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Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Staying Healthy

Dan Moulthrop, Chief Executive Officer, The City Club of Cleveland

City Club Community,

You may have heard the Governor has declared a state of emergency and the Mayor has declared a state of civil emergency in response to the confirmation of three cases of COVID-19 in Cuyahoga County. They have done this to create the flexibility the state and city need to respond effectively in the coming days.

We want you to know that at the City Club, the health and safety of our guests is our top priority. For this reason we are rescheduling the remaining forums of this month. You can continue to count on your City Club to keep you connected. Starting Thursday March 12, we will be conducting online forums. Our first one is on this very topic of the Coronavirus and the local and statewide response to this unique public health threat. You’ll be able to watch from starting at 12:30 p.m. and our YouTube channel and participate in the Q&A via text or Twitter.

On Friday March 13, we will still host the regional high school debate championship but convene it with a limited audience of close friends and family members of the debaters. We encourage you to cheer on the participants via the livestream at at 12:30 p.m.

We know we’ll be providing more online forums in the coming weeks, too, and we’ll be in touch to let you know what those are.

This response is driven by our concern for your health and well-being, in both the physical and civic sense. In this moment as we adjust to the recommended "social distancing," staying connected to our community becomes ever more important. So, as always, if there are topics you think we should cover in an online forum, reach out and let us know (

And in the meantime, please follow the guidance of public health officials.

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; dry hands with a clean towel or air dry hands.
  • Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water are unavailable.
  • Cover your mouth with a tissue or sleeve when sneezing or coughing.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Also, clean high-touch areas – counters, tables, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, nightstands – every day using household cleaning spray or wipes according to label directions.

For more information on COVID-19, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Ohio Department of Health.

We also thank you for doing everything you can to keep democracy healthy and our community healthy. To that end, we would like to pass along that Secretary of State Frank LaRose is encouraging voting early, which you can do at your Board of Elections. In Cuyahoga County, that’s at 2925 Euclid Avenue. Voting hours are 8 a.m.-7 p.m. (M-F), Saturday 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday, 1-5 p.m., and next Monday, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.

If you have any questions at all, don’t hesitate to call us at 216.621.0082.

Thank you.

Dan Moulthrop


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