COVID UPDATES & RESOURCES
COVID PROTOCOL UPDATE
All health orders are currently recinded. It is advised for non-vaccinated individuals to still wear masks in public settings.
ISOLATION AND QUARANTINE
Governor DeWine clarified information about isolation and quarantine in regard to Ohio's school students.
Beginning on June 2 and in accordance with CDC guidance, vaccinated children do not have to quarantine or be tested if they are exposed to COVID-19.
Unvaccinated children who are exposed to COVID-19 should quarantine if the exposure took place outside of a classroom setting where masks were required to be worn.
Unvaccinated children should also isolate if they test positive for the coronavirus.
Local health departments should determine if quarantine or isolation should occur.
Individual school districts will decide whether or not to continue masking and social distancing in school settings.
NEXT ROUND OF TECHCRED
Lt. Governor Jon Husted announced today that the next round of TechCred opens on June 1st and closes on June 30 at 3:00 p.m.
Ohio businesses can visit TechCred.Ohio.gov to apply and help their employees earn a short-term, technology-focused credential at no cost.
Not only can businesses upskill their current employees, but they can upskill those they plan to hire as long as they are on the payroll at the time of reimbursement.
More than 1,100 Ohio businesses have used TechCred, creating the opportunity for 19,841 technology-focused credentials to be earned by Ohio employees.
YOUTH VACCINATION FAQs
The Ohio Department of Health has created a new Frequently Asked Questions document to answer common questions from parents, guardians, and youth about COVID-19 vaccines.
The document shares information about the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine, parental consent, where children can be vaccinated, and more.
Just like adults, youth can be vaccinated at many locations across the state that are offering the Pfizer vaccine.
This vaccine is available at Children’s Hospitals, as well as a number of regular hospitals, local health departments, retail pharmacies, community health centers, primary care physicians, and some pediatricians.
Parents who would like their child to be vaccinated at their pediatrician's office are encouraged to call the office first and ask if they are administering the Pfizer vaccine.
Pediatricians that are not yet registered to be vaccine providers are encouraged to sign up. Pediatricians and other potential vaccine providers can find more information at odh.ohio.gov.
RESOURCES FOR OHIO EMPLOYERS
As Ohio’s economy recovers, businesses continue to experience difficulty filling open positions.
Because of the wide availability of both jobs and the vaccine in the state, ODJFS now has several buttons featured prominently on their websites for employers to report former employees who are receiving unemployment but have refused offers of suitable work.
Ohio law states that individuals are not entitled to unemployment benefits if they have resigned or have declined an offer of suitable work by filling out the “Eligibility Notice/Refusal to Return to Work Form.”
Employers reporting work refusals should be prepared to provide their name, email address, Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN), claimant name, claimant ID or the last four digits of the claimant’s Social Security number, and additional details about the specific situation.
ODJFS will then investigate and send both parties an appealable determination on whether the quit or work refusal was for good cause.
Ohio law states that individuals are not entitled to unemployment benefits if they have resigned or have declined an offer of suitable work without “good cause."
Individuals can visit OhioMeansJobs.com or contact their local OhioMeansJobs center to find and apply for job openings, take skill and career interest assessments, create or improve their resume, or practice interviewing.
OhioMeansJobs.com currently lists more than 180,000 job openings, and nearly 95,000 of them pay more than $50,000 per year.
To find contact information for your nearest OhioMeansJobs center, visit OhioMeansJobs.com and select “FIND A JOB CENTER” at the bottom of the page or call 1-888-296-7541.
FEDERAL PANDEMIC UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION
Governor DeWine today announced that the administration will inform the U.S. Department of Labor that Ohio intends to stop participation in the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) program on June 26, 2021.
The FPUC program gave states funding to offer enhanced unemployment benefits, including an additional $600, and now an additional $300.
Several statewide associations shared quotes of support regarding this announcement.
RECOVERY-FRIENDLY TRAINING MODULES
Lt. Governor Husted today announced that the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS), RecoveryOhio, the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation, the Ohio Chamber of Commerce, and Working Partners® have partnered together to create three new Recovery-Friendly Training Modules.
These training modules will help employers develop their own approach to hiring and retaining employees who are in recovery.
The new Recovery-Friendly Training Modules can be found at RecoveryOhio.gov in addition to the five previously launched modules by the Ohio Chamber of Commerce in 2017.
Governor DeWine introduced a new public service announcement today that encourages Ohioans to get vaccinated, featuring Cleveland Browns Coach Kevin Stefanski.
CASE DATA & VACCINE INFORMATION
In-depth COVID-19 data for Ohio: coronavirus.ohio.gov.
Ohio's central scheduling system: gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov
Ohio mass vaccination information: coronavirus.ohio.gov/massvaccinationclinics
All vaccine providers: vaccine.coronavirus.ohio.gov
More vaccine information: coronavirus.ohio.gov/vaccine
Ohio Public Health Advisory System
The Public Health Advisory Alert System is a color-coded system designed to supplement existing statewide orders through a data-driven framework to assess the degree of the virus’ spread and to engage and empower individuals, businesses, communities, local governments, and others in their response and actions. The system consists of four levels that provide Ohioans with guidance as to the severity of the problem in the counties in which they live. The levels are determined by seven data indicators that identify the risk level for each county and a corresponding color code to represent that risk level.
Franklin County increased to Alert Level 4 (purple) on Ohio Public Health Advisory System due to a sustained increase in COVID-related emergency room visits, outpatient visits, and hospital admissions.
Employee/nonprofit/small business resources
Restaurant Revitalization Program administered by the SBA - The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is awarding funding through the Restaurant Revitalization Program to restaurants, bars, and other similar places of business that serve food or drink. The purpose of this funding is to provide support to eligible entities that suffered revenue losses related to the COVID-19 pandemic. There is $28.6 billion allotted to the SBA to award funds. SBA will accept applications subject to availability of funds. Download the RRP Guide.
A comprehensive list of state and local grants, loans, and government/non-profit resources for small businesses.
Emergency financial resources courtesy of Western Shamrock.
Hancock, Brooke, Ohio, Marshall, Wetzel, and Tyler, WV; and Belmont and Jefferson, OH
The Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley’s Emergency Impact Fund is accepting applications from organizations that have been directly impacted by the coronavirus in an unexpected loss of revenue or unexpected increase in expenses. Priority will be extended to organizations providing basic human needs.
Trumbull County, OH, and Lawrence and Mercer counties, PA
The COVID-19 Community Impact Funds support organizations that serve either Lawrence or Mercer counties, PA or Trumbull County, OH. Funding priorities include hunger, shelter/housing, mental health, access to health services, and assistance to programs that do not have access to government funding.
The Appalachian Ohio Emergency Response Fund makes grant awards to help nonprofit organizations in Appalachian Ohio whose resources are, and will continue to be, strained because of the COVID-19 crisis and need to expand and modify how they deliver services. Interests include, but are not limited to, health, social services, seniors, and children. Nonprofit organizations may share their needs by sending an email to the Foundation at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The COVID-19 Response Fund supports area nonprofits in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan delivering critical services during this unprecedented time. Priority areas include immediate economic needs of economically vulnerable populations, the elderly and other high-risk populations, residents who are food insecure, and residents who have no medical insurance or who are underinsured.
For the greater Cincinnati Region, which includes the following counties: Hamilton, Butler, Warren, Clermont and Brown counties in Ohio; Kenton, Campbell, Boone, and Grant counties in Kentucky; and Dearborn and Ohio counties in Indiana
The COVID-19 Regional Response Fund, a joint effort by the Greater Cincinnati Foundation and United Way of Greater Cincinnati, is designed to be responsive and flexible to address community needs of the most vulnerable during this pandemic. Current priorities include requests involving basic necessities and safety of families most impacted by COVID-19, such as food insecurity, housing/shelter, childcare, care of the elderly, and support for medical response.
savesmallbusiness.com.grant up to $5,000 for businesses 3-20 employees in vulnerable zip codes. The grant program can help meet short-term business needs. The qualifications and application can be found here: AU.S. Chamber small business grant:
Facebook small business grants: https://www.facebook.com/business/boost/grants
GrantWatch.com tracks grants available to nonprofits and small businesses.
U.S PIRG consumer guide - This guide has tips for how consumers can negotiate with their banks to lower interest rates, waive overdraft fees, and agree on payment plans to provide more financial peace of mind in the months to come.
American Income Life Insurance: If any AMVETS member purchased insurance from American Income Life and have been laid off, AIL will waive their premiums for up to three months. Once they return to work they DO NOT have to pay it back. Downloadable Layoff Waiver.
Access Entrepreneurship and Business Assistance Centers - Resources for starting or maintaining a small business in Ohio: https://development.ohio.gov/bs/bs_entrepreneurship.htm
Columbus Foundation’s Emergency Response Program - The Columbus Foundation’s Emergency Response Program has been activated to help Franklin County nonprofit organizations that are responding to the spread of COVID-19 and experiencing financial challenges by doing so. Please follow the links below to learn about eligibility guidelines and to apply for help as a Franklin County nonprofit organization. https://columbusfoundation.org/emergency-assistance-program-emergency-response-fund
Another list of grants for Non Profits, Individuals, Artists and Small Businesses.
Bartender Emergency Relief Fund - To assist bartenders out of work due to COVID-19. https://www.usbgfoundation.org/beap
Restaurant Workers Community Foundation - Crisis Relief Fund to assist restaurants/bars/kitchens with low interest loans and to assist restaurant or kitchen workers out of work due to COVID-19. https://bit.ly/2WJRvxU
Southern Smoke Foundation - Houston chef Chris Shepherd’s Southern Smoke Foundation is accepting applications for funds from restaurants/bars and restaurant employees. https://southernsmoke.org/fund/
One Fair Wage - The OFW has launched the OFW Emergency Fund. It will provide immediate cash assistance to restaurant employees, delivery workers, and other tipped workers in the food industry. https://ofwemergencyfund.org/
Unite Here Education and Support Fund - Unite Here, a labor union representing groups in the U.S. and Canada, has funds to help its 300,000 members with things like rent, groceries, health insurance, and lost wages. https://unitehere.org/
ROC Disaster Relief Fund - The nonprofit Restaurant Opportunities Centers (ROC) United has set a target of $500,000 for its emergency relief fund, which seeks to help documented and undocumented restaurant workers who lose their jobs during the pandemic. https://rocunited.org/relief/
KIVA - Provides funding opportunities for entrepreneurs where conventional lenders won’t. https://www.kiva.org/borrow
United Way’s 211 hotline. Open 24/7. Or online at http://www.referweb.net/uwgc/
Resources for individuals and families
BlueStar Families COVID Military Support Program - The Association of Defense Communities (ADC), Blue Star Families, and participants of the White Oak Collaborative have joined forces to create the COVID-19 Military Support Initiative (CMSI)—a united, national platform to provide resources and expertise to support communities, states, and military families through this crisis. Ultimately, the mission of the CMSI is to share information, maintain engagement, and develop best practices and policy approaches to ensure our military receives the support it deserves.
The American Red Cross has an app called HeroCare which allows access to vital emergency and non-emergency resources for military members, veterans and military families. Visit here for more information.
Modest Needs seeks to provide short-term financial assistance to individuals and families in temporary crisis. Information about applying for a grant can be found here.
Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes has a program for emergency funds. The application can be found here.
Salute, Inc. has a program for financial assistance. The application can be found here.
Semper Fi & America’s Fund has established a special COVID-19 response team to assist in a variety of ways, including gas cards, gift cards and more. Information may be found here.
USA Cares has several programs for veterans, including financial assistance. Information can be found here.
H.E.R.O.E.S. Care offers financial assistance. Information on their program can be found here.
Operation Home front offers a critical financial assistance program and information can be found here.
The Code of Support Foundation has a search engine for identifying a spectrum of resources available to veterans and can be found here.
Operation Once In A Lifetime has a Coronavirus Emergency Fund and information can be found here.
COVID-19 and mental health: Here at AMVETS Department of Ohio, we have seen firsthand the impact the COVID-19 crisis has on those affected by substance use/misuse. Not only does this crisis complicate access to addiction treatment, including counseling and medication, it also limits personal relationships and access to loved ones. RALI Ohio is spreading the word about the ways you can help. Click the link below to learn more and join us as we continue to practice safe social distancing. RALI Ohio: https://www.ralioh.org/
Learn new tech skills - 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. For more information: