Ohio Valley Regional Development Commission Seeks Public Feedback for Ross Thoroughfare Update

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Chillicothe, Ohio (Friday, October 30, 2020) – The Ohio Valley Regional Development Commission (OVRDC) is working with Carpenter Marty Transportation on completing an update to the Ross County Thoroughfare Plan. 

This update will enable Ross County and the OVRDC to better plan for, manage, and prioritize infrastructure improvement projects in the future. In an effort to acquire as much data as possible, we are looking for public input on current roadway, development, and traffic information directly from those who travel in the County on a daily basis.  We encourage all frequent travelers of Ross County to complete the questionnaire by 11/29/2020.  Directions for completing the questionnaire are provided in the document. 

Take the Survey or email Melanie Straka with Carpenter Marty Transporation to request a copy of the questionnaire. Completed questionnaires can be returned via email or mailed to the address below:

Attn: Melanie Straka

Carpenter Marty Transporation

6612 Singletree Drive

Columbus, OH 43229

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COVID-19 Update: Record-Breaking Cases, COVID Defense Teams

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


Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced today that Ohio has now hit a record number of cases reported in a single 24-hour period. Between yesterday and today, health officials have reported a total of 3,590 new positive coronavirus cases in Ohio which is more than 700 cases more than the previous high number of cases reported last Saturday. A total of 194 new hospitalizations were also reported in the past 24 hours, the third-highest number of hospitalizations reported in a single day so far. 

“The virus is raging throughout the state, and there is no place to hide,” said Governor DeWine. “We must face this virus head-on with the tools that we know can beat this virus back: masks, social distancing, washing hands frequently, and good ventilation when inside.”


New health data compiled by the Ohio Department of Health found that 43 counties currently have a very high risk of exposure and spread (Red Level 3), up from 38 counties last week. This represents the highest number of Red Level 3 counties since the launch of the advisory system in July. As of today, 78 percent of Ohioans are living in a Red Level 3 county. Less than 1 percent of Ohioans live in a Yellow Level 1 county.

“Despite the grim data that we see today, I am confident that we can slow down this invader,” said Governor DeWine. “The decisions Ohioans make each day will determine the outcome of this battle. We must mask more, keep distance more, and simply be more careful. We can control our destiny.”

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Although Clark, Cuyahoga, and Hamilton counties are no longer listed on Ohio’s watch list, there are still serious concerns about spread of the coronavirus in these counties. 

“Our alert system is designed to flag indicators that are getting worse, and what we are seeing is that these three counties have plateaued at high levels,” said Governor DeWine.

A county-by-county breakdown outlining the presence of COVID-19 in all of Ohio’s 88 counties can be found on the Ohio Public Health Advisory System’s website.


Governor DeWine today called on community leaders in each county to immediately form a local COVID Defense Team consisting of county commissioners, mayors, local hospital leaders, health commissioners, business leaders, religious leaders, and other local leaders. 

Each COVID Defense Team will be responsible for assessing COVID-19 spread in their communities, taking inventory of the assets in the community, and focusing on what steps are necessary to slow the spread of the coronavirus among their citizens. 


Governor DeWine announced today that the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities has partnered with Governor DeWine’s Children’s Initiative to provide financial support to  families who may need supplemental assistance outside of what is provided by their child’s Individualized Education Programs (IEP).

Learning Aid Ohio was created to connect tutors, aides, or in-home providers who can offer distance learning support for students with disabilities on IEPs. The primary goal of Learning Aid Ohio is to provide opportunities for meaningful educational experiences for students on IEPs learning full-time on a digital platform. 

Applications can be submitted at www.LearningOhio.com.


There are 208,937 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 in Ohio and 5,275 confirmed and probable COVID-19 deaths. A total of 18,800 people have been hospitalized, including 3,816 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.

Highland County Health Dept. Offers COVID-19 Pop-up Testing Friday

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Hillsboro, Ohio – Highland County Health Department, in partnership with the Ohio National Guard, Highland County Emergency Management, Highland Health Providers and Paint Creek Fire will host a free pop-up COVID-19 community testing event this Friday, October 30th, at the Highland County Fair Grounds, 604 John Street, Hillsboro from 10 AM to 2 PM. The entrance to be used will be the gate on Fairgrounds Road, Fairgrounds Road may be accessed from Pea Ridge Road, Moore Road or John Street. All who participate must wear a face mask and the Highland County EMA will provide masks for those who do not have one. No doctor order is needed for this free testing and children 2 and older can be tested.

Test results for this event are expected in approximately 48-72 hours. This test may NOT be appropriate for individuals needing fast, return-to-work results. This testing opportunity, while open to everyone, is primarily intended for those who are sick or showing symptoms of COVID- 19 or needing tested for in hospital procedures, but no one will be turned away. If you are showing significant COVID-19 symptoms, please contact your primary care physician to see if this testing opportunity is best for you or if other avenues should be pursued.

Highland County Health employees or their designated representatives will call ALL participants with their test results as soon as they are received. This will include negative results as well.

Individuals should bring their State I.D./Driver’s License. Appointments are not required and there is no pre-registration. Registration will take place day of the event as you arrive at the fairgrounds.

If there are additional questions, you may contact the Highland County Health Department by phone at 937-393-1941 or via our Facebook page. Please watch our Facebook page for important updates pertaining to this FREE testing event.

“By joining with the Ohio National Guard and other local partners, we can provide tests to any Ohioan who wants one. With a better understanding of COVID-19 through increased testing, we’ll be able to prevent it’s spread.” — Governor DeWine

Governor DeWine Requests BWC Send $5 Billion Dividend to Ohio Employers

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(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Governor Mike DeWine was joined by Lt. Governor Jon Husted today to request the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) send up to $5 billion in dividends to Ohio employers to ease the continued financial impact from the COVID-19 pandemic.

‘This pandemic is unprecedented, and continues to financially impact Ohio employers and businesses,” said Governor DeWine. “Issuing these dividends is important. This is about keeping businesses open and people employed.”

If approved by BWC’s Board of Directors, it would bring the total dividend dollars for employers this year to nearly $8 billion. 

“As Ohio businesses confront the economic challenges of a COVID world, this kind of financial relief can be the difference between closing and staying open,” Lt. Governor Husted said. “We don’t want Ohio businesses and the jobs they create to be a casualty of the pandemic.”

The $5 billion dividend would be BWC’s third dividend of more than $1 billion this year, and the largest one-time dividend ever issued by the BWC. BWC distributed $1.54 billion in April and $1.34 billion in October. At $5 billion, this dividend is approximately four times the total premiums BWC collected from its employer members in policy year 2019.

“We’ve never issued three dividends in the same year, let alone any for this much, but unprecedented times call for unprecedented actions,” said BWC Administrator/CEO Stephanie McCloud. “Even so, the State Insurance Fund is well positioned to cover our injured workers for years to come.”

Despite the pandemic, BWC remains in a strong fiscal position from healthy investment returns on employer premiums, a declining number of claims each year, and prudent fiscal management. 

Private and public employers in Franklin County would receive approximately $559 million, followed by Cuyahoga County at $528 million. The employer in line for the single largest dividend check in the state is the city of Columbus at nearly $64 million.

BWC’s Board of Directors is tentatively scheduled to vote on the request during a special meeting on Monday, November 2, 2020.  Please check bwc.ohio.gov to confirm Board details.

Funded by employer premiums, BWC provides workers’ compensation insurance to approximately 245,000 private employers, and 4,000 public employers, such as cities, counties, and schools.