Knox County COVID-19 Resources for the Long Haul

The Knox County Democratic Party is pleased to share this PDF flyer listing resources “for the long haul” during the COVID-19 pandemic. You’ll find links to COVID-19 guidelines, financial assistance, food assistance, and the 2-1-1 service, among others. Download a copy and share with friends, family, neighbors and work colleagues. Thanks to “Five Knox Women Democrats with an Idea” for this handy resource.

Opinion: A Letter to Bernie and Joe

Democrats: It’s time — well past time — to step up.

Who can take one more day of listening to Donald Trump calling on the angry angels of our nature? Who can take one more day of knowing that nurses and doctors and those working in the public don’t have the equipment they need to deal with COVID-19? The longer the delays we have in testing and prevention, the longer we will be in crisis. The longer we debate what our response should be, the longer we have to stay inside, separated. And the longer the world despairs.

If ever there were a time made for us to show who we are, it is now.

Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders. Stand up.

Here’s one idea. It’s a simple one and admittedly old-school: Host a telethon to raise money to buy masks and ventilators and test swabs. Hold it during Donald Trump’s press conference. Use the time to get out the facts about the coronavirus. Hell, invite celebrities. I would donate. Broadcast every day at 6pm. You can do this.

(I’m sure there are other ideas out there. I invite them.)

Inspire us. History is rich with circumstances in which we overcame adversity. Tell us those stories. Give us hope. Words matter. Dig deep into your hearts and tell us what matters in this life.

Work together and lift us up. Yes, we have to do our parts. But you need to remember that America’s best days — and by this I mean, its most selfless and generous days — were inspired by great leaders: Washington, Lincoln, Roosevelt, King.

You may be speaking now but we’re not hearing you. You must do something radically different, radically kind, to break out from the din.

We are not helpless. I know this is true. But we are flailing around, grasping for direction to come from someone who can speak to our goodness. Someone who can bring us together when we are literally separated. Someone who can say, “Let’s go.”

Originally posted on Medium.

Guide to Essential Businesses

Since 11:59 last night, Ohio has been under a stay-at-home directive. Only essential businesses are permitted to operate. But what is an “essential” business? In the last 24 hours, I’ve learned that Pak Mail on Coshocton Ave., Hillside Veterinary Clinic, assorted restaurants and drive-throughs, albeit some with curbside service, are still open. Call ahead to see if your destination is open. Remember: Only go out if you absolutely need to and be sure to stick to social distancing guidelines.

Click on this link to download the order and list of industries and businesses that may still operate.  https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/s…/DirectorsOrderStayAtHome.pdf

Resources You Need: Knox County Health Dept., Pathways of Central Ohio/211

In the coming days and weeks, KCDP will do its best to share the resources and info you need to get through the coronavirus crisis. We will share them here and on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/KnoxCoDems/

Today, we are sharing Knox County’s primary contact for those who are concerned about their health or those of their loved ones, Knox County Health. Knox Public Health and Knox Community Hospital are joining forces to open a call-line for local residents to talk directly with a medical professional about their symptoms and concerns. The call-line number is 740-399-8014. The call-line is operational from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday.

Direct link to Knox County Health Dept.https://www.knoxhealth.com/

Many of the resources we cite here are found on the Pathways of Central Ohio 211 site, which provides nearly every resource you could need (thanks, Kristin Asmus McCloud!). Check them out here: https://pathwaysofcentralohio.com/2-1-1-crisis-hotline-inf…/