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 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.
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.
With new Hamilton County COVID-19 cases nearing 100 a day, the county's health commissioner says the department is preparing to ramp up testing, specifically target communities affected, and increase contact tracing.
Area health departments are drilling down on the data from local COVID-19 patients and hoping to identify people they've come into contact with to prevent further spread. This so-called contact tracing is important now that Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana are preparing to ease stay-at-home orders.