Coronavirus update

A look at the state's color-coded coronavirus map.

Harsh winter weather is continuing to delay coronavirus vaccine shipments, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine reported Thursday.

At his televised briefing on the state's coronavirus response, DeWine said that vaccine providers were still contacting and rescheduling appointments in Ohio. Despite the winter weather, Ohio still received deliveries of first vaccine doses totaling 29,000 and second doses of 28,000, he reported.
DeWine also indicated that the vaccine providers, in order to get the vaccines out, may need to use alternative plans. He noted that other states are facing the same weather challenges.
In Ohio, DeWine announced a state of emergency for Lawrence County in southern Ohio due to the weather. 
He noted dangerous and damaging conditions, downed trees and power outages.
The Ohio Department of Transportation is bringing in extra crew members to assist with the situation. The Ohio State Highway Patrol also is assisting, including using aircraft to check on the damage.
DeWine on Thursday also announced the launch of Ohio's COVID-19 Maintenance Program that is targeted for nursing homes and assisted living facilities with the state.
The effort is to keep the coronavirus vaccines flowing into these locations as new residents and facility employees arrive.
In addition, the state is looking at providing new guidance next week involving visitation to nursing homes.
The state also is looking at the spring months and how events such as prom, graduation and sporting events may unfold. More information is expected to follow.
"The power of the masks, wearing of masks is going to allow us to do things," DeWine said.
DeWine also unveiled the state's weekly color-coded coronavirus map. In Ohio's color-coded coronavirus health advisory system, Richland County remained "red" in the latest weekly report. "Red" represents very high exposure and spread of COVID-19.
At the televised briefing, Lt. Gov. Jon Husted was in Mansfield at Richland Public Health, where coronavirus vaccines were being given, including to Mansfield Mayor Tim Theaker.

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