Dear Community Members,
The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is very much top of mind right now and the situation is changing rapidly with new updates coming frequently from government and public health authorities. On March 12, Ohio Gov. DeWine banned organized gatherings of 100 people or more and announced that all public schools would go on extended spring break from March 16 through April 3. The City of Cincinnati – along with other local cities and counties – has declared a state of emergency, and health authorities are urging all of us to help slow the pace of the virus.
Remember, most people who become infected experience only mild illness and recover, but it can be more severe for others. Older adults, especially those with underlying medical issues, are more susceptible. People who have serious chronic medical conditions are also at risk, including those with heart disease, diabetes and lung disease. Take care of your health and protect others by doing the following:
The Health Gap team works in our community everyday to help our neighbors understand the importance of healthy living. That attitude is has never been more important as we deal with this unprecedented emergency. Please join us in staying vigilant and proactive to keep ourselves, and our loved ones, co-workers and neighbors safe in the weeks and months ahead.
To stay on top of the latest developments, here are links to helpful resources:
Renee Mahaffey Harris, Health Gap President & CEO