State of Ohio
DIRECT LINK TO STATE HEALTH DEPARTMENT WEBSITES FOR UPDATES
Indiana Health Department: https://www.in.gov/coronavirus/
Kentucky Health Department: https://healthalerts.ky.gov/Pages/Coronavirus.aspx
Ohio Health Department: https://odh.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/odh/media-center/ODH-News-Releases/COVID-19-ODH-Call-center
National Multifamily Housing Council Coronavirus Hub: www.nmhc.org/research-insight/Research-Insight-Knowledge-Library/covid-19-hub/
MASKS REQUIREMENTS IN HAMILTON COUNTY
Click here to see the mask requirements for Hamilton County, Ohio.
HAMILTON COUNTY EVICTION COURT UPDATE
Hamilton County to restart eviction hearings nearly a month early, catching defendants off-guard https://www.wcpo.com/news/local-news/hamilton-county/hamilton-county-to-restart-eviction-hearings-nearly-a-month-early-catching-defendants-off-guard The result, a victory for some landlords who could not evict tenants during the early COVID-19 pandemic, could be “chaos” for lawyers and defendants who were not prepared to argue their cases until July.
This is one of the last courts in the area to open on the Ohio side. The apartment association is still working diligently on the Kentucky Court situation.
UPDATE TO GOVERNOR DEWINE'S OPENING OF OHIO
MAY 7, 2020
The guidelines for restaurants and bars were also unveiled today. Outside dining may begin on May 15 and inside dining may begin on May 21. The group focused on physical space – did not distinguish between bars, restaurants or style of business – as long as the business is able to show how they will meet spacing and the guidelines they will be able to open. Treva Weaver, COO of N. Wasserstrom and Owner of Zoup! Eatery, joined to provide some highlights.
For further detail - Specific Sector Guidelines
The Governor again stressed that people have to be cautious and make smart decisions. He strongly urged everyone to wear masks in public. Lt. Governor Husted added that once retail opens on Tuesday and the salons, restaurants and bars open, over 90% of Ohio’s businesses will be allowed to be open. He noted, that per the recommendations of the working groups and industry representatives, that health departments will be strictly enforcing the guidelines. They do not want bad actors to require the closure of whole sectors of the economy.
Dr. Acton provided today’s numbers along with a brief overview of the epidemiological measures the state is using. More information on those tools are available on the state’s Coronavirus Website. The Ohio Department of Health is asking community members to consider joining the force helping to stop the spread of COVID-19. Contact tracing positions are available. Contract Tracing
The Governor concluded by saying there will be an announcement on childcare on Monday.
COVID-19 FAQS: CLOTH MASKS OF FACE COVERINGS IN THE WORKPLACE
Please click here for frequently asked questions about facemarks in the workplace.
PANDEMIC UNEMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE AND SECTOR OPENINGS.
PANDEMIC UNEMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE
Ohioans can now apply for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), a new federal program that covers many more categories of workers than the traditional unemployment program.
Those who believe they may be eligible should visit pua.unemployment.ohio.gov and click the button that says, “Click Here to Apply for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance.” Individuals who pre-registered for the program received an email with instructions for how to complete their applications.
PUA was made possible by the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The program offers up to 39 weeks of benefits to many who traditionally have not qualified for unemployment benefits, including self-employed individuals, 1099 tax filers and part-time workers. The benefit amount is similar to traditional unemployment payments, plus an additional $600 per week through July 25.
If you have additional questions, please visit www.unemploymenthelp.ohio.gov or call (833) 604-0774.
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Lt. Governor Jon Husted yesterday provided the following sector opening dates established as part of the Responsible RestartOhio plan.
CHILDCARE: MAY 31
Beginning Sunday, May 31, childcare providers in Ohio will be permitted to reopen if these providers can meet required safety protocols.
To ensure that these establishments operate in the safest manner possible, Governor DeWine's Early Childhood Advisory Council created a detailed list of guidelines and best practices for childcare centers to follow. The full list of mandatory and recommended best practices can be found at coronavirus.ohio.gov.
To assist in the reopening of childcare centers, Ohio will use more than $60 million in federal CARES Act funding to provide reopening grants to all of Ohio’s childcare providers, including family childcare, childcare centers, and both publicly-funded and private providers. More information on how to apply will be posted to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services' website very shortly.
Governor DeWine also announced that Ohio will fund a research project to study best practices for controlling the spread of COVID-19 in childcare settings. Information gathered from the study will continue to inform childcare regulations moving forward.
The reopening date of May 31 also applies to day camps that can meet required safety protocols. A detailed list of guidelines and best practices for day camps will be available very shortly at coronavirus.ohio.gov.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there is no evidence that the virus that causes COVID-19 can be spread to people through the water in pools, hot tubs, spas, or water play areas. Proper operation and maintenance (including disinfection with chlorine and bromine) of these facilities should inactivate the virus in the water.
This does not apply to water parks or amusement parks. Safety protocols for these venues are in development.
To ensure that these sectors operate in the safest manner possible, Governor DeWine established advisory groups that created detailed lists of guidelines and best practices. The full lists of mandatory and recommended best practices for these and previously opened sectors are available at coronavirus.ohio.gov.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
ONLINE: Please visit www.Coronavirus.Ohio.gov for the most up-to-date information from the Ohio Department of Health.
PHONE: For any questions you have about COVID-19, please call 1 (833) 4-ASK-ODH from 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m (7 days/week).
Governor DeWine is holding daily press briefings at 2:00 p.m. to deliver the most recent updates as well as give updated guidance for the state’s response. These press events are carried live at www.OhioChannel.org.
PROPERTY TAX DEADLINES
Just a reminder to check with your county Treasurer on when the due date is for property taxes.
Deadlines per county (as of May 13th)
Hamilton County - July 17, 2020.
Butler County - August 3rd, 2020
Clermont County - July 8th, 2020
Warren County - No adjustment noted
In KY you are already late and owe fees!
EVICTION PREVENTION HELP
This notice includes information about who to contact for information about your legal rights in eviction, and resources for help. If you are facing eviction, do not wait to seek help.
Spanish Version (versión en español)
COURT SYSTEM TO LEARN LESSONS FROM COVID 19
Courtesy of Columbus Dispatch
As Ohio begins the process of opening up, our courts continue to face novel demands as a result of the covid-19 pandemic. But that's not to say something positive can't come out of this crisis. Click here for more.
OHIO DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH: HEALTH DIRECTOR'S STAY SAFE OHIO ORDER
Click here to download Ohio Director of Health Dr. Amy Acton's Stay Safe Ohio Order
GUIDELINES FOR REOPENING OHIO
Below is information and guidance for re-opening businesses in Ohio.
General Guidance Memo
General Office Requirements
Manufacturing, Distribution and Construction Requirements
Consumer, Retail and Services
GUIDELINES FOR REOPENING AMERICA
Yesterday the President hosted a call with the nation’s governors, discussing a framework for reopening America. Following that, during the evening’s press conference, the President and his Task Force unveiled Guidelines for Opening Up America Again, a three-phased approach based on the advice of public health experts.
Other resources from the press conference include a fact sheet and for your convenience, attached to this email are the slides used in today’s briefing outlining the guidelines.
Click here to download the presentation slides.
OHIO STAY-AT-HOME ORDER
Ohio Governor DeWine has ordered a stay-at-home order for the state of Ohio. Click here for details.
SUPREME COURT OF OHIO TOLLING ORDER
For those of you with questions regarding the tolling order recently signed by Governor Dewine, please click here.
On March 27th The Ohio Supreme Court issued a tolling order. Click here to read the complete FAQ on that order. The most pressing of the Q&A are here.
OHIO CLOSES ALL GYMS AND FITNESS CENTERS
As of March 17, all gym and fitness centers should be closed down. This is true for apartment communities as well.
The closure is in place for Ohio and is consistent with National CDC instructions. We are waiting for guidance in Ohio and Kentucky.
Click here for more information.
SUPPORT FOR SMALL BUSINESSES AND NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS
The Ohio Development Services Agency is working this week to qualify Ohio for the U.S. Small Business Administration's (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program. This program provides low-interest loans up to $2 million in order to help businesses overcome the temporary loss of revenue during the state of emergency.
Non-profit organizations in Ohio will also be eligible for low-interest loans through the SBA's Economic Injury Disaster Loan program.
Businesses impacted by the current public health crisis can contact BusinessHelp@Development.Ohio.gov for more information. Additional details about the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program is available at SBA.gov/Disaster.
ENHANCED UNEMPLOYMENT AID FOR OHIOANS:
The Governor has issued an executive order, which will grant the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) with the authority to accept and grant requests for unemployment compensation suspending the normal 1-week waiting period.
This order will also give relief to applicants who are not offered paid leave through their job, as well as those who have been quarantined by a medical professional, their employer, or whose employers must temporarily close. Those who apply for unemployment under these circumstances will be exempt from the requirement that they be actively seeking work.
For more information, please go to Unemployment.Ohio.gov or JFS.Ohio.gov/Coronavirus.
SharedWork Ohio is an alternative to layoffs for employers. It allows workers to remain employed and employers to retain their staff during times of reduced business activity. Under a SharedWork Ohio plan, employers reduce hours to avert a layoff. The participating employee works the reduced hours, and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services provides an unemployment insurance benefit proportionate to their reduced hours.
Interested employers should provide the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services with a list of participating employees and specify their normal weekly hours of work, not to exceed 40 hours and not including overtime. Part-time employees may be eligible, but all employees in an affected unit must have their hours reduced by the same reduction percentage. For more information, please visit JFS.Ohio.gov/SharedWorkOhio.
We encourage Ohio employers to take advantage of the State of Ohio’s TechCred program and upskill their employees while they may be unable to perform their typical day-to-day duties. Many of these trainings can be completed online.
TechCred offers employers up to $2,000 in reimbursement for every technology-focused credential earned by an employee, up to $30,000 per employer per round. These technology-focused credentials take a year or less to complete and prepare current and future employees for the technology jobs Ohio employers need.
The current application period is open through March 31st on TechCred.Ohio.Gov. If a business has questions about the program they should email Workforce@OWT.Ohio.gov.