Hamilton County

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The Hamilton County Board of Elections Early Vote Center will become the main COVID-19 vaccine clinic for the county.


Norwood is on track to close down its 911 service and turn the dispatching duties over to Hamilton County. With the approval of Norwood City Council, the partnership could happen Feb. 1. Hamilton County Communications Director Andy Knapp says the goal is to make the change as smoothly as possible.

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Ohio hasn't seen a "dramatic surge" in new COVID-19 cases related to the holidays, according to the governor. But Mike DeWine says there has been an upswing. Hamilton County is now at "purple," the highest level on the state's color coded map tracking several different benchmarks. 

Hamilton County Public Health (screenshot from video provided)

Vaccine distribution within Hamilton County has been slow, mainly due to the amount of vaccines the county has received.

Hamilton County Public Health receives roughly 500 doses each week. Hamilton County Commissioner Denise Driehaus said the county doesn’t have enough COVID-19 vaccines to finish Phase 1A of the state's vaccine distribution plan.

Hamilton County Public Health (screenshot from video provided)

Hamilton County is reporting a weekly increase of 5,872 COVID-19 cases following a backlog of antigen tests being cleared throughout the state. "Our cases here in Hamilton County, when you take that out, continue to be rather plateaued," Health Commissioner Greg Kesterman said.

Hamilton County Commission (screenshot from Dec. 2, 2020 COVID-19 Briefing)

For the fourth week in a row, Hamilton County is reporting nearly 4,000 new cases, with 3,943 announced during a Wednesday briefing.

As more COVID-19 cases emerge, more hospitalizations are due to follow, officials say. Earlier this week, UC Health hospitals announced they were pausing elective surgeries for the near future to make way for potential COVID cases.

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Due to a rise in COVID-19 hospitalizations, UC Health hospitals will be suspending elective surgeries for the near future. This comes two weeks after UC Health implemented initial surge operations, which reduced half of the elective operations.

At least 3,865 new COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in Hamilton County since last week. On Thanksgiving Eve, the county's health commissioner said he's worried about a skyrocket of cases in the coming weeks.


More than 26,000 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Hamilton County since the beginning of the pandemic. Since last week, nearly 4,000 new cases have been confirmed.

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As COVID-19 cases continue to skyrocket in the Greater Cincinnati area, Mayor John Cranley has announced that City Hall will close Monday. It is not clear when it may reopen.

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If you follow local politics at all, you probably already know that the Hamilton County Democrats had a near sweep of county offices and judgeships.

Hamilton County Commission (screenshot from Nov. 12, 2020 briefing)

As Hamilton County heads into the holiday season, county officials are sounding the alarm on concerns of rising COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations.

Commission President Denise Driehaus said the week-over-week increase in new infections is over 4,000. Last week the county reported an increase of 2,000.

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Election Day is over but for election workers, the hard task of ensuring the vote went off without a hitch will likely go on until mid-December. In Hamilton County, officials looked into reports of malfeasance and are still counting votes. 

There have been reports of voter intimidation and people voting more than once. Investigations into the claims did not pan out any concrete proof of either.

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With nearly 2,000 more COVID cases since last week, 46 additional hospitalizations and seven more deaths, the state could put Hamilton County on a watch list Thursday or declare it "purple," the highest level on the pandemic advisory map.

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Cincinnati Public School students have been attending classes in-person for nearly three weeks now, but attendance is way lower than in previous years.


The number of positive COVID-19 cases continues to climb in Hamilton County, and the number of people hospitalized because of the virus in the region is also increasing. It comes as the county could move to "purple" on the state's coronavirus advisory map when it's released Thursday. That's the highest level.

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Authorities with the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office announced that Cpl. Adam McMillan, a deputy who was in critical condition after a crash with a Metro bus on Oct. 8, died of his injuries on Friday.

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Over 1.2 million Ohioans have already voted in the Nov. 3 election, both by absentee ballots and in-person early voting at county boards of elections.

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More than a week has passed since Cincinnati Public Schools returned to in-person learning through a blended model. Since then, six students have tested positive for COVID-19.

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Hamilton County's number of daily positive coronavirus cases is the highest it's been since the pandemic started. That's the latest from Hamilton County officials who spoke Wednesday morning about the threat facing our community.

Hamilton County's health commissioner said Wednesday if current COVID-19 trends continue, it's "inevitable" the county will reach "purple" on the state's health advisory map.  That's the highest and most severe level.

Michael Keating

The Hamilton County commissioners are expected to give final approval Thursday to a policy agenda for the county for 2021 and 2022.

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Hamilton County, like the rest of the state and the nation, is seeing an increasing number of positive COVID-19 cases. In the last week, there have been 954 new cases in the county.

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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is helping Cincinnati clean up lead to protect families from long-term health issues.

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Hamilton County and Cincinnati officials continue fundraising and design work on plans to replace the aging Western Hills Viaduct. County Engineer Eric Beck provided an update Tuesday to county commissioners.

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Hamilton County has now allocated all but $150,000 of the federal money it received to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Hamilton County's health commissioner expects to remain "red" on the state's coronavirus advisory map for at least two more weeks. 

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A Cincinnati Council committee heard testimony Tuesday evening about the negative impacts the city police department gun range in Evendale is having on that village as well as on nearby Lincoln Heights and Woodlawn.

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Despite rising COVID-19 numbers, public schools in Cincinnati are set to reopen in-person next week. For parents who want a remote option for their kids, a program is already in place.

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The Metropolitan Sewer District continues work on some projects to reduce sewage overflows into local streams.