Around the world and our country, COVID-19 which is caused by the coronavirus, is receiving heightened attention for infecting tens of thousands of people. The respiratory illness is thought to spread between people who are in close contact with one another (about six feet) through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land on common surfaces or in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
The Springboro Chamber of Commerce is closely tracking the impact of COVID-19 for our businesses in Springboro and the surrounding area. Below are resources for advice on how your business and family can plan for and respond to the virus. We will update this page as information is made available.
The virus, first reported by the World Health Organization on December 31, 2019 and identified in Wuhan, China initially, can be transmitted by a person who is sick who is coughing or sneezing through respiratory droplets. These droplets can spread through close contact (about six feet). They can also land of surfaces, and be picked up by healthy persons. It’s important to:
Clean all “high-touch” surfaces daily (doorknobs, commonly used electronics, etc. that are touched by hands on a frequent basis).
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
Cover your mouth and nose.
Stay home if you are sick.
Avoid close contact with others (handshakes, hugs, etc.)
Wash your hands for 20 seconds frequently and especially:
Before, during, and after preparing food
Before eating food
Before and after caring for someone at home who is sick with vomiting or diarrhea
After touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste
After handling pet food or pet treats
After touching garbage
Updates & Monitoring
Governor DeWine’s message March 22
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 22, 2020 MEDIA CONTACTS: Dan Tierney: 614-644-0957 Breann Almos: 614-799-6480 Ohio Issues “Stay at Home” Order; New Restrictions Placed on Day Cares for Children (COLUMBUS, Ohio)— Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, Lt. Governor Jon Husted, and Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton, M.D. MPH, today announced that Ohio will be under a “Stay at Home” order. The order will go into effect beginning Monday, March 23, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. and will remain in effect until 11:59 p.m. on April 6, 2020, unless the order is rescinded or modified. Read the full order here: Director’s Stay At Home Order “We haven’t faced an enemy like we are facing today in 102 years – we are at war. In the time of war, we must make sacrifices, and I thank all of our Ohio citizens for what they are doing and what they aren’t doing. You are making a huge difference, and this difference will save lives,” said Governor DeWine. “Right now, we are in a crucial time in this battle. What we do now will slow this invader so that our healthcare system will have time to treat those who have contracted COVID-19 and also have time to treat those who have other medical problems. Time is of the essence.” More information: Stay At Home FAQ CHILD CARE/DAY CARE Beginning on Thursday, March 26, 2020, all operating child care centers in Ohio must do so under a Temporary Pandemic Child Care license and follow these guidelines: There should be no more than six children in a class. Ratios must be kept at one teacher to no more than six children. Children whose parents are employed by the same entity should be kept together whenever possible. The same teachers and children in each room should be maintained whenever possible. There should be limited use of shared space or mixing of groups. If shared space is used, a rigorous cleaning schedule must be in place. Parent interaction should be limited at drop off and pick up. The program will operate until April 30, with the potential to extend and adjust as needed. NEW WEBSITE FOR BUSINESSES: Businesses and workers can now access all of these resources related to COVID-19 in one place at ohio.gov/BusinessHelp. The portal includes information on unemployment benefits, the Small Business Administration’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program, the Liquor Buyback Program, modified rules for trucking to help ship critical supplies into the state, the delay of BWC Premiums, etc. CHLOROQUINE AND HYDROXYCHLORQUINE Ohio State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy passed a rule related to prescribing chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine for purposes of COVID-19. Unless otherwise approved by the Board’s executive director, no prescription for chloroquine or hydroxychloroquine may be dispensed by a pharmacist or sold at retail by a licensed terminal distributor of dangerous drugs unless: The prescription bears a written diagnosis code from the prescriber; If written for a COVID-19 diagnosis, the diagnosis has been confirmed by a positive test result, which is documented on the prescription and both of the following apply: The prescription is limited to no more than a fourteen-day supply, and No refills may be permitted unless a new prescription is furnished. Prescriptions for either presumptive positive patients or prophylactic use of chloroquine or hydroxychloroquine related to COVID-19 is strictly prohibited unless otherwise approved by the Board’s Executive Director in consultation with the Board President, at which time a resolution shall issue. COVID-19 OHIO DATA: There are 351 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ohio and three deaths. A total of 83 people are hospitalized. Confirmed Deaths: Cuyahoga (1), Erie (1), Lucas (1). Confirmed cases: Ashland (1), Ashtabula (2), Belmont (2), Butler (17), Carroll (1), Clark (1), Clermont (5), Clinton (1), Columbiana (2), Coshocton (2), Cuyahoga (125), Darke (1), Defiance (2), Delaware (6), Erie (1), Franklin (34), Gallia (1), Geauga (2), Greene (1), Hamilton (19), Hancock (1), Huron (1), Lake (6), Licking (1), Lorain (19), Lucas (5), Mahoning (18), Marion (1), Medina (10), Miami (13), Montgomery (5), Portage (1), Richland (1), Stark (10), Summit (23), Trumbull (3), Tuscarawas (2), Union (1), Warren (3), Wood (1) Video of today’s full update can be viewed on the Ohio Channel’s website. For more information on Ohio’s response to COVID-19, visit coronavirus.ohio.gov or call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH. –30–
Hello, The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC), like other state agencies, is implementing a telework from home strategy to weaken the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). BWC Information Technology staff are literally working around the clock to obtain remote access for all BWC personnel, beginning with claims, policy, and contact center workers.
We will prioritize
claims and policy processing, although some delay may be unavoidable. To
minimize the chance of interruption of benefits for injured workers currently
receiving temporary total compensation, we have instructed staff to continue
payment to April 30, 2020.
Our situation is very fluid, and changing quickly. We will keep you updated by email. We deeply appreciate your understanding and support during these unprecedented circumstances.
Based on all known information at this time, the City is asking its residents to please limit in-person visits to the City Building—including the Police Department, located at 320 West Central Avenue and our Public Service Garage, located at 220 East Mill Street, unless it is an emergency. This will help reduce traffic, help protect the public and our employees and hopefully help lessen the spread of COVID-19.
The City has a drive-up payment utility and tax payment drop box between the City Building and Springboro Library, as well as many on-line resources to serve you, including online bill pay, online building permits, our City website with email addresses, telephone numbers, our Facebook Page, Twitter page, and YouTube Channel.
Students on Free/Reduced Lunch or part of the “Boro Backpack Program” with Springboro Schools will be able to receive food while the district is closed, due to the State of Ohio’s mandate. Springboro Schools will be in contact with these families, regarding details on food pickup and/or distribution.
Beginning Monday, March 16, the following schedule will be in place, as supplies are available tentatively through April 3, for students and their families on Free/Reduced Lunch with Springboro Schools
DUE TO SUPPLY, FAMILIES ARE ONLY PERMITTED TO PICKUP FOOD ONE DAY PER WEEK
Based on all known information this time, the Township is asking its residents to please limit in-person visits to the Government Center and Road Maintenance Garage, located at 7593 Bunnell Hill Road, unless it is an emergency. This will help reduce traffic, help protect the public and our employees and hopefully help lessen the spread of COVID-19.
1. BUY LOCAL & SHOP SMALL
2. Order takeout or delivery
3. Buy gift cards now for a later date
3. Tip a little more than usual
4. Check in on your friends that are business owners
5. Share a social media post highlighting how businesses are adjusting with new offerings they are promoting
THINGS BUSINESSES CAN DO TO LIMIT SPREAD
1. Wash hands regularly for at least 20 seconds each time
2. Have hand sanitizer on desks and counters for others
3. Wipe down counters, desks, keyboards, and mouse
4. Greet customers with smile and avoid handshakes
5. Encourage sick employees to stay home from work and seek medical care for flu-like symptoms
Restaurants are closed for dining-in, but you can still order carryout or delivery and buy gift cards. Here are a few that are OPEN for carryout orders and would appreciate your patronage. We’re all in this together!