The most important factor in preventing the spread of COVID -19 is you. COVID-19 hospitalization and ICU admissions reach an all-time high in Ohio and across America. We must continue to work together to stop the spread by masking up and limiting close contact.
WHY YOU SHOULD CARE
Studies show that older adults are most at risk for severe illness from COVID 19. Nine out of 10 reported COVID-19 deaths in Ohio have been among adults 60 and older. Plus, COVID-19 is more than 5 times deadlier than the flu among that population.
HOPE IS ON THR HORIZON
We hope for a new normal by the 2nd half of 2021, with much more freedom than we may feel today, as most older Ohioans who choose to do so will be vaccinated. However, we cannot lose focus. Until enough people are vaccinated, the risk remains unchanged.
You can take a few simple steps everyday to reduce the risk of infection, for yourself, your love ones and your community.
To help you stay safe just wear surgical mask and be sure to cover your nose and mouth. Carry and use hand sanitizer, and stay a safe distance.
Information gathered from Stephanie McCloud, Director, Ohio Department of health and Ursel J. McElroy Director Ohio Department of Aging.
To reach the department of Health for any questions aboutCOVID-19 between 9am-and 8pm or by visiting coronavirusus.ohio.gov
Sign up for email updates on regulation and guidance from governor DeWine www.govenor.ohio.gov or tune into COVID-19 updates aired on the Ohio Channel. There is also a phone number 1-833-427-5634.
SUPPORT FOR OLDER ADULTS
Call 1-866-243-5678. For more information about local services and support for older adults (such as food assistance programs) or visit www.aging.ohio.gov/find services.
Call 1-800-720-9616 For additional support for behavior health professionals, available 24/7 and toll-free/
Call 833-632-2428. To help reduce feelings of isolation, receive a free daily check-in-phone call and have a friendly chat or visit. www.aging.ohio.gov and click on “Staying connected service box.
Report submitted by Commissioner YaAshantawa