Hamilton County Health Department

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 Commission (screenshot from Dec. 30, 2020 COVID-19 Briefing)

Weekly COVID-19 cases in Hamilton County continue to decrease.

Over the past week, less than 3,000 new cases have been reported. That’s a sharp decrease from the previous week, where nearly 4,000 were reported.

Hamilton County Commission (screenshot from Dec. 23, 2020 COVID-19 Briefing)

While Hamilton County is reporting decreasing numbers in weekly COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations are still affecting the region's hospitals.

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.

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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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Several agencies in Hamilton County are working together to acquire, store and distribute COVID-19 vaccines once they are available.

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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.

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Hamilton County's interim public health director said he remains cautiously optimistic as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

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Hamilton County Health officials are closely monitoring COVID-19 data as more and more businesses reopen after being forced to close because of the pandemic.  

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The Hamilton County Health Department received just over a dozen phone calls this past weekend about safety concerns as some businesses reopened Friday. 

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As the number of businesses continue to reopen, local health officials will be watching the coronavirus numbers. 

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Large parts of Ohio's economy begin coming back to life this week after being shut down during the coronavirus pandemic. 

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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.