It is Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021, and these are five things to know about the coronavirus pandemic today.
Ohio Senate President tests positive for COVID-19
Ohio Senate President Matt Huffman, R-Lima, tested positive for the coronavirus before the New Year. Senate GOP spokesman John Fortney said Huffman’s symptoms are mild, and that he will return to the Statehouse after following CDC and Senate policies.
Local health officials are urging people not to avoid the doctor’s office
Health professionals have told the Dayton Daily News that some people are avoiding coming in to the doctor’s office due to coronavirus concerns, but said that letting other illnesses go untreated can make things worse or cause serious damage.
Military, federal workers have all year to pay COVID-deferred taxes
In August President Trump ordered that Social Security taxes be deferred for service members and federal employees, to be paid back in 2021. Originally taxes were to be repaid by April 30, but an act passed before Christmas extends the deadline to Dec. 31. Military officials noted, however, that in spite of a pay raise, service members will still receive less on their paychecks each month in 2021 than they did during the last four months of 2020.
Ohio’s hospitalized coronavirus patients have been rising
As of Monday, Ohio’s hospitals had 4,405 coronavirus inpatients, making it the third straight day that the state’s number of patients has increased. Southwest Ohio has seen part of this increase, with numbers increasing just shy of 150 patients to a total of 1,195 coronavirus patients on Sunday. Hospitals reported sill having 31.73% of beds available.
Ohio passed 9,000 deaths last week
In a week where nearly 51,000 new cases of the coronavirus were reported, last week Ohio reported over 500 new deaths, bringing the state’s total to 9,076 reported deaths from the coronavirus. The state also reported 2,012 new hospitalizations.