Hamilton County officials said in their weekly briefing that the positive rate for the new coronavirus has soared near Coreyville, Auburn Hills and CUF (Clifton Heights/University Heights/Fairview) near the main campus of the University of Cincinnati.
The county chairperson Denise Driehaus said in a briefing that the county is working with the region’s health system trade group Health Collaborative to collaborate to enter problem areas, provide testing and “suppress transmission.” “This is the first time we have seen this kind of growth.”
UC’s COVID-19 tracker was updated on Wednesday, showing that the number of cases among students has doubled to more than 300.
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In addition, the county’s COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths rose back to more typical levels last week, Driehaus said. Both were low in early September. The county’s death toll exceeded 300 on Tuesday.
State data show that as of Tuesday, the county’s most recent positive coronavirus cases were 108 per 100,000 residents. According to data from the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a ratio of more than 100 per 100,000 people indicates community spread.
The director of public health in Hamilton County, Dr. Stephen Fekins, attributed the county’s recent high infection rate to the 18-24 age group. He said that among the local testees of this age group, about 12% were positive.
Feagins praised the efforts of local universities to limit transmission. He said: “This is a difficult age”, making people follow instructions on social distancing and wearing masks.
University of Cincinnati (University of Cincinnati) female student MB Reilly said Wednesday that as early as August 27, she warned students that students who did not follow the guidelines, such as the rules for wearing masks or those attending parties or large gatherings, might be temporarily suspended. She said that restricting students who violate the guidelines may be a requirement for completing all academic courses remotely.
Wednesday’s update includes the first report that Hamilton County is preparing to distribute the coronavirus vaccine (if any).
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notified the states on September 1 to provide vaccination before November 1, two days before the election. However, all candidate vaccines are still in clinical trials, and the federal government has not approved any coronavirus vaccines that can be used for mass sales.
The county’s emergency management and homeland security bureau chief Nick Crossley (Nick Crossley) said he is also unsure whether how many doses can be provided or who can give the first injection.
Crossley said he is studying the basics, such as how much cooling capacity the county needs and which suppliers to use. “I want to know: where did you get the dry ice?” he said. “We just want to stay ahead of the game as much as possible.”
Feagins said the vaccine candidate being studied by the pharmaceutical company Pfizer will require ultra-cold storage of minus 90 degrees Fahrenheit, which is about 50 degrees lower than the temperature required for a flu vaccine. Before refrigerating, the medicine will maintain a stable temperature until delivery. Feagins said some storage capacity has been secured and the regional hospital system is helping.
Before the population develops herd immunity, vaccines are necessary-this means that enough people have been vaccinated or immunized to protect a small number of people who cannot be vaccinated or exposed to the virus for health reasons.
Feagins stated that the herd can only be immunized after at least 70% of the population is protected from spread. For seasonal influenza, herd immunization rarely occurs until at least 90% of the population is protected.
Last year, the county tested its vaccine distribution system, which was established after the 9/11 attacks to possibly provide an anti-anthrax drug. The system has more than 100 locations, some of which are through trains.
Utility disconnect recovery
Starting today, Duke Energy will restore contact with customers. Due to the pandemic, the utility has suspended it. Driehaus urges people facing service interruptions to use various programs to avoid disconnection. Help can be obtained by calling Duke University by dialing 800-544-6900 or by calling the Hamilton County Community Action Bureau by dialing 513-569-1840.
Contributing writer Terry DeMio (Terry DeMio) contributed.
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