Ohio gets notification to receive 855 displaced Afghans

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has announced that Ohio received notification from the federal government that 855 Afghan evacuees will come to Ohio through the U.S. Department of State’s Afghan Placement and Assistance (APA) Program. The first group of Afghan evacuees totals 37,000 individuals nationwide. The federal government has told Ohio that the placements will be to eight local resettlement agencies …

USCIS mandates Covid19 vaccination for Green Card applicants

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services has announced that individuals applying to become a lawful permanent resident, and other applicants as deemed necessary, must undergo an immigration medical exam to show they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before the civil surgeon can complete an immigration medical examination beginning from October 1, 2021. “Effective October 1, 2021, applicants subject to …

Columbus City awards $12.2M in COVID-19 rental assistance to residents through 26 organizations

* Somali Community Association, Somali Link, US Together, Our Helpers part of 26 organizations Columbus, Ohio Mayor Andrew J. Ginther and Columbus City Councilmember Shayla Favor have announced the award of $12.2 million to 26 community organizations through the city’s Stable Housing Initiative to help ensure the equitable distribution of rental assistance to residents adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The initiative …

Columbus City Mandates Employees and Visitors to Wear Masks in City Buildings Aug.16

Columbus Mayor Andrew J. Ginther has announced that starting Monday, August 16, 2021, all employees and visitors to city buildings must wear masks, regardless of vaccine status. Earlier this week, the Centers for Disease Control placed Franklin County in the highest level for COVID-19 transmission. A large majority of those who have recently contracted the COVID-19 virus have been infected …

Columbus Free Vaccination Center records impressive turnout

One of the 10 Columbus City free vaccination centers, Somali Community Association on the Northside has continued to record impressive turnout according to the Executive Director of the SCA, Hassan Omar. The Somali Community Association on 3422 Cleveland Avenue is one of the 10 walk-in centers designated by Columbus City Public Health Department for free vaccination with offer of $100 …

Karl Road Branch of Columbus Metropolitan Library opens Sept. 9

The new Karl Road Branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library will formally open on Thursday, September 9, 2021, at 3.30PM. The CEO Patrick Losinski and the Columbus Metropolitan Library Board of Trustees, alongside other community leaders will officially dedicate the “newest library” in a short ribbon cutting ceremony. “This new building represents a significant investment in the community – with …

Columbus announces 10 free vaccination centers with offer of $100 visa cash card each

City of Columbus, Ohio has announced 10 walk-in centers for free vaccination with offer of $100 Visa cash card to be given onsite when shot is received till August 16, 2021.The incentive which began this month holds from noon to 7PM at two centers each on allotted days.MONDAYS Linden Community Center1350 Briarwood Ave. William H. Adams Community Center854 Alton Ave.TUESDAYS …

Ohio Covid-19 State of Emergency order ends Friday, June 18

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has announced that the state of emergency in Ohio caused by the COVID-19 pandemic will be lifted on Friday, June 18, 2021. However, Governor Dewine urged those who have not yet received the vaccine to find a clinic near them by visiting gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov. On visitation to nursing homes and assisted living facilities, Governor DeWine said beginning …

Ohio extends 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew until January 2, 2021

Issues new Stay Safe Ohio Protocol Ohio Department of Health has extended the 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew in Ohio until January 2, 2021. “We believe the curfew, along with mask-wearing, have had an impact, and the next 21 days are extremely critical. We must all do everything we can to slow down the virus,” said Governor Mike DeWine …