03.31.2020 Update

By March 31, 2020 April 8th, 2020 COVID-19 Local Updates


Good afternoon,

Gov. DeWine reminds everyone of the great resource we have in JobsOhio. Their role will be vital in getting Ohio back to work once this storm passes. To promote financial support in the Appalachian area, JobsOhio announced today they will provide a $2 million growth fund loan to Appalachian Growth Capital (AGC) — a CDFI that partners with banks and secondary lenders to support small businesses in southeast Ohio.

The loan will provide small business financing in the 32 Appalachian counties of eastern and southern Ohio. It is a long-term loan that will help AGC provide low-interest funding to small businesses in the Appalachian community.

While Fayette County is not geographically located in the Appalachian region, we are happy to have many members from outside of Fayette county who are eligible for this program. For those who are interested in learning more and located in the region, please contact me and I will be happy to help.

Complaints regarding the online application for unemployment continue. To date, capacity for the OJDFS Unemployment website has been increased by 20x the original capacity. To handle the great need, one hundred additional workers have been employed, with plans to hire 180 more. Additionally, the BWC is training and lending their employees to the effort. Again, please assure your employees that they will be paid retroactively for their time off, beginning with their first day of eligibility.

Governor DeWine announced that Battelle and Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center have developed a new coronavirus test that allows for a faster turnaround time on results. The new technology can process around 200 tests per day but as they continue to fortify the system, upwards of 1,000 tests per day will be their testing goal. This is great news!

I would like to hopefully put your minds at ease. I have been in contact with a member who did apply for some portions of the economic assistance that is now available. This member, in the course of application, had some questions. A simple phone call to the SBA District office afforded them all the answers they needed. Please remember these resources are available to you free of charge. My phone is always on and I will always answer. I have said before, I do not have all the answers, but I vow to find them for our members.

Tune in tomorrow to WOSU 89.7 FM as Fayette County Memorial Hospital’s own Dr. Emily Johnson is a guest on ‘All Sides with Ann Fisher.’ Dr. Johnson will discuss the preparedness and capacity of rural hospitals amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Wishing you all a great evening,