It is Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020 and these are five things to know about the coronavirus pandemic today.
Ohio Department of Health answers vaccine questions
As we approach the date where coronavirus vaccines are expected to arrive in Ohio next week, the Ohio Department of Health shared frequently asked questions about vaccine availability, safety, distribution and more. These include questions such as whether there is a COVID-19 vaccine, what Operation Warp Speed is, why the vaccine is needed and how you can know if the vaccine is safe.
Ohio reports over 10,000 new cases
More than 10,000 new coronavirus cases were reported on Wednesday, bringing the total to 520,112 cases. Ohio’s daily positivity rate was 18.5%, its highest level since the end of April, according to ODH. In southwest Ohio, hospitals have 1,221 coronavirus inpatients, with the region hovering between 1,100 to 1,200 patients for the last two weeks.
UD to start spring semester online
The University of Dayton has announced that it will start spring semester’s classes online when they begin on Jan. 19. In-person class components will start to resume on Feb. 1. The university recommended students begin quarantining and limiting contact 14 days before their scheduled return date.
Schools, county health agencies adopt new CDC quarantine guidelines
State and local health officials have approved shorter quarantine options for people who have been exposed to someone with the coronavirus. The Ohio Department of Health still recommends a full 14-day quarantine for the lowest risk of virus transmission, as well as for anyone in a high-density workplace, nursing home or other “congregate living facility.”
Dayton-area CEOs, leaders push for residents to follow guidelines
A group of Dayton-area business leaders on Wednesday continued a plea for the public to help slow the spread of the coronavirus by wearing masks, washing hands and practicing social distancing. These included officials from CareSource, Dayton Children’s Hospital, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and others.