Our trends continue in a positive direction. Daily new cases and overall hospitalizations are still declining. Governor DeWine lifted the curfew yesterday. Indicators that the steps we are all taking to prevent the spread of COVID-19 are working. Let’s keep it that way by washing our hands, keeping a safe social distance from others, staying home when we can, avoiding large gatherings and of course, getting vaccinated when it is our turn.
In total, FCPH has given over 14,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccination to date. Next week FCPH will receive 1,000 doses of vaccine to give as first doses to individuals 65 years of age and older and those with severe congenital, developmental or early onset disorders. Our appointment system will open on Tuesday at 10:00am for a clinic scheduled February 19. We recognize the demand for the vaccine still far outweighs the supply, but we are confident that the supply will expand in the coming weeks. To assure we are ready we continue to work on plans with partners across the county to expand our capacity to vaccinate even more of our residents. In the meantime, a list of all vaccine providers can be found on the Ohio Department of Health’s website. As a reminder, residents are encouraged to contact their healthcare provider first and then check with a local pharmacy or health department to schedule an appointment.
As we continue our vaccination efforts, we remain focused on supporting our local employers and schools. As teachers and staff are receiving their vaccination and case counts are improving, several schools in our health jurisdiction are developing plans for the “all-in” modality of learning. From the beginning of the pandemic, public health has recognized the unique challenges our schools have faced to safely have as many kids physically in school as possible. As such FCPH will continue to provide guidance and technical assistance to support those decisions of our schools as appropriate.
As always, continue to watch this site for new and updated information about COVID-19 and vaccine availability.
Joe Mazzola, MPA Franklin County Health Commissioner