Manufacturing, distribution, and construction businesses may reopen if these businesses can meet mandatory safety requirements for customers and employees. The full Responsible RestartOhio plan for manufacturing, distribution, and construction can be found at www.coronavirus.ohio.gov/ResponsibleRestartOhio.
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Paycheck Protection Program Changes Designed to Help Underserved Borrowers - February 22, 2021
Beginning Wednesday, February 24 and lasting or two weeks, only businesses with fewer than 20 employees can apply for PPP loans. This will make it easier for small, disadvantaged businesses to apply.
The way loans are calculated will be revised so businesses, such as sole proprietors and independent contractors, without employees get more relief.
$1 billion in PPP loans will be set aside for businesses without employees in low-and moderate-income areas.
Non-citizen small-business owner who are lawful U.S. residents will be able to apply for loans using individual taxpayer identification numbers.
The new program also eliminates the exclusion that prevents business owners who are delinquent on student loans and the exclusion that prevents business owner with non-fraud felony convictions from accessing the program
CURFEW FOR RESTAURANTS AND BARS EXTENDED TO 11:00 PM - January 28, 2021
Governor DeWine announced that unless COVID -19 cases would begin to rise, he will permit restaurants and bars to stay open until 11:00 PM.
K-12 STAFF VACCINATIONS – January 28, 2021
Every public school district in the state - except for one - has agreed to resume in-person schooling by March 1 which was a requirement for staff to have early access to the vaccine.
K-12 schools whose staff can be vaccinated next week have been notified.
All other schools will be contacted Friday January 29th with information on when their K-12 staff will be permitted to receive a vaccine. More details on Ohio's K-12 vaccination process will also be released on tomorrow.
The plan ensures that the maximum number of people can be vaccinated in the shortest amount of time.
The plan also makes the process as simple as possible for staff to be vaccinated and is organized to allow most K-12 staff in a county to be vaccinated within seven days of their assigned vaccination start date.
PANDEMIC IMPACTS ON K-12 STUDENTS
Ohio has prioritized getting K-12 students back in schools by March 1 because many adolescents’ social-emotional and mental well-being has been impacted by the pandemic.
According to the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, the change of routine and the constant uncertainty of the pandemic produces anxiety, and the disconnection from learning, emotional, and social supports can lead to depression. In addition, missed significant life events like graduations, proms, art performances, science competitions, sports, and more can result in grief.
Trained counselors with Ohio's CareLine are available 24/7 at 1-800-720-9616. They can help with a crisis, provide guidance, and connect callers to help in the community.
Ohio Department of Health Extend Ohio's 10 pm to 5 am Curfew Trough January 30 – January 22, 2021
The curfew does not apply to those going to and from work, those who have an emergency, or those who need medical care. The curfew is not intended to stop anyone from getting groceries or going to the pharmacy.
Picking up carry-out or a drive-thru meal and ordering for delivery is permitted, but serving food and drink within an establishment must cease at 10:00 pm.
Vaccines for Those in Phase 1B –Posted January 8, 2021
Vaccines for Ohioans 80 years of age and older will be administered by physicians, local health departments, hospitals, federally qualified health centers, in-home health service providers, and some retail pharmacies. As January 7, the Ohio Department of Health has approximately 1,700 providers registered to distribute vaccines.
Governor DeWine anticipates vaccinations will be available to Ohioans 75 years of age and older beginning Monday, January 25. The following week, vaccinations will be available to those 65 years of age and older.
The week of January 25 will also include vaccinations for Ohioans with severe congenital, developmental, or early onset medical disorders. Additional details about distribution for this group will be forthcoming.
During the week of February 1, Governor DeWine announced that vaccinations will be available for personnel in Ohio schools. The Ohio Department of Heath will send forms to Ohio superintendents to indicate their school plans to go back to in full in-person and hybrid learning by March 1, as well as indicate the number of staff they believe will choose to take the vaccination. Superintendents will also be asked if a community partner has been identified to help with the administering of the COVID-19 vaccines to school personnel.
Statewide Curfew Extended Unitl January 23, 2021 - Posted on December 30, 2020
Governor DeWine announced tha the Ohio Department of Health has extended the 10pm to 5am statwide curfw until January 23, 2021. The extension is necessary until Ohio can determine if it will see a post-holiday case surge that impacts hospitals.
Ohio's Statewide Curfew Is Extended to January 2, 2021 - December 10, 2020
Governor Dewine announced that the Ohio Department of Health is extending the 10pm to 5am statewide curfew until January 2, 2021.
Medina County Rises to Purple Level 4 - December 3, 2020
Level 4 Public Emergency: Sever exposure and spread: Only leave home for supplies and services.
Masks for Small Business Customers - November 24, 2020
City of Medina small business owners are still able to obtain boxes of masks for customer use by calling 330-722-9029. Masks have been made available by City Council to assist the city's small business owners in their struggle to stay open and operational.
Medina County Health Department Issues Stay-At-Home Advisory - November 18, 2020
Click HERE to view the Medina County Health Department's Stay-At-Home advisory. A similair order has bben issued by the State of Ohio
Governor Signs New Health Order - November 16, 2020
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced that Ohio Department of Health Interim Director Lance Himes signed a revised health order to limit mass gatherings in Ohio. In order to minimize the spread of COVID-19 through airborne particles passing between people in close contact, wedding receptions, funeral repasts, and other events at banquet facilities are subject to the following restrictions:
- No socializing or activities in open congregate areas and no dancing.
- Guests must be seated at all times. Traditional wedding reception events such as first dance, toasts, tossing the bouquet and cutting the cake are permitted.
- If serving food and beverages, guests must be served at their seats. No self-serve buffets and no self-serve bar areas permitted.
- Masks must be worn at all times unless actively consuming food or beverages.
- No more than 10 people should be seated at a table and those individuals must be from the same household.
This order does not apply to religious observances; First Amendment protected speech, including petition or referendum circulators, and any activity by media; and to governmental meetings which include meetings that are required to be open to the public. This order goes into effect November 17, 2020 at 12:01 am.
Medina County Climbs to Level 3 (RED) - November 5, 2020
In Level 3, or red, counties meet four or five indicators. The risk is very high for exposure and spread and residents should limit activities as much as possible and wear a mask when they go out in public.
Alert: Upcoming State of Ohio COVID-19 Relief Funds - October 26, 2020
On November 2, Ohioans can begin to apply for Small Business Relief Grants, Bar and Restaurant Assistance Grants, and Home Relief Grants. Click HERE to learn more.
Governor Reminds Everyone To Get Their Flu Shot - September 11, 2020
With flu season approaching, Governor DeWine reminded Ohioans of the importance of getting a flu shot this year. The Governor, First Lady Fran DeWine, and Lt. Governor Jon Husted, all received their flu shots this afternoon. Those who are elderly and need help getting to their physician's office can contact their local Area Agency on Aging at 866-243-5678 to access transportation resources and other services. Anyone without a primary healthcare provider can visit vaccinefinder.org to find nearby pharmacies and other healthcare locations offering the flu vaccine
Medina County Health Commissioner Explains the Importance of Self-Quarantining - September 8, 2020
Governor Announces Guidleines for Reporting School-Related CIVID-19 Cases - September 4, 2020
Governor DeWine announced details for Ohio's forthcoming case reporting order for K-12 schools. Beginning Tuesday, September 8, parents or guardians and school staff should notify their school within 24 hours of receiving a positive test or a clinical diagnosis. Within 24 hours after receiving that notification, the school should notify other parents and guardians about that case in writing, providing as much information as possible without releasing protected health information. The school must also notify their local health department within 24 hours.
Beginning Tuesday, September 15, and each Tuesday thereafter, local health departments will report the number of newly reported and cumulative cases to the Ohio Department of Health. The Ohio Department of Health will publish this data by school or school district, including a breakdown by students and staff, each Thursday. The order will also require each school district or school to identify a COVID-19 coordinator to facilitate the reporting of case information, and upon request, schools or buildings are required to provide the local health department a copy of their pandemic plan.
Medina County CARES Act Small Business Grants - August 28, 2020
CARES Act money totaling $1.5 million that came to Medina County has been awarded to Medina County business through the Medina County Small Business Grant Program. Designed to help businesses with under $1.5 million in revenue and fewer than 50 employees, the grants were to help businesses recover from the shutdown and pandemic. Applications were accepted from July 20, 2020 through August 14, 2020. 441 companies applied and 281 completed the application process to be judged. The average grant awarded was $5,300. The average request was roughly $8,000. We are pleased to announce that Medina City businesses represented 26%.of the awardees.
Oders Issued for the Operation of Entertainment Venues
Click HERE to read the complete order for the opening of Entertainment Venues
Medina County Drops Back to a Level 2 - August 13
Governor DeWine announced that Medina County has dropped back to a COVID-19 Level 2 Orange County. However, new cases are being seen everyday. It is imperative that everyone continue to be very vigilant, wear a mask and practice social distancing.
Unemployment Claimants to Receive $300 a Week Instead of $600 - August 11, 2020
Over the weekend, President Donald Trump issued an executive memo regarding unemployment compensation funding for the states using Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Disaster Relief Fund (DRF) funds.
Governor DeWine's office said Ohio will work with the federal government to allow an unemployed claimant to receive $300 a week from the FEMA-funded benefits, down from the $600 extra per week provided by the CARES Act, which expired
Governor DeWine Cautions Ohio Residents About Informal Gatherings - July 24
Gov. DeWine has urged citizens to use extreme caution when considering attending or hosting an informal gathering. The Governor said that Ohio is seeing serious exposures to the virus that are arising from every day events like church services, small house parties, neighborhood get-togethers, weddings, etc.
Governor DeWine Issues Statewide Mandate to Wear Face Coverings – July 22, 2020
Due to the number of reported cases and the rising death count Governor DeWine has announced that beginning Thursday, July 23 at 6pm, Ohio residents statewide will be required to wear facial coverings when out in public.
Currently, over one-fifth of Ohio counties and approximately 60% of the state's population are already under a mask mandate. There are some exceptions to the mask order including individuals under 10, individuals with a medical condition or disability, individuals who are exercising and individuals who are eating and drinking.
State of Ohio to Distribute PPE Toolkits to Small Businesses - July 17, 2020
Lt. Governor Husted announced that next week, in an effort to help Ohio’s small businesses and their workers operate in a safe environment, JobsOhio and its six network partners will distribute 15,000 PPE toolkits, for a total of 1.5 million 3-ply masks, 150,000 KN95 masks, and 15,000 bottles of hand sanitizer. This initiative brings together partners at the local level as well as partners in the chamber of commerce and urban leagues across the state. These kits have already been allocated to small businesses across the state.
MEDINA COUNTY IS NOW SURROUNDED BY THREE RED ALERRT COUNTIES. HERE'S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW - July 10, 2020
EXECUTIVE ORDERS MANDATING MASKS FOR ALL RED ALERT COUNTIES TO BE ENFORCED AT LOCAL LEVEL BY HEALTH DEPARTMENTS
Gov. DeWine has announced new Ohio Department of Health orders that 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.
The Governor's office has stated that it will be up to the city and county health departments to enforce this mask mandate, not law enforcement. Those local health departments will have the authority to charge people with misdemeanors and fines, and would be able to ask law enforcement for help enforcing the order in "extreme situations". According to the Governor's office, the intent behind the order is not to punish those who refuse to wear masks, but rather to made mask-wearing the norm.
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.
Any county that increases to Red Alert Level 3 will automatically be included in the face-covering mandate, while any county that decreases from Red Alert Level 3 to Orange Alert Level 2 will automatically be released from the face-covering requirement.
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.
Nursing Homes To Begin Oudoor Visitation - June 29
Governor DeWine announced that beginning July 20, 2020, nursing homes are permitted to begin outdoor visitation as long as all safety standards are met. When assessing their readiness to permit outdoor visitation, nursing homes should consider: case status in the surrounding community; case status in the nursing home; staffing levels; access to adequate testing for residents and staff; personal protective equipment supplies; local hospital capacity. The order and related guidance will be made available at coronavirus.ohio.gov. Questions may also be directed to the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman, an office within the Ohio Department of Aging, at 1-800-282-1206.
SBA and Treasury Announce New EZ and Revised Full Forgiveness Applications for the Paycheck Protection Program - June 18, 2020
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), in consultation with the Department of the Treasury, posted a revised, borrower-friendly Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan forgiveness application implementing the PPP Flexibility Act of 2020, signed into law by President Trump on June 5, 2020. In addition to revising the full forgiveness application, SBA also published a new EZ version of the forgiveness application that applies to borrowers that:
Are self-employed and have no employees; OR
Did not reduce the salaries or wages of their employees by more than 25%, and did not reduce the number or hours of their employees; OR
Experienced reductions in business activity as a result of health directives related to COVID-19, and did not reduce the salaries or wages of their employees by more than 25%.
The EZ application requires fewer calculations and less documentation for eligible borrowers. Details regarding the applicability of these provisions are available in the instructions to the new EZ application form.
Both applications give borrowers the option of using the original 8-week covered period (if their loan was made before June 5, 2020) or an extended 24-week covered period. These changes will result in a more efficient process and make it easier for businesses to realize full forgiveness of their PPP loan.
Ohio BWC Defers Premium Installments - June 11,2020
The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) is deferring Ohio employers' premium installments for the months of June, July, and August. Businesses will have the option to defer the monthly premium payments with no financial penalties. “By extending the premium due date, businesses can continue to focus on the safety and well-being of their employees and customers during this health pandemic,” said Governor DeWine.
This is the second payment deferral BWC has given to employers amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The deferral is designed to help employers focus financial resources on re-opening their businesses under the Responsible RestartOhio Plan
Other Entertainment Facilies May Open On June 19 If They Have Approved Plan - June 5, 2020
On June 19, the following entertainment facilities will be allowed to reopen once they submit plans for how they will be keeping people safe:
Entertainment Venues Permitted to Open on June 10 If They Can Meet Required Guidelines - June 5, 2020
The following entertainment venues may open beginning June 10, if they are able to follow Retail, Consumer, Service & Entertainment Guidelines along with any other applicable additional guidance:
Ice skating rinks
Indoor family entertainment centers
Indoor sports facilities
Laser tag facilities
Movie theaters (indoor)
Public recreation centers
Roller skating rinks
OHIO BUSINESS FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES June 3, 2020
Lt. Governor Jon Husted announced the creation of three programs to help small and medium-sized businesses in Ohio during the COVID-19 pandemic. The programs will be administered by the Ohio Development Services Agency:
Ohio PPE Retooling and Reshoring Grant Program
Ohio Minority Micro-Enterprise Grant Program
Appalachian Region Loan Program
Ohio small businesses can learn more about these and other resources available through the Office of Small Business Relief and Development at Coronavirus.Ohio.Gov/BusinessHelp
Workers Comp Premium Installmenst Deferred - June 1, 2020
The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) is deferring Ohio employers' premium installments for the months of June, July, and August. Businesses will have the option to defer the monthly premium payments with no financial penalties. This is the second payment deferral BWC has given to employers amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Ohio Protecting Ohioans Order in Place - May 23, 2020
Gov. DeWine has replaced Ohio's "Safe at Home" order with an "Urgent Health Advisory: Ohioans Protecting Ohioans." While the previous mandates in the "Safe at Home" order are no longer mandatory, the ban on mass-gatherings and rules for restaurants and bars will remain in place. You can read the new advisory HERE.
Several New Sector Opening Dates in Ohio Have Been Announced - May 22, 2020
Beginning Tuesday, May 26, miniature golf, batting cages, and bowling alleys may resume operations if they can meet required safety protocols.
Beginning Tuesday, May 26, skills training for all sports, including contact sports, may resume if required safety protocols can be met. Tournaments, games, and competitions for contact sports are still prohibited.
Beginning Monday, June 1, catering and banquet centers may reopen if they can meet required safety protocols. Protocols include six feet between tables, no congregating, and a crowd size of no more than 300 people.
Guidance for baseball, golf, general non-contact sports, and skills training are attached. Full guidelines to ensure that these sectors operate in the safest manner possible are/will be available at coronavirus.ohio.gov.
Ohioans Protecting Ohioans Urgent Health Advisory - May 21, 2020
NOTE: This Order Rescinds and Modifies Portions of the Stay Safe Ohio Order
Ohioans Protecting Ohioans Urgent Health Advisor" recommends that Ohioans continue to stay home as much as possible, but maintains mandates limiting large groups and requiring safe business conditions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the State of Ohio:.
Elderly people and those who are vulnerable as a result of illness should take additional precautions. People at high risk of severe illness from COVID-19, including those who are elderly and those who are sick, are strongly urged (but not required) to stay in their residence to the extent possible except as necessary to seek medical care. According to the CDC, those at high-risk for severe illness from COVID-19 include people who are 65 years or older and people of all ages with underlying medical conditions, particularly if not well controlled, including:
- People with chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma;
- People who have serious heart conditions;
- People who are immune compromised;
- People with severe obesity (body mass index [BM!] of 40 or higher);
- People with diabetes;
- People with chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis; and
- People with liver disease
The elderly and those with underlying health conditions are urged to avoid places where they are likely to be exposed to an increased number of people. When out in public, they should wear a mask unless not otherwise indicated. They should also practice good hand-washing hygiene.
All other Ohioans who are not considered high-risk are advised to take precautions to limit the spread of this disease and rely on their sense of personal responsibility and accountability to others when leaving home. Because individuals can carry the virus and spread it prior to or without showing symptoms, this Urgent Health Advisory recommends, but does not require, that Ohioans who are not considered high-risk stay at their place of residence when possible with the intent of lowering the rate of spread of COVID-19.
Governor to Appoint Enforcement Team to Ensure Bars & Restaurants Are Operating Safely - May 19, 2020
Governor DeWine announced that he is assembling an enforcement team to ensure that bars and restaurants are operating safely under the Responsible RestartOhio plan. The enforcement team will operate as part of the Ohio Department of Safety's Ohio Investigative Unit (OIU) and will conduct safety compliance checks in crowded bars and restaurants. Businesses found violating the Stay Safe Ohio order or the Dine Safe Ohio order will receive administrative citations that could result in the revocation of liquor licenses. The OIU team will also work with municipal prosecutors to take potential criminal actions against business owners who do not follow the order, which includes the requirement that patrons remain seated while eating/drinking and that parties stay six feet apart.
SBA and Treasury Release Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness Application - May 18, 2020
Friday, May 15, 2020, the Small Business Administration (SBA), in consultation with the Department of the Treasury, released the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan Forgiveness Application and detailed instructions for the application.
The form and instructions inform borrowers how to apply for forgiveness of their PPP loans, consistent with the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). SBA will also soon issue regulations and guidance to further assist borrowers as they complete their applications, and to provide lenders with guidance on their responsibilities.
- The form and instructions include several measures to reduce compliance burdens and simplify the process for borrowers, including:
Options for borrowers to calculate payroll costs using an “alternative payroll covered period” that aligns with borrowers’ regular payroll cycles
- Flexibility to include eligible payroll and non-payroll expenses paid or incurred during the eight-week period after receiving their PPP loan
- Step-by-step instructions on how to perform the calculations required by the CARES Act to confirm eligibility for loan forgiveness
- Borrower-friendly implementation of statutory exemptions from loan forgiveness reduction based on rehiring by June 30
- Addition of a new exemption from the loan forgiveness reduction for borrowers who have made a good-faith, written offer to rehire workers that was declined
The PPP was created by the CARES Act to provide forgivable loans to eligible small businesses to keep American workers on the payroll during the COVID-19 pandemic. The documents released today will help small businesses seek forgiveness at the conclusion of the eight week covered period, which begins with the disbursement of their loans.
CLICK HERE to view the application and instructions.
Cleveland Clinic Offers Resources and Back-to-Work Guidelines - May 14,2020
To support you and community residents as reopening begins, we want to remind you of the resources we have at the Cleveland Clinic. Feel free to use and share the links below for COVID 19 information and the back-to-work guidelines. Tips on cleaning, social distancing and emotional health are among the many topics. Helpful videos can be accessed from the links below.
There is also an employer webinar series, Getting Back to Work Safely: What Employers need to know about COVID-19 with our health experts. The first one –recorded on May 6 - is available for viewing now. Please click here. The second installment of the webinar series on COVID-19 Update: Emotional Well-Being in the Workplace will be available for viewing shortly.
Pendamic Unemployment Assistance fo Unemployed Who Do Not Qualify for Traditional Unemployment Benefits - May 13, 2020
The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services has launched its Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) application tool for individuals who are unemployed due to COVID-19 but who do not qualify for traditional unemployment benefits. Unlike regular benefits, which rely on employers’ reported earnings for each employee quarterly, PUA relies on individual income tax records and proof of employment provided by claimants.
The benefit amount will be similar to traditional unemployment benefits, plus an additional $600 per week through July 25. For those eligible, PUA benefits will be retroactive to the date they qualified, as early as February 2. The program will provide up to 39 weeks of benefits to many who historically have not qualified for unemployment benefits, such as self-employed workers, 1099 tax filers, part-time workers, and those who lack sufficient work history. Individuals who have exhausted all regular unemployment and any weekly extensions also may be eligible for the program.
To apply, please go to https://pua.unemployment.ohio.gov/. When you visit this website, in the lower left corner of the page, click the button that says “Click Here to Apply for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance.” Ohioans without Internet access can dial 1-833-604-0774.
Ohio Department of Job and Family Services
Governor DeWine Orders Responsible RestartOhio - May 7, 2020
Sector specific operating requirements have been developed for busineses to reopen. Click HERE to view all sectors.
PUCO ISSUES GUIDANCE ON WATER SUPPLY FLUSHING - May 6, 2020
The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) has issued the following memo regarding water supply flushing:
As businesses and buildings reopen under the "Responsible RestartOhio" plan due to the COVID-19 pandemic, that have had little to no water usage, it is important to flush water that has been stagnant. Low water usage can contribute to bacterial growth, including Legionella which can cause a serious type of pneumonia called Legionnaires' disease. It can also cause other water quality issues with potential health risks due to the build-up of lead and copper in stagnant water that's been collecting in older pipes and fixtures.
As buildings reopen, it is critical to drain, flush, and if necessary based on a review of building conditions, disinfect the hot and cold-water systems to remove harmful contaminants. Devices that store water, such as drinking water fountains, water heaters, storage tanks, and any droplet or mist-forming devices such as cooling towers, humidifiers, showerheads, and certain medical and manufacturing devices and process equipment should also be flushed and disinfected in accordance with manufacturer's recommendations or industry best practices.
The Ohio Department of Health and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency has issued a letter with more information, which you can access HERE, as well as "Guidance for Premise Plumbing Water Service Restoration", which you can access HERE.
Manufacturing, Distribution & Construction Open Today - May 4, 2020
Clarification on Wearing Face Masks or Covering in the Workplace - April 30, 2020
As Ohio begings to reopen business and manufacturing, the State is providing clarification on the need to wear face masks or face coverings. Click HERE for the most recent directive.
Ohio Issues List of Entities That Will Remain Close Until Further Notice - April 28, 2020
Click HERE to view list
Ohio to Increase Testing for Coronavirus - April 25, 2020
In order to increase testing capacity, Ohio is partnering with Thermo Fisher to produce reagents and ROE Dental Laboratory to produce swabs. Ohio will also be partnering with an organization called Partners in Health to increase the ability to trace contact exposure to COVID-19. This testing will dramatically increase Ohio's ability to test in its priority areas, including nursing homes, hot spots, congregate living settings, food and grocery stores, and essential manufacturing facilities.
Additional Funding Approved for the Paychck Protection Program - April 24, 2020
Another round of federal funding has been approved for the Paycheck Protection Program. Chick HERE more information and sample forms. Contact your banker immediately if you plan to apply.
Ohioans Can Now Apply for Unemployment 24/7 - April 23, 2020
Click HERE to be taken to Apllication Page. It is also possible to file by phone at 877-644-6562 or TTY at 888- 642-8203, Monday through Friday 7AM to 7PM, Saturday 9AM to 5PM, and Sunday 9AM to 1PM. Employers with questions should email UCTech@jfs.ohio.gov.
Workers' Comp Checks to Go Out Soon - April 22, 2020
Less than two weeks ago, the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation Board of Directors approved to send up to $1.6 billion in dividends to Ohio employers. Governor DeWine has announced that a total of more than 170,000 checks will be mailed over the next five days. This dividend is intended to ease the impact of COVID-19 on Ohio’s business community and the economy. The dividend equals approximately 100% of the premiums paid in policy year 2018. Approximately $1.4 billion will go to private employers and nearly $200 million will go to local government taxing districts, such as counties, cities, townships, and schools.
SharedWork Ohio - Fedeal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation - April 20, 2020
SharedWork Ohio (SWO) is a voluntary layoff avoidance program that allows workers to remain employed and employers to retain trained staff during times of reduced business activity. Under an SWO plan, eligible employers will reduce affected employee’s weekly work hours between 10 and 50 percent. Participating employees will work the reduced schedule and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services will pay them a prorated unemployment benefit. Click HERE for more information.
Governor DeWine Announces a Phase-In Opening of Stte's Economy - April 17, 2020
Beginning May 1st, the state will begin a phased-in reopening of the state economy. The plan will be fact-driven over a long period of time to minimize the health risk to business owners, employees, and their customers. In consultation with Dr. Acton, Lt. Governor Jon Husted will lead the governor’s board of economic advisors to identify best practices, similar to the current requirements on essential business operations to ensure Ohioans health and safety as businesses begin the process of reopening.
Bureau of Workers Compensation 2020 Employer Dividend - April 15, 2020
Governor DeWine has asked the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation to send up to $1.6 million to Ohio employers this spring to ease the economic impact of COVID-19 on Ohio's economy and business community. Details HERE
New Information From IRS on Economic Impact Payments - April 13, 2020
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) launched a new tool to help those who do not typically file income tax returns to register for the Economic Impact Payments. Eligible U.S. citizens or permanent residents who had gross income that did not exceed $12,200 ($24,400 for married couples) for 2019, or who were not otherwise required to file a federal income tax return for 2019, and didn’t plan to, should utilize this new portal to ensure you receive your economic impact payment. After providing your information through the secure portal, you will not need to take any further action to receive your payment. More information and link to the IRS website HERE
SBA Relief Options - April 10, 2020
If you haven't yet applied for the SBA Relief Options for Small Business, review this material to see what is available. Click HERE to access information
Ohio Health Department Stay at Home Order Extended to May 1, 2020
Read complete order HERE
Kudos to City Manufacturers for Stepping Up to Aid in Dealing with COVID-19
FireDex, a maker of turnout gear for fire fighters, has modified their production to make medical gowns and chemical-resistant coveralls worn by healthcare workers and first responders.
Spray Products Corp. is awaiting approval from the FDA to produce hand sanitizer in an aerosol can.
Click HERE to watch a message from Mayor Hanwell for our business owners in the City - April 3, 2020
Medina County Health Department
The Medina County Health Department is staffed for EMERGENCY questions only 24/7. Use the Health Department main line, 330-723-9688.
A call center, staffed by health care and infectious disease professionals, is open seven days a week from 9am to 8pm and can be reached at 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634.
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, Lt. Governor Jon Husted, and Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton are holding daily updates on this developing situation. These are usually held These can be viewed at www.ohiochannel.org
Information for Businesses and Unemployed Workers
SCORE has a series of free webinars for small businesses and a Coronavirus Small Business Resource Hub - April 3, 2020
Click HERE for a list of webinars and the Hub
Federal Stimulus Package (CARES Act) for Small Businesses -April 2, 2020
This federal stimulus package includes loans for small businesses that can be used to assist with rent, utilities, payroll and other expenses. Click HERE to read.
JobsOhio Announces Webpage for Employer Resources - Aprril 2, 2020
JobsOhio has released a webpage with COVID-19-related resources for employers, including Ohio's municipalities, which you can find HERE. The webpage will be continuously updated with information such as economic impact reports and industry sector-specific guidance to help employers keep their workforce safe.
Ohio Bureau of Worker's Compensation Payments - March 29, 2020
The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) has announcee that insurance premium installment payments due for March, April and May for the current policy year may be deferred until June 1, 2020, at which time the matter will be reconsidered. This is for public and private employers. BWC will not lapse (cancel) coverage or assess penalties for amounts not paid because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Installment payments due for the three-month period total approximately $200 million. For more information click HERE
Small Business Disaster Loans - March 28, 2020
Heritage Ohio presented a webinar on March 24 that gives detailed instructions on how to complete the Small Business Administration Economic Injury Disaster Loan. You may want to view it before attemping the application, It can be viewed HERE
Small Business Administration (SBA) has now approved the Economic Injury Loan Assistance program. It may be used by Ohio small business owners and nonprofits to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable, and other bills that can't be paid because of the disaster impact. The interest rate is 3.75% for small businesses without credit available elsewhere; businesses with credit available elsewhere are not eligible. The current rate for nonprofits is 2.75%.
The loans are long term, with up to 30 years for repayment. Terms are determined on a case-by-case basis, based on the borrower's ability to repay. Loans can be completed online, or applicants can obtain a paper application and assistance by calling he Cleveland office at 1-216-522-4190. For more information about the loan program visit disasterloan.sba.gob/ela. Be sure to apply for an Economic Disaster Loan if you qualify.
Ohio Coronavirus Unemployment Benefits
Residents who find themselves unemployed as a result of the Governor’s orders to close businesses can apply for Coronavirus Unemployment Insurance Benefits. If you are receiving unemployment benfits, they will be extended for six months. For more information, visit: jfs.ohio.gov/ouio/CoronavirusAndUI.stm
Emergency Business Continuity Plan
When business is disrupted, it can cost money. Lost revenues plus extra expenses means reduced profits. A business continuity plan to continue business is essential. More information HERE
State, Federal, and City Taxes - Updated April 2, 2020
Federal, State and City Income Tax filing has been extended from April 15 to July 15, 2020. If you are expecting a refund, it is recommended that you apply as soon as possible, as refunds will be processed quickly.
- Net profit taxpayers (calendar year) who have opted to file with the State Tax Commissioner will have until 7/15/20 to file and pay their 2019 municipal income tax return with the State.
- Net profit taxpayers (calendar year) who file directly with the tax administrator of the municipal corporation will have until 7/15/20 to file and pay their 2019 municipal income tax return.
- First and second quarter estimated tax payments (individuals and calendar year net profit tax filers) will both be due by 7/15/20.
The U.S. Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service are allowing all individual and other non-corporated tax filers to defer up to $1 million of federal income tax, including self-employment tax payments, due on April 15, 2020, until July 15, 2020.
Utility Relief During Coronavirus Emergency
First Energy Corp/Ohio Edison is discontinuing power shutoffs for customers who are past due on their electric bills. Click HERE for more information. If you have trouble paying your bill, the company is willing to work with you. Various payment options are available. Beware of scammers who prey on fears to achieve their illegal gains. Please remain alert to calls that are demanding payment to avoid immediate shutoff. If you sense something isn't right or you would like to discuss payment options, please call customer service at 1-800-633-4766
Columbia Gas of Ohio is suspending shutoffs for nonpayment in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, they are offering to customers who indicate either an impact or hardship as a result of COVID-19 a flexible payment plans, and will suspend late payment charges until May 1.
City of Medina Water Service disonnections shall be suspended from March 15 thru June 30, 2020. Water users will continue to be billed at the normal rate for water usage during this time period and shall include charges for interest and penalties.
Medina City Water/Trash Bill payments may be paid in a number of ways.
Deposit you payment slip and check in the One Stop Utility Drop marked City Water in the parking lot of Medina Municipal Court Parking Lot
Online payments may be made by check or credit card (Master Card or Visa) for no additonal charge
Call the 24-hour phone line at 855-922-1075 for no extra charge
During business hours payments can be taken by phone at 330-722-9053