For the latest and most accurate information regarding the COVID-19 outbreak, please visit Coronavirus.Ohio.Gov or call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH.
NEW! Summary of CARES ACT
- 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 – Director’s Order to Close Facilities Providing Child Care Services
- 3/24/20 – Slides from 3/24 Press Conference – Link
- 03/23/20 – Governor DeWine Orders Hiring Freeze for State Agencies, Boards, and Commissions – Link
- IR-2020-57: Treasury, IRS and Labor announce plan to implement Coronavirus-related paid leave for workers and tax credits for small and midsize businesses
- 03/22/20 – Ohio Issues “Stay at Home” Order; New Restrictions Placed on Day Cares for Children (Español)
- 03/21/20 – Day Support for Developmentally Disabled to Close; BWC Payments Deferred; Trucking Waiver Issued (Español) 03/20/20 – Ohio Records First COVID-19 Death; Senior Centers, Adult Day Cares to Close – Link
- 03/19/20 – Applications Being Accepted for Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program; Governor DeWine Signs Order Expanding Telehealth Services for Medicaid Recipients
- 3/18/20 – IRS – Payment Deadline Extended to July 15, 2020 – Link
- 3/18/20 – Gov. DeWine closes BMVs, salons; Asks employers to take temperatures – Link
- 3/18/20 – President Trump invokes act to marshal private sector against virus; announces suspension of foreclosures, evictions. Link
- 3/18/20 – Tonight, Gov. Mike DeWine and Health Director Dr. Amy Acton are sitting down to answer questions and tell you how to protect yourself and your family during this time. www. Fox8.com
- 03/18/20 – Governor DeWine, Lt. Governor Husted Submit Formal Request for Federal Assistance for Small Businesses – Link
- 03/17/20 – Elective Surgeries Postponed in Ohio Hospitals – Link (Español)
- 03/17/20 – Joint Statement from Governor DeWine and Secretary LaRose on Primary Election Lawsuits – Link
- 03/16/20 – Statement from Ohio Governor Mike DeWine on the March 17, 2020 Election – Link (Español)
- 03/16/20 – Joint Statement from Governor DeWine and Secretary LaRose on Ohio Primary – Link (Español)
- 03/13/20 – Governor DeWine Provides COVID-19 Update – Link
- 03/15/20 – Governor DeWine Orders Ohio Bars & Restaurants to Close – Link
- 03/12/20 – Ohio Bans Mass Gatherings of 100 or More – Link
- 03/12/20 – Governor DeWine 3-12-2020 COVID-19 Update (Video) Link
- 03/12/20 – Governor DeWine Announces School Closures – Link
- 03/10/20 – Governor DeWine Recommends Limiting Large Indoor Gatherings – Link
- 03/09/20 – Governor DeWine Signs Emergency Order Regarding Coronavirus Response – Link
- 03/09/20 – Governor Mike DeWine – Update on State Response to Coronavirus – Link
- 03/09/20 – Governor, Health Director Announce COVID-19 Testing Protocol – Link
- 02/27/20 – Governor DeWine, Health Director Update COVID-19 Prevention and Preparedness Plan – Link
U.S. Small Business Adminstration Disaster Loan Program – Apply Now! https://twitter.com/GovMikeDeWine
Ohio Development Services Agency
SBA Disaster Assistance One-Pager
World Health Organization
World Situation Platform
White House : https://www.whitehouse.gov/
H.R. 6201: Families First Coronavirus Response Act
FMLA rules have changed, and if you are under 500 employees you NEED to read this article IN FULL. IMPORTANT: Even if you are under 50 employees and normally are exempt from the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993, these changes apply to you and go into effect around April 2. Essentially, the new law means that all companies must provide 80 hours of sick leave for all full-time employees. You will pay upfront to employees but be reimbursed fully by the federal government in the form of a refundable tax credit. This is not in addition to other sick leave provided by the company, but is before any other sorts of time off are to be used. There are nuances of how much you pay based upon the reason for sick leave. This sick leave can only be used for pre-approved Coronavirus issues. Read here for more. (Link provided by MAGNET)
Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation:
Enhanced Unemployment Aid for Ohioans:
The Governor has issued an executive order, which will grant the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) with the authority to accept and grant requests for unemployment compensation suspending the normal 1-week waiting period.
This order will also give relief to applicants who are not offered paid leave through their job, as well as those who have been quarantined by a medical professional, their employer, or whose employers must temporarily close. Those who apply for unemployment under these circumstances will be exempt from the requirement that they be actively seeking work.
Mass Layoffs or Shut Downs: All Ohio employers planning a mass layoff or shutdown due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic should provide the following mass-layoff number – 2000180 – and the second link below to an instructional sheet to their employees to speed the processing of unemployment benefits. COVID-19-affected claimants with otherwise valid applications for unemployment will be awarded benefits. While claimants must still meet the weekly requirements that they be able and available for work, the requirement that they actively search for work while receiving benefits has been waived. COVID-19-affected contributory employers will receive regular monthly charge statements, but these charges will be charged to the mutual account and not the employer’s account. Reimbursing employers will follow existing charging requirements under Ohio Revised Code Chapter 4141. For more information, please see the press release at the following link:
Press Release: http://jfs.ohio.gov/RELEASES/pdf/031620-ODJFS-Provides-COVID-Number.stm
Instructional Sheet: https://www.odjfs.state.oh.us/forms/num/JFS00671
SharedWork Ohio is an alternative to layoffs for employers. It allows workers to remain employed and employers to retain their staff during times of reduced business activity. Under a SharedWork Ohio plan, employers reduce hours to avert a layoff. The participating employee works the reduced hours, and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services provides an unemployment insurance benefit proportionate to their reduced hours.
Interested employers should provide the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services with a list of participating employees and specify their normal weekly hours of work, not to exceed 40 hours and not including overtime. Part-time employees may be eligible, but all employees in an affected unit must have their hours reduced by the same reduction percentage. For more information, please visit JFS.Ohio.gov/SharedWorkOhio.
We encourage Ohio employers to take advantage of the State of Ohio’s TechCred program and upskill their employees while they may be unable to perform their typical day-to-day duties. Many of these trainings can be completed online.
TechCred offers employers up to $2,000 in reimbursement for every technology-focused credential earned by an employee, up to $30,000 per employer per round. These technology-focused credentials take a year or less to complete and prepare current and future employees for the technology jobs Ohio employers need.
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.
Emergency Financial Assistance
Bartender Emergency Assistance Program: https://www.usbgfoundation.org/
Hebrew Free Loan Association is offering interest-free loans up to $1,500 for those financially hurt by the coronavirus. If you or someone you know is in need of an emergency loan due to the effects of the coronavirus (COVID-19), access the application here or call 216-378-9042 to have an application mailed.
SBA Ohio Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program: Ohio businesses and non-profits economically impacted by the outbreak of COVID-19 may now apply for a low-interest loan of up to $2 million to help pay for fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact. You can apply for the loan online at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/, which is recommended, or by calling 1-800-659-2955 to have an application mailed to you. To expedite the application process, applicants should have ready complete copies of their most recent federal income tax return and a completed and signed IRS Form 4506T, which authorizes the release of tax information. Additional information to have available would be a schedule of liabilities, personal financial statement, monthly sales figures, a current year-to-date profit-and-loss statement, and a year-end profit-and-loss statement and balance sheet for that tax year if the most recent federal income tax return has not been filed.
As efforts to combat the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus continue, Governor DeWine and his administration will continue to identify ways to support the state’s small businesses and non-profits. Any of these entities impacted by the ongoing health crisis are encouraged to contact Development at BusinessHelp@Development.Ohio.Gov for assistance.
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
BEST PRACTICES FOR COVID-19
Governor DeWine today (3/19/2020) encouraged business owners to begin taking the temperature of employees when they arrive at work in an effort to identify anyone who is becoming ill. If this is not feasible, Governor DeWine asked that employers require workers to take their own temperatures prior to arriving at work. Anyone with a temperature of 100.4 or higher should self-quarantine with members of their household.
HELPFUL LIST OF BEST PRACTICES FOR BUSINESSES READ HERE (Courtesy of MAGNET)
Tools to help you work, teach and learn remotely
Grow with Google Remote Work hub includes resources and free tools to help your own teams work smoothly, and to help you stay connected to the communities you serve. There, you’ll find information on how to:
- Work from anywhere: Best practices for effective communication and collaboration while working remotely and meeting via video conferencing.
- Teach from anywhere: Support virtual learning and host workshops from anywhere using collaborative tools.
- Learn from anywhere: Share training content through digital resources so that the people in your community can access online courses and curriculum.
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
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