A Message from Mayor Walters

Mar 24, 2020

I hope this message finds you and your family well – and at home. As you should be aware, we are now under an executive order from Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton to stay at home. We are all making great sacrifices right now, but I urge you to follow these orders for the safety, health, and well-being of all of us. We have an opportunity to do our part to stop the spread of this virus, and we should do just that by staying home and only leaving when it is absolutely essential.

Many of you have contacted me to ask about what “essential business” means. The Ohio Department of Health has issued guidance outlining critical industries such as healthcare, public safety, food, government operations, transportation, and financial services. Yes, you can still get groceries and gas. You can still see your healthcare providers and go to the bank. Your government is still here to provide the services that you depend on, such as sanitation, water, and electric. You are still urged to get outside and enjoy hikes in our parks while observing physical distancing guidelines of staying six feet apart. Your health and well-being remain priority number one. Please make sure that you are taking care of yourselves by maintaining healthy eating habits, getting sleep, exercising, and staying hydrated.

We are already in the midst of cold, flu, and allergy season, so it is vital that we understand the symptoms of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). COVID-19 symptoms are fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. If you do feel ill, please contact your primary care physician and make sure that you are staying home. Most of our local healthcare systems are providing virtual visits where you can seek medical advice. Not only are we trying to limit exposure, but we are also doing everything we can to try not to overwhelm our healthcare system. Up-to-date information about COVID-19 can be found at coronavirus.ohio.gov or scph.org.

Another question that I have gotten is how we can all help. First and foremost, our safety forces need Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). If you have a business that can donate gloves or masks, you should contact our Neighborhood Excellence, Communication, and Community Outreach Department (NECCO) so that we can coordinate a drop-off. If you are in your home and need assistance, whether that be having someone go to the grocery store for you, pick up prescriptions, or even take out your sanitation carts, please contact our NECCO Department, and a volunteer will be contacted to help. Last week, I put out a call to action and asked for volunteers to sign up to help those in our community that are most in need. The response has been overwhelming, and I am so grateful for the innate good that exists in our community. Thank you for your commitment to our community. Our NECCO Department can be reached at 330.971.8208 or NECCO@cityofcf.com.

I also want to take this opportunity to thank each and every city employee for their service to all of us. These men and women are true public servants who are dedicated to providing our community with top-notch service, even in the most trying of times.
I have said many times that a city is only as good as the programs and services it provides, and ours are unparalleled. Your sacrifices have not gone unnoticed. Though City Hall is closed to in-person public visits during this time, we are all still here to help. Please do not hesitate to contact City Hall with questions at 330.971.8000.

I know these times can feel incredibly uncertain, and we are facing a situation that we have never encountered before. But I am confident that we will continue to be up to the challenge. We are a community that consistently shows up for each other, especially when we are needed the most. This time, the best way we can be there for each other is to follow health orders, stay home, and keep each other safe from harm. I have stated before; we are up to the challenge. I will be here with you every step of the way.