Hamilton County

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Hamilton County's health commissioner says the pause in Johnson & Johnson vaccine allocations won't hinder vaccine rollout in the region.

The CDC recommended pausing inoculations of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine Tuesday out of an "abundance of caution" while an investigation is conducted into reports of apparently rare, potentially dangerous blood clots developing after some individuals received the vaccine.

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Cincinnati City Council could vote Wednesday on two eviction measure proposals submitted in the wake of Hamilton County Municipal Court's decision to lift the national eviction moratorium.

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All Hamilton County employees will be returning to work in-person by June 1. County Administrator Jeff Aloutto sent out a memo to county employees Wednesday morning about the return date. Commissioner Denise Driehaus says this could be subject to change, but there will be exceptions to who can return.

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Local leaders gathered on the steps of the Hamilton County Courthouse Friday to ask the Municipal Court to reconsider its decision to no longer honor the CDC moratorium on evictions.

Hamilton County Commission (screenshot from Mar. 31, 2021 COVID-19 Briefing)

COVID-19 cases continue to "plateau" in Hamilton County as most of the area gears up for Reds Opening Day. Officials are requesting people attending Great American Ball Park on Thursday do so responsibly and keep their distance in the DORA district.

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The Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area (DORA) at The Banks opens Thursday at 11:00 a.m.

The DORA is an 85-acre district from Paul Brown Stadium to Heritage Bank Center and to the south sidewalk of Second Street and the north sidewalk of Mehring Way.

Hamilton County (screenshot from Mar. 24, 2021 briefing.)

One in four Hamilton County residents have started receiving COVID-19 vaccinations. However, there's still a lot of viral activity.

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On Thursday, the first doses of a mass COVID-19 vaccine pop-up site will be administered at the Cintas Center.

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Hamilton County officials say flexibility in the new round of federal stimulus will make it easier to spend the funding effectively. President Joe Biden signed the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan into law Thursday.

Hamilton County Health Department

One in six residents of Hamilton County have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. But a higher percentage of white residents have gotten vaccinated compared to Black and other minority residents. 

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A provision in Gov. Mike DeWine's proposed state budget could save Hamilton County about $3.8 million, according to local officials. A Supreme Court decision nearly 60 years ago makes it a state obligation to pay for the legal defense of very low-income defendants in county courts.

Hamilton County Commission (screenshot from Feb. 24, 2021 COVID-19 briefing)

Earlier this week, it was confirmed that the B.1.1.7 COVID variant, commonly known as the UK variant due to first being discovered in the United Kingdom, has shown up in Hamilton County. So far, only 11 cases of the variant have been found in Ohio.

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The Hamilton County Health Department got a lot more vaccine doses than usual this week. Health Commissioner Greg Kesterman says the majority of doses in the county are still going to private health providers, but the increase is much needed.

Hamilton County Commission (screenshot from Feb. 17, 2021 COVID-19 Briefing)

Hamilton County is now correcting its COVID death numbers after the state inaccurately reported 4,000 less than should have been reported.

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As Phase 1B of the state's vaccination plan continues, Hamilton County is expected to receive more than 14,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses.


More vaccinations are headed to Hamilton County next week.

Staff members across Hamilton County schools will be sticking out their arms next week to receive their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Health Commissioner Greg Kesterman said they will be the first essential workers outside of health care workers and first responders to receive the vaccine.


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Hamilton County commissioners Thursday gave final approval to taking over 911 dispatching for the city of Norwood. County Administrator Jeff Aluotto says they’ve been working to de-fragment the county's emergency communication system.


COVID-19 vaccines continue to be a challenge in Hamilton County.

This week, Hamilton County received roughly 11,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses. Next week, the county is expecting 9,000. This comes as more people are becoming eligible to receive the vaccine under the state's vaccination plan.

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Hamilton County officials say they hope President Joe Biden's federal plan will speed up COVID-19 vaccine distribution. Commissioner Denise Driehaus says the county is getting about 8,000 doses of vaccine a week, but the vast majority go to local hospital systems.

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

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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.