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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, 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

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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2020 Section Tournament Playbook

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Guidelines for Golf
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PGA Back2Golf

Three-Phase Approach
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Ohio Dept. of Health

Updated Advisory Levels:

Newly Red Since Last Week:

Remaining at Red:

Red to Orange:

The @OhioDeptOfAging challenges you to take 10 BIG Steps to Prevent Falls during Fall Prevention Awareness week, Sept. 21-25. Learn more:

TODAY: pop-up testing in Youngstown. Find our interactive map with testing sites across the state here: #InThisTogetherOhio

Updated Travel Advisory ⬇

Based on current positivity rates, Ohioans are encouraged to avoid travel to:

🔸South Dakota

Mississippi is also likely to have a positivity rate over 15%.



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#Parent: Think your child may have #COVID19? Keep your child home and call your child’s healthcare provider. If you think your child needs emergency care, call 911 or go to the ER immediately. Learn more:

As of September 14, national forecasts predict 3,000 to 7,100 new #COVID19 deaths will be reported during the week ending October 10. These forecasts predict 207,000 to 218,000 total COVID-19 deaths in the US by October 10. More:

As young people go #BackToSchool, either in-person or virtual, it is important to protect them from the harms of e-cigarettes to keep them healthy. Learn how:

Join @CDCgov’s Dr. Dan Jernigan and roll your #SleeveUp for a flu vaccine before the end of October. The best time to get a flu vaccine is before #flu starts circulating in your area. Find a flu vaccine near you:

Public health professionals: Build your strategic skills with this training from @Region2_PHTC. Learn how to manage change through effective leadership and communication. Free CE. #CDCLearning

Help meet the physical, spiritual, and mental health needs of your community by working together. Connecting people with goods and services, such as food or shelter, is one way community and faith-based orgs can promote #HealthEquity during #COVID19. More:

A new report shows high school students engage in risky behaviors on the road. Primary enforcement seat belt laws – which allow police officers to stop and ticket someone for not wearing a seat belt – can help prevent injuries and deaths in crashes.

Avoid food poisoning when getting takeout. Check restaurant inspection scores, pick up food quickly so it stays at a safe temperature, & refrigerate leftovers promptly. Wear a mask when picking up to protect yourself & workers from #COVID19. Learn more:

New @CDCMMWR shows 100,570 #COVID19 cases, with 641 deaths, among healthcare personnel from Feb 12-July 16. In 6 states, most worked in nursing & residential care facilities, and nurses were the most commonly reported job type.

New in @CDCMMWR: Gay and bisexual men account for 2 out of 3 #HIV diagnoses each year. Ensuring gay and bisexual men with HIV are connected to needed healthcare services and given appropriate treatment to suppress the virus can prevent HIV transmission:

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The White House

The Trump Administration is committed to stopping the shipment of inauthentic, dangerous, made-in-China contraband to U.S. homes—and addressing the role that e-commerce platforms play in facilitating it.


To all those in Georgia working to provide Coronavirus testing, treatment, and care: THANK YOU!

This Administration is committed to delivering the resources to keep you safe!

President @realDonaldTrump is en route to Georgia!

The Trump Administration has provided over $14.6 BILLION in @SBAgov loans to more than 174,000 Georgia small businesses!

Overpriced pharmaceuticals have a dramatic impact on Americans' healthcare outcomes, @SecAzar says.

President Trump's Administration is reducing out-of-pocket costs to give our seniors and families a better deal!

Thank you, @ConcordHospital for sharing the meaningful work being done by your staff to treat babies born with neonatal abstinence syndrome. Your dedicated efforts demonstrate the power of communities when working together to protect children's well-being. #BeBest #RecoveryMonth

Enjoyed visiting our incredible #MilitarySpouses at @LukeAFB and @DMAFB last week in Arizona! Thank you to all of our nation’s military spouses for your service to the United States. YOU are the home front heroes of this country!🇺🇸

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PGA of America Updates and Resources

Please click here to be redirected to the PGA of America’s full COVID-19 resource page.