COVID-19 Business Resources
As a resource to the Mercer County community, we have added this Coronavirus (COVID-19) resource page.
Mercer County Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program
Links & Resources
SBA to Provide Disaster Assistance Loans for Small Businesses Impacted by Coronavirus (COVID-19)
SBA Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to the Coronavirus Disease 2019
SBA Disaster Assistance Info
SBA Disaster Loan Info & Application
Dayton, Ohio Chamber of Commerce (Covid 19 Resource Guide)
CDC Advice to Keep Your Workplace Safe
OSHA Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19
US Chamber Guidance For Employers To Plan and Respond To Coronavirus
Secure Cyber – Supporting Your Mobile Workforce Part 1
Secure Cyber – Supporting Your Mobile Workforce Part 2
Telework Security Basics from NIST
Taft Law Coronavirus Resource Tool Kit
SBA Loan Info
SBA Fact Sheet (pdf)
Governor Mike DeWine, Lt. Governor Jon Husted, and Ohio Development Services Agency Director Lydia Mihalik today announced that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has qualified the State of Ohio for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program.
As a result, Ohio businesses and non-profits economically impacted by the outbreak of COVID-19 may now apply for a low-interest loan of up to $2 million to help pay for fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact. You can apply for the loan online at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/, which is recommended, or by calling 1-800-659-2955 to have an application mailed to you.
To expedite the application process, applicants should have ready complete copies of their most recent federal income tax return and a completed and signed IRS Form 4506T, which authorizes the release of tax information. Additional information to have available would be a schedule of liabilities, personal financial statement, monthly sales figures, a current year-to-date profit-and-loss statement, and a year-end profit-and-loss statement and balance sheet for that tax year if the most recent federal income tax return has not been filed.
As efforts to combat the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus continue, Governor DeWine and his administration will continue to identify ways to support the state’s small businesses and nonprofits. For the latest and most accurate information regarding the COVID-19 outbreak, please visit Coronavirus.Ohio.Gov or call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH.
Ohio Development Services Agency Business Services Division Team
Ohio Stay At Home Order
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 22, 2020
Dan Tierney: 614-644-0957
Breann Almos: 614-799-6480
Ohio Issues “Stay at Home” Order; New Restrictions Placed on Day Cares for Children
(COLUMBUS, Ohio)— Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, Lt. Governor Jon Husted, and Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton, M.D. MPH, today announced that Ohio will be under a “Stay at Home” order.
The order will go into effect beginning Monday, March 23, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. and will remain in effect until 11:59 p.m. on April 6, 2020, unless the order is rescinded or modified.
Read the full order here: Director’s Stay At Home Order
“We haven’t faced an enemy like we are facing today in 102 years – we are at war. In the time of war, we must make sacrifices, and I thank all of our Ohio citizens for what they are doing and what they aren’t doing. You are making a huge difference, and this difference will save lives,” said Governor DeWine. “Right now, we are in a crucial time in this battle. What we do now will slow this invader so that our healthcare system will have time to treat those who have contracted COVID-19 and also have time to treat those who have other medical problems. Time is of the essence.”
More information: Stay At Home FAQ
CHILD CARE/DAY CARE
Beginning on Thursday, March 26, 2020, all operating child care centers in Ohio must do so under a Temporary Pandemic Child Care license and follow these guidelines:
There should be no more than six children in a class.
Ratios must be kept at one teacher to no more than six children.
Children whose parents are employed by the same entity should be kept together whenever possible.
The same teachers and children in each room should be maintained whenever possible.
There should be limited use of shared space or mixing of groups.
If shared space is used, a rigorous cleaning schedule must be in place.
Parent interaction should be limited at drop off and pick up.
The program will operate until April 30, with the potential to extend and adjust as needed.
NEW WEBSITE FOR BUSINESSES
Businesses and workers can now access all of these resources related to COVID-19 in one place at ohio.gov/BusinessHelp.
The portal includes information on unemployment benefits, the Small Business Administration’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program, the Liquor Buyback Program, modified rules for trucking to help ship critical supplies into the state, the delay of BWC Premiums, etc.
CHLOROQUINE AND HYDROXYCHLORQUINE
Ohio State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy passed a rule related to prescribing chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine for purposes of COVID-19.
Unless otherwise approved by the Board’s executive director, no prescription for chloroquine or hydroxychloroquine may be dispensed by a pharmacist or sold at retail by a licensed terminal distributor of dangerous drugs unless:
The prescription bears a written diagnosis code from the prescriber.
If written for a COVID-19 diagnosis, the diagnosis has been confirmed by a positive test result, which is documented on the prescription and both of the following apply:
The prescription is limited to no more than a fourteen-day supply, and
No refills may be permitted unless a new prescription is furnished.
Prescriptions for either presumptive positive patients or prophylactic use of chloroquine or hydroxychloroquine related to COVID-19 is strictly prohibited unless otherwise approved by the Board’s Executive Director in consultation with the Board President, at which time a resolution shall issue.