coronavirus

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

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COVID-19 Dashboard

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).

SOCIAL MEDIA: @GovMikeDeWine

@LtGovHusted

@OHDeptofHealth

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
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American Rescue Plan

The American Rescue Plan Act provides additional relief for the nation’s small businesses and hard-hit industries for programs the SBA is currently administering and adds new efforts, including:

  • $7.25 billion additional for the Paycheck Protection Program, including to expand eligibility to additional nonprofits and digital news services
  • Additional funds are allocated for the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program, and now allows businesses to apply for both a PPP loan after Dec. 27, 2020, and the SVOG
  • $15 billion additional for Targeted Economic Injury Disaster Loan Advance (EIDL) payments, including NEW $5 billion for Supplemental Targeted EIDL Advance payments for those hardest hit
  • NEW: $28.6 billion for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund for industry-focused grants. The program provides funding to help restaurants and other eligible businesses keep their doors open. This program will provide restaurants with funding equal to their pandemic-related revenue loss up to $10 million per business and no more than $5 million per physical location. Recipients are not required to repay the funding as long as funds are used for eligible uses no later than March 11, 2023.
    Registration for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund application portal will begin at 9 a.m. Friday, April 30. Applications can be accessed beginning at noon Monday, May 3.
    Sign up to receive email alerts from SBA as additional information about the Restaurant Revitalization Fund becomes available.
  • NEW: $100 million to establish a Community Navigator pilot program; grants will go to eligible organizations supporting efforts to improve access to COVID–19 pandemic assistance programs and resources.

SBA’s current relief efforts can be found at www.sba.gov/coronavirusrelief.

Small Business Update provided by the US Chamber of Commerce covering the American Rescue Act and Restaurant Revitalization Fund.

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COVID-19 Vaccination Program

Distribution

Wood County Health Department will hold COVID-19 vaccine clinics this week for individuals who are 16 years of age and older. All clinics will offer the Pfizer vaccine. Appointments can be scheduled in advance using the ArmorVax app, at http://www.ArmorVax.com, or by calling 419-823-9512; however, appointments do not need to be scheduled in advance – walk-ins are welcome at all clinics.

  • Wood County Courthouse (Pfizer)
    Friday, May 7, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Elmwood Middle School (Pfizer)
    Saturday, May 8, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Penta Career Center
    Saturday, May 8, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Walk-in COVID-19 vaccine clinics will be held every Monday from noon to 6 p.m. at Wood County Health Department, 1840 E. Gypsy Lane Road, Bowling Green. Appointment times may be assigned upon arrival as needed to maintain social distancing protocols. Children who are age 16 or 17 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian to be vaccinated.

For the most recent information on vaccine availability or to schedule an appointment, go to http://vaccine.woodcountyhealth.org/ or call 419-823-9512.

Provider Information

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.

Vaccine Scams

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.

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

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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 kthompson@bowlinggreen-oh.com.