04.24.2020

Good afternoon, and happy Arbor Day!

Today, Governor DeWine announced that former governors Taft and Celeste experienced a significant breakthrough with Thermo Fisher that will expand our ability to test for COVID-19 in Ohio. Additionally, a Roe Dental Lab located in Cleveland will be manufacturing up to 1,000,000 swabs that are vital to testing. This additional testing will allow for a more robust contact tracing protocol.

As you are aware, the first round of funding for the Paycheck Protection Program has been exhausted. Earlier in the week, the Senate and House approved an additional $310 billion to fund the program, and President Trump signed the bill today.

Now is the time to act if you require funds. If you applied during round one but did not receive a loan application number, it is recommended that you contact your lender as soon as possible to begin the application process for this program. We expect these monies to be exhausted as well. While the SBA has an application online, your lender may have an additional/different application for you to submit. Further information regarding all the funding programs can be found by visiting the SBA’s website.

Ohio Department of Job and Family Services is currently accepting unemployment pre-registration for 1099, self-employed, and part-time workers. While payments will not be made for a few weeks, the opening of this portal allows these individuals to register for benefits now. Additional information regarding this plan and how to apply can be found by reading this press release.

Unfortunately for many students, parents, families, and friends, Governor DeWine and the Ohio Department of Education announced that graduation programs for high school seniors should be handled virtually.  Currently, our Main Street Fayette organization is working to honor all Fayette County high school seniors by posting their pictures in storefront windows.  Any questions regarding this program should be directed to MSF. We look forward to helping MSF celebrate the great high school seniors that call Fayette County home.

We are expecting a reopening plan to be delivered on Monday. As always, we will relay any information we receive at that time. Should any information vital to your ability to do business be made available over the weekend, I will keep you informed.

Have a great weekend,
Julie

FROM THE OHIO DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

A Letter To All Ohio Farmers’ Market Managers,

It has come to the attention of the Ohio Department of Agriculture that there is confusion concerning farmers’ markets being allowed to operate with the restrictions on mass gatherings. The Amended Director’s Stay at Home Order signed on April 2, 2020, identified farmers’ markets along with farm and produce stands as essential businesses. As essential businesses, they must adhere to the provisions in the Order concerning social distancing. At a minimum, essential businesses must comply with the required measures of the Order. They are:

  • Designate six-foot distances between people
  • Hand sanitizer and sanitizing products are to be readily available for employees and customers
  • Separate operating hours for vulnerable populations
  • Online and remote access; post online whether a facility is open and how best to reach the facility and continue services by phone or remotely

The recommendations created by the Ohio Farmers’ Market Network appear to be good compliance guidelines for farmers’ markets. Following these recommendations should result in a farmers’ market complying with the required measures contained in the Order. The second attachment contains the most current recommendations from the Ohio Farmers’ Market Network.

OHIO SAFETY CONGRESS BUYERS GUIDE

As you know, the COVID-19 pandemic forced the cancellation of last month’s Ohio Safety Congress & Expo (OSC 2020). We were disappointed we had to take this step, but it was the right and safest thing to do.

One of the highlights of being at safety congress, the largest free work-safety event in the U.S., is the Expo Marketplace that features hundreds of vendors offering the latest and greatest workplace safety gear and services.

Although, you could not visit these vendors in person, we have put together this OSC 2020 Buyer’s Guide that lists the more than 300 vendors that had planned to be at the event. This guide provides information for each exhibitor, including contacts and links to their website, to help you find products and services to keep your workforce safe.