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More vaccines shipped in Ohio

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — People across the region are being vaccinated against the coronavirus, with a focus on health and emergency response personnel.

Belmont County Deputy Health Commissioner Robert Sproul said his office has been administering the 300 COVID-19 vaccines received last week and that 100 more doses arrived Monday.

WVU Medicine Barnesville Hospital, Walgreens and CVS pharmacies are awaiting doses.

“Barnesville did not get vaccinations so we had to do their staff,” Sproul said.

Eastern Ohio agencies are receiving the Moderna version of the vaccine, which does not require extreme cold storage. Those inoculated will have a second dose in about 28 days.

Sproul also reported more recoveries. There have been a total of 3,482 positive cases in the county since the pandemic’s onset, with 941 people isolated at home with active cases and 41 hospitalized. There have been 2,437 recoveries, and 63 residents have died after being infected. Recoveries increased by more than 200 since last week.

Meanwhile, Harrison County Health Department Administrator Garen Rhome said his office completed its first round of vaccinations Monday, administering them to EMS personnel. Rhome said his office received 100 doses.

“So far we’ve done one clinic of 10 and we expect to do 10 more (today) and more the following day,” he said. “We expect to move into the County Home, which is a long-term care responsibility of ours with our Phase 1-A allotment this week as well, then we’ll have a few more folks probably on the slate for next week. … We reached out to all the EMS folks.”

Harrison Community Hospital also received 100 vaccine doses, according to spokeswoman Thea Gompers. She added there are about 100 employees at the hospital.

“They are receiving their first batch from the Ohio Department of Health,” she said. “They got their first shipment (Monday) ,and they’re going to start administering vaccines this week. …

“The first people who are going to get them are the front-line workers, and it works on down through various phases.”

“We are so very pleased to begin vaccinating our staff, who have worked tirelessly through this pandemic,” Tony Martinelli, HCH administrator, said.

According to a spokeswoman at the Monroe County Health Department, that agency has received 100 doses and the privately owned long-term care facilities in the county are arranging for vaccine shipments.

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