CLEVELAND – The Ohio Department of Health reported 8,092 new positive cases of COVID-19 on Monday, continuing the trend of a record number of new cases throughout December.
In addition, 211 new hospitalizations were reported.
After days of uncertainty over the whereabouts of the COVID-19 home test kits, some health officials are stocking up, while others continue to wait for their next shipment.
For Lorain County Health Commissioner Mark Adams, his team have prepared for what the holidays could be like, even without the omicron variant.
Its health department received 600 home COVID-19 tests on Monday, which were distributed to the Lorain County Urban League and El Centro. A spokesperson said test kits are limited to four per household and would like to remind everyone that Lorain County Public Health does not distribute COVID-19 home test kits to individuals.
“Our phone calls have skyrocketed from Monday to the last two days,” he said on Sunday. “Libraries got rid of almost 20,000 in one month. They just fly off the shelves through the bookcases.
Adams told News 5 he continues to encourage individuals to get vaccinated, whether for the first time or for a booster dose.
It comes as the county reported cases last Wednesday and Thursday that more than doubled the daily number of new cases compared to any other time in the pandemic.
“Part of it is additional testing and part of the faster spreading omicron,” Adams said. “I hope we don’t see hospitalizations because of this. Hopefully the data that suggests the omicron isn’t as powerful as a punch. There are articles ready for peer review, so I’m very optimistic especially because I see what’s going on in the community.
Commissioner Adams told News 5 that, depending on the supply of COVID-19 testing and the speed of upcoming shipments, the Department of Health and its local partners may soon offer a drive-thru test site in the county.
“There will be an end to it and just keep going on and protecting each other, ”he said.
After a week of overwhelming participation rates, the WO Walker Cleveland Community Center reopened Monday as a COVID-19 testing site seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The site will be closed on January 1.
Individuals can make an appointment by click here.
Once the appointment time is confirmed, you will be invited to register with Mako Laboratories. Everyone must have a confirmed meeting time and a MAKO QR code to be tested, even if you’ve already signed up, officials say.
If you do not make an appointment, you will not be able to get tested, specifies the ODH.
The drive-thru test is located in the garage of the WO Walker building at University Circle, at 10524 Euclid Avenue.
Anyone over the age of two can register for a test.
The site offers free PCR tests and the results will be available within two to three days.
The Cleveland Public Library announced Monday afternoon that it has received a shipment of several thousand test kits, which it will continue to distribute through its drive-thru window. A few hours later, the library announced it was full.
We currently no longer have COVID-19 rapid tests. we will update https://t.co/Hs5ZhUoCOz and our social channels when more are delivered. Thank you.
– Cleveland Public Library (@Cleveland_PL) December 27, 2021
Starting Monday, the library will remain open only thanks to its walk-in and car service.
“You can still get books, you can still print articles; there’s a ton of things you can still do even if you can’t get into the building, said Robin Wood, senior director of the civil service.
In Summit County, the Ohio National Guard, along with area hospitals and the Department of Health, will offer drive-thru COVID-19 PCR testing starting December 28, 2021, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in Summa Health offices at 1077 Gorge. Boulevard in Akron.
This clinic will run from December 28 to 30, then will continue from January, with the possibility of testing up to 300 people per day.
“We are hoping that some of our other rapid home tests will arrive and we may be able to complete them for some people,” Summit County Health Commissioner Donna Skoda said. “So there should be a big increase in test availability for Summit County.”
The tests will be free and open to anyone aged 2 and over, however, registration is required and can be done by click here.
On Monday, the health department announced it had received a new shipment of COVID-19 test kits which have been distributed two tests in total per person on a first-come, first-served basis. In the afternoon, the ministry announced that it had cut its line with more than 7,000 distributed already.
After accepting requests for test kits over the past few days, county health officials said on Monday they had received a much smaller shipment of tests.
Plans are still in place for the COVID-19 walk-in immunization clinics Monday through Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for booster injections or first or second injections at their office, located at 470 St. Center, building. 8 in Chardon.
As of Monday morning, health officials said they distributed 1,000 kits in record time, but more kits could still be found in the community at various locations, including the New Philadelphia City Health Department, the Library Mineral City Nicole Donant, Newcomerstown Mayor’s Office, Tuscarawas Village Office. , or the town of Uhrichsville building.
At Canton City Public Health, Commissioner Jim Adams told News 5 his team continues to work with the Stark County Library System when it comes to distributing COVID-19 test kits. However, his wait continues when it comes to a new shipment from the federal government.
“We also have kits available from the Ohio Department of Health that we use for investigating outbreaks and situations like that,” Adam said. “Unfortunately, we don’t have enough kits available for the general public.”
Adams told News 5 that this spate of new positive cases statewide continues to strain his staff, whether they are positive for themselves or close contacts resulting in quarantine.
According to him, this is a problem that will continue to impact healthcare workers as the cases continue to rise.
“This last push is about enough to push [health care workers] on the edge, “he said.” And it’s really hard, really hard on our hospitals and the people who provide that level of care. ”
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