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COVID-19 Local Updates

12.04.2020 Update

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Good afternoon, all.
Our Small Business Season promotion is well under way with many shoppers finding amazing gifts right here at home! The best news is, you still have NINE days to shop small and be entered to win an amazing basket full of donated items worth over $1,000.00! If you haven’t made it to the office to pick up your shopping passport, you can download and print one by CLICKING HERE.Shop local, get your passport stamped and be entered to win! Every dollar spent with our friends and neighbors truly makes a difference.
In the Governor’s daily update today, new recommendations for quarantining were discussed. The following quote is taken with permission from the Fayette Co. Public Health officials. Please follow their social media outlets for the most up-to-date information.
“The CDC is now providing public health agencies with options to shorten the length of quarantine in some situations (quarantine is for individuals who are a close contact of a positive COVID case). As a local public health agency, we are required by the Ohio Revised Code to follow the policies established by the Ohio Department of Health, and the existing policy calls for a 14-day quarantine period. We are waiting for ODH to review the CDC’s new guidelines and provide us with direction. We will announce any changes. Thanks for your patience!”
Governor DeWine announced today Ohio is set to receive more than 90,000 doses of the coronavirus vaccine around December 15th. Healthcare workers, along with EMS and vulnerable individuals, will be the first to receive the vaccine. Congregate care residents and staff are considered ‘vulnerable individuals’ and will receive vaccinations in the first round. At this point, it does not appear there will be a sufficient amount of vaccine for the general public.
Upcoming TechCred Application Period Opens January 4th
Lt. Governor Jon Husted, who serves as Director of the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation, announced the results of the October round of TechCred, which will provide the opportunity for 246 Ohio companies to upskill their workforce.
The most recent TechCred application period closed at the end of October. During this round, 246 Ohio employers were approved for funding, resulting in Ohio employees earning up to 3,164 technology-focused credentials. This round marks a milestone as funding for the program has been approved for over 15,000 credentials.
In August, the TechCred program exceeded 10,000 tech-focused credentials, fulfilling a commitment made by Governor DeWine and Lt. Governor Husted to fund 10,000 technology-focused credentials each year.
Since the program’s start, a total of 966 Ohio employers have been approved for funding, supporting the earning of 15,105 tech-focused credentials by Ohio employees.
The seventh TechCred application period opens on Monday, January 4th and closes on January 29th at 3:00 p.m.
Businesses with employees who have completed their TechCred training are reminded to submit proof of credential completion to receive reimbursement at TechCred.Ohio.gov.
You can learn more about the program at TechCred.Ohio.gov.
Wishing you all a safe and healthy weekend,
Julie

11.17.2020 Update

By COVID-19 Local Updates
Good afternoon, all.
The Governor issued a curfew for Ohioans during his press conference this afternoon. The 21-day curfew begins this Thursday, November 19, 2020, and requires Ohioans to be at home between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. Travel to and from work, grocery shopping, and travel for emergencies are permitted. The official order outlining this curfew is not yet published.
Ohio Department of Health Interim Director Lance Himes signed an additional health order this week. The order, which went into effect this morning, prohibits dancing and self-serve buffets/bars at wedding receptions, funerals, and other banquet hall events. The order also requires attendees to wear masks at all times, unless they are actively eating or drinking. To read the order prohibiting mass gatherings, CLICK HERE.
If you wish to read the complete order mandating masks in retail establishments, please CLICK HERE.
UPDATED SIGNAGE: To print the NEW sign with the maximum occupancy requirement CLICK HERE*Helpful hint: To determine your maximum occupancy, divide the square footage of your retail sales floor by 113. The resulting number is the maximum occupancy for your business.
Please also remember to mark your check-out lines with six-foot distance markers to ensure social distancing.
After review of the order, if you still have questions, please call the office. I am happy to help you navigate.
Wishing you all a great evening-
Julie

11.13.2020 Update

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Good morning, everyone! It is going to be a beautiful Friday, even if it is Friday the 13th in 2020! The day is only as good as you choose to make it!
I cannot stress this enough – I am receiving correspondence and phone calls from the state regarding the Small Business Relief Grant applications for Fayette County. We are guaranteed 50 GRANTS of up to $10,000 EACH. Please reach out if you have not already submitted your grant application. This is a new grant – just released from the state on November 2nd. Even if you have applied for other grants, PLEASE apply for this one as well. If on November 23rd, all 50 grants have not been claimed, that money goes back to the state to be distributed elsewhere. Don’t let someone else get the money that has been set aside for you! I have already helped several apply, and I am more than willing to assist you, too! If evenings or weekends work better for your schedule, please call me to set up a time. I am also including instructions and links at the bottom of this email for your convenience.
We are still awaiting the official written orders from the Governor’s office that stipulate the new mandates discussed Wednesday evening. As those become available, I will forward them to you. Until then, we have several events going on throughout county over the next few weeks. We appreciate your support of our small businesses and ask that you follow the mask mandate so that our friends and neighbors are able to keep their doors open this holiday season.
BUSINESS OWNERS:If you need signage for your door, I am more than happy to deliver those to you. I have a stack in my car and will be out delivering some later today for those of you who have already asked.
If you have a printer and wish to print your own, CLICK HEREto download a printable “Masks are Mandatory” sign for your front door.
This week, many have asked about the availability of masks and sanitizing supplies. Our member, Sun Rise Ohio Valley is ready and able to assist. I have included their list of available supplies and pricing for your convenience. Should you have questions or need to place an order, call 740.335.0555. There are NO Minimum order requirements and Doc delivers! Click here to view the list of supplies and pricing
Please take care of yourselves and your neighbors,
Julie

11.11.2020 Update

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Good evening and Happy Veterans Day to all our past and present Veterans. No words could ever be adequate, but we are deeply grateful for the sacrifices you made for our freedom.
As you are aware, Governor Mike DeWine addressed our state this evening. Below is a brief of the issues addressed. As official orders become available, those will be forwarded to you.
The Governor has reissued the mask order, first implemented over the summer, but with three additional provisions:
  • Each business will be required to post a sign about the mask order.
  • Each store will be responsible for ensuring employees and customers comply with the mask order.
  • The state will form a new retail compliance unit, comprised of officials from the Bureau of Workers Compensation. Non-compliance found by any establishment will result in warnings and, subsequently, fines/required closures/etc.
CLICK HEREto download a printable “Masks are Mandatory” sign for your front door. If you have any issues downloading or printing this sign, please call me and I will deliver a sign to you. We want to help you keep your doors open.
Both Miami Trace and Washington CH City Schools issued statements today regarding their in-person educational plans. Please click below to view their statements.
Washington CH City Schools Superintendent, Dr. Tom Bailey addresses the community: Click hereto view his message.
Additionally, we have a statement from Miami Trace Local School District. Click Here to view their statement.
Albert Einstein is quoted as saying, ‘in the midst of every crisis, lies great opportunity.’ Now is our opportunity to turn the tides. Now is our opportunity to reduce the spread so that our children can attend school, our restaurants and retail establishments can keep open their doors, and our friends and family can stay healthy.
Please take care of yourselves and your neighbors,
Julie

Small Business/Bars and Restaurant Relief Package

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Good Friday morning!
Governor Mike DeWine and Lt. Governor Jon Husted announced two weeks ago that the administration, in partnership with the General Assembly, developed a package of CARES Act funding to help Ohioans. This package includes funding for small businesses, restaurants and bars, and low-income Ohioans impacted financially by the pandemic. Below, I have provided important dates and links as well as a statement from the Lt. Governor’s office I received this morning. It is important to remember, the state has set aside funds for 50 grants per county. As of now, Fayette County has NOT submitted 50 applications. You have until November 23rd to submit your application-but remember these funds are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. After that time, any money not distributed will be sent back to the general fund for distribution anywhere in the state. Claim your funds, Fayette County!
From Lt. Governor Husted’s office:
I have had a few questions about what counties have not yet submitted at least 50 applications for the Small Business Relief Grant. Those counties are: Meigs, Clinton, Lawrence, Champaign, Pike, Jackson, Holmes, Highland, Perry, Wyandot, Paulding, Carroll, Defiance, Morgan, Coshocton, Brown, Morrow,Fayette,Noble, Monroe, Adams, Hardin, Preble, Harrison, Vinton. The money will be set aside for the counties until 21 days after the applications opened (November 23rd). After that, any remaining funds will be put into the larger pot that will continue to award statewide applications on a first-come, first-served basis until the funds are gone.
Another helpful note—an FAQ section has been added to the SBRG application page.
In order to apply for either grant, you must have a Ohio Digital Identification number. Creating an OH/ID is a very quick and easy process. Please remember to do this PRIOR to beginning your application.
  • Click HERE to create your OH/ID.
Once you have created your ID, you are ready to review requirements and apply for a grant!
  • Click HERE to access a fact sheet on the Small Business Relief Grant.
  • Click HEREthen click ‘Small Business Relief Grant’ to apply on or after 11/2/20.
  • ClickHERE to access a fact sheet on the Bar & Restaurant Assistance Grant.
  • Click HERE then click ‘Bar & Restaurant Assistance Grant’ to apply on or after 11/2/20.
As a reminder – these funds are distributed in the form of grants, not loans. I am available to help walk you through this process and answer any questions you may have. Please contact me if I can be of assistance.
Have a great weekend!
Julie

10.20.2020 Update

By COVID-19 Local Updates
Good afternoon.
Below are a few bullet points from Gov. Mike DeWine’s update today:
  • The Governor recently asked the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation to approve a second dividend for both public and private businesses. This request was approved and beginning on Friday, October 23rd, checks totaling over 1.3 billion dollars will be mailed to Ohio businesses. Please be on the lookout for a non-descript envelope from Ohio BWC. Many of the first-round dividend checks have yet to be cashed. These dividends are NOT sent via direct deposit.
  • Governor DeWine announced the state is working on additional programs that will utilize the CARES Act funding to help those struggling with bills and for our struggling small businesses. We anxiously await those announcements, promised at the end of this week.
  • The new Long Term Care Community dashboard will be going live on the coronavirus.ohio.gov. webpage shortly. This will allow friends and loved ones to see if a specific facility has new or updated rules regarding visitation.

171 individuals were tested yesterday in the Pop-Up testing event held at the Fayette County Fairgrounds. Our next testing opportunity will be held Monday, October 26th from 10am – 2pm at the fairgrounds. This testing is free and open to the public.

As you will see in the graphic above, Fayette County is currently ranked the fourth highest county for active coronavirus cases. Please continue to do your part to take care of yourself and each other.
Stay safe and enjoy your Tuesday evening.
Julie

10.13.2020 Update

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Good afternoon.
If you follow our social media, you’ve seen the ‘shop local’ reminder posted today. Many of the large retailers are beginning the holiday shopping season today with deals and bargains.
NOW MORE THAN EVER, our local retailers and service providers need your business! NOW MORE THAN EVER, marketing your business online is imperative!
BUSINESS OWNERS – would you take a moment and share our post on your business page? It is up to all of us to promote local and help raise awareness of the great things available right here in Fayette County! Share our post and add a quick blurb about one of your specials or gift ideas!
Today, the Governor announced Fayette County is second in the state for active cases of the coronavirus. Many families are very ill; many businesses are struggling to maintain healthy staff. It is important to do all we can do to stop the spread. If at any time you need COVID-procedure signage for your business, please call. I will print them out and deliver, or I can send signs in electronic format for you to print. It is important that we post reminders around our workplaces and shops.
The risk level guidelines for the public can be found here: https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/static/OPHASM/COVID-19-Risk-Level-Guidelines-GP.pdf

Newly Updated Forgiveness Application

The U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the Treasury Department, released a simpler loan forgiveness application for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans of $50,000 or less. This action streamlines the PPP forgiveness process to provide financial and administrative relief to America’s smallest businesses while also ensuring sound stewardship of taxpayer dollars.

Get the details by clicking this link.

Secretary of State Frank LaRose visits Walmart DC #7012

Walmart has partnered with the Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose’s office to distribute necessary PPE to Ohio’s county boards of elections as they prepare to administer the upcoming election. 800,000 masks, 27,000 gowns, and 29,000 face shields were donated/purchased by Governor DeWine to help keep voters and poll workers safe.
Distributions were coordinated from Walmart’s Washington Courthouse Distribution Center.
“Businesses across Ohio have stepped up to make sure voters and election officials have the PPE they need to be ready this election day – and this is no exception. I appreciate Walmart’s work to help ensure voting will be safe in Ohio!” said LaRose.
“We build a better community when we all participate in our federal, state and local elections. Walmart encourages associates and customers to participate in the election process by helping to provide the tools and information they need to vote,” said Adam Becker, General Manager of the Walmart Distribution Facility in Washington C.H. “We are honored to help protect the health and safety of poll workers and voters throughout the state.”
Secretary LaRose previously issued the Ohio Voting Safety Plan to Ohio’s 88 county boards of elections, setting forth safety requirements for early and Election Day voting, as well as recommendations for voters, to run a safe and healthy election this fall. Other companies have donated masks and hand sanitizer this past month, with Ohio Department of Health distributing the sanitizer to the county boards.

 

10.08.2020 Update

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Good afternoon.
Earlier today, we learned Fayette County is transitioning from an orange level to a red level under the Public Health Advisory System.
What does this mean for your business?
Our community?
Business and school continue. It is important that you take a moment to take inventory of your procedures. Are employees wearing masks, provided adequate time to wash and sanitize their hands, and are they provided appropriate time at home if they are sick? Are you sanitizing on a regular basis or in between customers? I have lists of recommended procedures for various industries and am happy to share, should you have a need.
If at any time you need COVID-procedure signage for your business, please call. I will print them out and deliver, or I can send them in electronic format for you to print. It is important that we post reminders around our workplaces and shops. Old habits die hard, and we are still not used to masks!
Here are the indicators as provided by Governor DeWine’s office:
▪ New cases per capita (290.9 cases per 100,000 residents)
▪ Sustained increase in new cases (.7 average cases on 9/21 to by 7.3 by 10/5)
▪ Proportion of cases not in a congregate setting
▪ Sustained increase in outpatient visits (1.1 average visits on 10/1 to 2.4 on 10/6)
The risk level guidelines for the public can be found here: https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/static/OPHASM/COVID-19-Risk-Level-Guidelines-GP.pdf
A statement from Fayette County Public Health with helpful information can be found by clicking this link.

10.02.2020 Update- CARES Act Grant Program

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National Manufacturing Day

Happy National Manufacturing Day! The mission of Manufacturing Day is to promote modern manufacturing practices and jumpstart new approaches to growing the manufacturing talent pool. Over the next decade, there are expected to be 3.5 million job openings in manufacturing, with a growing skill shortage.
The main priorities of Manufacturing Day as listed by the Manufacturing Institute are:
  • Change the perception of careers in manufacturing to reflect its true status as the most advanced, high-tech industry in the country.
  • Re-establish the U.S. as the global leader of manufacturing education.
  • Advocate for education and job training policies that strengthen the U.S. manufacturing workforce.
The ultimate goal is to help manufacturers build a steady pipeline of qualified and diversified manufacturing talent to help build and support local economies for decades to come.
Our Fayette County Economic Development Director Godwin Apaliyah and City of Washington Economic Development Director Chelsie Baker have provided opportunities for high school students to tour various manufacturing companies around Fayette County in years past. Unfortunately, with our current pandemic, that has not been a possibility this year. Regardless, we celebrate our manufacturing companies and the strength and growth they bring to our county.

County Commissioners announce CARES Act Grant Program

The Fayette County Commissioners recently announced a small business grant program, funded by the CARES Act, for county-based businesses. If you are a business owner with 25 or fewer employees, ordered to close and suffered loss due to the pandemic, please fill out the application and return to the County Commissioners office or the Chamber of Commerce office. Each grant is worth up to $10,000.00 and questions regarding the application can be directed to the Commissioner’s office. Click the green button below to access the application.

County CARES Act Grant Application

09.24.2020 Update

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In today’s update from the Governor’s office, we learned of new guidelines for several sectors. At 12:01 a.m. today, the revised ‘Dine Safe Order’ became effective. This revision permits restaurants to resume the use of their self-service food stations. The order can be read in its entirety HERE.
Additionally, the Department of Aging announced today that indoor visitations would begin in residential care facilities. All visits must be scheduled in advance and will be in a designated visitation area. Two visitors are permitted per resident per visit, and visits will last for 30 minutes to allow more residents to have visitors. This change will begin on October 12, 2020 and further information can be found at www.coronavirus.ohio.gov. We are reminded to contact the care facility we wish to visit for their specific rules and regulations.
Lt. Governor Husted announced that athletic teams will now be permitted to participate in more than one competition per day. This allows for teams to resume double-header events.
During this National Small Business Week, I would love to promote YOU! There is still time to contact me if you wish to feature your business on our Chamber of Commerce Facebook page! Let’s tout the great things you are doing for your staff and community! Please email your submissions to julie@fayettecountyohio.com or give me a call at 740.335.0761. Please DO NOT reply directly to this email.
Again, please use this Small Business Week as a reminder to support those who support our community. When you find yourself in need of a good or service, please SHOP LOCAL, DINE LOCAL, THINK LOCAL!
Make it a great evening, Fayette County!
Julie