Nick McWilliams reporting – With vaccines rolling out, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine urged nursing home and long-term care residents to accept doses, while changing some guidance related to positive cases and school children.

As the general public waits patiently for vaccines to be readily available, the governor noted that the state hopes to see increased production as soon as next month, with the focus on the speed in which they can get doses out.

DeWine adds that he hopes for hospitals to administer their stock within 24 hours, while also urging residents offered a vaccine to take advantage of the opportunity.

“You might want to talk to them, and urge them to do that. It’s their individual choice whether they get the vaccine or not. But missing that opportunity, there’s no guarantee when that will occur. It could occur in a few weeks, but we just don’t know.”

Elsewhere, following research suggestion transmission for school-age children occurs more frequently in the home than in class, the state is changing their approach to quarantine for those under the age of 18.

Following the advice of Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff, DeWine announced changes are coming related to exposure within a class setting.

“Based on the data we now have, we are changing our guidance, and are no longer recommending students that have been exposed to another COVID-positive student to quarantine, as long as all students have been wearing a mask, and the exposure took place in a classroom setting.”

That stipulation does not apply in instances with someone not wearing a mask, along with after-school activities and sports.

Elsewhere, the curfew from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. has been extended until at least January 23rd.

The state is awaiting numbers following the holiday period to gauge further impact of COVID-19 into 2021.

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