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COVID-19 Cases And Vaccinations Remain High; Columbus Mask Ordinance Will Remain In Place

State health officials reported 6,745 new cases of COVID-19 Tuesday, as health agencies around the world are on the lookout for the arrival of the omicron variant.

461 people were admitted to Ohio hospitals, 41 to intensive care units; nearly double the recent three week average.

104 COVID deaths were recorded Tuesday, bringing the death toll in Ohio to 26,587.

Vaccination rates remain relatively high, with over 9-thousand people receiving their first shot in the past 24-hours. Children account for much of that increase; over 24 percent of people under 20 have had at least one COVID vaccination.

Columbus' mayor Andrew Ginther says there are no plan to rescind the indoor mask ordinance passed by City Council in September. It requires people ages 3 and older wear masks or facial coverings in indoor public places, with some exceptions, regardless of vaccination status.

There have been over 10-thousand cases of COVID-19 in Franklin County in November, 2021.


A native of Chicago, naturalized citizen of Cincinnati and resident of Columbus, Alison attended Earlham College and the Ohio State University. She has equal passion for Midwest history, hockey and Slavic poetry.
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