COVID-19 updates


Case Increases & Ohio Public Health Advisory System, Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children, Condensed Health Order, High School Vaccinations, & Case Data/Vaccine Information 

April 9, 2021

Case Increases & Ohio Public Health Advisory System Update

This has been the second week where the cases over two weeks per 100,000 people have gone up by more than 10. Two weeks ago, Ohio's cases per 100,000 people were 146.9. Today, case per 100,000 people is at 183.7. 


The increases in case rates are reflected in this week’s Ohio Public Health Advisory System map. New health data compiled by the Ohio Department of Health shows case increases in 53 counties over the past week.


Level changes include:

  • Franklin County moved to the watch list following sustained increases in cases and in COVID-related health care use including emergency department and outpatient visits and hospitalizations for COVID.
  • Putnam County moved from orange to red.
  • Carroll, Mercer, and Morgan counties moved from yellow to orange.
  • Brown and Noble counties dropped from orange to yellow.

According to Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff, chief medical officer at the Ohio Department of Health (ODH), Ohio and the nation are enduring another wave of COVID-19 due to variants of the original virus that are more contagious and more deadly. Variant counts in Ohio jumped from 92 on March 12 to 797 today, a doubling time of about every 9-10 days.


Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children

Although COVID-19 has historically affected older Ohioans, children are not immune to getting sick with coronavirus, and in some rare cases, kids can develop multisystem inflammatory syndrome. Since the start of the pandemic, 166 children have been treated for this syndrome.


According to Dr. Dustin Fleck, Chief of Rheumatology at Dayton Children’s Hospital, this syndrome is unique because it is not associated with an active COVID infection. Rather, symptoms usually develop 2-4 weeks after a child has a symptomatic or asymptomatic COVID infection.


The syndrome is characterized by fever and inflammation throughout the body, specifically targeting the heart. The syndrome can also target the gastrointestinal system, liver, lungs, kidneys, and brain. Parents should look for symptoms of abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, rash, swelling of hands and feet, and redness of eyes.


Dr. Fleck's full explanation of multisystem inflammatory syndrome is available on The Ohio Channel's YouTube page.

Condensed Health Order

The Ohio Department of Health has rescinded 18 previous COVID-19 Orders and has issued a streamlined “Director’s Order for Social Distancing, Facial Coverings and Non-Congregating.” 


Two of these rescinded Orders were directly related to medical care:

  • “Director’s Order to Require an Inventory of All Ventilators in Ohio” signed on March 30, 2020.
  • “Director’s Order that Amends the Requirements for Non-Essential Surgeries and Procedures” signed on June 2, 2020.

High School Vaccinations

Governor DeWine announced that he has asked Ohio's local health departments and vaccine providers that are offering the Pfizer vaccine to coordinate with local high schools to offer vaccinations to high school students who are 16 or older. Pfizer is the only vaccine that is currently approved for children as young as 16. 


Vaccination clinics will be offered at all higher education campuses in the coming weeks. 

Current Case Data

In-depth COVID-19 data for Ohio:

Ohio's central scheduling system:

Ohio mass vaccination information:

All vaccine providers:

More vaccine information:


Video of the most recent updates, including versions with foreign language translation, can be viewed on The Ohio Channel's YouTube page


For more information on Ohio's response to COVID-19, visit or call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH.

The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) is leading Ohio’s pandemic response. If you have questions or concerns about their programs, please use the links below. SMBO will continue to share information from ODH as it is received. 

Trusted Resources 

Provider Wellness Resources

Text 4HOPE to 741 741
Or log onto

View this email in your browser
You are receiving this email because of your relationship with State Medical Board of Ohio. Please reconfirm your interest in receiving emails from us. If you do not wish to receive any more emails, you can unsubscribe here.
This message was sent from to
30 East Broad Street, 3rd Floor, Columbus, Ohio, 43215

Update Profile/Email Address | Forward Email | Report Abuse