Ohio’s stay-at-home order extended until May 1
Ohio’s stay-at-home order has been extended until 11:59 p.m. on May 1.
There is a new policy that requires essential businesses to establish a maximum number of customers that should be in the business at one time, according to a press release from Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine.
The order also advises that travelers to Ohio should self-quarantine for 14 days.
There is an exception for people who live and work in “trans-border” areas, as well as for healthcare workers, public health workers, public safety workers, transportation workers, and designated essential workers, according to the release.
Government meeting changes
Harrison City Council postponed its April 7 meeting to Tuesday, April 21, at 7 p.m. The regularly scheduled April 21 council meeting will follow at 7:30 p.m.
The Town of West Harrison also has cancelled its April 13 council meeting. The next regularly scheduled meeting is Monday, May 11.
The Crosby Township Board of Trustees is meeting on Monday, April 13, at 7 p.m., and the meeting will be broadcast live.
ICRCTV will stream the meeting online at icrctv.com/video/crosby-township-trustees-41320. It can also be watched on TV on Spectrum channel 4, and Cincinnati Bell Fioptics channel 834.
Schools closed longer
The Ohio Department of Health has extended its order to keep schools closed through May 1.
DeWine said it’s possible remote learning could extend through the end of the school year.
Wearing of cloth masks
The state is urging Ohioans to begin wearing cloth masks while in public, which is recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
According to a press release from DeWine, wearing a mask won’t prevent someone from contracting COVID-19, but it can help prevent them from spreading it to others.
Information on how to make a homemade mask can be found at coronavirus.ohio.gov.
Ohio is working to create a statewide inventory of its ventilator supply, as well as other devices that provide breathing assistance, such as CPAP and BiPAP machines.
The database will allow ventilators to more easily be moved to where they are needed.
The state is ordering that any organizations in the “supply chain,” from creation to end-use, report their supply of these devices, as well as anesthetic machines and treatment masks and tubing, at coronavirus.ohio.gov/ VentInventory each Wednesday by 5 p.m.
Examples of organizations that need to report their supply are manufacturers, producers, wholesalers, transporters, distributers, retailers, physicians, clinics, hospitals, and medical facilities, according to press release from DeWine.
Machines possessed by individuals for personal use do not need to be reported.
Ohio needs manufacturers’ help
The Ohio Manufacturing Alliance to Fight COVID-19 is helping coordinate the effort to engage manufacturers in producing products needed in the fight against COVID-19.
More information can be found at repurposingproject.com.
The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency issued an order that forbids a water system from shutting off someone’s water during this emergency due to non-payment.
Residents can also get their water turned back on if it has been disconnected at some point since Jan. 1, but they must get in touch with their water utility company to get it reconnected.
The water system is required to turn it back on. There won’t be a fee for reconnection, but customers must pay their bill moving forward, according to a release from DeWine.
Online grocery shopping
DeWine announced a new partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service and grocery stores to implement a “click and collect” option for grocery shopping, according to a press release.
For residents who receive SNAP benefits, they can shop online, and pick up their groceries and swipe their EBT cards all while staying in their vehicles.
For stores where paying from a car isn’t possible, SNAP recipients can still order online, but pick up the groceries and pay inside.
DeWine signed an executive order on April 1 that aims to help small businesses with mortgage and rent payments.
The order asks lenders and landlords in the state to work with their small businesses and suspend payments for at least 90 days to avoid foreclosures.
In-person voting for the primary election is cancelled due to the COVID-19 crisis, but Ohioans can continue to vote by mail until April 28.
Ballots must be postmarked by April 27, or delivered to the Board of Elections office by 7:30 p.m. on April 28.
Hamilton County voters can pick up an application to vote by mail at the Harrison Kroger.
They can also get an application at voteohio.gov, at votehamiltoncountyohio.gov, or by calling the Hamilton County Board of Elections at 513-632-7000.
The call center for unemployment benefits now has expanded hours. Along with weekday hours from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., it is now open on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Sundays from from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The call center can be reached at 1-877- 644-6562. Residents can also visit unemployment.ohio.gov.
For residents who are looking for work, they can visit coronavirus.ohio.gov/jobsearch to see companies that are in need of employees.
The Catholic Bishops of Ohio have extended the suspension of public masses and liturgies through Sunday, May 3.
The City of Harrison’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt and Pancake Breakfast that was scheduled for April 11 has been cancelled.
The City of Harrison/Harrison Township clean-up that was scheduled for April 25 has also been cancelled. The next clean-up is scheduled for September.