Loveland, Ohio – According to a newsletter issued by the Loveland City School District on Thursday, December 16, the new mask policy will take effect from Tuesday, January 18, 2022. In the newsletter, Supervisor Mike Broadwater said, “We will highly recommend the use of masks for our staff and students, but they will be optional for staff and all students in grades K-12. We are waiting two weeks after we return from winter break to allow any illness to run its course after people gather with family and friends for recess.” .
The current policy requires masks for PK-6 students but allows students in grades 7 through 12 to have optional masks. Broadwater further explained, “When we brought back this policy in August, we drew the line in seventh grade because vaccinations were only available to students age 12 and older. With COVID vaccines now available for any student 5 or older, it makes sense to align our policy to reflect that.”
According to the newsletter, the federal requirement for masks to be worn on buses will continue until at least March 18, 2022.
“We are still more than a month away from when this change goes into effect, so if you are considering immunizations, it is time to have a conversation with a trusted medical professional and make the decision for your students,” Broadwater said.
‘Important hospital update’
The next day for Superintendent Announcement, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital released a “Important Hospital Update” on December 17 at 7:19 p.m. where it said:
Cincinnati Kids at the moment is incredibly full. This large number of patients, along with the increasing disease in our society, means that our system is under stress. Emergency and urgent care departments are very busy, and waiting times are long. We know these waiting times are uncomfortable and we assure you that our teams are working hard to see every patient who needs care, as quickly as possible. Please do not hesitate to come if you need emergency care.
If you are not sure whether your child needs to be seen in the emergency department or urgent care, please start by calling your primary care provider for advice. You can also visit our 24/7 Virtual Urgent Care Program to meet with your child care provider. Install the app now so you’re ready if you need it: https://www.cincinnatichildrens.org/…/cincykids-health…
While the hospital is very full, providers may reach out to reschedule admissions or planned procedures. If you have an upcoming admission or surgical procedure and have questions about how your family may be affected, you can call your provider at any time to discuss. We also need your help. Please be safe – wash your hands often, avoid large gatherings, wear masks in public, and get vaccinated against the coronavirus and influenza.
We thank you for your trust in the care of your child for Cincinnati Children’s School and we thank you in advance for your kindness and patience during this busy time.
If you have questions regarding coronavirus/COVID-19, call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634).
All Ohioans age 5 and older are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. Schedule your vaccination today at gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov. You can also chat with our virtual assistant regarding any vaccine, registration or scheduling of a COVID-19 vaccine.
Mobilizing the Ohio National Guard, the need for hospital staff
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine today (December 17, 2021We provided the following updates on Ohio’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic:
The Ohio National Guard has been moved
Governor DeWine mobilized 1,050 members of the Ohio National Guard to help relieve hospital staff fatigue caused by the growing number of COVID-19 patients in the hospital. Of the total mobilized guard personnel, approximately 150 are highly trained medical professionals and will be deployed to help meet critical needs at hospitals and testing sites. The remaining 900 guard members will help with patient transportation, housekeeping, and food services. Guard personnel will be brought into service starting Monday.
The Ohio Department of Health is working with a health care company in Ohio to help meet hospital staffing needs. This agreement will allow Ohio hospitals to bring in qualified nurses and other providers from outside the state to fill positions needed to help relieve some of the additional current pressure on hospitals and staff.
More than 4,700 people are currently hospitalized in Ohio to fight COVID-19, which equates to 1 in every 5 patients hospitalized. This is the largest number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 this year, and the number of hospitalized patients is fast approaching an all-time high.
Due to the increase in hospital admissions due to the novel coronavirus, many hospitals have had to postpone elective surgeries, transfer patients to other hospitals, impose visitation standards, and/or implement what they call “crisis standards of care”, as they have no choice. else. But to take extraordinary steps to care for patients in unusual ways, such as providing intensive care in emergency rooms or in postoperative units.
In northern Ohio (Ohio Hospital District 1), most hospitals have stopped elective surgeries. In Central and Southeast Ohio (Ohio Hospital District 2), the same thing is starting to happen. At SoutheastOhio (Ohio Hospital District 3), hospital leaders are preparing to take similar action.
The best way to relieve stress on our healthcare providers is to stay up to date on COVID-19 vaccines to prevent serious illness and hospitalization. To find a vaccination provider near you, visit http://gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov.
Case data/vaccine information
In-depth data on COVID-19 for Ohio: Coronavirus.ohio.gov.
Ohio Central Scheduling System: gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov
All Vaccine Providers: Vacine.coronavirus.ohio.gov
More information about the vaccine: virus.ohio.gov/vaccine
A video of the full update today, including versions with foreign language subtitles, can be viewed on the Ohio Channel’s YouTube page.
For more information about Ohio’s response to COVID-19, visit Coronavirus.ohio.gov or call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH.