Stop The Spread of Covid-19

As the Covid-19 pandemic continues we must continue to protect each other. We ask that everyone practices social safety and help stop the spread of Covid-19 by doing the following:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and/or use hand sanitizer.
  • Wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth when in public.
  • Wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth when around people you don’t live with.
  • Practice Social Distancing – Stay at least 6 feet apart.
  • Avoid crowds when possible.

Ohio Executive Response: A Plan of Action to Advance Equity

On April 20, 2020, Governor Mike DeWine launched the COVID-19 Minority Health Strike Force. This group of advisers has worked with state leadership to provide feedback on the immediate action necessary to address COVID-19 and its disproportionate impact on Ohioans of color. Once convened, the Strike Force collectively agreed that the roots of these disparities are deep and require a steadfast commitment to eliminate racism and advance equity to ensure the promotion of healthy communities. This blueprint was developed during an exceptional time in history. The COVID-19 pandemic exposed and amplified the health disparities and inequities facing Ohioans of color. At the same time, Ohio and the rest of the nation are grappling with instances of unjust use of violence and the lives of people of color taken too soon. This led to widespread recognition that racism must be addressed throughout our country.

The events of past months present a unique opportunity to shine the spotlight on the challenges faced by Ohioans of color and propel policy action toward change. There is an urgency to move swiftly, strategically, and with strong leadership, building on past work, reports, and community input from many organizations and members who shared their perspectives through testimony, correspondence, and conversations.

Ohio can combat the crisis facing communities of color by taking a comprehensive and systemic approach. This blueprint provides a path forward.