COVID-19 updates
ODH Health Alert,
Updated Guidance for COVID-19 Testing,
Ohio Vax-a-Million, Youth Vaccinations,
Death Data & Current Case Data
June 25, 2021

Updated Guidance for COVID-19 Testing

ODH has issued updated COVID-19 testing guidance. Click here to view the guidance.

Ohio Vax-a-Million

For this week's fifth and final Ohio Vax-a-Million drawing, 3,469,542 vaccinated adults entered for a chance to win $1 million, and 154,889 vaccinated youth entered for a chance to win a college scholarship. This is an increase of 41,028 adult entries and 4,702 youth entries over last week. 


Ohio Vax-A-Million's newest winners joined Governor DeWine Thursday morning to discuss why they chose to be vaccinated and their excitement of being selected during this week's drawing. 


DoorDash, Kroger, and Giant Eagle will offer a new vaccine incentive program from Friday, June 25 through Wednesday, June 30. Ohioans vaccinated at the select grocery stores located below will receive a $25 DoorDash gift card.  

  • Giant Eagle, 320 Market Drive, Elyria
  • Giant Eagle, 5744 Transportation Blvd., Garfield Heights
  • Giant Eagle, 41 5th Street SE, Barberton
  • Giant Eagle, 2032 Lincoln Way East, Massillon
  • Giant Eagle, 3050 W 117th Street, Cleveland
  • Giant Eagle, 484 E Waterloo Rd., Akron
  • Giant Eagle, 2173 Stringtown Rd., Grove City
  • Giant Eagle, 2900 Stelzer Rd., Columbus
  • Giant Eagle, 4780 West Broad St., Columbus
  • Giant Eagle, 1380 S 4th St., Columbus
  • Kroger, 7132 Hamilton Ave., Cincinnati
  • Kroger, 8421 Winton Rd., Cincinnati
  • Kroger, 1 W Corry St., Cincinnati
  • Kroger, 6165 Glenway Ave., Cincinnati
  • Kroger, 3491 Northbend Rd., Cincinnati
  • Kroger, 2310 Ferguson Rd., Cincinnati
  • Kroger, 2161 Eakin Rd., Columbus
  • Kroger, 4485 Refugee Rd., Columbus
  • Kroger, 1745 Morse Rd., Columbus
  • Kroger, 3637 S High St., Columbus

Youth Vaccinations

Approximately 231,000 young Ohioans between 12 and 17 years old have started the vaccination process. Ohio is working to make sure other students have the opportunity to get their COVID-19 vaccine before school begins in the fall.


Statewide efforts include: 

  • Outreach to schools. Schools have had multiple opportunities to partner with providers and offer vaccination clinics on-site for students. A survey of school districts across the state showed us that more than 200 districts plan to offer vaccination opportunities on-site.
  • Outreach through community organizations. Ohio has partnered with all Boys and Girls Clubs across the state to serve as vaccination sites. In addition, 67 local providers will be hosting vaccination clinics in partnership with summer food service programs for families.
  • Outreach through local providers. Ohio is working with pediatricians and family doctors to encourage them to become providers so that students can get the COVID-19 vaccine from their own doctors. Nearly 500 pediatric and family medicine offices are currently offering vaccinations. To increase awareness and encourage vaccinations, child-serving state agencies are distributing vaccine information to families and others in their communities.
  • Targeted, focused outreach to underserved areas. To increase access for students in underserved areas, Ohio will assist in expanding school-based healthcare services and increase the number of community-based health workers in high-need areas. Ohio will also offer vaccinations at all Job and Family Services offices that serve customers.

Death Data

Even though Ohio's COVID-19 case numbers have been dropping, approximately 100 Ohioans a week are dying from this virus, and deaths are shifting to a younger age group.


During the winter surge, more than half of the people who died from COVID-19 in Ohio were 80 or older. Today, those ages 40 to 79 make up more than 65 percent of deaths.

ODH Health Alert

The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) Bureau of Infectious Diseases (BID) is asking for your support in strengthening summer influenza viral surveillance by partnering with your local health department to increase influenza-positive specimen submissions to the ODH Laboratory throughout the summer months.


Please contact your local health department to report suspect novel influenza cases and to coordinate specimen submissions from any RT- PCR or rapid molecular tests which are positive for influenza A or B to ODH Laboratory for confirmatory testing and subtyping. This increased surveillance will continue through September 30, 2021.


Although there is minimal influenza activity in Ohio at this time, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is requesting continued testing of influenza specimens at state public health laboratories in order to maintain situational awareness and ensure adequate novel influenza surveillance.


As Ohio’s agricultural fair season begins, it is important to be mindful of potential human infections with swine variant influenza (e.g. H3N2v, H1N1v, H1N2v) and avian influenza viruses. When animal influenza viruses infect people, they are considered novel influenza A infections, a Class A notifiable condition, and should be reported immediately by telephone to the local health department of residence. Novel influenza A should be considered in people with influenza-like illness (ILI) and recent contact to swine or poultry during the summer months. Specimens should be collected promptly, and you should contact your local health department to arrange for specimen submissions to ODH Laboratory for any suspected novel influenza A infections.


Please note that nasopharyngeal (NP) OR oropharyngeal (OP) swabs, bronchoalveolar lavages (BAL) and tracheal aspirates are all appropriate specimen types for submission to the ODH Laboratory.


For each specimen to be sent, please include a completed ODH Laboratory Microbiology Submission Form with "INFLUENZA SUMMER SURVEILLANCE" written in the comments section. This form (with comments section note pre-populated) and ODH Collection and Submission of Influenza Specimens guidelines are attached to this message and can also be referenced in the Ohio Public Health Communication System document library (EPI ISSUES\Influenza\Novel Influenza\Swine Influenza Guidance).

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. 

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