Important COVID-19 Update

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March 23, 2020

On Sunday, March 22, Gov. DeWine issued a Stay-At-Home order, telling residents to remain in their homes to avoid the spread of COVID-19. This order will take effect at 11:59 p.m. this evening. Please take a moment to read the order in its entirety linked here.

This order exempts people experiencing homelessness and those who are providing emergency shelter, outreach, residential services (like rapid rehousing, permanent supportive housing), healthcare and social services. During this time we will continue to meet the needs of the community by implementing the changes below.

Non-essential employees are working from home. We have developed a minimum business operation plan for essential employees that includes social distancing, increased cleanings of buildings and high touch surfaces, and use of protective masks and gloves as needed.

All in-person volunteer opportunities have been suspended until April 6. Material donations can be dropped off by appointment only. Contact Naomi Merino at

For our women residents, we’ve limited their visitors to healthcare workers. Our service coordinators are conducting case management meetings with their clients by phone while ensuring residents have access to trauma-informed counseling, and computers to stay updated and in contact with loved ones.

Our Kids Place programs located in the Gahanna and Westerville school districts have been shut down along with the closure of the schools. We will remain closed until schools reopen.

We have postponed Women of Achievement scheduled for April 22, and we are working on an alternative plan to celebrate this year’s class of Women of Achievement.

All in-person Leadership for Social Change sessions have been postponed.

YWCA Columbus employees must continue to follow everyday preventative actions to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, which include:

  • Staying home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
  • Employees working in the Family Center and Women’s Residency Program are asked to take their temperature before coming to work.
  • Covering your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throwing the tissue in the trash.
  • Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • Avoiding contact with your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cleaning frequently touched surfaces and objects daily.
  • Using gloves and masks when appropriate.

Throughout our history, YWCA Columbus has stood with the most vulnerable and under-served communities, and we will continue to get up and do this vital work every day. Through it all, we remain fully committed to our mission of eliminating racism and empowering women. We are grateful for our employees, associations and partners. We know that we are stronger together!