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As a new strain of coronavirus (COVID-19) swept through the world in 2020, preparedness plans, masking policies and more public policy changed just as quickly. WVXU has covered the pandemic's impact on the Tri-State from the very beginning, when on March 3, 2020, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine barred spectators from attending the Arnold Sports Festival in Columbus over concerns about the virus, even though Ohio had yet to confirm a single case of COVID-19.

Tri-State COVID Cases Are Rising. Health Officials Are Worried About The Unvaccinated

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Ohio Department of Health
COVID-19 cases in Ohio from June 1 to July 19, 2021.

Daily new cases of COVID-19 in Kentucky and Indiana have more than doubled compared to three weeks ago. New cases in Ohio are up 58%, with about a third of new cases from the more highly contagious delta variant.

"It's not unexpected to have the different variants with COVID-19," said Clermont County Health Commissioner Julianne Nesbit. "I think we'll continue to have other variants that will potentially be out there. So for those unvaccinated individuals it's really a concern because they can still get it and spread it to others."

Nesbit says cases in Clermont County have been mostly stable over the last couple of weeks, with an uptick over the weekend.

"We're starting to see cases, particularly with children that are going to camps where they're like resident camps," Nesbit said. "And some of these are out of state, so they're traveling to other areas and then coming back into the state."

About 46% of Clermont County residents have gotten at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine – slightly lagging Hamilton County's 51% and the state average of 48%. About 51% of Kentuckians and 46% of Hoosiers are at least partially vaccinated.

Cases in Butler County have more than doubled in the last two weeks, according to a statement from the county General Health District.

"The people having to go to the hospital because of COVID-19 are almost entirely unvaccinated," Kay Farrar, health commissioner for the city of Hamilton Health Department, said in a statement. "Getting vaccinated is an easy way to protect yourself and those around you from serious illness."

A vaccine clinic will be held Aug. 7 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Butler County Fairgrounds. You can pre-register at gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov or walk-in with no appointment.

Health officials say many vaccine providers are accepting walk-ins.

Information on where to get a COVID-19 shot is available at vaccines.gov.

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