We are also looking for volunteers to assist with the remote learning. We need speakers to record video program sessions, share their story, share their business and share the effect this is having on them. This is a perfect opportunity to teach a student about how this pandemic is affecting our economy. If you would like to volunteer to be part of our remote programming, please contact our Development Manager, Crystal Steiner at email@example.com.
The City has given permission to explore the option as everyone works through the feasibility of such a plan. If you are State of Ohio certified in EMS or Fire and meet one of the tiered positions below, we need your help. Email Chief Dean Ortlieb at Dean.Ortlieb@ci.urbana.oh.us with your contact information and you will be placed on a list. Those that are in the reserve group will be kept in the loop as we work through details and continue to develop our contingency plans.
Area law enforcement and local fire departments have tweaked their operations and increased the amount of personal protection equipment first responders are using. The goal is to protect personnel as they respond to calls in their communities. That includes limiting exposure and taking added precautions in order to help prevent the virus from spreading.
In accordance with those procedures, dispatchers in both counties have been instructed to ask screening questions. The purpose is to find out if anyone at a scene is displaying symptoms associated with coronavirus before sending out a first responder. That information is being used as departments decide what actions to take while trying to conserve personal protection equipment as it is unclear how long the pandemic will last.
Eliminating any single point of failure
In Champaign County, there have been two confirmed cases of the coronavirus. Health officials believe those cases are unrelated to each other.
One positive case is a female in her 50s, a statement from the Champaign Health District said, and she is currently hospitalized. The other is a female in her early 30s who has not traveled.
Urbana Fire Chief Dean Ortlieb said right now, his department is focused on reducing potential exposure to his personnel while taking precautions that reduce the risk of multiple firefighters being sick at the same time.
“Everything that we are working on is centered around eliminating any single point of failure,” he said.
That includes, on certain calls, having one first responder initiate contact with potential patients while wearing increased personal protection equipment. In addition, it means having equipment available if the situation calls for it.
“We know that we have enough resources for our current load. We don’t know how big this is going to get,” Ortlieb said. He said that the Champaign County EMA has already received a shipment of supplies from a national stockpile.
He added that his department has been using vendors and have been placing small orders.
Ortlieb said they currently have one fire station, but are working on plans to spread out personnel in order to better prevent the virus from spreading. Though no personnel have been quarantined at this point, he said he wants to make sure they will not be in a situation where an entire shift would have to be quarantined at one time.
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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:
The state of Ohio is asking residents and businesses who can donate PPE, or any other essential service or resource, to email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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