Fully-vaccinated Ohio nursing home employees now exempt from weekly COVID-19 testing, DeWine says

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WJW) — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine offered an update on the continued COVID-19 vaccine rollout in the state Monday afternoon.

Last week, the governor lifted certain quarantine guidelines for those who are fully vaccinated in the state.

Today, those fully-vaccinated employees who work in nursing homes or assisted living homes, are now exempt from the requirement that they be tested every week. However, unvaccinated staff in those facilities will still have to be tested twice a week, DeWine said.

The state also released its most recent coronavirus numbers Monday afternoon.

There have been 1,075,999 total confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 in the state since the pandemic began, which includes an addition of 995 cases reported today, along with a total of 19,284 deaths (including zero additional fatalities reported today).

Death statistics are no longer being reported daily for accuracy purposes, ODOH said.

The total number of hospitalizations because of the virus since the pandemic began is now 56,642 people. There were 89 hospitalizations reported in the last 24 hours, and 17 people were reported admitted to the ICU during that time.

About 1,024,164 people are presumed to have recovered from the illness in the state.

The number of people vaccinated in the state so far is 4,720,786 or about 40.39% of the population. That number includes people who have gotten one or two shots so far. In the last 24 hours, 5,564 people were vaccinated.

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