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Posted on: March 26, 2020

OHIO GENERAL ASSEMBLY EXTENDS MAIL-IN PRIMARY VOTING UNTIL APRIL 28TH

COLUMBUS (March 26, 2020) - The Ohio General Assembly on Wednesday unanimously approved a sweeping coronavirus response package that includes extending mail-in primary voting until April 28th.  Under the bill approved by lawmakers, postcards would be sent to every Ohioan with instructions on how to apply for an absentee ballot. Anyone who hasn’t cast an early ballot already would have to print off a paper application and mail it in by April 27 or drop it off at a county ballot box. For more information, please call the Board of Elections at (513)632-7047 or go their website at www.votehamiltoncountyohio.gov/.


 UC Health Offers COVID-19 Screening and Testing Clinic on its Clifton Campus

CINCINNATI (March 17, 2020) — UC Health has opened a drive-thru COVID-19 screening and testing clinic Tuesday on the academic health system’s Clifton Campus. 

Testing will be available by appointment only for all members of the community, including UC Health employees. In order to be seen in the drive-thru clinic, patients must have one of the following: 

  • A scheduled appointment made by their physician’s office.
  • A self-made appointment made by calling 513-41VIRUS (513-418-4787).

The clinic is located under two tents outside the front entrance of the West Professional Building at 3120 Burnet Avenue. To refer a patient or schedule an appointment, please call 513-41VIRUS (513-418-4787).

The purpose of this clinic is to minimize the number of patients directed to physician offices or the emergency department for screening and testing. Patients will receive an exam from a medical professional while staying inside their vehicle. 

Up to four people can be seen per vehicle as long as each person has an appointment. Appointments will only be available for ages 14 and up. Once fully functional, the clinic will be open 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. seven days a week. 

Depending on test volume, individuals should be contacted directly with their results within 72 hours. While waiting for their tests, individuals should stay at home. 

People who come to be tested should know and do the following:

  • Bring a form of photo ID and insurance card.
  • Individuals will drive through a secured area and will remain in their vehicles throughout the entire testing process.
  • Even though we highly discourage it, patients should be advised that members of the media may be present at or near the clinic. Every effort will be made to protect patient privacy.
  • Bring water and other items to be comfortable while waiting. 

“We are pleased to be able to offer our communities a one-call line that will be answered by registered nurses,” said Evie Alessandrini, MD, UC Health senior vice president and chief medical officer.

“We know that people are concerned about COVID-19 and we have been working to ensure that we have resources in place to respond to their concerns and give them access to testing, if appropriate.

Additionally, by keeping those being tested in their vehicles during their exam, we can help to prevent the spread of COVID-19 to other patients as well as staff and clinicians. We ask for the community’s support and patience as we offer this service to help make care even more accessible.” 


Duke Energy Implements Additional Steps to Protect Customers and Employees During Virus Pandemic

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (March 17, 2020) – Duke Energy has implemented additional steps to protect its customers and employees in the six states it serves during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Duke Energy power plants, and electricity and natural gas delivery facilities, are staffed, ensuring dependable service to customers. 

The company has taken the following steps to protect its customers and employees: 

  • Duke Energy will not disconnect any customer’s service for non-payment, in order to give customers experiencing financial hardship extra time to make payments. The company will continue to read meters and send bills. Customers should pay what they can to avoid building up a large balance that will be harder to pay off later.  
  • Through a carefully planned process, Duke Energy has directed employees who are not involved with power generation, power delivery, customer service or other critical functions to work from home, where possible. 
  • Duke Energy technicians will continue to respond to power outages and other emergencies. 
  • Company technicians will continue to complete service orders – such as new electric connections and requested disconnections. 
  • If technicians need to interact with customers in-person, such as in an emergency, they will follow the U.S. Centers for Disease Control’s safety guidelines, including social distancing. 
  • Services that are not urgent or time-sensitive, but require in-person customer contact by Duke Energy employees, will be rescheduled. Duke Energy will contact customers to reschedule those appointments.
  • Duke Energy’s customer service team is available to serve customers. The company will evaluate any staffing impacts related to school and other closures, and will adjust accordingly. 
  • Customers can perform nearly all customer service functions online, through Duke Energy’s automated voice phone system, or through the company’s mobile app.  
  • Visit Duke Energy Updates for complete customer information, including answers to frequently asked questions. 
  • Be aware of scammers, who continue to target customers, threatening disconnection of service and asking for immediate payment over the phone. Duke Energy never asks for personal information over the phone or demands payment using money orders or gift cards. 

More information about the company is available at duke-energy.com. The Duke Energy News Center contains news releases, fact sheets, photos, videos and other materials. Duke Energy’s illumination features stories about people, innovations, community topics and environmental issues. Follow Duke Energy on Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and Facebook.


Assistance for Small Businesses Impacted by COVID-19 Event

HAMILTON COUNTY (March 16, 2020) - The Ohio Development Services Agency is preparing to submit an application in the coming week to qualify Ohio for the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program. This program provides low-interest loans up to $2 million in order to help businesses overcome the temporary loss of revenue during the state of emergency. 

In order to complete the state’s application, businesses impacted by the current public health crisis should immediately send their contact information to BusinessHelp@Development.Ohio.gov. Additional information on the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program is available at SBA.gov/Disaster. 

Another resource I would direct small businesses to is the link below with information about COVID-19 from the U.S. Small Business Administration:https://www.sba.gov/page/guidance-businesses-employers-plan-respond-coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19