Add the Chillicothe Halloween to the list of cancellation of events in 2020. The event was scheduled for October 9-11.
In a news release, the festival board announced “for the safety of families and the community along with the vendors and volunteers, it would be best to cancel the 2020 festival. This decision was not taken lightly, and many factors came in to play.”
Citing the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic along with restrictions mandated by the Ohio Department of Health, the board decided it was best to cancel.“
It was unknown what the situation would be in a couple of months to be able to provide a safe and quality festival.”
The board optimistically proposes a great festival in 2021 with new additions to the lineup and even more festivities.
Much has been learned about coronavirus since March of 2020, but those studying the virus have learned more while Ohio and other states have re-opened.
In an interview with Litter Media, Christopher Brown, MD the Ross County Health Commissioner and Medical Director says a lot of information has changed over the nearly four months of the pandemic. “We’re living science” said Brown as researchers continue to learn more each day.
In the early stages, the only available information was from other countries. As the virus began to spread in the United States, Brown credits Ohio’s proactive efforts which appear to have slowed the spread compared to recent hot spots like Arizona and Florida.
“Some states re-opened faster than Ohio – we had a measured re-opening plan” said Brown, which has kept the numbers lower than what they could have been at this point.
Brown agrees with Governor Mike DeWine’s assessment regarding the wearing of facial coverings. DeWine said Tuesday “If 75%-80% of Ohioans wear a mask we could give this virus a good swat.” Brown says wearing a mask may be cumbersome and inconvenient, doing so is important to stop the spread of the virus to other people.
“The COVID virus is a droplet virus… the virus attaches to droplets. Any time you speak, you sneeze, you cough… and that’s how it spreads.” Brown says the use of a surgical mask is to catch the droplets. “This is the reason for mandating face masks, especially in buildings. That’s where you’re going to be close to other individuals, even if you’re laughing, you’re spreading this virus. But if you have this (a mask) you capture it. (The mask) keeps you from infecting other people.”
Brown says the Ross County Health District is working to get a pop up test station in Chillicothe soon.
Locally, Hopewell Health Centers have three testing locations at 622 Central Center, 1049 Western Avenue and 841 East Main Street at Mt. Logan School.
Not all testing is free. Brown suggests contacting a site before going for a test.
Contact tracing is becoming more challenge as the COVID-19 cases grow in Ross County. Brown says the re-opening of Ohio’s businesses has made the task more difficult because people are out and about interacting with others.
The key is to remember to be vigilant in hand washing, physical distancing and wearing a face covering will help.
Meanwhile, neighboring Pickaway County and Fairfield County were added to the Level 3 Public Emergency status according to the Ohio Public Health Advisory System. Level 3 (red on the map) means there’s “very high exposure and spread” of the virus and residents are advised to “limit activities as much as possible”.
Butler, Cuyahoga and Hamilton Counties were moved to Level 4 Public Emergency, which is “severe exposure and spread” and much like the Health Order put in place in March, limits residents to “only leave home for supplies and services”.
WATCH THE LITTER MEDIA INTERVIEW WITH DR. BROWN
01:00 Information being released
02:15 Preparing for the surge, which hasn’t happened
03:51 Ohio’s hot spots
05:41 The importance of masks in slowing the spread
07:16 Outside criticism to facial coverings, even during the protests in June
09:21 Why those willing to wear the mask can make a difference
10:22 Family gatherings have stood out as a source of recent outbreaks in hot spots
12:18 COVID-19 Testing
14:21 Some testing is free, some have charges
15:48 Pop Up Testing sites, will Ross County have one soon?
16:51 Presumed Recovery reports
18:27 The challenges of contact tracing since Ohio Re-opened
Pictured: 2019 Fall Festival of Leaves Royalty – Huntington High School’s Phoebe Cockrell (center) is pictured with her court (left to right) 1st Attendant Marissa Prince (Paint Valley), 2nd Attendant A’Mya Wingfield (Unioto), 3rd Attendant Samantha Truitt (Unioto) and 4th Attendant Alyson Murphy (McClain).
The COVID-19 pandemic has claimed another local event, as the Fall Festival of Leaves Committee has decided to cancel the 2020 event in Bainbridge, Ohio.
The Festival made the announcement via Facebook Wednesday.
“This was a difficult decision and we did not take it lightly” stated the release. The festival was scheduled for October 15-18, 2020 which would have been its 52nd year.
The Committee cited the abundance of caution, social distancing requirements and the potential revenue reduction from having no midway and amusement rides. The revenue generated each festival is necessary for the following year.
Concern for financial health has been a main reason many events have been cancelled to date, such as the Ashville 4th of July Celebration, Feast of the Flowering Moon and some of Ohio’s County Fairs.
Vinton County was one of the first to announce the cancellation of its fair, citing financial concerns hoping to avoid risking future fairs. That position was taken into the Ross County Fair Board’s decision to cancel its Senior Fair in favor of what will be a scaled down Junior Fair Livestock Show this August.
Tuesday, in a a new effort to prevent the spread of COVI-19, Governor Mike DeWine issued an order for mandatory mask/face covering for Ohio’s seven counties which are listed as Level 3 the Ohio Public Health Advisory System grading system.
The order goes into effect at 6pm Wednesday July 8th, 2020.
Those counties are Butler, Cuyahoga, Franklin, Hamilton, Huron, Montgomery and Trumbull which include largely populated urban areas. Level 3 Emergency advises there’s a “Very high exposure and spread. Limit activities as much as possible.” Many mayors in these counties have already mandated face coverings in their cities, but DeWine says it expanding the order to the county borders of these affected areas will help slow the spread.
“If 75 to 80% of Ohioans will wear a mask, we’ll give this virus a big hit in the stomach… we’ll give it a good swat” said DeWine. “This is what’s required for Ohioans to stay safe… we’re working with local officials – we think this is going to help.”
Franklin County has had nearly 11,000 total cases and more than 1,100 hospitalizations. Just over 7,000 are presumed recovered while 431 have died. Between Cuyahoga (Cleveland) and Hamilton (Cincinnati), there have been 14,206 cases combined in addition to 583 deaths, 2,359 hospitalizations with just over 8,600 presumed recoveries.
DeWine also shared the statewide numbers, results are showing COVID-10 affecting younger demographics in recent weeks, impacting those under 29. The median age affected is 45 statewide.
DeWine met with the Health Commissioners for each of the seven Level three counties and reports many of the cases they’re seeing, many of the same surnames were regular occurrences giving the thought the affects are resulting from family gatherings. Other indicators were said to show the spread coming from workplaces and churches.
Statewide as of 2pm ET Tuesday, July , 2020 (difference since Monday at 2pm ET): Ohio has 58,904 (+948) total COVID-19 cases with 41,438 (+635) presumed recoveries, 8,383 (+134) hospitalizations and 2,970 (+43) deaths due to the virus.
Cases by county in the Scioto Valley Region since the count began in March 2020: (difference from Monday)
Major League Baseball released the 60 game schedules for teams for the modified 2020 season.
Ohio’s two clubs will face each other the first week of August, first in Cincinnati August 3rd and 4th then the two travel to Cleveland on August 5th and 6th for their annual four game interleague set.
The Reds open with the Detroit Tigers July 24th at Great American Ball Park for the first of a home stand which includes four games with the Chicago Cubs.
The Indians will open at Progressive Field with the Kansas City Royals July 24th followed by four games with the Chicago White Sox.
The MLB season was put in jeopardy by the coronavirus pandemic. Last week, following weeks of negotiations between ownership and the players union, the two agreed on the shortened schedule.
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio High School Athletic Association Board of Directors President Dan Leffingwell has announced today that Bob Goldring has been named interim executive director, effective immediately. Goldring has served as the OHSAA senior director of operations and is completing his 25th year as a member of the staff.
Goldring is serving as interim executive director in place of Jerry Snodgrass, who assumed leadership duties in July 2018 when Dan Ross resigned after 14 years at the helm. Snodgrass is leaving after 12 total years with the OHSAA following a 31-year career in education as a teacher, coach and administrator.
While leading the administrative functions until a permanent executive director is selected, Goldring will also work closely with state government leaders and school district administrators in developing a plan for return to play in the fall. The OHSAA will conduct a nationwide search beginning immediately to fill the executive director vacancy.
“Through a collaborative effort, we look forward to Bob guiding us and, more importantly, the OHSAA providing guidance to our member schools on the anticipated re-start of interscholastic athletics this fall,” said Leffingwell, superintendent of the Noble Local Schools in Sarahsville. “He brings a solid understanding of the association’s responsibilities to serve member schools and administer sports. Bob is a proven relationship-builder who will reliably serve our member schools until the position is filled permanently.”
During the 2015-16 school year, Goldring was also the OHSAA acting executive director from mid-March to mid-June of 2016 when Ross was on medical leave. A graduate of Orrville High School, he holds two degrees from The Ohio State University. He joined the OHSAA in the fall of 1995 as director of information services, was promoted to assistant commissioner in June 2005 and served in that role until becoming senior director of operations in August 2008.
“I am honored by the confidence the Board has placed in me,” Goldring said. “We have a solid team of knowledgeable and dedicated professionals at the OHSAA who are committed to serving our member schools. My top priorities are to prepare for return to play this fall and successfully lead the team until a permanent executive director is hired.”
In the release, “We applaud the leadership, diligence and partnership it took from Jack Nicklaus, Dan Sullivan, the entire Memorial Tournament staff and State, County and City leadership to build a solid plan that would allow for limited fan attendance at next week’s event,” said PGA TOUR Commissioner Jay Monahan. “But given the broader challenges communities are facing due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we need to stay focused on the No. 1 priority for our Return to Golf — the health and safety of all involved. While this was a difficult decision, it was one made collectively, and we are appreciative of the process undertaken to this point that will allow us to welcome on-site fans when the time is right. In the meantime, we have no doubt that the Memorial Tournament will once again be an incredible championship and deliver the best competitive environment for our players and utmost entertainment to our fans around the world.”
In mid-June, Governor Mike DeWine approved a plan for the tournament to allow 20% capacity for spectators to attend The Memorial being played July 14-19, 2020.
The Jackson County Health Department reported Sunday one of the four new laboratory confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the county is an employee at a local restaurant.
In the release made on the Health Department’s Facebook Page, the person is an employee for Dakota’s Roadhouse.
Stated in the release, “It was inevitable that a situation like this would occur within our county and there is a very high likelihood that a similar situation could happen at any public facing business within the county.”
Entering the weekend, Jackson County had a total of 19 cases of COVID-19, 11 recovered cases of 348 tested. The county is one of 53 in Ohio zoned as Level 1 per the Ohio Public Health Advisory rating introduced by Governor DeWine last Wednesday. Level 1 means “Active exposure and spread. Follow all current health orders.”
“Thankfully, this individual and the management of Dakota’s Roadhouse did everything that has been asked of them and acted swiftly and professionally” added the statement from the Health Department. “JCHD and Dakota’s Roadhouse management and employees worked in unison to review the guidance from the Ohio Department of Health, Governor Mike DeWine’s office and local plans to make sure that all appropriate measures are set in place.”
Part of the plan includes a “deep clean and sanitize the building in order to keep it safe for their patrons and employees. Currently there are no other ill individuals associated with this event.”
The Ohio Department of Health and JCHD remind citizens to wash their hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds, cover coughs and sneezes and dispose of tissues properly and to maintain a practice of physical distancing with a spacing of at least 6 feet.