Highlights from Mayor Lienhoop’s update:
• Congratulations to the community for flattening the curve – data indicates we have been able to do that.
• We have had some folks test positive for the virus, but the actual numbers are lower than the model projections
• Lower numbers is a result of our actions with social distancing, safe shopping, wearing masks, etc, not from luck
Governor’s Stay-at-home order extends through midnight on 5/1/20
• We expect to see a phased in reopening of the economy (3-5 phases)
• We will follow the Governor’s lead on how to phase-in reopening.
• We would only move more slowly if data indicates we need to do so to slow the spread of the virus if we see an uptick or if health care system may be overwhelmed.
• Regardless of what Governor tells us, if you are an at-risk individual, you should stay at home.
Notes on assistance programs:
• Columbus INvigorate – visit the City’s website to assist small businesses, applications due April 30. To date, we have received 35 applications, expect a few more in by the deadline
• Grant from HUD allows City to offer $200,000 to offer rental assistance – follow links on City website for information (https://columbus.in.gov)
We are all ready for this to be over, but we still have several weeks to go.
• Phased in openings will likely extend closures for several weeks for several businesses
• Your efforts have helped to flatten the curve and kept health care system from being overwhelmed.