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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

By July 30, 2021August 2nd, 2021Hot Topics

We are continuously monitoring this issue and will update this page as new information becomes available.

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RESOURCES FROM FEDERAL AGENCIES

Resources from Federal Agencies:

CDC:
The CDC updated its guidance on May 13, 2021 for those who have been fully vaccinated.  According to the CDC:
  • If you are fully vaccinated, you can resume activities that you did prior to the pandemic.
  • Fully vaccinated people can resume activities without wearing a mask or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.
For more information on what fully-vaccinated individuals can do, follow this link: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/fully-vaccinated.html
DHS:
DOL:
The DOL issued guidance implementing the American Rescue Plan’s Continuation of Health Coverage premium assistance provisions to provide full COBRA premium assistance to certain individuals who have experienced a reduction in hours or involuntary termination of employment. Click here for the full news release. Click here for the FAQs and Model Notices. 4/7/2021
On Thursday, December 31st, the U.S. Department of Labor Publishes Guidance on Expiration of Paid Sick Leave and Expanded Family and Medical Leave for Coronavirus. Even with the expiration on December 31, 2020, of the requirement of the FFCRA, companies can still choose to offer these paid leave options. Click here for the full news release.
Click here for the DOL’s Families First Coronavirus Response Act Notice – Frequently Asked Questions.
Click here for the DOL’s Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Employer Paid Leave Requirements.
Click here for the DOL’s Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Questions and Answers.
EEOC:
Click here for What You Should Know About the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and COVID-19.
IRS:
IRS Issue Guidance on Reporting Qualified Sick and Family Leave Wages Paid
Click here for the IRS’ COVID-19-Related Tax Credits for Required Paid Leave Provided by Small and Midsize Businesses FAQs.
OSHA:
Click here for OSHA’s Protecting Workers: Guidance on Mitigating and Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 in the Workplace. 1/29/2021
Click here for OSHA’s Frequently Asked Questions and Answers About Face Coverings, Surgical Masks, and Respirators in the Workplace.
Click here for OSHA’s Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19.
Click here to access OSHA’s Safety & Health Topics – COVID-19.

SBA:
Click here for information on the Paycheck Protection Program.
Click here for the Paycheck Protection Program – Loan Forgiveness Application.
Click here for Coronavirus Funding Options.

RESOURCES FOR OHIO

Resources for Ohio:

Director’s Second Amended Order for Social Distancing, Facial Coverings and NonCongregating. 5/17/2021
Governor DeWine Statement on New CDC Mask Guidance regarding fully-vaccinated individuals and masks. 5/14/2021
Governor DeWine held a statewide address on May 12, 2021.  The Governor praised Ohioans who have sacrificed greatly this past year in fighting COVID-19.  He also announced drawings for $5 million and scholarships as incentives to citizens to get the COVID-19 vaccine and stated the following:
It’s time to end the health orders. It’s been a year. You’ve followed the protocols. You’ve done what we’ve asked. You’ve bravely fought this virus. And now, our cases are down, and we have a tested and proven weapon in the vaccine that all Ohioans 12 and over can utilize.
 While we have this great weapon, the danger of remaining unvaccinated is crystal clear.  The virus is still here.  Our cases are down, but that’s only because 42 percent of our entire population has now been vaccinated and can no longer get it and can no longer spread it.
 Ohio Department of Health Director, Stephanie McCloud, will remove all pandemic health orders, except those for nursing homes & assisted living facilities, effective 3 weeks from today, on June 2.  This will give anyone not been vaccinated time to get the one-shot J&J vaccine or the first dose of Pfizer/Moderna and be well on the way to full immunity for themselves.
 Now, lifting these orders does not mean the virus is gone.  It does not mean we are all safe.  Each Ohio citizen will make their own decisions about wearing a mask and social distancing, how to protecting themselves — and when, for them, their actions, that’s appropriate.
 The number of Ohioans who get the vaccine will determine what our future looks like, particularly this coming winter.  Everyone has a stake in more Ohioans getting vaccinated.
He further stated this about businesses:
Ohio businesses and schools, as well, will make their own decisions about how to best keep their customers, employees, and students safe.  Lifting these health orders will not prevent a business from imposing its own requirements. 
 In fact, based upon the experiences of other states, we expect that many stores or businesses may require social distancing and masking.
For the full news release on his address, follow this link: https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/resources/news-releases-news-you-can-use/covid-19-update-05-12-21
In addition, during Governor DeWine’s normal press conference on May 13, 2021, he announced that Ohio will no longer take part in the federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program – the extra $300 on top of normal unemployment benefits – as of June 26, 2021.
Click here for Work Ready Lucas County – COVID-19 Information for Businesses.
Click here to access the number of cases and the results of testing in Ohio.

Click here for: Ohio Governor DeWine Signs Emergency Order Regarding Coronavirus.

ARTICLES WE ARE READING

Articles We are Reading:

Employers Contend with Conflicts over Masks, Vaccinations – SHRM
No-Mask Mandates Come with Risks – SHRM
Employers Should Be Cautious When Asking About Vaccination Status – SHRM
Managing Workplace Mask Requirements as Restrictions Are Lifted – SHRM
Reopening Strategies Recognize Many Will Keep Working Remotely – SHRM
When Should Employers Consider Lifting Mask Mandates – SHRM
Rethinking Where We Work – SHRM
How Employers Are Educating Employees About Getting Vaccinated – SHRM
As Offices Reopen, Hybrid Onsite and Remote Work Becomes Routine – SHRM
How the New COVID-19 Relief Package Impacts Employers – SHRM
American Rescue Plan Act Doesn’t Require Leave – SHRM
Comply with ADA, FMLA When Worker Is a ‘COVID-19 Long Hauler’ – SHRM
Half of Workers Wish to Remain Remote Permanently – SHRM
Can an Employee Refuse to Get a COVID-19 Vaccine? – SHRM
Encourage or Require? Employers Take Different Tacks on COVID-19 Vaccinations – SHRM
DOL Issues New Guidance on Posting Notices for Remote, Hybrid Workplaces – SHRM
W-2s May Need to Be Corrected Due to the FFCRA – SHRM
What to Do If Your Team Doesn’t Want to Return to the Office – SHRM
How to Encourage Employees to Take Vacation – SHRM.
Mercer Encourages Employers to Foster Two-Way Dialogue before Brining Employees Back to Office.
COVID-19 and Deciding Who Continues Working from Home – SHRM. 
Many Professionals Dread Returning to the Office – SHRM.
What to Do When Scared Workers Don’t Report to Work Due to COVID-19? – SHRM.
Click here for HBR’s 10 Digital Miscommunications and How to Avoid Them.
Click here for Paul White’s: Appreciation and (Newly) Remote Workers.
Click here for Forbes’ Communication Is More Important Now Than Ever.

Click here for Wolters Kluwer’s Plan now for coronavirus to avoid disruptions and promote safe practices.

Click here for Coronavirus: How Emotional Contagion Exacts a Toll.

PPE, SUPPLIES & RESOURCES AVAILABLE

Burkett Restaurant Equipment & Supplies: Follow this link to their website for Coronavirus Safety Essentials, including PPE: https://www.burkett.com/coronavirus-commercial-kitchen-essentials and their Opening Up America Again flyer. 
DayMark Safety Systems: Follow this link to their website where you can browse their catalog from items such as infrared thermometers, social distancing floor markers, hand sanitizer, and their newest product, a Kiosk Temperature and Face Mask monitor: https://www.daymarksafety.com/ecatalog/.
NicholsFollow this link to their website for #BetterTogether – A Program for Healthy Teams & Facilities: https://www.enichols.com/bettertogether/healthy-teams.
Superior Uniform Sales: Follow this link to their brochure: https://theea.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/SUS-Face-Covers.png.  To order, contact Alyssa Darah at adarah@superioruniformsales.com or 419-476-9616 ext. 211 or Carole at ext. 203.
The Image Group: Follow this link to their brochure: https://theea.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/TIG-Target-Health-and-Essentials-Products-V2-5.18.20.pdf.  To order, contact Rosa Torres at rtorres@theimagegroup.net or 419-930-2254.
The Ohio & Michigan Paper Company: Follow these links to their website: www.ompco.com and online catalog: https://fastweb.ompco.com.  Email inquiries can be sent to orders@ompco.com.
N95 Fit Testing

If your employees need to use N95 masks they should be fit tested first.  Fit testing is available at the following locations:

  • Concentra – Oregon: 419-697-6850
  • Mercy Health – St. Vincent Occupational Health: 419-251-4634
  • Mercy Health – St. Charles Occupational Health: 419-696-7493
  • Mobile Health – Maumee: 212-695-5122
  • Mobile Health – Toledo: 212-695-5122
  • St. Lukes – Occupational Health Services: 419-891-8003
  • Wood County Hospital – ReadyWorks: N95 Fit Testing for $25 and may be billed to your place of employment.  Call and make an appointment at 419- 373-4162.

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