This page provides collected updates from Delaware County and area media, as well as area and state health organizations, concerning the COVID-19 virus/Coronavirus that is impacting not only public health, but business and commerce as well. This page will be updated on a regular basis until such time as the spread has been arrested and is not representing a possible impact to central Ohio.
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Below you will find a list of local and state information resources; media posts; and social media posts.
NOTE — BECAUSE OF THE VOLUME OF INFORMATION TO SHARE, WE WILL BE MOVING TO A DAILY UPDATE FORMAT
DURING THE WEEKEND OF MARCH 21-22.
Cancellations, Changes, and Local Information Pages - Continuously Updated
- Olentangy Berlin — Effective Monday March 16 suspending all athletic events, activities, lifting, pictures, banquets, and practices through April 5. The building/facilities are closed. Superintendent’s update letter sent on March 14 can be accessed here.
- Buckeye Valley — District information page can be accessed here (updated 3.15.20)
- Delaware Area Career Center — Information page can be accessed here; newest update is here
- Olentangy Local — Information page can be accessed here
- Delaware City Schools — Closing information page can be accessed here
- Westerville — Information page can be accessed here (updated 3.15.20)
- Big Walnut — “All call” transcript from March 12 can be accessed here
Ohio Wesleyan is actively monitoring the international outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and will proactively share updates with the campus community, parents, and others as warranted. March 14, 2020 Here is additional information to help students transition now that in-person classes and athletics have been canceled, and remote learning has been implemented for the remainder of spring semester.
The Ohio State University announced new information for students, faculty and staff in response to the international viral outbreak of 2019 Coronavirus (COVID-19). The university launched a website with information about the coronavirus as well as an email account where general questions about the coronavirus can be directed: coronavirus@osum…
- Delaware County Board of Developmental Disabilities has cancelled all in-person meetings and events through April 10
- Delaware Does for March 19 at the Entreprenurial Center has been canceled
- Community Film Series at The Strand Theatre
- Easter Egg Hunt — City of Delaware on April 11
- Several locations and businesses have announced closures; see social media posts below.
PROTOCOLS AND POLICIES
- Delaware County District Library has announced protocols for its locations, see below for details
- Delaware County Sheriff’s Office has announced updated procedures and changes
CITY, VILLAGE, and TOWNSHIP COVID-19 INFORMATION PAGES
General Informational Resources
- COVID-19 page – Delaware General Health District
- coronavirus.ohio.gov – Ohio Department of Health – includes latest number of confirmed cases, number of people under investigation, negative tests, and number of people under supervision in Ohio
- Delaware County COVID-19 Information page
- Coronavirus update page – Wexner Medical Center, The Ohio State University
A worker in the child care center at Nationwide Children’s Hospital tested positive for the coronavirus Wednesday. The child care center has shut down temporarily. A Nationwide Children’s Hospital employee is one of 119 Ohioans who have tested positive for the coronavirus.
The movie screens are going dark in Delaware County, at least temporarily. Monday’s daily news conference by the Governor of Ohio, a staple in the last few days as COVID-19 begins to impact Ohioans, had national, statewide, and local ramifications. Initially resistant to changing the date of O
Coronavirus: What Ohio is doing to keep those at-risk safe – Columbus Dispatch
Officials give updates on coronavirus – Delaware Gazette
Delaware City Schools talk virus plans – Delaware Gazette
Social Media Posts
We are working diligently to provide a way for everyone to access our upcoming board meeting during this time when we are all encouraged to stay home. Please use this link to join us online at 6:30pm tonight, March 19th, 2020. https://t.co/QnuwTWw8PB
For those who call the sheriff’s office to report non-violent, lower level crimes/issues, may be able to conduct their business over the phone with a deputy! Same great service, it’s just ear-to-ear in lieu of face-to-face due to COVID-19. Non-emergency calls: 740-833-2800. 📞
Police Department Safety Kits Assembled – Our Police Department assembled several safety kits for our officers in the event they respond to a potential #COVID19 emergency call. We are #COVID19OhioReady with our local, county, state and federal agency partners.
Buckeye Gymnastics, which has locations in Powell and Westerville, will close indefinitely beginning March 16 because of the coronavirus pandemic, president and founder David Holcomb announced in an email March 15.The announcement followed a recommendation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that events and gatherings of at least 50 people should be canceled or postponed for eight weeks to help limit the spread of the disease.”It breaks my heart to close Buckeye Gymnastics,
As the COVID-1 situation is changing, DCDL is making accommodations in the public interest. DCDL will be canceling all programs and events from today, March 12 until at least 4/5. All locations will be closing to the public starting on 3/17 through at least 4/5. pic.twitter.com/SYOlzDVDHG— Delaware County District Library (@DelawareLibrary) March 12, 2020
Ohio Department of Health (ODH) has opened a call center to answer questions regarding coronavirus (COVID-19).The call center will be open 7 days a week from 9:00 am – 8:00 pm & can be reached at 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634). @CuyahogaCounty @CuyahogaOEM #WashYourHands pic.twitter.com/Pqi3uzSXX4 — Alex Pellom (@AlexPellom) March 7, 2020