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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

#Ohio's #COVID19 data for July 8, 2020.

➡️ More in-depth data can be found at


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

This week's pop-up testing sites in SW Ohio. Find our interactive map with testing sites across the state here: #InThisTogetherOhio

A new campaign from @ProcterGamble encourages you to wear a mask to protect others. Look for billboards from the Outdoor Advertising Association of Ohio & PSAs from the Ohio Association of Broadcasters with this important message. #MasksOn #MasksOnOhio

🏈@LtGovHusted: Today, we are launching the #IWantASeason Campaign. This is a way for #Ohio athletes to take to social media to tell their friends that “I am wearing a mask - I am practicing social distancing - I am washing my hands - and I’m doing it because I Want a Season.”

Today, I am announcing that @OHDeptofHealth will issue an order, effective 6:00 pm tomorrow, that will mandate wearing of face coverings in public in all counties that are designated Red Level 3 Public Health Emergency Alert.

As the #COVID19 pandemic has progressed more younger Ohioans are being diagnosed with #COVID19. We are seeing young people who are getting very sick. There is also the concern that they are passing it on to those who are at risk.

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As of July 7: Almost 3 million #COVID19 cases have been reported in the United States. The number of cases continue to increase with larger increases in the Southeast, Southwest, and West Coast. See how many cases have been reported in your state:

In some situations, #COVID19 can spread from people to animals. If you are sick, avoid contact with your pet to keep them healthy. There is no need to surrender your pet if you are sick. Learn more about pets:

DYK? Increased #stress can lead to increases in alcohol & substance use. If you or someone you care about is starting to use alcohol or other substances or is increasing their use during the #COVID19 pandemic, see these resources:

It is common to feel more stress during the #COVID19 pandemic. Use these CDC tips and resources to take care of your loved ones’ mental health and your own: #MinorityMentalHealth #MentalHealthAwareness

Heading off to college and living with a congenital heart defect or chronic condition such as sickle cell disease? Know the specifics of your condition and what to do in an emergency! Find more tips here: #Empowered4Health #ClassOf2020

Q: How do I clean fruits and vegetables during #COVID19?

• Do NOT wash produce with soap, disinfectant, or any other chemical.
• Rinse fruits and vegetables under cold, running tap water.
• Scrub uncut firm produce with a clean brush.

If you’ve been in close contact with a person who has #COVID19, a public health worker may call to let you know you’ve been exposed. Answer the call to #SlowTheSpread. Learn what happens during contact tracing:

Teachers & School Staff: We are not defenseless against #COVID19. Once your school reopens, remind students to:
- Wash hands frequently
- Remain at least 6 feet apart
- Wear cloth face covering, especially when physical distancing is difficult
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Teachers and School Staff: Once your school reopens, maintain a healthy environment:
- Clean & disinfect frequently touched surfaces
- Space seating/desks at least 6 feet apart
- Creating “one-way routes”
- Close communal use shared spaces
More tips:

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The White House

Operation Legend is an initiative to fight the surge of violent crime in Kansas City, protect American lives, and restore law and order.

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The United States' partnership with Mexico—which promotes economic growth, jobs, and prosperity for the American and Mexican people alike—was renewed and reaffirmed today at the White House! 🇺🇸 🇲🇽

1600 Daily:

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President @realDonaldTrump welcomes President @lopezobrador_ to the White House! 🇺🇸 🇲🇽

"We're truly moved that you chose to make your first foreign visit since taking office ... to be with us at the White House."

Next—President @realDonaldTrump delivers a joint press statement with President @lopezobrador_ of Mexico!

Watch live at 6:35 p.m. ET:

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PGA of America Updates and Resources

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