Original Release: 5/1/2020
The New Normal Day #1
Good afternoon Lyndhurst! I am hoping this writing finds you in good health and spirit! Welcome to DAY #1 of the new normal! This week Governor DeWine unveiled the first steps toward getting our State moving toward this "new normal" and doing so responsibly. These measured steps should, hopefully, keep Ohio moving forward and staying as healthy as possible! Governor DeWine, Lieutenant Governor Husted and Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton have provided us strong direction and leadership through to this point of this health crisis and I believe they will continue to guide us well forward.
A tremendous amount of credit has been given all Ohioans, ALL OF YOU, for keeping this pandemic in check. Following the guidelines; the handwashing, social distancing, working from home and only doing what is necessary in approved public settings has been key to our State's success but it has been hard work as well. Staying the course will, however, keep our numbers low and will allow for more components of life to resume. Now more than ever we need to continue what we have learned and practiced particularly over the last 7 weeks. Social distancing, hand hygiene, getting evaluated/tested if symptomatic and cloth masks to protect others are IMPERATIVE! Please double down! Please remember that until May 29th we should only be doing those essential things as we have these past seven weeks.
Today, Health Care Providers may begin offering elective surgeries that do not require hospital stays and use a minimum of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), regular visits to Doctor's Offices for well-checks are now allowed as well. Dental Offices and Veterinary Clinics may reopen as well. You should coordinate any in-person visits with your provider to assure an appointment time as well as a safe arrival time prior to the visit.
We continue to provide input almost daily to our State and Federal leaders as to the impacts this pandemic have had on our Community. As I mentioned previously, our Finance Department, your City Council and I have taken steps to remove hundreds of thousands of dollars in purchases from the City's budget and are managing all other aspects of operations to address the huge dip in revenue we have already begun to experience from so many Lyndhurst businesses being closed. While we are hoping some form of Federal assistance will be provided to cities like ours we cannot leave your Community's financial welfare to chance.
Retail activities are scheduled to resume on May 12th 2020 with requirements for staff and patrons to wear face masks and taking all sanitization measures necessary to protect employees and the public. This is all for our own good and if we want Ohio to continue to fare well through this crisis and continue to responsibly reopen we need to keep doing what we have been doing all along!
As the Governor and his team make further determinations as to what activities can safely resume we will assess our capacity to provide for those activities or not within the guidelines provided. Many of the things we enjoy as a community may indeed be unavailable through the summer.
I have said it before, I say it every day and believe it totally; I am so proud of our employees who come to work each day to complete essential tasks for our residents - whether directly or indirectly - but in every way possible that protects their health and the public. We have a great staff!
Again, we continue to see signs that the things we are all doing - STAYING HOME, SOCIAL AND PHYSICAL DISTANCING, BEING SMART - it is WORKING! Please keep doing what you are doing to help stop the spread of this dangerous disease! We cannot take a chance on letting our guard down so PLEASE, keep up the good work! #Stayathome!
NEW LEGISLATION in Lyndhurst has placed a temporary ban on the use of reusable shopping bags until further notice. Stores must provide single-use plastic bags starting immediately. Shoppers SHALL NOT bring their own bags into a store and clerks SHALL NOT pack groceries or other items into reusable shopping bags. Please make use of the recycling options for the single-use plastic bags that the larger stores have in place. This law was enacted to protect the public from further community spread of the COVID-19 virus and is in place until January 1, 2021.
We are truly fortunate to have access to excellent groceries and markets in and close to Lyndhurst and I continue to find them to be well stocked of most goods. From what we have seen our supply chain is robust and functioning well.
Please remember the workers who come to work in our stores and banks and gas stations and restaurants every day to assure we can shop for our essentials and be mindful of the sacrifice they make. We owe each and every one of them a smile and a thank you every time we shop.
Check on Your Neighbors
Please try 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.
Paper Goods Collection Drive
Additionally, our Community Partnership on Aging is conducting a PAPER GOODS COLLECTION DRIVE to assist some of our elderly who cannot get out to purchase these goods or these goods are not in stock at the limited times that these residents can get into a store. Please consider dropping off a pack of Toilet Paper, Paper Towels, Kleenex or Napkins at our Lyndhurst Community Center. We are collecting Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM daily. Thank you!
Working together as a Community of Neighbors we will all definitely get to the other side of this crisis.
State of the Virus in Ohio
There are - as of yesterday (April 30th 2020) - 17,285 confirmed and 742 probable cases of the Coronavirus, identified in the State of Ohio, 2,126 in Cuyahoga County. There are 3,533 persons hospitalized, 1,035 in ICU and 898 deaths. Many of these confirmed cases are healthcare workers so please thank that nurse or doctor or technical or first-responder or anyone tied to the delivery of care. They are the front-line against this disease and will be the true heroes when we conquer it.
SOME ADDITIONAL HELPFUL ANNOUNCEMENTS
Federal Stimulus Payments
Federal Stimulus payments have begun to arrive. Please look at every opportunity to use some of those dollars right here in our home community with one of our many great small businesses!
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 the COVID-19 Pandemic 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.
Again, this is an ever-changing landscape for which we receive updates multiple times daily from a variety of sources. We will keep you informed as needed.
➜ 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.
Mayor Patrick A. Ward
City of Lyndhurst, Ohio