LUCAS COUNTY INFORMATION SITUATION REPORTSlast updated 5/18/2020
PPE: As a community leader, the need to retrofit your organization to ensure the safety of patrons and staff has become the forefront of many of your minds. The state of Ohio has been working with Ohio businesses who have retooled to build/assemble PPE. Below are 2 links to Ohio manufactures who have PPE for sale.
Staffing: As your looking at bringing back staff, but concerned that you do not currently have enough work for employees to be full time, Shared Work Ohio may be able to help your organization. Shared Work Ohio is a program through the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, which allows your staff to still receive partial unemployment benefits while also working part time. Details can be found below
Grant Assistance: Bowling Green State University is offering free grant assistance to organizations. Below is a summary. If your organization is interested, or you have any questions about this opportunity, please reach out to Dr. Orr.
Is your organization working in an area related to COVID19 recovery and response? Do you need help with grant writing this summer? The BGSU Center for Public Impact in partnership with the Master of Public Administration is launching the Summer 2020 BGSU-TAP Program (Training Alliance for the Public Good) which will help to support Northwest Ohio in COVID19 recovery and response. Teams of graduate and undergraduate students at BGSU will be linked with regional nonprofits who are working in areas related to recovery from COVID-19 such as food pantries, economic vulnerability, the elderly and other high-risk populations to provide them support in areas such as grant writing and grant reporting. Representatives from the nonprofits and students will participate in a virtual grant writing training workshops led by Dr. Shannon Orr (BGSU Political Science Professor), and student teams will then write grants and provide support to the nonprofit over the course of the summer. There is no charge to nonprofits to participate in this program. If you are interested, please email Dr. Shannon Orr at email@example.com.PPE NEEDS: Face shields, gowns, N-95 masks, surgical masks, eye protection, Tyvek suits, hand sanitizer, etc., please fill out the form and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. In the subject line, please write the name of your organization and the words "PPE request". ics form 213RR resource request message (v3).pdf
April 21, 2020 Situation Report
In addition, the Governor's office has identified a road map to recovery that includes a slow easing of restrictions when the following 4 high level conditions are met:
1. Sustained reductions in cases of COVID-19
2. Adequate PPE and Staffing for First Responders and Health Care Workers
3. Appropriate testing resources
4. Appropriate resources and personnel for contact training
The Governor is targeting May 1st to establish a structure to start re-opening businesses. First companies that will be allowed back are those that can follow guidelines (masks, hand sanitizers, distancing, barriers, etc.). It will be gradual, fact based, and prioritize individual health while moving the economy forward.
We are working closely with the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department on guidelines. Once I receive those documents I will pass them along.
Governor DeWine has announced a number of changes
Governor DeWine has established an alliance to identify the critical needs of Ohio's healthcare system with companies willing and able to repurpose production to meet those needs. Manufacturers that can help should visit RepurposingProject.com for more information. Those involved with this project will be compensated.
Governor DeWine signed an executive order yesterday that seeks to provide some assistance for small businesses with mortgage and rent payments. The order asks lenders and landlords across Ohio to work with their small businesses and suspend payments for at least 90 days in an effort to avoid foreclosures.
Those receiving SNAP benefits will be able to shop online, pick up their groceries in their cars, and swipe their EBT cards from their vehicles without entering the store. If a store does not have a mobile point-of-sale device, a SNAP recipient can continue to order online, but pick up the groceries and pay inside the grocery store.
March 31, 2020 COVID-19 Lucas County SitRep 3.31.2020 1800 hours.docx
A new SBA portal was provided this morning. https://www.sba.gov/page/coronavirus-covid-19-small-business-guidance-loan-resources. Which is also a good site for the range of options avail via CARES. The new EIDL portal also incorporates the EIDL Advance feature, and seems to require much less information.Those who have already submitted application will have to re-submit through this third gen portal to get the EIDL Advance
March 27, 2020 COVID-19 Lucas County SitRep 3.27.2020 1800 hours.docx
March 26, 2020 COVID-19 Lucas County SitRep 3.26.2020 2000 hours.pdf
March 24, 2020 COVID-19 Lucas County SitRep 3.24.2020 2000 hours.pdf
March 23, 2020 COVID-19 Lucas County SitRep 3.23.2020 2000 hours.pdf
COVID-19 SCREENING AND TESTING: Doctors offices are not able to administer the COVID-19 testing in their offices. If you, or one of your employees are not feeling well, exhibit the symptoms of COVID-19 (see the attached guidance), have them call 419-251-4000 or 419-291-5355 This is a 24/7 line being staffed by nurses who will triage the individual. If the nurse thinks the person should get tested, they will be followed up by the Health Department for confirmation that a test is required. If the Health Department says that a test is required, it will be scheduled at that time.
HOW SCREENING IS DETERMINED FLIER: Case Process.pdf
BUSINESS SIGN: If you are sick, please call, do not enter'" stop-the-spread-of-germs (1).pdf.
EMPLOYEE SEEMS ILL: FSO Carryout guidance.pdf
BUSINESS TEMPORARY OPERATIONS PLAN: LC_Temp_Op_Plan_Covid19_DRAFT_03172020.pdf
EXPENSES RELATED TO OUTBREAK: Reminder, reimbursement funds do not come from Lucas County. Please start tracking any expenses starting from 3/12/2020. Organizations MAY be eligible for reimbursement. These forms will be needed when/if funds become available from either the state or the federal government. Please review the financial paperwork guidance document to ensure you are properly categorizing your expenses related to this outbreak.
SUPPLY REQUEST FORM Also attached is the supply request form. If your organization is in need of supplies, please do not hesitate to fill out the forms and send them to me. I make no promises that I can procure the items you are seeking. However, we are compiling a list so once things have been acquired we can distribute them accordingly
Business Sign: "If you are sick, please call, do not enter'" stop-the-spread-of-germs (1).pdf.
EMPLOYEE TRAVEL: There have been questions about travel of employees. Here is information from the Lucas County Health Department. https://lucascountyhealth.com/coronavirusupdates/
● Employees who have traveled recently should consult CDC: Travel Guidance
● Stay home for 14 days from the time you left an area with widespread, ongoing community spread (Level 3 Travel Health Notice Countries
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/after-travel-precautions.html) ) and practice social distancing.
● Travelers to U.S. states or non-level 3 countries should still exercise caution but may return to work if illness and symptom free.
● Call the COVID-19 Call Lines with any medical questions and refer to the Community Guidance tab to determine if symptoms might require self-quarantine.
UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS: Yesterday, Governor DeWine announced a number of changes to unemployment benefits. When people are eligible, who is eligible, etc. Below are links to Job & Family Services information on those subjects.
HR POLICES FOR PERSONNEL: Lucas County is working on HR policies for personnel. Once I have it, I will include the policy in our Daily Briefings. This is not a mandate from the county, just meant to be a guide if you choose.
ESSENTIAL STAFFING POLICY: edit for your own use if you so choose.
Workforce Development Needs
Although the OhioMeansJobs Lucas County building is closed to the public, businesses and workers can still receive assistance from staff by phone, email or online.
Companies needing aid are still able to receive help in recruiting workers, managing potential reductions in force, and planning for the weeks ahead. Staff will continue to reach out to employers in an effort to determine their needs, to follow up with on-going projects and provide assistance to companies that may qualify for small business support from the State of Ohio. Employers needing help can call 419-213-3300 or email email@example.com with a brief explanation of the needed assistance.
Individuals can still receive help by phone from OhioMeansJobs staff or online by visiting www.OhioMeansJobs.com where they can search and apply for jobs, create a resume and explore the various services available. Unfortunately, until the COVID-19 crisis has abated, face-to-face meetings with staff are on hold although individuals needing to drop off paperwork can call their case managers to make suitable arrangements.
On Sunday, Governor DeWine announced changes to the Ohio Unemployment Benefits will be made. The order from Governor DeWine broadens state policy to clarify that individuals who are quarantined are considered to be unemployed. This also applies to businesses that determine they need to temporarily shut down. The order also waves the one-week waiting period normally required before receipt of benefits. The State does not want to penalize employers by increasing their future taxes. The costs of the benefits will be mutualized over time and they will be waiving penalties for late filing and payments for the duration of the emergency.
Ohioans can file online 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at unemployment.ohio.gov. We encourage people to file online, if possible. However, they also may file by phone at (877) OHIO-JOB (1-877-644-6562) or TTY at (888) 642-8203, Monday through Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m..