Here, we will try to provide important information about updates, events and closures as they pertain to the Camden area. Please continue to seek information about state and national updates from your local and national news sources.
Updates (as of 10:30 AM 4/5/20) –
(PLEASE NOTE: MOST RECENT UPDATES ARE LISTED FIRST)
- As of 4/3, there is at least five confirmed cases in Preble County and nearby counties each have several confirmed cases, There are 3,739 confirmed cases of the virus in the entire state of Ohio with the age range being <1 year – 99. Sadly, the state has also confirmed 102 virus-related deaths. You’ll find an updated information about Ohio here. Please take every precaution to stay safe.
- On April 2, the Governor of Ohio extended the Stay-at-Home order for the entire state of Ohio to May 1. The only businesses allowed to be open will be those deemed essential. Examples include grocery stores, pharmacies, transportation, some approved daycares, manufacturing that is part of the chain of items that are essential during this time, etc.
- On 3/30, Governor DeWine extends K-12 remote learning will continue through May 1, 2020.
- CAMDEN ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICES: For the protection of the community and village employees, access to Camden Town Hall and village offices will be temporarily restricted. Villages services and offices are operating normally during regular hours, but access to the lobby area and office of the town hall be locked. Staff will still be available via email or phone (937-452-7547, Ext. 2 or at email@example.com), and water bills can be paid via drop-off box, mail or online. For Mayor’s Court business that needs to be done in person, please contact Nancy Melton, our mayor’s court clerk at 937-452-7547, Ext 3, or firstname.lastname@example.org and she will arrange. If you have an emergency, please dial 911. For other non-emergency police matters, contact Camden Police
Department at 937-452-7547, Ext. 1. Chief Spurlock or one of the Village officers will answer or return your call as soon as possible. A link to the full message can be found here..
- President Donald Trump announced relief for student loan borrowers during the coronavirus pandemic. Borrowers may suspend loan payments for 60 days with no penalties. Interest on federally held student loans will be temporarily waived.
- President Trump also says federal government is waiving school standardized test requirements amid virus disruptions.
- All but five of Ohio’s Bureau of Motor Vehicles in Ohio will shut down at the end of the business day on Wed, Mar 18. You can find the list of five remaining open in this WHIO article. Law enforcement has been asked to not issue tickets for expired licenses due to the fact they can no longer get a renewal.
- All hair salons, barbershops, spas and tattoo parlors have been ordered to close by the end of the business day Wed, Mar 18.
- All businesses are asked, beginning immediately, to take the temperature of every employee every day before they come into work.
- Filing for unemployment – Here’s a WHIO (Channel 7) article that includes information, phones, online links, etc.
- Governor DeWine and state officials recommend persons aged 65+ and individuals with compromised health issues should self quarantine and not leave their homes or places of residence.
***UPDATE*** Per the Preble County Board of Elections site this morning at 6:00 am 3/17/20, the primary election/voting scheduled for today has been suspended and voting postponed until June 2, 2020.
Per state and CDC restrictions: No mass gatherings of more than 50 people (changed from 100 announced previously on 3/16/20).
- Per state guidelines: all Ohio fitness centers, gyms, public rec centers, movie theaters, indoor water parks, indoor trampoline parks will all close today.
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is recommending that organizers cancel or postpone events with 50 or more people for the next 8 weeks.
- Ohio’s Governor DeWine has issued several orders to help contain the spread of the virus. Those include:
- Last week, he announced the closure of all Ohio K-12 public schools through April 3 (specific info about Preble Shawnee schools is below). Today (3/15/20), he indicated in a press conference that school closures may be extended beyond the three-week period though no decision was announced.
- There are to be no mass gatherings of more than 100 people in Ohio. (Exemptions include religious organizations, shopping centers,factories, retail grocery stores and areas where citizens are in transit (airports, bus stations, etc..)
- As of 9:00 p.m. on Sun, Mar 15, Ohio bars and restaurants are to discontinue inside service, but may continue carry-out and delivery services.
- The state’s primary and local ballot voting will occur as scheduled throughout the state of Ohio on Tuesday, March 17th.
- Preble Shawnee Schools updates: (regular updates can be found on their Facebook page)
- Preble Shawnee Schools are closed and is planning to re-open on Monday, April 6th. The administration will provide updates for planning beyond that date as decisions/directives are made.
- On the last day before the shut down on Friday, March 13, students received blizzard bag assignments. The school will communicate a due date for those assignments soon, but indicated that no assignment would be due earlier than two weeks from assignment date.
- To assist with at-home learning, students and parents can find eLearning assignments posted on the school’s website www.psarrows.com.
- All school-related activities, athletic practice/games, club competitions and extra-curricular events are also cancelled through April 5, 2020.
- The Camden Branch of the Preble County District Library is closed beginning March 16. All events are cancelled and meeting rooms are closed through April 15, 2020. Library leadership will reassess the closure on a weekly basis and use current information from health officials to determine the best date to reopen.
- Camden area restaurants have all announced they will continue take-out, drive-up window and/or delivery services. Please visit their Facebook pages for more information and updates.
- Per direction from the VFW National Organizational and Department Commanders, the Camden VFW Post #1577 will close at 9:00 pm on Sunday, March 15 until further notice.
- Preble Shawnee Youth Baseball – The group is continuing plans for the upcoming ball season but practices will not begin until after April 6.
- Nearby Miami University announced they will be shifting all classes/course-work to online distance learning and directed that students who can should return home for the remainder of the semester (mid-May).
- Due COVID-19 virus and imposed restrictions, the Camden Somers Township Fire and EMS have cancelled their March pancake breakfast event and have postponed their April spaghetti dinner as well. New dates will be announced.
- The April 7 breakfast meeting of the Preble County Chamber of Commerce (that was to be hosted by Camden at the Town Hall) has been cancelled and will be rescheduled.
HELP STOP THE SPREAD
Prevention is key to containing and eliminating the spread of the virus. Below are tips offered by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and you can download a printable prevention poster here. CDC and other recommendations include:
- Washing your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water.
- Avoid touching your eyes, mouth, and nose.
- When washing is not possible, use an alcohol-based sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Stay home and avoid contact with others when you are sick.
- Cover your mouth/nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in your home and workplace.
- Practice Social Distancing: Avoid handshakes or close body contact and stay 6’ away from other people.
- Avoid large gatherings.
- Remain calm and be prepared.
- In case of further restrictions by the state or nationally, citizens may want to prepare for at least a 14-day at-home mandated stay.
Please stay informed. You can learn more at the following public health sites: