Coronavirus and child welfare

In a previous piece, I highlighted the challenges of preparing for parenthood under the extenuating circumstances a pandemic provides, however, many alternative challenges endure for existing families who may be struggling to reunite or stay together. In light of the opioid use epidemic, every stage of the child welfare system in nearly every state has been overwhelmed including Ohio’s, where...

Cuyahoga County, Board of Elections provides 300 hotspots to CMSD students, AT&T to give two months free internet

The Cuyahoga County Board of Health holds press conference updating citizens on the coronavirus pandemic on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings. Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish addressed the Friday, April 10 briefing by talking about schools and kids in the community. Twenty-five percent of families in Cuyahoga County do not have a computer or internet access to do homework. “Schools...

COVID-19 & Emergency SNAP Allotments: What You Need to Know

On April 7, 2020, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) announced the issuance emergency SNAP (food stamp) payments to many SNAP households to help buy food during the pandemic crisis. Will I get extra SNAP benefits? If your monthly SNAP benefit is less than the maximum SNAP for your household size in the table below, you will...

Pandemic EBT: What it would provide for Ohio’s school children

More than 717,000, or more than 1 in 4 Ohio children no longer have access to free or reduced-priced meals that had been offered during the school day prior to the COVID-19 epidemic. Since all Ohio schools have been closed since March 16 in response to the pandemic, these children and their families have endured three weeks and counting without...

647 cases, 20 deaths in Cuyahoga County, Cuyahoga County is doing a great job flattening the curve but now’s not the time to let up

The Cuyahoga County Board of Health holds press conference updating citizens on the coronavirus pandemic on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings. Cuyahoga County Board of Health (CCBH) commissioner Terry Allan opened his Wednesday, April 8 briefing by reminding everyone that we are in the middle of National Public Health Week. “Right now, more than ever, the importance of a strong,...

Cuyahoga County gets restraining order to close non-essential business that had stayed open

The Cuyahoga County Board of Health holds press conference updating citizens on the coronavirus pandemic on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings. Cuyahoga County Board of Health (CCBH) commissioner Terry Allan announced in the Cuyahoga County Board of Health’s Wednesday, April 8 briefing that the first business in Cuyahoga County had been closed, the Seconds City Consignment Home Furnishings in Parma...

Voting during COVID-19

Last month, Ohio legislators passed an emergency coronavirus legislation (House Bill 197) extending the March 17 primary election to April 28. With this legislation, the majority of voters will be voting by mail with limited in-person available for a select few. How to vote Vote-by-mail. Eligible voters who were registered to vote by February 18 and did not early or...

“Masks are not a substitute for social distancing.” 574 sick in Cuyahoga County, 15 dead

The Cuyahoga County Board of Health holds press conference updating citizens on the coronavirus pandemic on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings. The health commissioner for the Cuyahoga County Board of Health, Terry Allan, opened the Monday, April 6 press briefing by stating how proud he is of the county’s ‘public health warriors.’ “I think it’s been incredible to watch Public...

513 cases in Cuyahoga County, 10 deaths. ‘We’re not gonna get on the other side of this curve unless you stay home’

The Cuyahoga County Board of Health holds press conference updating citizens on the coronavirus pandemic on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings. Cuyahoga County Board of Health (CCBH) commissioner Terry Allan opened his Friday, April 3 briefing by talking about ManorCare in Parma, a long-term care facility which was identified as the location of a COVID-19 cluster. “They’ve been very cooperative...