Coronavirus Update: Vaccines for Seniors, Bunbury Festival & More
Keep up with regular news updates regarding Columbus and Ohio’s response to COVID-19 here.
COVID-19 cases — In Columbus, 452 cases of COVID-19 were reported on Tuesday, Jan. 12. And as of Wednesday, Jan. 13, 67,426 total cases and 525 deaths from COVID-19 have been reported in Columbus and Worthington.
In Franklin County at large, 698 cases were reported on Tuesday. Countywide, 100,447 total cases and 730 deaths from COVID-19 have been reported by Columbus Public Health and Franklin County Public Health.
In Ohio, 6,701 cases and 79 deaths were reported on Wednesday, Jan 13. Statewide, 799,639 total cases and 9,881 deaths have been confirmed or are probable, as reported by the Ohio Department of Health. 656,433 Ohioans are presumed recovered.
According to the Ohio Vaccination Dashboard, 338,778 Ohioans (2.9% of the total population) have been administered at least one dose of the vaccine. 40,148 Franklin County residents (3.05% of the county population) have received at least one valid dose.
Vaccine Distribution — Hospitals must finish vaccinating their frontline healthcare providers by midnight on Sunday, Jan. 17 to close out phase 1A. On Monday, Jan. 18, they must move to vaccinate older Ohioans who are 80 or older as part of phase 1B.
It was announced last week that the state expects to receive around 100,000 vaccines next week for the 80 and older age group. The governor noted that because the number of Ohioans in this age range is approximately 420,000, it will take some time to vaccinate this group.
Starting Thursday, Ohio residents will be able to find general information on what providers are being allocated vaccinations, by zip code and by county, on coronavirus.ohio.gov.
Bunbury Festival Canceled — Cincinnati’s Bunbury Music Festival has been canceled. This marks the second year in a row the festival by Prime Social Group will be canceled due to COVID-19.
“The state of things as they are projected to be will not lead to a safe and fun environment for all come June,” read a statement from the festival released via social media. However, the statement mentions that, with guidance from health officials, there could still be a possibility for the festival to go on later in 2021.
Heating Bill Assistance — The Ohio Development Services Agency and The Breathing Association continue to provide help with Ohioans’ heating bills. The Home Energy Assistance Winter Crisis Program helps low-income households that have been disconnected or have a pending disconnection notice, need to establish new service, or need to pay to transfer service pay their heating bills.
The program can also assist with fuel tank placement, fuel tank testing, and furnace repair, and assist households that have a member who has been diagnosed with COVID-19.
Eligible households can receive payment for their main heating source and/or their secondary heating source (e.g. electric). Ohioans must have a gross income at or below 175% of the federal poverty guidelines to qualify for assistance.
The program will be open until March 31, 2021. Ohioans can visit www.energyhelp.ohio.gov to start their application and find more information.
CCAD Gallery Reopens — The Columbus College of Art & Design has announced it would be reopening the Beeler Gallery with a new exhibition, November, on view by appointment Jan. 19 through March 6. The exhibition was initially scheduled for November 2020 but was postponed due to the pandemic.
For more information on COVID-19 in Ohio, visit coronavirus.ohio.gov or call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH.