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OHA Statewide Campaign - 'Do The Right Thing'

COVID-19 Survivors Urge Ohioans to "Do The Right Thing" in TV, Radio and Social Media Advertisements

The outbreak of COVID-19 is an evolving global crisis that is having a detrimental impact on individuals, families, communities, states, countries and the world in unprecedented ways.
Ohio’s 240 hospitals and their 260,000 caregivers and workers are on the front lines managing this public health emergency, but they need our support. Everyone must do their part to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Overview - Campaign

OHA on Sept. 23 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.” 

View the press release. 

We Know What Works - COVID-19 Survivor Chris Kielsmeier

Chris Kielsmeier, 44, women’s basketball head coach, Cleveland State University, has been battling the effects of COVID-19 since March. He tested positive for COVID-19 and spent six days in the hospital. Kielsmeier recalls being anxious and frightened for his life. Grateful to be alive, he 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. 

Nothing Prepares You - COVID-19 Survivor Stacey Unsinger

Geneva resident Stacey Unsinger, 51, 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.