COVID-19 Community Action Plan

CoronavirusCDC
Geoff Milz, Township Administrator

To The Residents, visitors and businesses of Colerain Township: 

Update 8-20-2020

The last two months have brought us an increase in business openings, the return of youth sports leagues as well as professional sports, and the perfect weather for the continued enjoyment of our local parks.  While the number of COVID-19 cases are currently trending down, the initial stages of reopening brought a brief period of increased cases.  In true Colerain fashion, our community recommitted themselves to following the CDC and State guidelines and numbers have flattened once more.   

As we continue through this pandemic, and as we begin to send our children back to school, it is imperative that we continue to stay on course.  The school year itself will bring its own set of challenges.   Teachers and administrators are navigating through uncommon territory and are doing their best to balance the physical and mental health and wellbeing of their school community while still meeting the educational needs of their students.  Prepare your children for the changes that they will face, and remind them to show empathy when those changes become frustrating because everyone is in the same boat!  Show them empathy as well, because they are also full of their own worries and concerns!

That brings up a very important topic - from an emotional and frustration level, many of us have reached the ‘I’m over it’ phase.

Battalion Chief Steve Conn worded it well when he mentioned that many of us are suffering from a type of “COVID19/Social Unrest Fatigue”. The amount of changes, information, the emotional stories of social unrest, the conspiracy theories and the seemingly endless flow of misinformation can take its toll on all of our abilities to show empathy and compassion for others.  Many of you may be overloaded as well. This is NORMAL and totally EXPECTED when taking all of this into account.

We MUST take time out of the endless barrage of media information, social media opinions and “expert” testimonies that support every possible theory out there. Our human minds are not equipped to assimilate this amount of information at such a breakneck pace.

What are you doing to take care of your emotional and mental health? What about your family’s needs, friends, neighbors? Remember that whatever is affecting you is affecting them as well. Too many times we get caught up in our own feelings about these issues, that we don’t consider that our families are receiving the same amount of information and we all experience and process events differently. Some “minor” things to you may be something “major” to me. We need to acknowledge this fact and NEVER downplay or minimize someone’s experiences or feelings. When a judgmental environment exists, people shut down and don’t reach out for help when they need it.

So, what can you do?   I will share with you the suggestions Battalion Chief Conn has for maintaining your mental health through all of our collective uncertainty:

  • Restrict or limit your exposure to social media or mainstream media – especially if it is in direct opposition to your own beliefs and feelings.
    • This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be informed. You need to pick your media/information outlets and stick with them, while trying to ignore those that are simply trying to get a rise out of people.
    • Follow reputable sources that impart scientific fact and information rather than just opinions. Be critical about the information you read
  • Exercise / Rest. Some people find exercise beneficial for multiple reasons. Some people find rest and relaxation just as beneficial. Find what works for you and make time to DO IT.
  • Eat/Drink/Sleep/Shower. Remember Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. Remember to fulfill your bottom layer foundation of personal needs.
  • Take time for yourself and your family. One of the great benefits of some of this is the incredible amount of time parents can spend with their children.  Reestablish that family time and bonds through board games, card games, puzzles, storytelling. (Notice I didn’t say anything about the internet)
  • Limit your screen time. Not just the news but all screen time. The light from your screens can alter your sleep patterns. (Most smart phones have a setting to reduce the glare and adverse effects of the screen lights)
  • Lean on your family, friends and religious leaders. Following social distancing measures and prevention measures as well.
  • Consult with your physician or mental health expert if you are feeling overwhelmed or anxious about the day’s events. There is nothing wrong with asking for help.

As always, take care, and stay #ColerainStrong!

Geoff Milz
Township Administrator


Update 6-4-20

Colerain Community,

It’s been a while since our last update and a lot has happened.  We recognize the COVID-19 has brought sickness and death to our families and neighbors, and our hearts ache for those affected. No words can express our feelings of grief and anguish that has befallen many in our community but know that Colerain stands strong and resilient and ready to assist where we can.

I would like to thank our Community for their continued diligence and dedication to making Colerain the thriving community we are.  Because of your attention to the CDC and Ohio guidelines, our community continues to flatten the curve and weather the storm in true Colerain fashion. We may see increased positive cases but keep in mind that these numbers are increasing because testing has increased  Our actual numbers of hospitalized and deaths are the real weather gauge to be used here, and all indications show we are doing well compared to other areas of the state.

Businesses are opening up, childcare is reopening, restaurants have reopened their dining rooms and we are getting a taste of the new “normal” This has been a difficult time for our community.  Colerain thrives on locally owned businesses and those “mom and pop” places where everybody knows your name. Now, more than ever, we urge our residents to patronize our locally owned businesses and those located in Colerain Township.  Remember to tip your servers, as they may have been without pay for many weeks and even months.

Our Township services are getting back to a more normal schedule.  Police and Fire administrative personnel and staff are back to working their normal shifts.  The Township Administrative staff are continuing to slowly return to their schedules but have realized that some things can be done remotely and these functions are currently being evaluated by department heads.  Trustee meetings, zoning meetings, and other gatherings in the Trustee chambers will continue to be adapted according to social distancing guidelines, but every attempt is being made to integrate technology to facilitate these meetings to ensure all voices are heard.

Your Township remains fully operational and functioning during these periods of medical, economic, and social upheaval and want to reassure our residents that we remain committed to a functional continuity of government during trying times.  I couldn’t be more proud of the way in which our staff and residents have worked together to continue making Colerain the strong community that we are.

Take care, and stay #ColerainStrong.

Geoff Milz, Township Administrator


UPDATE 4/11/2020

Colerain Community,

Even as we are all doing everything we can to slow the spread and flatten the curve, the business of the Township must go on. On Tuesday, April 14th at 7:00 PM the Board of Trustees’ regularly scheduled meeting will occur as scheduled but due to the restrictions on congregations of people and concerns about public health, it will look and feel much different.

We plan to use a technology that allows us to come together while not being physically present in the same room. Each Trustee and Department Director will either be onsite at 4200 Springdale Road or joining the meeting remotely. The entire meeting will be broadcast live on Waycross TV and recorded for those who are unable to watch it live.

Just because you can’t be in the room doesn’t mean that you can’t give us you feedback! The big theme of our 2020 Strategic Plan and Budget is "Creating Connections" after all! In these uneasy times, we want more than ever to assure you that the men and women who work for Colerain Township are here for you. If you have something you would like to share with the Board of Trustees during the Citizen Comment portion of the meeting please send them your comments by noon on Tuesday, April 14th by emailing the following email address: Coleraintwp@colerain.org.  They will be read into the record of the meeting during the citizens address portion of the agenda.

Though attendance at this meeting by the general public will not be permitted, we want you to be able to get the information you need and keep up with the business of the township. We look forward to the day when we can all be together again. Until then, if you have any questions, please contact the Administration Department at 513.385.7500.

Be well, Colerain.

Geoff Milz, Township Administrator

UPDATE 4/03/2020

As we continue to head straight into this pandemic and the uncertainty that lies ahead of us,we wanted to take a moment to express our gratitude to the Colerain Community for the countless offerings of help, volunteers and well wishers seeing what they could do to help.This is truly the meaning of #ColerainCares. 

Tough times lie ahead of us as this virus will undoubtedly touch each of our residents in some way.  This is a thing that the COVID19 Leadership Team does not take lightly.  For almost 3 weeks now, we have been meeting every weekday morning at 0800 to formulate the day’s messaging, staffing and to coordinate the operational capacity of our various departments.  We can assure you that at this time, we have put things in place that can be adjusted and enhanced in a single phone call.  Whether that means placing additional EMS units on the road or additional officers on patrol, we have built an operational plan that we are comfortable with for the first part of the anticipated surge.  

One thing that gives us some comfort is the incredible leaders we have in charge of each of our departments and professionalism of all our employees at all ranks. They are truly conducting business with YOUR safety and the safety of ALL our Township employees as their top priority.

We are continuing to plan ahead to ensure the continuity of our operations at all levels to maintain our governmental operations within the Township.  On behalf of our elected officials, our COVID-19 Leadership Team, Department heads and all of our employees, we encourage everyone to pay attention to the CDC and ODH guidelines, take care of yourselves and check in on your neighbors, because #ColerainCares.

Geoff Milz - Township Administrator

Steve Conn - Public Information Officer

Original Message - 3/18/2020

We truly are living in wild times. I wanted to take a few minutes to share with you the priorities and precautions the Township is taking as we move into this public health emergency. It is important to remember that, for most of us, this virus is like any other – it makes us feel sick for a short time then it passes. However, for those in high-risk populations (elderly, extremely young or those with preexisting health conditions) this virus can prove to be very dangerous and even deadly.

One of the biggest challenges we face is hospital capacity and overburdening our healthcare system. With many people getting sick in a short period of time, the potential exists that our hospital system may be overwhelmed and sick people may not be able to get the care they need. Therefore we need to follow the guidelines and rules that have been issues by the CDC, Ohio Department of Health and the Hamilton County Public Health Department.

On Monday Evening, (Monday March 16th), the Colerain Township Trustees unanimously passed a resolution declaring a State of Emergency for Colerain Township. This falls in line with declarations at the state and federal level and open multiple avenues of assistance and funding available to Colerain residents.

Recently I met with all the department heads to discuss our response to COVID-19. The department heads have been working diligently to produce a model that we can use to provide a framework of what organizations, businesses and individuals can do to minimize the potential for spread. You will see on the following pages that our township staff and employees are following the same guidelines we are recommending to our public.

Please refer to this Community Action Plan and use this website to navigate through the various pages through the links to the left.   


While we anticipate the impact of this virus to continue to get worse, I can without a doubt also state with confidence that our Township will meet these challenges head on and take care of one another when the time comes. We will show world that we are #COVID19ColerainReady.

Take care and stay healthy

Geoff


8/17/2020

The last two months have brought us an increase in business openings, the return of youth sports leagues as well as professional sports, and the perfect weather for the continued enjoyment of our local parks.  While the number of COVID-19 cases are currently trending down, the initial stages of reopening brought a brief period of increased cases.  In true Colerain fashion, our community recommitted themselves to following the CDC and State guidelines and numbers have flattened once more.   

As we continue through this pandemic, and as we begin to send our children back to school, it is imperative that we continue to stay on course.  The school year itself will bring its own set of challenges.   Teachers and administrators are navigating through uncommon territory and are doing their best to balance the physical and mental health and wellbeing of their school community while still meeting the educational needs of their students.  Prepare your children for the changes that they will face, and remind them to show empathy when those changes become frustrating because everyone is in the same boat!  Show them empathy as well, because they are also full of their own worries and concerns!

 

That brings up a very important topic - from an emotional and frustration level, many of us have reached the ‘I’m over it’ phase.

Battalion Chief Steve Conn worded it well when he mentioned that many of us are suffering from a type of “COVID19/Social Unrest Fatigue”. The amount of changes, information, the emotional stories of social unrest, the conspiracy theories and the seemingly endless flow of misinformation can take its toll on all of our abilities to show empathy and compassion for others.  Many of you may be overloaded as well. This is NORMAL and totally EXPECTED when taking all of this into account.

We MUST take time out of the endless barrage of media information, social media opinions and “expert” testimonies that support every possible theory out there. Our human minds are not equipped to assimilate this amount of information at such a breakneck pace.

What are you doing to take care of your emotional and mental health? What about your family’s needs, friends, neighbors? Remember that whatever is affecting you is affecting them as well. Too many times we get caught up in our own feelings about these issues, that we don’t consider that our families are receiving the same amount of information and we all experience and process events differently. Some “minor” things to you may be something “major” to me. We need to acknowledge this fact and NEVER downplay or minimize someone’s experiences or feelings. When a judgmental environment exists, people shut down and don’t reach out for help when they need it.

 

So, what can you do?   I will share with you the suggestions Battalion Chief Conn has for maintaining your mental health through all of our collective uncertainty:

 

1.            Restrict or limit your exposure to social media or mainstream media – especially if it is in direct opposition to your own beliefs and feelings.

a.            This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be informed. You need to pick your media/information outlets and stick with them, while trying to ignore those that are simply trying to get a rise out of people.

b.            Follow reputable sources that impart scientific fact and information rather than just opinions. Be critical about the information you read

2.            Exercise / Rest. Some people find exercise beneficial for multiple reasons. Some people find rest and relaxation just as beneficial. Find what works for you and make time to DO IT.

3.            Eat/Drink/Sleep/Shower. Remember Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. Remember to fulfill your bottom layer foundation of personal needs.

4.            Take time for yourself and your family. One of the great benefits of some of this is the incredible amount of time parents can spend with their children.  Reestablish that family time and bonds through board games, card games, puzzles, storytelling. (Notice I didn’t say anything about the internet)

5.            Limit your screen time. Not just the news but all screen time. The light from your screens can alter your sleep patterns. (Most smart phones have a setting to reduce the glare and adverse effects of the screen lights)

6.            Lean on your family, friends and religious leaders. Following social distancing measures and prevention measures as well.

7.            Consult with your physician or mental health expert if you are feeling overwhelmed or anxious about the day’s events. There is nothing wrong with asking for help.

 

As always, take care, and stay #ColerainStrong!

Geoff Milz
 Township Administrator

8/17/2020

The last two months have brought us an increase in business openings, the return of youth sports leagues as well as professional sports, and the perfect weather for the continued enjoyment of our local parks.  While the number of COVID-19 cases are currently trending down, the initial stages of reopening brought a brief period of increased cases.  In true Colerain fashion, our community recommitted themselves to following the CDC and State guidelines and numbers have flattened once more.   

As we continue through this pandemic, and as we begin to send our children back to school, it is imperative that we continue to stay on course.  The school year itself will bring its own set of challenges.   Teachers and administrators are navigating through uncommon territory and are doing their best to balance the physical and mental health and wellbeing of their school community while still meeting the educational needs of their students.  Prepare your children for the changes that they will face, and remind them to show empathy when those changes become frustrating because everyone is in the same boat!  Show them empathy as well, because they are also full of their own worries and concerns!

 

That brings up a very important topic - from an emotional and frustration level, many of us have reached the ‘I’m over it’ phase.

Battalion Chief Steve Conn worded it well when he mentioned that many of us are suffering from a type of “COVID19/Social Unrest Fatigue”. The amount of changes, information, the emotional stories of social unrest, the conspiracy theories and the seemingly endless flow of misinformation can take its toll on all of our abilities to show empathy and compassion for others.  Many of you may be overloaded as well. This is NORMAL and totally EXPECTED when taking all of this into account.

We MUST take time out of the endless barrage of media information, social media opinions and “expert” testimonies that support every possible theory out there. Our human minds are not equipped to assimilate this amount of information at such a breakneck pace.

What are you doing to take care of your emotional and mental health? What about your family’s needs, friends, neighbors? Remember that whatever is affecting you is affecting them as well. Too many times we get caught up in our own feelings about these issues, that we don’t consider that our families are receiving the same amount of information and we all experience and process events differently. Some “minor” things to you may be something “major” to me. We need to acknowledge this fact and NEVER downplay or minimize someone’s experiences or feelings. When a judgmental environment exists, people shut down and don’t reach out for help when they need it.

 

So, what can you do?   I will share with you the suggestions Battalion Chief Conn has for maintaining your mental health through all of our collective uncertainty:

 

1.            Restrict or limit your exposure to social media or mainstream media – especially if it is in direct opposition to your own beliefs and feelings.

a.            This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be informed. You need to pick your media/information outlets and stick with them, while trying to ignore those that are simply trying to get a rise out of people.

b.            Follow reputable sources that impart scientific fact and information rather than just opinions. Be critical about the information you read

2.            Exercise / Rest. Some people find exercise beneficial for multiple reasons. Some people find rest and relaxation just as beneficial. Find what works for you and make time to DO IT.

3.            Eat/Drink/Sleep/Shower. Remember Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. Remember to fulfill your bottom layer foundation of personal needs.

4.            Take time for yourself and your family. One of the great benefits of some of this is the incredible amount of time parents can spend with their children.  Reestablish that family time and bonds through board games, card games, puzzles, storytelling. (Notice I didn’t say anything about the internet)

5.            Limit your screen time. Not just the news but all screen time. The light from your screens can alter your sleep patterns. (Most smart phones have a setting to reduce the glare and adverse effects of the screen lights)

6.            Lean on your family, friends and religious leaders. Following social distancing measures and prevention measures as well.

7.            Consult with your physician or mental health expert if you are feeling overwhelmed or anxious about the day’s events. There is nothing wrong with asking for help.

 

As always, take care, and stay #ColerainStrong!

Geoff Milz
 Township Administrator

The last two months have brought us an increase in business openings, the return of youth sports leagues as well as professional sports, and the perfect weather for the continued enjoyment of our local parks.  While the number of COVID-19 cases are currently trending down, the initial stages of reopening brought a brief period of increased cases.  In true Colerain fashion, our community recommitted themselves to following the CDC and State guidelines and numbers have flattened once more.   

As we continue through this pandemic, and as we begin to send our children back to school, it is imperative that we continue to stay on course.  The school year itself will bring its own set of challenges.   Teachers and administrators are navigating through uncommon territory and are doing their best to balance the physical and mental health and wellbeing of their school community while still meeting the educational needs of their students.  Prepare your children for the changes that they will face, and remind them to show empathy when those changes become frustrating because everyone is in the same boat!  Show them empathy as well, because they are also full of their own worries and concerns!

The last two months have brought us an increase in business openings, the return of youth sports leagues as well as professional sports, and the perfect weather for the continued enjoyment of our local parks.   While the number of COVID-19 cases are currently trending down, the initial stages of reopening brought a brief period of increased cases.  In true Colerain fashion, our community recommitted themselves to following the CDC and State guidelines and numbers have flattened once more.  

The last two months have brought us an increase in business openings, the return of youth sports leagues as well as professional sports, and the perfect weather for the continued enjoyment of our local parks.   While the number of COVID-19 cases are currently trending down, the initial stages of reopening brought a brief period of increased cases.  In true Colerain fashion, our community recommitted themselves to following the CDC and State guidelines and numbers have flattened once more.  

The last two months have brought us an increase in business openings, the return of youth sports leagues as well as professional sports, and the perfect weather for the continued enjoyment of our local parks.  While the number of COVID-19 cases are currently trending down, the initial stages of reopening brought a brief period of increased cases.  In true Colerain fashion, our community recommitted themselves to following the CDC and State guidelines and numbers have flattened once more.   

As we continue through this pandemic, and as we begin to send our children back to school, it is imperative that we continue to stay on course.  The school year itself will bring its own set of challenges.   Teachers and administrators are navigating through uncommon territory and are doing their best to balance the physical and mental health and wellbeing of their school community while still meeting the educational needs of their students.  Prepare your children for the changes that they will face, and remind them to show empathy when those changes become frustrating because everyone is in the same boat!  Show them empathy as well, because they are also full of their own worries and concerns!

That brings up a very important topic - from an emotional and frustration level, many of us have reached the ‘I’m over it’ phase.

Battalion Chief Steve Conn worded it well when he mentioned that many of us are suffering from a type of “COVID19/Social Unrest Fatigue”. The amount of changes, information, the emotional stories of social unrest, the conspiracy theories and the seemingly endless flow of misinformation can take its toll on all of our abilities to show empathy and compassion for others.  Many of you may be overloaded as well. This is NORMAL and totally EXPECTED when taking all of this into account.

We MUST take time out of the endless barrage of media information, social media opinions and “expert” testimonies that support every possible theory out there. Our human minds are not equipped to assimilate this amount of information at such a breakneck pace.

What are you doing to take care of your emotional and mental health? What about your family’s needs, friends, neighbors? Remember that whatever is affecting you is affecting them as well. Too many times we get caught up in our own feelings about these issues, that we don’t consider that our families are receiving the same amount of information and we all experience and process events differently. Some “minor” things to you may be something “major” to me. We need to acknowledge this fact and NEVER downplay or minimize someone’s experiences or feelings. When a judgmental environment exists, people shut down and don’t reach out for help when they need it.