Good afternoon to you all. I am pleased to begin this update with a bit of good news. Our Public Health Department is reporting no active cases of COVID-19 today! If you are unfamiliar with their daily updates, visit their Facebook page for more in-depth information. Vigilance is so important. Please do not let your guard down – Fayette County is in a great spot right now and I am sure we all want to stay there!
Unfortunately, many of Ohio’s counties are not as healthy. Today, the governor announced an order that will go into effective Wednesday, July 8, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. This order will mandate that any person in a level 3 or level 4 county (see picture below) must wear a facial covering while in public spaces. Lt. Governor Husted reminded us that enforcement of this order is on the shoulders of law enforcement, not business owners. Additionally, if any of these counties drop to a level 2, the order for mask wearing will drop.
The Ohio Department of Health has issued an order allowing for contact and non-contact sports to resume for all teams provided the teams agree to all of the guidelines to include but not limited to:
  • Testing of all players, coaches, athletic directors, support staff and officials before travel and before competition.
  • Daily symptom assessments
  • Strict social distancing by players who are not actively playing or practicing
  • Immediate isolation for a participant who develops symptoms
  • Athletic Trainers must wear a face covering while attending to a player
  • Strong recommendation for coaches and officials when possible
Once the official order is published, I will forward a link as well as a summation of important information. Today’s orders have created several questions and concerns and we will do our best to get answers.
Many of our members are also members of the Highland-Fayette-Clinton Safety Council. Attending Safety Council meetings allows our members to save a significant amount on their Workers’ Compensation premium each year. Additionally, each county is awarded funds to assist in a community safety project. Today, I had the pleasure of presenting a $1,000.00 check to Chief Andy Bivens of the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office. These funds will be used to purchased LED lighted safety vests and Stop/Slow signs for emergency response vehicles.
If you would like to participate in safety council, or if you have questions, please give our office a call at 740.335.0761. Our new membership year will begin soon. There is no fee to join, you can potentially save premium money and we have a great lunch and program monthly!
Wishing you all a great Tuesday evening!