The Champaign Health District is providing these posters for area businesses to use during the COVID-19 pandemic. Click to download full version for printing.
The COVID-19 Response Services funds will be issued to TANF eligible households that have lost employment or income as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, while funding is available.
A one-time cash payment of $500 for loss of employment or income due to the COVID-19 pandemic that creates a financial hardship for families to maintain or afford basic needs (food, clothing, shelter, etc.) to TANF eligible families.
TANF eligible Assistance Groups (AG) are:
Applications are available outside of the CCDJFS lobby from 8:00 am-4:30 pm Monday-Friday and online at www.champaigndjfs.org. Applications may be dropped off at CCDJFS or emailed to Champ_PRC@jfs.ohio.gov.
The PRC COVID-19 Application and W-9 must be completed in full. If available, provide verification of loss of employment to avoid application processing delays. All loss of employment will be verified.
The Director of the Ohio Department of Health has amended and extended Ohio's "Stay at Home" orders through May 1, 2020. Click here to view the amended order.
Information from Frank LaRose, Ohio Secretary of State.
Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose has released images of the back and front of the postcard that Ohio voters will soon receive as part of the effort to complete the 2020 Ohio primary election. In-person voting on March 17 was blocked by an order from Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton to combat the spread of Coronavirus/COVID-19, following an announcement by Gov. Mike DeWine on March 16 that Ohioans over the age of 65 should remain home and barring gatherings of greater than 50 people.
The Ohio General Assembly then met to set April 28 as the date on which the primary election would be complete, and directed Secretary LaRose to mail a postcard to all registered voters in the state informing them about how to request an absentee ballot to vote by mail. The legislation, H.B. 197, passed the General Assembly with a unanimous, bipartisan vote.
The 7.8 million postcards are currently in the data validation and printing phase. They are expected to begin arriving in mailboxes next week. Printing, applicable fees and postage is estimated to be $2.4 million.
Interested voters may request a vote-by-mail ballot in one of the following ways:
-Visit VoteOhio.gov, print, and fill out the vote-by-mail ballot request form, sign it, affix postage and mail it to your county board of elections.
-Call your county board of elections and ask them to send you a ballot request form, fill out the form, sign it, affix postage and mail it to your county board of elections
Voters who can’t print their own form may write the following information on a blank sheet of paper and mail it to their board of elections:
-Date of birth
-Full registration address including county
-Address where ballot should be mailed if different from your registration address
-One of the these: Ohio driver’s license number or last four digits of your social security number or include a copy of an acceptable form of ID
-State that “I’m a qualified elector and I’m requesting an absentee ballot for the March 17 Ohio primary”
-Indicate if you want a: Democratic, Republican, Libertarian, or Issues Only ballot (choose only one)
-Phone number (optional, but suggested)
-Email address (optional, but suggested)
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Products helping those on ‘front lines’
While orders for CT sensors continue as usual at The Hall Company, Gentherm Medical in Cincinnati last week had an unusual request when making its usual annual order for a couple thousand temperature controls for cooling systems. The controls are needed next month.
“They say they’re seeing a lot of demand in emergency rooms,” Hall said of the cooling systems found in emergency rooms throughout the country. He described the Gentherm product as a cooling system on wheels with a Hall Company control device that raises and lowers the temperature of blankets used in emergency rooms.
Hall said The Hall Company has heard from many customers as the coronavirus closed the doors of many businesses.
“A lot of customers reached out to us,” he said. “They say we’re essential.”
The company is not only hearing from customers for whom medical devices are made.
Illinois Tool Works (ITW) in Piqua manufactures food processing equipment for commercial kitchens throughout the country. The Hall Company makes replacement parts for that equipment.
“They told us we’re essential to the supply chain,” Hall said. “You don’t think about how connected we all are.”
Asked whether current staffing can handle regular production as well as Gentherm’s order wanted next month, Hall said employees are handling the situation.
“We didn’t take this situation lightly,” he said of the COVID-19 threat. “We are not requiring employees to come in. We asked for volunteers. Most of our staff volunteered.”
Hall said he appreciates employees’ willingness to work, but understands the decision of those choosing to stay home during the pandemic.
“We want to help the U.S. and help the supply chain, but employee safety is our number one priority,” he said. “We’re a family business. Without our employees, we have nothing.”
Employee breaks have been staggered so people are not in one place at the same time. The once-a-day cleaning routine now is done several times a day.
“We’ve redone the layout so we can space out, and some people work from home when possible,” Hall said. “We’ll all be in different rooms talking on the phone. We take temperatures each day and check it again a couple times a day.
“We’re trying to do what’s right for everybody,” he said. “We appreciate our employees and we appreciate the people on the front lines. We’re not on the front lines, but we’re trying to give the people on the front lines the tools they need.”
Click here to read full article on Urbana Daily Citizen.
The Paycheck Protection Program prioritizes millions of Americans employed by small businesses by authorizing up to $349 billion toward job retention and certain other expenses.
Small businesses and eligible nonprofit organizations, Veterans organizations, and Tribal businesses described in the Small Business Act, as well as individuals who are self-employed or are independent contractors, are eligible if they also meet program size standards.
U.S. Treasury Department
Office of Public Affairs
Press Release: March 31, 2020
Contact: Treasury Public Affairs, (202) 622-2960
With $349 Billion in Emergency Small Business Capital Cleared, Treasury and SBA Begin Unprecedented Public-Private Mobilization Effort to Distribute Funds
WASHINGTON – Following President Trump’s signing of the historic Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza and Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin today announced that the SBA and Treasury Department have initiated a robust mobilization effort of banks and other lending institutions to provide small businesses with the capital they need.
The CARES Act establishes a new $349 billion Paycheck Protection Program. The Program will provide much-needed relief to millions of small businesses so they can sustain their businesses and keep their workers employed.
“This legislation provides small business job retention loans to provide eight weeks of payroll and certain overhead to keep workers employed,” said Secretary Mnuchin. “Treasury and the Small Business Administration expect to have this program up and running by April 3rd so that businesses can go to a participating SBA 7(a) lender, bank, or credit union, apply for a loan, and be approved on the same day. The loans will be forgiven as long as the funds are used to keep employees on the payroll and for certain other expenses.”
“This unprecedented public-private partnership is going to assist small businesses with accessing capital quickly. Our goal is to position lenders as the single point-of-contact for small businesses – the application, loan processing, and disbursement of funds will all be administered at the community level,” said Administrator Carranza. “Speed is the operative word; applications for the emergency capital can begin as early as this week, with lenders using their own systems and processes to make these loans. We remain committed to supporting our nation’s more than 30 million small businesses and their employees, so that they can continue to be the fuel for our nation’s economic engine.”
The new loan program will help small businesses with their payroll and other business operating expenses. It will provide critical capital to businesses without collateral requirements, personal guarantees, or SBA fees – all with a 100% guarantee from SBA. All loan payments will be deferred for six months. Most importantly, the SBA will forgive the portion of the loan proceeds that are used to cover the first eight weeks of payroll costs, rent, utilities, and mortgage interest.
The Paycheck Protection Program is specifically designed to help small businesses keep their workforce employed. Visit SBA.gov/Coronavirus for more information on the Paycheck Protection Program.
We are also looking for volunteers to assist with the remote learning. We need speakers to record video program sessions, share their story, share their business and share the effect this is having on them. This is a perfect opportunity to teach a student about how this pandemic is affecting our economy. If you would like to volunteer to be part of our remote programming, please contact our Development Manager, Crystal Steiner at email@example.com.
The City has given permission to explore the option as everyone works through the feasibility of such a plan. If you are State of Ohio certified in EMS or Fire and meet one of the tiered positions below, we need your help. Email Chief Dean Ortlieb at Dean.Ortlieb@ci.urbana.oh.us with your contact information and you will be placed on a list. Those that are in the reserve group will be kept in the loop as we work through details and continue to develop our contingency plans.