COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Gov. Mike DeWine provided several updates Thursday on COVID-19 and vaccination efforts in Ohio.
As of Feb. 18, a total of 947,389 (+2,282) cases have been reported since the pandemic began, leading to 16,611 (+98) deaths, and 49,061 (+173) hospitalizations. A total of 1,369,627 people, or 11.72% of the population, have started the vaccination process.
The Ohio Department of Health reported that it is reconciling death totals, which will cause a fluctuation in numbers over several days.
DeWine said that a winter storm caused shipping delays from vaccine manufacturers Pfizer and Moderna but that vaccinations are ongoing.
The latest map on the state’s public health advisory system had no color changes from recent weeks, with most counties at level 3, or red. But this week, Vinton County lost its designation for having high incidence of disease spread as determined by the CDC. The other 87 counties remain high incidence, and as long as they do, they cannot drop from level 3.
A vaccination maintenance program has begun at nursing homes and assisted-living facilities statewide, DeWine said. Since the state has completed initial vaccinations at those facilities, this program is for new residents or staff members to make sure they receive the vaccine. Those who passed on the chance to receive the vaccine earlier will be able to receive it, too, DeWine said.