March 23, 2020
Good afternoon. This is a long update, but there is much to discuss
In accordance with the ‘Stay at Home’ order issued, we have closed the office but are working remotely. I will still be available via phone, text, and email. Please use the office phone number of 740.335.0761 and do not hesitate to reach out. We are still available to and working for our members.
Earlier today, Chelsie Baker of City of Washington CH Economic Development sent an email to all manufacturers with important information sent to us from our local OhioMeansJobs office. I am attaching those PDFs to this email in case you did not receive them earlier.
Today, we began a Facebook post that lists any changes to your operating hours, operating procedures, etc. You will find this pinned to the top of our page. We are doing our best to keep this up to date and I ask that you email me any changes.From today’s Press Conference with Governor DeWine, Lt. Gov. Husted and Dr. Amy Acton
The Governor has implemented an immediate hiring freeze within the State of Ohio government agencies. One exception to this freeze includes any position necessary for fighting the Covid-19 Pandemic. A freeze on new contract services has also been implemented.
Regarding the ‘Stay at Home’ Order: Please read the order that was emailed yesterday and call our office should you require further information or clarification.
Lt. Governor Husted spoke to the many links, articles and pages that have been shared over the last few days. His office is working to centralize all information for business owners/managers on their website. Businesses and employees can now access these resources related to COVID-19 in one place at ohio.gov/BusinessHelp. The portal includes information on unemployment benefits, the Small Business Administration’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program, the Liquor Buyback Program, modified rules for trucking to help ship critical supplies into the state, the delay of BWC Premiums, etc. These individual links can also be found on our website.
I will be sending another email later this evening as I receive the most up to date information from the YMCA regarding their pandemic child care license. Executive Director Doug Saunders has been receiving information over the last few days and will compile a complete statement for us later today. If you have employees that are essential personnel and find themselves without appropriate child care, please forward that information along to them.
Today, I will end on a positive note. I would like to thank one of our members publicly. WCR, Inc. found themselves with face masks that were not necessary for the course of their business. Today, those have been donated to Fayette County Public Health for the distribution to our front-line men and women. Thank you, WCR!
Be well – stay well,