OHIO COMMUNITY COLLEGES DONATE VENTILATORS AND PPE

MORE THAN 200,000 PPE ITEMS DONATED TO SUPPORT THE STATE’S FIGHT AGAINST COVID-19…..

 COLUMBUS, OH – Ohio’s 23 community colleges have donated more than 200,000 medical face masks and pairs of gloves to hospitals and local first responders across the state, according to the Ohio Association of Community Colleges.  Twenty-five much-needed medical ventilators are among the colleges’ donations.

 

“Our campuses have answered Gov. DeWine’s call to provide PPE equipment and other critically needed medical supplies to those on the frontlines,” said Jack Hershey, President and CEO of the Ohio Association of Community Colleges.  “Many of these medical workers and first-responders have been educated on our campuses, so it is doubly gratifying that our colleges are able to support these graduates and their colleagues in this way.”

 

About 800 N95 masks, 1,150 breathing masks, 12,000 other masks and 223,000 pairs of regular and sterile gloves were donated, Hershey said. 

 

The colleges, which are currently registering students for summer courses, are closed right now to in-classroom instruction. They have the equipment because they offer certificates and degrees in numerous health care programs, including nursing, EMT, laboratory technicians, and respiratory care.

 

Colleges also donated other health care items, including thermometers, lab coats and shoe and hair covers. Some have offered their parking lots for drive-up testing as well as the use of other campus facilities, if needed.

 

“In addition to donating equipment and supplies, the colleges are providing support of other kinds to their students, faculty and members of the community, including mental health support, food pantries and helping to successfully navigate remote learning environments,” Hershey said.  “Many have already offered use of their facilities and video-conferencing capabilities.  A number of colleges of our colleges are using their webpages to provide community resources information, and many will be offering emergency funding assistance to students as needed. These efforts are an excellent extension of the close relationship our colleges have with their local communities.”

 

The OACC represents the presidents and trustees of the state’s 23 public two-year institutions, working to advance our community colleges through policy advocacy and professional development.  For more information, please visit www.OhioCommunityColleges.Org

 

Ghanbari Urges Manufacturers to Sign-Up for the Repurposing Project

Encouraging manufacturers with the capabilities to produce PPE to join the “Repurposing Project,” as soon as possible……

PERRYSBURG — Manufacturers across Ohio have the opportunity to meet the demand of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) as the health care industry faces shortages during the coronavirus pandemic.

State Rep. Haraz N. Ghanbari (R-Perrysburg) is encouraging manufacturers with the capabilities to produce PPE to join the “Repurposing Project,” as soon as possible. The completion of an online survey (https://ohiomfg.formstack.com/forms/repurposing_project) is the first step to get engaged.

“Some of the shortages of materials include, but are not limited to gloves, goggles, gowns, and N95 masks,” said Ghanbari. “This initiative is a multifaceted and well-thought out way of using all of our resources to combat COVID-19.”

Collectively known as the Ohio Manufacturing Alliance, the groups helping to lead this initiative include the Ohio Manufacturers Association (OMA), the Ohio Hospitals Association, Ohio Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP), and the Manufacturing Advocacy and Growth Network (MAGNET).

“This intricate approach will help all parties – patients, health care professionals, and manufacturers – to combat the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, said Ghanbari. “Our businesses here in Wood County are eager to be part of solution; as Ohioans we are all in this together.”

Governor Mike DeWine announced Thursday over 600 Ohio businesses have shown interest in participating in this call to service.

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State Representative Haraz N. Ghanbari is serving his first term in the Ohio House of Representatives after being appointed in March of 2019. He represents the 3rd Ohio House District, serving residents of Wood County.

For more information, please contact Representative Ghanbari’s office at (614) 466-8104 or [email protected].

Recycle Plastic Caps for Pack #372 Community Project

Cub Scout Pack #372, boys and girls, have put it to a vote and they want to start collecting caps to keep them out of the landfill.

from Eric Trout, Cut Scout Leader Pack #372

What to Recycle or not to Recycle?

As of March, 2020 the NB Recycling Center is CLOSED due to COVID-19

A lot of community members of North Baltimore pull up to the recycling center south of the Village Park on Saturday mornings. Some get out of their cars while others wait for someone to help them get their recyclings out of their car. There are a half dozen dedicated men that run the recycling center every week. They take almost everything for recycling, almost everything.

Cub Scout Pack #372 has helped them out numerous times throughout the year and the boys and girls of our pack always enjoy helping sort the cans, bottles and magazines into the different bins.

This last time that a few of us were up there we learned something new. There is one item that many recycling centers will not accept, PLASTIC CAPS. Many of you probably didn’t know that. The helpers at the recycling center normally take any of the caps off of the bottles and containers before they sort them. The plastic cap is something that gets tossed in a separate bag to go to the landfill or if someone else needs them they are set aside.

Well it has been brought to my attention through one of the village’s recyclers that there is an organization that will take plastic caps and turn them into benches, trash receptacles, planters, picnic tables, etc. This organization is Green Tree Plastics located in Evansville, Indiana. Cub Scout Pack #372, boys and girls, have put it to a vote and they want to start collecting caps to keep them out of the landfill and make something useful.

Currently, I think the pack is leaning towards a bench or a trash receptacle that could be given back to the community. Below is the amount of caps that we need to collect to transport to Evansville:

6 feet long bench with back – 200 lbs caps

Trash Receptacle – 250 lbs caps

There is a fee associated with the manufacturing of each bench, but our concern right now is collecting the significant amount of caps needed. We will be setting up locations around town for you to drop off the caps, but for now continue to take them to the recycling center on Saturday mornings and the pack will get them from them. We will keep you updated on our collection and future drop points set up.

If you are interested in seeing what Green Tree Plastics can do, check out their website: https://www.greentreeplastics.com/

No Metal TRASH……………ANY
drink bottles
prescription bottles
ALL food containers
Cardboard Liners
plastic Ziplock typebags soap pumps
trigger sprayers lotion pumps
ALL fast food drinklids grocerybags
Plastic thatis not a capor
lid, plastic pieces and
parts
Caps or lids with (1) (3)
(6) or(7) recycle
number
Human or Animal Medical
Supplies
K-Cups and Straws
METAL…………….ANY PAPER……………ANY

Personal Protective Equipment Needed

New COVID-19 Data Dashboard Unveiled…..

(COLUMBUS, Ohio)— Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, Lt. Governor Jon Husted, and Dr. Amy Acton, MD, MPH, today continued to remind Ohioans of the oncoming shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) such as masks, goggles, gloves, gowns and face shields for healthcare workers and first responders.

Taking care of a patient who is in intensive care for a 24-hour shift requires:

  • 36 pairs of gloves
  • 14 gowns
  • 3 pairs of goggles
  • 13 N-95 face masks.

The state of Ohio is asking residents and businesses who can donate PPE, or any other essential service or resource, to email [email protected]

Staff will receive these emails and coordinate how these resources can best be used to benefit all Ohioans.

NEW DATA DASHBOARD:

An expanded COVID-19 data dashboard has been designed by the InnovateOhio Platform and is now available online.

The dashboard displays the most recent preliminary data reported to the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) about COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths in Ohio by selected demographics and county of residence.

There are 867 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ohio and 15 deaths. A total of 223 people have been hospitalized, including 91 admissions to intensive care units. 

In-depth data on the new dashboard can be accessed by visiting coronavirus.ohio.gov

Video of today’s full update, including versions with foreign language closed captioning, can be viewed on the Ohio Channel’s YouTube page

For more information on Ohio’s response to COVID-19, visit coronavirus.ohio.gov or call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH.

NB Emergency Services Need Our Help…..

During this current medical crisis the North Baltimore EMS, Police and Fire members are…

Need for help….. from North Baltimore EMS Chief Phil Walter

During this current medical crisis the North Baltimore EMS, Police and Fire members are utilizing N95 masks, latex gloves and gowns on a regular basis.

In an effort to keep our citizens/patients, as well as our first responders safe from this virus, the issue has become that we are beginning to run low on items.

Not knowing how long this crisis will continue, we are unable to order more supplies at this time due to vendor stocks being depleted.

I had a local business drop off some latex gloves yesterday out of the blue and unsolicited so it got me thinking, maybe other people have or could possibly ask their employer if they would have any extra items that they could spare.

Any help would be appreciated at this time!

Please feel free to share this on your Facebook page in an effort to reach as many people as possible.

We thank you in advance for any help in this serious matter!

If you might have any items to donate, or have questions please message me on North Baltimore EMS page or call 419 257-2181

Sincerely,

Chief Walter

DeWine Orders Flags Lowered to Half Staff (Not Statewide)

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine issued two flag lowering orders….. 

Governor DeWine Orders Flags Lowered to Half Staff to Honor State Representative Don Manning and Springdale Police Officer Kaia Grant

(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—On Sunday, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine  issued two flag lowering orders. 

Flags of the United States and the State of Ohio shall be flown at half staff at all public buildings in Mahoning County in honor of State Representative Don Manning. This order also applies to flags at the Ohio Statehouse, Vern Riffe Center, and Rhodes State Office Tower until sunset March 29, 2020.  Representative Manning died unexpectedly after experiencing chest pains and a short hospitalization.

Governor DeWine also ordered flags of the United States and the State of Ohio be flown at half staff at all public buildings in Hamilton County in honor of Springdale Police Officer Kaia Grant. This order also applies to flags at the Ohio Statehouse, Vern Riffe Center, and Rhodes State Office Tower until sunset on March 29, 2020. Officer Grant died in a car crash while on duty.  

Providing Water and Sewer Services as an Essential Service

A Reminder of The District’s Dedication and Commitment……

To Our Customers:

The Northwestern Water and Sewer District is committed to keeping water and sewer services flowing to and from your home 24/7/365.  We are prepared to provide safe, clean water and sewer services throughout the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. 

 

First and foremost, your water is safe to drink.  COVID-19 is not impacting our water supply.  According to the World Health Organization, Center for Disease Control, and  Water Environment Federation, there is no evidence that COVID-19 is present in or in being transmitted by drinking water supplies.

 

Our crews are focused on keeping safe, clean water flowing to your home and providing essential sewer services throughout this emergency.   We have protective measures in place to protect our operators, including individual staffing at our water and sewer plants, staggered shifts, remote working arrangements, and social distancing.    We are currently implementing portions of our contingency plan and will continue to adapt to ensure operations continue throughout this crisis.

 

To help customers facing financial difficulties, we have suspended all service shutoffs for past-due accounts.  If you have trouble paying your bill, we are willing to work with you. Please contact our customer service office to make payment arrangements.  Our customer service staff is available during regular business hours Monday through Friday 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.  Our office remains closed to the public until further notice, so please call 419-354-9090 and select option 2 for assistance.  Our online billing system as well as the automated phone payment system is available for electronic payment via credit card or electronic check 24/7/365 at nwwsd.org

 

If you experience a water or sewer emergency or service disruption and need to reach us after hours, please call your county Sheriff’s office:

 

Wood County 419.354.9001, and choose option 9

Hancock County 419.422.2424 (McComb)

Henry County 419.592.8010

A dispatcher will notify The District’s on-duty personnel.

 

Finally, with the demand for toilet paper and the increase in sales of disinfecting wipes, we remind our customers: Do NOT flush disposable or disinfecting wipes, paper towels, tissues or napkins down the toilet.  Please toss them in the garbage.  Flushing these items could cause you costly plumbing issues during a crisis.  Only flush pee, pooh and toilet paper.   

This emergency is unfolding, with new information changing constantly. Please remain informed to keep yourself and your family safe during this time.  Go to nwwsd.org/coronavirus for factual information regarding your water and sewer services.  We are committed to providing clean, safe water.

Sincerely,

 

Jerry Greiner

President

The Northwestern Water and Sewer District

NB Community Cupboard

NB Community Cupboard is a free pantry open to anyone in need.

Give what you can, take what you need.

We accept donations of non perishable food items (canned goods, pasta, boxed meals etc.) as well as toiletries.

We do not accept perishable items (bread, milk, eggs, meats or other refrigerated items)

The food box is located behind the brick garage at 324 N. Main Street. You can access it by using the alley.

If you are in need of more assistance please contact the phone number on our Facebook page or send us a FB message!

The box will be available 24/7.

Want to Help the Food Pantry?

Help if you can………

The North Baltimore Area Cooperative Ministry is trying to collect items to help area families during the current coronavirus situation. 

From Pastor Ralph Mineo:

Due to the way the virus seems to be working (i.e. residing on items for 24 hours, according to the latest research), items need to be cleansed with Lysol (spray). So, if anyone has extra Lysol to donate, that would be good. Contact Pastor Mike Soltis at The Bridge.

Because of this need to disinfect, please do NOT deliver items to the Community Food Pantry at The Bridge until Mike gives the word. Keep items at your church or home. I might suggest that after 24 hours you set them aside from the place you usually collect items. These safety precautions, even with lack of absolute clarity, is good stewardship. Really, it’s HOLY stewardship.


(Editor’s note: I’m sure they would accept cash donations also, if you feel the urge to help in that way.)

State Delays “Primary”

“The only thing more important than a free and fair election is the health and safety of Ohioans.”

COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose issued the following joint statement:

“The only thing more important than a free and fair election is the health and safety of Ohioans. The Ohio Department of Health and the CDC have advised against anyone gathering in groups larger than 50 people, which will occur if the election goes forward. Additionally, Ohioans over 65 and those with certain health conditions have been advised to limit their nonessential contact with others, affecting their ability to vote or serve as poll workers. Logistically, under these extraordinary circumstances, it simply isn’t possible to hold an election tomorrow that will be considered legitimate by Ohioans. They mustn’t be forced to choose between their health and exercising their constitutional rights.”

After 10:oopm last night Governor DeWine also added this statement concerning the March 17, 2020 Election:

“During this time when we face an unprecedented public health crisis, to conduct an election tomorrow would would force poll workers and voters to place themselves at a unacceptable health risk of contracting coronavirus. As such, Health Director Dr. Amy Acton will order the polls closed as a health emergency. While the polls will be closed tomorrow, Secretary of State Frank LaRose will seek a remedy through the courts to extend voting options so that every voter who wants to vote will be granted that opportunity.”

American Legion Post 539 Update

New Hours for Lunch & Dinner Carry Out – BINGO Cancelled.

Beginning Tues March 17, the Canteen will be open for lunch at 11am-1pm and dinner 5-7pm… carry-out or delivery only….you must call ahead of time to order 419-257-2158.  Until Further notice.

Tuesday Night BINGO is Cancelled until April 7.

Legion Menu for Carryout