03.19.2020 Update

March 19, 2020

Good Thursday afternoon.

I have some updates to pass along – I apologize for the length of this email, but there is some information in here I feel pertinent. Should there be information in my email that you do not understand or that you need further clarification, please call me. I will make sure you have the answers you need. I can be reached at 740.335.0761.

First and foremost – The SBA JUST approved Ohio’s application for Disaster Relief. Please go to THIS WEBSITE to apply. Call or email should you need ANY help or have ANY questions or concerns.

Next, if you have purchased insurance through your chamber plan, please see the flyer below. Additional resources have been made available to you!

Yesterday afternoon, the Senate passed H.R. 6201, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. This bill provides, among other things, provisions to address Paid Sick Leave, Paid Family and Medical Leave, and Unemployment Insurance for workers displaced by the ongoing outbreak. Furthermore, it includes provisions to provide diagnostic testing for coronavirus, and bolsters Medicaid and nutrition programs for at risk populations. Click here to see the U.S. Chamber’s summary.

Congress’s focus will now turn to the Phase Three stimulus package. Click here to see the U.S. Chamber’s letter to Congress and the President with the business community’s recommendations. We expect this process to move very quickly, so please continue to send me anything you are hearing from your members that could be useful as we advocate on your behalf.

Governor Mike DeWine signed a state active duty proclamation yesterday to activate approximately 400 service members from the Ohio National Guard to support humanitarian efforts in response to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Starting Monday, March 23, Soldiers from the 37th Infantry Brigade Combat Team will support the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services and food banks throughout 12 counties. Guardsmen from across the state will be assisting their neighbors by transporting, packaging, and distributing food from retail locations to homes in vulnerable areas, community-based locations, and partner agencies in rural counties.

As always, stay well and take care of each other-

Julie

The following is a 03.19.2020 press release from City Manager, Joe Denen. Please remember to extend kindness to our Fayette County friends and neighbors working hard to care for us.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 3/19/20

CONTACT: Joe Denen, City Manager
PHONE: 740-636-2340
Date of Release: 3/19/20

Washington Court House

Thank You for Being Kind Calm and Caring

Wednesday, Governor DeWine announced the closure of additional businesses to the public, tattoo parlors, nail salons, beauty and barber shops. I know that the growing number of changes to our daily lives is causing anxiety. However, we need to remember that the actions being taken are intended to protect human life.

I would like to thank the employees of Kroger, Wal Mart, Save-A-Lot and Aldi for working to keep grocery stores open. These fellow citizens are doing the best job that they can do under difficult circumstances. We owe all of them a communal debt.

In similar fashion, the employees of local banks; Merchants National Bank, First State Bank, Fifth Third Bank, Huntington Bank, US Bank, PNC Bank, LCNB National Bank, Woodforest National Bank and other financial institutions serving our community continue to come to work to address our needs. The safest place for your money is in the bank.

Employees of gas stations continue to come to work. I would like to thank every employee of every gas station in Washington Court House for their dedication to their job. Having fuel available for our needs is a reassurance.

The City Building remains open. You are encouraged to make use of all the remote options available to you to make payments or otherwise conduct business. Many of the employees at the City Building are younger people with families. They are worried about their kids and loved ones just like you. I am proud that despite their fears and worries, they join us every morning for a day of work.

The Street, Water, Wastewater and other functions of our community continue. I know a lot of you have purchased bottled water. No threat exists to the quality or deliverability of our water supply. The employees of the Service Department will ensure that the basic need of safe and wholesome tap water remains fulfilled regardless of events.

The Fire and Police Departments are ready to address our needs. If the burden placed on public services grows, how we address calls for service may require change, but your safety is their priority. Please remember that the virus has introduced an additional stress into the already stressful lives of police officers and firefighters. Care about firefighters and police officers like they care about you.

Fayette County Public Health along with the people of the Fayette County Memorial Hospital, local pharmacies and the folks of our emergency medical services are working to protect you. They care about you. Good people, doing a good job that deserve our thanks and more importantly our confidence.

In the coming days, we will hear distressing news. We are fighting a virus, a biological organism. If we are going to limit the spread of the COVID 19 virus, you must follow the direction given by Fayette County Public Health.

Wash your hands. If a sink is not available use alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Cover every cough and sneeze. Do not put you hands in your mouth, eyes or nose. Clean surfaces that are frequently touched. Maintain social distance. Comply with public health directives concerning gatherings of people.

You have the power to make a real difference in slowing the progress of the virus. When you do shop to address your needs, please patronize local businesses. Small businesses in our community face many challenges introduced by the restrictions designed to keep us safe. Local businesses are the livelihoods of our families, friends and neighbors. Spending is a lot like voting; we make choices every day with our money.

Use the telephone or the internet to keep in contact with older family, friends and neighbors. Encourage members of at-risk populations to remain at home. Grocery shopping, picking up dine out meals and any number of other tasks can be done for them. I have said this before, we are in the same boat and we will row that boat together.

Thank you for being yourselves; kind, calm and caring,

Joe Denen
City Manager
City of Washington Court House
740-636-2340