Findlay Market Opens Special Hours for Senior Citizens and Vulnerable Populations

An hour will be set aside on Wednesdays and Fridays for those more susceptible to contracting COVID-19 to shop

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Findlay Market

Ohio's oldest continuously operating public market, Findlay Market, is currently open and offering fresh food and other groceries during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Their normal market hours are 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, but they are offering special times set aside for senior citizens and vulnerable populations to shop. 

On Wednesdays and Fridays, the market will open at 8 a.m. for those who are more susceptible to contracting COVID-19. The market says those hours will be adjusted based on "demand and feedback," and currently participating vendors include Eckerlin Meats, Gibbs Cheese & Sausage, Graysons Meats and Deli, Mackie Meats, Madisons, OTR Bagel Bar and Roth Produce.

Many Findlay Market merchants are also offering delivery and carry-out. 

Findlay has also created coloring pages for kids and grown-ups. The market says, "Print, decorate and send your masterpieces back in (or drop off at the Market Center during your next grocery trip) and we'll display them at the market and online. 

You can also email a scanned copy as a PDF to [email protected] or snail mail it to the Corporation for Findlay Market, PO Box 14727, Cincinnati, Ohio 45250.

Coronaviruses are a broad category of virus that cause the common cold, among other illnesses. COVID-19 is what scientists call a new, or "novel" form of the virus — one for which humans haven't developed antibodies and one which epidemiologists do not yet know how to combat. 

UC Health's Dr. Dustin J. Calhoun told attendees at a March 10 summit in Cincinnati that 80 percent of people infected will experience a mild cold. The majority who experience more severe symptoms will also recover. At this early stage, pregnant women and children seem to be less vulnerable, Calhoun said.

Those most at risk are the elderly — mortality rates for those above 70 shoot up to 8 percent or higher, some studies suggest, while those under 40 have an estimated mortality rate of about .2 percent so far.

To date, Ohio has confirmed 442 cases of COVID-19 in the state — an enormous increase from its first cases early in the month. Six people in Ohio have died of the illness and 104 cases have led to hospitalization.

Findlay Market is located at 1801 Race St., Over-the-Rhine.

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