep up with regular news updates regarding Columbus and Ohio’s response to COVID-19 here.
COVID-19 cases — In Columbus, 440 cases of COVID-19 were reported on Tuesday, Jan. 19. And as of Wednesday, Jan. 20, 70,538 total cases and 529 deaths from COVID-19 have been reported in Columbus and Worthington.
In Franklin County at large, 724 cases were reported on Tuesday. Countywide, 105,411 total cases and 736 deaths from COVID-19 have been reported by Columbus Public Health and Franklin County Public Health.
In Ohio, 6,378 cases and 73 deaths were reported on Wednesday. Statewide, 842,433 total cases and 10,409 deaths have been confirmed or are probable, as reported by the Ohio Department of Health. 704,045 Ohioans are presumed recovered.
According to the Ohio Vaccination Dashboard, 482,039 Ohioans (4.12% of the total population) have been administered at least one dose of the vaccine. 55,757 Franklin County residents (4.23% of the county population) have received at least one valid dose.
The Ohio Department of Health has also launched a Dashboard tool to help residents looking for a provider that has been allocated vaccines by. The tool is searchable by zip code and county.
Vaccine Rollout Continues — As variants of the coronavirus emerge locally, the state’s vaccine rollout continues.
It’s anticipated that vaccinations for residents 75 and up will begin next week. This phase of the rollout also includes vaccinations for those with severe congenital, early-onset, developmental medical disorders and one of the inherited conditions listed by the Ohio Department of Health. Individuals must have a developmental or intellectual disability as well.
A representative from a local county developmental disabilities board should be expected to reach out and help coordinate receipt of the vaccination for these residents.
The vaccination health care workers, nursing home residents, and staff with a first dose is expected to be largely complete this week, the governor said.
State Faces More Vaccine Holdup — Governor Mike DeWine expressed during a Tuesday press conference frustration with drug distributor McKesson for failing to notify vaccine administers of a delay in the delivery of the Moderna vaccine.
The change will likely cause issues for pharmacies, health departments, and others who have scheduled appointments to administer the vaccine and the people who made those appointments, the governor said.
ORA Hopes for End to Curfew — The Ohio Restaurant Association sent a formal request to the Governor’s office in early January asking for the state to lift the 10 pm curfew when it expires on Saturday, January 23, 2021. The curfew has been in place since July.
For more information on COVID-19 in Ohio, visit coronavirus.ohio.gov or call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH.