COVID-19 Updates

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

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Updates from the Governor's Office

COVID-19 Dashboard

Director’s Third Amended Order that Reopens Restaurants, Bars, Banquet and Catering Facilities and Services to Dine-in Service, with Exceptions

Ohio BWC Dividends and Mask Distribution

Health Order Signed on the Opening of Adult Day Care Services and Senior Centers

Statewide Mask Order (printable face covering signage)

CARES Act Forbearance Fact Sheet for Mortgagees and Servicers of FHA, VA,or USDA Loans

High Risk Populations FAQ

ONLINE: Please visit 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
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Support for Small Businesses & Non-Profit Organizations

The Small Business Administration and the Treasury Department released a three-page "EZ" loan forgiveness form that certain borrowers from the so-called Paycheck Protection Program would be able to use. The business owners allowed to use the EZ application include those who are self-employed or have no employees and those who did not reduce salaries by more than 25 percent. To use the form, businesses must also certify that they didn't cut employees' hours or were unable to operate at pre-coronavirus levels because of health mandates.

Changes have been made to the Paycheck Protection Program through The Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020. Updates include:

  • PPPFA changes amount of loan needed for payroll to 60%, rather than 75%
  • PPPFA extends time period to use funds from 8 to 24 weeks
  • PPPFA pushes back a June 30 deadline to rehire workers to December 31, 2020
  • PPPFA eases rehire requirements
  • PPPFA extends the repayment term from 2 years to 5
  • Allows payroll tax deferral for PPP recipients

The Small Business Development Center team is working with businesses through the various SBA/EIDL assistance programs.  You can contact Bill Wersell, Vice President Business Development Services, 419-243-8191, ext. 224 or e-mail:

Guide to PPP Loan Forgiveness

PPP Loan Forgiveness Application

EIDL Guidelines

Business Guidance & Loan Resources

Ohio Development Services Agency

New Funding Programs to Help Ohio Businesses

Governor DeWine and Lt. Governor Husted announced the creation of three new programs to help small and medium-sized businesses to be administered by the Ohio Development Services Agency

Ohio PPE Retooling and Reshoring Grant Program

This program provides awards up $500,000 to small and medium-sized manufacturers so they can repurpose existing facilities to make PPE or reshore PPE production to Ohio. These grants will allow small manufacturers and other entities an opportunity to create new business while contributing to the fight against COVID-19.

Ohio Minority Micro-Enterprise Grant Program

The $5 million program will provide grants to help businesses owned and operated by minorities and women in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Appalachian Region Loan Program

This loan program will benefit small businesses in the 32-county Appalachian region of Ohio that have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Office of Small Business Relief

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Lt. Governor Jon Husted announced the creation of the Office of Small Business Relief within the Ohio Development Services Agency. The Office will coordinate state efforts to identify and provide direct support for Ohio’s nearly 950,000 small businesses.

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Families First Coronavirus Response Act

The President signed into law the Families First Coronavirus Response Act which provides provisions for paid sick leave, free testing and expanded unemployment benefits.




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Cares Act

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act allocated $350 billion to help small businesses keep workers employed amid the pandemic and economic downturn. Known as the Paycheck Protection Program, the initiative provides 100% federally guaranteed loans to small businesses who maintain their payroll during this emergency.

The Paycheck Protection Program is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll. SBA will forgive loans if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities.

The Paycheck Protection Program will be available retroactive from February 15, 2020, so employers can rehire their recently laid-off employees, through June 30, 2020. Small businesses and sole proprietors may begin applying on April 3, 2020. Independent contractors and self-employed individuals can apply beginning April 10, 2020.

The Small Business Development Center has created a spreadsheet tool for those who received the PPP loans to track spending to assist with loan forgiveness. This is a worksheet developed to help you track the spending, but It does not ensure forgiveness or the granting of a PPP loan.


CARES Act Explained

U.S. Department of Treasury - CARES Act

Paycheck Protection Program Information Sheet

Paycheck Protection Program Application Form

Paycheck Protection Program FAQ

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BG Revitalization Loan Program

Bowling Green Economic Development would like you to be aware of a special 9% interest loan available to merchants.  Loan amounts will be for $2,000 to $10,000 – First 6 month are payment-free, followed by 12 money repayment installments.  If you would like the application e-mailed to you or if you have any questions, contact the Bowling Green Economic Development office at 419-353-3591 or email


Red Cross Urgent Appeal for Blood Donations

The Red Cross is in need of healthy blood donors. Over 6000 blood drives have been cancelled across our nation due to the Coronavirus outbreak. That’s an estimated 175,000 units of blood that could go uncollected. During this Coronavirus outbreak it is safe to give blood. Precautions have been put in place to protect the public.

If you are healthy and feeling well, please make an appointment now to donate in the days ahead by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

For more information

The Ohio Department of Health
Updates from the Ohio Department of Health
COVID-19 hotline: 1-833-4-ASK-ODH

U.S. Centers for Disease Control
Updates from the CDC

Wood County Emergency Management
Updates from the Wood County EMA

Wood County Health Department
Updates from the Wood County Health Department
COVID-19 Messaging Resources
Customizable Visitor Sign to place on your doors

Wood County Hospital
Information and Updates for COVID-19