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Today's COVID-19 Report: Thursday, March 18

Thursday, March 18, 2021

Here are the latest need-to-know updates for Thursday, March 18 regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and other topics of importance.


Yesterday afternoon LeadingAge Ohio distributed a Special Alert from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) regarding healthcare infection prevention and control recommendations. To see yesterday's Special Alert, please click here.
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In Today's Report

  • ODA announces new funding for adult day, senior centers
  • Advocacy in Action Call: Monday, March 22 at 10:00AM
  • LeadingAge Ohio all-member call: Tuesday, March 23 at 11:30AM
  • Fundraising professionals: Survey response requested
  • Don’t miss out! Submit an authorization form today for the 2021 compensation survey
  • 2021 LeadingAge Ohio Awards program nominations open through April 16
  • Take advantage of Quickcasts on the Learning Hub!
  • LeadingAge Need to Know

ODA announces new funding for adult day, senior centers

On a Wednesday webinar, representatives of the Ohio Department of Aging (ODA) announced the availability of a new round of relief funding for Ohio’s adult day and senior centers. In late 2020, ODA made $15.2 million available to these providers, but only $4.8 million was ultimately distributed. The new opportunity will make the remaining funds—over $10.3 million—again available to providers, this time with a deadline extended through June 30, 2021.

To apply for funding, providers must first create a supplier ID before visiting the Office of Budget & Management grants portal to submit an application.  In addition to demographic information, the application includes a number of additional questions, including the funds an organization has received from the state to-date, and estimates of both expenses and losses incurred by the provider as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The application window opens today and will close on April 9. ODA estimates it will take weeks to process the applications prior to issuing the awards.

LeadingAge Ohio strongly encourages all adult day members apply for the funds. Questions may be directed to Susan Wallace, Chief Policy Officer at

Advocacy in Action Call: Monday, March 22 at 10:00AM

LeadingAge Ohio encourages members to join the next Advocacy in Action call on Monday, March 28 at 10:00AM to hear the latest updates on legislation that impacts aging services, including the biennial budget as well as bills that would require licensure for home health providers, Ohio’s compassionate caregiver bill, and a bill allowing guardians to request electronic monitoring in resident rooms.

Advocacy in Action calls will be held at 10:00AM on the second and fourth Monday of each month throughout the budget season.

Members can join the Zoom call from their computer here.

Meeting ID: 915-089-7248
Meeting Passcode: 634189

To join via phone, dial: (646) 558-8656; meeting ID: 915-089-7248.

One-touch dial: 16465588656,9150897248#,,,,#

LeadingAge Ohio all-member call: Tuesday, March 23 at 11:30AM

Questions abound on how recently released CDC recommendations on quarantining and CMS guidance on visitation align with Ohio’s 6th Amended Order. Employment law questions are also emerging, e.g. can new hires be required to have proof of vaccination?  

LeadingAge Ohio will hold an all-member call on these topics on Tuesday, March 23 at 11:30AM. Members can register in advance and should send all questions for the call to  The call will also allow participants to ‘chat’ questions.

Fundraising professionals: Survey response requested

COVID-19 has upended many of the traditional tools used in fundraising, closing some doors, opening others. In order to identify the best next steps to meet members’ needs, please direct this brief (less than 5 min) survey to the individual in your organization responsible for fundraising. Please respond no later than end of day Friday, March 19.

Don’t miss out! Submit an authorization form today for the 2021 compensation survey

It’s not too late for members to submit an authorization form to participate in the 2021 LeadingAge Ohio compensation survey. This authorization form submission enables access to the portal for inputting data. Deadline to submit data for the compensation survey is April 23.

So far over 215 LeadingAge Ohio members have submitted forms to participate in this year’s survey. Those organizations that participate in the survey will receive the survey results at no cost. Not only will the data serve providers, but it will also help inform LeadingAge Ohio’s advocacy efforts on important workforce challenges.

A feature in this year’s survey is the capture of vacation/PTO data to help members understand how paid time off, especially for hourly workers, is handled with other organizations. The survey results can be customized for geographic comparisons. We encourage all members to participate. Members interested in participating in the survey must complete the Authorization and Verification Form and send to Jennifer Taylor at

2021 LeadingAge Ohio Awards program nominations open through April 16

The LeadingAge Ohio awards program celebrates exemplary work of the individuals and organizations within its membership. The ongoing pandemic shines an even brighter spotlight on the work this year. This year’s awards program brings an opportunity to recognize the unprecedented caring, compassion and service demonstrated by so many during this past year’s COVID challenges.

Nominations for this year’s awards are open through April 16 with six different categories available. Visit the LeadingAge Ohio website for all the details.

Take advantage of Quickcasts on the Learning Hub!

Quickcasts are short audio/visual presentations (10-20 minutes) addressing important issues and trends in aging services and are free to access for LeadingAge members through your individual MyLeadingAge account. A few of the recent Quickcasts available are highlighted below. Don’t have your MyLeadingAge account established yet? Instructions on how to set up your MyLeadingAge account are included here.

Here are several recent QuickCasts you may have missed: 

LeadingAge Need to Know: COVID-19 – March 18, 2021

LeadingAge shares the latest coronavirus news and resources with members twice each weekday. This morning's update featured 2021-2022 flue vaccine discounts for members and information on the upcoming Life Safety and Emergency Preparedness webinar.

Check out the full report here.

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Please send all questions to Additionally, members are encouraged to visit the LeadingAge Ohio COVID-19 Working Group facebook gro up to pose questions to peers and share best practices. LeadingAge is continuing its daily calls for all members.  To participate in these daily online updates, members should register here.  

LeadingAge Ohio is working to ensure that the information in our daily alerts, on our website, and all coronavirus-related communications is as accurate as possible. However, LeadingAge Ohio makes no guarantees about the accuracy of the information. 

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