Thursday, January 21, 2021

Public Information Release COVID-19 Vaccine Update: Phase 1B

 Public Information Release 

COVID-19 Vaccine Update: Phase 1B 

January 14, 2020

In conjunction with Ohio’s statewide efforts to distribute COVID-19 vaccines to Ohioans in Phase 1B, Madison County Public Health (MCPH), Madison County Emergency Management Agency (EMA), and other community partners are prepared to lead the vaccination efforts in Madison County. The combined knowledge and decades of experience will allow these agencies to continue to serve our local community as they work to provide vaccine to residents over the coming months. 

Health Commissioner Chris Cook said that Madison County is prepared to receive and give vaccine but MCPH will not get enough to take care of everyone at the same time. “Vaccine supply will not meet demand right now. We know there are people who are eligible and want vaccine. It’s coming, but it will be over the period of weeks and months,” Cook said. There are only two approved vaccines right now. As supply increases and other manufacturers are approved, COVID-19 vaccine will be available to more Ohioans and at more locations. Governor DeWine announced that Phase 1B will include Ohioans age 65 and older, those living with severe congenital or developmental disorders, and K-12 school employees. 

Phase 1B will begin the week of January 18 and include a tiered approach. During the week of January 18, limited supplies of vaccine will be administered to those who are age 80 and older. During the week of January 25, people who are age 75 and older, plus those with severe congenital or developmental disorders, will become eligible. During the week of February 1, the group of people eligible to get vaccine will be expanded to age 70 and older and school staff. Finally, during the week of February 8 people who are age 65 and older will become eligible. 

Cook stressed that over the coming weeks the vaccine supply Madison County is expected to receive is in the hundreds, but not thousands. “There are 6,500 people in Madison County who are age 65 and older plus many more with severe congenital or developmental disorders,” Cook reported. “Getting vaccine to people is our top priority. This will take time and patience because of the limited doses available.” Depending on supply, vaccination of all Phase 1B will likely take months to complete. While moving through Phase 1B, MCPH will simultaneously be administering second doses to those vaccinated in Phase 1A. 

Residents can visit to pre-register for vaccine and to watch for upcoming clinics. Registration forms will also be available at clinics and at the MCPH office at 306 Lafayette Street in London. People should only come to a clinic when they become eligible for vaccine according to the Governor’s “phased” approach. Because vaccine is provided to counties based on the number of people who are currently eligible for vaccine, residents should get vaccine in their “home” county. Cook said that clinics will be scheduled as soon as vaccine arrives in the county. 

“Our goal is to administer whatever we receive during that same week. Since vaccine remains scarce right now, delivery amounts and dates will we unpredictable,” he said. If vaccine is available each week, drive through clinics will be held every Tuesday and Thursday from 12pm to 3pm at OSU’s Molly Caren Agricultural Center (best known for the Farm Science Review). Residents should check the MCPH website before planning to attend a clinic. “Whether or not we hold a clinic on a Tuesday or Thursday depends directly on vaccine deliveries and supply. This could change each week and we will have times when we run out during a clinic,” Cook noted. Additional locations in Madison County will begin to administer vaccine over the coming weeks. A statewide vaccine provider search will soon be available at Residents can also call 740-852-3065 x1546 to listen to vaccine updates. 

While vaccine and clinics will be somewhat unpredictable for now, Cook said his team is excited about the vaccine. “We know it’s going to be limited for a while, but vaccines will save lives and help us turn the tide during this pandemic.” Besides vaccine itself, medical personnel to administer vaccine are in short supply. Healthcare workers continue to be overly taxed by the number of COVID-19 patients they are caring for which leaves only a few people available to administer vaccine. Cook explained that people who are licensed and trained to administer vaccine can volunteer to help at clinics. “We are always looking for volunteers to be part of our Medical Reserve Corps,” he said. Volunteers who are interested in helping can contact MCPH at 740-852-3065 or send an email to

Saturday, January 16, 2021

CareSource and Child & Family Health Collaborative of Ohio begin Statewide Respite Program

 The Child & Family Health Collaborative of Ohio, together with CareSource, has developed a statewide Respite Program that will offer therapeutic relief and time-limited breaks for families and caregivers of CareSource members (ages 0-21) by arranging for temporary in-home or out-of-home care to be delivered by the Collaborative's network of respite practitioners and caregivers.

Our respite care practitioners will be available to assist CareSource Members with normal activities of daily life in order to meet the needs of the primary caregiver as well as the child. The Respite Program goal is to improve child and family outcomes and reduce health care costs. The program will formally begin on February 1st.

For more information on the Respite Program, contact

Click HERE to read more about current Collaborative initiatives, including our clinically integrated network, the Bridges program, value based care, and our community partners.

Ohio Children's Alliance • 2600 Corporate Exchange Drive, Suite 180, Columbus, Ohio 43231, United States • 614-461-0014

Action For Children Triple P Parenting Classes


Parents, Stay Positive!

FREE, 5-Week Group for Parents Wednesdays, February 3rd March 3rd 6:00-8:00 PM

Parenting is hard especially in these times of COVID-19. Let us help with free online parenting support through the Positive Parenting Program (Triple P). Triple P is for parents and guardians of children from birth through age 8. Learn how to get more of the behavior you like from your children and less of what you don’t.


Zoom Classes will cover:

  •  The power of positive parenting techniques
  • What causes kids’ behaviors
  • Setting goals for change
  • Tips on how to reconnect with your child and build your positive relationship
  • Giving directions kids are likely to follow
  • Recognizing progress and planning for the future


Each participant will also have 3 one-on-one phone sessions with the group leaders to make the strategies

really work for their families.



Call or email Action for Children at

614-382-2445 or


***Gift Card Incentives Provided for Participation***


Register today! Virtual Mental Health First Aid Training: Date: 1/27


We Need You To Register!

What Is Mental Health First Aid?

An evidence-based program that has been adopted by over 20 countries, Mental Health First Aid teaches adults how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders.

Utilizing a five-step action plan, participants learn to assess for risk of suicide or harm, listen nonjudgmentally, give reassurance and information, encourage appropriate professional help, and encourage self-help and other support strategies. Participants also receive detailed information regarding local providers, community services and national resources available for support and recovery.

This program is provided at no cost (more than $100 value) in thanks to the generosity of our partners.


Tori Ivan
614-221-1441 x 119

Use this link to Register:


Thank you to Tori Ivan of MHA and Amanda Hampton of MCP for making this opportunity available to Madison county.

Friday, January 8, 2021



Issue 83: Thursday, January 7, 2021
People with DD can receive vaccine starting week of January 25, logistical details to be shared next week

In his regular COVID-19 briefing this afternoon, Governor Mike DeWine shared details on the timing of Phase 1B of the state's vaccine rollout, which will include Ohioans 65 and older, school personnel, and people with developmental disabilities not included in Phase 1A.

People with developmental disabilities will be among the first in Phase 1B to have access to the vaccine starting the week of January 25. DeWine did not share how vaccinations will be coordinated for people served in today's briefing but said that additional information will be provided "next week"—presumably during the governor's regularly scheduled briefing on January 14.

During the week of January 25, Ohioans 80 years and older will be able to receive the vaccine immediately. Each week thereafter, the group of seniors eligible for vaccination will expand in increments of 5 years (i.e. Ohioans 75 and older will be eligible in week two, those 70 and older in week three, etc.) until all people over the age of 65 are eligible to receive the vaccine.

Phase 1B also includes personnel at schools committed to returning to in-person or hybrid instruction by March. The state will contact school superintendents directly to ask for a written commitment to re-open in full or in part by March 1. If that commitment is made, then personnel required for in-person operations will become eligible for the vaccine starting February 1.

Reminder: Lists of eligible Phase 1B recipients forthcoming from DODD
As was shared in the January 5 edition of COVID-19 Updates, DODD is in the process of compiling and sending lists of eligible people within each county to receive the vaccine under Phase 1B. Superintendents should receive these lists by close of business tomorrow. These lists are intended to be starting points only and can be amended or added to by county board staff as necessary. As a reminder, not all people may qualify for priority vaccination in Phase 1B. See the January 5 update for details.

Communications critical to vaccine uptake among people served
As OACB has communicated previously, county boards will be asked to notify people and families when the vaccine becomes available in their county, where it will be administered, and the process a person must follow to receive the vaccine. County board SSAs, provider liaisons, and communications staff should plan to provide basic information to people and families served, DSPs, and school-age staff in case questions come up during the vaccine rollout process. The following items can be used to refine or supplement county board of DD communications on the vaccination effort.
Vaccine Communications Resources for County Boards
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New two-week data show incidence, ICU occupancy remain critically high across state
New COVID-19 hotspots have emerged in portions of Southeast Ohio, according to new two-week data released today by the Ohio Department of Health. Monroe County now has the highest COVID-19 incidence rate in the state with more than 1,100 cases per 100,000 residents. Pickaway, Shelby, Fayette, Brown, and Clermont all have more than 900 cases per capita averaged over the two-week period between December 23 and January 5.

High per-capita infection rates are being accompanied by severe bed shortages in hospital intensive care units. In Hospital Preparedness Region 8 (covering south eastern and east central Ohio) more than half of all ICU beds are currently occupied with COVID-19 patients, increasing the risk of care rationing for other health care emergencies. Details on these figured can be found in the state's key measures report by clicking the button below.
Cases Per 100K Residents by County (Dec. 23 - Jan. 5)

ICU Utilization Percentage by Hospital Readiness Region

Editor's Note: In keeping with guidance from public health officials and the office of Governor Mike DeWine, OACB will begin sharing the state's bi-weekly COVID-19 county incidence and ICU occupancy maps in lieu of the Public Health Advisory System indicator map shared in previous editions. The PHAS map, while initially informative when launched in July, now has limited usefulness as the majority of the state has reached and stayed at Level 3.

OACB may use PHAS data in the future if additional counties rise to Level 4 (i.e. purple) to show rapidly worsening spread in certain counties, but the maps above will remain the primary method for sharing state COVID-19 data going forward. Furthermore, the maps above will be shared on a bi-weekly basis only as reports are run by state health officials.
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