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April 21, 2021
This is our shot: New campaign and communications materials
Today we are launching a refreshed messaging campaign – “This is our shot.” Visitors to the Coalition website will find a new communications section within our member toolkit aimed at energizing Ohio’s workforce and communities to get the facts about COVID-19 vaccines. The goal is to inspire employees and their families to “take their shot.”
April 14, 2021
10TV Columbus: Businesses opening up COVID-19 vaccine clinics at workplaces
As more COVID-19 vaccinations become available, more businesses are opening vaccination clinics at their workplaces. One of those businesses taking advantage of Governor Mike DeWine’s announcement to allow companies to create vaccine clinics is Worthington Industries.
April 14, 2021
Farm Bureau ( My Experience with the COVID-19 Vaccine – One Step Closer to Normal
On March 25, it was finally my turn. After waiting three months, not so patiently, I was finally able to receive my first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.
April 11, 2021
Dayton Daily News: Your company can make you get a COVID shot, but many won’t. Here’s why.
Companies can require employees to get a COVID-19 vaccination, but many are instead seeking voluntary cooperation — some even offering cash incentives and time off.
April 9, 2021
Port Clinton News Herald: Bassett’s Market offering incentive for vaccinated employees
Even as Ottawa County has continued to be among those leading the state in COVID-19 vaccinations per capita, one local business is offering an incentive to employees still on the fence about the shot.
April 8, 2021
Special Announcement: Availability of Workplace Vaccines
We know that many Coalition members have considered ways to bring vaccines to their workforce. Such programs could bring incredible efficiencies by removing barriers to vaccination including transportation, internet access, time and more. For those organizations interested in workplace vaccinations, new guidance from Governor Mike DeWine and Ohio Department of Health will surely help.
April 5, 2021
CEOs Celebrate and Shine a Light on Vaccines
This is a critical opportunity for CEOs and employers to lead by example regarding the importance and safety of the vaccine. Reaching community immunity is the only way to return to normalcy and put Ohio’s economy back on track. Ohio business leaders, including many Coalition members, are already leading by example.
April 5, 2021
WTOL Toledo: Local grocery store introducing incentive to employees to get vaccinated
Charlie Bassett says some of the employees that work at his stores have already received the vaccine, but others aren’t completely sure if they want the shot.
March 29, 2021
WXVU Cincinnati: Look For More Workplaces To Strongly Encourage Employees Get The COVID Vaccine
Greater Cincinnati companies and businesses worldwide see the COVID-19 vaccine as the way forward. But because the vaccines haven’t been approved by the FDA – instead, they have emergency use authorization only – employers may have a problem making them mandatory. What are some companies doing and what incentives are they offering?
March 24, 2021 We have a duty to ‘stop the spread’ by sharing vaccine facts and urging safety practices: Cliff A. Megerian
Everywhere you turn, everyone is eager for life to return to “normal.” In our personal lives, we’re craving face-to-face interactions, hosting friends, and family or simply going to a museum, the zoo or a hockey game without feeling anxious. For Ohio’s 5 million workers, adjusting to the new “normal” also is highly anticipated.
March 19, 2021
The Columbus Dispatch: Opinion: Employer can help fight coronavirus vaccine distrust and inaccuracies
Everywhere you turn, everyone is eager for life to return to “normal.” In our personal lives, we’re craving face-to-face interactions, hosting friends, and family or simply going to a museum, the zoo or a hockey game without feeling anxious. For Ohio’s 5 million workers, adjusting to the new “normal” also is highly anticipated.
March 16, 2021
The next critical step to reaching community immunity: access to the vaccines
What do the next steps look like? And how do we take them? By: Cynthia Moore-Hardy, President and CEO at Lake Health
March 5, 2021
The Athens Messenger: Ohio business leaders promote vaccine message with new statewide PSA campaign
Everyone wants to move past the pandemic as quickly and safely as possible. According to a new public service announcement, launched this week by the Coalition to Stop the Spread, that can only happen if Ohioans get their vaccines as soon as they are eligible.
March 4, 2021
New PSA campaign supports vaccine rollout
Beginning this week and running through May, Ohioans will start to see short video PSAs and related ads online that tap into the emotions many share about the pandemic’s impact on our daily lives and interactions with family and friends. The key message: the vaccine is the way out of this and we’re almost there.
February 25, 2021
WBNS 10TV: Ohio businesses partner to educate workers on vaccine information
The Ohio Business Roundtable started the Stop the Spread Coalition, which gives businesses accurate information to advise workforce about COVID-19 and vaccine safety
February 25, 2021
WBNS 10TV: ‘A Shot of Hope: The COVID-19 Vaccine’
Local medical experts answer your questions about the COVID-19 vaccine.
February 18, 2021
Members Get Creative with Communications
As employers, you are among the most trusted spokespersons in our communities, and your communications have the power to help us get through this health crisis as quickly and with as little devastation as possible. We know this because we are seeing examples of your smart and innovative communications every day.
February 16, 2021
Dayton Daily News: VOICES: Ohio’s economic recovery depends on a COVID-free workforce
In the years after World War II, the United States, initially motivated to build an industrial machine capable of winning the war, went from a war footing nation to the greatest economy in the world. Ohio has the same chance to turn the COVID-19 crisis into strength. We have learned what we can do to protect our grandparents, friends and co-workers from COVID-19 because we’ve been hearing about safe practices for months.
February 11, 2021 Businesses push to stop spread of virus
The key to getting Ohio fully back to work during the coronavirus pandemic has more to do with what’s happening outside the workplace than in it, area business leaders said.
February 11, 2021
Hometown Stations: Website aims to help businesses spread awareness on COVID-19 to employees
Ohio businesses have formed together to create a group called Coalition to Stop the Spread, and have created a website called The website contained information that Ohio Businesses can use to better inform their employees on the coronavirus, as well as the vaccine.
February 5, 2021
How successful coalition members are communicating with their employees
One of the challenges our Coalition members face is how to win the hearts and minds of their employees, the first step in making them safe-practice ambassadors at home, at work and in the community.
February 5, 2021
The Business Journal: Regional Chamber Joins Business Roundtable’s ‘Stop the Spread’ Effort
The Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber has joined the Ohio Business Roundtable’s Coalition to Stop the Spread, an effort to implement safety measures across the state.
February 4, 2021
Dayton Daily News: Governor says Pfizer, Moderna, boosting vaccination supply
Members of the Ohio Business Roundtable, a nonprofit organization of chief executive officers from Ohio’s large companies, said Thursday that they will not only help workers get vaccinated but also assure them and the public that the shots are safe.
January 21, 2021
The Scioto Post: P3 and Chamber Join Coalition to Stop the Spread, Highlight the Need to Stay Vigilant this Winter
I think that all of us recognize and can clearly see that the spread of COVID-19 has had a major impact on the business community here in Pickaway County. The business community in our area is diverse and made up of businesses large and small, from manufacturing to restaurants.
January 20, 2021
COVID-19 Vaccine: Start with the Facts
In our collective fight against COVID-19, we are hearing more every day about the vaccines. We read about them in the news and discuss them with co-workers, family and friends
January 15, 2021
Fremont News Messenger: ‘Stop the Spread’ Coalition preaching COVID safety message in Fremont
The Ohio Business Roundtable started Coalition to Stop the Spread in December to try and get businesses and employees to take the lead in curbing the spread of COVID-19 statewide.
January 12, 2021
The Logan Daily News: Please join the effort to help stop the spread of COVID
Ohio continues to suffer a distressing rise in COVID-19 cases that is affecting our families, our hospitals and our local businesses. We all play a role in slowing the spread of this disease, especially this winter as Ohioans are forced indoors.
January 11, 2021
Cincinnati Enquirer: Opinion: Stopping virus spread starts with personal responsibility
It was difficult to be festive with the specter of COVID-19 and the inability to celebrate holidays with extended family. I am not making light of COVID-19, but it was nice to check off at least one of my holiday traditions.
January 6, 2021
New year, same dedication to stopping the spread.
The year 2020 may be in the rear-view mirror, but the real finish line is still ahead of us. While we set resolutions for the new year, let’s make sure to rededicate to stopping the spread
January 5, 2021
The Blade: It’s just good business
From The Blade Editorial Board: Over many months in Ohio an unconstructive and dangerous dynamic has developed. Public-health authorities and other experts have pushed practical measures to thwart the spread of coronavirus, and businesses have balked or pushed back against what some have seen as unreasonable restrictions.
January 4, 2021
Tribune Chronicle: Ohio sets plan for second round of vaccines
The next groups of Ohioans to be offered the COVID-19 vaccinations are those at least 65 years old, those with severe inherited or developmental disorders, and adults who work in schools that want to have in-person learning, Gov. Mike DeWine said.
December 29, 2020
How are you helping stop the spread of COVID-19?
The Coalition to Stop the Spread may have started with Ohio Business Roundtable, but its ultimate success is in your hands. This Coalition – now with more than 125 members in nearly 30 counties – is unique in that it is designed to empower every one of us to be champions in our daily lives.
December 23, 2020
The Beacon: Stop the Spread Coalition prods employees to fight virus
For months, Gov. Mike DeWine and the Ohio Department of Health has been telling Ohioans to wear a mask, wash their hands and social distance to slow the spread of COVID-19.
December 16, 2020
Together we can stop the spread
Our Coalition has grown much faster than any of us could have anticipated. We now sit at just over 100 members, an incredible feat for an effort just announced two weeks ago.
December 16, 2020
The Blade: Businesses form Coalition to Stop the Spread
Ohio’s businesses are doing their best to function daily during the coronavirus pandemic — but they want ordinary Ohioans to start doing their part to help fight the spread of the virus
December 15, 2020
NBC 24: Ohio leaders, experts form Coalition to Stop the Spread to advocate for health precautions
The Coalition to Stop the Spread is the state’s first coalition of employers, doctors, nurses and other citizens formed to specifically slow the rising number of COVID-19 cases.
December 11, 2020
3 tips to share the message and make a difference
It takes all of us to curb the spread of COVID-19 in Ohio. In the face of rising hospitalizations, our Coalition is needed now more than ever to instill best safety practices so that Ohioans have the confidence in going out safely and participating in our economy.
December 9, 2020
Dayton Daily News: Dayton-area CEOs, leaders urge Ohioans to ‘stop the spread’
The Ohio Coalition to Stop the Spread is asking Ohioans to do just that — wear a mask, wash hands and physically distance to slow the spread of COVID-19.
December 2, 2020
610 WTVN: Pat Tiberi- Former U.S. Representative- Ohio’s 12th Congressional District- Announcement of Coalition to Stop the Spread
December 2, 2020
WCMH NBC4i: Business owners start coalition to slow the spread, encourage employees
The group led by the Ohio Business Roundtable recognizes too many people have gotten sick, died, or lost their business during the pandemic. The group is concerned with the recent rise in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations.
December 2, 2020
The Columbus Dispatch: Ohio employers start campaign to slow the spread of COVID-19
For months, Gov. Mike DeWine has been telling Ohioans to wear a mask, wash their hands and social distance to slow the spread of COVID-19. Now, as cases have spiked and hospitalizations are at record levels, the state’s employers want to try another approach.
December 2, 2020
MSN: Business group asks employees to model anti-virus measures
The Ohio Business Roundtable, a nonprofit organization of big economy chief executive officers, wants workers to encourage mask wearing at any gathering outside immediate family, avoid large gatherings such as game day celebrations, and reconsider indoor holiday parties.
December 2, 2020
WTOL: Ohio Roundtable’s New “Coalition to Stop the Spread”
December 1, 2020
Columbus Business First: Business coalition wants co-workers to share Covid stories in grassroots alternative to DeWine briefings
With a significant share of Ohioans tuning out Gov. Mike DeWine on the pandemic, a private sector coalition is launching a new effort advocating peer-to-peer encouragement for taking the coronavirus seriously.
December 1, 2020
Ohio Businesses Lead New Effort to Protect the Economy by Announcing the Coalition to Stop the Spread
Led by the Ohio Business Roundtable, employers announced the Coalition to Stop the Spread, an initiative that recognizes the risk COVID-19 poses to Ohio’s economy and the gains that have been made since the initial shutdowns of businesses and schools.
November 30, 2020
A Letter from Pat Tiberi: Ohioans together can stop the spread of COVID-19
Each of us probably has strong opinions about how to respond to the pandemic. But we can all agree that this new surge poses a grave danger to our citizens, the medical professionals treating them, Ohio’s economy and the business community. Without intervention now, we cannot get the virus under control. That well could mean more hospitalizations, more deaths and continued impacts on our businesses and economy.