COVID-19 & Ohio: Developments Within Nursing Homes, Assisted Living Facilities and More
Sept. 15, 2020
Today, Governor Mike DeWine provided another update on the state's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
DeWine and Director Ursel McElroy of the Ohio Department of Aging provided an update on testing in nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, adult day centers and adult day cares. McElroy explained that frequent testing in congregate settings is important to control the spread of the virus. She also mentioned that adult day care and senior centers will open on Sept. 21. The facilities will test staff every other week and participants if they present symptoms. Outdoor visitation started at Ohio nursing homes on July 20. If visitors have questions about protocols or concerns about a facility in their area, they can contact the Ohio Department of Aging; the department also is working on a dashboard to increase transparency about the status of visitation at facilities across the state.
Twenty women and men, representing four branches of the military will be inducted into the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame at a virtual ceremony on Nov. 5, 2020. These Ohioans, from 16 counties, have continued to serve the United States as well as Ohio, as business owners, community volunteers, scientists, advocates, engineers and much more. The Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame was established by Governor George Voinovich in 1992. Voinovich established the Hall of Fame to recognize Ohio veterans’ military service, as well as their service to Ohio and their communities after leaving the military. A total of 895 of Ohio’s Veterans have been inducted into the hall of fame. The virtual ceremony can be viewed on Nov. 5 at OhioVets.gov.
The govenor, along with J.P. Nauseef, JobsOhio's president & CEO, announced that JobsOhio and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS), the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation and the Ohio Development Services Agency will launch a pilot initiative called "Ohio To Work." The Initiative will help connect Ohioans looking for a job to a new job opportunity. Ohio To Work brings together employers, nonprofits, educators and training providers to help Ohioans re-skill and restart their careers. Individuals participating in Ohio To Work will be provided a career coach, be invited to virtual career fairs and be connected to employers ready to hire. The first Ohio To Work initiative will be launched in Cleveland-Cuyahoga County.