Coronavirus in Ohio: State surpasses 1M cases; unused vaccines provided to 16 and up

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MAHONING COUNTY, Ohio (WJW) – Ohio on Monday surpassed one million reported coronavirus cases since the beginning of the pandemic.

According to the Ohio Dept. of Health, there have been a total of 1,001,194 cases since the pandemic started last year. That’s 1,444 cases reported in the last 24 hours.

UPDATES DURING MONDAY’S PRESS CONFERENCE:

  • Gov. DeWine reiterates if any provider is not filling slots this week, they have the option, at their discretion, to provide them to someone 16 and older.
  • As of Monday, March 22 at 2 p.m., 31,000 have received first dose of Pfizer vaccine thanks to mass clinic at Wolstein Center in Cleveland.
  • Assisted living/nursing home visitation: requiring both to have visitation whenever circumstances/criteria are met; 30 minutes minimum for the visit. Test vaccinated staff once per week. Unvaccinated staff will be tested twice a week.
  • States around Ohio are seeing some upturns again; seeing more activity from the variants — 173 variant cases in Ohio. (It was 32 two weeks ago.)

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine earlier Monday said he would allow vaccine providers to make the COVID-19 vaccine available to anyone 16 and older if an appointment is not filled so there is no vaccine waste.

He made the announcement while touring a vaccine site in Mahoning County Monday.

The vaccine will be made available to 16 and up on March 29.

Currently, 40 and up are eligible for the vaccine in Ohio, along with people in certain professions and who have certain medical conditions.

The governor says these steps will ensure that the state is using its entire allotment of vaccine used each week.

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