COVID-19 UPDATE: Ross County Health District Reports Second Case

Ross County has two confirmed cases of COVID-19, the first reported Monday and a second Tuesday.

Meanwhile, there have been 2,199 confirmed cases statewide with 55 resulting in deaths.

Ben Avery, Administrator of the Ross County Health District says we’re still in the mitigation phase of the pandemic, but local officials and agencies are working on preparing for the expected surge.

Director of Public Nursing Michelle Long says the RCHD is still looking for Medical Reserve Corps volunteers. Learn how you can help at www.rosscountyhealth.org.

Hope For Our Heroes Thursday April 2nd



Ross County’s Churches are inviting praying individuals for a drive-in time of worship and prayer in the parking lot at Adena Regional Medical Center, Thursday April 2nd from 7pm-8pm.

UPDATE: This event has been CANCELLED (See below)

‼️ATTENTION‼️Tonight’s “Hope for our Heroes” event is being cancelled. With impending restrictions and in accordance…

Posted by Chillicothe First Assembly of God on Thursday, April 2, 2020

Shaun Howard, Pastor of Chillicothe First Assembly of God on Western Avenue says he got the idea from a church in Atlanta. “It sprang from our church members asking what can we do for our health care professionals during this time.”

Howard says some other pastors have said their congregations were on board and after gaining approval and support of Adena Regional Medical Center everything has fallen into place.

“With the Cancer Center closed, Adena said we could use its parking lot.” said Howard. “We’ll have our flashers going and headlights on while we pray, so they (workers and patients) can see us.”

Those attending are reminded to remain in their vehicles while praying for first responders and those in the hospital.

This will be an amazing moment!

Posted by Shaun Howard on Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Litter Media’s Dan Ramey and Pastor Shaun Howard discuss Hope For Our Heroes.

COVID-19 Stimulus Checks: Ohio A.G. Yost “Thieves are drooling”

(COLUMBUS, Ohio) – Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost urged Ohioans to watch out for thieves as stimulus payments arrive from the federal government.

“Thieves are drooling at the thought if getting their hands on your stimulus money,” Yost said. “Use these tips to send the home with nothing but the bitter taste of defeat.”

READ MORE FROM THE OHIO ATTORNEY GENERAL WEB PAGE

Under the plan signed last week, the federal government will provide stimulus checks under these general guidelines (some exceptions apply):

$1,200 payment to individual taxpayers making under $75,000.
$2,400 payment for married couples filing jointly making under $150,000.
An additional $500 per qualifying child under the age of 17.

Yost notes in his tips:
– You don’t have to sign up for the stimulus
– Don’t fall for scams claiming you need to pay money to receive your stimulus payment. 
– Watch out for anyone telling you they can get you an instant payment or speed up the process. Do not provide personal information or pay a “processing fee” to supposedly receive a quicker payment. 
– Don’t click on links or download attachments unless you have verified the source and know it is legitimate.
– The government will not call you asking for Social Security, credit card or bank account numbers, including PayPal (which will NOT be used)
– You should get a paper notice in the mail a couple weeks after your payment is sent, letting you know where it was sent and when.

For more information, consumers should visit the IRS website and other legitimate government agency websites and stay tuned for updates from reliable news sources.

Consumers who suspect an unfair or deceptive sales practice should contact the Ohio Attorney General’s Office at www.OhioProtects.orgor 800-282-0515.

Ross County Reports Its First Positive COVID-19 Case

While surrounding counties have had reported cases, Ross County is now reporting its first confirmed case.

As of Sunday, Pickaway County had reported six confirmed cases while Fairfield, Fayette, Highland and Pike Counties had at least one.

As Ross County Health District officials have shared since the COVID-19 pandemic began, the number of cases would eventually reach the Scioto Valley.

See below for previous video reports on COVID-19 since the pandemic began.

Adena Offering Virtual Visit Option for Patients

Adena Health System is now offering patients the virtual visits with a physician or advanced practice provider. The option is temporary, lasting throughout the current COVID-19 pandemic for new, established or post procedural patients.

The effort comes in the wake of increasing safety precautions.

In a news release Thursday, Adena President and CEO Jeff Graham stated “Adena’s primary responsibility is to guarantee people living in the communities we serve have access to safe, quality health care – regardless of external forces such as a pandemic.”

Virtual visits will be done over the telephone or through video communication via a computer web cam or smartphone.

Graham adds the virtual option will allow Adena’s physicians stay connected to their patients from the safety of their homes.

The option “shows the thoughtful innovation that is being executed as Adena continues to successfully battle COVID-19” said Graham.

By contacting their provider’s office, current Adena patients may schedule a virtual visit or change an upcoming appointment to a virtual visit. New patients may call 740-7779-3463 to schedule a virtual visit with an Adena Medical Group provider.

Adena also encourages patients with existing appointments to call ahead o confirm that the clinic or service area is open. For general COVID-19 specific information, visit adena.org/COVID19.

OHSAA Winter Tournaments Move from Postponed to Cancelled

COLUMBUS, Ohio – 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. It is anticipated that schools will not be able to reopen for many weeks, which prevents interscholastic athletics from taking place.

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. 

Earlier Thursday, OHSAA Executive Director Jerry Snodgrass and his staff communicated with the schools that were still competing in those winter tournaments to announce the decision. 

“We are just devastated that the tournaments cannot be completed,” said Snodgrass. “But our priority is the safety of our student-athletes, coaches, communities and officials. Governor Mike DeWine is asking all Ohioans to do everything they can to stop the spread of this virus. That request, along with our schools not being able to reopen for weeks, means that school sports cannot happen at this time. Even if our schools reopen this spring, it will be difficult to find facilities willing to host the tournaments. Most campus are shut down until mid to late summer.

“We are already planning for ways that these student-athletes will be honored at next year’s state tournament,” said Snodgrass.

The 16 schools that qualified for the girls basketball state tournament and the four teams that qualified for the ice hockey state tournament will all receive state tournament programs. The 672 student-athletes who qualified for the wrestling state tournament will all receive a program, certificate and their weigh-in card.

These four winter state tournaments and a few events during World War 2 (1941-45) are the only sports cancellations in the history of the OHSAA, which was founded in 1907. 

No state champions will be listed for these four sports in 2020. The OHSAA does not use state polls from the media or coaches associations to determine state champions. 

A reminder that OHSAA coaches can communicate electronically with their student-athletes, but no practices, scrimmages or contests of any kind are permitted until further notice. 

On March 13, Snodgrass sent this memo to member schools: https://www.ohsaa.org/news-media/articles/ohsaa-winter-and-spring-sports-update

More information regarding spring sports will be provided when available.

But we’re still open. Visit our Facebook Page for the latest updates… because as Spring continues, the mowing and trimming will need to get done!

Mayor Luke Feeney on Chillicothe’s #StayHome

Mayor Luke Feeney ordered the Carlisle Hill Star to be re-lit Friday evening as a sign of hope during the COVID-19 virus outbreak. Photo by Dan Ramey/Litter Media

The Mayor of Ohio’s First Capital, Luke Feeney, takes time to talk about how the City is handling operations during the Stay-At-Home Order issued by the State Sunday, March 22nd, 2020.

He also shares the story behind the re-lighting of the Star on Carlisle Hill as a sign of hope to all who see it during this time of the COVID-19 virus outbreak. (See video below)

NOTE: This interview was recorded at the Red Cross Chapter House during a daily blood drive. The hammering in the background was for maintenance on a metal door jam.

MORE:
www.coronavirus.ohio.gov
www.odh.ohio.gov
www.rosscountyhealth.org
www.chillicothe.com
www.redcrossblood.org

Giving Blood During the COVID-19 Outbreak is Vital

“The need is constant” has long been a phrase used by the American Red Cross. During the COVID-19 Virus Outbreak, the need is even greater.

Is it a safe time to give blood now? Litter Media’s Dan Ramey visits with Rod Cook, Executive Director for Ohio’s East/South Central Region of the American Red Cross. Cook says “Yes”. Learn more in our Litter Media video below.

Visit www.redcrossblood.org to make an appointment to make your blood donation, but during this period, the Freidman Chapter House at 181 North Bridge Street, Chillicothe is accepting walk-in blood donors Monday through Friday 9:30am-3:30pm.