03.30.2020 Update

By March 30, 2020 April 23rd, 2020 COVID-19 Local Updates


Good news! Late last evening, the FDA approved Battelle to decontaminate and sterilize the N95 face masks to the full capacity of the machines. We are grateful for this life saving measure taken by the FDA and for the innovation of Ohio’s own Battelle.

Today, I received an email from Melissa Carter of the Small Business Development Centers. I am copying and pasting the text of her email for you. This text speaks directly to the EIDL loan and how to apply. Please, if you have any questions you may contact either of us. Melissa can be reached via email at carter.1094@osu.edu.

  • The SBA has updated their EIDL loan portal and now reflects language related to the $10,000 loan advance/grant. The prior SBA disaster website (disasterloan.sba.gov) will now forward users to the following website:
  • https://covid19relief.sba.gov/#/
  •  The new website has an updated interface.
  •  We do not yet know how current EIDL applicants apply for their loan advance.
  • In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, small business owners in all U.S. states, Washington D.C., and territories are eligible to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan advance of up to $10,000. The SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program provides small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing.
  • The loan advance will provide economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue. Funds will be made available within three days of a successful application, and this loan advance will not have to be repaid.

Items of note from today’s press conference:

With the peak of the virus not expected to peak for a period of time, schools will remain closed until Friday, May 1, 2020. Re-evaluation will take place prior to that date.

Governor DeWine announced that Ohio is launching a website to encourage Ohioans to continue to support local retailers and restaurants by shopping online, choosing local, ordering carryout from restaurants, and taking virtual tours of well-known attractions around the state.

There are currently more than 250 local restaurants, shops, and virtual activities being featured online. To find a local shop or restaurant to support, or to have your business featured, go to Ohio.org/SupportLocalOhio. Of note, I did try to go on the website earlier and had some issues. As with anything during this time, patience is required. I am not sure if it was my connection or just the large amount of businesses attempting to add their information. Possibly a combination of the two variables.

The need for PPE continues to grow. If you can provide any of the items listed in the graphic below, please email your available resources to together@governor.ohio.gov. We thank Fayette Flag and Banner Supply for their recent donation of N95 masks to CaretendersVNA staff. Members supporting members!

I hope you all are able to enjoy a bit of this nice weather. A walk is a great stress reliever.

Enjoy your evening,