Lobby of Greenwich Police Department closed until further notice

Greenwich Ohio Police Department has closed the department’s lobby to the public as a precautionary measure for COVID-19.

A statement from the Greenwich Police Department said as of today Wednesday, March 18th 2020 our lobby will be closed to the public until further notice. The goal is to ensure public safety and minimize possible exposure to the coronavirus.

This decision was made in the community’s best interest as the village continues to consult with public health officials and county and state leaders to assess the rapidly evolving impact of the virus.

Residents who need to file a police report, register or receive information should contact us by phone (419) 752-2681, for Non Emergencies and Dial 9-1-1- for Emergencies.

Chief Dorsey, said “we are aware some reports need to be taken in person, we will continue to respond as necessary”.

“Rest assured the men and women of the Greenwich Police Department will still be patrolling our streets and protecting all citizens during these times,” Dorsey said. “Thank you for your patience and understanding! We will update any future information and changes through the department’s Facebook page.”

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Elective Surgeries Postponed in Ohio Hospitals

March 17, 2020

(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced today the the Ohio Department of Health has issued an order declaring that elective surgeries and procedures in Ohio’s hospitals be postponed in an effort to conserve personal protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare workers and first responders.

The order will go into effect at the end of business on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. 

The Ohio Hospital Association (OHA) has estimated that the amount of PPE that Ohio will need during the COVID-19 pandemic is equal to the amount of PPE available nationally.

“By postponing elective hospital procedures that are safe to delay, we can protect patients and providers,” said Governor DeWine. “This will also help us preserve critically short supplies of PPE and preserve inpatient beds and other equipment for critically ill patients.”

OHA developed guidelines for healthcare providers for the management of non-essential surgeries and procedures in Ohio. Surgeries or procedures will be delayed unless there is a:

  • Threat to the patient’s life if surgery or procedure is not performed;
  • Threat of permanent dysfunction of an extremity or organ system;
  • Risk of metastasis or progression of staging;
  • Risk of rapidly worsening to severe symptoms.

In order to preserve PPE, only individuals who are essential to conducting the surgery or procedure shall be in the surgery or procedure suite or other patient care areas where PPE is required. Each hospital and outpatient surgery or procedure provider shall establish an internal governance structure to ensure the principles outlined above are followed.

EMERGENCY CHILDCARE MEASURES:

Governor DeWine today also signed an executive order establishing a temporary pandemic child care licensethat allows the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services to provide child care to families where parents work in the health, safety, and essential service fields during the COVID-19 pandemic. The agency will issue temporary pandemic child care licenses to ensure communities have access to child care.

“It is important that professionals who are essential to protecting the public, are able to ensure their families are have safe places to go while they are at work,” said Ohio Governor Mike DeWine. “Helping to address this need, allows our health and safety providers to focus on protecting and caring for all Ohioans.”

New temporary pandemic child care centers will operate under reduced regulations focused solely on the health and safety of children. Pandemic child care center licenses can be granted to already existing child care centers or new child care centers that may be created in response to community needs.

For more information visit jfs.ohio.gov.

There are currently 67 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in 16 Ohio counties including: Belmont (2); Butler (6); Coshocton (2); Cuyahoga (31); Darke (1); Franklin (4); Geauga (1); Lake (1); Lorain (4); Lucas (1); Mahoning (1); Medina (3); Stark (3); Summit (4); Trumbull (2); Tuscarawas (1). Seventeen of these individuals are hospitalized.

Video of today’s full update can be viewed on the Ohio Channel’s website.

For more information on Ohio’s response to COVID-19, visit coronavirus.ohio.gov or call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH.

Source: https://governor.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/governor/media/news-and-media/elective%2Bsurgeries-postponed-in-ohio-hospitals

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COVID-19 Guidance for 2020 Primary Elections

COVID-19 Guidance for 2020 Primary Elections

Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton, M.D., MPH, strongly recommends that all of Ohio’s registered voters be notified of the following:

  • Dr. Acton signed a public health order regarding the closure of the polling locations in the state of Ohio on March 17 for preventing the spread of contagious or infectious diseases.
  1. This order was made to avoid the imminent threat with a high probability of widespread exposure to COVID-19 with a significant risk of substantial harm to a large number of the people in the general population, including the elderly and people with weakened immune systems and chronic medical conditions.
  2. It is clear from history and experience that a large number of people (50 or more persons) gather at polling locations, which increases the risk of transmission of COVID-19.
  • Ohio’s Primary Election Day will be June 2, 2020.
  1. This date was selected so that people can enjoy going to the polls and casting votes. This has been extended so people don’t have to choose between their constitutional right and their health.
  2. Poll workers who were scheduled to work on March 17 are encouraged to volunteer on June 2, 2020. Anyone who is interested in serving as a poll worker should contact their county Board of Elections.
  • You may still vote absentee. If you did not vote in-person or using an absentee ballot before March 17, 2020, you are encouraged to submit your absentee ballot at anytime or vote on the rescheduled Primary Election Day to be held on June 2, 2020.
  • You may check your voter registration and other information on the Secretary of State website at https://www.ohiosos.gov/elections/voters/#gref.

For answers to your COVID-19 questions, call 1-833-4ASKODH (1-833-427-5634).

Source: https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/home/covid-19-checklists/covid-19-guidance-2020-primary-elections

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Firelands Electric Customers

March 17, 2020

RE: COVID-19 Action Plan

 

Dear Valued Members of the Community,

As the coronavirus crisis continues to unfold in the U.S., I want to share with you what Firelands Electric Cooperative is doing to ensure top level, uninterrupted service for you and our member-consumers. We are focused on providing the same reliable power and high level of member service you are accustomed to as we navigate this evolving situation.

Due to developments in Ohio regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus), Firelands Electric temporarily closed its facility lobby at 103 Industrial Drive, New London, on March 16. The area will remain closed to the public until further notice, reflecting the Governor of Ohio’s administrative orders.

Member-consumers can still conduct business with their cooperative by mail, drive up, and night drop. In addition, service support is available 24/7 at www.firelandsec.com, on the cooperative’s SmartHub app, or by calling 1-800-533-8658.

Firelands Electric is following the PUCO’s recommendation and is temporarily suspending disconnections, load limiting, and penalties for not meeting payment requirements during the coronavirus outbreak. Members are encouraged to continue making payments, as the cooperative will resume disconnects immediately following the removal of the PUCO moratorium. We do ask that you please contact the office if you are unable to make your payment on time.

The health and safety of Firelands Electric’s employees, members, and community are the cooperative’s top priority. We are employing measures based on the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) recommendations: practicing good hygiene by washing hands regularly and disinfecting work surfaces, as well as practicing social distancing as prescribed by the Department of Public Health and the CDC. Most importantly, we have advised employees to remain at home if they are not feeling well.

The cooperative has a general crisis contingency plan in place. Our technology infrastructure and office workforce are prepared for a work-from-home strategy, should the situation escalate. While we do take this situation very seriously, our plan is to remain fully operational and continue to deliver the reliable electric service and support that Firelands Electric Cooperative members deserve.

Moving forward, we will continue to stay focused on the well-being of our employees and members. We apologize for any inconvenience as we take measures to ensure the health and safety of our employees and community.

 

Sincerely,

General Manager Dan McNaull

Firelands Electric Cooperative, Inc.

103 Industrial Drive • P.O. Box 32

New London, Ohio 44851-0032

1-800-533-8658 • Fax 419-929-8550

www.FirelandsEC.com

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Governor DeWine Orders Ohio Bars & Restaurants to Close

March 15, 2020 COVID-19

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
March 15, 2020
MEDIA CONTACTS:
Dan Tierney: 614-644-0957
Lisa Peterson: 614-644-0957

Governor DeWine Orders Ohio Bars & Restaurants to Close

Assistance announced for businesses and workers impacted by restrictions.

(COLUMBUS, Ohio)— Ohio Governor Mike DeWine today announced that the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) has issued a Director’s Order that will close all Ohio bars and restaurants to in-house patrons, effective at 9:00 p.m. today, March 15, 2020. Restaurants with take-out and delivery options will still be able to operate those services, even as their dining rooms are temporarily closed.

The order was issued ahead of the St. Patrick’s Day holiday, which commonly would attract large groups of people to bars and restaurants across the state. This would make “social distancing” impossible in many circumstances. This is known by healthcare providers to be among the most effective ways to slow the spread of the disease, due to the high rate and speed of transmission in COVID-19.

“Our goal is for everyone to get through this,” said Governor Mike DeWine. “Our hope is that next St. Patrick’s Day, everyone will be there and that they’ll have the opportunity to live their life and live their American dream. But, if people are not around, they can’t do that.”

Also announced were a number of aggressive steps the administration is taking to offer assistance to Ohio businesses and individuals impacted by these and other changes, all of which aim to slow the spread of Coronavirus, which causes COVID-19.

ENHANCED UNEMPLOYMENT AID FOR OHIOANS:

The Governor will tomorrow issue an executive order, which will grant the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) with the authority to accept and grant requests for unemployment compensation suspending the normal 1-week waiting period.

This order will also give relief to applicants who are not offered paid leave through their job, as well as those who have been quarantined by a medical professional, their employer, or whose employers must temporarily close. Those who apply for unemployment under these circumstances will be exempt from the requirement that they be actively seeking work.

ONE-TIME LIQUOR BUYBACK:

The Ohio Department of Commerce will immediately begin offering a one-time liquor buyback option to support bars and restaurants. This will especially aid those establishments that have stocked up on high-proof liquor ahead of the St. Patrick’s Day holiday for which they now have no use, due to their closure to in-house patrons.

Bars and restaurants wishing to take advantage of this opportunity should return their unopened, high-proof liquor products (obtained within the past 30 days) to the agency where they purchased the product. This opportunity is also extended to those with temporary (F2) permits for events scheduled between March 12 and April 6, 2020. If a business has questions about this program, they should reach out directly to the Liquor Enterprise Service Center (LESC) at 1(877)812-0013 or by emailing OhioLiquorInfo@Com.Ohio.gov.

SUPPORT FOR SMALL BUSINESSES & NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS:

The Ohio Development Services Agency is preparing to submit an application in the coming week to qualify Ohio for the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program. This program provides low-interest loans up to $2 million in order to help businesses overcome the temporary loss of revenue during the state of emergency.

Non profit organizations in Ohio will also be eligible for low-interest loans through the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program.

In order to complete the state’s application, businesses impacted by the current public health crisis should immediately send their contact information to BusinessHelp@Development.Ohio.gov. Additional information on the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program is available at SBA.gov/Disaster.

Source: https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/home/news-releases-news-you-can-use/governor-dewine-orders-ohio-bars-restaurants-to-close

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Governor DeWine Provides COVID-19 Update

March 13, 2020

(COLUMBUS, Ohio)— Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton, M.D., MPH, today provided an update on Ohio’s response to the COVID-19 public health crisis.

There are currently 13 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ohio.

SCHOOL LUNCHES:
In response to a request from the DeWine administration, the U.S. Department of Agriculture approved two waiver requests to continue school breakfast and lunch programs during Ohio’s K-12 school closures.  Schools will be permitted to provide every child under 18 with “grab and go” meals to ensure that no child goes hungry during the course of Governor DeWine’s order to close schools. The Ohio Department of Education will also develop a process to give school districts the unprecedented ability to deliver meals to homes.

“For some students, the only regular meals they receive are the ones they get at school, and we realize closing schools will make it even more difficult for them and their families,” said Governor DeWine. “In these uncertain times, we are ensuring children will have access to healthy meals, guaranteed, just like if they were going to school.”

DAY CARES/PRESCHOOLS
Governor DeWine signed an executive order easing the teacher/student ratio currently required for day cares and preschools. This loosening of regulations will help providers continuously care for students during a time when staffing levels are low due to illness.

Although daycare centers and preschools are not included in his school closure order, Governor DeWine today urged parents to keep their children home from these facilities if economically able to do so. He did, however, encourage parents not to leave their children in the care of an elderly babysitter over the age of 60, as these individuals are the highest risk to become seriously ill from COVID-19.

LETTER TO PRESIDENT TRUMP
Governor DeWine and Lt. Governor Jon Husted today sent a letter to President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pencerequesting critical personal protection equipment including surgical procedural masks, N-95 respirators, gowns and gloves, etc., for Ohio’s healthcare workers. The letter also requests that the federal government ease certain regulations related to:

  • Federal funding
  • Access to meals for students, families, and older adults
  • Administering social and health services
  • Disadvantaged Business Enterprise and Commercial Useful Function compliance
  • Drone deployment
  • Temporary assistance for needy families
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
  • Food and nutrition service
  • Federal matching funds for Medicaid-funded services
  • Community Living and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
  • Federal Low-Income Housing Tax Credit and HOME Programs
  • Home Weatherization Assistance Program
  • Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Relief
  • HUD 5-year Consolidated Plan and Annual Action Plan
  • Survey and certification of health care facilities

JAILS/COMMUNITY CORRECTIONS FACILITIES:
Governor DeWine announced that he would be issuing an order for community jails and corrections facilities throughout Ohio to prohibit visitors and require health screenings for mission-critical vendors, contractors, etc.

For more information on Ohio’s response to COVID-19, visit coronavirus.ohio.gov or call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH.

Source: https://governor.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/governor/media/news-and-media/dewine-provides-covid-19-update

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Governor DeWine Announces School Closures

March 12, 2020 COVID-19

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
March 12, 2020
MEDIA CONTACTS:
Dan Tierney: 614-644-0957
Jill Del Greco: 614-644-0957

Governor DeWine Announces School Closures

(COLUMBUS, Ohio)— Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has announced that due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, he has ordered that all kindergarten through 12th grade schools close for a period of several weeks.

Beginning at the conclusion of the school day on Monday, March 16, all K-12 schools will close to students through Friday, April 3. This order includes all public, community, and private K-12 schools in the state, but does not apply to Ohio’s childcare system such as daycare centers and home-based childcare providers.

During this extended period of closure, schools should work to provide education through alternative means and school district leadership may make decisions on whether to use their school buildings. Staff members should continue to report to school as directed by administrators.

“We want to thank educators and administrators for the extraordinary efforts they will take to continue offering services during this time of national crisis,” said Governor DeWine.

Over the next 72 hours, the Ohio Department of Education will develop guidance for K-12 schools to ensure the continuity of important student services, including a strategy for providing meals.

Source: https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/home/news-releases-news-you-can-use/governor-dewine-announces-school-closures

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Ohio Bans Mass Gatherings of 100 or More

Ohio Bans Mass Gatherings of 100 or More
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
March 12, 2020
MEDIA CONTACTS:
Dan Tierney: 614-644-0957
Breann Almos: 614-420-6947

 

Ohio Bans Mass Gatherings of 100 or More

(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Governor Mike DeWine today announced that Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton, M.D., MPH has signed an order to prohibit mass gatherings in the state of Ohio.

Mass gatherings are defined as any event or convening that brings together 100 or more persons in a single room or single space at the same time such as an auditorium, stadium, arena, large conference room, meeting hall, theater, or any other confined indoor or outdoor space.

This would include parades, fairs, and festivals.

Mass gatherings does not include normal operations of airports, bus and train stations, medical facilities, libraries, shopping malls and centers, or other spaces where 100 or more persons may be in transit. It also does not include typical office environments, schools, restaurants, factories, or retail/grocery stores where large numbers of people are present, but it is unusual for them to be within arm’s length of one another.

Additional exclusions are listed in the full Ohio Department of Health order. 

This order will take effect immediately and will remain until the state of emergency declared by the Governor has been rescinded or modified.

Other announcements made today by Governor DeWine:

FIFTH CASE CONFIRMED:
Ohio now has five confirmed cases of COVID-19. The fifth case involves a 55-year-old Trumbull County man who is currently hospitalized. The man has no travel history outside of Ohio, and this case represents a case of community spread. Governor DeWine and Dr. Acton expect that the number of cases will continue to grow, as medical experts have predicted that the number of cases will continue to double every six days.

NURSING HOMES/ASSISTED LIVING:
At the urging of the nursing home industry, the Ohio Department of Health will soon update its current order limiting visitors to nursing and assisted living homes to reflect that no visitors will be admitted.

Fore more information on Ohio’s response to COVID-19, visit coronavirus.ohio.gov or call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH.

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Governor DeWine Signs Emergency Order Regarding Coronavirus Response

March 09, 2020 COVID-19

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
March 9, 2020
MEDIA CONTACTS:
Dan Tierney: 614-644-0957
Breann Almos: 614-420-6947

Governor DeWine Signs Emergency Order Regarding Coronavirus Response

(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Governor Mike DeWine today took a number of actions in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19). He signed Executive Order 2020-01D, declaring a state of emergency in Ohio to protect the well-being of Ohioans from the dangerous effects of COVID-19. The state of emergency allows state departments and agencies to better coordinate in their response.

In addition, Governor DeWine partially activated the state Emergency Operations Center at 1:00 p.m. today.

Also, Governor DeWine, joined by Ohio Department of Health Amy Acton M.D., MPH today announced that three Ohioans tested positive for COVID-19. These are the first cases in Ohio. The three individuals live in Cuyahoga County and have had known contact with those with confirmed diagnoses of COVID-19. Each of the individuals is in their 50s.

For the latest information on COVID-19, visit coronavirus.ohio.gov.  In addition, those with questions about COVID-19 can call the Ohio Department of Health hotline at 1-833-4-ASK-ODH.

Source: https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/home/news-releases-news-you-can-use/gov-dewine-signs-emergency-order-regarding-coronavirus-response

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