May 14, 2021

Governor Announces Vaccinations Available to Youth in Ohio, Wolstein Center Vaccination Update 

COVID-19 Pfizer vaccinations will now be available to Ohio’s youth, age 12 years and older, as recommended by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 

“This is promising news for Ohioans, making vaccines available to more people will help us return to the life we want to live. The COVID-19 vaccine is incredibly powerful, and by protecting more individuals, we make everyone safer,” said Governor DeWine.  

Children under age 18 who are not emancipated must have parental consent for any vaccine. Consent forms will be available at vaccination sites.  

A parent or legal guardian generally should accompany the minor to receive the vaccine, unless the getting the vaccine in a physician’s office, school-based or school-associated clinic setting or similar setting. 

Those age 12 must have a prescription to be vaccinated at a pharmacy. 

Youth ages 13 and older do not need a prescription and may receive their COVID-19 vaccine at a pharmacy or any other vaccine provider. 

See where to get the vaccine here: 

A bill has been introduced that would permit youth ages 7-12 to receive a COVID-19 or influenza vaccination at a pharmacy without a prescription. Members of the Ohio House of Representatives and the Ohio Senate have passed the bill. Once the bill is signed by the governor, it will immediately go into effect. 

The Ohio Department of Health has also released a Frequently Asked Questions for Parents, Guardians, and Youth Ages 12-17 Eligible for the Pfizer Vaccine.  

Anyone age 12 and older can get their first Pfizer dose at the Wolstein Center Mass Vaccination Clinic in downtown Cleveland May 18-May 31.  

Youth ages 12-17 who are not emancipated must have a consent from and be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian to be vaccinated at the Wolstein Center. Consent forms for youth vaccinations are available on-site and do not need to be completed ahead of time. 

Second dose appointments will be scheduled at the time of the first dose, but because the mass vaccination clinic at the Wolstein Center will close in early June, those vaccinated at the clinic from May 18-May 31 will be scheduled to receive their second dose at an area Discount Drug Mart location. 

The Wolstein Center, which is located at 2000 Prospect Avenue is open 7 days a week. Walk-ins are welcome from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. or appointments can be scheduled at or by calling 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634). Parking is free and transportation assistance for those living in Cuyahoga County is available by calling 2-1-1.  

All health orders will be lifted on June 2nd except those for nursing homes and assisted living facilities. 

DeWine said the state will no longer require face masks and social distancing. However, individual businesses and schools can make their own decisions as to what is and isn’t suitable for themselves. Lifting these health orders will not prevent a business from imposing its own requirements.  


The governor announced one incentive for teens and one incentive for adults to get vaccinated.  

On May 18, DeWine said an electronic portal will open for those 17 years old and under who have been vaccinated to register for a drawing for a full four-year scholarship to a State of Ohio university. This includes tuition, room and board, and books. We will do this every Wednesday, for five straight Wednesdays — each time randomly selecting one student to receive the full, four-year scholarship. 

May 26th, Governor DeWine will announce a winner of a separate drawing for adults who have received at least their first dose of the vaccine taken from the state rolls of people who have been vaccinated.  

Currently, 42% of Ohioans have now been vaccinated. 


December 17, 2020:

Stay safe protocols for the Holidays: 

  1. STAY AT HOME.  
  2. Wear your mask.  
  3. Keep interactions short and stay apart.  
  4. Wash your hands.  
  5. Work from home.  
  6. Celebrate safe. Celebrate small.  
  7. Don’t eat or drink with anyone outside of your household.  
  8. Limit travel.  
  9. Keep weddings and funerals safe.  
  10. Enjoy safe holiday activities!  

Curfew is extended until January 2, 2021. Curfew is from 10pm to 5am every day, unless you are getting food, medical care, going to the pharmacy or going to work.  

Look here for a fact sheet on myths vs. facts about the COVID-19 vaccine.  

Vaccine program phase 1A begins and is focused on reaching critical groups such as 

  • Health care workers and personnel who are routinely involved in the care of COVID-19 patients. 
  • Residents and staff of nursing homes 
  • Residents and staff at assisted living facilities 
  • Patients and staff at state psychiatric hospitals 
  • People with intellectual disabilities and those with mental illness who live in group homes or centers and staff at those locations 
  • Residents and staff of our Ohio veterans homes 
  • EMS responders 

November 18, 2020:

Cuyahoga County Data:  

Cases by zip code:  

State Mandates:  

  • Stay at home health advisory:  
  • The Stay-at-Home advisory by the Cuyahoga County Board of Health began November 18 
  • All residents are asked to stay at home as much as possible. 
  • Leave your home to go to work or school, or for essential needs such as medical care, purchasing essential items from a grocery store or pharmacy, picking up prepared food, or receiving deliveries.  
  • Avoid traveling in and out of the State of Ohio  
  • Do not have guests in your homes or residences for gatherings  

Vaccine Preparation: 

  • When a COVID-19 vaccine becomes available, the Ohio Department of Health has identified 10 sites across the state where it will be administered. 
  • Ohio will first vaccinate those who are most at risk, including  
  • those who work in long-term care facilities, nursing homes, and congregate-care facilities 
  • high-risk health care workers  
  • first responders.  

Guides for students and holiday celebrations: 

Home and Healthy for the Holidays” campaign 

holiday celebration guide 


  • If you are in crisis: Call the 24-hour Suicide Prevention, Mental Health/Addiction Crisis, Information and Referral Hotline at 216-623-6888 or text “4hope” to 741741 
  • Coronavirus.Ohio.Gov and the Department of Health hotline, 1-833-4-ASK-ODH are great resources for those who have questions.  
  • For Cuyahoga County specific:  

July 22, 2020:

Beginning July 23rd at 6 P.M. the following rules are enacted

  • Masks shall be worn by all individuals 10 years of age and older when…
    • Any indoor location that is not a residence,
    • Outdoors if unable to maintain at least 6ft of social distancing from other people,
    • When waiting for or in any form of public transportation including by not limited to, buses, trains, taxis, or rideshare services.
  • Exceptions for masks are as follows
    • Individual is under 10 years of age
    • Individual has a respiratory medical condition that requires that they do not wear a mask
    • Individual is alone in an enclosed space such as an office
    • Individual is seated, may not be standing or moving, eating or drinking at a restaurant or bar
    • The individual is engaged in athletic practice or scrimmage as cleated by a previous Ohio Department of Health Order
  • When in public people must also maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet or more

July 15, 2020:

  • Number of positive cases: 69,311
  • Number of deaths: 3,075
  • We are entering the most critical phase for combating COVID-19
  • After early success cases are on the rise again in Ohio
      • Daily case numbers back over 1,000
  • We are in a similar place to wear Florida and Arizona were a few weeks ago and we must not become like them
  • Regardless of what alert level your county is please wear a mask
  • If people do not wear a mask and the situation continues to worsen, we may have to shut down again- but action now can avoid this
  • If we do not stop the virus the economy will be damaged, and schools may not be able to reopen in the fall
  • In conclusion, together as Ohioans we can be strong and stop the virus by wearing masks and following proper protocol

July 10, 2020:


61,331 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19

3,006 confirmed and probable COVID-19 deaths

Ohio Public Health Advisory System

The Public Health Advisory Alert System is a county by county color-coded system to indicate virus spread and the guidelines to follow at each escalating level. There are four levels:

  • Yellow: active exposure and spread of virus
  • Orange: increased exposure of spread, exercise a degree of caution.
  • Red: very high exposure and spread of virus, limit activities as much as possible.
  • Purple: Severe exposure and spread of virus, only leave home for supplies and services.

See the map updated daily here:

Mandatory Masks in the City of Cleveland

As of July 7th, by order of the City of Cleveland and Governor Mike DeWine masks are mandatory for all individuals in public or public spaces, for example

  • In any indoor location that is not a residence;
  • When outdoors and unable to consistently maintain a distance of six feet or more from individuals who are not members of their household; or
  • While waiting for, riding, driving, or operating public transportation, a taxi, a private car service, or a ride-sharing vehicle.
  • This does not apply to children under the age of 10 or any other minor who cannot safely wear a face covering

Further Guidelines via legislation from the Cleveland City Council will be:

  • Employees of social venues will be issued a $50 fine for not wearing a mask at work
  • Patrons of public venues will be issued a $25 citation for not wearing a mask
  • Venues that fail to facilitate social distancing will be assessed a fine of $3,000 for a first offense and assessed fines of $5,000 for each subsequent violation
  • Businesses that fail to follow occupancy limitations will be assessed a fine of $3,000 for the first instance; $5,000 for each subsequent violation; and will be ordered to shut down following a second violation.

Plasma Donation

Lt. Governor Husted encouraged Ohioans who have been fully recovered from COVID-19 for at least two weeks to consider donating plasma. For more information or to sign up to donate, visit or contact a local blood donor or plasma collection center.

Guidelines for Campuses to Reopen Safely

  • Every campus must
    • Develop policies testing and isolation of symptomatic students, faculty, and staff
    • Symptomatic individuals should be given priority for testing
    • Further guidance can be found at
  • Governor Mike DeWine has requested a $200 million allocation for higher education and $100 million for K-12 educational institutions to help campuses meet these standards

May 14, 2020

Reopening Dates:

  • Campgrounds reopen on May 21. Camp-ground employees will wear masks while inside buildings and clean common areas like bathrooms and showers more regularly. See requirements here
  • Horse racing without spectators reopens on May 22.
  • Swimming pools; limited contact and non-contact amateur sports including baseball, softball, golf and tennis; gyms and fitness centers reopen on May 26. A date for basketball, soccer, lacrosse, hockey and field hockey has not been determined. Lt. Governor Husted said volleyball and gymnastics present additional challenges.
  • Day camps reopen on May 31, more information will follow.
  • Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles locations will also reopen on May 26. Lt. Governor Husted advises using online services at when possible.
  • Child-care centers reopen on May 31 but they will face restrictions, such as
    • No more than six children in a room of infants or toddlers.
    • No more than nine children in a room of preschool or school-age children.
    • Employees must go home if they have symptoms, such as a cough, shortness of breath or loss of taste or smell.
    • Child-care providers must immediately send home any child or employee who has a temperature of 100 degrees or higher.

There have been 26,357 reported cases of COVID-19 in Ohio as of Thursday afternoon – an increase of 636 cases since Wednesday. 1,534 people have died.

May 11, 2020

  • Cases of Covid-19 in Ohio: 24,777; 1357 deaths. More than 600 new cases since yesterday.
  • Retail opens May 12; restaurants may open for outdoor dining May 15.
  • No date has been set for the opening of childcare facilities. The Governor and his team are still developing the rules and regulations for opening daycare facilities.
  • Each individual business owner will decide if customers must wear masks. The Governor strongly urges everyone to wear a mask when coming into contact with other people to limit the spread of Covid 19.
  • Liquor rebate program: Restaurants/bars can apply for a $500 rebate to help with restocking high proof spirituous liquor at their assigned wholesale Contract Liquor Agency. See for more information.

May 7, 2020

  • More than 22,000 cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the state, and more than 1,200 people have died.
  • Governor DeWine expects the number of cases to increase as the economy opens. Ohioans must work together to limit spread by practicing social distancing and wearing masks.  Everyone must follow rules and recommendations to ensure that businesses can remain open.

Hair salons, barbershops, nail salons, and personal care services

  • Hair salons, barbershops, day spas to reopen on May 15.
  • Customers will have to wait in car until appointment is ready.
  • Only customers will be allowed, with exceptions for children with parents or caregivers.
  • No magazines or self-serve beverages.
  • Masks at salons required for both customers and employees
  • Sanitation in-between appointments.
  • See rules here:

Restaurants and bars

  • Outside dining opens on May 15
  • Inside dining opens on May 21
  • Restaurants and bars will be required to construct floor plans to encourage physical distancing.
  • Customers may need to wait in their cars to be seated.
  • Public asked to self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Open congregate spaces such as dance floors will remain closed.
  • See rules here:


  • Governor DeWine will make an announcement on May 12th regarding childcare

April 20, 2020: 

  • Students across Ohio will not attend school in person and will continue remote learning for the remainder of the school year. No decision has been made about the fall.
  • Rite Aid launched its free COVID-19 self-swab testing site at 5795 State Road, the Parma testing site features self-swab tests that are administered in drive-thru fashion in the parking lot. The tests are overseen by Rite Aid pharmacists. Additional locations are at 4053 South Main Street in Akron and 713 North State Street in Girard, will launch on Wednesday, April 22. Appointments can be made seven days a week between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Learn more here.
  • Our regional food banks continue to need donations: and

April 6, 2020:

  • People coming into Ohio, or returning to Ohio from another state, must shelter at home for 14 days.
  • The next few weeks are going to be very challenging.  We must continue efforts to practice physical distancing from other people and wear masks when in public. If we stop too soon, problems will get worse.
  • If you are sick please call your regular doctor or health center before going to the facility unless it is an emergency. If it is an emergency go to the hospital.

April 4, 2020:

  • Telehealth rules have been expanded to allow more Ohioans to get mental and behavioral health consultations and support by phone. Call your doctor or local mental health agency to find someone who can help.
  • The governor and health director are encouraging all Ohioans to wear masks when shopping, going to work, or interacting with other people, even while keeping physical distance. Directions for making simple masks and other important information can be found at
  • Internet service providers are maintaining a list of local hot spots to find internet access in your area. Please see Look under the “individuals and families” tab at the bottom of the webpage.
  • Please check on your elderly family members and neighbors. If you know of seniors in need of services, including home-delivered meals, please call 866-243-5678.
  • Please remember to complete your census. It is important that all Ohioans be counted! You can complete the census in 12 language

April 3, 2020:

April 2, 2020:

  • Thank you to the 600 businesses who went to to help in manufacturing and supplying to protect first responders and medical personnel. If you are a business who can help, please do.
  • Retail workers can wear masks but N95 masks are still being reserved for front line responders.
  • Battelle has been given permission to sterilize 160,000 N95 masks a day which will expand capacity to protect medical and hospital workers.
  • The Governor thanks everyone for their great sacrifices- financial, personal, and family. This is not easy for anyone. Your sacrifices are protecting the first responders, hospital personnel, and saving lives.
  • Changes in the stay at home order to go into effect April 6th:
  • A dispute resolution panel has been created to handle cases where similar businesses are being treated differently in different parts of the state.
  • There is the problem of overcrowding in stores. The new order requires retail to establish a number of people in that business at one time. The business will decide that number themselves. Entering the store, many businesses are establishing a six-foot strip to keep people apart as people are lining up to enter the store.
  • People traveling to Ohio are asked to quarantine for 14 days. This does not affect people in border communities who work and live on either side of a state border.
  • We are not going to regulate family gatherings like funerals or weddings. We are leaving it up to people’s good judgment. We will not interfere with weddings, but receptions have to follow the same rules of not more than 10 people coming together.
  • We are into the warmer weather, campgrounds, and swimming pools are closed; day camps are closed. Organized sports-adult and youth are prohibited. When fishing, stay the appropriate distance apart. State parks are not closing.
  • Landscaping services are still allowed but look to the addendum in the new order for specifics.
  • Regarding foreclosures on commercial mortgages and properties, please read the order. It does not say you do not have to pay rent or mortgage, it says that we are hitting a 90-day pause, so that if you cannot pay mortgage or rent due to a result from the corona virus then you need to work out the terms with the financial institution or landlord.
  • Unemployment:
  • More than 400,000 people have applied for unemployment in the last two weeks in Ohio, which is 100k more than the entire last year.
  • 300 new employees have been added at the call center, and 1000 will be by end next week to help process unemployment.
  • Call 877-644-6562, The call center has expanded hours every day.
  • If you have lost your job due to corona virus you may use a mass layoff number 2000180 to your application to help expedite it.
  • Many businesses who cannot find enough employees. There is an essential employers website. Over 11,000 jobs posted already. If you can work, please help with these job shortages. Employers can post jobs and seekers can look for jobs.
  • As of today, there are 2902 confirmed cases, 28% of those cases are hospitalized, and 9% of those in ICU, 75% of counties with at least one positive case. 81 deaths in Ohio.
  • The state will be contacting all professional board-licensed health care individuals to see who can help attend the crisis. If you want to see how you can use your professional skills to help please contact [email protected].
  • There is no difference right now between men and women getting it. Young people are getting this and are being affected.
  • Please exercise control when running errands. Do all of them at once, go out less frequently, shop for many people at once.
  • Federal Congress has come forth with a comprehensive bill, the CARES Act. Please read it and utilize anything you can in the bill. Congressmen Brown and Portman will help you.

April 1, 2020:

  • To prepare for the surge in Covid-19 cases the Health Department has divided the state into 3 zones, Cleveland, Columbus, and Cincinnati/Dayton, to help manage capacity and patient care. This does not affect normal actions such as going to your primary care physician or local emergency room.
  • The Ohio National Guard is working with health and government officials to build out hospital capacity and help provide local services.
  • There is a new public/private partnership, Ohio Manufacturing Alliance to fight COVID-19. Manufacturers can go to to see what the state needs and what they can help produce.
  • Beginning today, hospitals will be required to send COVID-19 tests to other hospital labs in the state that are doing their own testing for quick turnarounds on the results.
  • Individuals and families receiving SNAP benefits can now order groceries online and select pick up at the store. They will be able to swipe their EBT card without getting out of the car.
  • April 1st is national U.S. Census Day. Respond online at with the code you received in the mail or over the phone at 1-800-923-8282. If you do not have the code, you can still fill out the Census online in 12 languages.
  • FEMA has declared a national emergency in the State of Ohio, which will allow direct federal assistance to Ohio.
  • The Governor will sign an executive order today to help small business owners. The Governor is asking lenders and landlords to do their best to work with small business owners to help prevent foreclosures.

March 31, 2020:

  • The capacity of the unemployment system has been increased on the website and the call center, training new people for the call center to help Ohioans. Benefits will be backdated to the date you were eligible to receive them.
  • Insurers are instructed to charge in-network pricing for COVID-19 treatment for what may be out-of-network treatments.
  • The state is building a healthcare system surge response. They expect to build more on the community response and increase access to testing.
  • Social distancing in its strictest form is essential to slowing the spread.

March 30, 2020:

  • The FDA approved Columbus, Ohio based Battelle’s new machine that can sterilize 80,000 N-95 hospital masks every day. Machines are in NYC, Seattle, Washington D.C.
  • In order to better reach non-English speakers, there is now COVID-19 information translated into Spanish, Chinese, and Somalian on, with on-going work to translate information into Arabic, which will be available soon. Also, people can access each press conference on, and, once uploaded, viewers can select a language for closed captioning.
  • There is a new order to extend K-12 school closures through Friday, May 1st. The date will be re-evaluated at that time.
  • Even more, National Guard members will be in uniform in Ohio communities to help out.
  • The peak of the disease in Ohio is expected in mid- to late April, as long as everyone continues to socially distance ourselves.

March 27, 2020:

  • In Ohio, there are 1137 confirmed cases; 276 hospitalizations; 19 deaths.  Dr. Acton warned of a big increase in the number of cases we will see in the coming weeks.
  • Senator Portman joined the meeting to share information about the federal stimulus bill. Stimulus checks in varying amounts will be mailed to individuals and families based on gross adjusted income on federal income taxes.  Low-income seniors who didn’t file taxes last year may still be eligible. If you are eligible and don’t get a check in the next month, contact your congressional representative or senator.
  • Information about benefits and resources can be found at and will be updated as information becomes available.  The phone number is 1-833-427-5634.
  • Voting in Ohio will be primarily by mail only; the date has been extended to April 28, 2020.  Contact Cuyahoga County Board of Elections at, or call 216-443-8683 to get an absentee ballot.
  • Governor DeWine asked everyone to complete the census.  It is important because funds are distributed to states and cities based on the population.

March 26, 2020:

  • In Ohio, 867 cases have been confirmed; 223 hospitalizations; 15 deaths.  Spread to 60/88 Ohio’s counties. Note:  There remains a lag in testing and getting results; actual cases are likely higher.
  • Information to file jobless claims can be found here:  Can file online 24/7; updates to claims can be made at a later date if you are having trouble getting through to the representative by phone.
  • Governor DeWine and Health Director Acton continue to urge all Ohioans to practice social distancing.  It is very important if we are going to reduce the number of cases and deaths in Ohio.

March 25, 2020:

  • #DistanceDance Charlie D’Amerlio’s created a “Stay at home” dance. Post your own version and Proctor & Gamble will donate to agencies that support hunger relief.
  • For utility assistance: the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) will run now through May 1st. Must be income eligible.
  • The State of Ohio is asking that if you think you have coronavirus, please call your doctor first, unless there is an emergency.

March 24, 2020:

  • Governor DeWine emphasized again the MANDATORY stay-at-home order that began Monday, March 23, 2020.  Only essential trips (for food, medicine, for example) are permitted.  Only essential businesses (as defined in the order) are to continue on-site operations. Details regarding the Order and other important documents can be found
  • If a business remains open, owners should be able to explain how they fit into the Order if asked by authorities.  Make sure that the business fits under the definition of “essential.”  A certificate is NOT needed.
  • For those businesses staying open, they are REQUIRED to provide safe working environments for their employees.
  • Lending institutions (banks, credit unions) are open and operating; however, most lobbies are closed.  A 60-day moratorium on mortgage foreclosures is in place. Contact your lending agency if you need assistance or have questions.
  • In Ohio, 564 confirmed cases and 8 deaths as of today but more tests are outstanding. Those with the illness are from infants to age 95. 16% of the cases involve healthcare workers.
  • Governor reiterated his belief that the long-term health of our economy depends on all of us taking steps now to follow the stay-at-home order for all non-essential workers and businesses.

March 23, 2020:

  • Governor DeWine has issued a MANDATORY stay-at-home order beginning Monday, March 23, 2020, beginning at 11:59 pm. Only essential trips (for food, medicine, for example) are permitted. Only essential businesses (as defined in the order) are to continue on-site operations. Details regarding the Order can be found at…/1…/Stay%20Home%20Order.pdf
  • Child care workers must have a temporary license to operate beginning Thursday, March 25, 2020. No more than 6 children to a room. Slots will be prioritized for essential workers. Details at
  • An immediate hiring freeze for all State agencies.
  • In Ohio, 442 confirmed cases and 6 deaths as of today but many more tests are outstanding. Those with the illness are from infants to age 93.

March 20, 2020:

  • Businesses exposing employees need to be mindful in protecting them and adhering to the Governor’s orders.
  • Insurers must allow employers to keep covering employees even if employees become ineligible because of the decrease in hours worked.
  • Governor DeWine asked Pres. Trump to unlock funding in national disaster employment account for ineligible employees (i.e. 1099 self-employed) to receive unemployment
  • Businesses must take the temperature of employees as they arrive to work or to do so at home before coming to work.
  • 169 people have COVID-19 and one person has died.

March 19, 2020:

  • Courts must only remain open to continue essential functions only and work with leaders to develop a plan to access to the courts.
  • There are 119 cases reported in Ohio
  • All non-sensitive civil and criminal jury trials and court cases must be suspended and or conducted via video.
  • Consider releasing incarcerated individuals who are considered as high-risk individuals who may contract severe illness in local jails.
  • the Supreme Court will release grant funds to local courts to obtain the technology needs to carry out mandates by the governor.
  • Moratorium has been created to halt cut off to gas and electricity until May 1st, 2020.
  • non-life-threatening healthcare needs are suggested to conduct appointments through video and phone conferencing.
  • Families who have returned from travel are quested to “stay-in-place” and practice self-quarantine.
  • All prior mandated closures are to remain closed; At home business, set-up will be discussed by the governor’s cabinet next week.
  • Essential industries such as health care, critical care, nonprofits, postal services, and other essentials must continue to remain open.