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03/19/2020

ONMA Coronavirus Information Page

The Ohio News Media Association has created this page to centralize resources about the COVID-19 outbreak for our member journalists. If you don’t see the information you need on this page, contact the ONMA’s Jason Sanford at jsanford@ohionews.org.

Member-Only Slack

ONMA has created a member-only Slack, which allows Ohio’s editors and journalists to connect and communicate with each other. To request access, enter your email address here.

This Slack allows information to be shared quickly among Ohio's journalists on topics such as this outbreak. People can use the Slack through their web browser or by downloading the app to their phone, tablet or desktop.

House Ads and PSAs

ONMA has created a house ad about how Ohio newspapers are responding to COVID-19 and how we're working to keep our communities informed. Feel free to run this ad in your paper.

ONMA is also sharing a series of print and digital public service announcement ads which members are free to use. The ads each highlight one of the actions recommended by the CDC to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 along with managing the associated stress related to this pandemic.

The ads allow ONMA members to drop in their own logos and are available in both print and digital formats. We encourage our members to run these ads to help keep their readers informed and healthy.

Thank you to the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association for originally creating these PSAs.

Resources for Businesses

The US Small Business Administration has set up a site for businesses to apply for disaster loan assistance.

The Ohio Chamber of Commerce has created a resource page on the coronavirus for Ohio businesses. ONMA members may find this page useful as they deal with the business aspects of the outbreak.

Ohio Attorney General Open Meeting Letter

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost has released this letter, detailing how the Open Meeting Act applies during the state of emergency surrounding the outbreak (PDF download).

ODH Coronavirus Website

The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) has created a comprehensive clearinghouse-style website for Ohio coronavirus information, including the current number of cases in the state and what members of the public should do to prepare. The website is suitable for sharing with your paper’s readers. The shareable url is coronavirus.ohio.gov.

Ohio Department of Health Press Contact

ODH Pressroom email: OPA@odh.ohio.gov

Media Contact:

  • Melanie Amato, Press Secretary, Office of Public Affairs and Communications, ODH
    Phone: (614) 644-4278
    Cell: (614) 309-7188

Locate Your Local Health District Info

The ODH maintains an interactive site allowing you to quickly find the contact info for your local health department.

CDC Information

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers media outlets a number of digital resources including videos, audio clips, podcasts, and public service announcements, plus a limited supply of B-Roll for productions. In addition, the CDC offers a number of print resources on COVID-19, including educational posters for use in workplaces.

Cleveland Clinic

The Cleveland Clinic has a media resource page. Here are their media contacts:

  • Hope Buggey 216.444.8853
  • Katrina Healy 216.444.4255
  • Shannon Nealon 216.318.8067

OSU Wexner Center

The OSU’s Wexner Medical Center has a page about the coronavirus, including info about the current status of the virus in Ohio and how it’s affecting the university.

WHO Info

The World Health Organization posts regular press briefings on their website.

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