PACC COVID-19 UPDATES

Governor Mike DeWine announced on Thursday, July 23, a statewide mask mandate is in effect for citizens living in all 88 Ohio counties.

Governor DeWine also announced a travel advisory for all individuals coming into Ohio from states reporting positive COVID-19 testing rates of 15 percent or higher. Those traveling from one of the following states should self-quarantine for 14 days at home or in a hotel.
(Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Kansas, Mississippi, Nevada, South Carolina, Texas) The self-quarantine recommendation applies to those who live in Ohio and to people who are traveling into Ohio from any of these states.

Continued Business Closures

The following businesses and operations remain closed as of June 24, 2020, as part of Ohio’s plan to prevent the spread of COVID-19. All open businesses, facilities, and other operations must follow required safety protocols.

  • K-12 schools.
    • (Excludes all activities related to non-contact and limited contact sports; skills training, practice, and scrimmages for all sports; and pools and aquatic centers.)
  • Older adult day care services and senior centers.
  • Adult day support or vocational habilitation services in congregate settings.
  • Rooming and boarding houses, and workers’ camps.
  • Certain entertainment/recreation sites.
  • Includes:
    • Auditoriums, stadiums, arenas.
    • Performance theatres and indoor concert and music halls.
    • Parades, fairs, festivals, and carnivals. (County fairs are permitted.)
    • Certain spectator sports, sports tournaments, and organized recreational sports leagues. (Skills training, practice, and scrimmages for all sports is permitted. Non-contact and limited-contact sports are permitted. Batting cages, bowling alleys, tennis facilities, and golf courses are permitted to open.)
    • Some public and private pools. (Public pools and club pools regulated by local health departments are permitted to open. Use of swimming pools for single households also is permitted.)

Sector Specific Operating Requirements

Primary

Healthcare & Hospitals

Other Resources

Responsible Protocols (Safe Practices for Getting Back to Work)
Guiding Principles
Actions if Infection at Workplace
Contact Tracing
OSHA – Return to Work Guidelines

For the latest updates and information about the virus nationally, visit the CDC’s Coronavirus page.
For information about the state of the virus in Ohio, visit the Ohio Department of Health COVID-19 page.
For answers to your COVID-19 questions, call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634)

BEST PRACTICES

CLEAN ALL “HIGH-TOUCH” SURFACES EVERY DAY
High touch surfaces include counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and bedside tables. Also, clean any surfaces that may have blood, stool, or body fluids on them. Use a household cleaning spray or wipe according to the label instructions. Labels contain instructions for safe and effective use of the cleaning product including precautions you should take when applying the product, such as wearing gloves and making sure you have good ventilation during use of the product.

All businesses must follow general safe business practices as they reopen. Those include requiring face coverings for all employees, and recommending them for clients and customers at all times; conducting daily health assessments or self-evaluations of employees; maintaining good hygiene and social distancing; cleaning and sanitizing workplaces; and limiting capacity to meet social distancing guidelines.

BUSINESS RESOURCES

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 – 4/9/2020
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 AnswersUS Department of Homeland Security                                                                        Coronavirus Tax Relief for Businesses and Tax-Exempt Entities


Latest News


ADDITIONAL SUPPORT/RESOURCES

Small Business Support
Please regularly visit Coronavirus.Ohio.Gov/BusinessHelp for the most complete and up-to-date information about resources available for Ohio businesses, individuals, and families. Listed below are just a few.
Paycheck Protection Program
Businesses with fewer than 500 employees are eligible for assistance to keep employees on their payroll through the end of June. Under the Paycheck Protection Program, a small business can receive a loan of up to $10 million, with a two-year term and a 1% interest rate. The loans will not require collateral or personal guarantees. Most importantly, up to 100% of the loan can be forgiven if the funds are used to maintain employee payroll. Visit SBA.gov for more information.
Foreclosure Prevention
Governor DeWine signed an executive order that seeks to provide some assistance for small businesses with mortgage and rent payments. The order asks lenders and landlords across Ohio to work with their small businesses and suspend payments for at least 90 days in an effort to avoid foreclosures.
JOB OPENINGS
Lt. Governor Husted announced that the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation has developed a website specifically geared toward matching essential businesses with Ohioans who are able and willing to work as an essential employee during the COVID-19 crisis.
Both essential businesses and current job seekers can visit Coronavirus.Ohio.Gov/JobSearchto post and search.
“If you are an employer who performs a critical service, please go to Coronavirus.Ohio.gov/JobSearch to post your open positions so we can help you fill them,” said Lt. Governor Jon Husted. “If you are a person who can work, please know that there are many who need you to help keep essential services running and we encourage you to do so, even if its only part time.”
The site features a highly-streamlined interface with only two main links – one for essential businesses, and one for job seekers. Applicants can search through jobs in their area, their region, and the entire state.
PPE MANUFACTURING
The state has established the Ohio Manufacturing Alliance, a collaborative public-private partnership to coordinate efforts to provide healthcare workers and first responders with personal protective equipment (PPE).
The alliance is working to identify and match the critical needs of Ohio’s healthcare system with companies willing and able to repurpose production to meet those needs.
Manufacturers that can help should visit RepurposingProject.com for more information. Those involved with this project will be compensated.

The alliance includes: Ohio Manufacturers’ Association, Ohio Hospital Association, Ohio Manufacturing Extension Partnership, Manufacturing Advocacy and Growth Network, nursing home organizations, JobsOhio, Ohio Department of Administrative Services, Ohio Development Services Agency, and the Ohio Department of Health. Anyone else with items to donate should email together@governor.ohio.gov.

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

Coping with COVID-19 Anxiety
Resources to help you deal with the stress and mental toll of the COVID-19 outbreak.

  • 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

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There are 11.7 million people residing in the State of Ohio

Ohio is the 7th most populated State in the US

Ohio is 6th in the nation of older adults
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