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Author: Christen Fischer

Governor DeWine’s July 7th Press Conference

Governor DeWine announced that effective on Wednesday, July 8, 2020, at 6:00 p.m., a new Ohio Department of Health order will mandate face coverings in public in all counties that are designated as a Red Alert Level 3 Public Health Emergency or a Purple Alert Level 4 Public Health Emergency. You may view the map here.  

Currently, seven counties in Ohio (Butler, Cuyahoga, Franklin, Hamilton, Huron, Montgomery, and Trumbull) are designated at Red Alert Level 3 which indicates that those in these counties have a very high risk of exposure and spread. As of today, no counties have reached Purple Alert Level 4, however, Franklin County is approaching this top tier. 

Those in counties designated as Red Alert Level 3 or Purple Alert Level 4 are required to wear a face covering in any indoor location that is not a residence; when outdoors and unable to consistently maintain a distance of six feet or more from individuals who are not members of their household; or while waiting for, riding, driving, or operating public transportation, a taxi, a private car service, or ride-sharing vehicle.

The order does not apply to children under the age of 10 or any other minor who cannot safely wear a face covering. The order also reflects the mask guidance in place for employees and businesses which does not require a person to wear a mask if their physician advises against it, if wearing a mask is prohibited by federal regulation, if communicating with the hearing impaired, when alone in an office or personal workspace, and other similar measures.

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Tuesday’s Important Updates

GOLF OUTING: Please note that the Chamber’s annual Golf Classic has been postponed to Tuesday, September 22nd. If you are a golfer, sponsor or volunteer, you need not do anything unless the new date prevents you from participating. If you are unable to play or have other conflicts, please contact the Chamber offices at 740.282.6226. If you’d like to register a team, donate a prize, inquire about sponsorship or volunteer opportunities or print an informational brochure and registration page, please click here.

COFFEE & CONNECTIONS: There will be no Coffee & Connections tomorrow. Please watch your email for details on when we will begin this program again.

EMPLOYMENT NEEDS: Next, the Chamber, its Education & Workforce Training Committee and Ohio Means Jobs are working together on some creative and helpful programs to assist you in getting the word out about your employment needs and job openings. Please email your information on positions you are interested in filling to tmaple@jeffersoncountychamber.com with “Job Bank Information” in the subject line. Include the following:

  • You business name
  • Job title
  • Job description/hours/shifts
  • Pay rate, if possible
  • Skills/education needed
  • How to apply
  • The contact person at your business regarding hiring and their email address/phone number

Last, check out the new Ohio Dept. of Job & Family Services COVID-19 Labor Market Information website by clicking here. This site will provide you with a link to data on job posting information for all 88 Ohio counties.  You will get a quick snapshot of job posting trends for businesses, occupations and industries.  The data will give you a sense of what is happening to your local economy during the pandemic.

Governor DeWine’s June 29th Press Conference

Governor DeWine announced that he is extending existing health orders through this week as his administration finalizes vital plans to help local schools safely reopen, as well as plans to keep Ohioans healthy and safe. Details on this new phase are anticipated to be released on Thursday.  

Last week was the first week of increasing COVID-19 hospital utilization in Ohio after over two months of decreasing utilization since late April. From June 21, 2020, to June 27, 2020, Ohio had approximately 500 to 550 total COVID-19 patients in hospitals statewide. This week, there are approximately 650 COVID-19 patients in hospitals statewide. 

Although COVID-19 utilization in hospitals is increasing, there is still adequate overall capacity available across the state as of today. No region has reached the concern threshold of 80 percent overall utilization for ICU beds, however lessons of recent history in NYC, Houston, and Arizona indicate that this can quickly change.

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Happy Fourth of July!

It’s been a rough 2020 (so far) we all have a long road ahead. From the Chamber family to yours, we hope you take a little time next week to relax, enjoy your family, and reflect on what it means to be an American – both now and in the future.

Please Note: The Chamber offices will be closed next Friday, July 3rd, in observance of the Fourth of July holiday. We will reopen on Monday, July 6th, at 9 a.m. In The Know will also take the holiday off. Our next issue will be Friday, July 10th.

Governor DeWine’s June 16th Press Conference

More than 65,000 children a day are expected to take part in Ohio’s Summer Food Service Program. With more than 1,500 sites across the state, many of the programs have set up new guidelines for distributing food to kids. Additional information can be found at education.ohio.gov/kidseat or by calling 866-3-HUNGRY.   

Governor DeWine released the latest basic reproduction number or R0 (pronounced “R naught”) for eight regions of Ohio. The R0 represents the number of people, on average, that a person will spread a disease to. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that COVID-19’s R0, without interventions, to be 2.5. With Ohio’s interventions, the R0 for the state measured at 0.87 on June 7. Ohio is beginning to see the R0 plateau in Region 7 and 8.  Click here for an updated R0 regional map.

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BREAKING: SBA has Reopened the EIDL to Assist Small Businesses

The U.S. Small Business Administration reopened the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Advance program portal to all eligible applicants experiencing economic impacts due to COVID-19 today.(see article below).

To further meet the needs of U.S. small businesses and non-profits, the U.S. Small Business Administration reopened the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Advance program portal to all eligible applicants experiencing economic impacts due to COVID-19 today.

“The SBA is strongly committed to working around the clock, providing dedicated emergency assistance to the small businesses and non-profits that are facing economic disruption due to the COVID-19 impact.  With the reopening of the EIDL assistance and EIDL Advance application portal to all new applicants, additional small businesses and non-profits will be able to receive these long-term, low interest loans and emergency grants – reducing the economic impacts for their businesses, employees and communities they support,” said SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza.  “Since EIDL assistance due to the pandemic first became available to small businesses located in every state and territory, SBA has worked to provide the greatest amount of emergency economic relief possible.  To meet the unprecedented need, the SBA has made numerous improvements to the application and loan closing process, including deploying new technology and automated tools.”

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“We Are All Essential” T-Shirt Project

The Chamber’s “We Are All Essential” t-shirt project continues to grow as the the Chamber staff and volunteers delivered our “community pride” shirts this week to member restaurants, bakeries, retailers and more. And beginning today , you may purchase your own for yourself, staff, family or friends. Every purchase will help us keep our inventory big enough that all of our local member businesses have enough shirts for their staff. It truly is “members helping members.”

In addition, you may choose from THREE styles: a regular t-shirt, a long-sleeved tee and a hoodie. The cooler temperatures will be here before you know it and want to keep our message going strong for months to come. All shirts are high-quality, Hanes, pre-shrunk cotton.

A big thank you again to our very generous sponsors who made this exciting project possible.

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Governor DeWine’s June 9th Press Conference

Governor DeWine yesterday directed Ohio’s Collaborative Community-Police Advisory Board to begin developing uniform minimum standards related to mass protests. Members of the collaborative will examine issues surrounding best practices for interaction between law enforcement and crowds that fail to disperse, when tactics involving tear gas, pepper spray, and non-lethal projectiles are necessary and when these tactics should be considered excessive, and how to better protect members of the media from injury. 

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Governor DeWine’s May 28th Press Conference

Governor DeWine announced that the State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy has clarified rules that allow pharmacists to order and administer tests for COVID-19. To help Ohioans find testing locations, a map has been added to coronavirus.ohio.gov that lists COVID-19 testing centers in Ohio.

Ohio has utilized COVID-19 testing priorities to manage limited testing capacity. Under the guidance of clinical experts, Governor DeWine announced that Ohio has modified these groups in light of changes in testing availability and evolving knowledge of COVID-19 and its impact on Ohioans. Testing must be first available to individuals described in Priority Groups 1, 2 and 3, but Ohio is expanding to allow partners and communities to test Ohioans in Priority Group 4 which includes testing “Individuals in the community to decrease community spread, including individuals with symptoms who do not meet any of the above categories.

Governor DeWine announced a plan to lift restrictions on visitation at assisted living homes in Ohio. Beginning June 8, 2020, properly prepared assisted living facilities and intermediate care facilities for individuals with developmental disabilities can begin to allow outdoor visitation. The lifted restriction do not yet apply to nursing homes.

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