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.
As the outbreak nears its peak, Columbus is ready for a surge in patients, converting the Greater Columbus Convention Center to an alternate care facility that could house more than 1,000 coronavirus patients if necessary.
Franklin County, City of Columbus and all of our hospitals have been working to transform the Greater Columbus Convention Center into an Alternative Care Center for potential overflow of COVID-19 patients. @cbusconventions @FranklinCoOhio pic.twitter.com/bvqC1Ro5Gb— Mayor Andrew Ginther (@MayorGinther) April 14, 2020
The beds and partitions have been set up, though it doesn't yet have necessary equipment like ventilators or pharmacy space yet. But when given the word, it can be ready to roll in 72 hours.
Similar work is being done at Case Western University's Health Education Campus in Cleveland and at the Duke Energy Convention Center in Cincinnati. They're currently empty, and Mike DeWine hopes they stay that way.
"Candidly, we hope we never have to use these," Gov. Mike DeWine said about the facilities.
We candidly agree, but it's sure better to have them stay empty than to wish you had them and don't.
- Ohio has 7,153 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 324 deaths.
- Mike DeWine is unsure about Ohio State football this fall.
- Ohio lawmakers recommend releasing 141 non-violent inmates.
- The U.S. clears the first saliva test to help diagnose the virus.
- Cedar Point will honor 2020 season passes in 2021.
- Ohio Attorney General files lawsuit against N95 mask price gouger.
If you're looking for a quick and easy way to make a mask, I've got you covered.
You'll soon be required to wear a mask to ride COTA, this is a stellar option.
Humans Being Human
Hot and Ready to Help
To help support those in need, Little Caesars is putting its most prized resource to use: pizza.
With so many in need of a helping hand, it's fantastic to see businesses step up to help, even while facing their own challenges.
Santa's Coming Early
With millions of children across the country stuck at home, Toys for Tots ain't waiting for the holiday season to donate toys and games to children in need. They're distributing two million toys and games now.
“In these unprecedented times, we’re deeply concerned about COVID-19 and its devastating impact on the lives of all Americans and want to offer assistance now,” said Lt. Gen Jim Laster, USMC (Ret), President & CEO of the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation. “We are proud to partner with Good360 who answered the call to help get these toys into the hands of families in need as soon as possible.”
Toys, books and games offer many benefits during the pandemic, helping to combat boredom, relieve anxiety in children, facilitate a return to normalcy, and even contribute to the educational development of children.
It's like Christmas coming early.
Take Me Home
We only got one season of Maurice Clarett, but it was absolutely glorious and worth revisiting.