Community response to threat of COVID-19
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I have general questions about COVID-19, who can I contact?
- The Ohio Department of Health
I have a local area question about COVID-19, who do I contact?
- Call the Butler County General Health District- 513-863-1770.
Who do I contact at the City with questions about the city’s COVID-19 response?
- Jessica Greene, Assistant City Manager
City of Oxford Updates
Updated Friday, May 1, 2020 at 11:09am
In response to the Governor’s phased re-open plan, we are taking the following actions for the safety of our staff and our community.
City Employees and Buildings:
- City operations will continue but our buildings will remain closed to the public through the end of May. (The only exception is the Police Lobby).
- City staff will be asked to wear masks if working with colleagues or the public.
- We will continue with all other efforts including allowing remote work when possible, increased sanitation, and encouraging staff wellness screenings.
City Parks and Events:
To be compliant with the orders from the Ohio Department of Health and for the safety of the community we have made several hard decisions to delay and/or cancel many events early this summer. As things change, we will re-evaluate and keep you posted on decisions and timelines.
- Summer Camp POP! and Poppers! Programs have been postponed indefinitely.
- All organized sports leagues, tournaments, and programs (including the Uptown Music Concerts) are postponed until the end of June.
- We are delaying the opening of the Oxford Aquatic Center. Season passes will not be sold.
- Playgrounds will remain closed.
- Outdoor fields, trails, and paved paths remain open and available for use. Please continue to practice social distancing while using these recreation areas.
Updated Thursday, April 16, 2020 at 2:00pm
- We are working closely with Miami University and area landlords to help off-campus students have a successful move out during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read the move out tips page.
- The Division of Police is actively monitoring our community for large gatherings over 10 individuals. If they see a violation, they will stop and educate the group about social distancing and large gatherings orders. For flagrant or repeat violators, they will issue a citation of a 2nd-degree misdemeanor.
Updated Tuesday, April 7, 2020 at 9:10am
- Due to continued large gatherings, the Butler County General Health District has ordered that we close all of our basketball courts in public parks managed by OPRD. We have followed this directive and our basketball courts are now closed.
- If our police officers witness groups of people over 10 individuals, they will stop and communicate with those individuals about social distancing. There are a few houses that have over 10 residents residing in them and these situations will be considered as a large family.
- We are in constant communication with Miami University and we are working with them to educate both the students remaining here and the parents of those students remaining here about the importance of social distancing in our community. Learn more about Miami’s response and communications.
Updated Friday, April 3, 2020, at 2:33pm
- The City of Oxford will extend the closure of our buildings to the public and cancel all community events through April 30th. As possible, our staff members are working remotely. We have increased safety and sanitation measures for all staff who must report on site. We currently have enough personal protective equipment for our first responders.
- Our public services are continuing without interruption. (Including yard waste pick up).
- Parks remain open but playgrounds are closed. We ask the public to practice physical distancing while at the park.
Updated March 27, 2020 at 4:40pm
- The City is beginning Economic Recovery planning in partnership with the Community Improvement Corporation, the Chamber of Commerce, and Enjoy Oxford. We will present a proposal to City Council at the April 7th City Council meeting.
- We are in daily communication with McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital|TriHealth and the Butler County Emergency Management Agency. The hospital is seeing a few positive tests come through its Emergency Department. Patients who have tested positive with minor symptoms have been sent home to their neighboring community to recover, others who need more care, have moved to another Tri Health facility. Our hospital remains ready to respond to our community needs.
- We urge you to continue to be diligent in preventive practices! Practice physical distancing, sanitation, and hygiene practices. Stay at home and take care of yourself. Make sure you are practicing healthy habits: drink water, eat a healthy diet, exercise, and get enough rest. Recognize that this is a stressful time for many of us and be mindful of your mental health as well.
Updated March 23, 2020 at 3:14pm
In response to the Ohio Department of Health orders on Sunday, March 22nd. The city will be taking the following actions:
- City operations are essential and we will continue our services. We are encouraging many of our staff to work remotely. Other staff operate essential functions and must report in person. For these individuals, we are taking every precaution to keep them healthy and safe.
- Our playgrounds and dog park will be closed. The Oxford Area Trail and Miami Natural Area Trails and Community Park remain open. Outdoor walks and hiking are allowed under this recent order.
- Coordinating with Rumpke and property owners to take care of move-out trash and property maintenance issues.
- Coordinating with local business owners and assisting the Butler County General Health District as needed.
- Working with our local social service agencies to coordinate responses.
Updated March 18, 2020 at 12:00pm
- To prevent the spread of COVID-19 our City will be making these changes as of March 19, 2020:
- Guests will no longer be able to enter the City Municipal Building, the Tri Rec Center and the City Transfer Station and freely walk around. We will have signs on the doors/gate with a phone number to call for service. A staff member will greet you and provide assistance.
- You can process all payments online or submit them in the dropbox outside our building.
- When possible, some City staff will begin working remotely. We will maintain all coverage in all departments and have essential staff reporting in our offices.
- The City had previously taken these precautionary steps of closing or canceling the following:
- Citizens Police Academy
- Police Explorers Program
- OPRD Pre School and Spring Break Camp
- OPRD gym, teen center, and weight room facility
- All community events on community property with over 100 people or that involve City staff support
- Rental inspections of occupied rentals
Preparing for COVID-19 In Our Community:
The Butler County General Health District is leading the charge during this public health emergency. We have a local Emergency Operations Center in place and our public safety staff are in constant communication with our community partners, the Butler County Emergency Management Agency and McCullough Hyde Memorial Hospital| Tri Health. You can review daily Butler County Updates at the Butler County General Health District or by calling 513-863-1770.
The general consensus is we will have cases of COVID-19 in our community. Our emergency operations are in place and well prepared to serve our community. Public Health Officials and the hospital systems in the area have a plan for testing and patient surge to be enacted when necessary.
If you feel sick, please call your doctor. The Center for Disease Control has a list of symptoms and what steps to take.
If you are healthy, we are asking you to follow Governor DeWine’s and the Ohio Department of Health’s directives and help us prevent community spread.
- Review a full list of directives at the Ohio Department of Health, but here are a few highlights:
- Limit mass gatherings over 10 people.
- Closed schools through April 6th
- Restricted visitation at nursing homes
- Closed restaurants and bars for dine-in service. Carry out and delivery options continue.
- Nonessential businesses must close through April 6th
- Ohioans are to stay home unless it is for essential reasons as outlined in the Stay at Home Order FAQ
Stop the Spread
Prevention is the best way to prevent the spread of this virus:
- Washing your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water.
- When unable to wash your hands, use an alcohol-based sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid touching your eyes, mouth, and nose.
- Stay home when you are sick and avoid contact with other people who are sick.
- Cover your mouth/nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Practice Physical Distancing: Avoid handshakes, stay 6’ away from people, and avoid mass gatherings.
You can stay informed and learn more by checking out the following public health sites:
- McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital
- Butler County Emergency Management Agency
- Butler County General Health District
- Ohio Department of Health
- US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Mental Health Resources
- Call the H.O.P.E. Line at (855) 249-5649 (for non-life-threatening concerns)
- Call Butler County (OH) Crisis Line at (844) 427-4747
- Text the Crisis Text Line “4hope” or “hello” to 741741
- Call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at (800) 273-8255
- Visit the HealthyOxfordArea.org website for local mental health resources.
The City of Oxford will not be conducting utility shutoffs for lack of payment during this public health emergency.
- The Oxford Community Foundation now has a COVID-19 Assistance Fund.
- Oxford Community Foundation
- 22 E. High Street
- Oxford, OH 45056.
- The check should be made payable to The Oxford Community Foundation, with OCF COVID-19 Assistance Fund in the memo line.
- or donate online and designate COVID-19 Assistance Fund.
- Sign up to volunteer and a local social service organization will be in touch with you.
Social Service Providers:
If you need economic assistance during this challenging time, please contact the following organizations.
- SELF (Emergency utility assistance)
- Family Resource Center. (Emergency financial assistance, support service case management).
- Oxford Seniors (Transportation, Food Delivery, and Outreach Services)
- Oxford Community Choice Pantry/TOPPS. (Food Pantry and Food Security Assistance)
- Talawanda Schools will be offering food to students who need it every day.
- Sign up for assistance and a local social service organization will be in contact with you
Small Business Stimulus Program
The City has developed a two-part Smal Business Stimulus Program.
Part 1: Gift Card Program:
- The City has donated $200,000 to the Community Improvement Corporation (CIC) to purchase gift cards from local brick and mortar businesses.
- These gift cards will be resold to the public to be used from August 1, 2020 to July 31, 2021.
- The CIC voted to purchase $2,000 in gift cards from 61 local businesses. They are now creating a website to resell these gift cards. Stay tuned!
- There is a small amount of funds left. Apply for the 2nd round of Gift Cards by May 22, 2020.
- On May 26, the CIC will meet to vote on how many more gift cards to purchase.
Part 2: Emergency Small Business Loan Program:
The CIC Board of Directors passed an Emergency Small Business Loan Program to help with staff retention.
- The loans may be up to $5,000 per business and they are 0% interest.
- Repayment will begin 9 months after the loan initiates and should be paid off in 4 years or less.
- There is $200,000 in the fund. The CIC will award emergency loans until the fund is depleted.
- Applications will be accepted until July 15, 2020.
- To apply: Fill out an Application and Read the full Emergency Loan Rules & Procedures.
- Save your application as YourBusiness Name_Emergency Loan App and email it and supporting documents to JGreene@CityofOxford.org
Other Resources for Small Business Owners:
- Small Business Administration Economic Recovery Loans
- Small Business Owner’s Guide to Economic Recovery Resources