Please have your trash out for pick-up the night before your scheduled day. Our Trash pick-up service will be done by noon each day. The City of Wellston has changed its employee scheduling to conform to the Stay At Home Order. We apologize for any inconvenience.
The City Building lobby will be closed beginning Tuesday, March 24th, 2020 until the Governor lifts the Stay At Home Order.
Please use check, money order or pay online with credit card for utility bills. Mail, use the Drive Up Box or the Box at Side Door.
Charlie Hudson, Mayor
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 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 license that 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.
Starting tomorrow, March 18, 2020, Wellston City Schools, in partnership with TLC ministry, will be delivering two meals: Lunch and breakfast, for the following day, at each students’ regular bus stop between the hours of 10:00 A.M. and 12:00 P.M. In advance, we thank you for your patience and flexibility as we navigate using our bus routes to deliver meals. As we have more exact bus stop times, we will communicate this information. Please ensure students and or parents are present at each bus stop to pick up each meal starting tomorrow, Wednesday, March 18, 2020.
Director of Curriculum and Instruction Wellston City Schools
1 East Broadway Wellston, OH 45692 740-384-2152, ext 2010
COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton will order polls closed as part of a health emergency, Gov. Mike DeWine said Monday night, effectively postponing in-person voting for Tuesday’s primary election.
DeWine added Secretary of State Frank LaRose will take that time to find a way in the courts to extend the in-person voting date.
DeWine issued the following statement:
“During this time when we face an unprecedented public health crisis, to conduct an election tomorrow would would force poll workers and voters to place themselves at a unacceptable health risk of contracting coronavirus. As such, Health Director Dr. Amy Acton will order the polls closed as a health emergency. While the polls will be closed tomorrow, Secretary of State Frank LaRose will seek a remedy through the courts to extend voting options so that every voter who wants to vote will be granted that opportunity.”
Earlier Monday, a Franklin County Court of Common Pleas judge declined to order the postponement of Ohio’s 2020 primary election.
DeWine and LaRose issued a joint statement after the ruling. The statement says it “isn’t possible to hold an election tomorrow that will be considered legitimate by Ohioans.” The statement did not propose a clear way to prevent the election from taking place.
“The only thing more important than a free and fair election is the health and safety of Ohioans. The Ohio Department of Health and the CDC have advised against anyone gathering in groups larger than 50 people, which will occur if the election goes forward. Additionally, Ohioans over 65 and those with certain health conditions have been advised to limit their nonessential contact with others, affecting their ability to vote or serve as poll workers. Logistically, under these extraordinary circumstances, it simply isn’t possible to hold an election tomorrow that will be considered legitimate by Ohioans. They mustn’t be forced to choose between their health and exercising their constitutional rights.”
(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.”
*UPDATED* March 15th, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 3/12/2020
Mayor Hudson encourages residents to complete the 2020 Census
Wellston, OH – Mayor Hudson is calling on all residents of Wellston and outlying areas to complete their 2020 Census questionnaire. The data that is collected will be used by government, businesses, and hospitals for the next decade to make decisions that will impact the region.
“It is imperative that every single person is counted, $1.5 trillion dollars in Federal Dollars are distributed based upon the Census,” said Mayor Hudson “That money goes to fund our schools, roads and supplements several other local projects.”
An invitation to participate in the Census will begin arriving in mailboxes in mid-March. The household can complete the Census online, over the phone, or by mail. The person completing the Census should count all people living in their household, including all children.
A complete and accurate Census count ensures that states and localities get their fair distribution of more than $1.5 trillion in federal funds. This includes money for addiction treatment, Medicaid, SNAP, schools, and roads.
Additionally, businesses and hospital systems use the information gathered to make decisions on where to place new locations and hire new employees.
The questionnaire should take less than 10 minutes to complete. The Census Bureau is bound to keeping your information confidential and cannot release any identifiable information about you, even to law enforcement agencies.
Counting every person living in the United States is a massive undertaking, and efforts begin years in advance. Here’s a look at some of the key dates along the way:
2020• January 21: The U.S. Census Bureau started counting the population in remote Alaska. The count officially began in the rural Alaskan village of Toksook Bay.• March 12 – 20: Household will begin receiving official Census Bureau mail with detailed information on how to respond to the 2020 Census online, by phone, or by mail.• March 30 – April 1: The Census Bureau will count people who are experiencing homelessness over these three days. As part of this process, the Census Bureau counts people in shelters, at soup kitchens and mobile food vans, on the streets, and at non-sheltered, outdoor locations such as tent encampments.• April 1: Census Day is observed nationwide. Once the invitation arrives, you should respond for your home in one of three ways: online, by phone, or by mail. When you respond to the census, you’ll tell the Census Bureau where you live as of April 1, 2020.• April: Census takers will begin visiting college students who live on campus, people living in senior centers, and others who live among large groups of people. Census takers will also begin following up with households that have not yet responded in areas that include off-campus housing, where residents are not counted in groups.• May – July: Census takers will begin visiting homes that haven’t responded to the 2020 Census to help make sure everyone is counted.
The City of Wellston is now accepting applications for summer employment. You may stop by the mayors office to obtain an application. You may also click on the following link:https://cityofwellston.files.wordpress.com/2019/10/city-of-wellston-application-fill-in-blank.pdf
You must be able to provide a copy of a valid drivers license with your application.
Effective March 30th, 2020 the City of Wellston will begin the annual cleanup of Ridgewood Cemetery for the upcoming mowing season.
While this may be difficult time for some people, with the amount of rain and the weather getting warmer, we need to start work in order to keep the Cemetery presentable.
Bill Shumate, Service/Safety Director