Below are resources and articles to assist in business and personal questions regarding Coronavirus. Things are changing very rapidly, so check back regularly for updates.
Small Business Assistance Governor’s Office
U.S. Small Business Administration Disaster Loan Program https://twitter.com/GovMikeDeWine
Ohio Development Services Agency
Checklist for Businesses
Small Business Loan Guide (by US Chamber)
Check Status of Loan
Paycheck Protection Program
Unemployment Assistance Ohio Dept of Commerce – Liquor Control
Ohio Means Jobs
Families First Coronavirus Response Act – FAQ
FFCRA – Poster
Ohio Health Department Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation
Coronavirus.ohio.gov Coronavirus Frequently Asked Questions – 3/31/2020
https://twitter.com/OHdeptofhealth Email the BWC
https://odh.ohio.gov/ Premium Installment Deferral Information
Guidance for Screening Employees
PPE Donation Form
Hospital Preparedness Regions and Healthcare Zones
White House IRS/Tax Returns
Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Payment Deadline Extended to July 15, 2020
IR-2020-57: Paid leave for workers and tax credits Filing and Payment Deadlines Questions and Answers
US Department of Homeland Security
- 4/07/20 – Sites Selected for Enhanced Hospital Capacity; Ohio National Guard to Assist Federal Prison; Dispute Resolution Commission Now Active
- 4/07/20 – Cloth Face Coverings (Masks) COVID-19 Checklist
- 4/07/20 – COVID-19 Update: Liquor Sales, Office of Small Business Relief, Ohio Prisons, SNAP Payments
- 4/05/20 – Ohioans Encouraged to Wear Cloth Masks in Public; Governor Signs TeleHealth Executive Order; New Wi-Fi Hotspot Locator
- 4/03/20 – COVID-19 Update: Testing Supplies; PPE Sanitizing; Inmate Release Recommendation; Remote Learning Guide
- 4/02/20- Ohio Stay at Home Order Extended Through May 1
- 4/01/20 – Hospital Preparedness Regions and Healthcare Zones
- 4/01/20 – Order for Performing COVID-19 Testing
- 4/01/20 – Slides from Governor’s Press Conference
- 3/31/20 – Ohio Takes Inventory of Ventilators; Issues Emergency Connection Order; Extends State Telework Order
- 3/30/20 – Governor DeWine Extends School Closure Order
- 3/30/20 – Slides from 3/30 Press Conference
- 3/30/20 – Governor DeWine, Lt. Governor Husted Thank FDA for Approval of Use of Battelle Technology
- 3/29/20 – Together Ohio Website
- 3/29/20 – Governor DeWine, Lt. Governor Husted Express Disappointment in FDA’s Decision to Limit Use of Battelle Technology
- 3/29/20 – Governor DeWine Makes Plea to FDA; Releases List of Needed PPE
- 3/27/20 – Slides from 3/27/20 Press Conference
- 3/27/20 – Governor DeWine Signs House Bill 197
- 3/26/20 – Acting Secretary Chad Wolf Statement on the REAL ID Enforcement Deadline
- 3/26/20 – Personal Protective Equipment Needed; New COVID-19 Data Dashboard Unveiled
- 3/26/20 – Amended Director’s Order to Close Facilities Providing Older Adult Day Care Services and Senior Centers
- 3/26/20 – Personal Protective Equipment Needed; New COVID-19 Data Dashboard Unveiled
- 3/25/20 – Requests for our Federal Partners
- 3/25/20 – Director’s Order to Close Facilities Providing Child Care Services
- 3/24/20 – Slides from 3/24 Press Conference – Link
- PRIOR NEWS STORIES
Small Business Support
The President announced loans through the Small Business Administration on Thursday evening. The Lt. Governor also talked about those in today’s State press conference. Apply for SBA Disaster Assistance in Response to the Coronavirus – Currently, the State of Ohio is working feverishly to gather the necessary documentation to qualify for the Emergency Relief Funds through the SBA. While we wait, the SBA can assist in starting the necessary paperwork to be ready.
Here in Ohio, the Development Services Agency is helping to take the lead and they have asked that any small business owners who have been affected please send your contact information to the following email address: BusinessHelp@Development.Ohio.Gov and they will follow up with you.
Impacted Employee Support
Your employees may be affected by the temporary restrictions put in place. The Governor’s office also announced several initiatives to help:
- They are broadening current state policy to clarify that individuals that are quarantined by a health professional or by their employer are considered to be unemployed and will not be subject to requirements to actively seek work during the period of emergency.
- This also applies to companies that determine it is necessary to temporarily shut down operations due to the current emergency.
- Ohio currently has a 1-week waiting period before an individual can receive unemployment. In order to expedite the payments to impacted Ohioans, they are waiving the waiting week so that workers eligible for unemployment benefits will receive them for the first week of unemployment.
These points were taken from the Governor’s Twitter page, but as soon additional details become available, the chamber office will share them with you.
Bar/Restaurant Owner Support
The Lt. Governor announced a temporary buy-back of high proof liquor products purchased within the last 30 days. The goal of this is to ease cash flow for bar/restaurant owners. Here is a release by the Department of Commerce that shares more. It should be returned to the Agency where it was purchased. If you have questions you may call 1-877-812-0013 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has resources to help employers and workers prepare for and respond to coronavirus in the workplace.
- OSHA Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19 – Developed in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to help employers respond in the event of coronavirus in the workplace.
- Temporary OSHA Guidance on Respiratory Protection Standard – This guidance provides suggestions and options to help increase the availability of N95 filtering facepiece respirators for healthcare providers.
- COVID-19 Webpage – Provides infection prevention information specifically for employers and workers.
Wages, Hours and Leave
The Wage and Hour Division is providing information on common issues employers and workers face when responding to COVID-19, including the effects on wages and hours worked under the Fair Labor Standards Act and job-protected leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act.
Unemployment Insurance Flexibilities
NOTE: Check with your state’s unemployment insurance program regarding the rules in your state.
The Employment and Training Administration announced new guidance outlining state flexibilities in administering their unemployment insurance programs to assist Americans affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.
Under the guidance, federal law permits significant flexibility for states to amend their laws to provide unemployment insurance benefits in multiple scenarios related to COVID-19. For example, federal law allows states to pay benefits where:
- An employer temporarily ceases operations due to COVID-19, preventing employees from coming to work;
- An individual is quarantined with the expectation of returning to work after the quarantine is over; and
- An individual leaves employment due to a risk of exposure or infection or to care for a family member.
In addition, federal law does not require an employee to quit in order to receive benefits due to the impact of COVID-19.
Additionally, the House acted late last week to pass legislation to support businesses and families affected by the disruption. Here is a great overview by the US Chamber which breaks down what is included.
What to do if you are sick
If you are sick with COVID-19 or suspect you are infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, follow these CDC steps to help prevent the disease from spreading to people in your home and community.
How to protect yourself
Older adults and people who have severe underlying chronic medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness. Please consult with your health care provider about additional steps you may be able to take to protect yourself. CDC Steps
- Family Activities to Try During COVID-19 Closures – Link
- COVID-19 and Reducing Panic – Link
- COVID-19 and Anxiety – Link
- Kids and COVID-19 – Link
- Coping with a Disaster or Traumatic Event – Link
- Tips for Social Distancing, Quarantine, and Isolation – Link
- Coping with Stress During an Infectious Disease Outbreak- Link
- Supporting At-Home Children- Link
- Helping Children Deal with Stress – from WHO – Link
- Dealing with Stress – from WHO – Link
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Ohio is 6th in the nation of older adults