COVID19 Response & Resources

The United Way of Richland County is currently and will continue to help our community work its way back while supporting our partner agencies, who are on the front lines of this pandemic. We are working, with community stakeholders, our partners, and others to construct a plan to respond to the immediate needs as a result of this crisis and how we can respond to help repair any and all long-term damages as a result of it. We want to ensure that our efforts are in harmony with local, statewide, and national efforts to ensure that measures taken are unduplicated and will positively affect as many in our communities as we can.

We are communicating regularly with local health department officials and are watching for the latest information from the Ohio Department of Health.

Our office is currently open, but we are mainly working remote and business is as usual. If you need assistance please email us or contact us at (419) 525-2816

When you feel the most helpless, you actually have the power to do the most good.

As we move into social distancing and self-quarantine, it’s natural to feel isolated. Staying away from other people, though necessary, doesn’t fulfill our need to take action, to do something in the face of this crisis.

Fortunately, even in isolation, you can help the most vulnerable among us. Because we are never truly alone in our human community.

Here are five things you can do to fight in the face of COVID-19:

  1. Support the United Way of Richland County COVID-19 Fund. Your generous gift will help us provide support for the immediate & long term needs of those impacted by COVID-19. Our community has an excellent network of agencies that are expanding and providing their services; they are experienced and prepared to meet the needs of our most vulnerable during this crisis. Supporting the United Way of Richland County’s COVID-19 Fund can help ensure these vital relief services stay open and accessible. COVID19 Relief Fund
  2. Direct people to First Call 211. Richland County’s First Call 211 is working on the front lines of the pandemic. First Call 211 specialists provide real-time information on social services and other resources to those in need. If you know someone who is struggling, or just looking for a source of reliable information, tell them to contact Richland County’s local First Call 211 at (419) 522-4636
  3. Spare something for the food pantries. As stores run out of bulk food and toilet paper, food pantries are struggling to fill their shelves, even as more people are coming in for help. Consider donating what you can spare, especially non-perishable food and toiletry items. Insert information about how to find out about local food pantries, such as calling 211 to find out what our local food pantries need most and where to drop off donations.
  4. Call your friends and family. Even during isolation, modern technology allows us to stay connected. Checking in on friends and family is more than polite right now, it’s essential. And don’t forget elderly neighbors or others living alone.
  5. Take care of your mental health. If you’re stuck at home, keep busy with hobbies, try out arts and crafts, pick up an old musical instrument, organize family game nights, and step outside for fresh air and exercise. You can’t take care of others unless you take care of yourself.

Even in these uncertain times, no one is powerless to make a difference. Small acts, taken together across the country, can change the course of the pandemic, bolster those facing economic challenges, and protect the most vulnerable.

Health Information & Resources

Richland Public Health. Call 419-774-4500.

Richland County WIC. Call 419-774-4560.

WIC Provides:

  • Nutrition education
  • Breastfeeding education and support
  • Nutritious foods such as
    eggs, milk, cereal, whole grain bread, brown rice, whole wheat pasta,
    fruits and vegetables. Canned tuna fish or salmon and cheese if you are
    Infant formula is available along with baby food and baby
  • Referral to prenatal and pediatric health care and other maternal and child health and human service programs
  • Coupons worth $20 for fresh fruit and vegetables redeemable at Farmers Markets and roadside stands during the summer months
  • Click here for the complete Authorized Food List (2019-2020)

Small Business Resources


We realize that many businesses will be impacted. Here is an updated ODJFS link for Frequently Asked Questions. Remember – employees need to apply online or over the phone (1-877-644-6562). Hearing Impaired TTY Service dial toll-free: 1-888-642-8203. There are no in person applications.

OSHA Guidance on Preparing Workplaces

To reduce the impact of COVID-19 outbreak conditions on businesses, workers, customers, and the public, it is important for all employers to plan now for COVID-19. See the guide prepared by OSHA here

Services for Seniors

Ohio District 5 Area Agency on Aging, Inc.

(AAA5) is committed to serving the needs of the public and working to ensure the health and safety of the individuals we serve, staff, and community. The world is experiencing an unprecedented health crisis. Early action in limiting the spread of COVID-19, referred to as coronavirus, is critical. We continue to follow the guidelines provided by our local, county, and state health officials as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The safety of older individuals and staff alike is priority for AAA5 – it’s a large part of our mission. That is why we will maintain our regular hours, however we ask you to call us rather than visiting in person: 800-860-5799

Continue to visit our website and Facebook for information and updates. We will keep you informed of additional changes in operation as this rapidly evolving public health situation continues to unfold.

Thank you to all who have expressed their concern and understanding during this uncertain time.

If you or someone you know has questions regarding COVID-19, the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) is the best source for accurate and timely information in Ohio.