A5 FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2020 | JOURNAL-NEWS | COMPLETE. IN- DEPTH. DEPENDABLE. CORONAVIRUS: THE LATEST RESEARCH test smalldoses ofCoronaVac on the elderly in China after noticing rising numbers of cases are currently clinical participating in trials ofCoronaVac in Brazil, Turkey, andIndonesia, with additional scheduledforBangladeshandpossiblyChile, Yin said. SinoVac chosethosecountriesbecause theyallhadseriousoutbreaks, largepopulationsandlimited research and development capacity, he said. He spoke to reporters during a tour of a SinoVac plant southofBeijing. Built in a months from scratch, theplantisdesignedtoenable SinoVac toproducehalfamillionvaccinedosesayear. The bio-secure facility is already busy tiny bottles with after that in June and July we adjusted our strategy, that is to face the world,” Yin said, referring to the Chinese city were the virus “Our goal is to provide the vaccine to the world including theU.S., EUand others,” Yin said. Stringent regulations in the U.S., EuropeanUnion, Japan and Australia have historically blocked of Chinese vaccines. But Yin said that could change. SinoVacisdevelopingoneof China’stopfourvaccinecandidates along withstate-owned SinoPharm, whichhastwoin development, andmilitary-affifiliatedprivate More than 24,000 people BySamMcNeil children and AssociatedPress globallyamongthosetwogroups. trials AChinesepharmaceuticalcompanysaidThursday the coronavirus vaccine it is developing should be ready by early 2021 for distributionworldwide, including the United States. Yin Weidong, the CEO of SinoVac, vowedtoapplytothe U.S. Food and Drug Administrationto sellCoronaVac in the United States if it passes its third and final round of testing in humans. Yin said he personallyhasbeengiven the experimental vaccine. “At the very beginning, our strategy was designed forChinaandforWuhan. Soon BEIJING— fifirstemerged. Yin said SinoVac would prioritize distribution of vaccine to countries hosting human trials of CoronaVac. While the vaccine has not yet passed the phase 3 clinical trials, a globally accepted standard, SinoVachasalready injected thousands of people in China under an emergency use provision. Yin said he was of the first to receive the experimental vaccine months ago after phase one and two of humantrials showednoserious adverse effffffffffffects. the the sale few YinWeidong, CEOof SinoVac and one of the companies behind aCOVID-19 vaccine candidate, says theywill be ready in 2021 for distributionworldwide. one NG HAN GUAN / AP fifilling thevaccineandboxingthem. beable toproduce a fewhundredmilliondoses of the vaccine by February orMarch. SinoVac is also starting to fifirmCanSino. The company projects itwill Ohio Public Health Advisory System Coronavirus cases in Ohio BRITAIN U.K. announces new plan to help workers hit by virus The alert system is color- guide in coronavirus responses coded and by county to help actions. Ohio has 147,744 total coronavirus cases as of 2 p.m. Sept. 24. Here’s a breakdown by county. 1,001 ormore 0-100 101-200 201- 500 501- 1,000 Public Emergency levels as of September 24: Level 1: Level 2: Level 3: Level 4: Severe exposure and spread. Only leave home for supplies and services. Very high exposure and spread. Limit activities as much as possible. 126 1,408( (4) 69) Adams Allen (Deaths in parentheses— 4,715 total) Active exposure and spread. Increased exposure and spread. Exercise high degree of caution. 236 655( 653 585 718 284 5,838( 152 (4) 48) (2) (9) (27) (2) 110) (7) (3) 40) 23) (13) Ashland Ashtabula Athens Auglaize Belmont Brown Butler Carroll Champaign302 Clark Clermont Clinton Confederation of British Industry and the Trades Union Congress. Theannouncementcomes as COVID-19 cases continue tosoar across theU.K., blunting the country’s economic recovery froma nationwide lockdownimposedinMarch. The government reported 6,178 new confifirmed cases Wednesday, a 25% increase from the previous day and U.K.’s highest daily total since May 1. Britain also has deadliest outbreak in with nearly 42,000 confifirmed virus deaths. To control the spike in COVID- 19 infections, the British government on Tuesday introduced newrestrictions, including a 10 p. m. curfew for bars and restaurants and lower crowd sizes for weddings. Sunak said he was concerned that the furloughprogramallowed U.K. employers to preserve some jobs that were no longer needed as the economy adapts to a post- pandemic world. While this was appropriate to shield theBritisheconomy from the shock of the lockdown, government nowwants tomove the economy in a difffffffffffferent direction. To ensure that the government is supporting the retention of viable jobs, who participate in the wage support programwill be required to assign workers at least third of previous hours. The government and the employerwill then pay two-thirds of the remainder, meaningemployeeswill receive 77% of their pre-pandemic wages. ByDanicaKirka Associated Press Springfield Britain’s treasury chief announced a new income support program Thursday for workers hurt by the coronavirus pandemic as the government races to prevent widespread layoffs when earlier employer subsidies next month. Chancellor Rishi Sunak, in a speech to lawmakers, unveiled his plan to subsidize the wages of workers whose hours are cut due to the pandemic as part of a wider package ofmeasures to help businesses and bolster the economy. The plan comes in response to pressure from businesses and labor unions for the government to step in with more direct support for people in precarious work situations. The new proposal would replace a furloughedworker program that expires next month underwhich the government pays 80% of the wages of workers who are placed on leave. “The primary goal of our economic policy remains unchanged— tosupportpeople’s jobs — but the way we thatmust evolve,’’ Sunak said, adding that the Conservative government wants to support viable jobs but not preserve those that are no longer needed. To underscore that his proposals have wide support, Sunak appeared outside his offiffice before delivering his speech, holding a copy of the and by representatives of the LONDON — Ottawa Dayton Ashland Canton Canto Hamilton Celina 1,777( 1,679( 286 Delaware 542 (7) 293 (9) Huron Perry Springfield pringfififififififififififififififififififififififififififififififififififififififififififififififififififififififififififififild end 246 (6) 1,924( 80) Columbiana Pickaway2,644( 44) Jackson the 335 (4) 233 (11) 179 Jefffferson Coshocton Pike Dayton Dayto on 282( 15) 231 (6) 1,116( 66) Knox Crawford Portage the Europe, Hamilton Hamilto on 1,608( 50) 17,327( 656) 430( 15) Lake Cuyahoga Preble Waverly 641( 22) 784( 42) 579( 23) Lawrence Darke Putnam 1,898( 63) 288 (11) 839( 19) Licking Defifiance Richland 308 (3) Delaware2,216( 20) 868( 23) Logan Ross Portsmouth 2,295( 86) 932( 46) 558( 20) Lorain Erie Sandusky 7,230( 364) 2,067( 52) 489 (6) Lucas Fairfifield Scioto Source: Ohio DepartmentD of Health FOR R DDN 802( 12) 228 (6) 464( 14) Madison Fayette Seneca 3,030( 281) 26,545( 606) 610( 10) Mahoning Franklin Shelby Colleges been a concern for the state since the onset of the virus in Ohio in mid- March. A pair of Butler County nursing homes recently saw a jump in coronavirus cases, accordingtotheOhioDepartment of Health. Cumulatively, there havebeennearly 300COVID-19cases inButler County’s 24 long-term care facilities, which also include assisted living andintermediate care facilities. Thisweek, a total of 10 COVID-19 cases are reported among the 24 facilities. Lori Landis ButlerCounty GeneralHealthDistrictNursing Director said the COVID-19virus is introduced, it “can spread rapidlyin longterm care facilities.” “The close nature of congregate living can make it challengingtominimizevirus 3,083( 47) 241 (1) 2,817 (170) Marion Fulton Stark 1,451( 39) 189 (13) 5,237( 252) Medina Gallia Summit continued fromA1 174( 10) 713( 48) 1,876( 132) Meigs Geauga Trumbull 1,101( 18) 1,420( 32) 928( 20) Mercer Greene Tuscarawas improvement, said. At the end of August, the school’s COVID-19 positivity rate of students was at 5%. Now, he said the is under 1%. On Wednesday, Miami University reported 19 new cases. “They’re testing students who live on and offff campus, they’re casting a wide net on testing those who live in congregate settings where someone tested positive,” said. New per- capita cases is of seven leadingCOVID19 indicators. The county also exceeds the threshold of congregate cases and outpatient visits. Nursing homes have also DeWine 1,407( 51) 167 (8) 515 (2) Miami Guernsey Union 110( 18) 12,953( 315) 116 (3) Monroe Hamilton VanWert 686 (10) 47 (3) Montgomery Hancock 7,667( 157) Vinton rate 252 63 (13) (2) 3,002( 258( 49) 23) Hardin Harrison 47 257 Warren Washington Morgan Morrow the (2) 306 222 161 385 (13) (3) (9) (7) 919( 206 1,804( 208( 67) (3) 72) 12) Henry Highland 392 28 469( 107 (2) Wayne Williams Wood Wyandot Muskingum Noble Ottawa Paulding achieve Hocking 30) and employers Holmes Sources: Ohio Department of Health; maps4news.com/©HERE FOR THE DDN DeWine one- their transmission,” shesaid.“Residentswithin facilities rarely leave thepremises, therefore those who must enter the facility should be hyper-vigilant with self- monitoring of COVID-19 and once using best practice to prevent spread.” clinical one non- Contact this reporter at 513820-2175 oremail michael. firstname.lastname@example.org. plan flflanked symptoms Insurance our health care broker, we anticipate costs are going to rise roughly 20% overwhere they are currently.” saidthe projectedcost of insurance this year is $5 million based upon costs of $3.3 million spent as of the end of August. y Twp. hasn’t shopped its yet, but Public Information Offifficer Caroline McKinney said they have been told to expect a 15% increase for next year. She said while they haven’t had any catastrophic claims the total jumped $400,000 to 1.4million between August 2018 to this year. InOxfordinsuranceclaims went from $ 1.8 million in 2019 to $445,259 so far this year, but CityManager Doug Elliott said that is due to some huge claims in 2018 that spilled over into 2019. “Oxford not experience theiremployees canmanage chronic illnesses has helped keep costs low. “I also believe that our wellness program, in which nearly 70% ofourplanmembers participate, is a major factor inour recent success in managing costs,” Werdmann said. “While I amsomewhat concerned about a potential spike in utilization as COVID restrictions ease, we are trying to take that account and remain conservative in managing our plan.” a signifificant decrease in health costs as a result of the earlier ban on elective surgeries,” he said. “Also, since the lifting of the ban, the City has not experienced a significant increase in health costs.” He doesn’t expect any big changes for next year. Assistant Fairfield Manager Dan Wendt said they couldnotcommentonhealth insurance at this time. West Chester Twp. uses Aetna for its insurance, and the trustees just renewed a contract with a 4.9% rate increase, acapthatwasnegotiated last year. If all employees keep their plans, cost will be just shy of $5 million. insurance continued fromA1 She hard to project what’s going to happen the rest of this year. We don’twant tobe too conservative, but we don’t want to be unthoughtful things could blow up.” The county went to a self-insurancemodel in 2017 after several years of double-digitpercentageincreases for insurancecoverage. Some large, unusual claims over several years drove those increases, including a single $5million claimin 2013 and a $3 million in November 2014. Under the self- insured plan, the county pays an administrative fee and the claims itselfoutof countycoffers. There is a single claim limit of $175,000 and a total limit of $20.8 million, so any bills those amounts are insurance and Libert insurance into Butler County jurisdictions are having a tricky time anticipating health insurance costs for 2021 in themidst of the coronavirua pandemic. of Administrative Services Susan Cohen said while claims have been 17% lower this year due to the next year will likely be a difffffffffffferent story. “We are experiencing lower claims this year and defifinitely anticipate that this rise next year as more electivemedicalvisitsoccur,” Cohen said. “According to Middletown Director claims $ claimsmonth pandemic, paid by United Healthcare. The other in the county that are self-insured are Fairfifield, Liberty Twp., Hamilton, Middletown and Oxford. Similartothecounty, Hamilton has been quoted a 0% increase in health insurance for next year, according to Tim Werdmann, executive director of Internal Services for the city. 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