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(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Governor Mike DeWine today announced that the Ohio Department of Health will extend its order to keep schools closed through the end of April.
Ohio’s previous order was set to expire on April 3, 2020. The new order will extend the closure through May 1, 2020.
“There is the real possibility that our schools could stay closed longer than this, but we want to give parents and teachers as much notice and flexibility as we can,” said Governor DeWine. “Schools should continue to do what they’re doing now — providing the best remote learning that they can, serving meals to students in new ways, and planning for what the rest of the year may look like.”
HOMELESSNESS TEAM:
Governor DeWine announced today that he has formed a “Homelessness Team” to help people who may rely on homeless shelters, domestic shelters, group homes, and recovery housing – all of which pose challenges for social distancing.
The Coalition on Housing and Homelessness in Ohio, the Ohio Chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, and Ohio Recovery Housing are working as part of this team to provide localized guidelines for these shelters. They will also work to incorporate these populations into the state’s ongoing planning for access to healthcare through community health centers and planning for quarantine or isolation.
In addition, the Ohio Housing Financing Agency Board has approved $5 million in unrestricted Agency General Fund Reserves to be used for Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Rehousing funds and Emergency Rental Assistance that will be distributed through the state’s nine Continua of Care.
The Ohio Development Services Agency has also established a $1 million Emergency Shelter Gap Funding Program to support emergency shelter providers during the COVID-19 state of emergency. The Development Services Agency will reallocate Community Development Block Grant dollars to emergency shelter providers to meet immediate needs for homeless individuals and households.
Further, the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services is directing some federal opioid response funding to help people living in recovery housing or engaged in treatment to maintain their current housing and prevent homelessness. Federal funds will be deployed to cover additional expenses that adult care facilities are taking on because of COVID-19.
The CDC guidelines and information about all of these funding opportunities are available on coronavirus.ohio.gov, and anyone with questions can email COVID19Housing@mha.ohio.gov
BUSINESS ADVISORY GROUP:
Governor DeWine also announced today that he will develop a business advisory group to convene over the phone to:
Ensure businesses are doing everything they can to keep their employees safe;
Provide recommendations (to the greatest extent possible) to mitigate the negative impact the COVID-19 crisis is having on our economy in Ohio;
Provide recommendations on building a platform for economic recovery.
More details on this group will be released in the near future.
PRISONS AND PPE:
Due to the shortage of PPE in Ohio, the inmates incarcerated at Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction prisons have begun making some of these necessary healthcare supplies.
So far, inmates have made 500 hospital gowns and will make 44,000 more when they get additional fabric. Inmates will also begin making cough masks – similar to surgical masks — and will be able to make 5,000 a day up to a total of 2 million. They will also make hand sanitizer. and face shields. Each prison with its own workshop will also make masks for the people in those prisons.
CURRENT OHIO DATA:
There are 1,933 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ohio and 39 deaths. A total of 475 people have been hospitalized, including 163 admissions to intensive care units. In-depth data can be accessed by visiting coronavirus.ohio.gov.
Video of today’s full update, including versions with foreign language closed captioning, can be viewed on the Ohio Channel’s YouTube page.
For more information on Ohio’s response to COVID-19, visit coronavirus.ohio.gov or call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH.
NATIONAL DOCTORS’ DAY:
Enjoy this tribute to Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton, MD, MPH, in honor of National Doctors’ Day.

TRASH PICK UP REMINDER

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.

City to "CLOSE" Lobby

ATTENTION;

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.

Thank You

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 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 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. 

Thank you! 
Beth Duffy
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.

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.

“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.”


(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 26 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ohio. The 12 women and 14 men range in age from 31 to 86 years old. Seven people are hospitalized.
“The increase in those testing positive for COVID-19 should not alarm anyone,” said Governor DeWine. “We predicted that this would happen. This should not cause panic, we are enacting an early, targeted, and layered plan aimed at reducing the number of people affected.”
LONG-TERM CARE FACILITY CLARIFICATION
Clarifying the order prohibiting visitors to long-term care facilities, such as nursing homes, Governor DeWine clarified that there is an exemption of this prohibition for those, including clergy, visiting residents in end-of-life care.
BEHAVIORAL HEALTH HOSPITALS
Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services Lori Criss announced that she has prohibited visitors to the state psychiatric hospitals and is making every effort to ensure video visitation for patients.
EXPANDING TELEHEALTH SERVICES
In partnership with the Ohio Department of Medicaid, Director Criss announced emergency orders that reduce restrictions on telehealth, ensuring that every Ohioan has access to behavioral health Care via telehealth services by landline or cell phone.
MENTAL WELLNESS
Director Criss encouraged all Ohioans to monitor their mental wellness during this time and described resources available at mhas.ohio.gov/coronavirus.
PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT
Governor DeWine announced that the state had received its personal protective equipment (PPE), such as gloves, gowns, and goggles, from the National Strategic Reserve last night. He asked all health care providers and others that use PPE to conserve their supplies. Governor DeWine requested that dentists and veterinarians postpone elective surgeries. Governor DeWine explained that his health advisory group is in the process of developing guidelines for doctors for postponing elective surgeries that will not put patients at risk. These measures will open up critical treatment beds while preserving the state’s limited supply of PPE.
The full update can be viewed on the Ohio Channel website.
Dr. Acton today signed the public health orderclosing all K-12 schools in Ohio.
For more information on Ohio’s response to COVID-19, visit coronavirus.ohio.gov or call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH

*UPDATED* March 15th, 2020

Press Release

Jackson County Health Commissioner responds to COVID-19

Mayor Hudson Enacts EAP

Mayor Charlie Hudson enacts the City’s Emergency Action Plan for COVID-19 for City personnel on 03/13/2020.

The City Building will be Closed from 11:00 to NOON for Lunch starting Monday, March 16th, 2020.

Message from your Mayor

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.

Overall Timeline

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.

Summer Employment

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.

Scenic Highway CLOSED

Scenic Highway is closed at the second bridge from St. Rt. 349 till further notice

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.

Thank You

Bill Shumate, Service/Safety Director