GVWC Weekly Newsletter | March 31, 2020


I hope this finds you and your loved ones healthy and safe. I hope, too, you are finding, as best as possible, some good amidst all of this uncertainty. Keep walking, keep breathing fresh air, and keep enjoying the time to reconnect with friends and family—though at a safe distance.

In the newsletter this week:

  • Join Me – A Post-Walk Coffee Zoom this Saturday at 10am
  • Donating PPE
  • Helping Our Partners
  • Homemade Face Masks
  • Ring, Ring, Ring: COVID-19? Beware Your Filthy Cell Phone

Join Me – A Post-Walk Coffee Zoom this Saturday at 10am

Once upon a time, the GVWC used to meet every Saturday morning at 8am to walk 3 or 5 miles through downtown parks and neighborhoods. Afterwards, we used to gather at Winans Chocolates and Coffee to socialize and solve the world’s problems. Remember that? It was one of my favorite things. And it seems like so long ago. Turns out, we can adapt! Mrs. WalksFast has organized a Zoom for us to gather this Saturday (April 4) at 10am—just like we used to do in the Olden Days. So, get up and get out early to get your walk in, and join me for coffee on your computer or phone. (Connect here: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/112356814. Meeting ID: 112 356 814. Turn on your camera and use your computer’s audio. No registration or account required.) BYOC.

Donating Personal Protection Equipment (PPE)

GVWC member, Deb Hudson, says her sister, a manager for OhioHealth Rehabilitation, is reaching out wherever she can to request supplies, including personal protection equipment (PPE), for their operations. According to the State of Ohio’s coronavirus.ohio.gov, the need for PPE is dire. Taking care of a patient who is in intensive care for a 24-hour shift requires:

  • 36 pairs of gloves
  • 14 gowns
  • 3 pairs of goggles
  • 13 N-95 face masks

You can coordinate your donation here: supplydonation@ohiohealth.com. We know healthcare professionals put their health on the line every day to care for patients with COVID-19. While there is no way to adequately thank them for their service, if you have something to give, it’s a small way to help out. Thanks.

Helping Our Partners

As you know, Valter’s and Winans are shut down, except for carry out orders. They have been very generous to us. Today, more than ever, they need our support (as do other restaurant and bar owners).

You can assist Valter by ordering carry out: call 614 444-3531 or https://valtersatthemaennerchor.com/.

Anyone looking for treats from Winans, including chocolates, coffee beans or bottles of wine, email your request to germanvillage@winanscandies.com to schedule curbside pickup or delivery. Or order online at www.winanscolumbus.com.

Also, you can still shop on-line at Columbus Running Company to get new shoes and apparel for all that walking you have been during the Stay At Home orders.

Homemade Face Masks

If you heard Ohio’s top “Capeless Hero” on Governor DeWine’s daily press briefing, Dr. Amy Acton suggested in response to a reporter’s question, it’s a good idea for people to wear homemade facemasks to the grocery store or pharmacy. (As you know, those are about the only places we should be going.) While offering no protection from acquiring the virus, homemade masks can prevent us from spreading it if we are unknowingly infected. Dr. Acton’s logic: if everyone wears a face mask, no one can unwittingly spread the virus. An article in today’s New York Times, Should I Make My Own Mask?, advocates “there is probably some benefit to covering our faces in public.” According to the design principles found in the Minnesota Department of Health’s Interim Guidance on Alternative Facemasks (dated March 27, 2020), the GVWC balaclava could be useful.

LSS mask

Facemask or no, continue to practice good hygiene to avoid COVID-19: wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (or use hand sanitizer with 60% alcohol), avoid touching your face with unwashed hands, cough/sneeze into your elbow (or a tissue to throw away), and stay home.

Ring, Ring, Ring: COVID-19? Beware Your Filthy Cell Phone

According to this article from the March 23 issue of Retail Food Safety Forum, “A typical cell phone has approximately 25,000 germs per square inch compared to a toilet seat, which has approximately 1,200 germs per square inch, a pet bowl with approximately 2,100 germs per square inch, a doorknob with 8,600 germs per square inch and a check-out screen with approximately 4,500 germs per square inch.” Enough said.

Motivation of the Week


Finishing Line

Till we walk together again. Until then, whatever you do, finish strong!



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