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UNION COUNTY COVID-19 RESOURCES
COVID-19 Resources & Assistance - Together we are stronger!
The Union County Chamber of Commerce, Union County Convention & Visitors Bureau, and Union County-Marysville Economic Development are dedicated to supporting our community. With the recent rise of COVID-19 cases within Ohio, it is imperative that the business community comes together to provide resources and enforce strategies to protect our workers while continuing operations.
This page contains information and resources that may be helpful during this unprecedented time.
State of Ohio Issues Stay at Home Order
March 22, 2020
Under the direction of Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton issued an order requiring all Ohioans to stay in their homes to prevent the further spread of COVID-19 beginning at 11:59 PM on Monday, March 23, 2020 until 11:59 PM on April 6, 2020. This order prohibits holding gatherings of any size and closes all nonessential businesses. It does NOT prohibit essential activities like going to the grocery store, receiving medical care, or taking pets for walks. Residents can return home from out of state and can leave the state.
Weekly COVID-19 Business Resource and Assistance Coordination Calls
Beginning Wednesday, March 25, 2020, at 11:00 AM, we will be scheduling a weekly conference call to provide updates to the business community on local response, resources, and assistance. Any business or organization can participate by calling the following conference call number: 206-462-5569; Passcode: 8498 19 1356.
Please Support Local Businesses
Many businesses are already being negatively impacted by the spread of the COVID-19 in the United States, including many here in Union County. During this challenging time, we urge residents to continue to support local businesses and restaurants.
Donations of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Sought
The Union County Emergency Management Agency and the Union County Health Department are seeking help in finding sources for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) that enables health care workers to safely care for patients.
Needed items include gowns, gloves, masks (N95 and surgical/patient masks), face shields, and hand sanitizer. Homemade or 3D masks are not accepted until more guidance is received from ODH.
Please call 937-645-2097 if you have supplies to donate for our first responders, hospital, long term care facilitates, and health care workers in Union County.
With the recent rise of COVID-19 cases within Ohio, the business community must come together to provide resources and enforce strategies to protect our workers while continuing operations. There is a significant amount of information concerning COVID-19. We are continually updating this website to include information that is important to our business community. This website will be updated regularly with new information and relevant resources as they become available. If you have information that you would like to share with our business community regarding COVID-19, please contact us by calling 937-642-6279.
FEDERAL RESOURCES & ASSISTANCE
SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program
The Economic Injury Disaster Loan is a low-interest, fixed-rate loan, with extended terms, purposed to offset a lack of working capital for small businesses. This would be used to pay for operational costs such as rent, utilities, and payroll based on lost revenue directly related to the COVID-19 outbreak. Unsecured loans are available up to $25,000. Loans over that amount will require collateral with real estate preferred. The loans feature a reduced interest rate of 3.75% on loans to for-profit businesses and 2.75% to private, non-profit businesses. Payments are deferred for 11 months which means there are no payments due for a year. More information and the application portal is available here.
SBA Emergency Economic Injury Grants
These grants provide an emergency advance of up to $10,000 to small businesses applying for the Economic Injury Disaster Loans. Business owners can access these grants by applying for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan and request the advance on the application. $10,000 will be made available within three (3) days of receipt of a completed application. This advance is a grant and does not need to be repaid, however, it will be deducted from the approved loan amount. These funds can be used to keep employees on the payroll, pay for sick leave, pay business obligations or other impacted operational issues created by the COVID-19 outbreak.
SBA Paycheck Protection Program
This program provides cash-flow assistance through 100% federally guaranteed loans to employers who maintain heir payroll during this emergency. If employers maintain their payroll, a portion of the loan will be forgiven, which would help workers remain employed. Loan amounts will be determined by SBA guidelines for the loan and will be based on calculations using qualifying expenses for the period from February 15, 2020 – June 30, 2020.
Related Helpful Links & Resources:
EIDL & PPP Comparison (PDF)
Passed on March 27, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) is a $2 trillion aid package that provides financial aid to families and businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Click to read a summary.
Families First Coronavirus Response Act
On March 18, the Senate passed H.R. 6201, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. This bill provides, among other things, provisions to address Paid Sick Leave, Paid Family and Medical Leave, and Unemployment Insurance for workers displaced by the ongoing outbreak. Click to read a summary.
U.S. Department of Labor COVID-19 Guidance
The U.S. Department of Labor has resources to help workers and employers prepare for the COVID-19 virus. Guidance has been issued for Workplace Safety, Wages, Hours & Leave, Unemployment Benefits, and more. Click to learn more.
The EXIM is offering three kinds of relief measures to banks, exporters, and small businesses impacted by COVID-19. Click here for more information.
Internal Revenue Service Tax Deadline
Deadlines for filing taxes and any payments of due federal income tax have been delayed until July 15th, 2020. The Internal Revenue Service has created a special section to assist taxpayers and businesses affected by the coronavirus. Detailed information may be found here.
STATE OF OHIO RESOURCES & ASSISTANCE
Enhanced Unemployment Aid for Ohioans
The Governor has issued an executive order, which will grant the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) with the authority to accept and grant requests for unemployment compensation suspending the normal 1-week waiting period.
This order will also give relief to applicants who are not offered paid leave through their job, as well as those who have been quarantined by a medical professional, their employer, or whose employers must temporarily close. Those who apply for unemployment under these circumstances will be exempt from the requirement that they be actively seeking work.
BWC Premium Deferral
To help businesses facing difficulties due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation (BWC) has announced that insurance premium installment payments due in March, April, and May for the current policy year may be deferred until June 1, 2020. BWC will not cancel coverage or assess penalties for amounts not paid because of the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information, please contact the Ohio BWC.
Health Insurance Premium Deferral
The Ohio Department of Insurance has announced health insurance premium deferrals for some employers.
Maintains health insurance coverage for workers who have had their work hours reduced if the employee is currently eligible for coverage through their employer-sponsored health insurance.
Payment of premiums may be deferred interest-free for up to 60 calendar days.
It creates a special open enrollment period for employees who lose coverage to allow them to get a new policy from the federal healthcare marketplace or from another insurer.
This order is in effect until the expiration of the governor's state of emergency.
SharedWork Ohio is an alternative to layoffs for employers. It allows workers to remain employed and employers to retain their staff during times of reduced business activity. Under a SharedWork Ohio plan, employers reduce hours to avert a layoff. The participating employee works the reduced hours, and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services provides an unemployment insurance benefit proportionate to their reduced hours.
Interested employers should provide the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services with a list of participating employees and specify their normal weekly hours of work, not to exceed 40 hours and not including overtime. Part-time employees may be eligible, but all employees in an affected unit must have their hours reduced by the same reduction percentage. For more information, please visit click here.
Ohio General Assembly Emergency COVID-19 Legislation
The Ohio General Assembly has passed emergency legislation regarding COVID-19. For a summary of the legislation, please click here.
Liquor Buyback Program
The Ohio Department of Commerce will immediately begin offering a one-time liquor buyback option to support bars and restaurants. This will especially aid those establishments that have stocked up on high-proof liquor ahead of the St. Patrick's Day holiday for which they now have no use, due to their closure to in-house patrons.
Bars and restaurants wishing to take advantage of this opportunity should return their unopened, high-proof liquor products (obtained within the past 30 days) to the agency where they purchased the product. This opportunity is also extended to those with temporary (F2) permits for events scheduled between March 12 and April 6, 2020. If a business has questions about this program, they should reach out directly to the Liquor Enterprise Service Center (LESC) at 877-812-0013.
Rapid Response Team (WARN)
The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services offers a Rapid Response Team for employers. This service assists employers with transitions such as layoffs and includes:
Assistance with the WARN Act, a federal requirement which provides protection to workers, their families, and communities by requiring employers to provide written notice at least 60 calendar days in advance of mass layoffs and plant closings
Resources to make it easier for employees to file for unemployment benefits
Survey of worker training needs
Reemployment services to help displaced workers find employment as quickly as possible.
For more information about the Rapid Response Team, or for other local employment assistance, please click here.
Ohio Department of Transportation Blanket Permit for Haulers
In an effort to assist in the state’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Ohio Department of Transportation has approved a special blanket permit for haulers carrying heavy or oversized loads of food, non-alcoholic beverages, medical supplies, cleaning products, and other household goods.
ServeOhio Community Resilience Grant
ServeOhio, in conjunction with its partners, the American Electric Power Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service, announces the availability of grants to support community resiliency initiatives that mobilize residents to address significant needs in their community as a result of the novel coronavirus. Grant awards will range between $500 to $2,000, and projects must take place prior to April 30, 2020. Click for more information.
Ohio employers can take advantage of the TechCred program and upskill their employees while they may be unable to perform their typical day-to-day duties. Many of these trainings can be completed online. TechCred offers employers up to $2,000 in reimbursement for every technology-focused credential earned by an employee, up to $30,000 per employer per round. These technology-focused credentials take a year or less to complete and prepare current and future employees for the technology jobs Ohio employers need.
REGIONAL RESOURCES & ASSISTANCE
LOCAL RESOURCES & ASSISTANCE
Union County - Marysville Economic Development
The viability and long-term sustainability of our business community is a top priority during this difficult time. For a complete list of traditional assistance programs, including financial incentives, please click here. You may also contact us at 937-642-6279.
Marysville Entrepreneurial Center (MEC) - Small Business Assistance
The MEC is available to anyone needing help with developing or adjusting their business concepts; business plans, marketing techniques, and overall strategies. For more information about the Marysville Entrepreneurial Center, please call 614.989.2429 or visit the MEC website.
City of Marysville Income Tax Deadline Extension
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the City will defer income tax filing and payments normally due April 15, 2020 to July 15, 2020 without additional penalties or interest. Additional payments eligible for deferral without penalties and interest are the first and second quarter estimated tax payments normally due April 15, 2020 and June 15, 2020. The incurred penalties and interest applied to all payments due January 15, 2020 and before will not be waived.
Therefore, this deferral allows taxpayers until July 15, 2020 to file and pay the tax and applicable penalties and interest balance reported on the 2019 return and the first two quarters of the 2020 estimates normally due April and June 15th.
Income Tax Divison: (937) 645-7350, Option 4
Local Financial Institutions
We strongly encourage any business that is struggling amid the COVID-19 situation to reach out to your local commercial banker. Many banks are offering some variety of interest-only payments, deferrals of principal and interest payments for 60-90 days, and offering working capital on a case-by-case basis. Please see the financial resources listed below:
Additional Financial Resources
Is Your Company Hiring?
Is your company hiring? Many logistics, manufacturing, and healthcare operations are hiring right now to meet demand. If your company is hiring, we suggest you:
Immediately contact OhioMeansJobs-Union County.
Post your job on social media platforms such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram.
Let us know you are hiring. Please send your job listings to Eric Phillips at email@example.com. We may be able to help connect you to additional resources.
Consider reaching out to local media. A news story can help potential candidates know you’re hiring.
Central Ohio Virtual Hiring Event
In response to the COVID-19 epidemic, One Columbus has joined the Workforce Development Board of Central Ohio and OhioMeansJobs Columbus-Franklin County to help dislocated workers connect to businesses that need employees to continue vital services. Throughout April, there will be a series of Central Ohio ReEmployment & Resource (CORRE) Virtual Hiring Events that will help job seekers navigate multiple resources and obtain employment. Your company is invited to participate in a Virtual Hiring Event.
Businesses wishing to participate in a Virtual Hiring Event may email BusinessSolutions@wdbco.org.
Individuals who have lost their job due to COVID-19 may be eligible to receive a one-time $500 payment through the Family Stability Prevention, Retention Contingency (PRC) Program. For more information, please call OhioMeansJobs-Union County at 937-645-2018.
Mass Layoff Form (PDF)
Many utility companies have temporarily stopped service interruptions (due to customer nonpayment) and implemented special repayment plan options.
U.S. Chamber of Commerce
RESTAURANTS & HOSPITALITY RESOURCES
Governor DeWine has ordered restaurants and bars closed for on-site dining for an indefinite period of time. Restaurants are encouraged to continue offering carryout and delivery service. To provide support to Union County’s restaurants during the emergency, the Union County CVB has compiled a list of those offering carryout and/or delivery or curbside service. This information can be found by clicking here. Please note the website will be updated regularly with additional information.
HEALTH & PREPAREDNESS
Authorities are encouraging all businesses to closely monitor the spread of COVID-19 and to be prepared to implement policies and procedures (such as teleworking) that will reduce potential exposure. All employers should be ready to implement strategies to protect their workforce while ensuring continuity of operations.
Preventative highlights include:
Take the temperature of each employee each workday
Encourage physical distancing
Actively encourage sick employees to stay home
Separate sick employees from healthy employees
Emphasize staying home when sick, respiratory etiquette, and hand hygiene
Perform routine environmental cleaning
Advise employees before traveling to take certain steps
More information: Guidance for Businesses and Employers (PDF)
Federal Government Response
Visit Coronavirus.gov for the latest official health information and for a full list of the nation’s whole-of-government response, including safety, business and tax tips, worker assistance, and more.
Union County Health Department - Statement on Testing
The following information was provided by the Union County Health Department:
We have received calls and social media messages from employees indicating that COVID-19 testing is being required or recommended by their employer for either paid sick leave or for clearance to return to work. It is important for employers to understand that COVID-19 testing is very limited due to a statewide shortage of testing capability. COVID-19 testing is NOT being done on well persons. COVID-19 testing is NOT being done on people with mild illness. COVID-19 is being done in very limited instances and on a case by case basis in people who meet at-risk criteria AND have moderate illness. Testing is being reserved for people with serious illness and healthcare workers who have known or likely exposure to a case of COVID-19. We feel this is important information for employers to have as you implement policies around the clearance of ill employees to return to work and/or sick leave policy.
When A Sick Employee Can Return to Work
As you implement policies concerning when employees who may be out sick for COVID-19 may return to work, it is important to note that CDC updated its guidance over the weekend. This guidance is for a person with confirmed COVID-19. The CDC guidance outlines when the person may discontinue home isolation when COVID-19 testing is not available to determine if the person is still contagious. Please note this guidance does not specifically address individuals who are ill but have an unknown diagnosis. We are providing this guidance update as a piece to think through when implementing your return to work policies.
People with COVID-19 who have stayed home (home isolated) can stop home isolation under the following conditions:
If you will not have a test to determine if you are still contagious, you can leave home after these three things have happened:
You have had no fever for at least 72 hours (that is three full days of no fever without the use of medicine that reduces fevers) AND other symptoms have improved (for example, when your cough or shortness of breath have improved) AND at least 7 days have passed since your symptoms first appeared.
In all cases, individuals should follow the guidance of their healthcare provider and local health department. The decision to stop home isolation should be made in consultation with the healthcare provider and state and local health departments.
Gatherings & Events
The CDC has advised against gatherings of 10 people or more for the next eight weeks. Such gatherings include conferences, festivals, parades, concerts, sporting events, weddings, and other types of assemblies. Organizers (whether groups or individuals) should cancel or postpone in-person events or modify events to be virtual when feasible.
More information: Guidance for Mass Gatherings
Union County Sheriff’s Office Mobile Alert App
The Union County Sheriff’s Office has launched a new feature for its mobile app, available on the iPhone and Android platforms. This feature provides CDC alerts and local COVID-19 updates directly from the Union County Health Department. Step-by-step instructions are available here (PDF).
Hand Sanitizer - Middle West Spirits
Columbus-based Middle West Spirits is accepting orders for hand sanitizer. Large quantities are available. Order Form (PDF)
Medically-trained Volunteers Needed - Union County Medical Reserve Corps
The Union County Health Department is seeking medically trained volunteers who are willing and able to help their Union County neighbors and fellow healthcare workers. Eligible individuals include those who may be on a leave of absence from their medical profession, retirees, or college students (age 18+) who are working on a medical certification. EMTs, nurses of all levels, doctors, pharmacists, physical therapists, athletic trainers, respiratory therapists, and anyone with a healthcare credential are encouraged to contact the Health Department. Please click here for more information.
Union County COVID-19 Response Fund
The Union County Foundation and the United Way of Union County have partnered to establish the COVID-19 Community Relief Fund to assist residents in need of food, shelter, rent assistance, and other needs. The fund will be used in cooperation with the Mass Critical Care Unit of the Union County Emergency Operation Center.
Donors have many options to support this joint fund including the following:
Text-to-Give by texting UCCOVID to 91-99
Mail a check to United Way of Union County, 648 Clymer Rd., Suite 313, Marysville OH 43040, or to The Union County Foundation, c/o COVID-19 Fund, P.O. Box 608, Marysville, OH 43040. All checks should be marked UCCOVID Relief Fund.
ADDITIONAL HEALTH & PREPAREDNESS RESOURCES
Ohio Department of Health COVID-19 Hotline: 1-833-4-ASK-ODH
Ohio Government Media Center (Frequent News Updates)
Stop the Spread of Germs (PDF)
And remember, together we are stronger!