**Ohio's New Stay at Home Order: March 23, 2020 to April 7, 2020**
On Sunday, March 22th, under the direction of Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton, M.D., MPH issued a director’s order to require all Ohioans to stay in their homes to prevent the further spread of COVID-19 beginning at 11:59 p.m. EDT on Monday, March 23, 2020 until 11:59 p.m. on April 6, 2020. This order prohibits holding gatherings of any size and closes all nonessential businesses. It does NOT prohibit essential activities like going to the grocery store, receiving medical care, or taking your pet for a walk. Read more below.
- English: Stay at Home Order Frequently Asked Questions
- Espanol: Preguntas Frecuentes Sobre Nueva Orden "Quedarse en Casa"
Trusted Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information Sources
- Ohio Department of Health: Information from the Ohio Department of Health including info specific to Ohio. Find stay at home info, Governor's orders, resources for parents and families, Ohio case statistics, resources for mental health, and more.
- Franklin County Public Health: Information and Resources tailored to Franklin County. Franklin County Alerts: Sign up to receive local COVID-19 updates and alerts by texting “COVID19FC” to 888777.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Information available in English and Español. Find guidelines to protect yourself and others, news, updates, resources for yourself and your community, and more.
- World Health Organizaton (WHO): Current international updates and statistics, myth-busters, and more.
Mental Health Resources
Support your mental health in addition to your physical health during this time. Below are some resources to help you manage anxiety and stress related to the coronavirus outbreak.
- Manage Anxiety & Stress: Recommendations from CDC for things you can do to support your mental health during this time. Includes recommendations for yourself, for children and parents, for responders, and for those released from quarantine.
- Coping with COVID-19 Anxiety: Recommendations from Dr. Amy Action, M.D., MPH, Ohio Department of Health Director.
- More Resources: Links to additional helpful resources to support mental health and cope with COVID-19-related anxiety. Compiled by the Ohio Department of Health.
- My RecoveryWorks, peer support. A program of Southeast Healthcare, providing online and in-person peer support, guidance and resources for those challenged with mental wellness and addictive behaviors.
If you, or someone you care about, are feeling overwhelmed with emotions like sadness, depression, or anxiety, or feel like you want to harm yourself or others, reach out for help. Call
- 911 or
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746. (TTY 1-800-846-8517)
Resources for Economic Support Ohio
Resources compiled by the Ohio Department of Health to connect you with local, state and federal resources and funds for the following impacted categories:
- Individuals and families: unemployment resources, health insurance relief, school meals, and more.
- Small businesses and non-profits: economic disaster loan program, bar and restaurant relief, daycare ratio updates, and more.
Food and Childcare Assistance
- Columbus Area/Franklin County Food Pantries, Soup Kitchens, Grab & Go School Lunch locations
Temporary Pandemic Child Care
Beginning Thursday, March 26, only child care programs with a Temporary Pandemic Child Care license will be permitted to operate in Ohio, serving only essential workers defined by the state with priority for key health and safety occupations.
- Action for Children’s website hosts information for families including an interactive map of the ODJFS-approved Temporary Pandemic Child Care programs in Franklin and surrounding counties.