We're living in uncertain times during the COVID-19 outbreak, but Ohio is gonna get through it together – and have some fun along the way.
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused an extreme shortage of blood "due to an unprecedented number of blood drive cancellations" as a result of social distancing measures.
Unfortunately, a lack of blood doesn't change the demand for blood, so there are still millions of folks across the country whose lives depend on it.
Ohio State wrestling coach Tom Ryan is meeting the challenge. He's healthy and has some blood to give, so he's stepping up by donating, and is challenging others to do the same.
Challenge from @Buckeye158:— Ohio State Wrestling (@wrestlingbucks) March 26, 2020
Massive blood shortage due to Corona virus. Every pint saves 3 lives. Go to https://t.co/CsZv0l6Ph9 & sign up for date, location & time. Help by giving. I enlisted to fight as a proud American. I challenge you.#CV19BloodChallengeEnlisted pic.twitter.com/Gd2yujnTyK
And it looks like others are already answering the call.
Enlisted.— Ohio State Wrestling (@wrestlingbucks) March 26, 2020
Senior captains @moore_of_kollin and @LukePletcher were challenged. They accepted.
Do the same. Schedule now.
Post pictures and challenge others. Make a difference!#CV19BloodChallengeEnlisted pic.twitter.com/tH9YdW0wPw
Thanks for the inspiration @Buckeye158 & @wrestlingbucks! Just made my power red donation to @RedCross. Lets see who else will accept the challenge! #GoBucks #CV19BloodChallengeEnlisted pic.twitter.com/02ZgkZWR4h— Kevin Burch (@Coach_KJB) March 26, 2020
We can fight the virus in a lot of different ways, and this is one of them. If you want to help, head on over to the American Red Cross website and schedule an appointment.
- Ohio has 2,199 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 55 deaths.
- The Columbus Metropolitan Library is closed until at least May 2.
- Good news: golf courses can remain open.
- The Columbus city tax deadline is pushed back to July 15.
Parents all across the country are learning how to home school their kids on the fly, and it's looking like Ohio State women's basketball coach Kevin McGuff has found at least one subject he can teach – gym.
McGuff didn't get a chance to coach his team through March, so I'm sure he's thankful he's got a home full of small humans to lead to physical fitness.
You can take the coach out of the gym, but you can't take the gym out of the coach, or something like that.
Humans Being Human
Holtmann Helping Out
Chris Holtmann did his part to support the fine folks who are keeping the campus community safe, delivering boxed lunches and a handwritten note to the Ohio State Department of Public Safety.
Coach @ChrisHoltmann stopped by the Ohio State Public Safety Office today to thank the staff for their service and commitment to keeping Buckeyes safe!#InThisTogetherOhio #BeatCOVID19 pic.twitter.com/wSRnQezgcB— Ohio State Hoops (@OhioStateHoops) March 31, 2020
Holtmann didn't have a chance to make a run in March, so he's turning his competitive efforts to blasting corona. You love to see it.
Do Your Part
If you're looking to help deliver a gut punch to COVID-19, the Franklin County Emergency Management and Homeland Security is still accepting donation for the following items:
- Non-Sterile Gloves
- Surgical Masks (Ear Loop)
- N95 Masks - All Sizes
- Home Sewn Masks
- Hand Sanitizer
- Viral Swabs/Viral Culture Vials
This list now includes hand-sewn masks, so if you're the handy type, whip some up.
Donations are accepted daily between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. at 5300 Strawberry Farms Blvd. Columbus, Ohio 43230.
Take Me Home
As good as Ohio State's quarterback play has been for over the past decade, the last one to win the Heisman Trophy was in 2006, and his highlight tape is still sweet enough to take our minds off a global pandemic.
Behold, Troy Smith.