Coronavirus latest: 742,817 cases in Ohio; 280,836 in Kentucky; 539,229 in Indiana
everybody. I want to start off today by kind of giving an update in regard to the vaccines, but also going through again, because I know there’s been some confusion or not fully understanding exactly what we’re doing. And I think it zvehr e very important, uh, that every Ohioan understand how we’re prioritizing the vaccine. We don’t have enough as it comes in every week, obviously, the vaccine, everybody in the state. So there has to be, ah, priorities set. And that’s what we’ve done. Um, let me start with with the nursing homes and, you know, we made nursing homes of priority because over half of our deaths in the state of Ohio occurred in nursing homes. And our goal is to get as many people in nursing homes, residents as well as those who work in nursing homes theon tune it, Take the shots, Justus quickly as we can. We have good news. Azaz of Sunday, Um, 61% of our nursing homes had received their first visit for the shots, which means that one of our pharmacy partners came in, but the day they’re usually sometimes two days, and everyone who wanted to get the shot was able to get it. So 61% as of Sunday. Obviously, yesterday they were doing it. They’re continuing to do it today. We’re gonna actually see a few couple of nursing homes and and see, uh, some of the people who were getting shots on talk to some of the individuals who are giving the shots about that today. So 61% Um, that’s the good news. We’re moving forward. By the end of the week, we expect to be about 80% and in another week to have most of them, most of them done for the first for the first shot. The bad news is, I mentioned, uh, I’ve mentioned before. We’re only running. We think about 40% of the staff that is taking the shot the first time around. We’re doing certainly better with the residents. That number is somewhere between 75 80%. We just would again encourage everyone who has the opportunity to to get this to get this shot. What’s gonna happen on Friday? Eyes. That will be the first day that we will be seeing some nursing homes being visited the second time for the second shot. So when they come through the second time to the nursing home again, number one goals to administer the second shot everybody who got the first time secondary goal will be to administer a shot. Anybody else for the first time, who, once it they will come back. One more time on that will be to administer a second shot to those who got it at the second the second visit. So for those who work in nursing homes or if you have a loved one in a nursing home once you start the second round, that really, uh I’m not gonna say it’s the last time to get it, because it won’t be the last time, but it could be a while. So it’s really important for everyone who wants to get that shot. And we would certainly urge everyone. If you have a loved one in a nursing home, we would urge you to urge them to get that shot. If you have a loved one who was working in a nursing home, we would we would do the same thing, uh, urge that as well. Uh, let’s go now to Fairborn. Um, we’re going to see a couple of shots be administered it right. Rehabilitation and health care center in Fairborn. First up is resident Darryl. Darryl, How you doing today, please? Okay. Very good. I got a chance to talk to you a minute before before we were on the air were we’re gonna watch you get a shot in Just a minute. How do you feel about that? I felt great. I’m so excited to get it. Good. That’s that notice. That is great. Meron Ritter, pharmacist from farm script. We’ve had the chance to talk before. How you doing today? Uh, I’m well, So how’s it going in Fairborn today? And in vaccinating, right? Rehab? It’s done imperfectly. Absolutely. No. Pickups on. Everybody’s doing really well. Okay, Well, that that that that is that is great. We appreciate both of you being on Well, just watch. You do what you dio Okay. Oh, uh huh. Within relaxed time. Okay. It was pretty quick, Darryl. Like a Yeah, that’s right. Good. That’s that. Well, that’s great. That’s great. They’ll be coming back and seeing you in a few more weeks to get that second shot. That Yes, Thank you, Darryl. Very, very much. Uh, we now have Sean vessel, dietary director at right. Rehab and health care. Uh, Sean, how you doing? How you doing? I’m well, So you’re the dietary director. Is that mean that means you make sure everybody’s fed fed. Okay, that well, absolutely. I tried my best. That that That is good. That is good. How long you been there? I’ve been here about three years now, have you? Yes. Uh, you you ready to get this shot? Absolutely. Absolutely. All right. We’re gonna We’re gonna watch this take place. And thanks for doing it on TV. We appreciate that very much. Thank you. What? Oh, okay. Okay. She mhm John. That’s pretty quick. Uh, yes, sir. No pain. All right? No, no, No problem. So far. Way hope you both have a good day. And Esso everything. How many people do you think you all have vaccinated today? Do you have any idea? Yeah, that’s about 70 to 80. Okay, well, that’s great. That’s great. We we can’t wait until everybody in every nursing home is, uh, got the vaccine. Were excited about it. And, you know, right now across the state, uh, people like you are doing this vaccination all over the state. So we’re we’re excited about it. Every day that goes on, we have more people who are getting getting that protection. So well, thanks to both of you, we appreciate it a great day. Fairborn, of course, is pretty close. Thio, Cedar rail. So there I was kidding them and said we’re not We’re not too far apart. Just a few miles. We’re gonna go a little further to Chile. Coffee and down in Ross County on this is pro America’s Heartland of Chile Coffee. And let’s let’s talk first to infection prevention ist Caylee. Stoltz Caylee. How are you doing? Hi. How are you? Well, I’m good. I’m good. You’re ready. You’re ready to do this? Yeah, I sure am. What? Tell us why you decided, Thio. Yeah. He said tell us why you decided to get the shot well of the health care provider. Um, I’ve seen how Kobe 19 has just devastated our community. It’s affected so many people that I personally know, but then as well of my patients, um, and I just feel this vaccine is just one step closer in the right direction. So with that, I’m going to get the vaccine to protect myself, My family, my patients and people in my community. That’s great, Chase. How you doing today? I’m doing well, Governor. Thank you. Well, good. Good to see. Good to see you again. Um, have any idea how many people are being vaccinated there today? We’re right about 100 of right now, so we’re moving along pretty well. Good. Good. Okay, well, let’s do it. You ready? Alright. Mm. If Caylee is ready, I’m ready. So I’m just watching. Yeah, quick and easy. Just like you said. There we go. That daily? How was it? There was Palin? Yeah, I’m not sure. I quite believe that. But close to Tokyo? Uh huh. That’s what we’re going for here. Well, good luck to both of you today. Thank you very much for joining us and being on TV. Appreciate it. Absolutely. Thank you. Thank you. We’re going to go now, Thio, our director of aging. Or sell McIlroy, who has been working with some of the providers and working with with the nursing homes and also has been working with the nursing homes on education component for some of the residents and for the health care workers so or sell what? How are things going? Well, good to see you, Governor. Good to see you. As always, it’s always we’re moving right along. Aziz. You know, Ohio’s long term care staff and residents have the opportunity to be some of the first in the state to receive the cove in 19 vaccine. And this is because many of our facilities have been hit the hardest on what’s arguably the largest public health emergency months of us will experience in our lifetimes our pharmacy partners. We’ve worked really closely with them. I think I heard you earlier mentioned that they’ll make three trips on average, to their assigned facilities to administer 1st and 2nd round doses of the vaccine. They began with the skilled nursing facilities on December 18th, and as of this weekend, we were at 61% of the first dose out, and that’s been within two weeks. Um, as we’ve learned from the early data, the acceptance of the vaccine by the residence is Encouragingly high, while the staff participation still remains low. Anecdotally, this seems to be true in Ohio and in other states, and we’re reasonably concerned that given any refusal or delay. A vaccination reduces our goal of widespread compliance, and it compromises our ability to eradicate this virus. So we’re hoping to see the numbers Klein. But we also acknowledge that different people have different reasons for why they’re hesitant, and understanding these reasons has helped us target our efforts. And resource is effectively so. Some of the commonly cited reasons for the hesitancy have been side effects. People believe it’s too new, so they have safety and effectiveness concerns. Some believe the risk of Kobe have been exaggerated. There’s just a general mistrust by some of vaccines and mistrust within the health care system. Um, some people are worried about receiving or obtaining Kobe 19, I should say from the vaccine. And then there are others who just don’t believe there a risk of getting the virus. So while we understand the concerns, we also know that saving lives is the focus. We know the lives of our residents, staff and their families, and early protection is necessary to avoid illness and worse death. So staff on the front lines we know they may be exposed to covert each day, and we know that every staff member is critical to their facility, and so we’re putting forth a lot of great efforts to try to address some of their concerns and just real quickly or so what kind of things that we we doing working with our partners in the nursing homes? Absolutely. So right now we recognize we have a critical window of opportunity to vaccinate during this initial wave. And so what we do in these days and weeks ahead can be pivotal, so we know that people has a tent. But we’re hoping that their hesitancy is temporary and we can replace it with confidence, confidence that it’s safe to get the vaccine. And so to help with people’s understanding. We’re hosting a Siris of live discussions with medical experts that include public health commissioners, doctors and nurses, all of different ages, genders and races, and from urban and rural areas of Ohio. And during these sessions, which are limited to the staff within these facilities, we explain the science and facts of the vaccine, and then we answer any questions they have. And Governor had just hopped off of one of these sessions to join you, and right now there are more than 400 people on that call. So we’re really thankful for amazing experts who have joined to share their experience and knowledge and have these honest conversations. I will tell you from this morning’s roundtable. What we learned is that the science used to develop these vaccines has been around for some time. Um, that we still need to keep wearing masks because the vaccine will keep you from getting severely ill. But you could still spread the virus to others. And they’re asking the important questions that many of us have. Like, Is the vaccine safe? Well, I get covert from taking the vaccine. I’ve had Cove it do. I still need to get the vaccine. And again, we’re fortunate. We have great medical experts were able to answer the questions, and we hope that thes discussions will give the workforce the confidence they need to get the vaccine. Great. We’ll let you get back to that. Thank you very much. Education is in most things in life is really so very, very important. And, you know, these folks will where they live there or where they work there. They’re all getting a second chance is that group goes through the second time. And so we, uh your conferences and your calls and things were certainly very timing. Timely, director. Thank you. Appreciate it very, very much. You know, we’re getting let me go back and talk a little bit about some of the questions that we get about the sequence. Uh, maybe to recap just a little bit. Things important to look at what our overall goals are. Overall goals are are several. One is to save lives, uh, to protect people to protect the most vulnerable s. So if you look at what we’re doing in one A and one B, there’s a great great focus on protecting the most vulnerable of our citizens in the state of Ohio. Second, we’re gonna work to protect those who protect us in the healthcare field. Those people who continued day after day to be in with cove in patients. Eso we’ve devoted a significant number of the early vaccines to them as well as to the nursing homes. Um, in the third group that we will big group, you know that we will hit Aziz. We move forward in one B is the whole goal is to get kids back in school on our goals, we’ve said, is get every child back in school by March 1st. That’s that’s what are aspirational. Goal is so those are the really kind of the pillars. Those are the things that our goals are for one A and one B on. Now let me go through these, uh, just a little bit. Let me start with one egg. Um, again, Nursing homes, other Congress care settings where people live, our medical personnel. We also are distributing some through our health departments. They’re out vaccinating people like E. M s, uh, people who are working every day and many times air coming in contact with with people with co vid medical personnels on there. Also, the local health departments are doing some Congress care care settings. So the vaccines are going out to the nursing homes through our pharmacy company partners. Four of them. Ah, lot of it’s going out through the hospitals to medical personnel, and then the third big group is going out through the health department. So those are the three major groups of providers who are out there working right now, uh, to get this one. A group covered just to give people an idea of the size. There is roughly a million people in one A roughly a million people, uh, in in one a group. It doesn’t mean they all get it doesn’t mean they all want it, but there’s a million people in that in that group. Now, let me turn to one B. We announced last week where are deaths have been the greatest, of course, are among our older members of Ohio society. And Eric, if you can put that up, please. And again, you start at the bottom here. Plus 80 is 53% of deaths. So 50 53% of deaths 80 plus 75 to 79 as 14% of deaths age 70 to 74 is 11.9 almost 12, 65 to 69 years 8 60 to 64 is five and on. So we’ve had people died almost every age. But if you look at the statistics, the most vulnerable individuals obviously are the older, the older that they get. Um, so again, you know that I think gives us a pretty good indication of why we’re in one B. We’re going to start with older, older people. Um, and we hope in approximately two weeks from now to be starting in, uh, this lot. This depends on how much we’re getting in from from the federal government, etcetera. But we hope in about two weeks to be starting in on this 11 b group. Um, just again to give you some numbers. Um, above 85 is about 220,000 people. 75 84 is about 580,000 people, and 65 to 74 is a million people. Um, you also we also have announced that in the one B group, we will have approximately 75,000 people who are the most at risk because of a medical condition or situation who are under the age of 65. And that comes as I said to about 75,000 people. But we also have another group that potentially isas large as 300,000. That is, people who work in our schools k through 12. So we’ll be announcing in the next few days how we’re gonna phase those in. But those of the groups that will be coming up after one a now to clarify it. Some of one a will be finishing up next week, some the next week after, But some of one a will continue on, uh, for some time, for example. Um, assisted living. Uh, our pharmacy partners will go to assisted living as soon as they get done with the nursing homes. Um, but then, by the time you get that second shot for people in assisted living, you know we’re down the road. Ah, few more weeks. So one day will continue to some extent down here a same time. We start up 11 b and go that way. So I hope that brings a little little clarity to what We’re what we’re doing. But again, the goals are clear. Number one most important thing is to protect lives. Number two protect our health care workers who are protecting us every day and three is to get our kids in school. Those those. Those are the goals. That’s what drives everything we’re doing. Eric, let’s look at the slides. This is our normal slides. Uh, we’re kind of sitting here around 7500 new cases per day. Again, it’s been up and down, but it’s sort of plateau doubt for for some time. The good news is, is not going up appreciably. The bad news is not going down on. It’s a very, very, very high. Irate deaths sadly, 104. Hospitalization. FIVETHIRTYEIGHT You’ll see that there’s way above the 21 day average. Andi, I see you emissions or above that as well. And we’re already starting to see uh, Bruce will tell you in a minute. About one place in Ohio were You know, we’re starting to see some things in regard, particularly in regard to the emergency rooms. We’ll talk a little bit about that. Let’s go the next slide, Eric. This is our standard slide of where we’re seeing the most the most cases. 1 to 88. Eric, Let’s go to the next one. This is 1 to 20. You see, Pickaway County is unfortunately first, uh, and they’re running about almost 11 times the high incidence level, down to the 20th one. Jackson County, which is about eight times see the high incidence level. So again what it means. I had a conversation with some superintendents yesterday on. I just won’t go into what County they were from, But I said Look, spread is everywhere. Were the high rate everywhere, even the lowest county in the states, three times the height, the high instant level rate. So the spread is continues to remain very, very, very high. Um, today we have a doctor. Vanderhof discuss hospital capacity to explain Ah, little bit, maybe about the mutation of the virus. I know we’ve heard about this coming from UK. And so, Bruce, if you could give us a little clarification there, that would be great. Terrific. Thank you, Governor. Well, as I think people may know, January and February are always very busy months for our hospitals. Now that’s partly due to flu in a normal year. Thankfully, this year we’re seeing very little flu at all. But we, as the governor noted, continue to ride a very high wave of Kobe 19. Now, there are some concerning signs of increased covert activity over the last few days. First are testing positivity is climbing again. Secondly, our hospitalizations across the state, which had dropped from about 4400 on Christmas Eve to around 4000 on New Year’s Day, have now left back up above 4400 in just a few days just to put all of this in perspective, our covert hospitalizations November 1st were around 1500 in just 650 October 1st. So we’re three times the hospitalizations we saw in November. But all the seven times where we were in October in our I C. S are also very busy. In fact, R. I. C s air caring for over 1000 patients and more than a quarter of our vets are filled with Cove in care. Now, when our hospitals are confronted with this kind of volume, we’ve long had mechanisms in place to ensure that every patient gets the care they need when they needed, even if a given hospital is strained. For example, last night our Columbus hospitals initiated a citywide emergency patient diversion. That means the hospitals needed to take special measures to balance care across the city. As a result, all the hospitals, M s, police and fire in Columbus are working together to balance care and make sure that patients get to an emergency room and hospital that is best able to take new patients. Now it’s important to note that this impacts how are. Ambulances coordinate their hospital runs, not an individual’s access to emergency care. If Sally Buckeye drives to an emergency room, even one that is on diversion, she’ll get appropriate emergency care. However, if she needs to be admitted, she might very well be transferred to another hospital. All of this illustrates that our hospitals are extremely busy coming out of the holidays, and we have not even begun to see whether there will be an additional impact from our holiday week. Even as we press forward with vaccinations, we need to remember we have a lot of road ahead and we can’t forget covitz safety where our masks keep our distance. Wash your hands now in terms of the UK virus variants that I’m sure many have seen news reports about when we think about any virus. We have to remember that it is usual for viruses to change over time through a process called mutation. Now, most of these virus variants aren’t really very important because they don’t actually change the behavior of the virus, and many of them just disappear. The new U K variant of the virus, referred to as B 117 variant that’s been in many news reports is notable because it appears to be more contagious than other variants. However, it doesn’t appear to be more severe. It doesn’t appear to affect people who are already immune. Nevertheless, um, or contagious virus worries us because it could lead to more people getting sick, more people getting hospitalized, ultimately, more people dying. This new variant has in fact reached the United States and will undoubtedly soon reach Ohio, too. Its appearance reinforces three importance of our efforts to prevent the spread of Kobe, our safety measures and our vaccines safety measures we’ve emphasized today wearing masks, staying at least 6 ft apart, avoiding crowds and frequent hand washing. They’ll all work against this new variant. And, of course, vaccination, which we remain confident will cover this strain very nicely is also very important. The bottom line is, this new variant doesn’t change what we have to do. It just underlines the importance of what we have asked. Every Ohioan, wear your mask, stay 6 ft apart, avoid crowds, wash your hands and when it’s your turn, get vaccinated. Thank you, Governor. Doctor. Thank you very much, Lieutenant Governor. Thank you very much. Governor um I wanted toe start out before getting to some of the economic information just to say some words of support for the prioritization process that you outlined earlier. I know that when the holiday weekend or holiday we came to an end and Sunday and Monday started coming along. I got all kinds of calls and text messages from from a variety of groups who are all certainly worthy of of receiving the vaccine. Because, look, we want everybody to receive the vaccine at some point in time. And But right now we have supply and demand limitations. Uh, that is that is very clear, uh, in the immediate future. And I say this is estimated because we never know until the week before exactly how Maney vaccines were going to get. It’s estimated that will receive between 100,000 and 175001st doses for the state of Ohio. And as you mentioned earlier, there are over two million people in Group one be alone. So you can you can you can see from that. It’s gonna take a while, and we’re all gonna have to be patient. We don’t control the production of the vaccine, but we can set the priorities for its distribution. And as faras vaccine distribution, we have chosen to prioritize the people who are most likely to die without it on and categories one A and one B represent nearly 90% of the lives that we have lost due to Cova 19. That’s the nursing homes. That’s the people 65 over. And, uh, I support what we’re trying to do here. And I think the governor’s right on in terms of of prioritizing those people on, uh, you know, as long as well as getting our kids back in school. Uh, because every dose of vaccine that we divert somewhere else is taking away from one of those very worthy people that we know represent the place where most of the deaths have occurred. And I also wanna emphasize, because I’ve had a lot of conversations with school leaders and and folks who are interested in education that school personnel are among the next. Among the next priorities. Group one B. But school personnel will only be prioritized for vaccinations if the school will reopen for in person education. So understand that that’s what we want it to happen with us. We want schools to be open. So I reiterate that schools should not sign on to the vaccination program unless they plan toe open for in person education. Um, let me transition if I could do some economic issues, restaurant and bar program. Um, we have assistance fund where they’re eligible for up to $2500. If you’re a liquor permit holder right now on Lee, 70% of the liquor permit holders have taken advantage of this. There’s 15 over 15,000. Slightly, almost 11,000 of take advantage of it. So we have 4600 eligible permit holders who have not on. We’re going to extend that deadline to January the 31st so that we can hopefully serve the rest of those, uh, liquor permit holders. Remember, it’s not just a bar, a restaurant. It could be a movie theater, a bowling alley, a sports or concert venue. Even as we’ve we’ve seen some hair salons that have liquor permits. Uh, all of those folks are eligible. We want them. Thio, go get that money. Because we know this is a group of people who have been hurt by the virus. In terms of their businesses, they could go to business. Help dot Ohio dot gov It’s easy. All you do is enter your liquor permit number and your and your federal tax information, and they’ll send you the check. It’s not competitive. You can use this for almost anything. Pay employees, pay bills, supplies. We want you to take advantage of it. Additionally, we know the economic consequences are are really for many people during the pandemic. You have a great resource in Ohio means jobs dot com. There are over 144,000 jobs available there. 72,000 of those jobs pay $50,000 a year or more. Uh, and you may say, Well, I don’t have uh, I don’t have the right text skills or you may be employer says Hey, I might have toe lay some people off if I don’t if they don’t have the right kind of training. Well, we have. Resource is for that. The tech Cred program tech red dot Ohio dot gov is open for another round of funding of up to $2000 for an individual to get an industry recognized credential so far, we’ve had 966 businesses take advantage of it. Uh, that will lead to over 15,000 tech related industry credentials. You may think I’m not a tech person. Tech is Tech is not as hard as you think. You can get these skills. This is something that that anybody is capable of doing. You should go to Tech credit Ohio dot gov and check it out because these air these air jobs we know employers were hiring for to help get you ready here in the new year and then one Final One final bit of information. Governor last year. I get calls every day, almost from business owners who unexpectedly gotta be WC dividend check and who are talking about how it literally is saving their business. It’s helping keep employees hired. Well, The BWC recently announced that public employers will pay less in premiums. Uh, in this upcoming year, uh, 10% rate reduction went into effect on January 1. That means that 3700 counties, cities, public schools, another public taxing district will pay an average of 10% less for premiums compared to the previous calendar year. And this is the 12th BBC rate reduction since 2000. And nine people say, Well, how is this possible? Well, because our workplaces air safer. We’ve seen injury trends, decline and lower medical inflation costs. All of those things are good news. Every little bit of this helps it matters. We’re trying to hang in through through the vaccine phase. We talked about that. We’re gonna have to be patient. I know 2021 is a year of recovery and we’re gonna recover. We’re going to recover from a health point of view and education and job training point of view, which we’ve talked about in an economic point of view getting more people back toe working and helping support these businesses. So here’s a few ways that we can help. And Governor, I’ll turn it back over to you. Thanks. Great. Lieutenant. Government. Thank you. Were ready for questions, Governor. First question today is from Alex Ebert at Bloomberg that Hey, governor, a happy New Year. Can you walk us through why you decided to change your minds and sign house? Stand your ground law. I know you’ve said in the past that there was ambiguity and the duty to retreat um, but we’ve had, you know, lots of common law over the decades, actually analyzing that yourself for a prosecutor. And that’s the test that prosecutors frequently and commonly go through. So it’s not something that we’ve had difficulty kind of analyzing over the decades in Ohio. So can you walk us through that and why you decided to change your mind? Thank you. Yeah. Look, I made a commitment when I ran for governor that I would shine a bill similar to that bill, and, uh, I made I made that commitment. Uh, it puts us in the majority of states, not the minority of states that have something very similar to that. But as I pointed out yesterday, I am, uh, want to see the state Legislature do some things that I’ve asked them to do that will not in any way infringe upon the Second Amendment, but I know absolutely will guarantee it will save lives. It will make our communities safer. This this has to do with taking guns out of the hands of violent criminals punishing them or violent criminals when they have are found in possession of a gun, which they’re not allowed to have but giving a very tough sentence for those individuals and fixing um, our data system and requiring that when someone is charged, there’s an outstanding warrant for someone for violent offenses that that must be placed in the state database and that that must be placed in the national database. I think most people watching this right now would assume Oh, that automatically goes in. It does not The only way the only people that can assure that that will happen is for the state Legislature to require that and to change the law. So these air things that need toe happen. We presented a bill to the Legislature a year ago. Um, one thing I’ve learned doing government for over four decades is that the most important quality someone can have who wants to get something done is to be persistent. And to be stubborn on DSO I’m not giving up. Far from it. Far from it. I’m coming back to the legislature again, and I would just ask any member of the Legislature who just listen to what I just said, families watching it, who could be against those things? Who could be against this? This is not about guns and taking guns away from citizens. This is about taking away from people who aren’t supposed to have it anyway. And that’s violent offenders. And it’s about allowing, making sure that when a police officer you know, Ohio pulls over, someone on their own figures out who they are and walks up to that car that they know that person has an outstanding warrant instead of in many cases having no clue or as the person in the car knows that there is. He is running from the law. But the police officer has no idea That is a dangerous situation for that police officer. That has to be changed. So I am persistent. I am stubborn. I’m back to my friends in the legislature. Say we could do this. No confidence going to get done, Governor, can I Can I add something to that? That you should know? We’re already building this database. Alex, um, we are in the process of building a database that will make it easy and free for the local governments that have to enter this information to do it. Now we need the legislature to make it mandatory. So we’re doing all of the back work on this. It’s gonna be free. It’s gonna be easy. We just need the legislature, uh, to require it. And ah, free. Easy mandatory. You’ll hear us say that many, many times, but we’re ready to go on this. I actually had a gun store owner reach out to me yesterday and said, Hey, why didn’t the Legislature include this? And I reiterated to him that we’re going to stay on it. We’re gonna We’re gonna get these things done. There is No, um there’s no opposition to these things from from even gun rights groups. They support what they call fix NICS. And we just need to get the legislature, uh, to do what? Even gun stoners you’re asking them to dio. Next question is from Jess Harden and the holding matters dot com. Look up there. Just, um I have a question about the one b group eso We’ve seen the rollout of vaccines to this group of older Americans. Be kind of a logistical nightmare and other places. We’ve been hearing reports about issues in Florida with this first come first serve situation and folks, you know, lining up overnight to receive the vaccine and put putting burdens on health departments that are already overloaded. I’m wondering what your plan is for rolling this out logistically. And also, if you plan to use the National Guard to do so, and if not, why would you choose to use them for testing help, But not with help for vaccination? We certainly will. Just use the National Guard. General Harrison. I have talked about that. They will. They will be used. Um Hmm. We’d are working on a plan that we hope avoids some of the long lines. Um, we will have, we think, based on the information we’re getting now, the first week About 100,000 doses, 100,000 doses that you have not already been set aside for for nursing homes. 100,000 doses that we will be able to use for this one b group. So, as you can see, it’s a big group. We’ve not decide exactly what we’ve said is 65 minute and up will be in the one B. We have not said how we’re gonna phase that in. Um, you know, we will start with an older group in that the older group subset in that and then move down until we get toe 65. Um, but with 100,000 u comptel you know, those are certainly not going to cover that group. It’s gonna take a number of weeks to do that. So we’re gonna have a plan. We should hope in the next few days to be able to announce an exact date kick off. We hope to be able then to also announced You know how we’re going to do it. Um, and it’s gonna, in all likelihood, be a combination of people being able to go toe primary care doctors. In some cases, um, some cases on make appointments in other places. They may maybe a, uh, fairgrounds or somewhere like that, where they don’t have to make an appointment. So there’s gonna be a kind of a combination we wanna make. This is user friendly as we can, but we know that we have imperative. And the imperative you’re trying to do two things at once. One is you’re trying to make. It is convenient. You can for people. But on the other hand, you want to get him out, Justus fast. You can. So you know the more the more the fairground type is gonna be probably faster. Um, but we also know that there’s some people that will not work for, and we want them to be able to to send appointment to be able to do that. But we’ve It is imperative to get these shots in people’s arms, Justus, fast as we can. Next question is from Kevin Landers at WBNS in Columbus. Hello, Governor. Happy New Year. Let me know your Kevin Governor. We have a question from us from several viewers who wanted to know why nursing homes are getting the vaccine first, while those in assisted living have toe Wait, what is that distinction? And on that same topic of vaccines, how much of the vaccine is being wasted with healthcare? Workers are opting out not to take the vaccine, and pharmacies are getting those vaccines returned and not able to use them. And then they expire. Yeah, I mean, you know, um, as far as the wasting of those, we’re sorry to see people not take them, but they’re not going to be wasted. They’re not wasted. We did have one situation, Andi, I’ll talk about in just a minute. Pull my notes up. We had one situation we’re nursing home gave a much higher number on when they got down to the nursing home. They did everything they could. They’ve got everybody who would take a shot. But they had and they had some left over, a lot left over. And then we’re able Thio scramble and get those into people’s arms. But there were some that were APS wasted, and that was the first time that that’s occurred to our knowledge in Ohio. Not not happy about it on we’re asking or nursing homes. I’m got notes here. I’ll read here in a minute, but we’re asking our nursing homes, too. Um, you know, really be careful about their estimates of the number of people who are going to get that vaccine. It could be off a little bit, Always gonna be off a little bit, but we wanted them to hit his clothes, and that’s just it brings home. I think, the difficulty of this, you know, once you thought out, you know you’re the clock is running, and so that’s that’s what you have to worry about. As far as the assisted living, um, medical community told us that by and large, by and large, people who are in high skilled nursing home settings are more fragile, uh, than people in assisted living. But if you have someone in assisted living or if you’re watching this and you live in assisted living just as soon as these four pharmacy companies have gotten are done with the nursing homes, they’re rolling right into assisted living, and it won’t be long until they’re already starting to take to take, uh, set the dates and actually schedule that. So next question is from Marty sh Laden at the Ohio Capital Journal Governor, Um, so so far you’re saying that you’re not gonna require nursing home employees to get the vaccine. Um, we’ve got a low rate of participation. Presumably some part of those 25% of residents who aren’t getting the vaccine aren’t getting it. Because for medical reasons, um, it isn’t the whole point of prioritizing that population first place to protect them. So what’s the sentiment creating such requirement? And secondly, do you think it’s a good idea to make CVS and Walgreens and the hospitals and health departments keep track of how many people are refusing the vaccine so that, you know that’s a metric you can use in making policy. Look, we’re doing everything we can to get pretty close numbers to how many are refusing them and were given. Those two are the exact No. But I will tell you that every single time we had one MAWR requirement on somebody who is putting shots in someone’s arms were slowing that process down. And that’s what I’ve got away, Um, and, you know, trying to figure out how many people are. Let’s take Let’s take a nursing home. Um, you know, you it would be very It’s gonna be very difficult for CVS to determine that they go into a nursing home and they don’t know what shifts air there. What shifts Air off? They don’t know how many people have actually said no. How many people that couldn’t have been reached. They don’t They don’t know any of that. And so were I give you. I want it. I want to know, You know, keep in mind that the first information about 40% came from us. It’s because we went out and we asked nursing homes and we asked the CVS, we said, What do you get? And we way, you know, got away that back from them. So we’re gonna give you data. This is close. Is we, Aziz? We can to that, uh to what? The what? The facts are without burdening and slowing down. The process is far as requiring people to get shots. There is a broad consensus in this state, uh, not to require people to get shots. Now, if a nursing home wants to require an employee to get a shot, far as I know, they could do that. I know of no reason they can’t do that. I haven’t looked the wall up, but they have every ability to do that. But what we’re hoping eyes that, you know, persuading people to do it. Educating people like Director McIlroy was talking about is the right way to go about this. And we’re not going to really know the full numbers until we go through the second time. And I think what’s going to happen is you’re gonna see more residents. Take that and that 80% number we think is going to go up. We think that the number as faras the workers is going to go up. A swell next question is from Jack Windsor, A, W M F D and Mansfield Jack. Hi, Governor. I previously asked during one of these pressers if the vaccine dashboard would contain adverse reactions, injuries and deaths that result from the Koven vaccinations and you said that make that available. However, a later message was related that the federal government has an adverse events Web page where people can pull information. But at this time, there are no plans to add this to the vaccine dashboard. But you mentioned last week that 60% of Ohio nursing home workers refused the shot. So a two part question Could it be that the lack of data regarding negative outcomes is causing many people to be concerned that the government is whitewashing the data to encourage adoption? And do you know how many adverse reactions, injuries and deaths have occurred to date in Ohio due to the Pfizer and Madonna vaccines? Thank you. Okay. I don’t know. I don’t know. Um I will, you know, I don’t know what that is. Uh, no. Whether about your doctor? Vanderhof has got any data on that. What? I can But I can say this is somewhat of a reiteration of what I shared before is that the standard approach for every vaccine that we have in the country is that when someone observes patient following the reception of a vaccine up to a matter of days, there’s something with their health of occurred that they think could be vaccine that’s reported to through the V A E. R s system. This is a group of experts who have a high degree of independence are actually highly motivated to accurately identify adverse reactions to any vaccine because their job then, is to change the guidance regarding vaccine Onda. Those folks are highly trained to come in and make the determination was what was observed part of the patient’s underlying condition. And, as you can imagine, particularly this vaccine. Many of the patients were receiving it, have many other underlying health conditions Or was it in fact, uh, directly related to having received the vaccine? And you know, thus far, the reports that we’re getting nationally are that this vaccine appears to be very safe. You can turn to be a ER s and look at their reporting and the information that’s available through the CDC regarding that, but that’s the right way to go about it. It’s it’s the way that we’ve always done it with vaccines, and I understand the concern about making things opaque. That’s not what’s going on here. What is going on is an attempt with the brand new vaccine to assure that our assessments are accurate and correct, because the last thing the world we want to do is in accurately assess a reaction that gives the wrong message about the safety of vaccine in either direction. So there’s is the way to go first. You you broke up a least on my my screen that so if there is an adverse reaction, or if there is someone who thinks that there’s been adverse reaction, who do they report that too? So there’s a requirement that that be reported to the vaccine adverse event of goodness and forgetting that our stand for reporting system Yes, the V A E. R s. It is an arm of the C D. C. But relatively independent one, and, uh, they, along with some experts from the CDC, then take responsibility for the assessment of the event. Okay, so that would not be. That would be their responsibility. That would be report directly to them. That is correct. It is their responsibility now. There have been times when administrators may have had questions or confusion about that. And you know how Department of Health has assisted them with completing the process, Uh, in accordance with the requirement. Okay. Thank you. Next question is from Tom Gallic of Gondor News Service. Hi, governor. Hi, Tom. E Wonder, Especially as we’re moving into the general population for vaccinations and you’re relying on people to go get the vaccination as opposed to bring it to them. How is the state going thio kind of keep track of and try to ensure that people are getting that that necessary. Second dose? I refer to Bruce on that one. There’s there’s a system set up, but go ahead, Bruce. Yes, that that that’s correct. So, um, each person, when they received their vaccine, are entered into a system that, uh, then provides a notification back. First of all, they’re given a reminder on then in these nursing home situations when they returned to that nursing home, uh, their vaccine administrators able to say Okay, the following People are on the list for for repeat. Next question is from Tom Jackson at the Sandusky Register. Tom mhm a 400 doses on their first week. And they immediately held a clinic the next daddy, but less than 12 hours and fascinated everybody. Listen, I missions detailed, governor, but the next? Yes. Yeah, I’m missing you. Tom. Can you start again? Yes. Governor County Harmon got 400 doses of vaccine the first week, and then the very next day, they did 12 our clinic and used all 400 doses. The week after that, they asked for 400 doses and they only got 200. And in this week, they asked for 1000 doses, and they only got 200 Governor concerned that the health part is trying todo multi of vaccine people as quickly as possible. Could you please step? Consider stepping tennis. Sandusky of vaccines. I couldn’t hear Tom. I couldn’t get the last part. But I think I got the basically the question What happens every week is on on Tuesday were notified What? The dosage we will get beginning the next Monday. On Thursday, we allocate that to two different departments. We continue to stay in touch with the departments in regard to what their needs are. So we’re asking every department don’t go outside one a, you know, stay within your lane, stay within one a Andi, then, but continue to tell us where you are in vaccinating that that group of people. So what I think I heard you say is they got 400 out quickly. God bless him. That’s a great, great thing. That’s very, very important on then. You know, we this is a scarce commodity, and we’re trying to get through the hospitals through the health Department’s and through our partners, pharmacy company partners getting these vaccines out for the for the one age group. But the assignment and in the allocation every week. Um, you know, we could only give out what we have. And and as long as everybody stays, the course stays on, stays focused on one A on. Do you know one of the things that we’re doing constantly is trying to figure out? Well, what are they gonna finish? One A. And so as we look, for example, to two weeks from now, what we hope is two weeks from now when we can start beginning at least to move toe one B. Part of that, of course, depends on how much we have, and part of that depends on that analysis. Depends on how well, uh, you know how each county is doing. So, um, that’s that’s kind of how we do it. Next question is from Danda, Rosa W. Ohio in Cleveland. Hey, good afternoon, Governor Ohio. And even more so. Cleveland are in a good spot to be in, I guess, but with a negative impact. You have the Browns making the playoffs Sunday night. You’ve got the Buckeyes, then on Monday night. Both games start roughly 8 30 which means bars and people who rely on tips and and the bar owners themselves have reached out to me. Why or why not? Would you consider a variance? Understandably, the variances that we’ve seen for stadiums that’s outside you can distance a lot more. Is there no way you could consider a variance for these two huge games for the state Inbar situations? Eric, you won’t put the first slide back up, Please. The second one, I guess, was, um look, there’s nothing mawr that that I would like to do is you say, Look, let Z have no restrictions, no restrictions on bars. Uh, everybody go back to normal, but we’re not back to normal. I can’t look at these numbers, um, and say that we should expand the time when people can be together, crowd together in a bar or a restaurant because at a bar in a restaurant, by definition, you cannot wear a mask. When you’re drinking and you cannot wear, you cannot wear a mask when you’re eating. So I I understand that we have people hurting. And I understand that we have great desire for people to go to a bar and root on the Buckeyes, a route on the Browns. But that would simply add to spread that we already have, because you cannot do those activities. And look, let me say this to my friends and park bars and restaurants. It is not your fault that you have a business that you cannot wear mask at, but that’s the reality. I can’t change that reality. And so while others were completely shutting restaurants down completely, shutting bars down while we had doctors from the White House er just to do this, we compromised and said, Let’s shut off a 10 o’clock. And frankly, that was a compromise. And what we’ve tried to do is balanced people’s need to make a living. Um, with public safety. Um, no, I need the original slide data for today. Look, this is this is why we can’t do it. I mean, last week, 7500 cases. We have 100 and four deaths. 538 hospitalizations. 44. I see you, Admissions. We’re seeing our numbers and our hospitals go starting to go back up. Um, I’d love to do it. We can’t do it. We just can’t do it. We cannot add to the to the problem. Next question is from Andy Chow at Ohio Public Radio and television. Governor, And you wanna talk to you more about Stand your ground? You’ve mentioned today that the priority the goal of Cove in 19 is to protect lives. What do you tell opponents of the stand? Your ground law who say that stand your ground through studies have shown have seen escalated violence in states that adopt these laws, especially escalated violence against black people and people of color. Look there studies on both sides of this and the people on both sides of this issue. The majority of states in the union, um, are consistent with what Ohio did. I have talked to people on both sides of this issue. There are people who feel adamantly about this, both sides. I understand that, um, I get it. This is a commitment that I made several years ago and the legislature delivered a bill that did that. Now it did not do what I all the other things I wanted to dio I’ve made my case. I think today pretty strongly. And I’ve made my case in my public statement yesterday about what needs to be done. Um, those are examples where there is no debate. There is no debate that you will save lives. You know, we’re seeing little kids killed in our cities. We can’t go weekend. Who doesn’t seem that there’s in some child who was killed by shooting in our cities and usually by ah person who is a violent repeat offender who’s not supposed to have a gun. Anyone on dso If the legislature you know, this is a way to save a lot of lives in Ohio. We focus on the repeat violent offenders and remove them from our communities. Listen to what we have to do. Next question is from Jackie Borchard at the Cincinnati Enquirer. Good afternoon. And happy birthday. Governor s O. I heard from several readers asking why there have been so few details about this next stage of the rollout today. You said you’re working on a plan to be frank. How are we still working on a plan for distribution for this next stage? We have known for months that this time would come Well, Jackie, you know, we’re running train, and when we’re putting fuel in it and we’re building a trade at the same time, I’m not trying to be a smart Alec here today, But look, this is this is there’s a lot going on. Um, we have an obligation to put something out that doesn’t you know, uh, cause people massive inconvenience, they’ll be in convenience, but also get the get the vaccine out as fast as we can. So I took 15 or 20 minutes today of your time and everyone else’s time to tell what groups were doing, Why we’re doing it. What I can say is, in the next few days, we will make it very clear where people will be able to get, uh, vaccine. So we’re pushing this forward. We’re telling people where we’re gonna be in two weeks. We’re gonna tell them where we’re gonna be in three weeks where we’re gonna be in four weeks, the details about how they’re going to get that we will be supplying that information. And we we understand that people need to know where it’s going to be. But what I’m trying to explain today is with Onley 100,000 in that first week and maybe the second week and maybe the third week. It’s gonna be a while before people in in those groups, even in those groups, are able to get the vaccine. Now some. We hope that first week a lot of people are going to get it, but it’s it’s still gonna be a lot of people who are not. We’re not getting it. We’re going to be utilizing many places where you can get it, and we have already had over 1600 providers sign up as potential places to do this. We’re going to use, Um some drive thru were you Cem Fairgrounds. But we also know that a lot of people want to get it through their individual health care system and we’re gonna provide that as well. The challenges you can, if you think about it, is how do you make sure that none of it’s wasted that you get just the right amount to all 88 counties and you gotta continue to repeat that and do that every week. So, you know, you’d like for it to be on every corner, but you obviously can’t do that, so you have to decide what that right number is, and we’re gonna roll that out, and we’re gonna make it clear. But what I’ve been trying to do in the last two weeks is to tell people this is where we’re going and this is this is the rationale behind what what we’re doing. To be clear, you expect that 100,000 in the first week. But that’s gonna ramp up because at that rate, it would take several months for that second group to get correct. Jackie, Jackie, I was absolutely correct. I Look, I wish I had a million. I wish I had two million. I wish that was coming in here a lot faster. And this is what whenever and understand, it would appear way Don’t control this. But it would appear that roughly 100,000 that first week that we will have that will be available. Still understanding that we’re doing some in Congress care settings. Someone’s going into Congress care settings, but we think about 100,000. Yes, Unless that speeds up, we’re gonna be a long time going through one a and then one B and I don’t like it on. I don’t like it on. I’m anxious to move forward, but way play with the hand that were dealt. Next question is from Andrew Welsh Huggins at the Associated Press, the governor and Happy birthday. Happy birthday to you. Thank you, sir. Um, I just wanted to ask you quickly, actually, about the kinship care provider measure an executive order that you signed late last month. Um, some of the advocates of that I’ve spoken to um uh they’re still concerned that the amount of money in the new plan isn’t enough. They’re concerned it’s time limited. I think many of them were hoping for a parallel system that would basically put them on par with traditional foster parents in terms of the amount of money. And a lot of them, I think, don’t want to become foster parents, which I think the new system would require them to dio. Anyway, I was wondering if you could just maybe respond to that and talked briefly about your thinking in putting that particular approach in place. Well, let me let me get back with you on that. I’ll take a look at that. Look at the amount of money. Uh, I’ll get back to you either Thursday or Tuesday. Happy. Happy to do that. Yeah. Next question is from Laura Hancock at Cleveland dot com. Good afternoon, Governor. I have to kind of show your work questions. The first is a request. Can Health Department host the tally each day and the vaccine test, um, dashboard, about how many vaccines have been received in Ohio, separate from the numbers of vaccines that actually have been administered. The second is, um, we’re hearing from leaders and regular Ohioans who are frustrated. They say they’ve been left in the dark about how the coronavirus is gonna get into people’s arms. They say there’s no direction, no plan, no answers, only that it’s being worked on. So, what have you been doing in the last six months To build the infrastructure on logistics for this distribution? What suspiciously have you been doing to get people vaccinated besides announcing one? A one B, etcetera. Yeah, I think it’s the same question. We just got a minute ago. Is that was that different? That I hear it differently? I’m serious. You’ve had six months. What have you done? Yeah, well, we’ve been doing nothing. Nothing. Nothing at all during that six month period of time. But we’ve been told time and again that we at the end of the light of the tunnel was coming. You know, this system will be in place. Uh, the best system we can put forward will be in place, and we will be announcing it when it is time for people to activate and to do it. Look, we were focused. We’re trying to do a lot of things at once, and we are doing a lot of things at once. Um, you know, big concern is to make sure that We get vaccines in people’s arms, that our health department’s 113 health departments and they’re doing a phenomenal job out there. But, you know, they’re trying to balance how many? How many vials do I have? Where do I Where did I put that? And we have to manage. We have to manage that as well. But the goal is the goal is the same. That is, to save lives is to get kids back in school and to provide a system that will be usable by the people of the state of Ohio in a way that is convenient for them but away. Also, that does not slow the vaccination down. So the only thing I’m not announcing today is exactly what location you could go. If you live in Hamilton County, what location you could go if you lead in Greene County. I will announce that with plenty of time for people to be able to make their plans and make their decisions about going forward. But the caution in the reason I’ve laid this out very carefully today the caution in regard to the number of vaccines it’s on Lee going to be roughly 100,000 for that week. And we’ve got you know, we’ve got a large group here. We’re still finishing one A and B, you got over two million people in B. So what we hope happens is that we, Seymour and Mawr on that. We see the stream coming into Ohio go out. But we’re in the same boat with every other state. Every state wants more vaccine and that we cannot control. What we hope is that, uh, mawr vaccines come on the market that are approved and that will increase the number of ones that going into the state of Ohio. Ex questions from Spencer Hickey at Hannah News Service. Thank you, Governor. Can you discuss what the federal aid package from the end of December means for Ohioans And are there areas where you see further action is needed? Our budget people, Kim Murdoch’s eyes continues to look at that and try to calculate that. But we’re happy with the bill. I’m sure there’s other things that you know could take place, but we’re glad we have the bill. I’m glad the president signed it. We’re glad our delegation supported it, and it’s it’s money. That’s very essential, particularly for, you know, local health departments, for example. Uh, because they’re they’re really being hit hard asses, you know? So they’re doing a lot. So we’re happy with the bill. Um, but, you know, I’ll be making it known to our legislators or members of Congress. Uh, you know exactly what, what, what the additional needs are. So as we go forward and I’ll share those with you next question is from Mali, Martinez and Spectrum News. Hi, Governor. Happy birthday. I have another question about stand your ground. You’ve said in the previous questions that this will save lives and get guns out of the hands of violent offenders. Um, but removing duty to retreat is a different issue that historically and disproportionately affects communities of color. As Andy Chow said, I’m just confused as to how this is a win for gun reform. Well, if I didn’t, I think that I may have said it wrong. I didn’t say what I said. Was that what I’ve asked the legislature to do that they have not done. And in my statement you go to my statement yesterday and what I said today, what I’ve said is that those are things that we know will save lives. Those are things that we know will protect people. There is a huge debate about stand your ground. I’ve talked to people who are adamantly against it, and I fully respect them. I’ve talked to people who are adamantly for it, and I fully respect them. There is a great division in this country over that issue and reasonable people. Good people could be on both sides of this issue. Onda. We should not, you know, uh, in any way and their motives. They are good thinking people, but the majority of states, majority of states have a law similar to the one that I that I signed that I signed yesterday. But what I was talking about when I was talking about Here’s how we save lives. I was talking about that the outstanding warrants. I was talking about weapons under disability, these air things that you heard me from this very podium talk about probably 20 or 25 times. And my only point was, I’m pretty stubborn and I’m coming back to the Legislature, and I think at some point we don’t get this done. Next question is from Tom Bosco A W S Y X in Columbus. Hi, Governor. A couple of things on who will be in the next groups, or actually, more specifically, why aren’t these groups in the next to be vaccinated? These come from viewers of mine on Twitter. They wanna know about police officers about child care workers. And then certainly this would increase the number of people to get vaccinated exponentially. But parents of those students that you say you want to see classrooms by March 1st? Yeah, well, let me start with Students were not changing anything. Parents still have every right to keep their child at home. They have every right to have that child go. Remote schools have every right to stay. Remote schools have every right to be hybrid. We’re not. We’re not telling them what to do. But what we’ve heard from educators is if we could vaccinate our employees, we can vaccinate the teachers, the custodians, the bus drivers. Then we would be in a position to open up. We happen to think that being in school in person is for most kids. For most kids, probably better. Eso that’s That’s the situation with schools I would love. Just as an example, I would love to today have every police officer in the state vaccinated. I started the county prosecutor work with local police work of sheriffs. We’re all throughout my career. There’s no finer people that we have in our society. They are risking their lives every day in many, many ways, and I would love to be able to vaccinate them. But as you saw on the reason I meticulously went through this in the beginning, if I was to say today or if the health Department says okay, every officer, police officer in the state could be vaccinated. That simply means that they’re going to the front of the line and they will. They will push back the 80 year old so they 35 year old police officer, who has many reasons to get vaccinated, and we would love to get vaccinated. That police officer will be taking the place of his 80 of his 85 year old grandmother, and I cannot morally justify that when I know that the risk to the 85 year old grandmother is so much more than the risk it is to the police officer, even though I understand the police officer is facing a lot of different situations every day and coming in contact with a lot of different people, very meritorious, that the police should be vaccinated. But we have limited amount, and I have to do with what we have and go back to our basics. We gotta keep our eye on the ball. What’s our primary objective to save lives? Second objective is to keep our healthcare workers working and to protect them when they’re dealing with Covic patients and third eyes to open our schools up on the opening of the schools up. It’s not about saving lives. Opening schools up is because I have heard time and time again from parents and others who say, You know, the mental health of my child has suffered. This has suffered. My child was further behind on DSO. That is a matter of public policy. Thio will take those 300 individuals 300,000. Excuse me, individuals and however many of them want to get shot will be able. So we are moving them to the thio higher up on the line. There’s no doubt about it, but, um if that. If you move that police officer up or if you move any other person up, um, they’re taking someone’s plays. Next question is from Andy Ludlow with Columbus Dispatch already. Good afternoon, Governor. Figures released today by the Department of Health show that of the vaccine drawn down by your pharmacy partners working in the skilled care nursing homes that they’ve only administered about 20%. Uh, of the doses they’ve drawn down, uh, does that percentage were you? I know you say 61% of least skilled care have been offered shots, but only 20% of their doses have been a missed. Yeah, the way, the way, the way it works, Randy. And it is complex. Uh, and I’ve struggled with it, but the federal government has required us basically to bank these. If we’re gonna do skilled, if we’re gonna do Kyra care settings under the pharmacy, what they call the pharmacy program were required and were required from the beginning to bank them. Now we’re not holding, but they’re being banked. They’re being bank back at the at the manufacturer or bank someplace else. So that is that is the problem. You know, if you look at the total. Um uh, you see what I write notes on here? Um, you know, we’ve we’ve administered about 175,408 as of last night. Um, we have, uh, received 331,000. That’s a 53% um, of that. But we think we’re working with some of the hospitals and others. We think some of the data is not getting in. So that 53% it certainly is higher, uh, than that. And you’re always going to have you know, you can’t expect everything to get out the day it gets in state. It’s just not the way life works, but I will. My commitment everybody is that I am pushing everybody from the pharmacy companies to the hospitals to our health department, uh, to get these vaccines in people’s arms. Justus quick as they can, because we know it does no good sitting on the shelf. And we also know, uh, that, you know, waiting two or three days, five days, whatever. Uh, you know, someone could have been vaccinated being protected during that period of time. So there’s a There’s a moral imperative that we push. This is hard as we can. And whatever the numbers are every day, they’re never good enough for me. They’re never good enough, and they’re not gonna be good enough. But we’re gonna continue to push out people trying their working hard. They can’t work miracles, but we’re pushing them and pushing them hard. Governor, next question is the last question for today. And it belongs to John London from WLWT in Cincinnati. John. Hi, Governor. You know, along the lines of pushing the numbers, you’re giving 100,000 in that first week, etcetera. And, um, you know, we’re about half of what the doses sent have been given at the rate Ohio is going. And I know you have no control over this, but it’s hard to envision that next group getting fully vaccinated by the end of summer. You’ve got two weeks left in the current administration, and I know they’re a little preoccupied right now. Um, what’s being done to try to speed up delivery to Ohio and what outreach has been made to the incoming administration to ensure that there’s no lag time for delivery? Yeah. Look, I’ve talked directly to the president elect myself and I have was asked to be on a group of governors. Uh, all the governors were on, but four of us were asked to do presentations. I made presentation. Eso We have communication with both the current administration and the incoming administration on Look, we’ve made it very, very clear a zai no other states have and other governors have, uh, that we want this faster. But, you know, I truly believe that everyone is trying the hardest. They can get us these vaccines as fast as they can. Eso I don’t think it’s for lack of trying, but we continue. Communication is very important. And we’re gonna continue to communicate trump administration and then the Biden administration because, you know, we’re the ones who are on the frontline getting it out. But they’re the ones who we depend on, frankly, to get it to us. And what we hope is that we will see additional drug companies, uh, their vaccine approved, and then we’ll see. We hope to see that the flow coming in is going to increase. And the other thing is, we we’ve had to bank all this. Uh, these vaccines once that bank is full, then we don’t have to bank it anymore. They’re drawing it out to do the to do again. We don’t physically have it, but they’re drawing it out to do, uh, the kind of care settings once that bank is filled with it pretty much is. Then you’re gonna see artist is gonna will go up more as we go out. The 100,000 figure is just to figure my team gave me today. It could be 100 50. It could be 75. You know, we don’t know until we see exactly what is sent to us, and and we won’t know until we see exactly what our local health apartments are doing. But it’s a guess. And I gave you that number because I wanted to indicate to everyone this is not going to happen overnight as much as I would like. Forward to this is going to happen. It’s gonna take a longer than I wanted. Teoh Teik. So we’ll be back. Eric is telling me my time is up. Good to be with everyone. Happy New Year and we’ll see you all on Thursday. Yeah,
Coronavirus latest: 742,817 cases in Ohio; 280,836 in Kentucky; 539,229 in Indiana
The COVID-19 outbreak is continuing to change everyday life for millions of Americans. Leaders across the county, including the Tri-State area, are providing daily updates on confirmed cases, deaths and measures taking to curb the spread of the virus. Here, you can get the latest information on the coronavirus in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana as well as resources to be prepared and keep your family safe.LATEST CASE NUMBERS: Ohio, 742,817, 9,368 deaths | Kentucky, 280,836, 2,772 deaths | Indiana, 539,229, 8,371 deathsEducational resources: CLICK HERE to access online learning resourcesCORONAVIRUS IN OHIONearly 80% of Ohio nursing home residents have opted to take the COVID-19 vaccine, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said Tuesday.That’s in stark contrast with 40% of staff who have been taking the vaccine when offered.Speaking during his first news briefing of the new year, the governor said as of Sunday, 61% of Ohio’s nursing homes have received their first visit from a pharmacy to receive their vaccines.”Those who wanted to receive the vaccine were able to get it,” the governor said of these nursing homes.”Beginning Friday, many at nursing homes who received their first dose will begin receiving their second dose. Those who didn’t choose to receive a dose in the first round can get their 1st dose then. Afterward, it could be a while before there is another chance for the vaccine,” the governor added.Throughout the halls of nursing homes and long-term care facilities where the coronavirus has claimed thousands of lives, a vaccine has been a beacon of hope for residents, but a spot of caution for many working in those facilities.Across the Ohio River in Kentucky, things are faring a bit better, according to a recent poll.Staff at St. Elizabeth’s were surveyed about the vaccine months ago. Around 60 to 80% of workers said they would be interested in getting the vaccine. Pharmacy supervisor Suzi Francis said that’s now running even higher among hospital employees, but because the vaccine is under an emergency use authorization, it can’t be mandated.”For the most part, they’re running to us trying to get scheduled and get them vaccinated. I would say sometimes people would like to have a little bit more education about the vaccine and that’s what I’m here for,” said Francis.Education is also key for nursing home workers.Executive director of the Ohio Healthcare Association Pete Van Runkle is stressing that the vaccine carries much less risk than the disease.”The vaccine, whatever the side effects may be, and they’re minimal, is nothing like what COVID does, especially to the people that our members take care of,” said Van Runkle.The Ohio Healthcare Association is also working on an ongoing plan with the state to vaccinate new residents who move into these facilities after the first round of vaccines are administered.CORONAVIRUS IN KENTUCKYKentucky Gov. Andy Beshear laid out all six phases of the state’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution Monday.At a news conference Monday, the governor said COVID-19 case numbers are higher Monday than they have been in previous weeks. The state’s current positivity rate is 11.2%. According to Beshear, it will take days for data to show if the holidays had an impact on the state’s COVID-19 numbers.As for Kentucky’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution rate, Beshear said he’s not OK with the pace of current COVID-19 vaccinations that are being administered.“I am not satisfied by the pace of vaccination here in Kentucky,” Beshear said. “This has got to move faster.”There have been 60,414 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine administered in Kentucky so far. Hospitals and local health departments have received 122,100 vaccines for health care workers, but Beshear said only 49,773 of those have been given to workers. The governor said that’s not enough.“We’re going to reach out to each of these partners and talk about the urgency,” Beshear said.The governor believes that it will take until the end of January to get all health care workers vaccinated.There are two vaccines recently approved for use: The Pfizer vaccine, which is approved for those 16 and older, and the Moderna vaccine, which is authorized for those 18 and older.There are roughly 250 million Americans who are 18 years and older. Dr. Steven Stack, with the Kentucky Department for Public Health, there will be potentially enough doses of the two vaccines to immunize around 50 million Americans by March 1. Therefore, around 1 in 7 people in the country will have access to the vaccine between now and March.At the news conference, Kentucky’s governor defined all of the phases of COVID-19 distribution in the state so that people know where they gall in the priority line.Phase 1a in Kentucky includes long-term care facility residents and staff, assisted living facility residents and staff and health care personnel. Stack said it will take a few weeks to get the system in place and to get enough vaccines to reach everyone.Phase 1b in Kentucky will include individuals 70 years and older, first responders and K-12 personnel. The governor said last week phase 1b will begin around Feb. 1, plus or minus a week.Phase 1c includes anyone over the age of 60, anyone older than 16 with CDC highest risk C19 risk conditions and all essential workers.Phase 2 includes anyone over the age of 40.Phase 3 will include anyone over the age of 16.Phase 4 includes children under the age of 16 if the vaccine is approved for this age group (estimated to be 18% of Kentucky’s population).Last week, Kentucky health officials said they are anticipating that it will take most of February to get through phase 1b.The governor did not say when he expects Phase 1c, 2, 3 or 4 to begin.Stack is asking all Kentuckians to be patient with the vaccine distribution as deploying them can be “incredibly complicated.””Never in human history have new vaccine been created in less than 12 months to bring an end to a global pandemic,” Stack said, but added Kentucky is working to get the vaccines out as quickly as possible.Stack said if Kentucky is fortunate and vaccine distribution in phase 1a and 1b goes smoothly, the state may have additional vaccines in the February/March timeframe.”If we’re fortunate, by the end of the summer, perhaps as many as half of the state who are interested and willing to get the vaccine will have been able to be immunized by the time we enter the middle or end of the summer,” Stack said.As of Monday, Kentucky has had 279,143 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 2,749 deaths since the pandemic began.CORONAVIRUS IN INDIANAThe Indiana Department of Health announced Wednesday that 6,214 additional Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19. That brings the number of Indiana residents now known to have had the novel coronavirus to 539,229 following corrections to the previous day’s dashboard.A total of 8,371 Hoosiers are confirmed to have died from COVID-19, an increase of 80 from the previous day. Another 372 probable deaths have been reported based on clinical diagnoses in patients for whom no positive test is on record. Deaths are reported based on when data are received by the state and occurred over multiple days. More than 128,000 Hoosiers have received their first dose of vaccine, and more than 300,000 Hoosiers are scheduled to receive vaccine by the end of the month, with more appointments being scheduled daily.To date, 2,694,585 unique individuals have been tested in Indiana, up from 2,681,739 on Tuesday. A total of 5,894,505 tests, including repeat tests for unique individuals, have been reported to the state Department of Health since Feb. 26.Symptoms:According to the CDC, the following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure: Fever, cough and shortness of breath.Emergency warning signs include:Difficulty breathing or shortness of breathPersistent pain or pressure in the chestNew confusion or inability to arouseBluish lips or face*This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.This chart from Prospect Pediatrics compares COVID-19 symptoms to the cold and flu:Resources: – Ohio coronavirus hotline: 833-427-5634- Kentucky coronavirus hotline: (800) 722-5725- Indiana general questions can be directed to the ISDH Epidemiology Resource Center at 317-233-7125 (317-233-1325 after hours) or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.Centers for Disease Control and Prevention websiteWhat to do if you think you have it:Officials have urged people to be conscious not to overwhelm the health care system. This graphic will help you decide when it is time to see a physician. Helpful tips and guides: → Here’s what you should do if you already have the coronavirus → Dealing with stress, anxiety during coronavirus outbreak→ These viral social media coronavirus posts are FALSE→ How long should you wash your hands to avoid the coronavirus?→ Guidance for self isolation and home quarantine→ How to clean your car for coronavirus→ A guide to keeping your child safe and reassured as coronavirus spreads→ This map tracks the coronavirus in real time→ How to work from home without losing your sanity
The COVID-19 outbreak is continuing to change everyday life for millions of Americans. Leaders across the county, including the Tri-State area, are providing daily updates on confirmed cases, deaths and measures taking to curb the spread of the virus.
Here, you can get the latest information on the coronavirus in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana as well as resources to be prepared and keep your family safe.
Educational resources: CLICK HERE to access online learning resources
CORONAVIRUS IN OHIO
Nearly 80% of Ohio nursing home residents have opted to take the COVID-19 vaccine, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said Tuesday.
That’s in stark contrast with 40% of staff who have been taking the vaccine when offered.
Speaking during his first news briefing of the new year, the governor said as of Sunday, 61% of Ohio’s nursing homes have received their first visit from a pharmacy to receive their vaccines.
“Those who wanted to receive the vaccine were able to get it,” the governor said of these nursing homes.
“Beginning Friday, many at nursing homes who received their first dose will begin receiving their second dose. Those who didn’t choose to receive a dose in the first round can get their 1st dose then. Afterward, it could be a while before there is another chance for the vaccine,” the governor added.
Throughout the halls of nursing homes and long-term care facilities where the coronavirus has claimed thousands of lives, a vaccine has been a beacon of hope for residents, but a spot of caution for many working in those facilities.
Across the Ohio River in Kentucky, things are faring a bit better, according to a recent poll.
Staff at St. Elizabeth’s were surveyed about the vaccine months ago. Around 60 to 80% of workers said they would be interested in getting the vaccine. Pharmacy supervisor Suzi Francis said that’s now running even higher among hospital employees, but because the vaccine is under an emergency use authorization, it can’t be mandated.
“For the most part, they’re running to us trying to get scheduled and get them vaccinated. I would say sometimes people would like to have a little bit more education about the vaccine and that’s what I’m here for,” said Francis.
Education is also key for nursing home workers.
Executive director of the Ohio Healthcare Association Pete Van Runkle is stressing that the vaccine carries much less risk than the disease.
“The vaccine, whatever the side effects may be, and they’re minimal, is nothing like what COVID does, especially to the people that our members take care of,” said Van Runkle.
The Ohio Healthcare Association is also working on an ongoing plan with the state to vaccinate new residents who move into these facilities after the first round of vaccines are administered.
CORONAVIRUS IN KENTUCKY
Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear laid out all six phases of the state’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution Monday.
At a news conference Monday, the governor said COVID-19 case numbers are higher Monday than they have been in previous weeks. The state’s current positivity rate is 11.2%. According to Beshear, it will take days for data to show if the holidays had an impact on the state’s COVID-19 numbers.
As for Kentucky’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution rate, Beshear said he’s not OK with the pace of current COVID-19 vaccinations that are being administered.
“I am not satisfied by the pace of vaccination here in Kentucky,” Beshear said. “This has got to move faster.”
There have been 60,414 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine administered in Kentucky so far. Hospitals and local health departments have received 122,100 vaccines for health care workers, but Beshear said only 49,773 of those have been given to workers. The governor said that’s not enough.
“We’re going to reach out to each of these partners and talk about the urgency,” Beshear said.
The governor believes that it will take until the end of January to get all health care workers vaccinated.
There are two vaccines recently approved for use: The Pfizer vaccine, which is approved for those 16 and older, and the Moderna vaccine, which is authorized for those 18 and older.
There are roughly 250 million Americans who are 18 years and older. Dr. Steven Stack, with the Kentucky Department for Public Health, there will be potentially enough doses of the two vaccines to immunize around 50 million Americans by March 1. Therefore, around 1 in 7 people in the country will have access to the vaccine between now and March.
At the news conference, Kentucky’s governor defined all of the phases of COVID-19 distribution in the state so that people know where they gall in the priority line.
- Phase 1a in Kentucky includes long-term care facility residents and staff, assisted living facility residents and staff and health care personnel. Stack said it will take a few weeks to get the system in place and to get enough vaccines to reach everyone.
- Phase 1b in Kentucky will include individuals 70 years and older, first responders and K-12 personnel. The governor said last week phase 1b will begin around Feb. 1, plus or minus a week.
- Phase 1c includes anyone over the age of 60, anyone older than 16 with CDC highest risk C19 risk conditions and all essential workers.
- Phase 2 includes anyone over the age of 40.
- Phase 3 will include anyone over the age of 16.
- Phase 4 includes children under the age of 16 if the vaccine is approved for this age group (estimated to be 18% of Kentucky’s population).
Last week, Kentucky health officials said they are anticipating that it will take most of February to get through phase 1b.
The governor did not say when he expects Phase 1c, 2, 3 or 4 to begin.
Stack is asking all Kentuckians to be patient with the vaccine distribution as deploying them can be “incredibly complicated.”
“Never in human history have new vaccine been created in less than 12 months to bring an end to a global pandemic,” Stack said, but added Kentucky is working to get the vaccines out as quickly as possible.
Stack said if Kentucky is fortunate and vaccine distribution in phase 1a and 1b goes smoothly, the state may have additional vaccines in the February/March timeframe.
“If we’re fortunate, by the end of the summer, perhaps as many as half of the state who are interested and willing to get the vaccine will have been able to be immunized by the time we enter the middle or end of the summer,” Stack said.
As of Monday, Kentucky has had 279,143 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 2,749 deaths since the pandemic began.
CORONAVIRUS IN INDIANA
The Indiana Department of Health announced Wednesday that 6,214 additional Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19.
That brings the number of Indiana residents now known to have had the novel coronavirus to 539,229 following corrections to the previous day’s dashboard.
A total of 8,371 Hoosiers are confirmed to have died from COVID-19, an increase of 80 from the previous day. Another 372 probable deaths have been reported based on clinical diagnoses in patients for whom no positive test is on record. Deaths are reported based on when data are received by the state and occurred over multiple days.
More than 128,000 Hoosiers have received their first dose of vaccine, and more than 300,000 Hoosiers are scheduled to receive vaccine by the end of the month, with more appointments being scheduled daily.
To date, 2,694,585 unique individuals have been tested in Indiana, up from 2,681,739 on Tuesday. A total of 5,894,505 tests, including repeat tests for unique individuals, have been reported to the state Department of Health since Feb. 26.
According to the CDC, the following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure: Fever, cough and shortness of breath.
Emergency warning signs include:
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion or inability to arouse
- Bluish lips or face
*This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.
This chart from Prospect Pediatrics compares COVID-19 symptoms to the cold and flu:
– Ohio coronavirus hotline: 833-427-5634
– Kentucky coronavirus hotline: (800) 722-5725
– Indiana general questions can be directed to the ISDH Epidemiology Resource Center at 317-233-7125 (317-233-1325 after hours) or e-mail email@example.com.
What to do if you think you have it:
Officials have urged people to be conscious not to overwhelm the health care system. This graphic will help you decide when it is time to see a physician.