We have gathered the following list of resources in an effort to help our businesses be prepared for withstanding the current situation and other emergencies and disasters
Updates from the Governor's Office
|ONLINE:||Please visit www.Coronavirus.Ohio.gov for the most up-to-date information from the Ohio Department of Health.|
|PHONE:||For any questions you have about COVID-19, please call
1 (833) 4-ASK-ODH from 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m (7 days/week).
|DAILY UPDATES:||Governor DeWine is holding daily press briefings at 2:00 p.m. to deliver the most recent updates as well as give updated guidance for the state’s response. These press events are carried live at www.OhioChannel.org|
Support for Small Businesses & Non-Profit Organizations
If you are a small business owner with 20 employees or fewer or are self-employed, there is new information for you. This webinar series is hosted by the SBA, Public Private Strategies Institute, and other stakeholders. Each webinar will cover:
- Steps you can take now to take advantage of this special opportunity, which closes at 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 9, 2021.
- Additional changes and recent policy announcements made by Biden-Harris administration.
- Answers to your questions.
Here’s the schedule:
- Wednesday, March 3, 12:30 p.m., for Women Small Business Owners. To register, click here.
- Thursday, March 4, 3 p.m., for Asian-American and Pacific Islander, Native American and Tribal Small Business Owners. To register, click here.
- Friday, March 5, 1 p.m., for Black and African-American Small Business Owners. To register, click here.
- Friday, March 5, 3 p.m., for Hispanic Small Business Owners. To register, click here.
- Saturday, March 6, 2 p.m., for Veterans and Self-Employed Small Business Owners. To register, click here.
- Monday, March 8, 3 p.m., for LGTBQ Small Business Owners, Youth Entrepreneurs, and Restaurant Owners. To register, click here.
COVID-19 Vaccination Program
COVID-19 Vaccine Virtual Town Halls
As part of Ohio's continuing efforts to ensure equity in Ohio's vaccination program, ODH is holding virtual town hall meetings focused on specific minority communities. These virtual meetings will involve local medical professionals and community leaders who will guide these conversations to discuss the safety and efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccine.
The meetings are intended to jumpstart conversations and give local leaders and attendees the tools they need to better inform members of their communities about vaccine facts, enhance access to trusted resources, and drive conversations in their own communities about why vaccinations are important.
The town halls will be streamed on Facebook and YouTube. More details are available at: coronavirus.ohio.gov/townhall
Visit the Coronavirus Dashboard stay up-to-date on the vaccine distribution in Ohio. The dashboard will be updated with vaccination information and the number of people vaccinated in Ohio and will be sortable by demographic and by county.
Governor DeWine announced the goals of Phase 1B of COVID-19 vaccine distribution are to save lives and for schools to be fully open by March 1st.
Due to severe weather across Ohio and the country, both Pfizer and Moderna have advised that direct vaccine shipments to providers may be delayed one to two days. The Ohio Department of Health has contacted all providers that are expecting direct shipments to notify them of these potential delays.
Vaccine providers scheduled to receive a vaccine parcel today from Ohio's Receipt, Store, and Stage (RSS) Warehouse are receiving their deliveries on a two-hour delay.
Many providers are continuing with their scheduled vaccination appointments, but some have canceled appointments due to snow emergencies. These providers are contacting patients by phone call, email, or by posting on social media. Ohioans who haven’t heard from their provider and are concerned about whether or not their appointment is still scheduled should contact their provider or visit their website. Ohioans who need to cancel their vaccination for any reason should contact their provider to reschedule.
Wood County residents can find information on the Health Department's website.
The Ohio Department of Health will host a webinar for registered providers to discuss expectations and instructions for distribution. Additional details will be shared with registered providers in the coming days.
Attorney General Yost is warning of vaccine scams.
The Ohio Attorney General’s Office recommends several tips to help consumers avoid potential virus and vaccine-related scams:
- Verify any vaccine-related information with legitimate news reports. Double-check any new “too-good-to-be-true” news or claims. You may wish to consider contacting your family doctor, your local health department or the statewide Ohio Department of Health’s COVID-19 call center (1-833-427-5634) to check on issues you are unsure about.
- Look for some of the red flags of a scam, such as being asked to wire money or send a prepaid money card or gift card to a stranger; being pressured to act immediately; or being told to buy a product or service where the company refuses to provide any information in writing. Also look out if you’re asked to keep conversations a secret.
- You likely will not need to pay anything out of pocket to get the vaccine during this public health emergency. You can’t pay to put your name on a list to get the vaccine. You can’t pay to get early access to the vaccine.
- No one from a vaccine distribution site or health care payer, like a private insurance company, will call you asking for your Social Security number or your credit card or bank account information to sign you up to get the vaccine.
If you suspect you've received a scam you should contact the Attorney General's office at OhioProtects.org or 800-282-0515.
Community Talking Points and Industry Fact Sheets
Eligibility for COVID-19 vaccines has expanded to include people who are age 60, as well as:
- Anyone who is pregnant, or is living with type 1 diabetes, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or who has received a bone marrow transplant.
- Those who work in childcare services, funeral services, law enforcement or corrections.
- The Health Department estimate this includes roughly 9,000-10,000 people who are newly eligible to be vaccinated.
- For the most recent information on vaccine eligibility or to schedule an appointment, go to www.WoodCountyHealth.org or call 419-823-9512.
The Health Department is partnering with Wood County Committee on Aging to provide vaccination at home for seniors who need it.
- Being homebound means a person does not leave his or her home under normal circumstances or without assistance from others.
- Call Wood County Committee on Aging at 1-800-367-4935 to make arrangements.
Get contact information for vaccine providers, and what we know about how they schedule appointments, at Vaccine.WoodCountyHealth.org. To hear a recorded message about Wood County’s vaccine campaign, call 419-823-9528. Some local providers, like Wood County Health Department, Mercy Health and Wood County Hospital, are making their appointments available starting at noon on Fridays. For appointments with Wood County Health Department, call 419-352-8402 and choose Option 1, or use the ArmorVax app and website.
Fact Sheets for Different Sectors of the community
Bar & Restaurant Assistance Funds
In October, Governor Mike DeWine announced $38.7 million in CARES Act funding had been set aside to help the state's active on-premises liquor permit holders. Eligible businesses can apply to receive $2,500 through the Bar and Restaurant Assistance Fund. This relief funding applies to many of the Division of Liquor Control's liquor permit holders, including bars, restaurants, breweries, distilleries, wineries, casinos, and private clubs. Eligible businesses must have an active on-premises permit as of Oct. 23, 2020.
Applications will be accepted through January 31.
Office of Small Business Relief
$125 million in CARES Act funding to provide grants to small businesses with no more than 25 employees has been approved by the State Controlling Board. The grant funding will help businesses pay for a variety of expenses, including mortgage or rent payments; utility payments; salaries, wages, or compensation for employees and contractors; business supplies or equipment; and other costs. The application for the Small Business Relief Program will be available November 2, 2020 at businesshelp.ohio.gov.
Additional funds have been allocated to Community Action Agencies to provided rent, mortgage, and water and/or sewer assistance to Ohioans. This assistance will help Ohioans pay outstanding balances back to April 1, 2020.
Ohio households behind on their bills with an annual income at or below 200% of the federal poverty guidelines will be eligible for assistance. For a family of four, that is an annual income up to $52,400. Starting November 2, 2020, Ohioans will be able to apply for assistance through their local Community Action Agency. A list of agencies can be found at businesshelp.ohio.gov.
The administration will also designate $37.5 million of CARES Act funding for the Bar and Restaurant Assistance Fund. This fund will be available for Ohio restaurants and bars struggling financially as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and limited in the full use of their liquor permit.
Businesses with an on-premise consumption permit will be eligible to receive $2,500 per unique business location. Businesses need to have an active on-premise permit as of close of business October 23, 2020. Starting November 2, permit holders will be able to apply for assistance at businesshelp.ohio.gov.
The Office of Small Business Relief was created within the Ohio Development Services Agency to coordinate state efforts to identify and provide direct support for Ohio’s nearly 950,000 small businesses.
Ohio BWC Dividend Checks
The Ohio BWC is issuing a $5 billion dividend to ease the financial pressures your organization may be experiencing amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Gov. DeWine has asked his agencies to do everything they can to ease the strain of COVID-19 on Ohioans. Even after this dividend, the net position of the State Insurance Fund for injured workers remains strong due to investment returns, declining injuries, and decreasing reserves. This will be the third dividend delivered this year by the BWC.
BG Revitalization Loan Program
Bowling Green Economic Development would like you to be aware of a special 0% interest loan available to merchants. Loan amounts will be for $2,000 to $10,000 – First 6 month are payment-free, followed by 12 monthly repayment installments. If you would like the application emailed to you or if you have any questions, contact the Bowling Green Economic Development office at 419-353-3591 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.