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).