Dayton, Ohio – Montgomery County Public Health announced they were recommending residents of Montgomery County to not attend or host Thanksgiving gatherings. Dan Suffoletto of the county’s public health department said that the region was seeing coronavirus spread in every Miami Valley community. He shared the county was also recommending that anyone having a Thanksgiving dinner should only do so with people in their household and that anyone having guest should wear masks and social distance.
County Commissioner Judy Dodge said the county had closed the self scan room at the Job and Family Services (JFS) building because of elevated coronavirus risks. Dodge said the county was using many of the same techniques and protections that were used in the spring during the initial wave of the disease.
Shannon Cox, Superintendent, Montgomery County Educational Services Center said that schools were facing staffing shortages. Cox advised parents to check with their local school officials, with the holiday break there may be changes of school plans. Additionally, many schools are pushing missed days to the end of the school year and that parents need to pay close attention to any potential changes.
Lisa Henderson of the Greater Dayton Hospital Association said regional hospitals were facing challenges in staffing amid increasing case counts. Henderson said that currently regional hospitals were not facing ventilator shortages and that it is an issue that is being monitored.
Father Benjamin Speare-Hardy II asked residents of the Miami Valley to listen to the public health recommendations over the holiday.
Dr. Michael Dohn, Medical Director, Public Health Dayton & Montgomery County shared that the emergency use authorizations for vaccines were under review with the FDA. Dohn said the FDA was using the same approval standards even in an emergency use authorization, just quicker. He said that the initial doses of vaccines would likely start with healthcare professionals and hospitals and that it was still early to expect wide distribution.