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Governor DeWine Extends School Closure Order

(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.

Ridgewood Cemetery Clean Up Day

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

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

Ohio Issues "Stay at Home" Order; New Restrictions Placed on Day Cares for Children

Elective Surgeries Postponed in Ohio Hospitals

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.

Message from Wellston City Schools

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