Posted on

Staying Healthy

HEALTH REPORT

STAY SAFE

The most important factor in preventing the spread of COVID -19 is you. COVID-19 hospitalization and ICU admissions reach an all-time high in Ohio and across America. We must continue to work together to stop the spread by masking up and limiting close contact.

WHY YOU SHOULD CARE

Studies show that older adults are most at risk for severe illness from COVID 19. Nine out of 10 reported COVID-19 deaths in Ohio have been among adults 60 and older. Plus, COVID-19 is more than 5 times deadlier than the flu among that population.

HOPE IS ON THR HORIZON

We hope for a new normal by the 2nd half of 2021, with much more freedom than we may feel today, as most older Ohioans who choose to do so will be vaccinated. However, we cannot lose focus. Until enough people are vaccinated, the risk remains unchanged.

PROTECT YOURSELF

     You can take a few simple steps everyday to reduce the risk of infection, for yourself, your love ones and your community.

  To help you stay safe just wear surgical mask and be sure to cover your nose and mouth. Carry and use hand sanitizer, and stay a safe distance.

Information gathered from Stephanie McCloud, Director, Ohio Department of health and Ursel J. McElroy Director Ohio Department of Aging.

       To reach the department of Health for any questions aboutCOVID-19 between 9am-and 8pm or by visiting coronavirusus.ohio.gov

Sign up for email updates on regulation and guidance from governor DeWine www.govenor.ohio.gov or tune into COVID-19 updates aired on the Ohio Channel. There is also a phone number 1-833-427-5634.

SUPPORT FOR OLDER ADULTS

     Call 1-866-243-5678. For more information about local services and support for older adults (such as food assistance programs) or visit www.aging.ohio.gov/find services.

OHIO CARELINE

Call 1-800-720-9616 For additional support for behavior health professionals, available 24/7 and toll-free/

STAY CONNECTED

     Call 833-632-2428. To help reduce feelings of isolation, receive a free daily check-in-phone call and have a friendly chat or visit. www.aging.ohio.gov and click on “Staying connected service box.

Posted on

Commission to Draw Residential Maps Creating Council Districts

Council Accepting Applications for the Council Residential Districting Commission 

Commission to Draw Residential Maps Creating Council Districts

[COLUMBUS-OH] The foundation of a strong city is its neighborhoods. In support of amplifying community voices, Columbus City Council today opened applications for the Council Residential Districting Commission (CRDC). The members of this commission will draw the residential district maps of Council.

“As both a neighborhood leader and member of Council, I am thankful to champion this process,” said Councilmember Emmanuel V. Remy. “Creation of the Council Residential Districting Commission represents the first step in accommodating our City’s future of more growth, more inclusion, and greater representation for the Columbus community.”

The application to serve on the commission opened on December 15, 2020, and is available at http://www.columbus.gov/council/neighborhood-districting-commission/application/. Candidates must use the online application and applicants may (but are not required to) submit a resume. Submissions must be received by noon on Thursday, January 21, 2021. Email questions to CRDC@columbus.gov.

Council will not review applications from Columbus residents who are elected officials (except precinct committee members), lobbyists registered with the City of Columbus, current candidates for elected office or City of Columbus employees. Please note, submissions are considered public records once accepted. 

In accordance with the Charter requirements, the CRDC will consist of five members, four of whom will be appointed by Council through an application process. The Mayor and Council President will select the final member who will serve as commission chair. The commission members will be selected in February. 

“Serving on the Council Residential Districting Commission is an opportunity to ensure geographic diversity on Council while maintaining neighborhood cohesion,” said Council President Shannon G. Hardin. “We need smart, passionate neighborhood advocates on this commission to help set the foundation for the future of the City’s legislature.”

The commission will be seated no later than March 1, 2021.

The recommendations made by the CRDC will require a vote of Council. However, Council cannot make any changes to the maps except as necessary to ensure compliance with the Charter.