ATHENS CO SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH UNTIL 8PM, SAT, 3/28/2020, WATCH FOR CHANGING WEATHER CONDITIONS!

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS ISSUED A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH FOR ATHENS COUNTY UNTIL 8:00PM, SATURDAY, 3/28/2020.

REMEMBER, A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH MEANS CONDITIONS ARE FAVORABLE FOR SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS IN AND CLOSE TO THE WATCH AREA. PERSONS IN THESE AREAS SHOULD BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR THREATENING WEATHER CONDITIONS AND LISTEN FOR LATER STATEMENTS AND POSSIBLE WARNINGS. SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS CAN AND OCCASIONALLY DO PRODUCE TORNADOES.

STAY TUNED TO NOAA WEATHER RADIO, LOCAL TV, RADIO OR YOUR CABLE TELEVISION PROVIDER FOR LATER STATEMENTS AND POSSIBLE WARNINGS.

Nelsonville Street Department At Work And Keeping The City Moving For The Past Few Weeks, Thank You!

During the last couple of weeks, the Nelsonville Street Department team has fabricated attachments for the Vacuum truck and cleaned storm drains on canal street.  Additionally, they have replaced guard rails on Woodland Drive, patched alleys, kept the flood gates and pumps operational and running the street sweeper in their spare time! THANK YOU, NELSONVILLE STREET DEPARTMENT!

Nelsonville Short St closed, Fort St to Kontner St, 3/25/2020 through 3/27/2020, 7AM to 5PM, please use alternate route

The City of Nelsonville announces that Short Street will be closed from Fort Street to Kontner Street, Wednesday, March 25, 2020, Thursday, March 26, 2020 and Friday, March 27, 2020.  The roadway will be closed each day from 7:00AM until 5:00PM.  The roadway is being closed for an R&R Pipeline gas line repair project, weather permitting.  Please use an alternate route.

Due to the COVID-19 Emergency, Nelsonville Mayor’s Court will continue all matters pending until Wed, 4/15/2020 at 6PM

The City of Nelsonville Mayor’s Court makes the following announcement, due to Governor DeWine issuing an executive order declaring a state of emergency; the World Health Organization officially declaring COVID-19 to be a global “pandemic” requiring “urgent and aggressive action” to control the spread of the virus; President Trump issued a proclamation declaring a national emergency and The Director of Ohio Department of Health issued an amended order to limit and/or prohibit mass gatherings and the closure of venues in the State of Ohio.

The City of Nelsonville Mayor’s Court hereby continues all matters now pending before court until Wednesday, April 15, 2020 at 6:00 pm.

Ohio stay-at-home order 11:59PM Monday, March 23, 2020 to April 6, 2020, Stay At Home Order Frequently Asked Questions

On Sunday, March 22th, under the direction of Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton, M.D., MPH issued a director’s order to require all Ohioans to stay in their homes to prevent the further spread of COVID-19 beginning at 11:59 p.m. EDT on Monday, March 23, 2020 until 11:59 p.m. on April 6, 2020. This order prohibits holding gatherings of any size and closes all nonessential businesses. It does NOT prohibit essential activities like going to the grocery store, receiving medical care, or taking your pet for a walk. Residents can return home from out of state and can leave the state. 

For more information on what this order means for you, please see below.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the order take effect?

The order will take effect at 11:59 p.m. EDT on Monday, March 23rd

Where does the Stay at Home order apply?

The director’s order includes the entire state. Unless you work for an essential business or are doing an essential activity, you should stay home. Work from home is permitted and encouraged where possible. 

Is this mandatory or just guidance?

This order is mandatory. To help prevent the further spread of COVID-19 in Ohio and protect our friends, neighbors, and vulnerable populations, please stay home.

Will the Ohio National Guard be enforcing this order?

No. The Ohio National Guard will not be enforcing this order.

I work in an essential service. How will the police know I’m allowed to be outside my house?

Law enforcement officials will not stop residents who are on their way to or from work or who are out for necessities like going to the pharmacy or getting groceries, or just taking a walk. People gathering in any size group may be asked to physically distance themselves or go home. Ohioans should abstain from all nonessential activities. Adhering to the order will save lives and it is the responsibility of every Ohioan to do their part. We are in this together.

Will grocery stores be open?

Yes, essential services will still be operational including, but not limited to:

  • Grocery stores
  • Gas stations
  • Pharmacies
  • Police stations
  • Fire stations
  • Hospitals, clinics and healthcare operations
  • Garbage/sanitation
  • Public transportation
  • Public benefits (i.e. SNAP, Medicaid) hotlines

How can I get medical care if I need it?

If you are feeling sick, call your doctor, a nurse hotline, any telehealth hotline set up specifically for COVID-19 (check with your insurance company) or an urgent care center. If you are experiencing symptoms or are currently in isolation, you should stay at home and follow the guidelines provided by your physician. Do not go to an emergency room unless necessary. Nonessential medical care like eye exams and teeth-cleaning should be postponed. When possible, healthcare visits should be done remotely. Contact your healthcare provider to see what tele-health services they provide.

What if I still have to go to work?

Unless your work is an essential function (i.e. healthcare provider, grocery store clerk, first responder), you should stay home. If you have been designated essential by your employer, you should continue to go to work and practice social distancing. If you are experiencing symptoms or are currently in isolation, you should stay at home and follow the guidelines provided by your physician.

What if I think my business should be closed but I’m still being asked to operate?

Essential businesses will remain open during the Stay at Home order to provide services that are vital to the lives of Ohioans. Those businesses include, but are not limited to, pharmacies, certain government offices, and restaurants providing take-out meals. If you work for an essential business, you should continue to practice social distancing and should stay at home outside of work hours. If you believe your business is nonessential but are still being asked to show up to work, you may discuss with your employer.

Can I order food/groceries?

Yes, grocery delivery will be available as well as meal-delivery, drive through, and take-out options.

Will public transportation and ridesharing be available?

Public transportation and ridesharing should be used for essential travel only. When possible, walk, or drive yourself.

Will roads in Ohio be closed?

No, the roads will not be closed in Ohio. You should only travel if it is essential to your work or health.

Can I take a flight out of state?

Planes and any other form of travel should only be used for essential purposes.

What if my home is not a safe environment?

If it is not safe for you to remain home, you are able and urged to find another safe place to stay during this order. Please reach out so we can help. You may call the Ohio Domestic Violence Hotline at 800-934-9840 or contact your local law enforcement.

Can I visit friends and family?

For your safety, as well as the safety of those in your community, you should remain at home to help fight the spread of COVID-19. However you may travel to care for elderly, minors, dependents, persons with disabilities, or other vulnerable persons. If possible, it is recommended that you drop off supplies, food, and medication to those relatives in need of assistance, but minimize interaction.

What about my pet?

You may walk your dog and seek medical care for your pet should they require it. Be sure to practice social distancing while out on walks, maintaining at least 6 feet from other neighbors and their pets.

Does the Stay at Home order mean I can’t take my kids to the park?

Families will still be able to go outside, including to parks and outdoor spaces that remain open, and take a walk, run, or bike ride but should continue to practice social distancing by remaining 6 feet away from other people. Playgrounds are closed because they pose a high risk of increasing transmission.

What is the difference between the Stay at Home order and social distancing?

Social distancing is an important first step in preventing the spread of a disease like COVID-19 that allows people to go about their daily activities while taking extra health and safety precautions. The Stay at Home order requires people to remain in their homes unless they have an essential job or are doing an essential task like going to the grocery store or walking a pet.

Can I leave home to exercise?

Yes. Outdoor exercise like running or taking a walk is perfectly acceptable; however, exercise gyms, fitness centers and associated facilities are closed to reduce the spread of coronavirus. While exercising outside, you should still practice social distancing by running or walking at least six feet away from other people.

Can I pick up meals being provided by my child’s school?

Yes. Many districts and schools are continuing to support students by providing breakfast and lunch in non-congregate settings. To find a meal site near you, use the Ohio Department of Education’s interactive map or check your local district’s website or social media channels for meal distribution locations and times.

Can I go out to do laundry?

Yes. Laundromats, dry cleaners and laundry service providers are considered essential businesses that will remain open.

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Governor DeWine announces stay-at-home order for Ohio from 11:59PM Monday, March 23, 2020 until April 6, 2020

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Governor Mike DeWine​ has announced Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton has signed a stay-at-home order for Ohio.

“There is nothing in the order that we haven’t already been talking about. There is nothing in this that I haven’t been asking you to do for the last few weeks,” DeWine said.

DeWine said the order does permit exceptions to staying home including leaving for health and safety, for necessary supplies and services, for outdoor activity.

“You can leave home to take care of others. You can take care of your neighbor, your family, your friend,” he said.

The second part of the order talks about essential workers and businesses using Homeland Security guidelines. These are the accepted businesses that are essential for us to continue to live.

“Each business that stays open must follow good protocol in regard to health,” DeWine said.

The order will go into effect at 11:59 p.m. Monday and stay in effect until April 6.

You can read the full stay-at-home order issued by Dr. Amy Acton here.

What is considered an ‘essential’ business during the coronavirus outbreak?

  • research and laboratory services
  • hospitals
  • walk-in-care health facilities
  • veterinary and animal health services
  • elder care
  • medical wholesale and distribution
  • home health care workers or aides
  • doctor and dentist offices
  • nursing homes, or residential health care facilities or congregate care facilities
  • medical supplies and equipment providers

INFRASTRUCTURE

  • utilities including power generation, fuel supply and transmission
  • public water and wastewater
  • telecommunications and data centers
  • airports/airlines
  • transportation infrastructure such as bus, rail, or for-hire vehicles, garages

MANUFACTURING

  • food processing, including all foods and beverages
  • chemicals
  • medical equipment/instruments
  • pharmaceuticals
  • safety and sanitary products
  • telecommunications
  • microelectronics/semi-conductor
  • agriculture/farms
  • paper products

RETAIL

  • grocery stores including all food and beverage stores
  • pharmacies
  • convenience stores
  • farmer’s markets
  • gas stations
  • restaurants/bars (but only for take-out/delivery)
  • hardware and building material stores

SERVICES

  • trash and recycling collection, processing and disposal
  • mail and shipping services
  • laundromats/dry cleaning
  • building cleaning and maintenance
  • child care services
  • auto repair
  • warehouse/distribution and fulfillment
  • funeral homes, crematoriums and cemeteries
  • storage for essential businesses
  • animal shelters or animal care or management

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FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS

  • banks
  • insurance
  • payroll
  • accounting

PROVIDERS OF BASIC NECESSITIES TO ECONOMICALLY DISADVANTAGED POPULATIONS

  • homeless shelters and congregate care facilities
  • food banks
  • human services providers whose function includes the direct care of patients in state-licensed or funded voluntary programs; the care, protection, custody and oversight of individuals both in the community and in state-licensed residential facilities; those operating community shelters and other critical human services agencies providing direct care or support

CONSTRUCTION

  • skilled trades such as electricians, plumbers
  • other related construction firms and professionals for essential infrastructure or for emergency repair and safety purposes

DEFENSE

  • defense and natural security-related operations supporting the U.S. Government or a contractor to the US government

SERVICES NECESSARY TO MAINTAIN THE SAFETY, SANITATION AND ESSENTIAL OPERATIONS OF RESIDENCES OR OTHER ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES

  • law enforcement
  • fire prevention and response
  • building code enforcement
  • security
  • emergency management and response
  • building cleaners or janitors
  • general maintenance whether employed by the entity directly or a vendor
  • automotive repair
  • disinfection
  • doormen

VENDORS THAT PROVIDE ESSENTIAL SERVICES OR PRODUCTS

  • logistics
  • technology support
  • child care programs and services
  • government owned or leased buildings
  • essential government services

If the function of your business is not listed above, but you believe that it is essential or it is an entity providing essential services or functions, you may request designation as an essential business.

Nelsonville Police accepting applications for part-time Police Officers, Email policechief@cityofnelsonville.com

The Nelsonville Police Department is currently accepting applications for the position of part-time Police Officer. Persons interested in the position should Email Chief Chris Johnson at policechief@cityofnelsonville.com to have an employment application Emailed to them. Applicants must be at least 21 years of age, have a current OPOTC certificate and a valid Ohio driver’s license.

Nelsonville City Council meeting postpone until the April 13, 2020 scheduled council meeting due to COVID-19 precautions

The Nelsonville City Council announces that due to Governor DeWine declaring a state of emergency and the Ohio Department of Health’s order limiting and/or prohibiting mass gatherings to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus, Nelsonville City Council will postpone meeting until the April 13, 2020 scheduled council meeting.