skip to main content
skip to newscasts

Saturday, May 25, 2024

Public News Service Logo
facebook instagram linkedin reddit youtube twitter
view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

NV conservation group supports FERC's transmission planning rule; Memorial Day weekend includes Tornadoes and record-high temperatures; A focus on the Farm Bill for Latino Advocacy Week in D.C; and Southeast Alaska is heating homes with its rainfall.

view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

U.S. Supreme Court allows South Carolina gerrymander that dilutes Black voters, Sen. Ted Cruz refuses to say if he'll accept 2024 election results, and Trump calls Mar-a-Lago search an attempt to have him assassinated.

view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

Smokey Bear thought only "you" could prevent forest fires, but decomposing mushrooms may also help, a Native American community in Oregon is achieving healthcare sovereignty, and Colorado farmers hope fast-maturing, drought-tolerant seeds will better handle climate change.

Ohioans lag on vaccines as COVID, flu, RSV cases rise

play audio
Play

Tuesday, January 9, 2024   

Nationwide and in Ohio, cases of COVID, influenza and RSV are on the rise, but health experts say Ohio lags when it comes to the number of residents vaccinated for protection against respiratory viruses.

November saw more than 50,000 reported COVID cases, and the CDC now ranks Ohio as "high" for respiratory illness levels.

Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff, Ohio Department of Health director, said around 1.1 million Ohioans have received the updated COVID vaccine that became available last year and doesn't require any boosters, but that's a tiny percentage of the state's population. He hopes seniors and other vulnerable populations take time in the New Year to stay healthy by getting vaccinated.

"Case numbers are rising. And we know that as they do, we will see more hospitalizations and severe illness. Many Ohioans have taken the opportunity to get vaccinated, but many more haven't," he said.

According to the CDC, the number of hospitalizations for COVID nationwide jumped 20% after the holidays, and emergency rooms also saw an increase in the number of people with severe flu cases.

Health experts report previous vaccines or boosters were not developed to target the more recent strains, and note it's important to talk to your doctor about the best ways to stay protected from illness. For more information on available vaccines, look online at vaccines.gov.

Vanderhoff said among the state's oldest residents, COVID continues to cause several dozen deaths a week.

"A higher number of older Ohioans who, of course, are among those most at risk of getting seriously ill have been vaccinated, 29% of Ohioans aged 65 and older. But clearly, there remains a lot of room for improvement," he continued.

New data from the CDC show the majority of the nation's nursing home residents have not received the newest COVID or RSV vaccines.


get more stories like this via email

more stories
The latest Living Planet Index report finds freshwater migratory fish saw an average 81% collapse in monitored population sizes between 1970 and 2020. This includes massive declines in Latin America, the Caribbean and Europe. (Adobe Stock)

Environment

play sound

Groups in Connecticut are preparing to celebrate World Fish Migration Day on Friday. The biennial event celebrates migratory fish species and their …


Social Issues

play sound

Fewer than 8% of people in Alabama prisons are granted parole when they apply for it. Criminal justice experts got together for a discussion of how …

Social Issues

play sound

A new report is sounding the alarm on Pennsylvania's juvenile-detention capacity challenges, citing understaffing and long wait times for the young …


During Latino Advocacy Week, Hispanic Access Foundation members met with lawmakers to promote equity in the upcoming Farm Bill. (Evelyn Ramirez/Hispanic Access Foundation)

Environment

play sound

It's Latino Advocacy Week in Washington, D.C., and leaders in the Hispanic community are pushing for improvements in the upcoming Farm Bill. The …

Environment

play sound

As Michiganders hit the road this holiday weekend, state lawmakers are brainstorming ways to help close the state's $3.9 billion road funding gap…

The Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy says a law change, which includes updating the state's public waters list, could provide protections for at least 640 miles of additional waterways across the state. (Adobe Stock)

Environment

play sound

What might seem like an under-the-radar administrative task could end up being a lifesaver for Minnesota waterways in need of safeguards against agric…

Social Issues

play sound

Two years ago today, a teenager killed 19 students and two teachers at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde. The families of those shot and killed have …

Social Issues

play sound

Amid nationwide labor shortages and high turnover, employment experts say fostering an equitable workplace is key to finding and retaining workers…

 

Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright © 2021