Center for Disease Control (CDC)
Ohio Department of Health
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Mental Health Resources
Ohio Crisis Text Line: Text keyword "4HOPE" to 741 741
The Lucas County COVID-19 Emotional Support Line is open.
The support line is intended to provide emotional support for anyone in Lucas County during the COVID-19 pandemic. The support line is staffed from 11:00 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week. The number is 419-442-0580.
If you and/or a loved one is experiencing isolation and in need of emotional support, call the Lucas County COVID-19 Support Line – 419-442-0580. All calls are completely anonymous.
This community service is provided by Neighborhood Properties with support from the Mental Health and Recovery Services Board of Lucas County.
“It can feel really tempting to put your mental health on the back burner right now because there's so much happening. But you might need help more than ever. And it's not great to just constantly download that onto your friends and family because they're going through the same thing too. Therapists are trained professionals. They have confidentiality in mind. If you have insurance, you can ask your insurance company to help you find a provider or a method. And if you don't have insurance, there are lots of free options and low-cost options for you out there.”
Article from the BBC: "Why We Should All be Wearing Face Masks"
How to Wear a Cloth Face Covering
Cloth face coverings should—
- fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
- be secured with ties or ear loops
- include multiple layers of fabric
- allow for breathing without restriction
- be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape
CDC on Homemade Cloth Face Coverings
CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.
CDC also advises the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others. Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure.
Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance.
Should cloth face coverings be washed or otherwise cleaned regularly? How regularly?
Yes. They should be routinely washed depending on the frequency of use.
How does one safely sterilize/clean a cloth face covering?
A washing machine should suffice in properly washing a face covering.
Drying should be done in dryer (i.e. relatively high heat) or direct sun (UV light will kill the virus in ~ 30 minutes).
How does one safely remove a used cloth face covering?
Individuals should be careful not to touch their eyes, nose, and mouth when removing their face covering and wash hands immediately after removing.
Grocery Shopping & Online Resources for Fun
Dedicated Grocery Shopping Times for the Most Vulnerable:
-Kroger Pickup allows you to order online, designate a pickup time, and have your groceries loaded directly into your trunk.
-Costco has added senior hours for members over 60 on Tuesday and Thursday each week from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Walmart is offering special shopping hours every Tuesday for customers aged 60 and older. This article includes additional stores with special hours.
Extra time to fill:
-Even though the galleries are closed, you can still visit the Toledo Museum of Art's world renowned collection online at emuseum.toledomuseum.org or TMA's Google Arts & Culture partner page. And if you are not already doing so, we recommend following TMA on its social channels (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter) for even more fun and engaging content.
-Check out the latest news from Toledo-Lucas County Public Library, with their many online offerings.
-Folks in assisted living facilities are isolated. You can help by surprising them with a phone call or note. Some facilities are also reaching out to the community for snacks or activity items (coloring books, small puzzles, etc) to help with boredom. Call the skilled nursing facility nearest you to check on what items and supplies might be helpful to them.
-With personal protective equipment (PPE) in such demand, hospitals have enlisted help from local volunteers to sew face masks.
-A great article about our mission partner US Together Toledo, which is in need of volunteers willing to teach ESL online. If you’d like to volunteer to teach online classes for US Together Toledo, contact Corine Dehabey at firstname.lastname@example.org.
-Grace Community Center needs volunteers to help tend their community gardens. Be in touch with Dave Walker or Chris Durand for more information.