Enhanced Unemployment Aid

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine is ordering the relaxing of some unemployment compensation requirements and timelines for COVID-19 impacted workers who do not receive paid leave and for people who have been quarantined due to COVID-19. Visit unemployment.ohio.gov for additional information.

Support for Small Businesses and Non-Profit Organizations

Small business owners and non-profit agencies impacted by the public health crisis can apply for low- interest loans. Those impacted should immediately send their contact information to BusinessHelp@Development.Ohio.Gov. Additional information on the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program is available at SBA.gov/disaster.

Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton, M.D., MPH, strongly recommends that all businesses/employers immediately take the following actions: ?•Allow as many employees as possibe to work from home by implementing policies in areas such as teleworking and video conferencing

If employees do report to workplaces:

•Actively encourage sick employees to stay home until they are free of fever or symptoms (without the use of medication) for at least 24 hours. Do not require a healthcare provider’s note to validate the illness or return to work of employees sick with acute respiratory illness; healthcare provider offices and medical facilities may be extremely busy and not able to provide such documentation in a timely way.

• Ensure that your sick leave policies are up-to-date, flexible, and non-punitive to allow sick employees to stay home to care for themselves, children, or other family members. Consider encouraging employees to do a self-assessment each day to check if they have any COVID-19 symptoms (fever, cough or shortness of breath.)

• Separate employees who appear to have acute respiratory illness symptoms from other employees and send them home immediately. Restrict their access to the business until they have recovered.

• Reinforce key messages - stay home when sick, use cough and sneeze etiquette, and practice hand hygiene - to all employees and place posters in areas where they are most likely to be seen. Provide protection supplies such as soap and water, hand sanitizer, tissues and no-touch disposal receptacles for use by employees.

• Frequently perform enhanced environmental cleaning of commonly touched surfaces, such as workstations, countertops, railings, door handles and doorknobs. Use the cleaning agents that are usually used in these areas and follow the directions on the label.. Provide disposable wipes so that commonly used surfaces can be wiped down by employees before each use.

• Be prepared to change business practices if needed to maintain critical operations. Identify alternative suppliers, prioritize customers or temporarily suspend some of your operations.