COVID-19 Resources

The Youngstown-Warren Regional Chamber is continuing to monitor information associated with COVID-19 and committed to assisting the business community during this national pandemic.  The following list of resources will be continually updated. 


Stay Informed: 

This website provides an up-to-date look at the number of cases around the world, as well as in each state.


Take the Ohio Development Services Agency's Economic Damage Assessment Survey to determine damage related to economic impacts in Ohio.





Social Response: 

The following social groups have been created to collaboratively provide information to the community:



Ohio Response: 

Ohio Department of Health is coordinating the COVID-19 response in conjunction with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as state and local offices. The Ohio Department of Health has a call center ready to answer questions about COVID-19, staffed from 9am to 8pm daily: 1-833-4-ASK-ODH

 

Public Health Orders
Read the public health and executive orders signed by the governor and health director in response to COVID-19.



Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services (ODJFS):

Shared Work Ohio is a voluntary layoff aversion program. It allows business owners to cut employee pay between 10 percent and 50 percent and provides a portion of the benefit the employee would receive through unemployment to that employee. This program is designed to allow employers to reduce payroll costs during times of business decline, without having to lay off employees.



Ohio Department of Insurance (ODI):
All health insurers are required to provide the option of deferring premium payments, interest free, for up to 60 calendar days from each original premium due date. This means that employers can defer their premium payments for up to two months, giving them some relief on costs, while keeping their employees insured.


JobsOhio:

JobsOhio is committed to supporting the well-being of Ohio businesses, especially now as they navigate the changing landscape created by the Coronavirus disease 2019. This page provides a list of resources for Ohio businesses, and will be continually updated as more resources are made available.


Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC):
The Ohio BWC has announced that employers may defer insurance premium installment payments for March, April and May until June 1, 2020. Frequently asked questions and more information are available here.


Ohio Department of Transportation:
In an effort to assist in the state's response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Ohio Department of Transportation has approved a special blanket permit for haulers carrying heavy or oversized loads of food, non-alcoholic beverages, medical supplies, cleaning products and other household goods.

The federal government has also cut red tape around obtaining or renewing Commercial Drivers' Licenses and other licenses to prevent interruption of essential shipping. The Ohio Department of Public Safety and the Public Utilities Commission have adjusted their enforcement practices to avoid confusion.


Ohio Department of Commerce:
The Ohio Department of Commerce will immediately begin offering a liquor buyback option to support bars and restaurants. This is intended to aid those establishments that have stocked up on high proof liquor, but are now facing closure to in-house patrons. Bars and restaurants can return unopened, high proof liquor products (obtained within the past 30 days) to the agency where they purchased the product. This opportunity is also extended to those with temporary (F2) permits for events scheduled between March 12 and April 6, 2020. Questions about this program should be directed to the Liquor Enterprise Service Center at 1-877-812-0013 or ohioliquorinfo@com.ohio.gov.


Publicly-Funded Daycares:
An executive order issued last week increased the number of children allowed to be supervised by child care staff, depending on the type of program and ages of the children. The order also increased from 10 to 20 the number of paid absent days for providers serving children in the Publicly Funded Child Care program, and it provides child care programs with 21 paid pandemic days if they must close their programs because of the pandemic. 


TechCred:
TechCred helps Ohioans learn new skills and helps employers build a stronger workforce with the skills needed in a tech-infused economy. Many of these trainings can be completed online.


National Response: 

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
Most current updated information can be found at the CDC Coronavirus (COVID-19) page. The page offers guidance for the public on how to protect yourself, what you can do if you think you are sick and what you need to know.



U.S. Department of Labor:
The Department of Labor is providing ongoing guidance to employers on how this emergency affects both the Fair Labor Standards Act and the Family and Medical Leave Act.

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) will help the U.S. combat COVID-19 by giving all American businesses with fewer than 500 employees funds to provide employees with paid leave, either for the employee’s own health needs or to care for family members. The Department of Labor has released the following information about FFCRA:

 

Occupational Safety and Health Administration:
This page offers information for workers and employers on prevention and safety in the workplace.

 



Internal Revenue Service (IRS):
The IRS has a page for taxpayers impacted by the Coronavirus.


U.S. Department of Treasury:
The Treasury Department is supporting American workers and businesses who are impacted by the Coronavirus. In February, Secretary Mnuchin was appointed to the President's Coronavirus Task Force, where he meets daily with the Vice President and our nation's top health officials. Click here for the latest information from the Task Force.


Utility and Service Providers: 

Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation:
In an effort to assist those organizations engaged in disaster relief, the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation is currently taking requests through its web portal for projects related to the COVID-19 outbreak. Businesses are encouraged to apply as soon as they have a plan in place to help with food, emergency assistance or other COVID-19 related issues. Please visit the Foundation page to learn more about funding priorities before completing the eligibility quiz. Any non-profit IRS-designated 501(c) organization can apply.


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Industry Association Resources: 



SBA Response & Other Financial Resources: 

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is providing business owners with low-interest working capital loans of up to $2 million for businesses that have been severely impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) through the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program. Additional guidance is available for businesses and employers, as well as access to other SBA information and programs.

For additional information, please contact the SBA disaster assistance customer service center:
Phone: 1-800-659-2955 (TTY: 1-800-877-8339)
Emaildisastercustomerservice@sba.gov

Local SBA Assistance is available at:
Ohio SBDC at Youngstown State University - Small Business Development Center
One University Plaza, 100 West Wood Street, Youngstown, OH 44403
330-941-2140

The SBA and SBDC also provide a variety of export assistance services and loan programs to companies dealing with trade disruptions caused by COVID-19. For more information, contact Mousa Kassis at 330-941-2145.


Local Banking Resources:
The DeWine-Husted Administration has worked with representatives from Ohio's banking community. These companies recognize the hardships that many Ohioans are facing, and they have committed to working through creative ways to help. Ohioans can be confident that banks, both big and small, will be there for them as we move through the crisis and are offering a number of measures to help customers.

  • Banks and credit unions across the state are taking steps to offer loan payment deferrals, fee waivers or refunds and extend credit lines to both businesses and individuals. Many banks are also suspending foreclosures where possible. Recent federal guidelines give financial institutions more tools to help Ohioans and the banking industry has welcomed these changes.

  • Banks are also showing customers how to protect themselves from Coronavirus-related scams and are encouraging Ohioans to use digital banking features like mobile apps, online banking or banking by phone. If you need help, please reach out to your bank for assistance.

  • Learn more at ohiobankersleague.com and ohiocreditunion.org.



Export Import Bank of the United States:
The Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM) is announcing relief provisions for exporters and financial institutions located throughout the United States that may have been affected by COVID-19 (Coronavirus). EXIM is offering the relief measures, including waivers, deadline extensions, streamlined processing and flexibility, to customers for an initial period of 30 days (with the possibility of a further extension of the period, at EXIM's discretion) to enable businesses and financial institutions that participate in our programs to return to their business concerns and EXIM-related obligations at an appropriate time without penalty.

 



Pennsylvania Resources: 

The Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development's COVID-19 Business Resources webpage houses a variety of information for companies located in PA.






What You Can Do:

Ohio Department of Health suggests that the best thing you can do in the face of COVID-19 is to take precautions to protect yourself, your family and your community:

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; day hands with a clean towel or air dry hands.
  • Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water are unavailable.
  • Cover your mouth with a tissue or sleeve when sneezing or coughing.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick
  • Clean "high-touch" surfaces daily. These include counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, desks, tablets, etc.