Ohio National Guard

Gov. Mike DeWine is activating the Ohio National Guard.

Gov. Mike DeWine announced on Tuesday that he is signing an order that is to authorize 580 Ohio National Guard to remain in active duty, action prompted by unrest related to recent U.S. Capitol violence ahead of the upcoming presidential inauguration.
 
"This is an activation of members of the National Guard to bring them up to the highest level that is needed to have them available for use in Washington and the state of Ohio," DeWine said in his briefing that focused on the state's coronavirus response.
 
Next week on Jan. 20 is the inauguration of Joe Biden as president. The U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 was the site of a violent attack related to attempts to overturn the 2020 presidential election results. 
 
In addition, upcoming protests also are anticipated in Columbus.
 
"We have people who, for whatever reason, want to commit violence, and we cannot allow that, and we're not going to allow that," DeWine said.
 
"The goal is peace, the protection of property and people," DeWine said of his order involving the Ohio National Guard. "Protection of people is always No. 1." 
 
In the coronavirus portion of his briefing, DeWine reported that a scarcity remains in the coronavirus vaccine but more than 321,500 vaccines have been distributed in Ohio.
 
In written message on Tuesday afternoon, Shelby Mayor Steve Schag said that the city had not received the coronavirus vaccines as of yet. 
 
"We are expecting them anytime now. That would be 100 doses," he said.
 
Last week, Shelby had hoped to receive an initial shipment of possibly 200 doses of Moderna Inc.’s COVID-19 vaccine. That number was based on vaccines shipped to other health departments.
 
On Tuesday, DeWine said that 85% of nursing homes in Ohio have been visited by vaccine providers and given the opportunity to receive the vaccine.
 
Ohio hospitals have been vaccinating their medical personnel as part of Phase 1A, 
he said in his televised briefing and on Twitter.
 
"Hospitals must finish vaccinating their frontline healthcare providers by midnight on Sunday," DeWine said. "On Monday they must move to vaccinate older Ohioans who are 80 or older as part of phase 1B."
 
Those 80 and older involve approximately. 420,000 people. "As of now, we expect to receive around 100,000 vaccines next week for this age group, so it will take some time to vaccinate this group," DeWine said.
 
On Thursday, the Ohio Department of Health plans to post information on coronavirus.ohio.gov about what providers are being allocated vaccinations for next week, he said.
 
Residents will be able to search by ZIP code and by county, DeWine said.
 
"This site will only show which providers have been allotted vaccines. It will not update in real-time," he said. "It is critical to reach out to each provider to get the latest information on the availability of their vaccine allotment."
 
"In the coming weeks, as more vaccination is made available and phase 1B opens to more Ohioans, more providers will be added," DeWine also said. "This will be based upon the number of vaccines that Ohio receives."
 
On Jan. 25, the anticipated vaccinations will open up to those 75 years old and older, DeWine said. The following week, it should open to people 70 and older, and on Feb. 8, the vaccinations are expected to be available to those 65 and older, he said.
 
"When a new age range opens, that doesn’t mean that vaccinations should be complete for the previous age range," DeWine continued. "Again, it will take a number of weeks to distribute all of the vaccine given the limited doses available."


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