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Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has signed House Bill 197 which provides emergency relief to Ohioans during the COVID-19 pandemic. The bill: Waives state testing requirements for school children this year. Extends professional licenses for those who cannot get them renewed. Allows local governments to hold public meetings remotely and with transparency.

Vermilion's mayor is warning residents not to flush any paper or sanitary product other than toilet paper. “Vermilion's wastewater plant has a skeleton crew due to COVID19,” stated Mayor Forthofer. “Clogged pipes from wads of ‘flushable wipes’, sanitary wipes, paper towels, diapers, feminine products, tissues or pictures of your ex will cause a sewer back up.

The City of Vermilion has just received notice from Republic Services that they have canceled bulk pickup on April 8 in the City of Vermilion, and everywhere else, according to Mayor Forthofer. “Also, yard waste pickup will be postponed until further notice,” stated the mayor. “Regular Wednesday waste pickup will continue as an essential service.”

The Ohio General Assembly has introduced legislation (HB 565) to extend the filing and payment due date for state and municipal income taxes from April 15, 2020 to July 15, 2020. RITA will continue to monitor the legislation and provide updates as events warrant.

Trash pick up for the City of Vermilion follows the normal schedule, according to Mayor Forthofer. “Public sanitation is an essential service,” stated the mayor. “Wednesday is regular waste pick up. Bulk pick up is April 8.”

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.

According to Sandusky Transit Administrative Manager Tonya Beier, Vermilion’s Share-A-Ride continues to operate. “All rides on STS are now free to aid in the safety of our drivers and the public,” stated Beier. “There have been no service changes in Vermilion.” “As to social distancing - riders should not sit next to each other to maintain distance.

Per the Governor’s Stay-at-Home Order, the following meetings have been postponed and rescheduled as follows: March 24, 2020 – Contractors Registration Board – Rescheduled to the next regularly scheduled meeting date of April 28, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. (All applications received up to April 28, 2020 will be addressed) March 24, 2020 – Zoning Board of Appeals.

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, Lt. Governor Jon Husted, and Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton, M.D. MPH, today announced that Ohio will be under a "Stay at Home" order. The order will go into effect beginning Monday, March 23, 2020, at 11:59 pm and will remain in effect until 11:59 pm on April 6, 2020, unless the order is rescinded or modified. ​Read the full order here: Director's Stay At Home Order​.

Ohio State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy passed a rule related to prescribing chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine for purposes of COVID-19. Unless otherwise approved by the Board’s executive director, no prescription for chloroquine or hydroxychloroquine may be dispensed by a pharmacist or sold at retail by a licensed terminal distributor of dangerous drugs unless:

Beginning on Thursday, March 26, 2020, all operating child care centers in Ohio must do so under a Temporary Pandemic Child Care license and follow these guidelines: There should be no more than six children in a class. Ratios must be kept at one teacher to no more than six children. Children whose parents are employed by the same entity should be kept together whenever possible.

Following the death of an 85-year old male from Erie County, Ohio from complications related to COVID-19 on March 20, 2020, Erie County Health Department is reminding us all to heed the precautions associated with preventing the spread of this disease. COVID-19 is a new disease, and we are learning more about it every day.