Litter Media Game of the Week: Teays Valley Takes Logan Elm, 31-25

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Teays Valley’s Landyn Brown puts the Vikings ahead 14-0 with his second touchdown run of the night following a two-hour weather delay. CLICK TO SEE THE LITTER MEDIA PHOTO ALBUM.

Teays Valley outlasted Logan Elm 31-25 to kick off the 2020 Football season… a season rife with uncertainty.

After weeks of preparation, not knowing if the OHSAA could hold a season due to the coronavirus pandemic, why shouldn’t Mother Nature present the next hurdle, right?

The Vikings and Braves had their game halted less than two minutes in.

Logan Elm’s first possession stalled. TV coughed up the ball on their first offensive play and the Braves recovered. The emotional high of the turnover was quenched when thunder was detected forcing a stoppage of play.

Following a two-hour weather delay, Teays Valley put together scoring drives capped by Landyn Brown with touchdowns for a 14-0 lead.

Logan Elm answered on a quarterback keeper by Conner Robinson to pull the Braves within 14-6.

Just before halftime, Tyler Love hit Cooper Booth on an 8-yard pass to extend the Teays Valley lead to 21-6 by the break.

The two teams exchanged scores in the second half. Robinson scored from 18-yards out to close the gap for the Braves to 21-12. Camden McDanel added a 28-yard run to put the Vikings ahead 28-12.

When it seemed Teays Valley was beginning to pull away, Robinson connected with Braylen Baker on a 21-yard pass cutting the margin to 28-18.

Cale Clifton gave the Vikings extra insurance with a 23-yard field goal for a 31-18 lead with 2:45 remaining.

Robinson found David Evans on a TD pass and Jude Braun tacked on a PAT for the game’s final sore 31-25.

Teays Valley (1-0) will host Fairfield Union next Friday while Logan Elm (0-1) heads to Hamilton Township.

Hear what the coaches had to say.

Watch for game highlights on www.youtube.com/LitterMedia Tuesday.

Virtual Handbag Hullaballoo Helps Ronald McDonald House Charities

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The Central Ohio Ronald McDonald House, near Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, provides a place to stay for families who have a child admitted in the hospital.

McDonald’s Jan Detty says in 2019, 158 families from Pickaway, Pike and Ross County were served by the Ronald McDonald House. The Central Ohio RMH is the largest in the world with 137 rooms.

R.H.F. Enterprises, which owns and operates McDonald’s restaurants in Chillicothe, Circleville, Greenfield and Waverly, has hosted Handbag Hullaballoo as a fundraiser for RMHC the last four years and the 2020 event is Thursday September 17th.

Handbag Hullaballoo is a game played much like bingo, and the prizes awarded are upscale designer handbags by Kate Spade, Michael Kors, Coach and more.

The Chillicothe Handbag Hullaballoo raised $32,000 for the RMH last September.

While seating at the Christopher Conference Center is sold out, this year’s event will also be held virtually.

The $50 virtual tickets can be purchased at www.rmhc-centralohio.org.

Learn more about Handbag Hullaballoo HERE.

COVID-19 Update: K-12 Case Reporting, Sports Order Modification

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(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Lt. Governor Jon Husted today provided the following updates on Ohio’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

UPDATED COUNTY RISK LEVELS

Governor DeWine today released this week’s Ohio Public Health Advisory System map. New health data compiled by the Ohio Department of Health indicates that six counties currently have a very high risk of exposure and spread. This is the lowest number of Level 3 counties since the Ohio Public Health Advisory System was developed. In addition, 76 counties have remained at a consistent level, which is the lowest movement between levels that Ohio has experienced. 

“While we do have good news in today’s alert map, this does not give us the green light to change our behavior. It’s only through the interventions that we’ve put in place that we have been able to make these strides,” said Governor DeWine. “Please continue to wear a mask, stay home when you can, and refrain from gatherings, especially indoors.”

Advisory Map for August 27

Increase to Level 3:
Montgomery
Continue at Level 3: 
Erie
Lorain
Lucas
Mercer
Preble
Decrease to Level 2:
Clark
Clermont
Franklin
Trumbull
Decrease to Level 1:
Marion
Muskingum
Perry
Sandusky

Detailed information all of Ohio’s 88 counties can be found on the Ohio Public Health Advisory System’s website. The system was developed to provide local health departments, community leaders, and the public with data and information on the severity of the COVID-19 spread in the counties in which they live. The system consists of four levels with specific risk-level guidelines. Each level is calculated with data gathered on seven public health indicators

Status changed for Jackson, Pike and Ross Counties this week each from Level 1 Yellow to Level 2 Orange. Since Wednesday August 19, Ross County has reported 71 new cases of COVID-19 with 12 hospitalizations and four deaths. Jackson County had a spike of 57 new cases and its first death reported while Pike County has added 13 new cases.

K-12 CASE REPORTING

Governor DeWine announced that the Ohio Department of Health will be issuing an order that requires K-12 schools to establish a mechanism for parents and guardians to report confirmed cases of COVID-19 among their children.

Schools should notify parents/guardians in writing about each case and include as much information as possible without disclosing protected health information. Schools should also make non-identifying information about positive COVID-19 cases publicly available. 

“Prompt reporting will help prevent potential further spread among students and staff,” said Governor DeWine. “Knowing this information can help parents make informed decisions in regard to risks and exposure for their families.”

The forthcoming order will also direct all K-12 schools to report confirmed cases to their local health department, which will then report new cases and cumulative case data for students and teachers to the Ohio Department of Health. This aggregate data will be published at coronavirus.ohio.gov each Wednesday. 

SPORTS ORDER MODIFICATION

Lt. Governor Husted announced that the current sports order has been modified to clarify that participants shall not compete in more than one contest or game in any calendar day, as compared to the 24-hour period outlined in the original order. The goal of this adjustment in language is to assist organizers and teams when scheduling games or contests.

ASSISTED LIVING TESTING PAUSE

Governor DeWine announced today that Ohio is pausing its work to test residents and staff at assisted living facilities through saliva testing instead of nasal swabs due to inconsistent test results. The Ohio Department of Health will investigate the issue through controlled validation testing to determine if the irregularities can be attributed to the test kits themselves, the labs, or the specimen collection process. 

DUPLICATE PAYMENTS IDENTIFIED

Lt. Governor Husted announced that the Ohio Office of Budget and Management (OBM) and InnovateOhio have identified an additional 38 duplicate payments, totaling $93,978 in savings, using the InnovateOhio Duplicate Payment Tool.

In total, $1.1 million in savings have been identified since this project launched. Today’s update brings the total number of confirmed duplicate payments to 145 since January 2019, across 29 different agencies, boards, and commissions.

OBM works with agencies to ensure that all duplicate payments are recovered.

TECH CRED REMINDER

Lt. Governor Husted reminded employers about the TechCred program, which reimburses businesses to upskill their current and prospective employees. The current August round ends on August 31 at 3 p.m. Visit TechCred.Ohio.Gov for more information or to apply.

CURRENT COVID-19 DATA

There are 118,828 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 in Ohio and 4,076 confirmed and probable COVID-19 deaths. A total of 13,150 people have been hospitalized, including 2,929 admissions to intensive care units. In-depth data can be accessed by visiting coronavirus.ohio.gov

Video of today’s full update, including versions with foreign language translation, can be viewed on the Ohio Channel’s YouTube page

COVID-19 Update: Sports Order Variance Process, Entertainment Venue Order

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(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Lt. Governor Jon Husted today provided the following updates on Ohio’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

SPORTS ORDER VARIANCE PROCESS 

Governor DeWine today discussed the recently-issued Director’s Order that Provides Mandatory Requirements for Youth, Collegiate, Amateur, Club, and Professional Sports.

The order limits the maximum number of spectators gathered at an outdoor sports venue to the lesser of 1,500 individuals or 15 percent of fixed, seated capacity. The maximum for indoor sports venues is the lesser of 300 individuals or 15 percent of fixed, seated capacity.

“The main purpose of permitting spectators at school sports events is for officials and loved ones of players, coaches, team staff members, other event participants to attend,” said Governor DeWine. “Ideally, the spectator limit would enable at least two, and perhaps up to four, family members to attend a sports event, provided that the venue is large enough to allow at least six feet of social distancing between groups.”

If a venue has more room to permit additional socially-distanced spectator capacity, a variance provision in the order allows schools to request a higher spectator limit by submitting a plan in writing to their local health department and the Ohio Department of Health. The variance plan must include a justification for increased capacity and an explanation of how social distancing will be maintained between family groups. 

It is the responsibility of the school/venue to monitor and enforce the social distancing requirement, prohibition on congregating among spectators, and the other provisions outlined in the sports order.  Evaluating a sports venue’s variance plan may require conversations with school/venue officials and a site visit. The Ohio Department of Health will rely upon local health departments to conduct the first assessment of the variance plan.  

Variances will not be granted to expand the number of fans beyond family members of both teams and others who may perform during the event.

ENTERTAINMENT VENUE ORDER

Interim Ohio Department of Health Director Lance Himes today signed the Director’s Order that Provides Mandatory Requirements for Entertainment Venues. 

2020 CENSUS

Governor DeWine today reminded Ohio citizens to complete the 2020 Census.

The Census determines how $675 billion is distributed among the states and Ohio’s representation in Congress.  

Those who have not yet completed the census can do so at www.2020Census.gov or by calling 1-844-330-2020.

INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

Lt. Governor Husted provided a reminder about the Ohio Diversity & Inclusion Technology Internship Program, which pairs college students with tech companies and any company with a technology-related need.

The program is looking for additional businesses to apply. Visit development.ohio.gov for more information.

Statewide as of 2pm ET Tuesday, August 25, 2020 (difference since Monday at 2pm ET): Ohio has 116,495 (+844) total COVID-19 cases with 96,728 (+1,174) presumed recoveries, 12,956 (+97) hospitalizations and 3,996 (+10) deaths due to the virus.

Cases by county in the Scioto Valley Region since the count began in March 2020: (Data compares Monday’s Report with Tuesday’s from the State’s COVID-19 dashboard which show 49 new cases in the 10 county region over the last 24 hours, the most being in Fairfield County (+15).

SEE THE OHIO PUBLIC HEALTH ADVISORY SYSTEM CODE MAP

FAIRFIELD, (ORANGE/Level 2): 1,609 cases (+15), 1,350 recoveries (+33), 128 Hospitalizations (+0), 39 deaths (+0).

FAYETTE, (ORANGE/Level 2): 175 cases (+3), 115 recoveries (+0), 20 Hospitalizations (+1), 0 deaths.

HIGHLAND, (YELLOW/Level 1): 185 cases (+2), 150 recoveries (+7), 24 Hospitalizations (+0), 3 deaths (+0).

HOCKING, (YELLOW/Level 1): 132 cases (+1), 110 recoveries (+2), 23 Hospitalizations (+0), 9 deaths (+0).

JACKSON, (YELLOW/Level 1): 142 cases (+5), 75 recoveries (+1), 12 Hospitalizations (+0), 0 deaths.

PICKAWAY, (ORANGE/Level 2): 2,456 cases (+8), 2,342 recoveries (+3), 98 Hospitalizations (+1), 42 deaths (+0).

PIKE, (YELLOW/Level 1): 97 cases (+4), 79 recoveries (+2), 12 Hospitalizations (+0), 0 deaths.

ROSS, (YELLOW/Level 1): 626 cases (+7), 451 recoveries (+13), 81 Hospitalizations (+0), 9 deaths (+0).

SCIOTO, (ORANGE/Level 2): 312 cases (+4), 214 recoveries (+0), 31 Hospitalizations (+0), 1 deaths (+0).

VINTON, (YELLOW/Level 1): 36 cases (+0), 29 recoveries (+0), 8 Hospitalizations (+0), 2 deaths (+0).

Getting Ready For the OHSAA Football Season

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SEE THE UPDATED SCHEDULE OF FOOTBALL GAMES HERE

COLUMBUS, Ohio – With the high school football regular-season set to begin this week, the Ohio High School Athletic Association has provided details and reminders regarding team protocols, game management changes and the new playoff format. 

There were 709 member schools originally planning to play 11-man football in Ohio this fall, but approximately 60 schools have either paused or cancelled football due to the COVID-19 pandemic. On August 18, Governor Mike DeWine asked the OHSAA to create participation opportunity for those schools that don’t play sports this fall, but it is unlikely that additional tournaments would be held in the spring for fall sports.

“Our schools are so excited to get the season started and they are taking ownership of the new safety guidelines so they can have a season,” said Beau Rugg, OHSAA Senior Director of Sport Management and Officiating. “As we saw in the spring, sports can be shut down due to COVID-19 spread, so our schools, coaches and student-athletes want to do everything they can to play as many games this fall as possible. Teams must continue to follow the safety protocols that have been put in place, including wearing a facial covering, staying 6-feet apart and washing their hands.”

OHSAA COVID-19 GUIDANCE CENTER

All sports in Ohio – at all levels – are under the direction of the latest Ohio Department of Health order signed August 19 by Governor DeWine. Read the order & additional ODH/OHSAA guidance

The new ODH order permits contact sports, including the fall sports of field hockey, soccer and football, to move forward with gamesagainst other schools. The Governor confirmed support for Ohio’s coaches to inspire their student-athletes to continue following safety precautions so that all sports can be played. See the full release. 

SEASON SCHEDULE AND FORMAT

At the recommendation of the Governor’s Office, the OHSAA announced on August 7 that the season would end earlier than previously scheduled and that every team could enter the playoffs, which will begin October 9-10. The Harbin computer ratings will not be used this season. See the full release  

GAME MANAGEMENT CHANGES

•  Up to 60 players may dress for games.

•  The team box on the sideline has been extended from the 10-yard line to the opposite 10-yard line so that coaches and players can adhere to social distancing guidelines. 

•  All coaches, players, medical staff, game workers, media and spectators must wear a facial covering at all times, other than the 22 players on the field of play.

•  The OHSAA recommends that halftimes be shortened to 10 minutes (plus three minutes for warm-up) and that team members be kept socially distanced outside their locker room. The host school will determine the specific length of halftime.

•  Timeouts may be extended to two minutes in length

•  Officials will have limited contact with the ball. The players on the offensive team will handle the ball and take it with them to their huddle. The umpire will place an orange bean bag at the spot where the ball will be snapped.

•  Each player should have his/her own water bottle.

•  Players and coaches from the visiting team should not use a locker room, therefore they should arrive already fully or partially dressed in their game uniform.

•  Pregame handshakes (captains and officials) and postgame handshakes lines are not permitted. 

PLAYOFF FORMAT

•  Schools must inform the OHSAA of their intention to participate in the playoffs by September 17.

•  New playoff regions will be drawn on September 18. Divisional assignments will not change.

•  Schools may withdraw from the playoffs without penalty until September 24.

•  Playoff regional seeding will be determined by a vote of the coaches in each region during the week of September 28. Depending on the number of teams in each bracket, it is possible that the top seed(s) may have a first-round bye.

•  All playoff contests through the regional semifinals (and possibly the regional finals) will be hosted by the higher seeded team.

•  Playoff games will be held on Friday and Saturday nights beginning October 9-10. Divisions, I, II, III and VII will play on Friday nights. Divisions IV, V and VI will play on Saturday nights. 

•  The number of playoff rounds will be dependent upon the number of schools entering the playoffs in each division. It is expected that the state championship games will be held November 13-14 and/or November 20-21.

•  Schools eliminated from the OHSAA playoffs or that choose not to enter the OHSAA playoffs have the option to schedule additional regular season contests through Saturday, November 14 (maximum of 10 regular season contests permitted).

BROADCASTS

Spectrum News 1 will continue with its OHSAA Friday Night Lights Game of the Week live telecasts, which includes scholarship contributions to a male and female student-athlete from the host school (or two males if the school is all-male).

On August 4, the OHSAA announced that the host school now makes the decision on all requests for live video of regular-season games, including media. See the full release  

SPECTATORS

By order of the Ohio Department of Health, only 15 percent of the stadium’s permanent seating capacity may be admitted into the game. Players, coaches, officials, cheerleaders, band members, game workers and media do not count toward that 15 percent capacity.

INSPECTORS TO ATTEND GAMES

Governor DeWine has asked the OHSAA to assemble a large team of inspectors who will attend games to ensure that all safety protocols are being followed. The inspectors, which will be paid by the Governor’s Office, will work with the host site’s compliance officer and/or Athletic Director and utilize a checklist of items. The intent of the inspector program is to educate those at the game regarding proper safety protocols, but the OHSAA may enact penalties through Bylaw 11 if necessary.

2021 SCHEDULE NOTES

On May 22, the OHSAA announced that the 2021 season will start a week earlier and the playoffs will be expanded to include 12 teams from each region, and thus span six rounds. The top four seeds in each region will have a first-round bye. See the full release

     Practice Start Date: August 1 (additional details TBA)

     Scrimmage Dates: August 6-14

     Season Begins: Week of August 16

     Regular-Season Ends: Saturday, October 23

     First Round of Playoffs: October 29-30

     Regional Quarterfinals: November 5-6

     Regional Semifinals: November 12-13

     Regional Finals: November 19-20

     State Semifinals: November 26-27

     State Finals: December 2-4

COVID-19 Update: Ross County Reports Three More DEATHS SINCE Friday

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Three more people reportedly have died from COVID-19 in Ross County since Friday. Two of the deaths are believed to be inmates at Chillicothe Correctional Institution.

Monday’s updated report from the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections shows there have been five COVID related deaths among inmates. Fifteen inmates remain quarantined with 12 others pending results. 48 inmates have tested positive with 144 having recovered. 30 of the 39 CCI staff members testing positive have recovered.

The Ross County Health District’s Monday report shows 619 total cases since March, 616 of those have been confirmed with three probably cases.

The report shows there have been 235 new cases since August 1st, 109 of them have been among inmates and long term care residents.

SEE THE ROSS COUNTY HEALTH DISTRICT COVID-19 DATA

While the Ross Count Health District does not report on active cases, many of the health departments in the Scioto Valley Region do. As of August 24th, here are the number of active cases:

Fairfield County, 315; Fayette County, 36; Highland County, 20; Hocking County, 13; Jackson County, 57; Pike County, 9.

The most recent reports for other surrounding counties: Pickaway, 23 and Scioto County 55 both as of August 21. Vinton County’s last report showed just two active cases as if August 18th.

SEE THE OHIO COVID-19 DASHBOARD

Telethon Kicks Off United Way Ross County Annual Campaign

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United Way of Ross County, announced the details of its 2020-2021 Campaign Kickoff Thursday. The kickoff will be held in the form of a telethon, to be held on September 13, 2020, at Chillicothe’s historic Majestic Theatre from 11:00 am -7:00 pm and will be streamed live via Facebook.

The campaign theme is United We All Win.

“We found the theme, ‘United We All Win,’ to be very appropriate given the challenges faced in fundraising during this time of COVID-19,” says Rick W. Smith Sr., MBA, MA, CFRL, president and CEO, United Way of Ross County.

“Nonprofits around the world are faced with an inability to raise money through their typical means via special events like galas, golf tournaments, and in-person visits. For us, we raise most of the money that we grant back into the community through traditional workplace giving campaigns. While we plan to do some of this, but due to COVID-19, many businesses cannot allow us to come into their buildings. So we as a staff decided that we would offer a virtual event to the community, a virtual telethon that would be much fun, raise money and benefit the community. United We All Win.”

The telethon will be hosted by, Lori Graves, and will feature regional talent and national talent from various parts of the country. The telethon also features comedian, Michael Colyar who’s appeared on The Martin Lawrence Show and ABC’s Black-ish.

The event will also feature music from Asa Lovechild, Scott Butterbaugh, Alexis Cierra, Scott Collier, and Dave Huffman, as well as local bands Six to Noon and BBJ Project, along with acoustic talent Pete Blevins and Funny Bone comedian Jon Craig.

“The telethon will be loads of fun as lots of entertainment will be offered, and we will conduct a silent auction with some amazing items up for bid, including vacation packages, weekend dinners, artwork from world renowned visual artist and author, Synthia SAINT JAMES and a local artist who will create a piece of art that will be auctioned to the highest bidder” says Smith. “There will also be some surprise guests that you will not want to miss.” The musical talent will be segmented into various genres of music, from Gospel to Country and Hip-Hop to Blues to Bluegrass.

The money raised from the telethon will go back into the community through grants that the United Way of Ross County gives to Ross County non-profits and schools.

For more information, contact the United Way of Ross County at (740) 773-3280.

COVID-19 Update: Reopening of Adult Day Care/Senior Centers, New Testing Initiative & More

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(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Lt. Governor Jon Husted today provided the following updates on Ohio’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

UPDATED COUNTY RISK LEVELS

Governor DeWine today released this week’s Ohio Public Health Advisory System map. New health data compiled by the Ohio Department of Health indicates that nine counties currently have a very high risk of exposure and spread. 

“Ohio continues to see a shift in virus spread. In urban areas, where residents have been wearing masks longer, we’re seeing spread decline, but rural areas are seeing more spread,” said Governor DeWine. “The best ways to stop the virus continue to be staying home when you can, wearing your mask and social distancing when you go out, and washing your hands often.”

Advisory map for 8/20/20
Increase to Level 3:
Clark
Lorain
Preble
Trumbull
Continue at Level 3: 
Clermont
Erie
Franklin
Lucas
Mercer
Decrease to Level 2:
Brown
Cuyahoga
Fairfield
Licking
Marion
Montgomery
Muskingum
Decrease to Level 1:
Highland
Huron
Jefferson
Morgan
Richland
Ross

Detailed information all of Ohio’s 88 counties can be found on the Ohio Public Health Advisory System’s website. The system was developed to provide local health departments, community leaders, and the public with data and information on the severity of the COVID-19 spread in the counties in which they live. The system consists of four levels with specific risk-level guidelines. Each level is calculated with data gathered on seven public health indicators

ADULT DAY CARE AND SENIOR CENTERS

Governor DeWine announced today that adult day care centers and senior centers may open at a reduced capacity beginning on September 21 if the facilities can meet certain safety standards outlined in a forthcoming health order.

“By delaying the opening until September 21, we are providing time for each center to properly prepare based on the order’s guidelines,” said Governor DeWine. “Each center should consider a variety of factors when determining its ability to reopen, including the case status in the surrounding community.”

The Ohio Association of Senior Centers and those representing adult day centers nationally and locally assisted in developing the ResponsibleRestart Ohio plan for adult day care and senior centers. The full plan and health order will be posted soon at coronavirus.ohio.gov

NURSING HOME AND ASSISTED LIVING TESTING

Governor DeWine announced that a statewide testing initiative for Ohio’s more than 765 assisted living facilities is now underway to offer baseline saliva testing to all staff and residents at no cost to the facilities.

The tests can be self-performed or performed with assistance, under the observance of licensed medical staff. Baseline saliva tests are minimally invasive and provide reliable results in approximately 48 hours upon the lab’s receipt.

An order requiring all assisting living facilities to participate in the testing initiative will be posted soon at coronavirus.ohio.gov.

BWC DIVIDEND AND MASK DISTRIBUTION

Governor DeWine today asked the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) Board of Directors to send up to $1.5 billion in dividend payments to Ohio employers this fall.  This dividend equals approximately 100% of the premiums paid in policy year 2019.  Dividends like this, as well as previous ones, are possible because of strong investment returns on employer premiums, a declining number of claims each year, prudent fiscal management, and employers who work hard to improve workplace safety and reduce injury claims.

If approved by the Board, this would be the second dividend of $1 billion or more since April and the third dividend since 2019.  BWC anticipated providing a dividend next year, but with Board approval, they will issue one now to provide some immediate economic relief to employers amid the ongoing pandemic. Checks would be distributed by BWC in late October. 

Additionally, Governor DeWine asked BWC’s Board of Directors to approve of a second distribution of face coverings to Ohio employers and their workforce as part of BWC’s Protecting Ohio’s Workforce- We’ve Got You Covered program.  This second round will consist of approximately 23 million masks to employers and are meant to replace any masks that have exhausted their effective use. Governor DeWine has also asked that BWC work to purchase as many masks as possible made in Ohio.

In the first distribution of face coverings, BWC shipped 20.6 masks to 197,000 employers and their workforce.

PPE FOR BOARDS OF ELECTION

Governor DeWine announced today that the Ohio Department of Administrative Services (DAS) will be working with Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose to ensure that Ohio’s 88 boards of elections have the personal protective equipment (PPE) needed to execute early in-person voting and voting on election day.

DAS will provide an estimated 800,000 masks, 64,000 face shields, and 26,000 gowns, and the Secretary of State’s office is expected to distribute the PPE in early September. 

GUN VIOLENCE

Following a deadly week of gun violence that resulted in at least 56 people shot, including 17 people who were killed, Governor DeWine again called on the Ohio General Assembly to consider legislation currently pending to address gun violence.

The legislation would get tougher on those who’ve committed a crime with a gun and are likely to re-offend; increase penalties for those found carrying a weapon if they’re legally prohibited from doing so; and increase the penalties for knowingly providing a gun to a minor or to someone who is legally prohibited from owning one.

The legislation would also require that warrants on dangerous, wanted offenders are entered into law enforcement databases to ensure that officers have the information needed to arrest those who have committed violent crimes.

CURRENT COVID-19 DATA

There are 112,003 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 in Ohio and 3,650 confirmed and probable COVID-19 deaths. A total of 12,615 people have been hospitalized, including 2,844 admissions to intensive care units. In-depth data can be accessed by visiting coronavirus.ohio.gov

Video of today’s full update, including versions with foreign language translation, can be viewed on the Ohio Channel’s YouTube page

For more information on Ohio’s response to COVID-19, visit coronavirus.ohio.gov or call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH.

Roundabout at 159/180 Opens Friday

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The Ohio Department of Transportation’s District 9 is constructing two roundabouts north of Chillicothe along Ohio 159, where the new Ohio 207 connector intersects and at Ohio 180.

The first roundabout will be open to motorists Friday August 21, 2020.

Litter Media’s Dan Ramey spoke with ODOT Public Information Officer Matt McGuire about the project.

McGuire says the entire $6.6-million project should be complete in late September/early October.

OHSAA Zoom Meeting With Interim Director Bob Goldring

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A day following Governor Mike DeWine’s approval of contact sports (i.e., field hockey, football and soccer), Bob Goldring, the interim Director of the Ohio High School Athletic Association, met with the media via a Zoom conference call. Litter Media was on the call.

The option to play in the spring creates a new issue for the OHSAA. When asked if there would be a playoff for schools opting for spring and if the fall season were to be interrupted, if those playing would be able to play in the new spring arrangement. It was just one of the topics covered.

Goldring says don’t look for championships for a spring season for the sports which otherwise would play in fall. “Our intention isn’t to offer another tournament opportunity.” As long as they’re able to hold their post season during the fall season, those would be the champions for the sport. “We don’t know what lies ahead with COVID or what lies ahead with what opportunities we’re going to provide. Our main focus is this fall, providing our normal tournament opportunities as they’ve been offered in the past. We want to encourage schools as much as they feel it’s safe and they feel it’s reasonable to go ahead and participate this fall.

On a conference call Tuesday night with coaches and athletic administrators, the Governor reminded the schools there would be limited spectators, permitting only four family members or loved ones close to each player, in addition to cheerleaders, the marching bands and coaches. When asked about the same for those limitations for the families of cheerleaders and band members, Goldring said they were waiting the Health Director’s Order which had yet to be released for review to be able to give a direct answer to those participants. The capacity for a school’s permanent seating will also factor into who will be permitted as spectators.

The Order was released late Wednesday.

Director’s Order that Provides Mandatory Requirements for Youth, Collegiate, Amateur, Club, and Professional Sports