Hamilton County classified 'high' COVID-19 community level

Hamilton County classified ‘high’ COVID-19 community level

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have classified Hamilton County as having “High” COVID-19 community spread. The CDC looks at the combination of three metrics — new COVID-19 hospital admissions per 100,000 population in the past seven days, the percent of staffed inpatient beds occupied by COVID-19 patients, and total new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 population in the past seven days — to determine the COVID-19 community level.Hamilton County health leaders were not about to ask anyone to mask their feelings about the latest call to think about putting masks on again.At mid-summer, they know many citizens are over it.As one woman snapped, “No way.””You know, we have to work together as a community and I know that many people are completely finished with COVID-19. They’re ready to move on. But it is still here in our community”, stated Hamilton County Health Commissioner Greg Kesterman. “We are encouraging businesses and public locations to consider mask policies. You know, once again we want folks to work together as a team. We have to do this together so that we can continue to keep our businesses open, and to keep our hospitals healthy, and to keep our population healthy.”For retailers Friday, the status remained quo.Ace Hardware in the Hyde Park Plaza was leaving it up to you, same as it has been since the height of the pandemic.”10 to 15% of the people that come in here are wearing masks,” assistant manager Jon Doucleff said. “At best. You know, on any given day it could be 5%. We’ve seen days no one wears a mask.”Cincinnati will see huge gatherings downtown this weekend.More than 90,000 people will gather for the Music Festival at Paul Brown Stadium.Same numbers for the weekend series between the Reds and the St. Louis Cardinals at Great American Ball Park.”I mean, the ball game obviously is outside. And one of the things that we’ve learned is there’s just a fundamental difference between being outside and inside. So, vaccinated, outside, you know, you’re pretty safe,” Gov. Mike DeWine said Friday. County health officials said being inside is the focus, because the BA.5 Omicron variant accounts for 78% of the new cases in the region. “I’m happy to be back out, going out in public,” Columbus resident, Ray Anderson said. “Going out to bars and going out to parties. Especially a bunch of graduation parties. Being about to celebrate with our friends and family. I think it’s all being cautious and smart.”Hamilton County is still operating vaccination clinics like the one in Norwood.Kesterman advised that there are knowledgeable nurses are on duty and can answer any questions you might have about getting vaccinated or getting a booster shot.CDC immediate recommendations:• Wear a well-fitting mask indoors in public, on public transportation, and in crowded outdoor areas regardless of vaccination status.• Stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines.• Get tested if you have symptoms.• If you are at high risk for severe illness, consider taking additional precautions. Talk to your doctor to find what works best for you.• Stay home if you are sick.TestAndProtectCincy.com has a list of vaccination locations, PCR testing sites, Test-To-Treat testing sites, and where you can find at-home testing kits.For more information on Hamilton County Public Health, visit here

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have classified Hamilton County as having “High” COVID-19 community spread.

The CDC looks at the combination of three metrics — new COVID-19 hospital admissions per 100,000 population in the past seven days, the percent of staffed inpatient beds occupied by COVID-19 patients, and total new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 population in the past seven days — to determine the COVID-19 community level.

Hamilton County health leaders were not about to ask anyone to mask their feelings about the latest call to think about putting masks on again.

At mid-summer, they know many citizens are over it.

As one woman snapped, “No way.”

“You know, we have to work together as a community and I know that many people are completely finished with COVID-19. They’re ready to move on. But it is still here in our community”, stated Hamilton County Health Commissioner Greg Kesterman. “We are encouraging businesses and public locations to consider mask policies. You know, once again we want folks to work together as a team. We have to do this together so that we can continue to keep our businesses open, and to keep our hospitals healthy, and to keep our population healthy.”

For retailers Friday, the status remained quo.

Ace Hardware in the Hyde Park Plaza was leaving it up to you, same as it has been since the height of the pandemic.

“10 to 15% of the people that come in here are wearing masks,” assistant manager Jon Doucleff said. “At best. You know, on any given day it could be 5%. We’ve seen days no one wears a mask.”

Cincinnati will see huge gatherings downtown this weekend.

More than 90,000 people will gather for the Music Festival at Paul Brown Stadium.

Same numbers for the weekend series between the Reds and the St. Louis Cardinals at Great American Ball Park.

“I mean, the ball game obviously is outside. And one of the things that we’ve learned is there’s just a fundamental difference between being outside and inside. So, vaccinated, outside, you know, you’re pretty safe,” Gov. Mike DeWine said Friday.

County health officials said being inside is the focus, because the BA.5 Omicron variant accounts for 78% of the new cases in the region.

“I’m happy to be back out, going out in public,” Columbus resident, Ray Anderson said. “Going out to bars and going out to parties. Especially a bunch of graduation parties. Being about to celebrate with our friends and family. I think it’s all being cautious and smart.”

Hamilton County is still operating vaccination clinics like the one in Norwood.

Kesterman advised that there are knowledgeable nurses are on duty and can answer any questions you might have about getting vaccinated or getting a booster shot.

CDC immediate recommendations:

• Wear a well-fitting mask indoors in public, on public transportation, and in crowded outdoor areas regardless of vaccination status.

• Stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines.

• Get tested if you have symptoms.

• If you are at high risk for severe illness, consider taking additional precautions. Talk to your doctor to find what works best for you.

• Stay home if you are sick.

TestAndProtectCincy.com has a list of vaccination locations, PCR testing sites, Test-To-Treat testing sites, and where you can find at-home testing kits.

For more information on Hamilton County Public Health, visit here

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