COVID-19 Survivors Urge Ohioans to 'Do The Right Thing' In Statewide Awareness Campaign

Columbus, Ohio - 43215 – The Ohio Hospital Association Wednesday launched a $1 million public awareness campaign urging Ohioans to do the right thing, every single day, to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The campaign comprises television, radio and social media advertisements that will run from Sept. 23 – Nov. 24 in markets across Ohio. The video and radio announcements feature two COVID-19 survivors sharing their experiences to motivate Ohioans to take necessary precautions. 

Ohio hospital caregivers are on the front lines of the fight against COVID-19 and have provided care for nearly 15,000 COVID patients, including more than 3,100 ICU patients. “COVID-19 is a very real threat, and these stories are important reminders about the damaging effects the virus can have on a person’s life,” says Mike Abrams, president and CEO of the Ohio Hospital Association. “It is imperative that we all do our part to stop the spread of this virus. We know what works — wearing masks, social distancing, regular disinfecting and hand washing. These are actions we must all take, every day, to protect ourselves and others.” 

One survivor featured is Cleveland State University Women’s Basketball Coach Chris Kielsmeier, 44, who has been battling the effects of COVID-19 since March. Kielsmeier tested positive for COVID-19 and spent six days in the hospital. He recalls being anxious and frightened for his life. Grateful to be alive, Kielsmeier credits his recovery to the tremendous care he received and the health care heroes who provided hope during his treatment. He hopes sharing his story will compel Ohioans to come together and take the necessary precautions to protect each other. Click here for video.

The other video features Geneva resident Stacey Unsinger, 51, who spent three weeks in a medically induced coma and on a ventilator after being diagnosed with COVID-19 in March. The mother of four describes her experience as “terrifying,” and she feels lucky to be able to share what happened. During her 7-week hospital stay, Unsinger says she had moments when she did not know if she would survive, and she urges everyone to be safe and take the virus seriously. Click here for video.