The Highland County Health Department is currently planning vaccinations for people aged 65 and over with serious medical conditions.
Medical conditions available for the new round of planning include those with: sickle cell anemia; Down syndrom; Cystic fibrosis; Muscular dystrophy; Cerebral palsy; Spina bifida; People with severe heart defects who require regular medical attention; People with severe type 1 diabetes who were hospitalized for this last year; Phenylketonuria (PKU); Tay-Sachs and Other Rare Inherited Metabolic Disorders; Epilepsy with persistent seizures; Hydrocephaly; Microcephaly and other severe neurological disorders; Turner syndrome, fragile X syndrome, Prader-Willi syndrome, and other serious genetic disorders; People with severe asthma who were hospitalized in the past year; Alpha and beta thalassemia; and organ transplant candidates and recipients, according to a Facebook post by Highland County Health Commissioner Jared Warner on Monday.
Warner asked people to be honest if they belong to one of these groups. He said you should ask your doctor if you are curious to be with them.
“The Ohio Department of Health estimates that 200,000 people in Ohio are eligible for this category,” Warner said. “With a state population of 11,690,000, this is around 1.7% of our population. Using this general rate for the population of Highland County, that will be approximately 730 people. “
The health department has two options for registering for clinic places. The first of these is to take an online survey at https://www.highlandcountyhealth.org/get-a-covid19-vaccination. You will be placed on the waiting list that the department will call you back once the positions are filled during the week.
The other way to sign up is to call the department’s central planning service at 1-866-395-1588 Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
In other news, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine updated the school districts reminding them of their obligation to study in person by March 1. This obligation requires these districts to vaccinate teachers and other school staff.
“The priorities of our vaccination program were to save lives and get our students back into the classroom,” DeWine said in a press release. “We just know that there aren’t enough vaccines. However, we have prioritized vaccinating teachers to get students back to school as too many suffer academically and emotionally. School districts should make a voluntary commitment to their students, teachers, and communities and open their classrooms if they want to provide vaccinations to their staff. By prioritizing school staff, our elderly or more vulnerable Ohioans have fewer doses available. “
The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) Public Health Advisory was last updated on February 11 and includes COVID-19 statistics for Highland County. At this point, Highland County was still in a level 3 public emergency, which means there is “very high exposure and diffusion” in the county. People should limit their activities as much as possible.
The county currently had 479.60 cases per 100,000 residents, which has continued to decline since the start of the new year. It had a 7-day average for new cases of 12.14, a 7-day average for emergency rooms of 0.43, a 7-day average for outpatients of 3.29, and a 7-day average for Hospital admissions of 0.29. These statistics are as of February 9th.
There have been 3,169 cases, 165 hospitalizations and 44 deaths in Highland County, according to the Ohio COVID-19 dashboard, last updated on Monday. The most recent death from COVID-19 in the county occurred on January 25, according to the dashboard.
Contact Jacob Clary at 937-402-2570.
This graph shows all of the conditions for which people are eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine if the person is also 65 or older.