Original Release: 3/23/2020
The Ohio landscape, as we deal with the effects of the Coronavirus pandemic, changes every day and the actions put into place in order to protect ourselves from it rapidly spreading in our communities become more urgent.
Ohio "Stay at Home" Order
Yesterday (March 22nd 2020), under the direction of Governor DeWine, Ohio Department of Health Director, Dr. Amy Acton, M.D., MPH issued a Director's Order to require all Ohioans to "Stay at Home" in order to prevent further spread of the virus.
This order prohibits holding gatherings of any size and closes all non-essential businesses.
So, what are we permitted to do? Essential activities such as going to the grocery store, pharmacy, gas station or a bank, picking up carry-out foods, seeking medical care, taking walks outdoors and the like are allowed. These are many of the things we in Lyndhurst were already doing and precautions we were already taking.
We are truly fortunate to have access to excellent groceries and markets in and close to Lyndhurst and I have found them to be well stocked of most goods. From what we have seen our supply chain is robust and functioning well.
Check on Your Neighbors
What we can do is to be mindful of our neighbors who are elderly and may be experiencing a shortage of goods because of an interruption in the support services they rely upon. CHECK ON YOUR NEIGHBORS!! If you find someone who needs groceries and they can order them for pick-up offer to pick them up! If there is a need you feel is or cannot be met please call City Hall and we will engage our Community Partnership on Aging to see what can be done.
Working together as a Community of Neighbors we will all hopefully get to the other side of this crisis.
We continue to monitor the ever-evolving Coronavirus (COVID19) situation along with our area partners, County Emergency Management and others.
State of the Virus in Ohio
There are - as of Sunday afternoon (March 22nd 2020) - 351 confirmed cases of the Coronavirus identified in the State of Ohio, and 125 in Cuyahoga County. There are 83 persons hospitalized, with many in the ICU and 3 deaths.
Lyndhurst City services have been deemed essential and are still being delivered in a way that reflects all we can to safeguard our employees. Community Partnership on Aging communal lunches are cancelled and have been replaced by a boxed lunch that will be distributed or delivered to participants. Those affected have been contacted directly. All other CPA programming has been cut back and participants have been notified.
Lyndhurst Municipal Court
The Lyndhurst Municipal Court will continue to be open under limited circumstance to reduce the number of people appearing physically in court.
Most of our Lyndhurst restaurants have pick-up / delivery options which are listed on our website at https://www.lyndhurstohio.gov/printnews_2020/printnews32.html. They can continue to provide their services and can really use our continued support!
For those who have had their employment interrupted due to this situation Governor DeWine has ordered expanded flexibility for access to unemployment benefits. The best way to get information or to apply is by calling (877) 644-6562 ☎ or through their website at www.unemployment.ohio.gov. It is much faster to apply online than to call in.
Small Business Loans
For Small businesses impacted by closure there is information on Economic Disaster Loan availability from the SBA at www.sba.gov/disaster.
Our hospital partners are all taking extra precautions to assure the health of their employees, our employees and the public as well as to ensure the ongoing operability of their facilities. Triage tents outside the Emergency Departments will assure those presenting with symptoms are properly isolated from other patients.
Our own paramedics are taking every precaution for their personal and patient safety within strict protocols designed for this situation.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Testing
Drive-up testing stations are available ONLY for those who have been instructed by their physician, and have a note stating so, to be tested.
So AGAIN, in order to be tested, you must have a Doctor's Note!
No co-pay will be charged. They are open 7 days a week from 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM.
Here are the two locations:
➜ For University Hospital Patients:
UH Landerbrook Health Center
5850 Landerbrook Drive
Mayfield Heights Ohio 44124
➜ For Cleveland Clinic Patients
W.O. Walker Center
10524 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44195
We will continue to track this evolving situation closely and update you on any changes to programs as they are announced. Every precaution is being taken to ensure that your municipal facilities remain a safe environment for our residents and those who still need to do business with the City or our Court.
Symptoms of Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Make sure you know the symptoms of Coronavirus before deciding to take action. If you are experiencing flu or coronavirus symptoms, CALL AHEAD to your provider before going to any Doctor's Office or Emergency Room:
Allergies/Cold: Itchy eyes, Stuffy Nose, Sneezing
Flu or Coronavirus: Fever, Fatigue, Body Aches, Cough, Worsening Symptoms
Coronavirus: Shortness of Breath, History of Travel, Exposure
Please be certain to be smart in your physical interactions with others, such as avoiding shaking hands, etc. If you are sick ISOLATE! Wash your hands frequently!
Avoid Unnecessary Alarm
While concern and reasonable precautions are appropriate, let us avoid any unnecessary alarm. There have been and will continue to be many more cases as testing continues. Although this can be a serious illness, in the vast majority of cases, symptoms are not life threatening. That said, those in high risk groups, such as the elderly or those with respiratory ailments, should take extra care.
➜ Ohio Department of Health
C.) 1-833-4ASKODH ☎ (1-833-427-4634 ☎)
➜ Cuyahoga County Board of Health
➜ Cuyahoga County
The Governor's daily briefings occur at or about 2:00 PM and can be viewed at www.ohiochannel.org where they are archived as well.
Again, this is an ever-changing landscape for which we receive updates multiple times daily. We will keep you informed as needed.
Mayor Patrick A. Ward
City of Lyndhurst, Ohio