COVID-19 Resources

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.

Quick Links

Small Business Assistance                                                                                      Governor’s Office
U.S. Small Business Administration Disaster Loan Program                                       https://twitter.com/GovMikeDeWine
BusinessHelp@Development.Ohio.Gov                                                                            https://governor.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/governor/
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       
https://unemployment.ohio.gov                                                                                         https://twitter.com/OhioLiquor
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

Support Local Ohio – Website
3-22-2020 Stay At Home Order

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

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BUSINESS SUPPORT/RESOURCES

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.
  • www.unemployment.ohio.gov

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 ohioliquorinfo@com.ohio.gov

Workplace Safety

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has resources to help employers and workers prepare for and respond to coronavirus in the workplace.

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.

www.unemployment.ohio.gov

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.

Federal Response

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.

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PERSONAL SUPPORT/RESOURCES

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.

Know the symptoms, pdf

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

15 Days to Slow the Spread, pdf

Coping with COVID-19 Anxiety

  • 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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