5 things to know about the coronavirus today: School quarantines and curfew extensions

A historic tsunami of changes hit area schools in 2020 as the coronavirus pandemic transformed the way children in the region learned. The many impacts on K-12 schools and Miami University were deep and remain lasting going into 2021. (File Photo\Journal-News)

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A historic tsunami of changes hit area schools in 2020 as the coronavirus pandemic transformed the way children in the region learned. The many impacts on K-12 schools and Miami University were deep and remain lasting going into 2021. (File Photo\Journal-News)

It is New Year’s Eve, Thursday, Dec. 31, 2020, and these are five things to know about the coronavirus pandemic today.

Ohio softens school quarantine policy

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced Wednesday that the state is changing its guidance on when K-12 students and teachers need to quarantine. The guidance now is that students and staff don’t have to quarantine if the close contact with a coronavirus-positive person was in a classroom and all parties were masked at the time.

ExploreOhio softens school quarantine policy, for those wearing masks

Gov. DeWine urges vaccine distributors to speed things up

The governor expressed dissatisfaction with the rate at which the coronavirus vaccine is being distributed, asking for those involved to have a “sense of urgency” about the process. He set a goal for Ohio hospitals to give out vaccine doses within 24 hours of receiving them whenever possible.

ExploreHere’s why Ohio governor is concerned about rate of vaccine distribution

Statewide curfew extended through Jan. 23

A statewide curfew from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. is going to be extended to Jan.23, Gov. Mike DeWine said Wednesday. The curfew had already been extended once, through this Saturday, Jan. 2. DeWine noted that the impact of holiday celebrations still isn’t clear at this time.

ExploreCoronavirus: Statewide curfew to be extended through Jan. 23

Updated travel advisory discourages travel to Ohio, 13 other states

Ohio has updated its coronavirus travel advisory, which discourages travel to states where 15% of all people tested for the coronavirus test positive. Ohio is on the list for the fifth straight week, along with 13 other states: Alabama, Arkansas, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas and Utah. Anyone traveling to Ohio from a state on the list is asked to quarantine for 14 days.

ExploreCoronavirus: Travel to Ohio, 13 other states discouraged

Kettering Health sends vaccines to Fort Hamilton and Troy hospitals

Health care workers at Fort Hamilton Hospital and Troy Hospital began receiving coronavirus vaccines on Wednesday as the Kettering Health Network continues to expand vaccine clinics. Workers are receiving the Moderna COVID-19 shot.

ExploreCoronavirus vaccine clinics expanded to Troy, Fort Hamilton hospitals

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