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, we have made some changes to our dues payments to try to ease the financial burden some of you may be facing right now. Please click here to read Joe Zinchini’s update on dues.
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 (Rescheduled to June 8 at NCR CC)
– SW Chapter Pro-1 Am, April 27
– 2020 PGA Professional Championship, April 26th-29th
– Legacy Championship, May 4 (Rescheduled to June 1 at Columbus CC)
– Senior Individual Match Play, May 6-7
– PAT #1, May 8 (Postponed)
– SW Chapter Pro-3 Am, May 11
– SOPGA REACH Pro-3 Am, May 18
– SW Chapter Pro-3 Am, May 26
SOPGA Officers and Staff
The Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are available to all eligible Ohioans. Need help finding an appointment?
🌐 Book online: http://gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov
📞Book by phone: 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634)
Dr. Frederic Bertley, president and CEO of COSI, breaks down what’s in the COVID-19 vaccine. http://gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov #InThisTogetherOhio #TakeTheShot
#COVID19 Vaccines: Trust the Facts. The COVID-19 vaccine trials were among the largest in history. Learn more: http://bit.ly/3pyPj84 #InThisTogetherOhio
Find American Sign Language (#ASL) videos about the COVID-19 vaccine & related concerns at the Equity and High-Risk Groups section of http://Coronavirus.Ohio.Gov: http://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/health-equity/communications-resources-hub/communications-resources-hub. Thanks to @OHDeptofHealth, @OhioOOD & Community Centers for the Deaf.
May is National Stroke Month. Don’t delay; call 9-1-1 right away if you spot the signs of stroke in yourself or someone else. Here are the symptoms to look for. http://bit.ly/2mYG0xa
How will you feel once you're fully vaccinated? Hopeful? Relieved? Optimistic? Don't hesitate, vaccinate! http://gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov #TakeTheShot #InThisTogetherOhio
Do your part. The COVID-19 vaccine is safe, effective and available to all Ohioans 16 and older. Even if you’re young and healthy, you should still get the vaccine. It not only protects you, but your family and friends too. Schedule your vaccination today: http://gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov
📢 REMINDER: Ohio’s mass vaccination site at the
@wolsteincenter is now accepting walk-ins. Last week, we vaccinated over 2,000 walk-ins.
➡ @Indians are offering discounts on tickets for those who have been vaccinated! Fans can get $5 off regular priced Upper Box and Upper Reserved tickets if they have received at least one dose of the vaccine. Learn more: https://www.mlb.com/indians/tickets/single-game-tickets/vaccine-offer #OurCLE
Protected nursing home staff means protected residents and a protected community. Learn why these #CommunityChampions got the #COVID19 vaccine: https://youtu.be/k0WbAhveyDY #WeCanDoThis
Rates of #COVID19 are decreasing, but cases remain high in parts of the U.S. The 7-day average of new daily cases decreased 11.9% from the previous week. Get vaccinated. If you’re not fully vaccinated, continue practicing healthy habits. More: https://bit.ly/36EDJQI.
🧪 COVID-19 Science Update:
Read the latest research on the impact of #COVID19 on farmworkers, the risk of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in emergency department personnel during the pandemic, and more.
👓 Read the full update: https://bit.ly/3eK5R96.
CDC has posted new technical instructions for conducting simulated passenger voyages as a part of the Conditional Sailing Order for cruise ships. This next phase will assess the cruise ship operator’s ability to reduce the risk of #COVID19 on cruise ships: https://bit.ly/3e6rRKl
Join @MinorityHealth, @NatlParkService, and @WhiteHouseAAPI on May 8 at 2 pm ET for “Past and Present: Addressing Racism and Intolerance Against Asian Americans,” a virtual panel to discuss federal efforts to address racism and health inequities. https://youtu.be/AM0qvczgSQw
A #COVID19 vaccine will help protect you from getting COVID-19. Side effects after your second shot may be more intense than those you experienced after your first shot, but they should go away in a few days. More: https://bit.ly/38AqxNA.
It’s World #HandHygiene Day! @CDC_Firstline has an episode of Inside Infection Control all about the importance of hand hygiene. Learn why keeping your hands clean is such a crucial part of stopping germs from spreading. https://bit.ly/3umv005
A new @CDCMMWR details how Colorado state public health officials expanded a program to track variants after identifying the state’s first B.1.427/B.1.429 variant #COVID19 case. The variant is considered more infectious & may cause more serious illness. http://bit.ly/MMWR5521b
Every minute counts when a #stroke happens. Calling 9-1-1 right away can help you or a loved one get the lifesaving treatment needed to reduce the risk of brain damage. Learn more: http://bit.ly/2foRA6v. @CDCHeart_Stroke #StrokeMonth
New @CDCMMWR details the B.1.526 variant (first identified in NYC) of the virus that causes #COVID19. Early evidence suggests this variant is not more transmissible, severe, or likely to cause infection in vaccinated people. More: http://bit.ly/MMWR5521. @NYCHealthy
The Restaurant Revitalization Fund is helping restaurants and hard-hit food establishments — bars, bakeries, food stands, food trucks, caterers — to help businesses get grants to cover payroll, rent, utilities, and supplies. Learn more at http://sba.gov/restaurants
Today, on Cinco de Mayo, we celebrate the legacy of Mexican courage and resiliency. I am thankful for the incredible contributions of generations of Mexican Americans who have served in our military, explored outer space, fed our nation, and created countless jobs.
Tune in for an update from the President on the Restaurant Revitalization Fund and the American Rescue Plan. https://twitter.com/i/broadcasts/1mrxmwvjmwZGy
Tune in for a briefing with Press Secretary Jen Psaki and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. https://twitter.com/i/broadcasts/1DXxyRNQwzgKM
President Biden spoke with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohamed bin Zayed to address regional security. He emphasized our commitment to consult with our Gulf partners as we consider our approach to Iran — and thanked Sheikh Mohamed for the UAE’s partnership in Afghanistan.
Getting vaccinated not only protects you, it also reduces the risk that you give the virus to others. It could save your life or the lives of the people you love. And it’s never been easier to find an appointment. Go to http://vaccines.gov and make your appointment now.
Happening Now: President Biden delivers remarks on the COVID-19 response and vaccination program. https://twitter.com/i/broadcasts/1ynKOBRveQzxR
Tune in for a briefing with Press Secretary Jen Psaki. https://twitter.com/i/broadcasts/1DXxyRNkqbnKM
“Amtrak doesn’t just carry us from one place to another — it opens up enormous possibilities.” — President Biden marking Amtrak’s 50th anniversary last week in Philadelphia
What is the American Jobs Plan and how will it help bring jobs back to our country? Commerce Secretary Raimondo is here to explain: