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DeWine announces new health order for nursing home workers; new COVID-19 vaccinations stalling

"The more people that get vaccinated, the harder it is for the virus to spread," DeWine said. "Our goal is to continue [vaccinating] every single day."
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Gov. Mike DeWine during the state coronavirus update on Monday, May 3, 2021.

CEDARVILLE — Gov. Mike DeWine announced a new health order exempting fully vaccinated long-term care facility workers from coronavirus testing.

Unvaccinated workers in Ohio's nursing homes and assisted living facilities, however, will still be required to be tested for the novel coronavirus at least twice a week.

DeWine recently announced Ohioans who have been fully vaccinated no longer need to quarantine after being exposed to someone who's contracted COVID-19.

Reopening goal

DeWine said so far this week, Ohio's rate of new cases per 100,000 people in the past two weeks is at 147.9, which is down slightly from last week's rate of 155.6 cases per 100,000 people.

Health orders are expected to be lifted once the state reports 50 new cases per 100,000 over a two-week period.

The governor said officials have seen the number of new vaccinations "go down dramatically."

The Ohio Department of Health on Monday reported only 5,500 people started their vaccine in the past 24 hours. The average rate of new vaccinations over the previous five days was more than 20,000 new vaccinations per day.

Most of the new cases reported in Ohio recently are attributed to residents aged 19 or younger, the vast majority of whom aren't yet eligible for any of the coronavirus vaccine models, followed by those aged 30 to 39.

The rate of new cases has recently decreased for each other age group, the governor said.

"The more people that get vaccinated, the harder it is for the virus to spread," DeWine said. "Our goal is to continue [vaccinating] every single day."