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Ohio Department of Health Director Doctor Bruce Vanderhoff says that hospitalizations of covid cases have dropped by 25% in the past 16 days. While that is good, hospitals are still being strained by the pandemic. The National Guard is still moving around the state assisting as the omicron variant remains rampant hitting the state in waves. While numbers are decreasing, they remain at high transmission levels.
It was a chance to say thank you for all their hard work. Clients, staff, and administration from the Allen County Board of Developmental Disabilities making stops at local hospitals with a special gift. We caught up with them at Mercy Health Saint Rita’s as they handed out baskets of snacks and thank you cards made just for the health care workers
As the northeast part of the state was hit hard at the beginning of the month, they are starting to see a slight decrease. But Ohio is still seeing a record number of daily reported cases of more than 20,000 which is by no means out of the woods with the virus. The surge is shifting, working its way through the state but health officials say it will always be here.
At-home testing kits have become scarce and the federal government is stepping in to help. President Biden has promised to provide 500-million tests to the American people. The government has yet to get those tests and won’t set up the website to order them until they have the home tests in hand. As of January 15th, private insurance companies will reimburse their customers for home tests. The problem is the shortage of tests that many health officials say is because of supply chain issues.
The Diocese of Toledo recognized four people who embody the spirit and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Bishop Daniel Tomas handed out th…
Getting a surprise bill in the mail from an out of network medical provider could be a thing of the past with a new law that took effect this year. Senator Sherrod Brown’s “No Surprises Act” took effect on January 1st. The new law bans most forms of surprise billing from emergency situations and when a person seeks care from an in-network facility, but unknowingly gets care from an out of network provider. A report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services found that one and five American patients have gotten a surprise bill following a elective surgery or after given birth at an in-network facility.
Superintendent Tim Roth sent out a letter saying the school district would be closed Friday and Tuesday, January 18th because of the absenteeism and the staffing shortages they are seeing in all areas. The school district already had Monday off for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, but all extracurricular activities will continue as scheduled.
Friday, the Allen Lima Leadership class got to hear from several of them and the services they provide. At the Bradfield Community Center several of the participants got the chance to try the center's drumming class which is part of their “Healthy You” and community enrichment program. A representative from Crime Victim Services spoke about what programs and services they provide for victims to find safety, healing, and justice in their recovery. The opportunity to share their missions with the “ALL” class is beneficial.
Director of the Ohio Department of Health Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff adds, “Blood donations have been low throughout the pandemic. But now as hospitals are particularly challenged many of the areas are facing critical needs community blood donations are needed now more than ever.”