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ONU and Lima Memorial team up with molecular testing for COVID-19

Testing will be made available in the greater Lima region for hospitalized patients at all local hospitals, healthcare workers, patients in long-term care facilities and first responders, among others

Lima Memorial Health System and Ohio Northern University have a longstanding clinical affiliation, which accelerated to a whole new level as the two organizations partnered to bring PCR molecular testing for COVID-19 to the greater Lima region.

This is the same method being used by the Ohio Department of Health. ONU provided essential equipment to enable Lima Memorial to provide this critical testing.

Dr. Dennis De Luca, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences at Ohio Northern University and Molecular Specialist, helped lead the initiative on behalf of Ohio Northern University.

Pharmacy students assisting health department during coronavirus crisis

Calling on individuals to check on symptoms, recording data, making appropriate referrals based on that symptomatology

Three Ohio Northern University Raabe College of Pharmacy students are assisting the Kenton Hardin Health Department (KHHD) during the current coronavirus crisis.

Eric Dierkes, Michaela Mrozek and Makayla Wells, who are all sixth-year pharmacy students, are helping the county health department with a special project. The KHHD currently has a large number of persons under investigation for COVID-19.

The students, who began this project April 7, are reaching out to persons in the area who are under investigation for COVID-19. They are calling on individuals to check on symptoms, record the data and make appropriate referrals based on that symptomatology.

ONU groups assisting area efforts

Taking action during COVID-19 pandemic

ONU donated personal protective equipment items to Ohio Health Hardin Memorial Hospital and the Kenton Hardin Health Department including:
80,000 gloves 
200 N-95 exam masks
300 pairs of goggles
100 pairs of safety glasses 
500 surgical gowns and lab coats

Polar Bears take action, and members of Ohio Northern University are putting community service into action by assisting with area efforts to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Following are some examples.

ONU grad's "outside-the-box" ideas of being a first-year teacher

As a first-year teacher, Wilson still had many of the techniques she’d learned at ONU fresh in her mind, such as different kinds of technology she could use to make learning more interactive

FROM THE ONU WEBSITE – March 12 was like any other school day at Benjamin Logan Elementary School for fourth-grade teacher Emily Wilson, a 2019 Ohio Northern University graduate, but by the end of the day, she had spent her last “normal” day with her students for, possibly, the rest of the school year.

That was the day Governor Mike DeWine, mandated that Ohio’s K-12 schools would close for three weeks due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Since then, the shutdown has been extended until May 1, and the future remains uncertain. The abrupt disruption sent teachers across the state scrambling to find ways to keep their students engaged and learning from afar.

Snapshot of public opinion in 4 Midwest states

Spearheaded by Baldwin Wallace Community Research Institute in partnership with ONU and Oakland University

Results from a new Baldwin Wallace University Great Lakes Poll offer a snapshot of public opinion in four key Midwest states caught in the midst of the fear and uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Spearheaded by BW’s Community Research Institute (CRI), in partnership with Oakland University and Ohio Northern University, the poll questioned self-identified registered voters in Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin on a variety of topics including COVID-19 (coronavirus) and approval ratings for how the president and state governors are handling the crisis, along with the 2020 election and more.

Among the results:

ONU to hold virtual town hall meeting on Facebook

Noon, Wednesday, April 15, for alumni and friends

Ohio Northern University will hold a virtual town hall meeting for alumni and friends at noon, Wednesday, April 15, delivered through ONU’s Facebook at: Facebook.com/ohionorthern.

The purpose of the town hall is to offer detailed information on Ohio Northern's response to COVID-19 and to hear what's on the minds of alumni and friends of the university.

Facebook Live streams are now accessible and open to everyone regardless of having an account or not. You can watch it without a Facebook profile and without logging in.