Updates Regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

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This page is meant to provide residents and businesses with updated information about safety measures within the Village of Glendale in response to the COVID-19 (or Coronavirus) pandemic. A link to this page will remain on the Village's homepage throughout the outbreak. Updates are listed by date, beginning with the most recent.Helpful LinksFor resources from Hamilton County Public Health, including a map of COVID-19 cases in Hamilton County, click here.

For information about handwashing and preventing the spread of disease, click here for tips from Henry the Hand, courtesy of Dr. Will Sawyer, Glendale's resident infectious disease expert.

Click here to read the "Stay At Home" order announced by Governor DeWine and Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton.    NOTE: This Order has been extended until May 1, 2020.

Click here for frequently asked questions about the Director of Health's order.


Thursday, April 30
Hamilton County Public Health Interim Health Commissioner Greg Kesterman has issued the following statement about recently announced guidelines from Gov. DeWine under the RestartOhio program in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

As you have likely heard, Governor DeWine and Dr. Acton issued guidance for the re-opening of some sectors of the Ohio economy. These include some retail operations, general offices, manufacturing and distribution. The basic principles for re-opening our economy are as follows:

  1. Require face coverings for employees and recommend them for clients/customers at all times.
  2. Conduct daily health assessments by employers and employees (self-evaluation) to determine if “fit for duty.”
  3. Maintain good hygiene at all times – hand washing, sanitizing and social distancing.
  4. Clean and sanitize workplaces throughout workday and at the close of business or between shifts.
  5. Limit capacity to meet social distancing guidelines, including establishing maximum capacity at 50% of fire code and using appointment setting where possible to limit congestion.
If an employee is ill, TAKE THE FOLLOWING ACTIONS WHEN A COVID-19 INFECTION IS IDENTIFIED:
  1. Immediately report employee or customer infections to the local health district.
  2. Work with local health department to identify potentially exposed individuals to help facilitate appropriate communication/contact tracing.
  3. Shutdown shop/floor for deep sanitation if possible.
  4. Professionally clean and sanitize site/location.
  5. Reopen in consultation with the local health department.
I have attached documents covering more sector-specific guidelines for businesses in your communities. Please feel free to print and distribute as you see fit. Finally, Hamilton County Public Health has been tasked with enforcement of these policies. As always, we will use “education over enforcement” to work cooperatively with businesses as we navigate these unprecedented times. Thank you for your continued support.

Click here for a link for "Responsible Protocols for Getting Ohio Back to Work".

Documents from the Ohio Department of Health with more information on RestartOhio and how it pertains to specific industries can be found at the links below.

General Office Environments
Consumer, Retail & Services
Manufacturing, Distribution & Construction
Healthcare Procedures & Hospitals


Tuesday, April 7

Please know that during the COVID-19 State of Emergency, we understand that some may not be able to readily pay their utility bill. As always, we are dedicated to work with each utility customer having difficulty paying their utility bill, including deferred customer payments over time.   

Recently the Ohio E.P.A. ordered that no water be turned off for lack of payment during the COVID-19 State of Emergency and we support this order. You may view these orders below. If you are having difficulty in paying your utility bill, please contact us for further information.

Click here to read the whole order from the Director of the Ohio EPA.

Friday, April 3

As many of you are aware, our Public Works crews continue to work staggered shifts to keep both the employees and residents safe as they work to maintain the Village’s infrastructure, including water, sewage, streets, refuse, and other necessary operations. 

Concerning the collection of yard waste materials at the curb (leaf and brush), we are temporarily limited in how much we can collect at the curb and ask that you help us by, whenever possible, containerizing your yard waste for Rumpke to pick up.   If you are able to do so, please place your containerized (garbage can, bag, bundled) yard waste material in your normal garbage pickup location, on the day of your Rumpke collection.

Those that are unable to do so and who must place loose leaves or brush at the curb, please know that it will take a longer amount of time for us to collect it.

As part of our ongoing efforts to keep Glendale residents informed, we are providing this COVID-19 update from information provided by the April 2, 2020 Hamilton County Situation Report.
 
As of April 2, 2020, Hamilton County Public Health reported the three deaths related to confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Hamilton County.   This development does not change the basic message from HCPH about prevention: “The most important thing we can do right now is stay at home,” according to Hamilton County Public Health Commissioner Greg Kesterman.  “Staying at home and social distancing, if you must go out, are already having an effect on flattening the curve.” Before leaving home, think: “Is it worth it?” If you must go out, try to bundle errands together, limiting exposure to others. Try to maintain a distance of 6 feet from others while out & wash hands when you return.

There are currently 178 (+24) confirmed cases in Hamilton County, 40 (+12) of which are hospitalized and 3 (+3) deaths. Statewide, there are 2,902 (+355) confirmed cases and 81 (+16) deaths in Ohio, with 802 (+217) hospitalizations in 75 (+1) counties. Nationally there are 217,263 (+13,655) confirmed cases and 5,151 (+675) reported deaths related to the disease. (Number in ( )’s indicates change from previous day’s report.)

Hamilton County also tracks COVID-19 cases by Zip Code.  As of April 1, 2020, there was one confirmed case in Zip Code 45246.  We do not know the exact location, except we have been told that we would be informed if it were in Glendale.
 
Additionally, Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton announced the extension of the statewide stay at home order until May 1, 2020.  This extension will go into effect on Monday, April 6, 2020 and include additional provisions and clarifications. 


WEdnesday, March 25

GLENDALE POLICE DEPARTMENT AND VOLUNTEERS PROVIDE ASSISTANCE FOR THOSE IN NEED DURING THE COVID-19 CRISIS

The Village of Glendale has a long tradition of stepping forward to help residents in need.  That tradition is continuing during the COVID-19 Crisis when nearly all of us have to remain at home, except to obtain necessities, such as food and medicine.  As usual, the Glendale Police Department, under the leadership of Chief Warman, has been taking the lead.  In a talk with him, Councilwoman Debbie Grueninger and resident Bob Kooris, several ideas were discussed to help residents who cannot leave their homes even for the essentials.

  • Chief Warman has a group of volunteers who are helping pick-up and deliver groceries and medicines to shut-ins.  For now, he has enough volunteers, but feel free to send him your name if you are willing to volunteer in case the need grows.  His email is: dwarman@glendaleohio.org
  • If you need assistance or know of someone who does, you can reach the Chief by the above email or call the Police Station at (513) 771-7645.  DO NOT call 911, unless there is a real emergency.
  • If you need assistance and are online, be aware that Kroger, Wal Mart and many other stores will deliver food and medicine, which you can order by phone or online.  There will be a charge and you can find out more on the websites of those or other stores. Note that, if you need medicine, Glendale’s own Gehring Pharmacy will continue its policy of free delivery.
  • There’s good news for older residents who can still get out and about.  Some stores are opening early for senior citizens and those with disabilities.  See below for a list of stores and their special hours.
  • Also, most Glendale restaurants are offering to deliver goods that are ordered online or by phone.  This is a great and convenient way to support our local business community.
  • Without being nosy or invading someone’s privacy, keep track of your friends and neighbors who might need help.  Dog walkers and those walking through the Village can help by noticing accumulated newspapers in driveways or any other signs that the resident may not be a full capacity.  If you are reluctant to just knock on the door, you can contact the Police and they will check.
  • If you feel you would like to help in some way, gift cards are always welcome.  For those in need, the Police Department will accept cards from any stores, but Kroger and Wal Mart are most welcome since they allow the purchase of food and medicine. 
  • Finally, you can help by distributing this message to those who do not get the Glendale email.  Among others, Facebook users can post this and Garden Clubs can distribute it to their members by email.

Early Hour Shopping for Seniors and Those with Disabilities:
Costco - Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning at 8:00 a.m.
Kroger - Monday through Thursday beginning at 7:00 a.m.
Target - Wednesdays beginning at 8:00 a.m.
Walmart - Tuesdays beginning at 7:00 a.m.
Whole Foods - Daily beginning at 7:00 a.m.
Fresh Market - Daily beginning at 8:00 a.m.


Tuesday, March 24On behalf of interim Health Commissioner Greg Kesterman, click here to read the full "Stay At Home" order recently announced by Governor DeWine and Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton.

Click here for frequently asked questions about the Director of Health's order.


Monday, March 23

Effective Tuesday, March 24th, 2020 the following temporary Glendale Municipal operational changes will take place:

Mayor and Council:  The Mayor, Council, Treasurer and other elected Public Officials be reached as usual by their email and phone numbers, as found on our www.glendaleohio.org website.  Future Council, GPHPC and Committee meetings, when health conditions again allow them, will be posted well ahead of time.  We are working on a means to broadcast them, pending passage of state legislation, during health emergencies (COVID-19).

Village Administrative Offices:  The office located at 30 Village Square will be closed effective March 24th and we ask all residents to continue to use email, texting and phone calls to contact us.   Our administrative employees are now linked to the office computers so that they may begin working from home on Tuesday and continue to process all work.   Incoming phone calls to the Office will be automatically be forwarded to them.

Utilities:  We are rotating our utility staff to maintain the minimum necessary level of onsite work for both the water department and sewage department.    Utilities are deemed a necessary and essential service.

Service Department:  We are also rotating our service department staff to maintain the minimum amount of personnel in the Village to address necessary and essential infrastructure and maintenance needs.  However, we temporarily ask the following of residents:

  • Brush and leaves – because we will have minimal staff on hand for only essential services, please refrain from putting brush or leaves out to the curb until further notice.   Should these items already be at the curb, it may be an extended period of time before services return to normal and for them to be collected.   Note: As a temporary solution for your yard waste, keep in mind that Rumpke will take leaves and yard brush if it is bagged or containerized … set it out by your garbage cans for your regular pickup.

Police and Fire: These are essential services and full staff remains available for normal patrols and emergency responses.   As you were previously advised by the Chiefs, please do not visit the Police and Fire offices unless it is absolutely necessary – instead, contact them by phone or email should you have a non-emergency need.   Please see their previously distributed notice as follows:

POLICE: Glendale Police will take all minor theft and other minor crime reports (that occur within the Village of Glendale) by phone only.  To report such crimes, please call 513-771-7645 between the hours of 8:30 am-and 4:00 pm (Monday-Friday).  Our clerk will then take down your basic information and a Glendale Police Officer will contact you by phone.  After 4:30pm, please call the on-duty officer at 513-678-1017 and they will assist you. Please DO-NOT call 911 unless it is a true emergency.

Officers will promptly respond to all serious offenses, but when practical, we ask that you meet the officer outside your residence or business. The person requesting police service must notify the Police Call Taker of anyone with a fever, other illness or sickness at their location.

The Glendale Mayor’s Court session scheduled for March 19, has been cancelled.  The next session is scheduled for April 2nd 2020 at the usual time of 7:00pm.

Copies of police reports will be emailed or faxed and can be obtained by calling 513-771-7645 between 8:30-am-4:00pm Monday-Friday or by emailing scordes@glendaleohio.org or dwarman@glendaleohio.org.  Police Reports, until further notice, will only be available only by email or by US mail and will no longer be available for pick-up at the station.

Children under 18 should not be allowed to be out and about in the community unless there is a business or medical need.

Thank you for your cooperation.  We will continue to monitor the coronavirus crisis and let you know of any new developments as they affect the service of the Police Department. We hope to resume normal operations as soon as possible.

FIRE: Glendale Fire station remains closed to the general public and visitors so that they can remain healthy to protect our community.   Fire safety inspections and outreach programs will be suspended until further notice. If you feel that you have the virus, DO NOT CALL for emergency responders unless you have an elevated temperature or breathing difficulties.

In closing, below are 4 essential practices, offered by Dr. Will Sawyer, in protecting yourself during the COVID-19 event:

1. Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth (i.e. facial mucous membranes = T Zone) the portal of entry for ALL respiratory infections. Wear a face shield (clear plastic shield) to change this unconscious behavior.
2. Hand wash/sanitize regularly before eating and when you arrive at home.
3. Clean commonly touched surfaces regularly (more frequently if active disease is present).
4. Follow the 4 Principles of Hand Awareness (henrythehand.org).


Tuesday, March 17
From the Glendale Police Department
Following the Governor’s directives regarding social distancing, the Glendale Police request you do not attempt to enter the Police Station except in emergencies.   We have taken steps to conduct all other business by telephone or email. Individuals who are ill or have a fever should call their doctor or otherwise seek medical help.  

Glendale Police will take all minor theft and other minor crime reports (that occur within the Village of Glendale) by phone only.  To report such crimes, please call 513-771-7645 between the hours of 8:30 am-and 4:00 pm (Monday-Friday).  Our clerk will then take down your basic information and a Glendale Police Officer will contact you by phone.  After 4:30pm, please call the on-duty officer at 513-678-1017 and they will assist you. Please DO NOT call 911 unless it is a true emergency.

Officers will promptly respond to all serious offenses, but when practical, we ask that you meet the officer outside your residence or business. The person requesting police service must notify the Police call taker of anyone with a fever, other illness or sickness at their location.

The Glendale Mayor’s Court session scheduled for March 19 has been cancelled.  The next session is scheduled for April 2nd 2020 at the usual time of 7:00pm.

Copies of police reports will be emailed or faxed and can be obtained by calling 513-771-7645 between 8:30-am-4:00pm Monday-Friday or by emailing scordes@glendaleohio.org or dwarman@glendaleohio.org.  Police Reports, until further notice, will only be available only by email or by US mail and will no longer be available for pick-up at the station.

Children under 18 should not be allowed to be out and about in the community unless there is a business or medical need.

Thank you for your cooperation.  We will continue to monitor the coronavirus crisis and let you know of any new developments as they affect the service of the Police Department. We hope to resume normal operations as soon as possible.

Cancellation of Ohio primary election
Pursuant to an order from the Director of Health and a directive from the Ohio Secretary of State, all polling locations throughout the State of Ohio, including the Village Town Hall polling location, are closed today. The primary election has been postponed until June 2, 2020. For more information, and to register to vote by mail, please visit the Hamilton County Board of Elections website.


Monday, March 16The Village of Glendale has taken the following precautions in order to protect our employees and to allow them to continue serving the Village during the coronavirus crisis.  Contact information for all Departments is found by clicking here. Please note that the information in this notice is about Glendale.  You should continue to follow your trusted news and governmental sources for general information, including the Ohio Department of Health at https://odh.ohio.gov/ and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Effective immediately, Village offices and departments will be closed to general visitors until further notice.  Except for emergencies, all others are asked to call or email if you need to conduct Village business.  Rest assured that all employees and officials of the Village will continue to carry out their regular duties to the best of their ability.

Village Office:  The Village Administrative Offices will have restricted visitor access.

Police Department:  The Glendale Police Station is closed to the general public and visitors so that our law enforcement officers can remain healthy, continue patrols, respond to calls, and protect our community.  Mayor’s Court session on March 19 has been cancelled.  The next session will be held April 2, 2020.  

Fire Department:  Glendale Fire station will also be closed to the general public and visitors so that they can remain healthy to protect our community.   Fire safety inspections and outreach programs will be suspended until further notice. If you feel that you have the virus, DO NOT CALL for emergency responders unless you have an elevated temperature or breathing difficulties.

Utilities:  It is time to read water meters. Our staff is working to read the outside meters. If your water meter is inside your home, please read your meter and call, text or email the reading to David Lumsden or Sally Wilson at the Administrative Office.  They can also provide instructions on how to read or locate your inside water meter. 

Glendale Businesses:  The Ohio Development Services Agency is preparing to submit an application in the coming week to qualify Ohio for the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program. This program provides low-interest loans up to $2 million, in order to help businesses overcome the loss of revenue during the state of emergency.  In order to complete the State’s application, businesses impacted by the current public health crisis should immediately send their contact information to BusinessHelp@Development.Ohio.gov. Additional information on the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program is available at SBA.gov/Disaster.