04.09.2020 Update

By April 9, 2020 April 23rd, 2020 COVID-19 Local Updates


Good afternoon.

This morning I participated in a conference call with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The purpose of the meeting was to breakdown the CARES Act and to gain a deeper understanding of what it means for all businesses; large and small. I am attaching a power point presentation that was given to us at the conclusion. Please reach out should you have any questions. With each call, I am learning something new.

CARES Act Presentation

Gov. DeWine announced today the collaboration between 19 Ohio manufacturers and 3 hospital groups to begin making reusable face shields. In this great act of ingenuity, manufacturers retooled their shops and moved from prototype to production in just two weeks. Our partners at JobsOhio worked quickly to secure the necessary materials. This group will make 750,000-1,000,000 shields in the next few weeks! These completed masks will be added to the stockpile then distributed as needed.

Fayette County is truly coming together to help in any way possible. Recently, two of our members, Wingate Packaging and Washington Court House City Schools made great donations! Take a look below at their ingenuity and thank them if you have a chance.

Earlier in the week, I announced the new provision in our chamber health care plan that will allow for sole proprietors to apply for insurance. Many of you have reached out in interest. I will be learning more about this program in the coming days and will forward any information I receive. Agents will not be accepting applications until later this month, and coverage will begin July 1, 2020.

Have a great Thursday,


Wingate Packaging produces and donates shields

If you are still in operation during the stay-at-home order, and are in need of face masks for your employees, the City of WCH Service Dept. has a disposable paper mask option available, which was kindly produced and donated by Wingate Packaging.

The cutouts on each side of the mask can be used to attach with a rubber band, elastic or string.

Please note that these are meant to serve as a barrier, and are not airtight.

If you have a need for masks, please reply with the amount needed, and we will work out a delivery day and time with our service dept.

Washington Court House City Schools donates headbands

Washington Middle School printed and delivered their first 40 headbands to help fight COVID-19. These parts will be used to assemble face shields for healthcare workers.

Washington Court House City Schools is proud to partner with Southern State Community College in this endeavor, and thank Tami Rose, Lee Hopkins and Josh Montgomery for keeping the frontline health care workers safe!