OCSEA members have worked too hard and sacrificed too much, including their lives, for Ohio to give up now.
With Ohio's announcement on June 22 of the second largest daily increase in coronavirus cases, OCSEA members are encouraged to get back-to-the-basics of COVID-19 to protect themselves and their families amid this pandemic.
It was reported on June 22 that there were 729 new daily cases of coronavirus in the state, the second largest daily increase since May 21. The state also saw major increases over the weekend. The total COVID-19 cases being reported in the state is 45,500, with 2,704 deaths.
Let's get back to basics to save lives:
- Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; dry hands with a clean towel or air dry. Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water are unavailable.
- Cover your mouth with a tissue or sleeve when sneezing or coughing.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Stay home when sick. Avoid contact with people who are sick.
- Put distance between yourself and other people.
- Wear a mask in public spaces to protect others.
And, please remember: COVID-19 testing is available to all Ohioans. Any Ohio citizen who wants a test can get one. Testing is available at multiple retail pharmacy locations and also through pop-up testing sites around the state. OCSEA members who are front line workers who have not yet been tested are greatly encouraged to do so.
If you are an OCSEA member who needs PPE. or feel unsafe on the job, contact a member of your local union leadership, your staff representative or email the union at UnionYes@ocsea.org.