A Message From Mayor Walters

Apr 15, 2020

We are now starting to hear reports that the State of Ohio is beginning to flatten the curve in this COVID-19 pandemic. I want to make sure that we continue to stay home and follow physical distancing guidelines to keep us moving in the right direction so as not to cause a spike in local cases. Please continue to wash your hands and wear your masks. We have collectively been doing such a great job of adapting to this unprecedented situation, but we need to keep up the work that we are doing. Please continue to stay home and stay apart to help keep us all safe. I know this is not easy, and we have sacrificed a ton, but we need to hang in there just a little bit longer so that we can start to return to some normalcy. This is hard work, but I am so proud of the work that we are doing in Cuyahoga Falls to help flatten the curve. I know we all seem like a broken record when we continue to talk about this, but this information and everything we are doing is helping to save lives.

The 2020 Census is still ongoing, and Cuyahoga Falls has almost 60% of our households who have responded so far. I know we can do better. The count is mandated by the Constitution and everyone living in the United States and its five territories is required by law to be counted in the 2020 Census. All 2020 Census responses are kept confidential and private. By law, your responses cannot be shared. Every year, billions of dollars in federal funding go to hospitals, fire departments, schools, roads, and other resources based on census data. We can witness the importance of federal funding right now as we see the ongoing situation with the COVID-19 pandemic. It has never been easier to respond to the Census, and you can do so by phone at 844.330.2020, mail, or online at my2020census.gov. Please do your part to ensure that Cuyahoga Falls Counts.

I also want to remind you that there will be no in-person voting for this year’s primary election, and you must request an absentee ballot. Please contact the Summit County Board of Elections at 330.643.5200 to request an application for an absentee ballot or access the application by visiting www.summitcountyboe.gov. For your votes to be counted, absentee ballots must be postmarked by Monday, April 27, 2020, which is only a week and a half away.

Please continue to be kind to each other and support each other. Everyone is dealing with the stress and emotions of this time very differently, but we can all agree that this time is not normal. We have lost a lot, whether it be seeing our family and friends, the normalcy of work or school schedules, or just the ability to go to our local coffee shops to take some time for ourselves to have a cup of coffee. Many of our community members are isolated right now, and we must continue to reach out to each other to stay connected, especially while we have to stay apart. If you need additional help, please do not hesitate to contact the Summit County ADM Board Crisis Line by texting 4hope to 741741.

Again, thank you for continuing to be there for each other and our community. I am consistently hearing stories of how you are all showing up for each other whether that be taking a neighbor’s trash can to and from the curb on their sanitation day, doing minor yard work for someone who cannot get out of their house right now due to pre-existing health conditions, and our local businesses serving meals to those who have lost their jobs and those who are serving in public safety and healthcare positions. I am so proud of each and every one of you. We are Cuyahoga Falls strong, and I am so humbled by and grateful for the opportunity to serve you as your Mayor. Stay well.