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Here are the latest updates, changes and cancellations related to the COVID-19 outbreak in Ohio and the USA. This list will be updated on a DAILY basis. Please keep checking back on a regular basis.

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From the Knox County Emergency Operations Center

 

ALL text in RED was updated Saturday, 4/4/20

For more information, go to https://www.knoxhealth.com/
For more information on Ohio's response to COVID-19, visit www.coronavirus.ohio.gov or call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH.

 

4/4/2020:

In Knox County, we have 6 confirmed cases. Four have recovered. One is isolated at home. One has passed away from the virus. We are currently monitoring 24 individuals, which includes travelers and case contacts. 15 of the individuals traveled outside of the US.

In a Saturday press conference, Governor Mike DeWine announced that he has signed an order to expand telehealth opportunities for Ohio. He is seeking to ensure that those who seek providers for physical, mental, and behavioral health have access to opportunities in a time when all non-essential procedures and appointments have been put on hold. The executive order will allow easier access to individual counselors, social workers, and marriage and family counselors. It increases opportunities for telehealth by no longer requiring a face-to-face meeting beforehand or for providers to have specialized telehealth training.
 

Lt. Governor John Husted shared information on access to WiFi hot spots around Ohio. Husted acknowledged that many Ohioans who are now required to complete their jobs or schoolwork from home do not have the internet access they need. A list of WiFi hot spots in the state that can be utilized while still maintaining social distance can be found HERE under the Individuals and Families Tab. He also reminded Ohioans that there have been 23,000 jobs posted by essential businesses that can be found at coronavirus.ohio.gov/jobsearch.

Governor DeWine and Director of Health Dr. Amy Acton urged Ohioans today to increase the usage of homemade masks while in public. They request that public opinion and stigma on the usage of these masks needs to change. Information on how to make homemade masks is available at coronavirus.ohio.gov. Cloth masks are not a substitute for social distancing, but rather, it is a complement to social distancing.
 

Ohio now has 3739 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in 76 counties, with 1006 hospitalizations and 326 of these hospitalizations in the ICU. There have been 102 confirmed deaths.

Counties with cases are: Adams (1), Allen (15), Ashland (3), Ashtabula (11), Athens (3), Auglaize (6), Belmont (17), Brown (3), Butler (59), Carroll (8), Champaign (5), Clark (7), Clermont (20), Clinton (7), Columbiana (36), Coshocton (8), Crawford (7), Cuyahoga (781), Darke (28), Defiance (7), Delaware (69), Erie (6), Fairfield (36), Fayette (2), Franklin (557), Fulton (5), Gallia (4), Geauga (38), Greene (11), Guernsey (1), Hamilton (288), Hancock (9), Hardin (1), Highland (4), Holmes (1), Huron (6), Jefferson (14), Knox (6), Lake (76), Lawrence (7), Licking (50), Logan (3), Lorain (105), Lucas (272), Madison (15), Mahoning (250), Marion (12), Medina (74), Mercer (6), Miami (69), Montgomery (69), Morrow (3), Muskingum (4), Ottawa (5), Perry (3), Pickaway (20), Pike (1), Portage (74), Preble (4), Richland (14), Ross (4), Sandusky (5), Seneca (5), Shelby (10), Stark (92), Summit (184), Trumbull (90), Tuscarawas (19), Union (7), Van Wert (2), Warren (35), Washington (6), Wayne (25), Williams (1), Wood (23), Wyandot (5).

In his Friday press conference, Governor Mike DeWine announced that letters would be sent to judges around the state requesting that they consider releasing certain prisoners in an effort to protect the state prisons from the coronavirus. Of the 38 prisoners currently being submitted for potential release, 23 are women who are pregnant or have recently had a child while in prison. The rest are inmates who are vulnerable to COVID-19 at 60 years old or older and have 120 days or less remaining on their sentence. The governor assured that none of the considered inmates are violent offenders, sex offenders, domestic abusers, or murderers. The decision to release will be made by the judges who saw the inmates' cases originally or by the judges who now sit in the seats of judges who did. The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (ODRC) will work with the courts to hold these hearings remotely. If a victim was involved in the case, they will be notified and given the opportunity to provide a statement. More prisoners could be considered for release in the future but the state is proceeding slowly and carefully.
 

Governor DeWine also shared that the Ohio Department of Education has communicated with teachers and administrators during this statewide school closure and have now compiled a Remote Learning Resource Guide for teachers and parents to use to aid in instructing students while they are at home.
 

Ohio State and the Health Department have been working together to increase Ohio's ability to conduct tests for COVID-19. They are making sure that the necessary swabs, tubes, and liquids for the tests are being produced in Ohio and ensuring the availability of the required machines and chemicals.

Here is the latest from Knox Health Commissioner Julie Miller:

  • They have identified sites for individuals who need a space for isolation or for quarantine if they cannot stay at their own residence.

  • If you see grocery products labeled WIC, please leave those for WIC recipients and find a different brand for yourself.

  • If we can't have people stay cognizant of social distancing, more restrictions will be put in place. Everyone MUST follow the guidelines laid out by Governor DeWine and Dr. Amy Acton.

  • All Knox County cases have been community spread.

  • The most common symptoms are fever, dry cough and shortness of breath. Call the COVID Line at 740-399-8014 to get screened. You do not need to go to the ER if you are experiencing mild symptoms. 

  • Beginning April 6, Julie will do only two updates per week on Mondays and Fridays.
     

From Kay Spergel, Executive Director of the Mental Health and Recovery Board

  • Mental Health and Recovery is still open.

  • The majority of Mental Health and Addiction services are now being offered through telehealth.

  • Dial in to 2-1-1 or text your zip code to 898211 for guidance on receiving Mental Health Services

  • Check out their Facebook page for information and to get in touch.

  • Protecting your Mental Health:
    - Separate what is in your control and what is not. 
    - Have a routine each day.
    - Take care of your basic needs. This includes eating and drinking 8 glasses of water.
    - Get outside in nature. You can still go outside while maintaining a physical distance.
    - Be kind and think of things you can be grateful for.

     

From Mark Maxwell, Local Knox County Emergency Management Director:

  • They have created guidelines from distributing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). 

  • They are still looking for PPA. You can drop off donations at local fire departments. If you contact your local fire department they will come pick up your donations if you are unable to leave your home.

  • If you have a need, contact 2-1-1. They will put you in touch with someone who will meet your needs.

  • The EOC has been working closely with KCH to monitor their critical needs.

Knox Public Health has confirmed that a 90-yr. old Knox County man currently in Florida has died of COVID-19. David H. Waddell, was reported as the county’s fifth positive case on Wednesday. “We are saddened to learn about the death of a Knox County resident due to COVID-19,” said Health Commissioner Julie Miller. “Even though it took place in another state, Knox County was his home and he has family and friends who live here.” A Mount Vernon resident, Waddell had been in Florida since November. “His death emphasizes the reality of how dangerous COVID-19 is for our elderly population,” said Miller. “That's why it is more important than ever that every resident take appropriate measures to prevent and contain the spread of the virus.”

In his Thursday press conference, Governor Mike DeWine announced an extension of the current Stay at Home Order. The extension will go into effect when the current stay at home order ends Monday night and will continue until May 1. The new Order will be similar to the current one, with a few changes:
- The creation of a dispute resolution group to judge questions of essential businesses.
- Retail businesses will be required to establish and enforce a maximum number of people allowed inside at a time.
- People traveling into Ohio from other states will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days (with the exception of Ohio residents who work across state borders).
- Wedding receptions must follow the rules restricting gatherings of more than 10 people.

 

According to DeWine, since his request on Wednesday for manufacturers to let the state government know if they could assist in re-purposing their facilities for the production of PPE, they have already been contacted by over 600 businesses.
 

Governor DeWine had announced on Monday that he and Lt. Governor John Husted were putting together a group of businesses to provide them with advice and council as they continue to make decisions that will affect the business community. They have now named the members of the Economic Advisory Board, which will be led by RPM CEO
Frank Sullivan, and the full listing is online at coronavirus.ohio.gov.

Lt. Governor John Husted presented the unemployment numbers for Ohio. In the last two weeks the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services has received 468,414 submissions. For comparison there were only 364,603 submissions in the entirety of 2019. The Lt. Governor assured citizens that ODJFS is making changes to better serve Ohioans in this time of crisis. He also announced that both essential businesses and current job seekers can visit Coronavirus.Ohio.gov/JobSearch to post and search.

Here is the latest from Knox Health Commissioner Julie Miller:

  • There is now a 6th case just now confirmed.

  • Keep an eye on knoxhealth.com for up to date information about case numbers in Knox County.

  • You are encouraged to get outside as the weather gets nice. Be sure to stay far enough apart from individuals you are not living with. 

From Dr. McKinley of KCH's Incident Command:

  • KCH, in the three weeks since setting up Incident Command, has adjusted triage procedures, cut non-essential doctor appointments, cut elective procedures, and started telehealth. There are also screenings of necessary visitors at the door.

  • The hospital has prepared for a surge. Knox County could have 150 bed cases over standard capacity. 

  • The hospital has 36 ventilators and 12 ICU rooms. Non-ICU rooms will be adapted.

In Wednesday's Press Conference, Governor Mike DeWine began by addressing the issue of hospital capacity. DeWine has already divided the state into 8 regions to develop plans for increasing capacity, and now has split up those 8 regions into three large regions centralized around the 3 major Ohio cities- Cleveland, Columbus, and Cincinnati. In preparation for the surge, hospitals in smaller communities will be preparing to send their critical need patients to the larger cities in their region. The Governor also announced that the National Guard has been dispatched to Cleveland, Columbus, and Cincinnati to assist in the preparation and increase of hospital capacity. They are assessing the situation in each region and making plans.

In regard to the shortage of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE), Governor DeWine established the Ohio Manufacturing Alliance to Fight COVID-19. The alliance includes: Ohio Manufacturers’ Association, Ohio Hospital Association, Ohio Manufacturing Extension Partnership, Manufacturing Advocacy and Growth Network, nursing home organizations, JobsOhio, Ohio Department of Administrative Services, Ohio Development Services Agency, and the Ohio Department of Health. The alliance is working to identify and match the critical needs of Ohio’s healthcare system with companies willing and able to repurpose production to meet those needs. Any manufacturers who think they can create PPE should let the government know by visiting RepurposingProject.com. A list of equipment needs can also be found there.

Dr. Amy Acton, Director of the Department of Health, signed an order during the Wednesday Press Conference that all hospitals who send tests to a third party for analysis are no longer to send them to private labs. Private labs have been inundated with an overabundance of tests and Dr. Acton and Governor DeWine have let hospitals know that Ohio can no longer afford to wait five to 8 days for results. Instead of sending tests to private labs, hospitals should send them to other hospitals who can do a quicker turn around, or to the Ohio Department of Health in cases including tests of those in critical care or of health care workers. The governor had announced earlier in the week that rapid diagnostic testing has been developed and in Wednesday's Press Conference assured that it will be used as soon as these new tests are sent to Ohio. This is anticipated to be within the next week.

Governor DeWine also announced that individuals receiving SNAP benefits can now shop online and receive curbside pickup.

DeWine reminded Ohioans that today is National Census Day and if they have not completed their census to finish filling it out at 2020Census.gov or by phone at 844-330-2020.

The Governor also signed an executive order to assist small businesses during the COVID-19 crisis. The order requests that lenders and landlords suspend payments for 90 days with the goal of stopping the economic spread of foreclosure. In response to a reporter's question, Lt. Governor John Husted replied that the courts are expected to uphold the enforcement of this order.

The Lt. Governor also shared Seven Things Retail Stores are requesting from their customers:
1. Keep space, at least 6 ft, between employees and your fellow customers.
2. Shop patiently.
3. Limit and consolidate your shopping.
4. Shop alone when possible.
5. Stay home and do not shop if you do not feel well.
6. Wash and sanitize your hands before and after shopping. Wear gloves and face masks if necessary.
7. Shop online instead of coming in.
Husted also reminded that every major grocery retailer is hiring for those in need of work during this time

Here is the latest from Knox Health Commissioner Julie Miller:​

  • Not all Knox County confirmed cases have had pre-existing conditions.

  • The small amount of testing done in Knox County has been due to the limited test kits. Testing doesn't change the treatment you would receive it you were not feeling well. If you became severely sick and had to go to the hospital you would be tested, but your treatment would be the same regardless. If you do have COVID-19 and your symptoms are mild and you do not receive a test, you would take the same efforts to take care of yourself at home as if you had known you had tested positive.

  • If you have traveled you are being asked to self quarantine on your return. 

  • Thank you for using the Knox County COVID call line. In 10 days over 700 calls have been made.

  • If you have a CPAP machine that you are not using, the Health Department is looking for donations. They can be dropped off at local fire departments or at the Health Department. If you can't head out, email the Health Department or call your local fire department to arrange pick up. Do NOT call 9-1-1 to have your CPAP machine picked up.

FEMA announced that federal emergency aid has been made available for the state of Ohio to supplement state, tribal and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by COVID-19 pandemic beginning on January 20, 2020 and continuing. Public Assistance Federal funding is available to the state, tribal and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency protective measures (Category B), including direct federal assistance under Public Assistance, for all areas in the state of Ohio affected by COVID-19 at a federal cost share of 75 percent. James K. Joseph has been named as the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area. Additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the state and warranted by the results of further assessments.

In his Tuesday press conference, Governor Mike DeWine announced today that Ohio is taking action to gather a statewide inventory of ventilators and other machines and devices that provide breathing assistance. Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton issued an order requiring weekly online reporting of these devices by any entity in the supply chain, from creation through end-use. Examples are manufacturers, producers, wholesalers, transporters, distributors, retailers, physicians, clinics, hospitals, and medical facilities. Along with mechanical ventilators, other devices to be reported are CPAP and BiPAP machines commonly used to treat sleep apnea, as well as anesthetic machines, and various treatment masks and tubing. Exemptions include ventilators in the possession of individuals for personal use and ventilators that are in transit across Ohio but are being delivered from and to other states.

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency issued an order today to maintain public water service during the COVID-19 state of emergency. This order prevents a water system from shutting off a resident's water service due to non-payment during the declared state of emergency. The order also requires water systems to reconnect water to anyone whose water was shut off dating back to January 1st to help Ohio assure that as many people as possible have safe water during the state of emergency.  Those who qualify for reconnection must call their water utility company to request the reinstatement. The reconnection will happen without any fees, but customers will be required to pay their water bill moving forward.

Governor DeWine announced that he is extending the directive that state of Ohio employees work remotely to the greatest extent possible. The current teleworking order resulted in almost 18,000 employees working remotely. Teleworking for state employees will continue through at least Friday, May 1, 2020. Governor DeWine also asked state agencies to find additional remote work opportunities to the extent possible and to collaborate to share resources and information during this time.

Governor DeWine has directed JobsOhio to begin collaborating on how to help the economy once the intensity of the COVID-19 pandemic begins to fade. JobsOhio also announced that it has provided a $2 million growth fund loan to Appalachian Growth Capital (AGC) as part of a new strategic initiative to provide more economic development funds to areas of Ohio hardest hit by the economy. AGC provides small business financing in the 32-Appalachian counties of eastern and southern Ohio.  It works with local and regional banks, as well as secondary lenders to support businesses in the region. The JobsOhio investment is a long-term, low-interest loan that will boost AGC’s ability to provide low-interest funding to businesses in the Appalachian community. The lending support is intended to sustain small Southeast Ohio businesses during this COVID-19 outbreak and create sustainable growth for the region beyond the crisis.

Columbus-based lab Battelle and the OSU Wexner Medical Center have worked together to develop a rapid diagnostic process for COVID-19. Right now this new testing process will allow for approximately 200 tests per day, with a goal to increase to 1,000 tests per day.

The Governor invited Lori Criss, Director of the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services to speak during the Tuesday press conference via Skype. Criss shared advice for all the Ohioans staying at home on how they can maintain positive mental health in this difficult situation:

  • Wake up at the same time every day.

  • Keep a routine schedule.

  • Schedule in leisure time for yourself.

  • Create work/school time separate from other activities.

  • Reach out to friends and family every day (especially if you live alone).

  • Reach out to neighbors who live alone.

  • Reach out for help if you are in need or unsafe.

  • Stay in touch with your primary care doctors and mental health and addiction doctors.

  • Stay connected to your faith community (There are resources for faith communities on coronavirus.ohio.gov)

  • Enjoy nature.

  • If you work or study at home, build in social time.

  • You can find volunteer opportunities at TogetherOhio.gov.

  • Set boundaries for yourself. Be aware if you are feeling hungry, angry, lonely, or tired.

  • Create opportunities for your kids to interact with their friends.

  • Listen to questions from your kids and answer honestly, monitor their media and make sure they are getting information from trusted sources, and let them express their feelings.

  • For individuals in recovery, stay connected to recovery support.

  • Reach out to anyone you know recovering from mental illness.

  • If you know someone who is feeling hopeless, have them call the suicide prevention hotline, 1-800-273-8255.

Here is the latest from Knox Health Commissioner Julie Miller:

  • The Health Department is available for telehealth services. Call 740-399-8008. 

  • The sooner we get better about staying at home, the sooner we can get back to doing the group activities we want to do.

  • In regards to visiting other people's homes- ask yourself if it is essential and make sure that you are not exhibiting any symptoms. Find creative ways to socialize when possible.

  • Make sure that you are taking the proper steps to protect your health and the health of the people around you before you worry about how businesses are doing. If you are concerned about a business call the business and ask what they are doing before you report them to the Health Department.

  • Businesses that have been checked on by the Health Department are following the guidelines.

  • The Health Department will be posting a list on their website of what businesses are considered essential and non-essential.

  • Persons who have tested positive for COVID-19 may discontinue home isolation if they are 72-hour fever free and 7 days have passed since the onset of their symptoms, OR if two nasal swabs taken within 24 hours of each other both come back negative.

  • When someone is confirmed positive they are isolated, meaning that they cannot come into contact with anyone else in their home. Steps must be taken where their needs can be met without anyone else being in close contact with them. Depending on the situation, individuals living with the positive test may need to stay somewhere else.

  • Chiropractors are essential businesses.

  • It doesn't matter if you test positive or not, if your symptoms are mild to moderate the treatment is the same unless you are severely ill.

  • The Health Department has reached out to the Amish communities to encourage them to practice social distancing, but as churches are still allowed to operate they can only offer them suggestions, not orders.

  • You MUST social distance. This is the health of not only you, but your family, friends, and community at risk.

Governor Mike DeWine's first announcement in his Monday press conference was that he and Lt. Governor John Husted are putting together a group of businesses to provide them with advice and council as they continue to make decisions that will affect the business community. They plan to name the members of this group later this week.

The Governor also announced that the closure of K-12 schools, which was originally for 3 weeks, will now be extended until May 1. The situation will be evaluated as we get closer to May to see if the closure will need to be extended further. 

DeWine made a request that all hospitals avoid sending their potential cases to private labs for testing. The overwhelming number of cases being sent to these labs is causing them to take days to produce results. Instead, DeWine asks that hospitals either send cases directly to the Ohio Department of Health or to nearby hospitals which are capable of doing their own testing.

Ohio prisons are now producing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). They have already begun the production of gowns, and will soon be able to produce face shields and hand sanitizer.

Here is the latest from Knox Health Commissioner Julie Miller:

  • Social distancing is important. Please follow the measures that have been explained and discussed- social distancing, hygiene, avoiding crowds, etc. This is serious and we need to act serious to protect our families, friends, and businesses.

  • Complaints are coming in about businesses allegedly not following the guidelines in the Stay at Home Order. The Health Department is looking in to these complaints and will give the businesses a chance to make changes before reporting them. 

  • Golf courses and lawn care businesses are reopened in Knox County.

  • Email info@knoxhealth.com for questions about the Stay at Home Order and concerns about businesses. Do NOT call the COVID Line for these questions. Save that for medical issues and questions.

  • The Health Department is in constant contact with Knox Community Hospital to figure out how to handle the upcoming surge.

  • A "presumed case" is suspected, but not confirmed. If an individual has tested negative for other illnesses and is considered to be at risk for COVID, they will be considered "presumed" until official test result come back.

  • Tests results from commercial labs can take upwards of 5-8 days because of the volume of tests they receive. If a test goes to ODH, it can come back within 24 hours.

  • Pregnant women do not appear to be more susceptible to COVID-19 and there is no evidence that they can pass on the virus to their fetus or through breast milk. Pregnant women are more susceptible in general to any viral illness, so they should be monitored in case they begin showing symptoms to see if it is COVID-19 or something else.

  • It's not about being afraid that someone else will get you sick, it's about the possibility that you may be infected and are spreading it to others. 

  • Miller is predicting that more people in Knox County will get sick and that some people will die. We must do what we can to limit the spread and keep everyone safe.

 

The FDA has authorized Columbus-based Battelle to deploy its groundbreaking technology to sterilize surgical masks without a daily limit, which will allow Battelle to operate at its desired capacity. The Battelle Critical Care Decontamination System is capable of decontaminating up to 80,000 respirator masks per system each day.

Knox Public Health has been notified of a third Knox County resident who has tested positive for COVID-19. The individual is a 38-yr-old man who works in Franklin County. He was tested in Licking County with the test specimen going to a private lab. Lisa Dudgeon, communicable disease nurse for Knox Public Health, said the man had been in quarantine since testing for the novel coronavirus 10 days ago. Under new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), he has been released from quarantine and has returned to work. She attributed the 10-day wait time for test results to the large number of tests going to the private labs. While the third positive case has recovered, three family members are now being monitored due to close contact with the individual. Dudgeon said the family members had been observing social distancing prior to the positive test confirmation.

According to Knox Public Health, 25 Knox County residents have been tested for COVID-19. Not all
of the testing was done locally. Several residents, including two the three positive cases, were
tested in other counties. Of the 25 residents who have been tested, 11 are still pending. There are a
total of 14 people being monitored in connection to the three positive cases.

 

Governor DeWine also shared that he issued an order Friday night that all state contractors fulfilling contracts that have been deemed essential will undergo inspections to ensure that they are following the health and hygiene guidelines laid out for essential businesses in the Stay at Home Order.

DeWine followed up on his division of the state into 8 regions to develop a plan for increasing hospital capacity. He has received the plans from each region and ideas and suggestions will be sent back to them tomorrow so that they will be able to turn in their final drafts of their plans by noon on Monday. The governor also requested that any churches who have not yet cancelled in person services please do so and hold worship virtually.

DeWine once again addressed the need for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in Ohio and asked that anyone who can donate items or any manufacturer who can produce new items please reach out to together@governor.ohio.gov. The list of needed items is online at coronavirus.ohio.gov.

Lt. Governor John Husted announced that Ohio Public Television stations will provide educational programming beginning on Monday. The programs will provide content for ages Pre-K through High School. Educational Content can also be found at coronavirus.ohio.gov/learnathome. Husted also announced that Ohio has opted in to all 5 provisions for unemployment listed in the measure signed by President Trump on Friday. Benefits will be available retroactively. More information can be found at unemployment.ohio.gov.

Governor DeWine opened his Friday press conference by signing into law the bill approved earlier this week by Ohio Lawmakers. Among other things, this bill will waive mandatory state testing for schools, extend professional licenses of nurses, allow for local governments to hold public virtual meetings, and extend the tax filing deadline to July 15.
 

Ohio Senator Rob Portman was present via phone call for the press conference and gave an update on the Federal Government's recent efforts to provide aid for the situation caused by the COVID-19 epidemic. The Federal rescue bill was approved by the Senate earlier in the week and approved by the House of Representatives today. It now heads to President Trump to be signed into law. The bill provides over 2 trillion dollars and according to Senator Portman, addressed three key concerns: It attempts to keep people at work, helps those who lost their jobs, and provides funding for hospitals and healthcare providers. It will ship payments of up to $1,200 to millions of Americans, bolster unemployment benefits, offer loans, grants and tax breaks to businesses large and small, and flush billions more to states, local governments and the nation's health care system.
 

Following Portman's update, DeWine announced that the state is launching a campaign to help small businesses. To find local businesses or to submit one to be featured, visit Ohio.org/supportlocalohio. 
 

According to updates from the Cleveland Clinic, within two weeks there will be an increase in Ohio cases. The peak now may not it until mid May. In order to handle the projected peak, Ohio needs to see its hospital capacity increase three times. To address this, Governor DeWine has divided the state into 8 regions. Each region is to have a plan addressing how the will increase capacity on DeWine's desk by tomorrow morning, with a final draft submitted by Monday. He has asked General Harris of the National Guard to oversee implementing this increase of capacity.
 

Dr. Amy Acton of the Department of Health shared that the new modeling shows an increase even higher than her estimates yesterday. According to Acton we now could see a peak of 10,000 new cases per day. She reinforced the necessity of the measures the state has already taken and asked that people do not lighten up with their efforts and keep going in order to delay the peak so that hospitals have more time to prepare.

Governor Mike DeWine, Ohio Senate President Larry Obhof, and Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder jointly released a statement regarding their mutual agreement to postpone the delivery of the Governor’s annual State of the State Address to a later date. The Governor was initially scheduled to deliver the 2020 State of the State address in the House Chamber in the Ohio Statehouse on March 31, 2020. The Governor is constitutionally-required to communicate the condition of the state to the General Assembly at least once every session.

Here are updates from Knox County Health Commissioner Julie Miller from her daily Facebook Live video:

  • 18 tests have been sent from Knox County. Still 2 confirmed, 7 results are still pending.

  • There is no COVID-19 testing done on employees of essential businesses who call in sick, unless the meet the criteria to be tested. Employees who are calling off sick should call the Knox County COVID Line to see if they meet the criteria.

  • Businesses should ease up on sick leave requirements and should not require a medical leave note from a physician for an employee who is requesting time off for an upper respiratory illness.

  • If you are an essential business, you must follow the guidance in the order. If you need help understanding the guidelines in the order, reach out to the Health Department.

  • We are ahead on our response and we need to continue to stay ahead to better plan and prepare for an upcoming surge.

  • This is not the first time that Knox Health has had a Unified Command, but this one has gone very well so far.

  • We might be able to expand our testing capacity. This is still being determined.

  • The most severely ill/hospitalized, those that have recently traveled, or those that most thoroughly meet the criteria for testing are sent to the ODH for testing. If the ODH declines a case due to it not seeming a critical risk, it will be sent to a private lab for testing.

  • Soap and Water is preferred to hand sanitizer. Hand Sanitizer should be used a last resort. There are no approved recipes for homemade hand sanitizer.

  • If you feel a business is not meeting the requirements in the Stay at Home Order, talk to the business owner first then reach out to the Health Department online or through email. Do NOT call 9-1-1 or the COVID Call Line.

  • Our Dental Practice is open because it is one of the only that can conduct emergency procedures.

  • Our County is doing a good job, but can be doing a better job.

There were no new orders or closures in Governor Dewine's Thursday press conference. The governor reassured that weddings and funerals are not prohibited, but large gatherings are not recommended so it may be prudent to hold the ceremony but save the large receptions for later.  He also shared that evictions will happen at the discretion of the Courts, but the new legislation will give them the option of holding off on those cases. Lt. Governor Husted shared unemployment figures in the state. 187,780 people filed jobless claims in the state last week, compared with 7,042 filed during the previous week.
Director of Health Dr. Amy Acton shared updates on the spread in Ohio and urged people to stay at home because the state could see a peak surge as high as 6000 to 8000 new cases per day.

The Senate late Wednesday passed an unparalleled $2.2 trillion economic rescue package steering aid to businesses, workers and health care systems engulfed by the coronavirus pandemic. The 880-page measure is the largest economic relief bill in U.S. history. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell appeared somber and exhausted as he announced the vote — and he released senators from Washington until April 20, though he promised to recall them if needed. Senate passage delivered the legislation to the Democratic-controlled House, which is expected to pass it Friday. House members are scattered around the country. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, said the measure would pass by voice vote without lawmakers having to return to Washington.

Here are updates from Knox County Health Commissioner Julie Miller in her Thursday Facebook Live video:

  • Go outside and get some exercise while the weather is nice.

  • 16 total tests sent out from Knox County. We still have only 2 confirmed cases, 6 are still pending.

  • The state government is asking employers not to require an official doctor's notice for work leave for an employee seeking to stay at home for an upper respiratory illness.

  • Limit car passengers and don't schedule play dates for your kids

  • Outdoor activities (such as golf) are allowed as long as social distancing and good hygiene are practiced.

  • Don't travel out of state.

  • Be careful when grocery shopping. Don't waste masks when grocery shopping as they are in high demand. Simply maintain social distancing and utilize hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes. Wash all produce no matter what. At this point you don't have to wipe down other products.

Miller's video also featured updates from Mark Maxwell, Emergency Management Director:

  • Be sure to plan ahead to make sure you have enough food and medicine for up to 2 weeks in case you have to self quarantine.

  • Be sure to have non-electrical forms of entertainment in case of any weather related power outages.

  • It takes a whole community to have good emergency response.

  • There is a request for donations of PPE- so far a positive response from around the county.

  • Ohio Public Private Partnership has the Emergency Partnering Credentialing System. Businesses can apply for credentials through them. Now is the time to apply before stricter enforcement of the Stay at Home Order happens.

  • If you are making masks that you would like to donate, you can drop them off at your local fire department.

For more information, visit www.knoxhealth.com
 

Ohio Lawmakers approved Emergency Legislation addressing the impact of the Coronavirus. Mandatory state testing for schools would be skipped this year and Ohioans who didn't vote in the March 17 primary would have until April 28 to cast an absentee ballot. The bill also allows high school seniors to graduate if they were on track already, waives district and school report cards, lets school districts use distance learning to make up for missed days caused by the virus-related closure of districts state wide, and freezes the school voucher program at current levels. Recent nursing graduates can receive a temporary certification to allow them to begin work immediately, people unable to renew drivers' licenses won't be penalized, and the deadline for filing state income taxes is extended until July 15. Among additional provisions, the bill:

Allows the rehiring of recently retired state employees in critical agencies including prisons, youth detention facilities, mental health and addiction services, veterans services and developmental disabilities.

  • Allows open meetings to be conducted electronically as long as the public is notified and can participate.

  • Bans water cut-offs for the duration of the pandemic.

  • Temporarily eliminates a requirement that people filing for unemployment compensation wait a week and look for work.

  • Allows DeWine to approach the state Controlling Board with requests to tap Ohio's $2.7 billion rainy day fund to keep the budget balanced during the fiscal year that ends June 30. DeWine has warned of a dramatic drop in state revenue as economic activity grinds to a halt in Ohio, with the impact on state coffers expected to begin next month.

The bill now heads to Governor DeWine.

In Tuesday's press conference, Governor DeWine did not announce any new orders or closures. He addressed the concerns about the effect of his orders on the economy, explaining that protecting the public's health and protecting the economy are not mutually exclusive. The hit to the economy would be even greater without steps to prevent the spread of the virus. Lt. Governor John Husted reinforced the need for businesses to comply with the stay at home order and not operate if they cannot make a valid case for why they are essential.

Dr. Amy Acton shared data about the spread of COVID-19 in Ohio as well as projected growth. She informed that the hospitals are currently operating at 60% capacity and plans are in progress for determining extra space for patients as the virus continues to spread. 

 

Governor DeWine also shared some video encouragement from a few well known Ohioans. These videos can be found on social media by searching for #InThisTogetherOhio and #StayHomeOhio.

Knox Public Health has been notified of a second lab confirmed case of COVID-19 in a Knox County resident. The individual is a 71-yr-old male who is hospitalized at Knox Community Hospital. According to Health Commissioner Julie Miller, the agency was notified of the second positive case Sunday night by the Ohio Department of Health, less than 48 hrs. after notification of the county’s first case. As with the first case, no additional demographic information relating to the case will be released to protect the privacy of the individual. The latest positive individual had no travel history or known-contact with a positive case, and is being attributed to community transmission. The two cases are not related.

Miller said local public health nurses will begin today to identify and notify close contacts of the individual. Once identified, the close-contacts will be assessed for symptoms and then instructed to quarantine in their homes for 14 days. A public health nurse will check daily with each contact during the quarantine period. Knox Public Health is currently monitoring 28 local residents who have had contact with lab-confirmed cases in Knox and other counties.

Friday evening, Knox Public Health received notice of the first lab confirmed case of COVID-19 in a Knox County resident. The individual is a 28-yr-old female who works in Franklin County and was tested at a drive-thru clinic in Franklin County.

No additional demographic information relating to the case will be released to protect the privacy of the individual. The individual had no travel history or known-contact with a positive case, therefore the Knox County case is being attributed to community transmission. According to Health Commissioner Julie Miller, an investigation is under way to identify and notify close contacts of the individual. Close contacts will be notified by a public health nurse. The close-contacts will be assessed for symptoms and then instructed to quarantine in their homes for 14 days with self-monitoring under the supervision of local public health officials.

Governor Mike DeWine announced today a state hiring freeze. The announcement came as the governor said state revenues are expected to drop precipitously as the economy comes to a virtual standstill due to the spread of the pandemic. The governor also announced a freeze on new contract services and directed cabinet officials to find cuts of up to 20% in their departments, while acknowledging that some can't meet that goal due to the nature of their missions.
 

Governor Mike DeWine​ has announced Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton has signed a stay-at-home order for Ohio. The order does permit exceptions to staying home including leaving for health and safety, for necessary supplies and services, for outdoor activity, and to care for others. The second part of the order talks about essential workers and businesses using Homeland Security guidelines. These are the accepted businesses that are essential for us to continue to live. The order will go into effect at 11:59 p.m. Monday and stay in effect until April 6. To view the Order, click HERE.

Governor DeWine also announced new regulations restricting Child Day Cares. Beginning on Thursday, March 26, 2020, all operating child care centers in Ohio must do so under a Temporary Pandemic Child Care license and follow these guidelines:

  • There should be no more than six children in a class.

  • Ratios must be kept at one teacher to no more than six children.

  • Children whose parents are employed by the same entity should be kept together whenever possible.

  • The same teachers and children in each room should be maintained whenever possible.

  • There should be limited use of shared space or mixing of groups.

  • If shared space is used, a rigorous cleaning schedule must be in place.

  • Parent interaction should be limited at drop off and pick up.

The program will operate until April 30, with the potential to extend and adjust as needed.

Governor DeWine announced today that any child care facility that remains open to care for children under a Temporary Pandemic Child Care license must give priority to families on the front line of the COVID-19 pandemic. Placement of children must first be offered to kids with parents who are healthcare workers, first responders, hospital and clinic staff, pharmacy staff, children service workers, adult protection workers, developmental disability aides, mental health counselors, psychiatrists psychologists, nursing home workers, elder care workers, home health care workers, and dentists. 

Any remaining childcare openings will be open to other families. Parents can enroll now. A full list of child care centers operating under the special license can be found at http://jfs.ohio.gov/cdc

Governor DeWine issued an Order to allow for the establishment and licensure of Temporary Pandemic Child Care Centers to provide health, safety and other essential services. The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services issued emergency rules (effective immediately) setting forth the licensure requirements for such facilities.

Ohio State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy passed a rule related to prescribing chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine for purposes of COVID-19. Unless otherwise approved by the Board’s executive director, no prescription for chloroquine or hydroxychloroquine may be dispensed by a pharmacist or sold at retail by a licensed terminal distributor of dangerous drugs unless:

  1. The prescription bears a written diagnosis code from the prescriber; 

  2. If written for a COVID-19 diagnosis, the diagnosis has been confirmed by a positive test result, which is documented on the prescription and both of the following apply:The prescription is limited to no more than a fourteen-day supply, and No refills may be permitted unless a new prescription is furnished.

Prescriptions for either presumptive positive patients or prophylactic use of chloroquine or hydroxychloroquine related to COVID-19 is strictly prohibited unless otherwise approved by the Board’s Executive Director in consultation with the Board President, at which time a resolution shall issue.

In addition, DeWine will be asking the General Assembly to vote to forgo State Mandated Testing when they meet this week. 

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has announced the closing of adult day services for people with disabilities and is allowing businesses to forgo any payments to the Bureau of Workers Compensation for March through May and defer through June 1. He has ordered all of Ohio's senior centers and adult day care services to stop providing care in congregate care settings. Congregate care settings are single locations where more than 10 people, including staff and providers, are in a confined space. The closure will be effective at the end of business on Monday, March 23, 2020. 

The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is modifying the process for haulers carrying heavy loads of essential goods. Generally, Ohio requires haulers with loads classified as "oversized" to seek advanced permission from ODOT before they are legally allowed to travel in the state. To assist in the state’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak, ODOT will modify the process for haulers carrying heavy or oversized loads of food, non-alcoholic beverages, medical supplies, cleaning products, and other household goods. Haulers carrying these essential goods can download and print the permit at transportation.ohio.gov.

The Ohio Department of Insurance is issuing an order for insurers in Ohio to allow employers to offer employees a grace period for insurance premiums. The grace period is for all health insurers, and it must provide the option of deferring premium payments interest free for up to 60 calendar days from the original premium due date, which means employers can defer their premium payments for health insurance for up to two months. Health insurers must allow employers to continue covering employees even if the employee would otherwise become ineligible for insurance because of a decrease in the hours worked a week.  

On Wednesday, March 18, 2020, the US Senate passed HR 6201, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act and President Trump signed the bill into law. Provisions of the Act take effect in 15 days and automatically expire on December 31, 2020. Here is a link to the Act.

 

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Lt. Governor Jon Husted announced that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved their request to allow small businesses and nonprofits in Ohio to apply for low-interest, long-term loans of up to $2 million through the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program. The Economic Injury Disaster Loans may be used by Ohio small business owners and nonprofits to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable, and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact. The interest rate is 3.75 percent for small businesses without credit available elsewhere; businesses with credit available elsewhere are not eligible. The interest rate for nonprofits is 2.75 percent. To keep payments affordable, the loans are long term, with up to 30 years for repayment. Terms are determined on a case-by-case basis, based on each borrower’s ability to repay. Loan applications can be completed online, or applicants can obtain a paper application by calling 1-800-659-2955. For more information about the loan program, visit SBA.gov/Disaster.

The Governor signed a state active duty proclamation on March 18 that will activate approximately 300 personnel from the Ohio National Guard to assist with humanitarian efforts. The Guard will support the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services and the Ohio Association of Foodbanks at locations throughout Ohio. They will be assisting during this health crisis by transporting, packaging, and distributing food to homes in vulnerable areas, community-based locations, and partner agencies in rural counties.

Knox County Health officials are seeking basic medical supplies. There is a nationwide shortage of basic medical supplies due to the COVID-19 outbreak. As such, local health officials are seeking donations for use in Knox County.

Needed supplies include  gloves  (vinyl, latex or nitrile); face masks such as N-95 respirator or surgical masks; hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes. To donate items, please call the Knox County COVID Call Line, 740-399-8014.

 

Has your job been impacted by COVID-19? You may be eligible for unemployment benefits.

Visit: unemployment.ohio.gov

 If you’ve already filed an application, you do not need to add the mass-layoff number. Your application will still be processed. 

The Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicle (BMV) Deputy Registrar locations are closed. 5 Essential BMVs will remain open to issue/renew Commercial Driver Licenses. All other services will be done online or put on hold.
52 Driver Examination Stations across the state are closed. State Highway Patrol and other Law Enforcement are asked not to issue tickets for expired licenses.

These businesses are now closed in Ohio: libraries, bowling alleys, health clubs, fitness centers, gyms, yoga studios, indoor trampoline parks, indoor water parks, movie theaters, performance theaters, public recreation centers, indoor sports facilities, barbershops, beauty salons, tattoo parlors, hair and nail salons, and spas.


Retail, Manufacturing, Service, and Non-Profit organziations are asked to take the temperature of employees before they come to work and to be on top of sanitizing and cleaning.
 

The Ohio Department of Health issued an Order that all non-essential or elective surgeries and procedures that utilized PPE should not be conducted.

 

Knox Community Hospital in cooperation with Knox Public Health and Knox EMA is providing a “Call Line”. The “Call Line” will be for Knox County residents who think they might have COVID-19. Residents will be able to talk directly with a medical professional about their symptoms and concerns. The call-line number is 740-399-8014. The call-line will be operational from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday. This call line is for medical questions only. For other questions regarding COVID-19, residents are requested to call the State Hotline at 833-427-5634. The State Hotline is open daily from 9am - 8pm.

The Board of Knox County Commissioners have issued a Declaration of State of Emergency due to COVID-19. Effective 3/18 the Knox County Service Center at 117 E. High St will be CLOSED to the public. Essential services are still being conducted. Please call or email the appropriate office. Information is available on the county website https://www.co.knox.oh.us/ and is posted on exterior doors.

Pathways/2-1-1 has agreed to receive calls from community residents who are in need of food and other necessary supplies. Once received by 2-1-1, the requests will then be forwarded to the Knox County Chaplin Corps who will coordinate efforts to fulfill the requests.

     

INFORMATION FROM THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES:

Information for Families and Households:

· Information on COVID-19 for Pregnant Women and Children

· Interim Guidance for Household Readiness

· Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection Recommendations for U.S. Households

· Guidance for Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 in Homes and Residential Communities

· FAQ: COVID-19 and Children

· EPA: Disinfectants for Use Against COVID-19

Information for Businesses:

· Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers

· Information for Communities, Schools, and Businesses

· Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection Recommendations – Community Facilities

· SBA: COVID-19 Resources

· DOL: Guidance for Preparing Workplaces for Coronavirus

· DOL: OHSA Resources for Workers and Employers on COVID-19

· WHO: Get Your Workplace Ready for COVID-19

· CISA: Risk Management for COVID-19

· EPA: Disinfectants for Use Against COVID-19

Information for Healthcare Providers, First Responders, and Research Facilities:

· Information for Healthcare Professionals

· Resources for State, Local, Territorial and Tribal Health Departments

· Resources for Healthcare Facilities

· Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations for Patients with COVID-19 or Persons Under Investigation in Healthcare Settings

· Information for Laboratories

· Resources for First Responders

· Guidance for Public Health Professionals Managing People with COVID-19 in Home Care and Isolation Who Have Pets or Other Animals

· FAQs and Considerations for Patient Triage, Placement and Hospital Discharge

· Guidance for Homeless Shelters

· Guidance for Hemodialysis Facilities

· CMS: Information on COVID-19 and Current Emergencies

· CMS: Guidance for Hospice Agencies

· CMS: Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act Requirements and Implications Related to COVID-19

· CMS: FAQs for State Survey Agency and Accrediting Organizations

· EPA: Disinfectants for Use Against COVID-19

CDC Website with the most up-to-date information: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html

SUPPORT FOR SMALL BUSINESSES & NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS:

Looking for Local SBA Loan or Other Financial Assistance? Click Here for a list of local financial institutions willing to help.

The list contains direct lines and emails to Bank staff who are dedicated to working with you and your business, as well as brief messages from a few of these institutions.

Businesses and workers can now access all of these resources related to COVID-19 in one place at ohio.gov/BusinessHelp.

The portal includes information on unemployment benefits, the Small Business Administration’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program, the Liquor Buyback Program, modified rules for trucking to help ship critical supplies into the state, the delay of BWC Premiums, etc.

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.

 
 

SCHOOL ANNOUNCEMENTS:

  • All Ohio public schools, K - 12 are now closed until further notice.
     

  • Parent Updates from Mount Vernon City Schools: http://www.mvcsd.us
     

  • Parent Updates from East Knox Schools: https://www.ekschools.org
     

  • Parent Updates from Fredericktown Schools: https://www.fredericktownschools.com
     

  • Parent Updates from Centerburg Schools: http://centerburgschools.org/
     

  • Parent Updates from Danville Schools: http://www.danvilleschools.org/
     

  • Parent Updates from Highland Schools: https://highland.k12.oh.us/
     

  • Knox County Head Start Centers are now closed until further notice.
     

  • MVHS Academic Booster Scholarship deadline is extended to April 13, 2020. Please get your scholarship applications mailed to the high school.
     

  • The Ohio State University at Newark and Central Ohio Technical College’s (COTC) four campus locations (Newark, Coshocton, Knox, and Pataskala) will implement modified campus operations beginning Monday, March 23, and continue indefinitely. Both institutions will remain open for business remotely – all campus buildings will be closed to the public and no in-person services will be available. Staff will only be available via email, and many offices will be available through regular business phone numbers. Teleworking will be implemented where possible for all staff members. There will be a limited onsite presence to maintain business continuity, including public safety and security and facilities staff. Both institutions have moved most classroom and all lab sections as well as all student services to remote delivery methods for the remainder of the semester. Unless otherwise noted, all clinicals, practicums and internships are suspended indefinitely. Rotary Park Playground and Pavilion at 925 Sharon Valley Road, Newark, which is managed by the shared campus, will also be closed indefinitely.

  •  From Ohio State University: Student Information will be available at go.osu.edu/2020moveout.
     

  • Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) and The Ohio State University at Newark have cancelled all student and public events scheduled for the remainder of the semester (which concludes on May 1).
     

  • COTC’s spring commencement ceremony, scheduled for May 1, will be postponed. The college will continue to evaluate information as the situation progresses and communicate a decision as to a rescheduled date in the coming weeks. Even though the commencement ceremony is postponed, students who have successfully completed their associate degree or certificate will be mailed their diploma or certificate after the end of the semester. 
     

  • Central Ohio Technical College has cancelled the Career Fair scheduled for March 31.  
     

  • Mount Vernon Nazarene University - All courses will be delivered remotely through the end of the academic year. Student dorms are now closed. The campus will accommodate specific student housing needs. Those approved to stay on campus will have food service available. Campus offices and buildings are closed and faculty and staff will be working remotely, with the exception of essential personnel. There will be no Commencement Exercises on May 1-2. We have moved commencement to August 15, conditioned upon directives from the state of Ohio and the CDC.
     

  • Kenyon College has suspended its residential program, effective immediately. Coursework will be conducted remotely through the end of the semester. Kenyon has also postponed its May 16 Commencement ceremony. They have not yet determined a new date.
     

  • Kenyon Music Department has cancelled all events for remainder of school year
     

  • Mount Vernon School District is suspending all athletic events, activities, lifting, pictures, banquets, and practices until further notice. MVHS Forum Show will be suspended to a later date. Please pay attention to event calendar and alerts for possible reschedule dates later in the semester.
     

  • Mount Vernon City Schools Student Meal Program will continue to utilize the nine (9) locations throughout the district from 11:00-12:00 to distribute a ‘Grab-n-Go’ meals to all students. This has not been changed by the Stay at Home Order. While they will scale back on the number of buses, the locations will remain the same with most distribution points moving closer to the school building.
    1) Columbia Elementary
    2) Dan Emmett Elementary
    3) East Elementary
    4) Pleasant Street Elementary
    5) Wiggin Street Elementary
    6) Middle/High School
    7) The Learning Center (West)
    8) Central Office (Elmwood)
    9) Pat Catan Parking lot
    Students who live one (1) mile outside of the radius of one of these locations and who need the support of a ‘Grab-n-Go’ meal, please contact the Office of Transportation at (740) 393-5995 for additional assistance.

     

  • Ohio University commencement ceremonies and graduation recognition activities on all regional campus scheduled for May 1 and 2, 2020 have been postponed

GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS:

  • The Hot Meals program is still offering community meals during the pandemic, offering a grab and go style of meal. Meals are available in the following locations:
    * On Sunday from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. at St. Paul's Episcopal Parish House, 100 E. High St., Mount Vernon.
    * On Monday from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 102 N. Gay St., Mount Vernon
    * On Tuesday from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at First Congregational Church, 200 N. Main St., Mount Vernon
    * On Wednesday from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Father's Table, Mount Vernon First Naz Foster's Ministry House, 723 Coshocton Road, Mount Vernon.
    * On Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at The Salvation Army, 206 E. Ohio Avenue, Mount Vernon
    * On Friday from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Gay Street United Methodist Church, 18 N. Gay St., Mount Vernon
    * On Saturday from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Mount Vernon Seventh-Day Adventist School, 221 Sychar Road, Mount Vernon
    FACA Hot Meals at the Senior Citizens building in Fredericktown is suspended until further notice. For more information contact 2-1-1 or the Knox Network of Christian Ministries on Facebook or contactKNCM@gmail.com.

     

  • Hocking Hills State Park and all its trails are closed until further notice.
     

  • The AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary April 14 meeting is cancelled.
     

  • All Mount Zion #9 events are cancelled through May 10, including all stated meetings.
     

  • The March 31, 2020 deadline for private pesticide applicators (farmers) and the May 31, 2020 deadline for agricultural fertilizer certificate holders to renew their license and get training has been extended. The deadline is now 90 days after the state of emergency Executive Order ends or December 1, 2020, whichever comes first.
     

  • The Bladensburg/East Knox Alumni Banquet has been cancelled.
     

  • The 2020 Two Days in May Conference on Victim Assistance, previously scheduled for May 21 and 22 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center, has been cancelled.
     

  • The Knox County Sheriff's Office would like to remind residents to be aware of scammers taking advantage of the COVID-19 crisis. The IRS should not be contacting you. Report COVID-19 Fraud at 866-720-5721 or Disaster@leo.gov. Tips for protecting yourself from fraud include:
    * Ignore unsolicited offers for coronavirus cures, vaccines, pills, or treatment.
    * Never share personal information with strangers.
    * NEver open emails or links from unknown sources.
    * Have up-to-date anti-virus and anti-malware software protections on your devices.
    * Beware of requests to send money in any form.

     

  • The community dinner at Roscoe UMC (475 High St., {Roscoe Village}, Coshocton) will be served "to go" style on Thursday, April 23rd.  Feel free to drive through the parking lot between 5:30 - 6:00 PM.  Someone will be there to give you your meal - no need to get out of the vehicle.  Questions?  Call the church during regular business hours at 740-622-7780. 
     

  • The official Danville Village Council meeting on Monday, April 6 will begin at 7 p.m. via Zoom. Those who wish to participate in the meeting can call 740-599-6888 to request access. Access requires a computer or smartphone with stable internet connection. Mayor Joe Mazzari says the virtual meeting will also be recorded and made available to the public on the village’s website.
     

  • The annual Columbus Arts Festival will not take place this Summer. The board of trustees for the Greater Columbus Arts Council, which produces the event, voted Thursday to cancel the 2020 festival, which attracts more than 500,000 people every June to the Downtown riverfront. As the coronavirus pandemic looms large, the decision comes amid uncertainty as to when public gatherings might once again be able to take place.
     

  • There will be no Chautauquas for the month of April. Performances scheduled for April 16 and April 30 have been cancelled.
     

  • The Democratic National Committee is delaying its presidential nominating convention until the week of August 17.
     

  • Right now in Knox County green, yellow, and red pieces of paper are being distributed to those who may need a little extra help. THis is a way to keep an extra eye on your neighbors. Essentially, the elderly or anyone vulnerable to COVID-19, insead of leaving their homes can place a green piece of paper in their window if everything is okay. A yellow piece of paper indicates they need someone to talk to, and if they need assistance with shopping, medication, or transportation, they change it to red. This is not for emergencies. Emergencies should always dial 9-1-1. Some area law enforcement agencies will also be checking in on homes if they notice a yellow or red paper to see if they can be of assistance.
     

  • United Way of Knox County Ohio, Inc. announced that it will establish a local Community Response and Recovery Fund. Funds raised will go toward COVID-19 community response and recovery projects. Those who contribute to the COVID-19 Community Response and Recovery Fund will be supporting projects to help our community members maintain access to food, medical supplies, and stable housing. United Way will make those funds available to United Way Partners, Food For the Hungry, and other groups that require medical supplies. This generosity will provide essential community services to alleviate the community impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Donors can visit the website uwayknox.org/Respond to place on online donation using their credit card information. If individuals or organization are interested in contributing to the fund, but unable to do so electronically, they may also mail their contribution to the United Way office at 305 E. High Street in Mount Vernon or contact Kelly@uwayknox.org. Every gift makes a difference, especially today.
     

  • The Mount Vernon City Council will have a Special Council Meeting on Monday, April 6, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. virtually via Zoom. The purpose of the special meeting will be to hold a trial run utilizing Zoom as our means to hold public meetings in compliance with the requirements of 2020 Sub. H.B. 197, Section 12. The following information is the Zoom meeting login information:
    https://us04web.zoom.us/j/886014607
    Meeting ID: 886 014 607
    Dial in:
    +1 301-715-8592 US or
    +1 253-215-8782 US
    Meeting ID: 886 014 607
    If you have any questions or need help please contact Clerk of Council Tanya Newell, at clerkofcouncil@mountvernonohio.org or at -740-393-9517.

     

  • Additional "Local" direct lines for services needed during COVID-19:
    * Food and Medication Delivery Service: 740-485-5002
    Dial this number to arrange for free delivery of food and or medications. All food and medications must be prepaid or they can also pick up free food at the Salvation Army or Interchurch and deliver. This is a partnership between United Way, Knox Area Transit and the Knox County Community Parishioners.
    * Salvation Army: Food, Utility and Rent Assistance
    740-392-8716
    * Interchurch Social Services: Food Utility and Rent Assistance
    740-397-8716
    *New Directions: Domestic Violence/Crisis Center
    740-397-4357
    * Knox Community Hospital
    740.393.9000
    * Knox Health Center
    740-399-8014
    * Winter Sanctuary Homeless Shelter: Will be closing on April 1, 2020
    Emergency Assistance still available at 740-392-9277
    * Job and Family Services- Unemployment
    740-397-7177

     

  • The Knox County Agricultural Society (Knox County Fair Board) has changed their April Board Meeting to consist of 10 individuals. These 10 individuals will be essential staff and credentialed media. These changes are based on the guidelines from the Knox Health Department and state guidelines. Any concerns or public comments can be sent to KnoxCountyFair@yahoo.com. If you would like to follow the meeting, please request to be added. Live-streaming will be done through Zoom.
     

  • If you need to file an unemployment claim, go to unemployment.ohio.gov.  A step-by-step guide to file your unemployment claim is available in the upper right-hand corner of the page.  Your benefits are retroactive to when you became eligible.  If possible, file claims during non-core business hours.
     

  • Knox Community Hospital providers are making it easier to stay at home and see your doctor. Many KCH providers have begun offering telemedicine options for their patients. Telemedicine is a scheduled medical consultation, over the phone or other teleconferencing service, between a patient and a physician or other provider. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to require social distancing and limit unnecessary travel and gathering, this new telemedicine option is an excellent way to receive professional and personal healthcare without the risk of leaving one’s home. KCH provider offices have begun contacting some patients and offering this telemedicine option for certain types of visits. Patients can also schedule a telemedicine appointment, and should not neglect their own health needs nor assume that KCH providers are unavailable. Patients who may be interested in a telehealth visit should contact their provider office to find out if it is being offered at that location and to get more details. Patients should consider telemedicine for routine visits, follow-up appointments, or for minor illnesses. Telemedicine is not for urgent or life-threatening situations; those patients should call 911 or go the Emergency Department. Individuals who have medical questions about their health related to COVID-19 should call their provider office or the Knox County Call Line at (740) 399-8014.

  • The Knox Substance Abuse Action Team (KSAAT) has announced the postponement or cancellation of the following events:
    * All upcoming Hidden in Plain Sights have been postponed.
    * All Prevention Action Alliance events scheduled between now and May 31st have been canceled. This includes: Advanced Ethics, Problem Gambling 101 & Prevention Ethics, The G.A.P. Network Regional Summit – Southeast (Zanesville), Statewide Prevention Coalition Association meeting, We Are The Majority Rally, The Statewide Prevention Coalition Association Annual Meeting, The Ohio College Initiative Annual Luncheon, The Ohio College Initiative Presidents Luncheon, The G.A.P. Network Regional Summit – Northeast (Akron)
    * The Communities Coming Together Conference scheduled for June 29-30 has been cancelled. Individuals who purchased tickets will receive a full refund.

     

  • The OSU Extension Office of Knox County is holding 4-H Open Chats to answer questions about 4-H and the Junior Fair. The next Open Chat is Wednesday, April 1 at 6:00pm. You can join online at https://osu.zoom.us/j/7391600002 or by phone by calling 1-646-876-9923 with the Meeting ID# 739 160 0002.
     

  • As some Ohioans search for alternatives to toilet paper, Ohio EPA is advising people not to flush any product other than toilet paper to avoid clogging sewers and septic systems. Flushing products other than toilet paper is generally a bad idea. Cleaning wipes, tissues, and paper towels will eventually clog public sewers and home septic systems. Flushing these items can cause sewage backups into homes and expensive repairs. Even in normal times, only toilet paper should be flushed. Toilet paper dissolves more easily in water.
     

  • Many of members of the community have reached out to our United Way office inquiring about different ways to volunteer. Volunteers can assist with picking up groceries, posting mail, making a friendly phone call, or urgent supplies. If you wish to volunteer, visit https://www.uwayknox.org/volunteer-interest-form.
     

  • Due to the impact of the coronavirus on Ohio’s business community, the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) is waiving several requirements for employers participating in programs that lower their premiums as a reward for creating safer workplaces and doing BWC business online and on time. BWC is waiving all safety education and training requirements for this policy year — July 1, 2019, to June 30, 2020, for private employers; calendar year 2019 for public employers — for participants in the following programs: Drug Free Safety Program, EM Cap Program, Grow Ohio, Industry Specific Safety Program, One Claim Program, and Policy Activity Rebate Program. Discounts offered through these programs will be applied automatically. Additionally, the annual report deadline submission for Drug Free Safety Program participants has been extended to June 1, 2020. More on these programs can be found at bwc.ohio.gov.
     

  • Sam's Club is now offering Early Senior Shopping Hours on Tuesdays & Thursdays from 7:00am to 9:00am for their members aged 60+ and at-risk members. The special shopping hours include their pharmacy and optical centers. Free Curbside Concierge Pickup Service is available to senior and at-risk members who need to shop during these special hours and do not feel comfortable coming inside the building. Just pull up and an associate will take your list, gather your items and bring your order out to your car.
     

  • Rite Aid has announced that it will offer dedicated shopping hours for seniors and others with weakened immune systems from 9:00am to 10:00am. They will be open to the general public beginning at 10:00am.
     

  • The American Red Cross will be holding two emergency blood drives at the Knox County Memorial Building. The blood drives will be held Thursday, April 9 and Thursday, April 16 in  the Lower Level Dining Room from 11:00am to 5:00pm. To schedule an appointment, call 1-800-RED CROSS, or visit RedCrossBlood.org, and use the sponsor code KCSC. The American Red Cross now has a severe blood shortage. Blood and platelet donors of all blood types, especially type O, are urged to give now and help ensure blood products are available for patients this spring. You can help ensure we don’t have another healthcare crisis on top of the coronavirus by giving blood. A blood shortage could impact patients who depend on lifesaving blood to survive.
     

  • The City of Mount Vernon is investigating methods to hold virtual meetings where Council Members are together but the public is not present. However, the public will be able to participate remotely. Mayor Matt Starr says that the city is looking into a way to make this work.
     

  • Lauren Daigle has cancelled her World Tour which was planning to come to Columbus in May.
     

  • Food For The Hungry, in partnership with the Knox County Foundation, awarded $23,500 in emergency grants this week to assist those organizations and churches that are providing meals and food as they respond to increased needs during the COVID-19 crisis. At the same time, the Knox County Foundation began accepting emergency grant applications for essential services to Knox County residents. Cooperative conversations between Knox County Foundation and Food For The Hungry resulted in a desire to streamline requests for food initiatives through FFTH. To help aid that effort, the Knox County Foundation awarded a $10,000 grant to Food For The Hungry. The following grants were awarded based on their current levels of distribution:
    * Covenant Church Food Pantry, $1,000
    * Say a Prayer Ministry, $500
    * Center of Hope, $500
    * The Salvation Army of Mount Vernon, $3,500
    * Interchurch Social Services of Knox County, $2,000 (of which $333.33 each to Danville, Fredericktown and Centerburg branches)
    * First Presbyterian Church Hot Meals, $1,000
    * First Congregational United Methodist Church Hot Meals, $1,000
    * Father’s Table (First Church of the Nazarene) Hot Meals, $1,000
    * The Salvation Army Hot Meals, $1,000
    * Gay Street United Methodist Church Hot Meals, $1,000
    * Mount Vernon Seventh-day Adventist Hot Meals, $1,000
    * St. Paul’s Parish House Hot Meals, $1,000
    * Mount Vernon Chaplain’s Association, $5,000
    * Jacque Cordle Children’s Fund, $2,000
    * Knox County Head Start, $2,000.

     

  • The Knox County Foundation staff and leadership have been working diligently in the last week to launch and award a Non-profit Emergency Grant Funding program in light of the COVID-19 outbreak. Ten applications were received in the first week. Additional applications are anticipated over the next six weeks or more. A total of $35,000 has been awarded to the following organizations: Food for the Hungry, Kno-Ho-Co Ashland Community Action Commission, Salvation Army, Winter Sanctuary, and SEOLS (Southeastern Ohio Legal Services). These organizations provide critical support such as food, shelter, assistance with utilities/rent, and legal services to the Knox County population.
     

  • WNZR is honored to partner with Crown Financial Ministries to offer financial resources for your family. For information on setting up a crisis budget, a needs vs. wants worksheet, plus tips on saving and on being generous in this difficult time, CLICK HERE. Chuck Bentley, host of "My MoneyLife" has a short video on the current economic crisis and offers answers to many of your financial questions. WNZR brings you "My MoneyLife" every weekday at 3:50pm. 
     

  • Imagine the Possibilities 5k and 1 Mile run/walk on April 11 has been cancelled.
     

  • First Church of God Fish Fry on April 3 has been cancelled.

  • Both locations of Fiesta Mexicana in Mount Vernon (High Street and Coshocton Avenue) will be closed until further notice.
     

  • On Tuesdays and Thursdays, ALDI stores will open at 8:30am and reserve the first hour of business for vulnerable shoppers. This includes senior citizens, expectant mothers and those with underlying health concerns. ALDI has also implemented a one cart per person rule.
     

  • The Ohio Department of Natural Resources will be closing campgrounds, cabins, golf courses, restrooms, shower houses, playgrounds, and state park marinas at all ODNR properties to protect the health of both visitors and staff. Public Outdoor spaces at Ohio state parks, wildlife areas, forests, and nature preserves including trails, dog parks, and non-marina docks remain open at this time, but visitors should use common sense and follow guidance from the National Recreation and Park Association for staying safe.
     

  • Dean's Jewelry, 1558 Coshocton Ave #3 in Mount Vernon, is closed until further notice. They can be reached by text at 740-204-7244 or by calling the Coshocton office at 740-622-4941.
     

  • Knox County Symphony has cancelled their April 26 final concert as well as their June 6 Fundraiser. 
     

  • Happy Bean Coffee Shop is now closed until further notice.
     

  • Musik Fest XV that was scheduled for March 29th at Roscoe UMC (475 High St., Coshocton) has been cancelled due to the corona virus concerns. Questions can be taken at 740-622-1138 or 740-622-7780. 
     

  • All Stein Hospitality Restaurants (The Joint, Dave's Cosmic Subs, and SBC) are closed until further notice.
     

  • Whit's of Mount Vernon, 500 S. Main Street, is closed until further notice.
     

  • Mazza's, 11587 Upper Gilchrist Road in Mount Vernon, is closed until further notice.
     

  • Almost Famous Sweets and Sodas, 46 Public Square in Mount Vernon, is closed until further notice.
     

  • Brian Howe, DDS Family Dentistry is closed until further notice. The office will be available to take phone calls and can still see emergency appointments.
     

  • The MTVArts Productions and auditions for "The Sound of Music" and "All My Sons" have been postponed.
     

  • Knox County Litter & Recycling spring cleanup has been cancelled. There are no plans to reschedule the event at this time. DKMM has announced that the Hazardous Waste Event scheduled for April 25th at the Morrow County Fairgrounds, 195 S. Main St., Mount Gilead, has been cancelled.
     

  • The Knox County Recycling and Litter Prevention office is closed at this time. To contact the Knox County recycling program manager email recycle@co.knox.oh.us.
     

  • Ohio Secretary of State, Frank LaRose has provided the Knox County Chamber of Commerce office with Absentee Ballot Applications. If you would like one, stop in to 501 South Main Street and pick one up.  You can also give them a call at 740-393-1111 in order for them to set one aside for you or mail one to you. The Knox County Board of Elections is accepting applications for absentee ballots for the Primary Election that was cancelled on March 17, 2020. The deadline to turn in an application is May 6, 2020. Visit www.co.knox.oh.us/boe and click Online Forms, or call 740-393-6716.
     

  • The Foundation Park Conservancy announced that the Rastin Observation Tower at Ariel Foundation park will be closed until further notice. However, the park will remain open for people to walk, bike, hike, and spend time outdoors, while maintaining an appropriate distance. With 250 acres, park leaders believe Ariel-Foundation Park is the perfect location to break up the monotony of staying at home, to get some fresh air, sunshine and exercise which contributes to overall mental and emotional health. The public is also encouraged to check out the trails at Brown Family Environmental Center and the other Knox County Park District locations (www.knoxcountyparks.org). One Foundation Park event, the Face-2-Face fundraising concert on Thursday, June 11, has been cancelled thus far. The board is continuing to monitor the ongoing situation and may make further cancellations/postponements to May/June 2020 free summer concert series dates as facts become more defined over the next few weeks.
     

  • NAMI announced their programs have been postponed; however they are looking into virtual class for Family to Family if enrollment warrants it.  Call 740-397-3088 if you have questions. 
     

  • Habitat for Humanity of Knox County has postponed their 5K and 1 mile run.  It will be rescheduled and announced at another time.  Also, their office and ReStore are closed through April 11th.
     

  • Southside Diner, 620 S Main Street in Mount Vernon, has closed. They will be taking this time to conduct restaurant maintenance.
     

  • The Bad Apple Pub, 22001 Coshocton Avenue in Howard, is closed until further notice.
     

  • The Knox County Farm Consignment Auction has been cancelled until further notice.
     

  • Round Hill Dairy, 300 Wooster Rd in Mount Vernon, is closed until further notice.
     

  • Dollar General is designating 8-9 a.m. as shopping time for Senior Citizens; they will then be open for regular business from 9a.m. - 8 p.m.
     

  • All Social Security offices are closed to the public for in-person service.
     

  • Knox County Water/Wastewater customers are encouraged to use the online payment option or take advantage of the drop-off at the front of the office.
     

  • The Alcove Restaurant is closing down temporarily, until the ban on indoor seating has been lifted.
     

  • Mount Vernon Mayor Matt Starr declared a state of emergency for the city. To see the entire declaration, click HERE
     

  • The income tax filing date has been pushed back from April 15, to July 15, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said. Mnuchin announced the decision in a tweet Friday saying that at President Donald Trump’s direction “we are moving Tax Day from April 15 to July 15. All taxpayers and businesses will have this additional time to file and make payments without interest or penalties.”
     

  • Knox Area Transit is offering free rides until the virus situation is over with. 
     

  • The Red Cross is facing a severe blood shortage during the COVID-19 outbreak, and donors are urgently needed. Red Cross Blood Drives will be held at the UH Samaritan Administrative Services Building, 663 East Main Street, Ashland, every Friday in April (4/3, 4/10, 4/17, and 4/24) from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Schedule an appointment by using the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767).
     

  • Knox Metropolitan Housing Authority is closed March 23-27. Leave a message on the main line. Phone messages will be checked remotely once a day on the main line. Or email streisch@knoxmha.org if it's urgent.
     

  • Hospice of Knox County a member of Hospice of North Central Ohio, as well as Life Seasons Palliative Care, remains committed to providing care to patients and their families in nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, group homes and private residences while responding to the current epidemic of COVID-19. We are following all of the CDC and ODH guidelines. Our offices will remain open. The Veteran's Gatherings scheduled at our Mt. Vernon office for March 26th and April 9th are cancelled. We thank all of our Veterans for their service and look forward to seeing them in the future. Currently we have only cancelled our bereavement groups for the next two weeks. We will have an update on the groups as we have more information. We thank you for your continued support. Please call our office with any questions or concerns. 1-800-952-2207
     

  • The April 11th Ohio Boater Education Course class in Apple Valley has been canceled. As of now there is not a make-up class scheduled.
     

  • The Price is Right Live has been rescheduled for Sunday, August 30, and is back on sale to the public. Tickets already purchased for the previous date will be honored, and ticketholders need only to present them at the Palace Theatre on Aug. 30. Ticket purchasers who prefer a refund can contact the CBUSArts Ticket Center via phone at 614-469-0939. Refund requests will be accepted through Thursday, July 30.
     

  • The annual Mount Vernon Easter Egg Hunt, scheduled for April 11, 2020 has been cancelled.
     

  • Following the advice of public health officials and for the safety of our guests, volunteers, and staff, the Knox County Historical Society Museum will be closed until further notice. All previously scheduled events, programs, and monthly meetings, including the Historical Society's Annual Meeting in April, are being postponed until a future date. We will continue to monitor this unfolding situation and release new dates once they become available. For more information, contact the Museum at 740-393-5247 or 740-397-3503.
     

  • The Martinsburg Activity Center Dance set for March 28, 2020 has been cancelled.
     

  • All upcoming events at Gund Gallery are cancelled and the gallery will close until further notice.
     

  • The Knox County Park District has postponed the Storybook Trail dedication.
     

  • KnoxLabs will close its doors until further notice. Questions and concerns can be directed to info@knoxlabs.org
     

  • The Peoples Bank will be taking pre-emptive steps by temporarily closing their lobby doors in order to prevent any cross contamination or spread of the virus. They will continue to operate all services as usual through our drive thru locations during regular business hours.
     

  • The April 3, 2020 historical marker dedication at Howard has been postponed.
     

  • The Pheasants Forever Youth Field Day has been postponed until August 15, 2020.
     

  • Danville Auction- Regular schedule and special auctions are suspended. Weekly hay auction will continue on Saturdays at 10 a.m.
     

  • Mount Vernon FFA Chapter Banquet has been rescheduled for May 19, 2020.
     

  • The Main Place is currently closed and will not reopen until further notice. Keep watching Facebook for updates.

 

  • TaVaci School of Performing Arts- All classes including music and play are cancelled until further notice.
     

  • Due to the impact of COVID-19, the State Department has issued a Level 4 Travel Advisory to avoid all international travel. Americans should not travel overseas, and any Americans abroad who are currently able to arrange travel back to the U.S. should return immediately. If you or a loved one is currently unable to return to the U.S., please read and share the following information:
    * Only trust information provided directly by the State Department, its agencies, or congressional sources. Be wary of travel scams on social media.
    * Please enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). STEP allows U.S. nationals abroad to receive important safety information from the Embassy and makes it easier for the State Department to contact you in the event of an emergency.
    * Monitor the appropriate U.S. Embassy in the region you or a loved one are currently residing in.
    * For all Ohioans experiencing some form of crisis internationally, please contact the appropriate U.S. Embassy or call the following numbers: 1-888-407-4747 (from the U.S. or Canada) or 1-202-501-4444 (from overseas) 
    * If for any reason, an Ohioan traveling abroad is having difficulty obtaining assistance from the resources above, please contact my office and we will do our best to assist.
    * When communicating with any agency within the Department of State, please have the following information ready:
        Full name
        Date of birth
        Passport number
        Gender
        Current location
        Email address
        Phone number where they can be reached at in current location
        Names and additional information for any family members currently with you
        Any medical conditions
        Additional information the Department of State should be aware of 
    * Lastly, the State Department has indicated two things: U.S. citizens abroad should continue making plans to return using commercial travel options, as charter flights are not available from the State Department. Currently, financial assistance for return flights to the U.S. or for lodging abroad is not available. Ohioans should communicate directly with local banking institutions to determine if and how money transfers are offered.

     

  • Gospel Christian Life Shop,117 South Main Street in Mount Vernon, is temporarily closed. They are continuing to take orders for Bibles, books, DVD's, CD's and church supplies.  You may also make an appointment to pick-up items or to shop for in-store merchandise.  Please contact the store at: 740-397-3303 or e-mail: gospelshop7@gmail.com for pick-up, orders or appointments to shop.  If you are in need of a Bible, call or text 740-507-3454.
     

  • The Child Evangelism Fellowship Fundraising Banquet scheduled for March 24 has been postponed to September 15.
     

  • The Mount Vernon News has temporarily closed its doors to the public. Appointments with reporters or salespeople can be made by calling the office at 740-397-5333.
     

  • United Way of Knox County has announced a partnership between Knox Area Transit and the Knox County Community Chaplains group to provide delivery of medications and groceries to seniors and those with at-risk medical conditions in Knox County. Deliveries will be scheduled from 7 A.M. to 6 P.M., Monday through Saturday. Sunday deliveries will be from 1 P.M. to 4 P.M. Those needing this service can call 740-485-5002.
     

  • 211 would like to share the following message: Community members experiencing need during this trying time may call 2-1-1 or text their zip code to 898211 for non-emergency needs. Pathways of Central Ohio offers the 2-1-1 service, which is an easy-to-remember and universally recognizable telephone number that provides a critical connection between individuals and families in need and the appropriate community-based organizations and government agencies. More information can be found here www.211pathways.org. 
     

  • The Beaux Monde Salon Spa is postponing their Bridal & Lifestyle Expose at this time.  Follow them on Facebook for updates.
     

  • First-Knox National Bank is temporarily limiting in-person services in their lobbies. Banking services at their offices will be offered mainly by drive-thru until further notice, and also by appointment when necessary.
     

  • The Killbuck Savings Bank will be serving their customers through their drive-thru and digital tools.
     

  • Knox County Convention and Visitor's Bureau has postponed their Taste of Knox County event until Saturday, August 1 at The Glenn A. Gallagher Centre.
     

  • The following Chamber of Commerce events for April are postponed or cancelled:
    Business Boost- April 7
    Ribbon Cutting for Storybook Trail- April 7
    Ambassador Blitz- April 9
    Leadership Knox- April 16
    Ribbon Cutting for Everlasting Cup- April 20
    Safety Council April- 25

     

  • Staples is offering the opportunity to print any necessary school work at no charge. 
     

  • The remainder of the WinterJam 2020 tour has been cancelled.
     

  • The Tactical Communications Seminar planned for March 26 in MVNU's Foster Hall has been postponed.
     

  • Due to Governor DeWine’s Stay at Home Order, The Salvation Army of Mount Vernon and Knox county have made the following changes to their services.  Currently, their doors are open to essential services only. They will continue to serve our community through their food pantry.
    · Their building is closed to the public for the safety of everyone.
    · Only essential employees and volunteers are currently working in their building.
    · We have suspended all programing and group meetings.
    · We will livestream Sunday services. We will continue to worship together in this way.
    · Hot meals will no longer be handed out. – food bags will be provided during our hot meal time.
    · Food Pantry:
                Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9AM-Noon and 1-3PM (Please call the office – 740-392-8716 with name,                                      address, number in family and pick up time. We will be distributing boxes right out of our gym door.
                Tuesday, Thursday 4PM – 6:30PM (Please call the office at 740-392-8716 with name, address, number in family                              and pick up time.)
    · Emergency need appointments will be done over the phone.
    · We are able to feed the hungry, deliver meals and provide phone visits to those in need.
    · Learning Zone remains closed.
    · We continue to work with local authorities and collaborate with other agencies in our county as we move forward during this time.
    · These services are open to all who are in need.

     

  • All offices of Knox County Interchurch Social Services continue to take precautions to minimize risks for staff, volunteers and clients. As they work with minimal staffing, they are making some changes in the hours that they are open. Effective the week of March 23, until further notice, hours for each office are as follows: 
    Centerburg, Tuesday – Friday, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm;
    Danville, Monday – Thursday, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm;
    Fredericktown, Monday – Thursday, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm;
    and Mount Vernon, Monday – Thursday, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm.
    This will allow time to restock and clean facilities and equipment.

     

  • Knox County Interchurch Social Services will continue to offer Food Pantry Assistance and Emergency Financial Aid by appointment only.  Please call your local office to determine eligibility and to schedule appointments.  Food Pantry Assistance will use a pre-packed format available for pick-up at your scheduled time. All Thrift Stores are closed until further notice.  We will not accept any donations during that time.  For additional information, please call 740-397-4825. 
     

  • Pizza Dock in Fredericktown is now closed until further notice.  
     

  • From the Knox Community Chaplain Corps: "We have been blessed to serve our county these last 3 weeks. Moving forward we will be continuing our mission to provide food to anyone who needs it on an emergency basis. Knox Community Chaplain Corps is going to provide training on how to prepare for and store food for emergency situations so you can be ready when disaster strikes. Watch for details on the KC3 FaceBook page, and the Mt. Vernon Association of Police Chaplains FaceBook page. The following food pantries are ready to take on the regular food needs:
    * Apostolic Christian Church- Every first Thursday of the month- 740-393-1676
    * Covenant Christian Church- Every 2nd Saturday of the month- 740-392-3152
    * The Salvation Army- Appointments available M-F- 740-392-8716
    * InterChurch Social Services - Appointment only- 740-694-8110
    * Center of Hope- Appointment only- 740-200-0689   
    KC3 and MVAPC are still happy to help in times of emergency. Please call 211 or 419-455-5616 to receive food, supplies, or for Chaplain Assistance.

     

  • Fredericktown Village Council is suspending future meetings due to the threat of COVID19. The Council approved the suspension of all late fees and shutoffs for water and sewer during the state of emergency. The village asks that anyone dealing with a layoff or job loss, affecting their ability to make their monthly water or sewer payment, to call the office at 740-694-9010 and set up a payment plan.
     

  • The Mount Vernon City Council Meeting will hold its monthly meeting at the Knox County Memorial Theater Building on the stage at 112 East High Street, Mount Vernon, Ohio instead of in City Hall Council Chambers for the March 23, 2020 meeting. Legislative session beginning at 7:30 p.m. (committee meetings preceding TBD).
     

  • The Knox County Foundation is now accepting emergency funding requests from nonprofit organizations which provide essential community services that are in jeopardy due to the COVID-19 situation. One-time grants of up to $10,000 may be applied for using an online application. Knox County Foundation staff Monday conferred with City officials and other area funders regarding the potential for COVID-19 to threaten the mission of critical nonprofit organizations in Knox County. The application is available on the Foundation website at www.knoxcf.org. Interested organizations are encouraged to download the application, fill it out, and return it along with supporting documents directly to Program Director Lisa Lloyd via email at lisa@knoxcf.org. If organizations are unable to electronically send the application, they may also mail or drop off the application and documentation to the Foundation office at 101 E. Gambier Street in Mount Vernon. Applicants are required to submit supporting financials with their applications. Foundation staff and board will expedite the review of such applications in an effort to aid the community-wide response to the Coronavirus. Questions should be directed to Lisa Lloyd at 740-392-3270. Visit www.knoxcf.org or follow the Foundation on Facebook for more information.
     

  • The National Drug Take Back event scheduled for April 25, 2020 has been canceled. Dispose of unwanted medicine in Knox County at any of the three convenient locations listed below. (no contact required)
    Fredericktown Police Department
    182 South Main Street
    Fredericktown, Ohio 43019

    Knox County Sheriff's Office
    11540 Upper Gilchrist Road
    Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050

    Mount Vernon Police Department*
    5 North Gay Street
    Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050
    *MVPD Lobby is open Mon - Fri 8:00 am -4:00 pm; however, people can use the phone on the wall to contact dispatch directly after hours and a patrol unit will unlock the door and let the people in the lobby to dispose of the Rx pills in the drop box.

     

  • MTVarts has postponed the Classics Series production of Arthur Miller’s “All My Sons” on May 2 and 3.  Those who have purchased tickets will be given a refund. They will continue discussions to find another time for this performance. The decision has also been made to postpone "The Sound of Music" auditions originally scheduled for April 18. Watch for a newsletter and/or Facebook post for information on the new date. 
     

  • The Academy of Country Music Awards scheduled for April 5, 2020 has been postponed until September.
     

  • The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction scheduled for May 2, 2020 has been postponed.
     

  • Billboard Latin Music Awards & LatinFest+ scheduled for April 20-23 have been postponed.
     

  • iHeartRadio Music Awards scheduled for March 29, 2020 have been postponed.
     

  • The Juno Awards have been cancelled.
     

  • The Knox County Service Center at 117 E. High St is now closed to the public. Essential services are still being conducted. Please call or email the appropriate office below. Information is on county website https://www.co.knox.oh.us/ and exterior doors.
    Auditor: 740-393-6750
    Board of Elections: 740-393-6716
    Clerk of Courts: 740-393-6788
    Clerk of Courts/Titles: 740-393-6791
    Commissioners: 740-393-6703
    Common Pleas Court: 740-393-6777
    Probation: 740-393-4023
    Coroner: 740-397-3553
    DKMM: 740-393-4600
    Dog Shelter: 740-393-6713
    EMA: 740-393-6772
    Engineer: 740-397-1590
    Health Department: 740-392-2200
    I.T.: 740-393-6786
    Recorder: 740-393-6755
    Regional Planning: 740-393-6718
    Soil and Water: 740-393-6724
    Water and Wastewater: 740-397-7041
    Juvenile Probation: 740-393-6799
    KAT: 740-392-7433
    Knox Learning Center: 740-393-6769
    Law Library: 740-397-4040
    Litter and Recycling: 740-393-6704
    Map Department: 740-393-6752
    Memorial Building: 740-392-0597
    ODNR: 740-392-4499
    Opportunity Knox: 740-392-9675
    Park District: 740-392-PARK
    Probate/Juvenile Court: 740-393-6798
    Prosecutor: 740-393-6720
    Victim Assistance: 740-397-3404
    Public Defender: 740-393-6734
    Records Center: 740-393-6781
    Safety and Loss: 740-393-6719
    Treasurer: 740-393-6735

     

  • The Danville Municipal Building are closed to the public. Essential services will still be conducted. Water and Sewer permits can be made online at www.govpaynet.com or paid at HometownMarket. Call 740-599-6888 and follow the prompts to leave a message.
     

  • The YMCA of Mount Vernon is closed until further notice. For information on membership and program fees, please go to http://mtvymca.org/
     

  • Starting Point of Knox County is now closed to clients until further notice. They are offering their services in a virtual format. CALL 740-393-0370 to talk with a representative at Heartbeat Option Line. If you wish to connect with a Starting Point staff member personally, TEXT 740-393-0370. Their  Annual Fundraising Banquet on April 16th will be a virtual banquet instead of an “in-person” seated event. More details coming soon.
     

  • Paragraph’s Bookstore is closed until further notice. They will no longer take any orders.
     

  • The Knox County Animal Shelter will be closed to the public. Essential service will still be provided from immediate needs call 740-393-6713
     

  • Nationwide Children’s Hospital is taking extra steps to protect the health of patients by restricting inpatient and emergency department visitors until further notice.

    • All inpatient and emergency department visitors must be healthy and 18 years of age and older.

    • Patients/parents will be asked to identify two people, 18 years of age and older, they wish to visit during their stay. It does not matter what the relationship is to the patient (grandparent, aunt, uncle, sibling, clergy or support person, etc.). Parents are included in the total of two people. The adult with custody of the patient names the second visitor.

    • Visitors under 18 years of age will not be able to access the unit, including the waiting rooms, play rooms and family lounges. The Sibling Clubhouse for sibling care will also be closed until further notice.

    • If your child has cold or flu symptoms, please call your doctor’s office before your scheduled appointment. Please visit www.NationwideChildrens.org for the latest information.
       

  • Orange Barrel Production Company has canceled the production of “Pride and Prejudice” on April 9-11 and 16-18. 
     

  • The Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County has closed all of its locations until further notice.  While the Library takes steps to continue providing library services through alternative means, it has asked that persons who have borrowed Library materials NOT return them for the time being.  The Library will waive all overdue fines and fees for the entire period of closure and for two weeks after its eventual reopening.​

    • Two popular writing programs will continue online on Tuesdays and Thursdays hosted by the Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County:

      Authors Anonymous Google Hangout: Tuesdays 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. via Google Hangout
      A support group for age 18 and above creatives who write. Space is limited and registration is required. Please email Knoxwrites1@gmail.com for more information or to register.

      Teen Writing Program Meetup: Thursdays 4:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m.
      Weekly meetup with creative writing prompts and activities for young authors age 13-18. A casual, fun atmosphere to connect teens during social isolation. Space is limited and registration is required. Please email knoxwrites1@gmail.com for more info. Note: An "Unplugged" version of Teen Writing Program is available for teens without internet access. Call (740) 392-BOOK Ext 224 and leave a phone number where you can be reached. We will call back and connect you with materials to keep you creative!

    • According to Library director John Chidester, the Library will not circulate physical items for the next two weeks but is exploring the possibility of resuming limited circulation of some items without allowing public access to the buildings.  In the meantime, the Library will be increasing its holdings of e-books and e-audiobooks and maintaining access to streaming video, music and other materials online.

    • The Library will also service patrons’ needs through social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram), phone and email (plmvkcohio@gmail.com) and will provide wifi access to the internet accessible from its parking lots.

    • All of the Library’s digital and online resources can be accessed through its website: www.knox.net.

    • During the period of closure Library staff will continue to work to provide library services in the following ways:

      • Phone assistance to answer questions and provide information for persons with no internet access, who are isolated and may need to speak to another human.

      • Online chat help to answer questions and help connect patrons to digital and online resources, especially those who may be undergoing self-quarantine.

      • Increase in digital holdings to make e-books and e-audio books more immediately available.

      • Promotion of digital and online resources on social media such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

      • Facilitation of applications for online library cards to provide check-out of e-materials without entering the building.

      • Streaming of some programming content and story times online, possibly with a live chat feature for social interaction.

      • Provision of WIFI signals accessible to persons in parking lots to allow them to access the internet safely from their cars.
         

  • The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Services at the Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County have been canceled until further notice. The program’s website, www.aarpfoundation.org/taxaide, is the best resource for information and changes in service availability.
     

  • The Knox County Sheriff’s Office is implementing the following new procedures due to the COVID-19 outbreak. 

    • For background checks, fingerprints, CCW applications and renewals, visitors will be screened prior to entry using the following questions.

      • Do you have symptoms of respiratory infection, such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath?

      • Have you travelled outside of the United States to any of the following countries within the last 14 days, China, Iran, Italy, Japan and/or South Korea?

      • Do you co-habitat with another person that has travelled outside of the United States to any of the following countries within the last 14 days, China, Iran, Italy, Japan and/or South Korea?

      • Do you co-habitat with another person that has, or has shown symptoms of respiratory infection, such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath?

      • Have you or anyone you co-habitat with had a documented (by a doctor, nurse, or health official) temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit, or higher in the last 14 days?

      • A yes answer to any of the above questions, or an elevated temperature when checked by staff will result in a denial of entry.  

    • Knox County Sheriff’s Office Hours of Operation:

      • Services are available on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9:00 am to 11:30 am and 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm

      • Reminder, CCW permits are good for 30 days after expiration. Most permit applications are returned in 14 to 21 days. If possible, we ask you to delay your visit for at least 2 weeks. These hours are subject to change or cancellation. We are committed to preserving services as much as possible during this time and we appreciate your patience and understanding.   
         

  • Effective immediately, and until further notice, the procedure for incoming inmates and visitors to the Knox County Jail will contain additional screening measures. In-person visits and jail programs will also be temporarily suspended. The jail facility is a closed environment and the introduction of infected persons could severely impact operations. Both those incarcerated and those who watch over them are at risk for airborne infections. Jail staff is using information provided by Knox Public Health and the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction to coordinate best practice procedures.
     

  • The Soroptimist Club of Mount Vernon and Knox County is cancelling the Spring Style Show scheduled April 4 at the Gallagher Centre. Anyone who already purchased a ticket to the Style Show or paid for a vendor table, will have their money refunded. The Soroptimist Club is planning a basket drawing fundraiser to be held in the Spring.
     

  • The United Way of Knox County has suspended the VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) Tax Program as a step to help prevent the risk of COVID-19 until such time the we announce that it will resume.
     

  • The Mount Vernon Fire Department has closed all tours of the firehouse. They will continue the normal service of taking 911 emergency calls. If you have an emergency, please call 911 and they will come to you. If you do come to the firehouse, and the fire department staff is in the building, you will be met in the lobby. It is best to call 911. Effective immediately and until further notice, the firehouse is closed to outside groups using the training room, firehouse tours, and the public (including family visitors). All scheduled events have been cancelled. Call the fire department (740-393-9515) for further information.
     

  • The Mount Vernon Developmental Center Campus is closed to the public.
     

  • The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is now closed until further notice. The dedicated animal care team and other essential personnel will remain active at the Zoo; however, staff who are able to work from home will be encouraged to do so. Zoo leadership will continue to monitor developments of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and follow guidance from federal, state, and local authorities to determine when the park will reopen.
     

  • The Cincinnati Zoo is closed until further notice, but will have a Facebook Live event every day at 3pm on their home page featuring an animal and an activity that kids can do at home.
     

  • Parent Support Initiative of Knox County: TRIPLE P CLASS information - Sessions for all courses that are currently in process will be completed via phone or virtually. Any currently scheduled course that has not begun will be postponed until at least April 13. Please contact Susan McDonald, Knox Parent Support Initiative Coordinator at 740-324-5789 or psiknox@gmail.com . Time slots for Primary Care individual classes are available now. If interested please contact PSI of Knox County or Candice Meadows at (740) 214-6452. Updates will be given at the Parent Support Initiative of Knox County Facebook page.
     

  • Mount Vernon Grand Ball Spring Ball has been cancelled.
     

  • Ohio Casinos and Racinos across the state are closed.
     

  • Knox County Probate/Juvenile Judge Jay Nixon files the following emergency orders with the court, effective immediately:

    • All persons shall wash their hands with soap and water in the first floor entrance bathroom before proceeding through the security checkpoint and entering the courthouse.

    • Access to the courthouse shall generally be limited to: parties to a case set for hearing; parents or custodians of juvenile parties; attorneys; guardians ad litem; victims; necessary witnesses; and other persons with express permission from the judge.

    • All persons awaiting hearing in the courthouse shall practice social distancing by staying at least six (6) feet away from other persons when possible.

    • Limited access to the courthouse shall be granted to persons wishing to file documents with the court clerk. Such persons shall proceed directly to the clerk's office and conclude their business with the clerk as expeditiously as possible.

    • Security personnel shall ask all courthouse visitors whether they are ill or have been ill and, if they are ill, have been ill, or decline to respond, visitors may be denied access to the courthouse at the sole discretion of the judge. The court will make every effort to make reasonable accommodations to preserve access to the court system for affected individuals.

    • Attorneys, parties, or victims shall be permitted to make a record, either orally or in writing, of any objection to this temporary emergency order restricting courthouse access.

    • Continuances may be granted, on motion of any party or the court, for illness or other reason during the pendency of these temporary emergency orders.

    • The Juvenile Probation department is hereby authorized to implement temporary internal policies necessary to protect the health and safety of probation staff, other court employees, probationers, and other visitors to Juvenile Probation.
       

  • Kroger in Mount Vernon has announced new store hours. They will be open rom 7am until 10pm each day. They have also implemented the following changes to keep their customers and employees safe:
    * Adding plexiglass partitions at all check lanes, Pharmacy counters and Starbucks registers.
    * Floor decals to help with social distancing are being added at check lanes and other counters.
    * They are encouraging you to use pickup and delivery. Pickup is now FREE to make it easier to get what you need. Demand has increased significantly for this service, so please bear with them as they do their best to serve our community in a timely manner.

     

  • Walmart has changed their hours. They will be open now each day from 7am until 8:30pm. On Tuesdays they will be open at 6am to 7am for elderly customers (age 60+) only. Walmart has also implemented a one cart per person rule.
     

  • MVNU has made the decision to cancel all events until further notice. Stay informed at mvnu.edu/stayinformed
     

  • Knox Community Hospital is  implementing a no visitor policy. There will be very limited exceptions only for End-of-life patients, Patients with disabilities who need assistance, Patients under 18 (Both parents will be allowed to visit their child), and Maternity patients can have one support person for the duration of their hospital stay.

    • There will be no time limits on approved visitors.

    • There will be no visitation restriction on members of the clergy and those with power of attorney.

    • All clinical areas will remain open to patients.

    • During this time, visitors will be asked to check-in with a staff member.

    • The KCH Gift Shop will be closed. The KCH Cafeteria will be open to employees, patients and permitted visitors, but not to the general public.

    • All KCH support groups, education activities, lectures, and interest meetings are suspended until further notice

    • Several non-essential clinical services are being suspended at this time, including Cardiac Rehabilitation, Pulmonary Rehabilitation, and all Wellness Activities at the KCH Center for Rehabilitation and Wellness. (PLEASE NOTE: Physical Therapy, Speech Therapy, and Occupational Therapy appointments are continuing at the Center for Rehabilitation and Wellness at this time.)

    • The CRW Fitness Center will be closed to the public until further notice
       

  • Ohio Eastern Star Home is prohibiting all visitation to residents.
     

  • The Touchpointe Marriage and Family Resources event “Compassion Fatigue and the First Responder” on March 26th at 8:15 in MVNU’s Foster Hall has been canceled.
     

  • The Knox County Safety Council Meeting on 4/15 has been cancelled.
     

  • The Columbus Museum of Art and Pizzuti Collection of the Columbus Museum of Art is now closed through 4/5/20.
     

  • COSI is now closed to the public for three weeks.
     

  • Knox County OSU Extension COVID-19 Updates:

    • The Knox OSU Extension Office is closed until further notice. Staff members can be reached at 740-397-0401, Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 5:00pm.

    • Due to OSU policy all educators and staff are prohibited from leaving the office for business purposes.

    • The Ohio State University has announced the suspension of face-to-face instruction of lectures, discussion sections, seminars, and other similar classroom settings, and the move to virtual instruction effective immediately and through at least March 31. This also trickles down to the Knox County OSU Extension Office and the clientele that we serve.

    • OSU Extension Offices throughout Ohio will now implement teleworking options for staff.

    • All OSU Extension planned activities through May 15 are now postponed.

    • 4-H Project Books:  We will not be able to do project book distribution next week due to the “Stay at Home” order from Governor DeWine.  The State 4-H Office will be sharing plans with us at the beginning of next week and how we will be able to proceed.  We do ask that you continue to prepare your book orders.  You can submit it by mailing the form, emailing it to us, or sticking it in the mailbox at the bottom of our steps at our office.  We will ask at this point that if we can move forward with this, that no individual book orders will be taken, only club orders.

    • While the office is closed, they are working diligently to create new options to stay in contact with everyone.  With this in mind, beginning Monday April 6 they will begin virtual office hours – Knox AgChat. Knox AgChat will provide them the opportunity to utilize video and/or audio conferencing on your computer or cell phone.  You can join them online HERE  or join by phone at 1-253-215-8782 and enter Meeting ID 392 726 3521. They will focus on Ag questions from 7:30 – 8 and Horticulture questions from 8 – 8:30. Additionally, they plan to periodically invite guest speakers to their chat.
       

  • Knox County 4-H Specific Updates:​

    • OSU Extension Administrative Cabinet has extended the prohibition of in-person programming from April 20 to May 15. This includes all 4-H programs, activities, and events.

    • 4-H clubs in Knox County must cancel or hold their 4-H meetings virtually until after May 15. Any meetings scheduled after that can go on as planned. However, evolving situations may require us to extend this deadline even further. Due to the extenuating circumstances, as a county we are going to extend the enrollment deadline now until April 27. That would include turning in all the club paperwork as well. This does not mean that you cannot continue to communicate with members to get the 4-H Online enrollments complete now instead of waiting to the last minute.

    • Knox County 4-H Online Enrollment Due –DELAYED TO APRIL 27

    • Club Paperwork Due –DELAYED TO APRIL 27

    • Junior Fair Board Meeting POSTPONED

    • The Lambing and Kidding simulator Workshop originally scheduled for March 16, 2020 has been rescheduled for Monday, October 5, 2020.

    • March 28: OSU Junior Swine Day – CANCELLED

    • March 31: Advisor Book Order Form Due – POSTPONED TO MAY 1

    • April 4: Knox County 4H Youth Day has been moved to August 15

    • April 16: Quality Assurance Training – CANCELLED & Hog Tag Pickup – MEMBERS NEED TO ORDER TAGS

    • April 18: Cloverbud Saturday – CANCELLED

    • April 18: Youth Poultry Clinic – CANCELLED

    • April 19: MANDATORY 1st Year Equine Exhibitor Clinic – POSTPONED

    • April 20: Quality Assurance Training – CANCELLED & Hog Tag Pickup – MEMBERS NEED TO ORDER TAGS

    • April 21: Camp Counselor Meeting- 6:00pm – WILL BE HELD VIRTUALLY

    • April 21: Junior Fair Board Meeting- 7:30pm – WILL BE HELD VIRTUALLY

    • April 28: Camp Counselor Combinedd Meeting (Knox and Holmes)- 6:00pm – WILL BE HELD VIRTUALLY

    • May 2: Market Lamb Tagging  – POSTPONED TO JUNE 6

    • May 2: Dairy Market Feeder Tagging  – POSTPONED TO JUNE 6

    • May 2: Market Goat Tagging  – POSTPONED TO JUNE 6

    • May 5: 4-H Equine Advisory Committee- 7:00 PM  – WILL BE HELD VIRTUALLY

    • May 7: Quality Assurance Training  – POSTPONED

    • May 14: Quality Assurance Training  – POSTPONED

    • ALL Animals with a May 1 possession have been moved to June 1 (for the Knox County Fair Market and Breeding Exhibitors) 
       

  • Knox County Agriculture Specific Updates:​​

    • April 6: Lambing and Kidding Simulator – CANCELLED

    • April 6: Goat Improvement Meeting – WILL NOT BE HELD AT THE EXTENSION OFFICE (Possibly Virtually)

    • April 13: Knox County Agrology Club – CANCELLED

    • April 14: Master Gardener Meeting – VIRTUAL MEETING

    • April 16: Sheep Improvement Meeting – WILL NOT BE HELD AT THE EXTENSION OFFICE (Possibly Virtually)

    • Knox County Cattlemen's Meeting – CANCELLED

    • April 27: Extension Advisory Meeting – WILL BE HELD VIRTUALLY

    • April 29: Good Agricultural Practice Training – WILL BE HELD VIRTUALLY

    • May 2: Master Gardener Plant Swap – POSTPONED TO MAY 23

    • May 4: Goat Improvement Meeting – WILL NOT BE HELD AT THE EXTENSION OFFICE (Possibly Virtually)

    • May 12: Master Gardener Meeting – WILL BE HELD VIRTUALLY
       

  • Continue to check the OSU Extension Office blogs, website, and Facebook page to keep updated. 

 

CHURCH ANNOUNCEMENTS:

  • The Knox Network of Christian Ministries is asking all local churches to show their solidarity and unity in Christ by ringing their bells for 2 minutes of celebration on Easter Sunday morning at 10:00am.
     

  • Lakeholm Church of the Nazarene- With the current health pandemic, all face to face and on site activities are postponed until further notice and restrictions are lifted. For updates, information, prayer, communication and secure giving link, please visit their website:  www.lakeholm.org
    Weekly
    9:30 a.m. Interactive Sunday Service:  Lakeholm.online.church
    10:30 a.m. Posting of Service:  Lakeholm.org and Facebook 
    Holy Week
    Service Postings:  Palm Sunday 9:30 am, Good Friday (7:00 pm Friday), Easter morning 9:30 a.m. 
    Office hours and communication are still being monitored: 8-4:30 M-F.
    Church Contact Information:  740-397-1105

     

  • Due to the extension of the stay-at-home order, the Revive:KNOX outreach for April 25 has been cancelled.  If you are willing to open up your church building for one of the future outreaches, please contact Amy Hudson at 740-358-0964. We will need to be there from 8:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.
     

  • First Presbyterian Church, 106 North Gay Street in Mount Vernon, is suspending worship services until further notice.  A devotional type service will be on Facebook Live on the church Facebook page Sundays at 10:00am. All in-church activities are suspended until further notice. Monday Hot Meal (5:30 to 6:30pm) will continue Bag-and-Go only, no in-church serving.  
     

  • From the Knox Network of Christian Ministries:
    * You are invited to join KNCM on April 10th at 7 p.m. for an online Community Celebration Service led by 7 area Pastors and the Covenant Church Worship Team. The service will be cast as a Zoom webinar and shared live on the Knox Network of Christian Ministries Facebook page. An opportunity will be extended to take communion together. Please have bread or crackers and juice with you if you would like to participate.
    * You are invited to take part in daily prayer meetings. The Knox County Prayer Meetings will take place at 10:00am every day except Sundays through April 6. The meetings will be hosted through Zoom. Those wishing to receive the Zoom link to enter the prayer meeting can email contactKNCM@gmail.com or call/text 740-358-0964.

     

  • Courtside Ministries, which meets Thursday mornings at the Knox County Courthouse, have suspended all meetings until further notice.
     

  • Centerburg Church of Christ will be having a Community Focused Prayer Week March 29-April 4.  More details will be posted on the church website and Facebook page (@Centerburgcoc), along with graphics for each day. In addition, Church staff is currently posting a short, 2 minute devotional each day on the Facebook page, and will be linking those with the prayer focus (Monday-Friday). 
     

  • All regularly scheduled activities at Faith Baptist are suspended until further notice. Sunday messages will be posted on their website and Facebook by 8:30am Sunday mornings.
     

  • Vineyard Church of Knox County has cancelled services until further notice. They are doing services on Sunday mornings via Facebook live at 10:30am on Sunday mornings and mid-week video chats.  
     

  • Dioceses of Columbus- Ohio bishops have suspended publicly celebrated Masses through Easter.
     

  • First Christian Church at 5 Harrison Avenue in Mount Vernon will be closed for services on March 29. A service will be streaming on Facebook at 10:30am.
     

  • Covenant Church is suspending all public worship and activities until further notice. They will be live streaming on Facebook at Covenant church, Mt Vernon every Sunday at 10:45am and RX3 youth on Wednesday’s at 6:30pm. Their food pantry will still be active every 2nd Saturday from 10-12pm but drive up only and they will load your vehicle with lots of care. They will be mobilizing all other ministries through Facebook, website, calls, mail etc. 
     

  • Trinity Worship Center will move to online services for March 29. Join them via https://www.youtube.com/user/MVTrinity at 10 am each Sunday.
     

  • Apostolic Food Pantry will serve drive-up clients on Thursday, April 2 from 12:00-3:00 pm.
     

  • Gay Street United Methodist Church has suspended worship, classes, and meetings until further notice. The Friday Hot Meal will continue as carry-out.
     

  • New Life Church of the Nazarene is meeting online at https://Newlife.online.church each Sunday at 9:30am and 11:00am. Join them for an interactive time of chatting, worship, and an inspiring message. To stay up to date, please visit Newlifenaz.net or their Facebook page - New Life Church of the Nazarene. New Life is offering to record pastors on Thursday afternoons at their church during this time of social distancing.  Whether it's a simple greeting, word of encouragement/hope, or a devotional / mini-sermon.  Music, slides, etc. are not available, just a pastor talking to his/her people.  New Life will handle the recording and then provide the link that can be shared with the congregation.  It would be hosted on the New Life youtube channel.  Please schedule a time by Tuesday of whatever week you want to record. Please email Cody McNichols at cody@newlifenaz.net.  Please include your name, church, what type of talk and approximately how long, and what time window works best for you.  Then Cody will confirm with you from there. 
    - New Life Church has established a COVID-19 fund as a place to contribute to those affected by this crisis. 100% will go to those impacted by the epidemic. To give to this fund visit www.newlifenaz.net and select "Giving" in the menu bar and then choose "COVID-19 Relief." You can also mail or drop off cash/checks to the church, 665 Harcourt Road, Mount Vernon, with a note designating it to COVID-19 Relief.

     

  • Faith Lutheran is cancelling all face-to-face worship and all activities through April 19, with hopes to resume worship April 26. They will be using Facebook Live on Sundays at 10am at Faith Lutheran, Mount Vernon.
     

  • Fredericktown United Methodist Church has canceled in-house worship services.  At this time, they will be posting services online, probably on Saturday nights, for people to be able to view at their convenience. They have also suspended Wednesday evening PeaceMeal and Ignite Worship Service.  
     

  • New Life Community Church in Fredericktown will have no services until further notice. NewLife will live stream service via Facebook Sunday at 10am.
     

  • Faith Baptist Church has suspended all Wednesday evening activities until further notice
     

  • First Baptist Church of Mount Vernon has cancelled all events through March 31.  Check the church Facebook page for updates.
     

  • Mount Vernon First Church of God, 10 Pine Street, is canceling everything through Saturday, April 4th.

  • The Courtside Ministry Prayer Meetings held in front of the Knox County Courthouse on Thursdays at 8:30am have been canceled for March.
     

  • The Mount Vernon Salvation Army Spring Campaign (March 24-29) has been canceled. 
    The Mount Vernon Salvation Army Sunday services will be live streamed. They will continue to worship together in this way. A full report on other Salvation Army services is listed under the "General Announcements" section.

     

  • The Knox Network of Christian Ministries meeting for Thursday, April 9 has been moved to an online platform. Join the virtual prayer service at 9am at www.uberconference.com/place4grace You can also join by calling 781-448-4524 and enter PIN 90170
     

  • Impact Church, Bellville - all events and activities are canceled through March 26. 
     

  • Mount Vernon First Church of the Nazarene will provide their services online during their normal service time (10:45 am) and will also provide regular updates through their Facebook page (www.facebook.com/firstnaz.mtvernon) and website (firstnaz.net). Their services will continue to be broadcast on 1300AM WMVO at 11:30am each Sunday as well. 

    • Fathers Table Update:

      • Wednesday night hot meal will be served at the door with to go containers at its regular time.

      • Food pantry will also be at its normal time. We will meet people at the door to give assistance.

      • We will also be giving out kid packs, that will have basic needs for families.

      • If you know of anyone that needs food, care items, or assistance please let us know.
         

  • Centerburg Church of Christ has canceled all church and non-church on-site events/activities until further notice – this includes all Cub Scout and Girl Scout meetings. They will be using Livestream only for their services. Livestream will begin at 10:30am and information can be found on the church website at centerburgchurchofchrist.com and their Facebook page (@centerburgcoc).

 

SPORTS ANNOUNCEMENTS:

  • The International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) and the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course announced that the 2020 Acura Sports Car Challenge at Mid-Ohio originally set for May 1-3, 2020, has been rescheduled to Sept. 25-27, 2020.
     

  • Major tennis tournaments are also dealing with the coronavirus crisis, as Wimbledon is cancelled for 2020 and the French Open is moving from May 24th to September 20th. The U.S. Tennis Association says it is proceeding with plans to hold the U.S. Open in New York as scheduled, starting August 24th.

  • The Indianapolis 500 has been postponed until August 23.
     

  • The 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo have been postponed until 2021.
     

  • The North Coast Athletic Conference has cancelled the spring season for all sports, which means all Kenyon College sports are cancelled.
     

  • The Boston Marathon is postponed from April 20th to September 14th.
     

  • The Masters Tournament scheduled for April 9-12 has been postponed.
     

  • IndyCar is suspending their season through the end of April
     

  • Nascar has cancelled this weekend's events at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
     

  • The PGA Tour has cancelled The Player's Championship and shut down tournaments for the next three weeks.
     

  • The LPGA Tour has postponed their next three tournaments
     

  • The Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) has cancelled Men's Tournaments for the next six weeks.
     

  • The Women's Tennis Association Tournament set for April 6-12 is postponed.
     

  • NAIA President Jim Carr announced that the NAIA has canceled the remainder of the 2020 spring sports season, effective immediately.

    • All MVNU Spring Sports for 2020 are cancelled.

    • President Carr also announced that NAIA spring sport athletes will not be charged with a season of competition for the 2020 year. All MVNU spring sport athletes are given two additional semesters of eligibility.

    • MVNU women’s soccer also announced that their ID camp set for March 28 has been canceled.
       

  • Mount Vernon Baseball Association - All official Little League practices, games and events suspended until April 6, 2020.
     

  • Pro Football Hall of Fame is Temporarily Closed
    As a public health precaution to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), the Museum is now closed to the public until further notice. The health and safety of the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s visitors, as well as staff and volunteers, is our top priority.
     The Hall of Fame will continue to closely monitor the situation and maintain ongoing communication with state and local health officials. Updates will be provided at www.profootballhof.com/visit/ and on the Hall’s social media - @ProFootballHOF on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
    Tickets and official packages for Enshrinement Week Powered by Johnson Controls remain on sale at https://www.profootballhof.com/tickets/
    Exclusive Hall of Fame merchandise and gear for all 32 NFL Clubs is available at  https://www.profootballhof.com/store/

     

  • The NBA has suspended all games until further notice.
     

  • The NHL has suspended its season, also until further notice.
     

  • Major League Soccer has suspended its season until further notice.
     

  • Major League Baseball has suspended spring training and pushed back opening day. (No date has been set at this time)
     

  • The Big 10 canceled the remainder of the Men's Basketball Tournament in Indianapolis.
     

  • The NCAA men’s and women’s basketball tournaments are cancelled and all winter and spring championships are also cancelled
     

  • The NAIA has cancelled the men’s and women’s basketball tournaments, all winter championship events and its national convention
     

  • The Ohio High School Athletic Association announced Thursday that the winter sports tournaments of wrestling, basketball and ice hockey, which were postponed indefinitely on March 12, are now cancelled due to the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. The start of the OHSAA’s spring sports of softball, lacrosse, baseball, track and field and boys tennis is still postponed, which coincides with schools not being open. OHSAA has also instituted a no-contact period until April 5, which includes a mandatory shutdown of all facilities. This no-contact period prohibits any coach, paid or volunteer, approved by the Board of Education to provide coaching, instruction, or supervising conditioning and physical fitness programs or open gyms to members of a school team in their sports.

  • The Centerburg Athletic Department has announced that spring sports will be suspended until further notice.
     

 

From the KNOX COUNTY EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTER:

Click here to see the Daily Situation Report

Unified Command (UC) was officially established on Friday March 20, 2020. UC is comprised of Health Commissioner Julie Miller, Sheriff David Shafer, Mount Vernon Fire Chief Chad Christopher, Knox Community Hospital Safety Officer Russell
Maroni, and Emergency Management Director Mark Maxwell.

 

Emergency Operations Center Status: Partial Activation.

BOARD OF PHARMACY: To address any possible workforce shortages during the COVID-19 outbreak, the State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy has adopted guidance authorizing pharmacists and pharmacy technicians licensed in other states to work in Ohio pharmacies under certain conditions. 

 

OHIO DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH: ODH unveiled a new Coronavirus dashboard that is available on their website. The new dashboard is interactive and can display data based on user input. ODH has also issued new guidance that allows local health boards to disclose to police, fire, paramedics or other first responders information concerning a patient that they came into contact with who is positive for COVID-19.
 

Share Your Ideas for Conserving Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) - Governor DeWine and Dr. Acton are working with experts from across the country to brainstorm ways to conserve PPE. From gloves to masks to shields, we know you have great ideas, too. Please take a moment and share your ideas with us. You will have the opportunity to indicate if you would like your name/practice information to be shared or remain anonymous. Click Here to Share Your Ideas

Strategic National Stockpile Update - Ohio did not receive as much PPE as what they had requested and they do not feel that it is enough to handle this pandemic. Ohio has requested additional supplies, but we have no confirmation if and when we may receive them. Conservation of PPE is still remains a priority. There will be four types of PPE allocated: fit
tested masks (N95 and P100), surgical masks, disposable gowns and gloves. The allocation was based upon the CDC’s Pandemic Plan that takes into consideration critical users. Critical users have been identified as: EMS, hospitals, long term care, other healthcare and law enforcement. To donate items, please call the Knox County COVID Call-Line, 740-399-8014 (Mon-Fri 8am-5pm). 

 

KEY PARTNER ACTIVITIES:

COTS - Hired a contractor to work with the hospitals to create a regional alternate care site (ACS). This ACS will be a regional asset and all central region hospitals will be able to transport patients into the system via one of the 4 healthcare systems in Franklin County.

 

Board of Elections - The Ohio Primary Election was postponed to June 2. Absentee ballots will be permitted, but in-person voting would not take place until June 2. The Knox County Board of Elections is accepting applications for absentee ballots for the Primary Election that was cancelled on March 17, 2020. The deadline to turn in an application is May 6, 2020. Visit www.co.knox.oh.us/boe and click Online Forms, or call 740-393-6716.

 

City of Mount Vernon - All members of the public are requested to call before visiting City facilities. A Public Notice to this effect has been provided to each department and they are required to post this notice at the entrance to all facilities. (Click HERE to see the entire plan). All department heads have been authorized to reduce their workforce or move to remote work to the extent practical.

The City of Mount Vernon has experienced an increase in the number of sanitary sewer issues resulting from people flushing household and "flushable" wipes. We would like to remind everyone that even though these products are marketed as "flushable" or "disposable", they do not break down properly and can block sewer lines and cause pumps to fail. Any consumer item that is not toilet paper should not be flushed. These wipe-style products should be placed in the trash. 

Village of Centerburg – The Village of Centerburg is limiting access to public facilities.

 

Village of Danville - The Danville Municipal Building will be closed to the public. Essential services will still be conducted. Due to Ohio Stay at Home Order the Village Offices, Maintenance, Water/Sewer and Clerks offices will be available by phone only. Please call 740-599-6888, follow the prompts, and leave a message. Your call will be returned as soon as possible.
 

Village of Gambier – The village is limiting access to public facilities. The Library, Head Start, and the Community Center are closed to the public. Water bill and tax payments should be placed in the drop box.

Village of Fredericktown – The Fredericktown Municipal Building will be closed to the public. The Mayor of the Village of Fredericktown issued a Declaration of State of Emergency on March 25, 2020. 

AEP Ohio – Currently AEP is not disconnecting service and not doing planned outages unless absolutely necessary due to the large amount of people working from home.

Knox County Common Pleas Court - Criminal cases involving jail inmates will be handled by video conference. All non-jail criminal cases will be continued until after April 15. Civil and domestic relations cases will be handled by telephone. Civil Protection Orders will be accepted as normal. Anyone having an emergency or urgent matter can file a request with the Court for a hearing.

 

Central Ohio Trauma System (COTS) – The Regional Healthcare Emergency Preparedness (RHEP) Coalition is in response mode for COVID 19. COTS has activated their Hospital Incident Liaison (HIL). Central Ohio hospitals continue to make preparations for a medical surge. Testing supplies (viral swabs and viral medium) and PPE are in extremely short supply.

 

Knox Area Transit – KAT will continue to provide service as directed during this covid-19 event. All buses will continue to be disinfected on a daily basis with many disinfected more often, especially those transporting to and from medical appointments. Riders are asked to practicing social distancing, not ride if they have a fever or are feeling ill, and if you begin a fever or feeling ill, notify the driver so they may disinfect the bus.


Knox County 9-1-1 – Call takers will be asking callers viral illness screening question early in the call is to provide additional situational awareness for responders.

Knox County CERT - Eight CERT members are actively involved in delivering prescriptions and groceries. CERT has made 33 deliveries to date working with KCCP.

Knox County Clerk of Courts- The Knox County Clerk of Courts Title Office will be closed to the public until further notice. The Governor's orders regarding BMV operations has affected this decision. Titling services go hand-in-hand with other BMV operations. The closure is consistent with decisions made by other government offices to combat the spread of the coronavirus. Auto dealer transactions will not be impacted. The Title Office is located at 671 N. Sandusky St., Mount Vernon.

Knox Community Chaplain Corps – KCCP is coordinating local service organizations to provide material assistance as well as mental health and spiritual support. Deliveries will be scheduled from 7 A.M. to 6 P.M., Monday through Saturday. Sunday deliveries will be from 1 P.M. to 4 P.M. Those needing this service can call 740-485-5002.

 

Knox Public Health - Citizens who have questions or complaints concerning business and the “Stay at Home” order should email info@knoxhealth.com. The COVID-19 Call-Line is for medical related questions only.

 

Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services – The ODJFS is offering assistance to those whose jobs have been impacted by COVID19. Visit unemployment.ohio.gov. Upon the direction of the Knox County Commissioners, Knox County Department of Job & Family Services offices are closed to the public until further notice. Also closed to the public until further notice is Opportunity Knox Employment Center, 17604 Coshocton Road, and its recycling facilities. We ask the public to utilize the many options for continuing to receive our services via telephone, email, fax and websites as follows: 
               Agency website/phone: https://www.co.knox.oh.us/jfs/ and 740-397-7177.
               Drop box – Drop boxes have been installed at the rear entrance of the Knox County                                                                                       Service Center, 117 E. High St., and at Opportunity Knox, 17604 Coshocton Road. The public can                                             leave items for JFS in these boxes. Please be sure the items are clearly marked for “JFS”.
               Child Support – Call 740-397-7177, ext. 3029 or email KNOX_CSS@jfs.ohio.gov. Access case information,                                                     communicate with your caseworker and get payment histories at                                                                                                   https://childsupport.ohio.gov/login.jsf Documents can be faxed to 740-397-5200 or mailed to                                                   KCDJFS/CSS, 117 E. High St., Mount Vernon, OH 43050. Child support payments can be made by                                           mail at Ohio CSPC, P.O. Box 182372, Columbus, OH 43218-2394 or online at                                                                               http://oh.smartchildsupport.com.
               Children Services – Many Protective Services staff will be working remotely, but will remain accessible by                                                       phone during normal business hours, Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and will provide                                                     on-call coverage. We continue to evaluate the ability to safely provide services to families and                                                 community partners. Call 740-397-7177, ext. 3027. Concerns of abuse or neglect of a child or                                                     elderly adult can be called in to 740-392-KIDS (5437). Documents can be faxed to 740-397-2617 or                                           mailed to KCDJFS/SS, 117 E. High St., Mount Vernon, OH 43050.
               Public Assistance – The website www.benefits.ohio.gov can be used remotely to apply, renew or make                                                         changes to cash, food or medical assistance. You can also call 1-844-640-6446 to apply, renew or                                             make changes for cash, food or medical assistance. We ask everyone to exercise patience as the                                             phone queues will likely be lengthy as many more people will be using this service. Documents                                               can be faxed to 740-392-8882 or mailed to KCDJFS/PA, 117 E. High St., Mount Vernon, OH 43050.
               Workforce Development/OhioMeansJobs – If you have internet access, you can utilize ohiomeansjobs.com or                                             reach a member of the Opportunity Knox team by calling 740-392-9675. Documents can be faxed                                           to 740-397-5078 or mailed to OKEC, 17604 Coshocton Road, Mount Vernon, OH 43050.
                                     The Foster Parent Pre-Service Training has been canceled for March and April, as have many internal                                       meetings. The current pandemic situation is continuing to evolve and practices at KCDJFS may                                               need to change and evolve as well. We continue to be committed to serving the citizens of Knox                                             County and will update the community if services are further altered. Be sure to follow us on                                                     Facebook at Knox County JFS for real-time updates.

 
 

Mount Vernon Police Department – Calls not requiring a physical response to the scene of an incident may be handled via phone call if possible. Officers responding to calls that require an in-person response will be directed not to enter private residences or enclosed spaces if it is not necessary to address the incident. Complainants will be requested to meet the Officers outside. Background checks, and fingerprinting, tours and PR events are suspended.

Ohio EMA – The State Emergency Operations Center (EOC) transitioned to Full Activation. Ohio EMA’s Watch Office remains available 24 hours per day. Operational and planning efforts were focused on public information & warning, healthcare systems support, responder security and protection, and private sector coordination.

 

Pathways/2-1-1 – Remember to direct callers to 2-1-1 for non-emergency questions. They are referring callers with COVID-19 questions to the ODH call center or the CDC website.

PUCO – Transportation Department has granted limited regulatory relief from the hours of service requirements for the intrastate commercial motor vehicle operations to meet the immediate needs for consumer goods (food, paper products, and groceries for emergency restocking of distribution centers or stores), medical supplies, gasoline, diesel, propane, heating oil, and waste removal (residential waste and transfer of waste between transfer stations and landfills and remain in effect for the duration of the declared State of Emergency or until rescinded.

 

Station Break Senior Center - The Station Break is closed to the public. Meals are still being provided to homebound seniors. Drivers will be tested for temperature and wear gloves and mask. Drivers will need to see the client before the meal can be left. The box of frozen meals will contain 5 meals in each box and will replace the hot meal that is delivered daily. These will be delivered once a week.

INCIDENT OVERVIEW:
The first cases of COVID-19 were identified in Ohio on March 9, 2020. Governor DeWine declared a State of Emergency in order to increase resources available for state-response. March 11, 2020, a fourth case, the first of “community spread” was confirmed in Stark County.

 

According to the CDC, COVID-19 is a respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus, which is thought to be spread through person-to-person contact. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are common in many different species of animals. The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, cough, and shortness of breath. The virus is thought to spread via droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes, or among people who are in close contact with one another.

 

The outbreak was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. On January 30, 2020, the World Health Organization declared the outbreak a “public health emergency of international concern”

 

(PHEIC). On January 31, 2020, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex M. Azar II declared a public health emergency for the United States to aid the nation’s healthcare community in responding to COVID-19.

​This list will be updated on a regular basis. We will post daily updates with cancellations, changes to events or services and information from our local emergency management agency. Please check back each day. For more information, go to https://www.knoxhealth.com/