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COVID-19 Updates and Resources

PGA Professionals and Associates,

The rapid spread and still-unknown threat of the Coronavirus and COVID-19 find us in the middle of uncertain and extraordinary times. Having considered all the available information and in following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and local/state health department officials, the Section is electing to act with an abundance of caution with three main goals driving our decisions:

*   Caring for the health of our professionals, their staff and members
*   Preventing the virus from infiltrating our facilities and gatherings
*   Contributing to public health efforts to stop the spread of this virus throughout our golf and civic communities

In our view, these extraordinary circumstances call for extraordinary actions. Across the country announcements are being made of closures, cancellations, postponements, and other disruptions to plans and life. Each of these disruptions are bound to cause an array of frustrations, inconveniences and sacrifices, all in the name of helping to curb this public health crisis. We are fully aware that the Section’s own changes will have similar effects on our professionals and their families; we ask for your patience and understanding as we venture through this together.

As such the Section will postpone all Section and Chapter activities until further notice.  The Section will provide timely updates throughout this process, please stay tuned.

Additionally, in accordance with Gov. DeWine’s Stay at Home Order, the SOPGA staff will be working from home until further notice. If you need to contact anyone directly, please navigate to our Staff page for contact info.

Events that have already been suspended are listed below:

– SW Chapter Pro-Pro, March 30th
– SE Chapter Pro-Pro, April 6th
– SW Chapter Match Play, April 13-15
– EZ-GO Spring Pro-Pro, April 20
– SW Chapter Pro-1 Am, April 27
– 2020 PGA Professional Championship, April 26th-29th

SOPGA Officers and Staff

CDC Updates

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Federal Updates

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Ohio Updates

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Stay at Home Order

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Ohio Dept. of Health

Looking for economic support resources? We have them on our website. Find them here: #InThisTogetherOhio

Remember: The Governor's Imagination Library is a great resource during these times when parents and kids are more home-bound. Here is the link for more information:

So, a hot spot might not be a hot spot. We have to be very careful with how we interpret that data. Please know that we are in conversations about how we can get this data to you.

.@DrAmyActon: We've been asked if we could put zipcode-level data on our website. This data is helpful, but it's not helpful. Zipcode tells you some things, but not everything. What we are telling you are cases of people who get tested, and the majority of people are not tested.

.@LtGovHusted: Some good news. You know how we worked with @Battelle to decontaminate #PPE, and thanks to them and @JobsOhio, they are going to do the sterilization of masks for hospitals for FREE for the next 2 weeks.

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#DYK? CDC’s recommendation on wearing a cloth face covering may help protect the most vulnerable from #COVID19. Watch @Surgeon_General Jerome Adams make a face covering in a few easy steps.

Grateful to join @POTUS to share latest from @WhiteHouse #COVID19 Task Force. While 30 Day #StayAtHome guidance remains our most powerful weapon against this virus, CDC’s recommendation on wearing cloth face covering can also help protect most vulnerable.

CDC report indicates that the highest hospitalization rates for #COVID19 are in people 65 or older and 50-64 years-old. Hospitalization rates now in those age groups are similar to the beginning of an annual flu epidemic.

#COVID19 is the first pandemic caused by a new coronavirus. In the past, pandemics of respiratory disease have progressed in phases. The U.S. is in the acceleration phase of the #COVID19 pandemic. There are ongoing investigations to learn more. See:

HCPs: Using #telemedicine instead of face-to-face encounters for routine medical visits can help slow the spread of #COVID19 in communities. Learn more:

Early implementation of community interventions in Santa Clara, CA, such as protecting vulnerable populations, cancelling large gatherings, and ordering residents to shelter in place was likely essential in slowing the spread of #COVID19. More in @CDCMMWR:

Is someone in your home sick with #COVID19? Before eating or preparing food, make sure to wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If you handle dishes used by the person who is sick, wash your hands right away.

In assisted & independent living communities, enhanced measures including social distancing, visitor restriction, exclusion of ill staff, & enhanced hygiene practices implemented quickly after detecting a #COVID19 case can decrease spread.

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The White House

Thank you, @LockheedMartin! 🇺🇸

Twitter feed video.Thank you, @LockheedMartin! 🇺🇸
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We’re taking additional steps to support our employees, partners and those on the front lines of the #COVID19 medical crisis:

Protect yourself and others:
+ avoid crowds
+ wash your hands
+ avoid travel
+ work from home
+ disinfect surfaces

The @WhiteHouse’s 30 days to s l o w the spread ↓

.@SBAJovita: "The President has put the nation’s 30 million small businesses front and center.”

The #PaycheckProtectionProgram is up & running, offering nearly $350 billion in forgivable loans to keep companies operational & their workers employed.


As the weekend approaches I ask that everyone take social distancing & wearing a mask/face covering seriously. #COVID19 is a virus that can spread to anyone - we can stop this together.

We want to commend Americans across the Country for putting into practice President @realDonaldTrump’s guidelines as well as following all of the measures state and local leaders are advising. #slowthespread

Today, we held a teleconference with commercial retailers and on the President’s behalf we thanked them for their patriotic commitment and for the way they have embraced and enacted President @realDonaldTrump’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America.

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PGA of America Updates and Resources

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