DeWine revises state’s quarantine rules
Those who have finished the COVID-19 vaccination process in Ohio no longer have to quarantine for two weeks if they are exposed to someone with the virus.
Gov. Mike DeWine made the announcement Tuesday, saying “the power of the vaccine allows us to do this.”
The state has been following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines that call for anyone who had close contact with someone with COVID-19 to stay home for 14 days after their last exposure to that person.
“By changing our health order, students 16 and 17 years old who are vaccinated will be able to participate in sports and other activities, even when they have been exposed to someone with COVID,” DeWine said.
A person is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or the one-dose Johnson and Johnson.
“This change will also apply to all adults, except those who are in nursing homes, assisted-living facilities or other congregate-care settings,” who still need to quarantine for two weeks, DeWine said.
DeWine also said “it won’t be long” before those at least 12 years of age can get the vaccine. Currently, the Pfizer vaccine is permitted for those at least 16 years old while the minimum age for the two other vaccines is 18.
The number of people getting the vaccinations has slowed during the past few weeks, DeWine said. To those waiting, DeWine said now is the ideal time to get the vaccine with demand decreasing.
The 1,560 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday was down from the daily average of 1,832 for the past 21 days, according to the Ohio Department of Health.
It was the 11th straight day in the state with fewer than 2,000 cases.
“We’ve plateaued out, and we seem to be heading in the right direction,” DeWine said. “It would appear we are on a downward trend.”
The state had a total of 1,067,762 COVID-19 cases as of Tuesday with 1,012,240 presumed recovered and 19,188 deaths.
The ODH provides death information only on Tuesdays and Fridays.
There have been 66 new deaths since Friday, including two in Columbiana County.
Mahoning County had 21,184 total COVID-19 cases as of Tuesday, with 19,907 presumed recovered and 585 deaths, according to the ODH.
Trumbull County had 15,810 total COVID-19 cases as of Tuesday, with 14,790 presumed recovered and 462 deaths.
Columbiana County had 8,648 total COVID-19 cases as of Tuesday, with 8,208 presumed recovered and 229 deaths.
There were 4,601,997 people, 39.37 percent of the state’s population, who had at least started the vaccination process as of 6 a.m. Tuesday, including 20,856 in the previous 24 hours, according to the ODH.
In Mahoning County, 39.2 percent of the population (89,637 people) had received at least one dose, as well as 37.26 percent of the population in Trumbull County (73,774 people) and 31.84 percent in Columbiana County (32,436 people) as of 6 a.m. Tuesday, according to the ODH.
As of 6 a.m. Tuesday, 3,589,820 people, 30.71 percent of the state’s population, had finished the vaccinations, including 42,509 in the previous 24 hours.
In Mahoning County, 31.32 percent of the population (71,629 people) had completed the process, while 28.67 percent of the population in Trumbull (56,750 people) and 26.2 percent of the population in Columbiana (26,695 people) had as of 6 a.m. Tuesday.
In an effort to spur interest in getting a COVID-19 vaccine, the Warren City Health District is sponsoring a “Star Wars”-themed clinic from 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday at Packard Music Hall.
According to health district sanitarian Nick Karousis, anyone age 18 or over who wears “Star Wars”-themed-apparel will be eligible for a gift-card giveaway as the “best-dressed May the Fourth Be with You.”
“We are hoping for a fun and safe day,” Karousis said.
The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine will be distributed to those who call 330-841-2596 for an appointment. Others can sign up for the vaccine online at gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov, Karousis said.
Also encouraged to attend the clinic are college-bound high school seniors, Karousis said.
COVID-19 by the numbers
The number of cases, changes in cases and deaths in counties in the region and statewide as of Tuesday:
County Cases Change since Change since Deaths
yesterday last week
Trumbull 15,810 +31 +157 462
Mahoning 21,184 +34 +193 585
Columbiana 8,648 +18 +71 229
Ohio 1,067,762 +1,560 +11,156 19,188
SOURCE: Ohio Department of Health