Applications Being Accepted for Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program; Governor DeWine Signs Order Expanding Telehealth Services for Medicaid Recipients

March 19, 2020

(COLUMBUS, Ohio)— Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Lt. Governor Jon Husted today announced that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved their request to allow small businesses and nonprofits in Ohio to apply for low-interest, long-term loans of up to $2 million through the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program.

“Timing is everything as we navigate this crisis,” said Governor DeWine. “We have to move quickly to not only ensure that Ohioans are safe, but also that they have the necessary support in place to weather this difficult situation. I appreciate the quick response by federal officials to provide the state’s small businesses and nonprofits with access to this resource.”

The Economic Injury Disaster Loans may be used by Ohio small business owners and nonprofits to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable, and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact. The interest rate is 3.75 percent for small businesses without credit available elsewhere; businesses with credit available elsewhere are not eligible. The interest rate for nonprofits is 2.75 percent.

To keep payments affordable, the loans are long term, with up to 30 years for repayment. Terms are determined on a case-by-case basis, based on each borrower’s ability to repay.

“Governor DeWine and I are aggressively working to ensure that the state’s economy remains strong and is well-positioned once this health crisis passes,” said Lt. Governor Husted. “I encourage business owners and nonprofits to apply for this assistance if needed, and to continue to reach out to let us know how we can help.”

Loan applications can be completed online, or applicants can obtain a paper application by calling 1-800-659-2955. For more information about the loan program, visit SBA.gov/Disaster.

TELEHEALTH FOR MEDICAID RECIPIENTS: 

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine today announced that he has signed an executive order to expand and enhance telehealth options for Ohio Medicaid recipients and their providers amid the coronavirus outbreak. These rules relax regulations to allow recipients to safely access health care providers from their homes, thereby reducing the risk of COVID-19 infection for patients, families, and health care workers.

“Maintaining access to services, despite our need to socially distance ourselves, is critical to helping to stop the spread of COVID-19,” said Governor DeWine. “This action will help reduce the number of people infected and will hopefully save lives.”

Telehealth is the use of electronic information and telecommunications technologies to support long-distance clinical health care, patient and professional health-related education, public health and health administration. Traditionally, health care providers and patients interact with each other via real-time, two-way technology such as smartphones, tablets, or computers. These rules allow patients to connect with their doctors using everyday communications tools including emails, faxes, and landline telephone services.

Individuals do not have to be an established patient to receive telehealth services, and there are no limitations on the the types of practitioners who are permitted to provide telehealth services for Medicaid patients.

There are currently 119 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in 24 Ohio counties including: Ashland (1), Belmont (2), Butler (8), Clark (1), Coshocton (2), Cuyahoga (53), Darke (1), Delaware (2), Franklin (10), Geauga (1), Hamilton (1), Huron (1), Lake (2), Lorain (6), Lucas (1), Mahoning (5), Medina (5), Miami (1), Montgomery (1), Richland (1), Stark (5), Summit (6), Trumbull (2), Tuscarawas (1). Of these cases, 33 individuals are hospitalized.

Video of today’s full update can be viewed on the Ohio Channel’s website.

For more information on Ohio’s response to COVID-19, visit coronavirus.ohio.gov or call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH.

Source: https://governor.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/governor/media/news-and-media/applications-accepted-for-economic-injury-disaster-loan-order-to-expand-telehealth-services-for-medicaid-recipients

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A letter from Mayor Wesley E. Sallee

A letter from our Mayor Wesley E. Sallee,

In light of the unprecedented emergency declarations at both the National and State levels to curb the trend of Covid-19, all of our municipal facilities will be following suit. Rest assured that our Village Utility and Police Department services are strong. Our goal is to maintain our levels of Excellency as we take the necessary precautions to effectively practice social distancing. In order to keep our employees and facilities performing at optimum ability, the following directive has been initiated.

As of March 18, 2020. All municipal buildings and public works facilities will have locked public access. Having said that, each department will continue to provide services as normal as possible and business hours will remain the same. What this means for the public is that all business should be done via mail, phone, email, fax or the normal side door drop box may be used. The drop box will be emptied numerous times a day.

 

The village website: www.villageofgreenwich.com

The village website has information on how to contact the Huron County Health Department and the CDC for questions or concerns. And we try and keep it up to date on Governor DeWine’s policy actions on the Corona Virus.

We appreciate your patience and understanding during this global challenge. The health and safety of all of our communities and families are paramount. Together, in time, we will come through this pandemic. Please continue to look out for each other, especially the most vulnerable in our village, but please do it safely. Please ask for help from neighbors and friends if help is needed. With our community working together as I know it can, we will come through this time better than we were when it started. This is the time to come together. May God bless you and keep you safe.

 

Wesley E. Sallee

Mayor- Village of Greenwich

 

Village Utilities – 419-752-2441  – Police Department – 419-752-2681 or Emergency 911

Source: Closure of Village Offices_031820.docx

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Huron County Community Library will be closed to the public

As of today Wednesday, March 18th 2020.

Christine Schopfer MillsAll locations of the Huron County Community Library will be closed to the public at the end of business today. Staff will be available to provide curbside pickup of library items Monday through Friday.”

“The WiFi will be on and our tech staff is working on boosting the signal. We will be evaluating our reopen date and will have an announcement before April 6”

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Village of Greenwich has closed all Government Buildings

As of today Wednesday, March 18th 2020.

Village Administrator, Virgil Giles announces “The Village of Greenwich has closed all Government Buildings, including the Municipal Building, Utility Garages, Street Department and Water Department to the public until further notice.” Following in suit with Greenwich Police Departments Closing of their lobby earlier today. (See Article)

The goal is to ensure public safety and minimize possible exposure to the coronavirus. “The Village understands we are in uncharted waters and these proactive measures will aid in village personnel to continue to serve the village day in and day out.” Said Giles.

Utility Payments can be dropped off in the Dropbox located at the west-side of the municipal building, payment is also accepted at the Civista Bank in Greenwich (drive-thru only), or online through the Village of Greenwich Website.

This decision was made in the community’s best interest as the village continues to consult with public health officials and county and state leaders to assess the rapidly evolving impact of the virus. Thank you for your patience and understanding! We will update any future information and changes through the Village of Greenwich Website and Facebook page.”

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Governor DeWine Announces Additional Temporary Business Closures

March 18, 2020

(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton, M.D., MPH, announced today that the Ohio Department of Health is ordering the temporary closure of Ohio’s barbershops, hair salons, nail salons, and tattoo parlors due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Governor DeWine also ordered the temporary closure of most of Ohio’s Bureau of Motor Vehicle (BMV) deputy registrar locations and BMV driver examination stations.

Both orders went into effect at the close of business today.

“Everyone is in this fight, but we don’t need to go into the battlefield, we simply need to stay home,” said Governor DeWine. “Social distancing is so critical, and many Ohioans are starting to understand its importance, but there are still some who don’t yet get it. This is a crisis that we have never seen in our lifetime, and everyone must recognize that their actions could have deadly consequences.”

Of Ohio’s 186 BMV locations and 57 driver exam stations, a handful will remain open to issue and renew commercial driver licenses and perform commercial knowledge exams to ensure that the transportation of necessaries necessities such as food, medical supplies, and cleaning supplies is not interrupted. Those locations are:

Central Ohio:
Deputy Registrar – 4503 Kenny Road, Columbus 43220
Driver Exam Station – 4738 Cemetery Road, Columbus 43026

Northeast Ohio:
Deputy Registrar – 22125 Rockside Road, Bedford 44146
Driver Exam Station – 22123 Rockside Road, Bedford 44146

Southeast Ohio:
Deputy Registrar/Driver Exam Station – 142 Gross Street, Suites A & B, Marietta 45750

Northwest Ohio:
Deputy Registrar/Driver Exam Station – 1616 E. Wooster Street, Suite 30, Bowling Green  43402

Southwest Ohio:
Deputy Registrar – 10938 Hamilton Avenue, Mt. Healthy  45231
Driver Exam Station – 10940 Hamilton Avenue, Cincinnati  45231

Because of these BMV closures, Governor DeWine announced that he will work with the Ohio General Assembly to extend the expiration date of driver’s licenses that are up for renewal. In the meantime, the Ohio State Highway Patrol will not issue tickets to drivers whose licenses expire while BMV’s services are unavailable. Governor DeWine recommended that other law enforcement agencies in Ohio do the same.

Ohioans can still renew their vehicle registrations by mail or online at www.oplates.com, and BMV is currently working to provide other online service.

EMPLOYEE TEMPERATURES:

Governor DeWine today encouraged business owners to begin taking the temperature of employees when they arrive at work in an effort to identify anyone who is becoming ill. If this is not feasible, Governor DeWine asked that employers require workers to take their own temperatures prior to arriving at work. Anyone with a temperature of 100.4 or higher should self-quarantine with members of their household.

OHIO NATIONAL GUARD:

Because food banks and similar organizations are staffed by a large number of volunteers who are high-risk and encouraged to stay home during this pandemic, Governor DeWine signed a proclamation authorizing the Ohio National Guard to assist organizations that need help with the normal operations of distributing food and supplies.

There are currently 88 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in 19 Ohio counties including: Ashland (1), Belmont (2), Butler (8), Coshocton (2), Cuyahoga (38), Darke (1), Delaware (1), Franklin (7), Geauga (1), Huron (1), Lake (2), Lorain (6), Lucas (1), Mahoning (3), Medina (4), Stark (3), Summit (4), Trumbull (2),and  Tuscarawas (1). Of these individuals, 26 are hospitalized.

Video of today’s full update can be viewed on the Ohio Channel’s website.

For more information on Ohio’s response to COVID-19, visit coronavirus.ohio.gov or call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH.

Source: https://governor.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/governor/media/news-and-media/announced-additional-temporary-business-closures

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Lobby of Greenwich Police Department closed until further notice

Greenwich Ohio Police Department has closed the department’s lobby to the public as a precautionary measure for COVID-19.

A statement from the Greenwich Police Department said as of today Wednesday, March 18th 2020 our lobby will be closed to the public until further notice. The goal is to ensure public safety and minimize possible exposure to the coronavirus.

This decision was made in the community’s best interest as the village continues to consult with public health officials and county and state leaders to assess the rapidly evolving impact of the virus.

Residents who need to file a police report, register or receive information should contact us by phone (419) 752-2681, for Non Emergencies and Dial 9-1-1- for Emergencies.

Chief Dorsey, said “we are aware some reports need to be taken in person, we will continue to respond as necessary”.

“Rest assured the men and women of the Greenwich Police Department will still be patrolling our streets and protecting all citizens during these times,” Dorsey said. “Thank you for your patience and understanding! We will update any future information and changes through the department’s Facebook page.”

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Elective Surgeries Postponed in Ohio Hospitals

March 17, 2020

(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced today the the Ohio Department of Health has issued an order declaring that elective surgeries and procedures in Ohio’s hospitals be postponed in an effort to conserve personal protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare workers and first responders.

The order will go into effect at the end of business on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. 

The Ohio Hospital Association (OHA) has estimated that the amount of PPE that Ohio will need during the COVID-19 pandemic is equal to the amount of PPE available nationally.

“By postponing elective hospital procedures that are safe to delay, we can protect patients and providers,” said Governor DeWine. “This will also help us preserve critically short supplies of PPE and preserve inpatient beds and other equipment for critically ill patients.”

OHA developed guidelines for healthcare providers for the management of non-essential surgeries and procedures in Ohio. Surgeries or procedures will be delayed unless there is a:

  • Threat to the patient’s life if surgery or procedure is not performed;
  • Threat of permanent dysfunction of an extremity or organ system;
  • Risk of metastasis or progression of staging;
  • Risk of rapidly worsening to severe symptoms.

In order to preserve PPE, only individuals who are essential to conducting the surgery or procedure shall be in the surgery or procedure suite or other patient care areas where PPE is required. Each hospital and outpatient surgery or procedure provider shall establish an internal governance structure to ensure the principles outlined above are followed.

EMERGENCY CHILDCARE MEASURES:

Governor DeWine today also signed an executive order establishing a temporary pandemic child care licensethat allows the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services to provide child care to families where parents work in the health, safety, and essential service fields during the COVID-19 pandemic. The agency will issue temporary pandemic child care licenses to ensure communities have access to child care.

“It is important that professionals who are essential to protecting the public, are able to ensure their families are have safe places to go while they are at work,” said Ohio Governor Mike DeWine. “Helping to address this need, allows our health and safety providers to focus on protecting and caring for all Ohioans.”

New temporary pandemic child care centers will operate under reduced regulations focused solely on the health and safety of children. Pandemic child care center licenses can be granted to already existing child care centers or new child care centers that may be created in response to community needs.

For more information visit jfs.ohio.gov.

There are currently 67 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in 16 Ohio counties including: Belmont (2); Butler (6); Coshocton (2); Cuyahoga (31); Darke (1); Franklin (4); Geauga (1); Lake (1); Lorain (4); Lucas (1); Mahoning (1); Medina (3); Stark (3); Summit (4); Trumbull (2); Tuscarawas (1). Seventeen of these individuals are hospitalized.

Video of today’s full update can be viewed on the Ohio Channel’s website.

For more information on Ohio’s response to COVID-19, visit coronavirus.ohio.gov or call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH.

Source: https://governor.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/governor/media/news-and-media/elective%2Bsurgeries-postponed-in-ohio-hospitals

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COVID-19 Guidance for 2020 Primary Elections

COVID-19 Guidance for 2020 Primary Elections

Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton, M.D., MPH, strongly recommends that all of Ohio’s registered voters be notified of the following:

  • Dr. Acton signed a public health order regarding the closure of the polling locations in the state of Ohio on March 17 for preventing the spread of contagious or infectious diseases.
  1. This order was made to avoid the imminent threat with a high probability of widespread exposure to COVID-19 with a significant risk of substantial harm to a large number of the people in the general population, including the elderly and people with weakened immune systems and chronic medical conditions.
  2. It is clear from history and experience that a large number of people (50 or more persons) gather at polling locations, which increases the risk of transmission of COVID-19.
  • Ohio’s Primary Election Day will be June 2, 2020.
  1. This date was selected so that people can enjoy going to the polls and casting votes. This has been extended so people don’t have to choose between their constitutional right and their health.
  2. Poll workers who were scheduled to work on March 17 are encouraged to volunteer on June 2, 2020. Anyone who is interested in serving as a poll worker should contact their county Board of Elections.
  • You may still vote absentee. If you did not vote in-person or using an absentee ballot before March 17, 2020, you are encouraged to submit your absentee ballot at anytime or vote on the rescheduled Primary Election Day to be held on June 2, 2020.
  • You may check your voter registration and other information on the Secretary of State website at https://www.ohiosos.gov/elections/voters/#gref.

For answers to your COVID-19 questions, call 1-833-4ASKODH (1-833-427-5634).

Source: https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/home/covid-19-checklists/covid-19-guidance-2020-primary-elections

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Firelands Electric Customers

March 17, 2020

RE: COVID-19 Action Plan

 

Dear Valued Members of the Community,

As the coronavirus crisis continues to unfold in the U.S., I want to share with you what Firelands Electric Cooperative is doing to ensure top level, uninterrupted service for you and our member-consumers. We are focused on providing the same reliable power and high level of member service you are accustomed to as we navigate this evolving situation.

Due to developments in Ohio regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus), Firelands Electric temporarily closed its facility lobby at 103 Industrial Drive, New London, on March 16. The area will remain closed to the public until further notice, reflecting the Governor of Ohio’s administrative orders.

Member-consumers can still conduct business with their cooperative by mail, drive up, and night drop. In addition, service support is available 24/7 at www.firelandsec.com, on the cooperative’s SmartHub app, or by calling 1-800-533-8658.

Firelands Electric is following the PUCO’s recommendation and is temporarily suspending disconnections, load limiting, and penalties for not meeting payment requirements during the coronavirus outbreak. Members are encouraged to continue making payments, as the cooperative will resume disconnects immediately following the removal of the PUCO moratorium. We do ask that you please contact the office if you are unable to make your payment on time.

The health and safety of Firelands Electric’s employees, members, and community are the cooperative’s top priority. We are employing measures based on the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) recommendations: practicing good hygiene by washing hands regularly and disinfecting work surfaces, as well as practicing social distancing as prescribed by the Department of Public Health and the CDC. Most importantly, we have advised employees to remain at home if they are not feeling well.

The cooperative has a general crisis contingency plan in place. Our technology infrastructure and office workforce are prepared for a work-from-home strategy, should the situation escalate. While we do take this situation very seriously, our plan is to remain fully operational and continue to deliver the reliable electric service and support that Firelands Electric Cooperative members deserve.

Moving forward, we will continue to stay focused on the well-being of our employees and members. We apologize for any inconvenience as we take measures to ensure the health and safety of our employees and community.

 

Sincerely,

General Manager Dan McNaull

Firelands Electric Cooperative, Inc.

103 Industrial Drive • P.O. Box 32

New London, Ohio 44851-0032

1-800-533-8658 • Fax 419-929-8550

www.FirelandsEC.com

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