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
Mental health services are available 24/7 via the COVID Careline. 1-800-720-9616: we're here to help. #InThisTogetherOhio
#COVID19 Vaccines: Trust the Facts. There is no evidence that COVID-19 vaccines cause infertility or increase the risk of miscarriage. Learn more: http://bit.ly/3pyPj84 #InThisTogetherOhio
Stay safe, Ohio. http://coronavirus.ohio.gov #InThisTogetherOhio
Big news! Today I announced that we're partnering with @fema, @CLE_State, @CuyahogaCounty, and @CityofCleveland to bring a mass vaccination clinic to @wolsteincenter this month. The site will have the capacity to administer 6,000 doses a day ➡ http://bit.ly/2PuAk1S
Miss any of our #COVID19 Vaccine Town Hall events? You can watch them all on our YouTube page. Find them here: https://bit.ly/3kPavW8 #InThisTogetherOhio
The State of Ohio is looking for healthcare professionals able to help fill positions during the COVID-19 pandemic. Want to help? Call the ODH COVID-19 Hotline at 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634) or go to http://ohioresponds.odh.ohio.gov to learn more.
NEW: Our first Pop-Up Vaccination Clinic will be held tomorrow, March 6 in Cincinnati. Anyone who qualifies under the current set of vaccine guidelines can schedule an appointment by calling 513-728-2125. Learn more: http://vaccine.coronavirus.ohio.gov #InThisTogetherOhio
Looking for a map of #COVID19 vaccine providers? Find our interactive map here: http://vaccine.coronavirus.ohio.gov. #InThisTogetherOhio
Make sure you're continuing to manage any chronic diseases or conditions you may have during this time. Stay in contact with your doctor and get the care you need. http://yourhealthbeyondcovid.org #InThisTogetherOhio
Vaccination is a critical tool to end the pandemic and return to doing the things we love. On February 28, the new Johnson & Johnson Janssen vaccine was authorized to prevent severe COVID-19 illness. Read more about vaccination and other key COVID-19 data: http://bit.ly/CDTweeklyreview
No safety concerns have been found during early #COVID19 vaccine safety monitoring, except rare reports of anaphylaxis. CDC has provided recommendations to vaccination providers on preparing for the possibility. Get a vaccine when it’s available to you. https://bit.ly/3pE2Go7
CPSTF recommends tenant-based housing voucher programs—these programs improve access to better housing and neighborhood opportunities, which are considered social determinants of health #TheCommunityGuide http://ow.ly/sZWC50DI62N
Don’t get diarrhea during your next adventure. When visiting places with unknown water quality—such as remote hiking areas or campgrounds—treat water to kill germs before drinking it. Follow these steps to make water safe: https://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/drinking/travel/index.html
Do your part to slow the spread of #COVID19:
😷Wear a mask with multiple layers that fits snugly against your face.
↔Stay at least 6 ft apart.
🚫Avoid crowds & poorly ventilated spaces.
🖐Wash hands often.
🩹Get a vaccine when it's available to you.
Scientists continue to monitor #COVID19 vaccines for safety even after you receive yours. CDC and @US_FDA use both v-safe and VAERS to watch for any COVID-19 vaccine safety concerns. Learn more: https://bit.ly/3sPGOH6.
A new @CDCMMWR finds that state-issued mask requirements are associated with the slowing of #COVID19 cases and deaths. Wearing a well-fitting mask consistently and correctly is one of the best ways we can protect ourselves and each other. Learn more: http://bit.ly/MMWR3521.
A message from our Director on #WorldBirthDefectsDay. #WorldBDDay #ManyBirthDefects1Voice
As of March 1, national forecasts predict that 4,400–12,900 new #COVID19 deaths will be reported during the week ending March 27, bringing the projected total number of deaths to 540,000–564,000. More: http://bit.ly/CDC_MForecast.
Today we celebrate International HPV Awareness Day and call attention to the benefits of HPV vaccination! We can #endHPVcancers. Learn more: https://www.vaccines.gov/diseases/hpv #HPVAwarenessDay
President Biden knows there’s no time to waste. He’s urging the Senate to quickly pass the American Rescue Plan to provide Americans the direct relief they need.
“This moment is unique – and we are mandated by our oath of office to meet this moment.” – Senator @ChrisMurphyCT on the urgent need to pass the American Rescue Plan
Tune in as President Biden participates in a roundtable on the American Rescue Plan. https://www.pscp.tv/w/cxE5lDF4ZUVXcXhkT2xES1B8MXJteFB6UGtWZW5HTrPt2phQU77Nu-qPXtZADpgfHawdntkGp2j0uLZ7jrMo
Tune in for a briefing with @PressSec Jen Psaki. https://www.pscp.tv/w/cxEZKTF4ZUVXcXhkT2xES1B8MU9kSnJWeXFXZEFKWCmnHqo0Xk8yLBDM5Cr1QBG0YOI0ZWLpKP-0FgS_KwgW
Today’s jobs report shows welcome growth, but there is a long road ahead. If job growth continues at February’s pace, it will take more than two years just to get back to pre-pandemic levels.
Check out this thread for a full picture on today’s numbers:
The jobs report shows an acceleration in job growth in February and an upward revision to January’s job growth. The economy is down 9.5 million jobs from February 2020 and will need more than two years of job growth at February’s pace just to get back to pre-pandemic levels. 1/
Today's report shows the economy added 379,000 jobs in February. It’s welcome growth, but we remain down 9.5 million jobs from pre-pandemic levels.
It's time for the Senate to pass the American Rescue Plan to give our economy the jumpstart it needs. https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/blog/2021/03/05/the-employment-situation-in-february/
President Biden is calling on the Senate to pass the American Rescue Plan and finish the job of delivering $2,000 in direct relief to those who need it.
Press Secretary Jen Psaki is back again to answer your questions. This week, she’s discussing everything from our vaccination progress to her favorite part of the job. Check it out:
This week, team @OSUWexMed administered some of the first Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines -- the only single-dose shot authorized by the FDA.
We're working to ramp up its production because a third safe and effective vaccine means we can vaccinate more people more quickly.
Tune in for a briefing with Press Secretary Jen Psaki and Secretary of Veterans Affairs Denis McDonough. https://www.pscp.tv/w/cw_DvDF4ZUVXcXhkT2xES1B8MWxEeExwamdreXl4bbZOUbtnulGl2SnLcRfO-PsXivIM5WDwpOq1qXpBCMgN