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The world has certainly changed, but that has only pushed us to adapt. Please continue to reach out if you need any help navigating life with lupus—whether it’s about COVID-19 or not.

Many of our services have gone digital, so please reach out to us if you need assistance accessing them. No matter the circumstance, there is a team of people behind every program, email, phone call, and social media post, and we are still dedicated to the mission:

To improve the lives of all people living with lupus.

As of Friday, June 18, 2021, Governor DeWine has lifted the state emergency in Ohio caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Updated on June 18, 2021


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Free COVID-19 Home Tests
Sign up to have free at-home COVID-19 tests delivered to your door. Visit the USPS website to register.
Getting a Vaccine – Infographic

COVID-19 Vaccine and Lupus – Get answers to frequently asked questions about COVID-19 vaccines and people with lupus.

COVID-19 Vaccine Clinical Guidance Summary for Patients with Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Diseases – Developed by the ACR COVID-19 Vaccine Clinical Guidance Task Force.

Northeast Ohio HCQ & chloroquine hoarding
The demand for hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine in response to COVID-19 has caused a shortage in Northeast Ohio. Watch the Channel 5 News interview with LFA, GOC President & CEO, Suzanne Tierney.
Ohio Hydroxychloroquine Update
The WHO and the NIH recommend against the use of hydroxychloroquine — with or without azithromycin — for the treatment of COVID-19 in both hospitalized and nonhospitalized patients. See Source

Click here to watch the webinar: Hydroxychloroquine Facts vs Fiction  

COVID-19 & Rheumatic Diseases Study
Initial findings from the Global Rheumatology Alliance COVID-19 registry show that 17% of reported cases in its study are people with lupus.

Get the Facts

Refilling Hydroxychloroquine Perscriptions
Are people with lupus protected against COVID-19?
Since the announcement of hydroxychloroquine as a potential treatment for COVID-19, there have been unfounded claims about lupus patients’ immunity from coronavirus. Here’s what we know.
Protecting People with Lupus & Pandemic Outcomes
Researchers suggest that maintaining disease remission in people with lupus is crucial right now, as unnecessary hospital trips can increase the risk of COVID-19. Learn More
COVID-19 & Lupus: National LFA Page
The Lupus Foundation of America’s COVID-19 and Lupus page is a collection of articles, recent updates, trustworthy information, and resources.


Global Rheumatology Alliance Registry
This patient experience survey is being used to study people with rheumatic diseases and their experience during the COVID-19 pandemic (whether they’ve had COVID-19 or not).

Ohio Resources

Transportation to Get Food
CareSource provides trips to pick up food for Ohio Medicaid and MyCare members
Northeast Ohio Resources

Food resources: 

Geauga County Department on Aging will continue its home delivered meals program and will be offering Congregate Meals “to-go” at each of its senior center locations. Learn more here

The Geauga County Hunger Task Force supports independent food pantries and other resources for area residents in need. Call 440-285-2261 or visit their website here.  

Greater Cleveland Food Bank works with partners across the community to deliver and distribute food to residents in need. Access food programs here, or call 216-738-2067. 

United Way of Lake County offers a listing of area food pantries by city. You can find more information here

Other resources:

Cleveland Public Library has created a list of resources for community use

Lifeline Lake County is working with partners to address community needs related to the COVID-19 pandemic. For information about local resources and changes to agency services, you can dial 2-1-1 or visit their website here.  

Neighbor Up is a group of 3,000 people using our talents and skills to improve life in our neighborhoods. We use people power to build bridges across lines of difference and create an extraordinary world right where we live!Visit their website and sign up for their e-newsletter for updates. 

Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless Since 1988, NEOCH has sought to break the cycle of homelessness in Northeast Ohio. We exist to eliminate the root causes of homelessness while loving our diverse community through organizing, advocacy, education, and street outreach.Learn more here

United Way of Greater Cleveland 2-1-1 Help Link  aims to serve as the gateway to social services in every community, making it easier for people to find, understand and access community resources.

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Guidelines for Going Back to Work
Responsible Restart Ohio – Regulations and guidelines for going back to work
Free Food Boxes in Toledo
The Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank provides asisstance and resources to multiple counties .Learn More
COVID-19 Testing in Cleveland

Cleveland Clinic – Ohio Test Sites and How to Prepare for Testing

Care Alliance Health Center has COVID-19 testing available at locations across Cleveland.

Columbus Food Resources
Mid-Ohio Food Collective provides more than 170,000 meals each day for hungry people in central and eastern Ohio.Learn more.
Insurance Coverage

Emergency Rules Expand Access to Behavioral Health Services Using Telehealth – Ohio has relaxed regulations so that more people can be served safely in their homes rather than needing to travel to addiction and mental health treatment centers.

VNA Accepts COVID-19 Patients
The Visiting Nurses Association of Ohio is accepting COVID-19 positive and suspected COVID-19 positive patients. They are also still offering their home-based services, including medical/surgical care, mental health, rehabilitation services, and hospice care.
COVID-19 Credit Card Payment and Debt Relief
Coronavirus credit card payment and debt relief:  How issuers are responding to COVID-19

Shop Safely

Instacart allows you to grocery shop from home and have your order delivered in as little as an hour.
Wal-Mart Plus
Similar to Amazon Prime, Wal-Mart Plus is a subscritption based service that allows users to get expedited shipping or grocery delivery from your nearest store.
PillPack allows you to order medications in organized packs and get automatic refills. The service is free, you only pay your copay and for non-prescription medicines.
Grocery Shopping During COVID-19
If you need to go out shopping, check out this article which outlines steps to take to protect yourself at the grocery store.

Stay Well

Online Medial Services

Teladoc – This service allows you to talk to a doctor, therapist, or medical expert anywhere you are by phone or video. Cost depends on your health plan and can range from $0 to $229, depending on the service. Download the Teladoc app in the App Store or Google Play Store. You can also call 1-800-Teladoc to get started.

BetterHelp – Online counseling via messaging and video chats

Mindfulness Apps
If you’re looking for an app to help with sleep, meditation, mindfulness & relaxation during these stressful times, check out Calm and Headspace.
Stay Active

Fitness Blender – This website has tons of free workout videos and healthy recipes, which can all be customized to fit your needs.

Daily Workouts Fitness Trainer – This app has over 100 free workouts you can do from home with no equipment. Download from the App Store or the Google Play Store.

Substance Abuse Telehealth Treatment
Rigel Recovery is offering group and on-on-one counseling for substance abuse and mental health via telehealth.


Support Groups

All of our support groups will be held as call-in meetings while we’re unable to host in-person gatherings. Check the LFA, GOC calendar for support group times and information. If you regularly attend a support group, we will email you with call-in information. If you have not participated before but are interested, please contact 1(888) NO-LUPUS.

Make the Most of Social Media

The never-ending news cycle and global turmoial can be difficult to cope with, but remember that the same technology that can cause worry can also connect us with loved ones, reliable information, and vital resources.

Have a Virtual Movie Night
Netflix Party – This Google Chrome extension allows you to watch your favorite movies and shows on Netflix while instant messaging with friends.


Online Concerts

Together at Home – A virtual concert series hosted by Global Citizen, with musicians ranging from John Legend to Hozier.

Free Classical Concerts – This list of free virtual orchestra concerts ranges from the New York Philharmonic to the London Symphony Orchestra.

Tiny Desk Concerts – Check out NPR’s playlists of their best Tiny Desk Concerts. Whether you’re into pop, hip hop, folk, or rock— NPR has something for everyone.

Virtual Museum Tours

Ohio Museums with Virtual Programs – From the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame to COSI, there are so many virtual museum programs for the whole family to explore.

Virtual Museums Around the World – Yes, you can see the Guggenheim in your pajamas and not be judged. Check out this list of famous museums around the world offering virtual tours.

Find Your New Favorite

Likewise – Discover new books, movies, tv shows, podcasts, and more, all based on your current favorites. The app lets you track those new favorites and connect with other fans. Download in the App Store or the Google Play Store.

Reelgood – Does it feel like you’ve watched everything? This website randomly picks a movie or TV show to watch based on genre, ratings, and streaming platform.

Tackle Your Reading List

*Most local libraries have e-books and audiobooks on their websites that you can check out too!

Audible – Sign up for a 30-day trial and you can pick an audiobook to read for free. Even if you cancel, you get to keep the book.

Goodreads – Find new books to read, write reviews of your favorites (and not-so-favorites), and keep track of your reading progress.

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