Portman, Brown get approval for Ohio’s Major Disaster Declaration
U.S. Senators Rob Portman and Sherrod Brown from Ohio, along with the entire Ohio delegation in the House of Representatives, successfully urged President Donald Trump to act swiftly on Gov. Mike DeWine’s request for approval of a major disaster declaration for the state of Ohio in response to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. This request opens a new funding resource through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to help the state respond.
“COVID-19 has created significant and unprecedented challenges for state and local governments, businesses, individuals, and families in Ohio. The state and local governments do not have the capacity to sufficiently respond to this major disaster, and therefore, additional Federal assistance is necessary to supplement response and recovery efforts,” wrote the delegation. “We fully supported Gov. DeWine’s request.”
CDC now recommends covering face in public places
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now recommends that people wear face coverings of cloth or fabric when in public spaces such as grocery stores and gas stations. The face masks are to prevent those who unknowingly have the virus from spreading the infection to others.
The guidelines do not give many details about coverings beyond: “cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure.”
President Donald Trump emphasized that wearing masks in public is voluntary and has been quoted saying he will not be doing so.
GLCAP facilities to remain closed
Great Lakes Community Action Partnership (GLCAP) facilities will remain closed in respect to the stay-at-home order issued and extended by the Director of the Ohio Dept. of Health by request of Gov. Mike DeWine. This includes all GLCAP Early Childhood Centers, Sandusky County Senior Centers and all other GLCAP locations. GLCAP facilities will remain closed until the stay-at home order is lifted, and GLCAP will notify the public when facilities reopen.
GLCAP staff will be available via telephone and email to continue their services to those in need. Information and updates on specific programs is available by calling 1-800-775-9767 and by visiting www.glcap.org.
Port Clinton City Wide Cleanup is postponed
The Port Clinton City Wide Cleanup scheduled for Saturday, April 25 has been postponed. That includes the Port Clinton Beach Cleanup.
Ward Catering offers Thursday carryout meals in Lakeside
Lakeside Chautauqua and Ward Catering will be offering pre-ordered meals to the local community on Thursdays. The $6 meal options will be individually packaged as “heat-and-eat” refrigerated meals. Limited meals available. To view upcoming meal options, visit lakesideohio.com/news.
To pre-order for pickup call 419- 798-4461, Ext. 0 by 4 p.m. Wednesdays and make a credit card payment over the phone. Pick up orders between 4 to 5 p.m. on Thursdays at Wesley Lodge, 510 Central Ave. Free delivery is available within the gates of Lakeside, Erie Beach Road and Island View between 4:30 to 5 p.m. on Thursdays.
Gov. DeWine wants to release 38 nonviolent inmates
Gov. Mike DeWine said Friday judges in Ohio will be asked to release 38 nonviolent inmates out of a current prison population of almost 50,000 men and women.
“We have seen the problems occurring in other states, so we know it can occur in ours. Our guards could come down with this,” DeWine told the Toledo Blade.
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases statewide continues to climb, and is not expected to peak until mid to late April.
The 38 prisoners included 23 women who are pregnant or recently had a child. The other inmates are over the age of 60, a group considered at higher risk to complications from the coronavirus, and are within 60 days of their release dates.
The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction has already cut off visitation at prisons, screens employees and vendors for illness, and will accept no inmates with coronavirus symptoms.
Ottawa County campgrounds closed to most as summer season nears
Ottawa County has a wealth of state and local campgrounds, and their campsites have been extremely popular for visitors coming to spend a few days or the whole summer on the Lake Erie shoreline. With the coronavirus pandemic increasing in size and scope, Ohio officials have closed private and public campgrounds.
An exception are people who genuinely live in recreational vehicles parked at campgrounds where their campsites are their primary residences. Also exempted are campsites being used by utility and construction workers.
Campground playgrounds, swimming pools, club room and other common areas are closed. People must maintain social distancing of at least six feet, avoid gatherings of 10 or more people and maintain other safety practices to prevent coronavirus, including washing hands frequently with soap and water.
Campgrounds must designate six-foot distances with tape and signage, have hand sanitizer and other sanitizing products on hand, close common areas and frequently clean all areas.
Out-of-state campers arriving in Ohio must self-quarantine for at least 14 days.
Camp Perry shooting events closed until May 4
The Civilian marksmanship Program at Camp Perry in Port Clinton has cancelled all of its activities, offices, stores, worksites and marksmanship centers until May 4 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Also closed until May 4 will be the Talladega Marksmanship Park in Talladaga, Ala.