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Thursday, March 12, 2020

Fort Thomas Businesses, Schools Issue Statements on Coronavirus Preparation, Some Events Cancelled

Several local businesses have issued statements about the coronavirus.
Some events have been cancelled too.

By Jessie Eden

The Reds Opening Day organizers, MLB, NHL and NBA are not the only organizations choosing to postpone or cancel events. Some local businesses in Fort Thomas are also issuing statements about the Coronavirus and/or canceling events.

In addition, some schools and colleges are issuing statements.

We have compiled the statements and cancellations below.

Please contact Fort Thomas Matters on Facebook if you have a cancellation or statement to add to this list.

If you have additional questions about the Coronavirus, please visit the state of Kentucky's Covid-19 website.

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CANCELLATIONS:

Campbell County District Court - Cancelled from Mar. 16 through Apr. 10.

Both divisions of the Campbell County District Court will be closed from March 16 through April 10.  All involved parties will be notified of new court date. Please view the full details below;


Service Suspended through March 29 at First Presbyterian:

The First Presbyterian Church here in Fort Thomas has suspended worship for the next 3 weeks - 15th, 22nd and 29th. We will be offering a link to our members for a virtual worship with Christ UCC. Wise Owl Preschool is following the Ft. Thomas Schools schedule for closing. The church building remains open for community groups that normally meet there if they choose to meet.
Village Players show, “Room For Seconds”, will be cancelled after Mar. 14.
There will also be limits in audience size:

As arts organizations across the tri-state face the difficult decision of whether or not to proceed with performances in light of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak, Village Players of Fort Thomas’ most important priority is, as always, the health and safety of our patrons and artists. With that in the front of our minds, and after much careful discussion and consideration, we have decided that we will stage the final two performances of Room for Seconds tonight, March 13th, and tomorrow night, March 14th.

However, with respect to growing concerns about public spaces, we’d like to share some important safety notes for our audiences:

• We are limiting audiences to fifty people in our 102-capacity performance space. Patrons who have already purchased tickets are guaranteed admission.
• Programs will not be reused, and fresh programs will be distributed at both performances.
• We are disinfecting thoroughly and daily in accordance with CDC guidelines and recommendations.
• Hand sanitizer is available for all patrons, artists, and volunteers.

We understand that anxiety is high at this time, and we respect the personal comfort of our patrons. If you have tickets for tonight or tomorrow and are unable to attend, please reach out to us at (859) 781-3583.
No decisions regarding a cancellation or delay of our spring production of The Last Five Years have been made at this time, but please check our website and Facebook page for updates as we get closer to the planned April 17th opening of that show.

“Booze and Bootlegging” Event at Newport Syndicate will be rescheduled:

In light of the fast growing coronavirus, statements from the WHO and the CDC and Governors across the nation, including our own, we have chosen to make the responsible decision to cancel our presentation tonight by Bob Batchelor on George Remus-The Bourbon King.  Bob has agreed to make himself available for a rescheduled meeting later in the year.  This is unfortunate, but nothing is worth risking the health of friends and neighbors not to mention the potential liability.  Watch for details from the sponsoring partners for a new re-scheduled date. 

- Newport from Scott Clark, Newport Historic Preservation Officer

The “NKY Restoration Weekend” Event will be postponed:

Out of an abundance of caution and direction from state and local leadership, the planning team, which includes the cities of Covington, Newport, and Bellevue, is postponing the 2020 NKY Restoration Weekend events, which were scheduled for Saturday, March 21st and the Professional Series, which was scheduled for Friday, March 27th. The partnership will announce new dates through social media outlets and our website, www.nkyrestoration.com

- Newport from Scott Clark, Newport Historic Preservation Officer


BluebirdPalooza was supposed to take place this weekend at the Newport Car Barn.
It has now been postponed until October.

BluebirdPalooza has been rescheduled for Oct. 17, 2020:
The Fort Thomas Education Foundation has issued a statement saying that its annual fundraising even will be postponed until Saturday, Oct. 17. The event was intended to take place on Saturday, Mar. 14 at the Newport Car Barn. Over 400 tickets have been sold so far. Any tickets purchased will be honored at the October 17 event. Read more on the Fort Thomas Education Foundation website.




STATEMENTS:

NKY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE:

Our businesses are experiencing a range of challenges associated with COVID-19, from employee bandwidth to time constraints - all within our rapidly changing health environment. 

Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce’s top priority is to ensure the safety of our members, employees, and the region at large. And although we currently do not have any indication that our events pose any health threats, we are mindful of Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear’s recommendation for all Kentuckians to avoid crowds and large gatherings.

We are closely monitoring the situation and taking guidance from the Northern Kentucky Health Department, the U.S. Center for Disease Control, and we're coordinating recommendations in conjunction with state and local officials.

We believe it is in the best interest of our community to postpone select NKY Chamber events through Friday, April 3, 2020, or until we have a better understanding of the virus.


Click here to review the list of effected upcoming events. 

We will continue to closely evaluate information about COVID-19 and will provide updates on our website here and our social media accounts on Facebook and Twitter.  


Click here for resources for businesses.

During this time, the NKY Chamber offices will remain open for business. In addition to postponing events, we are taking precautions to prevent the spread of illness by restricting staff travel, using virtual/conference call meetings at all times possible, and restricting use of the NKY Chamber meeting spaces.

Public health experts advise anyone who is most vulnerable to complications from COVID-19 to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations to stay home as much as possible and avoid large gatherings. Please follow CDC recommended respiratory etiquette and safe hand washing practices and stay home if you feel ill.

As you are considering steps you can take within your organization, please view our webpage for additional resources.

In summary, we strongly encourage our members to keep up with the facts about COVID-19, which are best received via the links above.  Unless guidance changes about the local impact of COVID-19, this is a time when we should make every effort to support each other by continuing to do business locally while practicing common sense hygiene.  

We will get through this together.  

Thank you,

Brent Cooper
President & CEO
NKY Chamber of Commerce


OPTICARE:

Dear Valued Patient,

At Opticare Vision Centers, the health and safety of our patients and employees is our top concern.

Our office has a long-standing practice of disinfecting all areas of our office throughout the day, and all clinic areas are disinfected prior to every patient seen.

As always during the peak of flu season, and with the growing concerns around the Coronavirus, we have taken extra measures to increase frequent sanitizing and cleaning, and have provided additional training and precautions to our staff to help keep their health and yours safe.

As a reminder, if you have fallen ill, have traveled abroad, or had close contact with someone who has traveled abroad within the past 14 days and are due to be seen for an appointment, please let our office know. We will be happy to change your appointment to ensure the safety of our patients and staff.

Feel free to contact us with any questions. Thank you.


The Opticare Team

See the original statement here.


LOTUS TREE MASSAGE:

Lotus Tree Massage will continue with protocols already being practiced, which includes: sanitizing the space after each client, including massage tools, door knobs, light switches, surfaces, etc. Therapist thoroughly washes her hands before and after each client and provides hand sanitizer in the treatment room and office.

Illness Policy: Already in place that states if either the therapist or client is experiencing Upper Respiratory symptoms, such as cough, sore throat, fever, chills, etc, that the appointment will be cancelled. At this time, all late cancellation fees will be waived. 

At Lotus Tree Massage, we are BUSINESS AS USUAL. 

My office is a sanctuary and my doors will remain open to offer massage, yoga and energy work. So keep your appointments because they will keep your immunity strong and decrease your stress. If anything changes, I will let you know. Until then, be well and take care of yourselves. 

Susan Unes, LMT, CYT, Master Reiki Practitioner
Lotus Tree Massage

BLUE MARBLE BOOKS:

We are open, and we are keeping the store wiped and sprayed down. We can provide curb side service if you'd like. And if you'd like to continue to support us without coming in, you can go to www.bookshop.org/shop/bluemarblebooks

Books will be delivered to you, and you are supporting us.

If you need suggestions, contact us here, by phone, or email (bluemarble41075@gmail.com)


In the meantime, wash your hands, eat healthy, stay calm, and read a good book.


GRASSROOTS & VINE:

Call-in / Pick-up orders welcome. Please call (859) 814-8391. Check out our current menu! #freshisbest #local #grassrootsandvine





ORANGETHEORY:

We are committed to your health and safety as a valued member of the Orangetheory family. Because of this, we’ve established precautionary measures in our studios while we continue to watch the developing situation. Thank you for your continued trust!



TRACY DAVIS STATE FARM:

Tracy Davis State Farm is here for our customers and our community during this time of uncertainty while also being conscientious and cautious.

Things to know:

We are able to do most transactions/purchases over the phone and/or via email. 859-781-5313 and Tracy@TracyDavisIns.com

We can take check, debit card and credit card payments over the phone.

I do have a drop slot to the left of my front door where you can drop off payments including cash without coming in. Please put the cash in an envelope with your name and phone number on it. We will call you to confirm we got it and send you a receipt.

You can go online at www.TracyDavisIns.com and do many things as well ... file a claim, make a payment, purchase or change insurance.

We are also here to meet with you face to face if you need us. We will though be practicing social distancing (all handshakes and hugs are on pause) and we ask please do not come if you aren’t feeling well.

I have team members already working from home and am set up for everyone to do so if needed so you will always have access to us even if/when things change.

Wishing everyone continued health and patience.

- Tracy Davis


FORT THOMAS FAMILY DENTISTRY:

Patient Policy Update:

To ensure a safe environment for our patients and staff in light of Coronavirus (COVID-19), we are taking a proactive approach.


  • For any patients who has/have had a fever or cough.
  • Patients who have traveled outside the US in the past 30 days.
  • Or patients who has been in close contact with any confirmed COVID-19 patient.

We ask that you please call our office before coming to your appointment.

We understand this may be an inconvenience, but at this time it is the safest route to prevent the spread.

Thank you for your patience & understanding,
Ft. Thomas Family dentistry.

You can view the original statement here.


MINT YOGA:

As of Mar. 12, 2020, we have made the decision to remove all props (blankets, bolsters, blocks and straps) from our prop wall. If you prefer to practice with some of these props, we encourage you to bring your own. We are committed to keeping Mint a clean, safe, space to practice. 

As public health officials respond to the spread of the COVID-19 strain of Coronavirus we want you to know that the safety and health of our students, instructors and staff are our top priority. Please know that we are taking preventative measures to protect against exposure to the coronavirus and to maintain a healthy and safe environment. While cleanliness has always been a top priority for us, we are taking additional measures to provide a safe and sanitary space for you to practice. We want to assure you we have been, and will continue to be, proactive in our daily approach to keep our studio clean. 


We have added antibacterial soap and paper towels to our bathrooms, hand sanitizer to our lobby and studio, and are cleaning all surfaces, door handles and props with disinfecting cleaners several times throughout the day. 

What can you do? Wash your hands often with soap and hot water for at least 20 seconds, before and after class (hand sanitizer can be used, but should not be a substitute for washing your hands). Avoid touching your face, stay home if you’re feeling sick. If you do get sick with flu symptoms, you should stay home and avoid contact with other people except to get medical care. Additionally, bringing your own mat to class is a good idea. 

We will continue to monitor the situation and will update you should conditions change. We will adhere to the direction of local authorities and the CDC on making sure our studio is kept clean and open. 

You can view the original statement here.


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O'CONNOR DENTAL CARE:

Patient Notice COVID-19

As the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) situation in the US continues we are taking proactive steps
in our office to minimize possible cross-contamination. We will continue dental treatment with a
detailed focus on the best scientific developments available for prevention. The following are the
current steps we will follow to ensure the welfare of our team and clients.

1. You will be asked to fill out a questionnaire prior to being brought back into the treatment
rooms. If any of the questions are answered with a Yes, you will be asked to reschedule.

2. You are advised to wash your hands both BEFORE and AFTER your appointment and to
avoid rubbing your eyes or touching your nose or mouth while in the office. This has been
proven to be the most effective method of prevention of transmission of the virus. Our
bathroom and treatment rooms have sinks and disinfectant soap for this purpose.

3. Patients experiencing a fever or showing symptoms including runny nose and cough may
be asked to reschedule.

4. Feel free to use the hand sanitizer available at the front desk or in any of the treatment rooms.
5. Patients may be asked to rinse with mouthwash prior to beginning treatment.

6. Certain treatment that involves a large number of aerosols may be postponed.

7. A rubber dam for isolation of the teeth to be treated and cover the throat will be applied,
together with high volume suction.

We thank you for your cooperation and we wish you good health.

Sincerely,

Dr. Emily K O’Connor-Schwegman, DMD, Dr. Patrick D O’Connor, DMD, and Staff


FORT THOMAS COFFEE:



SCHOOLS / COLLEGES:


FORT THOMAS INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS: 

Fort Thomas Independent Schools issued a statement in response to Gov. Andy Beshear's direction to close Kentucky schools. The district will close Monday, Mar. 16 through Friday, Mar. 27. 



THOMAS MORE COLLEGE:

Dear Members of the University community,

Since the news of the coronavirus outbreak, University administration has been meeting regularly to develop responses to a rapidly changing situation. As we address how best to handle this situation, our main priority is to protect the well-being of our students, faculty, staff, and the community. Thomas More University is committed to completing the spring semester and providing our students the academic instruction necessary to fulfill their degree requirements. 

The University is implementing its emergency preparedness plan following the declaration of a state of emergency by Governor Beshear and in consultation with local, regional, and national health officials.  Though there are no confirmed cases of the coronavirus on Thomas More’s campus, the University is taking immediate action to protect the health and safety of our community. The University will be extending spring break for most students (though not if you are currently enrolled through TAP) through Sunday, March 22. We will be shifting to remote learning using Canvas for all classes beginning Monday, March 23. Classes that are already online and graduate and undergraduate 8-week courses that begin on Monday, March 16, will continue as scheduled, but those courses will be exclusively online (even if initially designed to be a hybrid course) – faculty members will be in touch with additional details.

Students, to help the University determine how best to meet your needs, please complete this short survey so that we are better informed.

The extension of spring break will allow for the University and the faculty to make the necessary transitions. Courses will remain in a remote learning format until further notice, though we expect to resume in-person classes by early- to mid-April.   

On an interim basis, to ensure the safety of our students and the entire University community:

Thomas More University will remain open as usual during this timeframe though classes will be transitioned to a remote learning format utilizing Canvas. Faculty and staff are expected to report to work as usual. We will be working with faculty to address challenges that may arise within academic coursework due to this extension. Information regarding changes in specialized instruction such as clinicals, practicums, laboratories, art, or music instruction will be provided by faculty assigned to those courses before March 23.

All offices and on-campus resources will be available to students during this time, but the University may limit the number of students in any designated area.

Following the extension of spring break, the residence halls will be temporarily closed until further notice, and we encourage students to gather their personal belongings to take home on Sunday, March 15, Monday, March 16, and Tuesday, March 17, from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. Current resident students will receive an email to their TMU email address tomorrow with further instructions and details from the dean of students.    

All University sponsored events are canceled immediately through April 13. Events after this date will be re-evaluated in the coming weeks. No off-campus groups will be permitted on campus until further notice. University admissions and alumni events with fewer than 100 outside guests will be reviewed and approved by the appropriate vice president. Events of this size must be held in Steigerwald Hall. Mass will continue as scheduled but will be limited to no more than 75 guests.

The University will continue to follow the guidance of the Mid-South Athletic Conference and the NAIA. As such, all in-season spring sports have been suspended until March 31 by the Conference.  We will continue to monitor the suspension and next steps will be communicated through your coach.  All non-season athletics team practices are suspended immediately. The director of athletics will inform coaches as to when practice may resume for non-season athletic teams. Student-athletes are encouraged to contact their coaches for any clarifications. The University will restrict all indoor athletic competitions from spectator participation. Outdoor sporting events may still have spectators until further notice.

If students, faculty, and staff plan on traveling internationally and returning to campus, they must self-quarantine for 14 days off-campus and report all travel to the dean of students (students only) and to the director of human resources (faculty and staff only). If someone has traveled internationally over the last 14 days, they must report this travel to the appropriate person listed above, and they must self-quarantine for 14 days off-campus.

All University sponsored commercial travel for faculty and staff is restricted to essential University travel only for the remainder of the spring semester. All travel must be approved by the area vice president.

Fall 2020 registration will take place as scheduled beginning March 23. Advisor clearance will automatically be granted, but students are encouraged to communicate with advisors via telephone or email if needed and advisors will review schedules post-registration. Students should refer to their degree audits in MyTMU and the sample course patterns for guidance. If you have any questions regarding the registration process for the fall semester, please contact registrar@thomasmore.edu.

We are hopeful that these precautions will allow the University to conduct its Commencement exercises on May 18. However, the University will need to assess the potential risk and safety requirements before any final determination is made.

The health and safety of our employees will be balanced with the need to provide essential services to the University. Employees should work with their supervisors if adjusted work hours are required. We understand that some of our employees may fall into populations that are considered high risk for the illness and encourage anyone experiencing symptoms or potential exposure to COVID-19 to remain at home. The University will remain flexible with planning and options for employees who may be exposed or affected by the virus.

The University will continue to work closely with public health officials to monitor and evaluate the spread of the COVID-19 virus. We will continue to keep the community informed of any additional interim measures as decisions are made. Students are encouraged to regularly check their Thomas More email, as well as their Canvas courses, for updates and additional announcements.

I fully understand that this is a very different way for the University to operate over the next several weeks. I truly appreciate your understanding and willingness to ensure that our students continue to receive their education. I expect that there will be many additional questions regarding teaching and learning, future events including Senior Week and Commencement (about which no decisions have yet been made), and the ability to resume normal operations as quickly as possible. The University will continue to keep its community informed through periodic emails and information available on our website.

I want to thank our faculty and staff who have been working tirelessly over the past two months to protect the safety and health of our community. The commitment to our students has always been at the forefront of their work. While the next couple of weeks will remain full of uncertainty, I know that our community will continue to work together to support and care for one another. Thank you for your patience and flexibility as we work through this together. 

Sincerely,

Joseph L. Chillo, LP.D.
President

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We will continue to add updates as they become available. If you have additions to our list, please email jessicaceden@gmail.com.


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