• The latest numbers for our county: The Ross County Health District announced today the following information: 30 positive cases (one death), 60% male and 40% female, and seven currently hospitalized. The age range is from 19 to 80 years. There have been 293 Ross County residents tested with 233 testing negative, and 30 awaiting test results. Eight recovered cases are reported.
  • As we prepared this daily update, the House had not yet voted on the new $484 billion package to help small business. We're still hopeful that the deal will be reached and President Trump will sign the bill today, but it's another opportunity to tell you to contact your bank now - if you haven't already done so - to start the process so when the sign-up opens again, you'll be the best possible position to access funds to help your business.
  • Starting on Friday, April 24, Ohioans who are unemployed as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic but who don’t qualify for regular unemployment benefits can begin pre-registering for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), a new federal program that covers many more categories of workers, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) announced today.
New standards to re-open businesses
to be rolled out by governor Monday
Some ways to cope from our members
NAMI Southern Ohio is offering free mental health support services now via Zoom meetings. The organization is offering a Family Support Group every Thursday from 3-5 p.m. and a Connection Support Group every Friday from 3-5 p.m.

  • Family Support Group is designed as a group support and education forum for those who have a loved one or close friend who lives with a mental illness.
  • Connection is an education and support group for those who have personal lived experience with mental illness.

Each group is free and is hosted by a trained NAMI facilitator who has personal lived experience with mental illness.

The groups are open to all residents of Ross County, as well as Highland, Fayette, Pickaway and Pike Counties and are free of charge. Those interested should email NAMI Southern Ohio at [email protected] and we will send them instructions on how to access the groups.

Also, Geode Yoga is also offering some relief to those who are still working, or just need some stress relief during these challenging, and for many, difficult times. In honor of Earth Day we are extending to our community some anxiety and stress relief opportunities, as a huge thank you from our Geode Gem team to yours.
“New Becoming” | Beginner Flow
Guided Meditation” | with Kristin
Sound Bath | with Rachael (should wear headphones)
FRIDAY is the final day for our survey
That's the average time that it takes to take our Return to Work survey, which is currently active.

We're looking to find out how to serve you best as we prepare for the gradual return to our businesses. Do we need to help you find resources to re-open? Would you like guidance on how to market your business in the new normal?

Let us know what you need so we can start taking action for you! Please complete the survey by 5 p.m. Friday, April 24
*NEW* Information for small business owners
  • Tuesday, April 28 at 2 p.m. - Leading the Charge in Uncertain Times (Eventbrite link)
  • Tuesday, April 28 at 2 p.m. - Strong Towns and Vibrant Community Partners on how communities can emerge from the pandemic stronger and better than before. (register here)
  • Wednesday, May 6 at 9 a.m. or noon - Grow with Google session: Manage Your Business Remotely in Times of Uncertainty (webinar link)
Miss one of these updates? Click here to catch up!
Coronavirus numbers, facts and figures
Links to information:

  • Looking for a job? The state has a job page on its Coronavirus page that helps connect those out of work with jobs.

  • The Ohio Channel YouTube page, where the Governor, Lt. Gov. and director of the Ohio Department of Health give regular updates at 2 p.m. on most days.

  • Governor's Stay at Home Order (Link)

  • The Chillicothe Ross Community Foundation's Coronavirus Fund needs donations, and can potentially help non-profits with some of the costs of helping the community cope with the impact of COVID-19 in the area.

  • The United Way of Ross County is awarding micro-grants to non-profits working to address community needs due to COVID-19's impact.
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