March 11, 2020

50 North Closing

50 North Closing

March 11, 2020


50 North’s Board of Trustees working directly with the Hancock Public Health Department and following the recommendations from Governor DeWine regarding the coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19) has decided to close 50 North beginning Thursday, March 12, 2020.  This will continue until at least Sunday, March 29, 2020. Mobile Meals will be delivered Thursday, March, 12th.   Members utilizing Mobile Meals will be contacted by the Director for future deliveries.  All other programs and services will be canceled.

Even though there are no cases of COVID-19 in Hancock County (as of the time of writing this news release), 50 North is being proactive in our effort to prevent illness.  50 North serves the at-risk population as defined by the Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  

The people who are at higher risk of getting sick from this illness are:

  • Older adults
  • People who have serious chronic medical conditions like:
    • Heart disease
    • Diabetes
    • Lung Disease

Governor DeWine said Tuesday, March 10, “After consulting with experts, we know that the decisions we make in the next few days and weeks will determine how many lives are lost in Ohio and how long this pandemic will last.  Therefore, I’m recommending that Ohio limits a variety of large gatherings in order to protect public health.”

Today, Karim Baroudi, Health Commissioner, Hancock Public Health said, “I know this is a difficult decision and prevention is not an easy subject, because we are conditioned to ONLY react to illnesses and NOT to pro-act.  

The facts are that this virus is; 

  1. Much more infectious than the Flu; spreads faster to infect more people.
  2. Much higher overall mortality rate around 3% and goes up to around 15% for individuals over 80.  (Flu mortality rate is around 0.1%).
  3. There is NO vaccine for it; expected time frame for a vaccine is 9-12 months.
  4. Influenza is still an issue; this virus is NEW and UNPREDICTABLE, and an abundance of caution is to be exercised until we know more.
  5. We have recommended that large, indoor gatherings (50-100+depending on the venue and type of event) be canceled or postponed due to the potential for (COVID-19).”

50 North continues to work with the Hancock Public Health and following the guidelines of CDC and local, state, and federal authorities.

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