More Ohio residents are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.

Ohio residents aged 50 and over and people with type 2 diabetes or end-stage renal disease will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine starting Thursday, Mike DeWine announced Monday.

– Jessie Balmert

A new variant was found in Ohio.

Ohio reported the first case of P.1, a newer, more common strain in Brazil.

Ohio reported 31 cases of the most prevalent variant, B.1

.1.7, and another case of P.1, Chief Medical Officer Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff said, “COVID-19 won’t give up.”

Vanderhoff said the strain emphasized the importance of being vaccinated because the vaccine could work with different strains. He also encouraged people to wash their hands and wear masks.

– Jessie Balmert

An ongoing effort to resolve unemployment fraud

The public-private partnership is working to tackle Ohio’s unemployment compensation problem.

The group’s top priorities are to strengthen its fraud prevention efforts using LexisNexis and Experian, clearing pending cases and improving the service center to ensure that Ohio residents’ questions are answered.

The team will investigate widely used third-party providers and consolidate their data into a single repository.

– Jessie Balmert

Launch timer

Ohio launches the long-awaited vaccine schedule website. gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov

This site is billed as an alternative to finding several websites for available vaccine appointments. The site guides users through a series of questions to determine eligibility for vaccination.

As of Monday morning, more than 14,500 appointments were booked directly through the tool. There are also links to websites for other vaccine providers, according to the Ohio Department of Health. This site will be used in appointments at many Ohio vaccination locations.

Website appointments are among the qualifications offered by the vaccine provider in early February. The state paid at least $ 3.6 million for the site.

– Jessie Balmert

Ohio adds 1,254 people with COVID-19.

Ohio added 1,254 new COVID-19 cases between Sunday and Monday, according to the Ohio Department of Health.

That number is well below the 21-day average of 1,831 new cases per day.Over the past 24 hours, Ohio added 84 COVID-19 patients to hospitals across the state, including 16 new admissions to intensive care. Case

There were no reports of deaths on Monday.The state recently shifted to report deaths twice a week instead of daily.

As of Monday, 830 COVID-19 patients were treated in Ohio hospitals, 244 were in the intensive care unit, according to the Ohio Hospital Association.

– Jessie Balmert

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Columbus – Ohio launched the state’s centralized COVID-19 vaccine website Monday.

The long-awaited site gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov Billed as an alternative to searching multiple websites for available vaccine appointments The site guides users through a series of questions to determine eligibility for vaccination.

If eligible, the user will be asked for a zip code and a list of service providers with appointment. Users will then be redirected to their websites to book the appointment.

As of Monday morning, more than 14,500 appointments were booked directly through the tool. There are also links to websites for other vaccine providers, according to the Ohio Department of Health. Website appointments are among the qualifications offered by the vaccine provider in early February. The state paid at least $ 3.6 million for the site.

Mike DeWine is expected to talk about the new tools during a 2 p.m. press conference Monday.The site is available in mid-February for carriers to subscribe to.

Almost a year after Ohio first declared COVID-19 infected, at least 978,000 infections have been reported in the state.

But there are signs of hope for a year in: Vaccination continues to rise, especially after Johnson & Johnson’s one-off vaccine was recently approved. Millions of people, or 17.1% of the state’s population, received the first dose.

This month, Ohio will open 16 mass vaccination clinics across the state to increase vaccine accessibility. The first place will be in Cleveland with help from federal officials.

Ohio is scheduled to receive the first 258,010 Pfizer and Moderna vaccines this week.Johnson & Johnson’s numbers were not immediately available, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

DeWine announced Thursday that if new COVID-19 cases fell below 50 per 100,000 population over two weeks, he would lift all remaining restrictions, including a state mask order.

Some lawmakers want that to happen sooner. The governors of Texas, Mississippi and elsewhere have announced the end of their state’s masking requirements.

Senate Bill 22, which was passed by the Ohio Senate and pending House approval, would limit the length of time the DeWine administration could impose health emergencies and orders without input from lawmakers.

Jackie Borchardt, Ohio Bureau Chief Advocate

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