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Coronavirus Update: Vaccine Phase 2B & 1D, Spring/Summer Events & More

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman Coronavirus Update: Vaccine Phase 2B & 1D, Spring/Summer Events & More
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Keep up with regular news updates regarding Columbus and Ohio’s response to COVID-19 here.

The Numbers

COVID-19 cases — In Columbus, 114 cases of COVID-19 were reported for Wednesday, March 10. As of Thursday, March 11, 80,727 total cases and 987 deaths from COVID-19 have been reported in Columbus and Worthington.

In Franklin County at large, 163 cases were reported for Wednesday.

Countywide, 121,511 total cases and 1,471 deaths from COVID-19 have been reported by Columbus Public Health and Franklin County Public Health.

In Ohio, 1,448 cases were reported on Thursday.

Statewide, 984,934 total cases and 17,662 deaths have been confirmed or are probable, as reported by the Ohio Department of Health. 933,756 Ohioans are presumed recovered.

According to the Ohio Vaccination Dashboard, 2,157,525 Ohioans (18.46% of the total population) have been administered at least one dose of the vaccine. 213,059 Franklin County residents (16.18% of the county population) have received at least one valid dose.

Those eligible can book an appointment for the COVID-19 vaccine here.

More Updates

This week marks one year since Ohio’s first COVID-19 cases were reported, resulting in a declared State of Emergency. Governor Mike DeWine marked the anniversary, March 9, by declaring a Day of Remembrance in Honor of Lives Lost to COVID-19.

Phases 2B and 1D Expands Vaccine Eligibility — Ohioans 50 years old and older can now receive the COVID-19 vaccine starting Thursday. Joining them are Ohioans with type 2 diabetes and end-stage kidney failure as part of Phase 1D.

Fairs, Festivals, Proms, Parades and More Get Green-Light — Governor DeWine said on Thursday county fairs, festivals, proms, parades, and other spring and summer events should be able to occur this year.

Ohio Department of Health issued a revised order that allows for the reopening of fair activities if specific health conditions are met. Orders and guidance for festivals, parades, proms, and spring sports are to come.

Central Ohio Universities Announce Returns to Campus — “Robust campus life.” “Normalizing learning.” Columbus and Central Ohio colleges and universities are announcing their plans for in-person fall semesters, following Ohio State, which announced plans to “reactivate” its campuses late last month.

Capital, Ohio Dominican, and Ohio Wesleyan universities, and Columbus College of Art & Design have all announced plans to return to face-to-face classes, with some schools requiring students to receive the COVID-19 vaccine before returning to campus.

Columbus Pop-Up Mass Vaccination — Columbus’ state-sponsored pop-up mass vaccination site will open next week. The site, to be located at St. John Arena on Ohio State’s campus, will begin administering first doses March 18-21, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. The vaccination clinic will be able to administer up to 12,500 first doses and 12,500 second doses of the Pfizer vaccine. The site will be operated by Kroger in partnership with Franklin County Public Health and Columbus Public Health.

New Central Scheduling Tool — The state also released its new vaccine central scheduling tool this week. The site lets Ohioans determine their eligibility to receive the vaccine, as well as schedule an appointment. The tool can be found at gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov.

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

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