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Update about the coronavirus and our ALS community

The ALS Association Central & Southern Ohio Chapter is committed to the health and safety of the ALS community and all of our stakeholders. Below are some of the details about our proactive response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) as well as some best practices to take preemptive action to help prevent the spread of respiratory and viral diseases. 

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What We Are Doing

 
  • Staying Informed – Given the evolving news about the coronavirus, we are closely monitoring the situation as well as the recommendations of the the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), and Ohio Department of Health. We are making rapid and real-time decisions to ensure that we are preserving the well-being of all Chapter stakeholders, including persons with ALS, caregivers, and our employees. We will continue to do so throughout this public health emergency.

  • Modifying Program Strategies – We are evaluating, day-to-day, decisions about holding Education & Exchange Groups. Going forward and for the near future, some or all groups may be canceled due to the facility's protocol or due to choices made by the Chapter in an effort to protect our clients and staff.

    To learn the latest regarding Education & Exhcange Group cancellations, please read current announcements below under, "Care Services & Education Exchange Group Updates" or contact your Care Service Coordinator at 866-273-2572 ext 100.

    Despite any group cancellations, we will continue to be reaching out and connecting with persons with ALS and caregivers remotely. We will continue to staff ALS clinics by deploying care managers to be on-site in person and by complying with ALS clinic coronavirus protocols and following the lead of each facility – OhioHealth and University of Cincinnati. We are also re-evaluating our event strategies to ensure that we are protecting the health and well-being of attendees. Additional details are provided below.

  • Increasing Hygiene – We are more frequently cleaning surfaces with disinfecting, alcohol-based cleaners. We are also providing hand sanitizers to staff members. We are ensuring the availability for hand-washing and hand sanitizing at community-based events.

  • Educating Our Team – We are communicating frequently with our staff members to ensure that they are aware of the latest developments and prevention techniques. We are making certain that our team knows how to keep themselves and others at the lowest risk possible.

 What You Can Do

 
  • Keep Yourself and Others Healthy – Follow the basic prevention guidelines from the (CDC), including the following:

    • - Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

    • - Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

    • - Fever, cough and shortness of breath are the main symptoms of coronavirus. Call your doctor if you suddenly develop any of those symptoms.

    • - Stay home when you are sick.

    • - Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

    • - Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

  • Be Kind – We are all in this together. During stressful times people may direct their fear or anxiety towards others. By learning the facts of COVID, we can help counter any potential stigma tied to the virus. Viruses do not target specific racial or ethnic groups. We stand together as one community promoting the safety and well-being of all.

More information about coronavirus is detailed on the website for the CDC. There are also printable copies of helpful resources available in English, Spanish, and Chinese. You can also find helpful information at Ohio Department of Health and in this Q & A from the World Health Organization (WHO)

Please contact your health care provider with any specific questions or concerns.

Care Services and Education & Exchange Updates – *PLEASE CHECK REGULARLY*

 
  • The safety of persons with ALS, caregivers, and our staff members remains our top priority. We are acutely aware that people with ALS are at an increased risk for respiratory problems associated with viral infections. Out of an abundance of caution, we have canceled or modified some Education & Exchange meetings for the month of March – see list below:

  • Caregiver & Survivor Group:  Columbus - Monday, March 16th ; CALL IN ONLY: 877-643-6951; Passcode:  2688128#

  • Education & Exchange Groups: Dayton North - Wednesday, March 18th - CANCELED

  • Education & Exchange Groups: Northwest Ohio - Thursday, March 19th - CANCELED

  • OhioHealth ALS Symposium: Blom Administrative Campus - Friday, May 1st - TENTATIVELY SCHEDULED FOR JULY 24, 2020

  • Columbus Education & Exchange is being offered virtually via phone or video conferencing - Monday, April 6. For more information, please contact Carleen Hubbell at chubbell@alsohio.org or 866-273-2572 ext. 110.**

  • We understand how important it is to have a shared community of families facing ALS who are on the same journey, and we encourage you to reach out to those in your group. If you need assistance in contacting someone, please connect with your Care Services Coordinator to help facilitate this connection, or contact us at 866-273-2572 ext. 100* to be directed to that person.

*PLEASE NOTE, THESE CALLS RETURNED MAY COME FROM A PRIVATE, UNKNOWN, OR ANONYMOUS CALLER.
**NOT ALL EDUCATION & EXCHANGE GROUPS WILL BE OFFERED VIRTUALLY BUT ALL WHO ARE SERVICED BY THE CENTRAL & SOUTHERN OHIO AREA ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND.

Community Outreach & Fundraising Event Updates *PLEASE CHECK REGULARLY* 

 
  • The ALS Association Central & Southern Ohio Chapter promotes everyday preventive health actions to all our participants and staff, in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Ohio Department of Health.

  • In an effort to help prevent the spread of COVID19 and due to Govenor DeWine's exectuive order issued on March 12th, we regretfully postpone the Southeast Ohio Walk to Defeat ALS® on Saturday, April 4th.

  • The NEW Lima Walk to Defeat ALS® has been postponed, when dates become available, updates will be made here.

  • DO GOOD WITH BURRITOS - Chipotle - Lima - Tuesday , March 31st - Postponed

  • DEW MORE - Deweys's Pizza - Austin Landing - Monday, May 18th - Canceled

  • We discourage anyone who is sick from attending any of our events. We also discourage vulnerable populations, including persons with ALS, from attending community events in-person if their doctor recommends avoiding crowds.

  • We will have prevention supplies at our events for participants, to include hand sanitizer and facilities for hand washing.

 If you have questions or concerns for the Central & Southern Ohio Chapter, please reach out to us at 866-273-2572 ext. 100 and leave a message and someone will return your call. PLEASE NOTE, THESE CALLS RETURNED MAY COME FROM A PRIVATE, UNKNOWN, OR ANONYMOUS CALLER.

--- Updated March 30, 2020 11:33 AM EST