COVID-19 Update from Mayor Kessler

Friday, Jul 24, 2020 at 11:08 am

As we head into the weekend, we wanted to share some updates on COVID-19 in Bexley, and urge our collective community to double down in vigilantly social distancing. The past week has seen Bexley’s largest one-week increase in cases, with 16 new cases over the past seven days. This upward trend echoes what we’re seeing regionally in Franklin County, where the growth in cases is being led by individuals 30 and under. Here are some key areas to focus on in helping to stop the spread:

  • Keep a minimum 6′ distance around individuals from outside of your household.
  • Model great distancing behavior in front of your kids; they see what you do and they’re going to copy it!
  • Do not entertain people from outside of your household indoors. Outdoor environments are much safer and distancing is easier.
  • Wear a face covering anytime you’re in a situation where you can’t control a 6′ distance, including outdoors.
  • Wash hands frequently and for a minimum of 20 seconds.
  • Share with your kids all of the steps that they need to take to be safe, and keep a look out for teachable moments.

I have a feeling I’m not sharing anything we don’t already know, but I am asking us all to double down on our commitment. Our ability to stop the spread will save lives, and right now, despite widespread mask wearing and a well-informed public, I think we are suffering from a tiredness and fatigue that makes it harder than ever to keep up our best practices.  

Our community has, by and large, been so incredibly proactive and compassionate through this pandemic, and I know we have the endurance to pull through this together. As we’re doing so, please keep an eye out for neighbors who might be struggling and help steer them to sources of help via the resources mentioned below. This is a marathon, and we need to be aware of our responsibility to our neighbors and to be vigilant about our own behavior.  

Take good care of yourselves and of each other, Bexley. Stay strong, and stay safe.

– Mayor Ben Kessler

Symptoms to Look For

The symptoms most commonly associated with COVID-19 are:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Chills
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose

Local Options for COVID-19 Testing

Option 1) Bexley Urgent Care – 2216 E. Main Street
Hours vary, check website to schedule an appointment

Option 2) Wexner Medical Center Testing at KIPP Columbus – 2900 Inspire Drive
Monday & Thursday from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Option 3) Columbus Public Health – 240 Parsons Avenue
Monday – Friday from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Option 4) Equitas Health King-Lincoln Medical Center – 750 E. Long Street
Monday – Friday from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

There are many other testing sites in the central Ohio region! To view additional options, please click here. Some testing sites require a call-ahead or an appointment!

COVID-19 Websites and Resources

Helping Residents in Need

If you have a specific need for assistance during this difficult time, please fill out our needs survey. Our Volunteer Coordinator will post your request anonymously to our pool of volunteers, or help refer you to resources that can help.  If you have any questions, please email our Volunteer Coordinator, Elizabeth Ellman.

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