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Covid 19

The coronavirus (COVID-19) was first identified in Wuhan, China, and reported by the World Health Organization on December 31, 2019. Around the globe, the coronavirus is receiving heightened attention for infecting tens of thousands of people. The respiratory illness caused by a coronavirus is thought to spread between people who are in close contact with one another (about six feet) through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land on common surfaces or in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

The Mason Deerfield Chamber is closely tracking the impact of the coronavirus for our businesses and the Mason-Deerfield community. This page was put together on March 11, 2020, and updated regularly, to serve as the one stop shop of business resources for the Mason-Deerfield region. Below are resources for advice on how your business and family can plan for and respond to the virus. We will update this page as information is made available.

Grant Funding Available

In This Together Ohio Industry Fact Sheets

COVID-19 Vaccination Update

Restaurant Revitalization Fund: Learn How to Apply [Video]

Procedures for Lender Submission of Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness Decisions to SBA and SBA Forgiveness Loan Reviews can be found here.

SBA Disaster Loan Assistance Information can be found here.

Coronavirus Emergency Loans Small Business Guide and Checklist can be found here.

Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act can be found here.

To stay up-to-date with the latest information from our businesses and partners, please check out the COVID-19 Press Releases section of our website, updated consistently.

Business Resources

PPP Loan Forgiveness 
U.S. Chamber of Commerce Paycheck Protection Program Guide

Independent Contractor’s Guide To CARES Act Relief 
Benefits for Independent Contractor’s

Ohio Department of Job and Family Services | Coronavirus and Unemployment Insurance Benefits
Benefits for Unemployment

BBB | COVID-19 Business Resources
Everything from the Better Business Bureau in one place

CDC | Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease
Recommended strategies for employers to use now

EEOC | Pandemic Preparedness in the Workplace and Americans with Disabilities Act
Identifies established ADA principles that are relevant to questions frequently asked about workplace pandemic planning

FEMA | Emergency Response Plan
A 10 page document to help businesses identify the goals and objectives for the emergency response plan

FFCRA | Poster Notice
Each covered employer must post a notice of the FFCRA’s requirements in a conspicuous place on its premises

FFCRA | Poster Notice FAQ
Frequently asked questions about the FFCRA’s business poster

Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America | Insurance-Related Resources
Disaster planning toolkit, losses of business income implications, worker compensation, and more

ODAS | Ohio Administrative Code Updates
Ohio Department of Administrative Services has filed proposed administrative rules with the Ohio Common Sense Initiative

ODPS | Ohio Emergency Management Agency: Disaster in the Workplace Toolkit
Materials and information necessary to easily plan and host an exercise

ODOH | Resources for Economic Support
Resources for individuals, families, businesses and non-profits

Ohio | Development Services Agency                                                                                                                                                                      Governor DeWine, Lt. Governor Jon Husted Create Ohio Office of Small Business Relief

Ohio | Disaster Loan Declaration Form
Qualifying business can apply from a disaster loan from the state

OSHA | COVID-19 Safety and Health Standards, Control & Prevention External Link
An overview of information for workers and employers, including links to Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards and control and prevention

REDI | COVID-19 Updates
Economic resources for companies within the Cincinnati region

SBA | Assistance provided to small businesses affected by COVID-19
The SBA is offering up to $2 million in Disaster Assistance Loans to small businesses

SBA | Apply for a Disaster Loan
Apply online for all types of SBA disaster assistance loans

SBA | Disaster Recovery Toolkit
Checklist for managing in times of financial difficulty

U.S. Chamber of Commerce | Guidance for Employers to Plan and Respond to the Coronavirus
Strategies and tips to protect your workforce

U.S. Chamber of Commerce | Understanding the Coronavirus (Video)
Webinar about the impact of coronavirus on the private sector and how companies should consider their response, hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

U.S. Chamber of Commerce | Coronavirus (COVID-19) Workplace Tips for Employees
A flyer of general workplace health and safety information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Webinars & Educational Resources
Library of webinars and resources provided by MADE Chamber partners

WHO | Key planning recommendations for Mass Gatherings in the context of the current COVID-19 outbreak
A guide outlining key planning considerations for organizers of mass gatherings in the context of the COVID-19 outbreak

Overview and Monitoring

CDC | Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Situation Summary
Updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tracking the situation in the U.S. and the latest recommendations

CDC | Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Situation Summary
Updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tracking the situation in the U.S. and the latest recommendations

Final Contact Tracing Workforce 4.27.20
May Contact Tracing Workforce

Final Sector Sector Services Sheets 04.27.20
Response in regard to Manufacturing, Distribution, and Construction

Final Testing Plan 04.27.20
Response from the testing plan the Ohio Department of Health has created for May

Final COVID-19 Continued Closures 04.27.20_ (002)
Updates from the office of Mike DeWine in regard to the first phase of opening May 1st

Responsible RestartOhio Statements of Support
Response from The Ohio Chamber of Commerce and others in regard to reopening

Ohio Department of Health | COVID-19 Dashboard                                                                                                                                     Data and more information from The Ohio Department of Health in regard to cases per county in Ohio

CDC | Coronavirus Disease 2019 Information for Travel
Updated information about coronavirus  for travelers and travel-related industries

Changes in Sick Leave Law
How the “Families First Coronavirus Response Act” Affects Employers

City of Cincinnati | COVID-19 Updates
Updated information from the City of Cincinnati

City of Mason | COVID-19 Updates
Updated information from the City of Mason

COVID-19 Advice for Home, Work and School
Vice President Pence released official advice about keeping yourself and those around you safe from the virus

Deerfield Township | COVID-19 Updates
Updated information from Deerfield Township

EPA | List N: Disinfectants for use against SARS and CoV-2
EPAs recommended use and list of registered disinfectants the are qualified for use against coronaviruses

U.S. Chamber of Commerce | Resilience in a Box
A collection of resources based on best practices and designed to educate business leaders on disaster preparedness and business resilience. Focus on small businesses

Warren County | COVID-19 Updates
Warren County protocols in regard to coronavirus

WHO | Video Explainer
Video from WHO explaining what’s currently known about the virus

Healthcare Resources

Premier Health | Atrium Medical Center Begins Screenings
Atrium Medical Center Begins Patient Screenings Outside Emergency Entrance

UC Health | COVID-19 Updates
Updated information from UC Health and its partners

US News | Keeping Anxiety at Bay
Tips for managing anxiety during a pandemic

*It was announced that blood allocations are likely going to be decreased to hospitals because it is expected that blood donations will be down during this time. Please consider donating blood at your local blood bank.

Community Resources

City of Cincinnati | COVID-19 Updates
Updated information from the City of Cincinnati

City of Mason | COVID-19 Updates
Updated information from the City of Mason

Deerfield Township | COVID-19 Updates
Deerfield Township protocols in regard to coronavirus

Governor DeWine | COVID-19 Testing Protocol
Governor and Health Departments testing protocol updates

Mason Deerfield Chamber | MADE to Eat Takeout Blitz
Support local establishments during the governor’s ban

Mason Deerfield Chamber | MADE Strong Together Blackout Bingo
Complete squares, win prizes by supporting local businesses

Ohio Department of Public Health | COVID-19 Public Resources
Updated tracker of test results in Ohio

REDI | COVID-19 Updates
Economic resources for companies within the Cincinnati region

Warren County | COVID-19 Updates
Warren County protocols in regard to coronavirus

School Resources

Mason City Schools | Corona Virus Update
Mason City Schools protocols in regard to coronavirus

Kings Schools | Corona Virus Update
Kings Schools protocols in regard to the coronavirus

Ten Tips to Do in Tough Times
Courtesy of Small Business Administration (SBA) and SCORE

  • Manage your cash flow. Examine your cash flow analysis and look for steps to strengthen your financial position. Consult with your CPA more often.
  • Meet with your local banker. Reinforce your relationship and inquire as to any strategies they might recommend.
  • Contact all vendors and creditors. Establish a line of trade credit or explore extending the terms.
  • Examine and reduce your accounts payable, where possible.
  • Examine and manage your accounts receivable. Try to reduce the average number of days your receivables are outstanding. More frequent requests for payment on overdue accounts may be in order.
  • Examine, develop and deploy several additional marketing strategies, including maximizing the use of social media. All designed to stimulate sales.
  • Develop strategic alliances with other businesses. This will allow you to expand market penetration and explore new markets domestically and international. If feasible join additional business networking organizations.
  • Either reinforce/expand or create a Board of Advisors. These individuals can be a valuable source of information, advice and connection to resources.
  • Contact Small Business Administration (SBA) (

Healthy Habits

  • Wash your hands
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Cover your mouth and nose
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Avoid close contact with others — handshakes, hugs etc.
  • Clean all “high-touch” surfaces everyday
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