• Ross County sees its first COVID-19 death: The Ross County Health District announced this morning that the county has confirmed its first COVID-19 related death. No new information about the total number of cases was provided along with the new release. Today's tally was 30 positive cases, 60% males and 40% females, and seven currently hospitalized. The age range is from 19 to 80 years. There have been 278 Ross County residents tested with 215 testing negative, and 23 awaiting test results. Eight recovered cases are reported.
  • Gov. Mike DeWine once again did not unveil specifics about how small business can anticipate what they need to do to re-open after May 1, but said the big principle will be "protect your customers if you're retail" and protect your employees and yourself. He said the specifics will be coming "shortly" and "the next coming few days." He also said the guidelines coming are going to be more specific than the ones originally released in the essential businesses order. Lt. Gov. Jon Husted added businesses large and small were consulted to create specifics that make sense from a health and business standpoint.
PPP update: Get in touch with your bank NOW
Good news! The Senate passed more money for small businesses late Tuesday afternoon, including $310 billion for the Paycheck Protection Program and $60 billion for the SBA loan program.

The bill heads to the House, where a vote is set for Thursday and President Trump is expected to sign it. This money, just like the first round, will go fast.

Many small businesses struggled to access the PPP funds in the first round, so the advice from many financial advisors is small businesses should get ahead of this now by calling your bank TODAY or TOMORROW to increase their chances of receiving funds.
Let's show the world #WeAreChillicothe
It's been a tough week for Ohio and Ross County.

Small businesses and the unemployed have struggled with a relief system that has been strained by an overwhelming number of claims. Schools are closed for the rest of the academic year, which creates childcare and other issues for families. With high school sports canceled for the rest of the spring, a lot of young people who put in hard work for a time to shine are left disappointed. The list goes on and on.

In the middle of this, we've partnered with some friends to unveil a new social media campaign to unify us during this trying time.

The image above is the one we're promoting right now - with the concept that Chillicothe has made some great strides together in the past few years and, even in the middle of a difficult time, we can do it again as long as we stick together.

We're asking locals to share this image to social media with their own stories and adding #WeAreChillicothe to allow us to see the great stories of our amazing small businesses.

You'll note the end of the image we encourage you to "keep supporting local." That's a key element of our effort. We need our small businesses to feel the love of our community. The early returns on our Return to Work survey show 77 percent of those responding lost at least half of their revenue, if not more.

The campaign will continue as we return to work and consumer confidence returns to Ross County. I can't thank Metropolis Design Studio enough for their hard work on the campaign, and Downtown Chillicothe and Greater Chillicothe and Ross County Economic Development for their partnership to share the campaign to the community.

If you want to check out the materials and tell your own story, click here .
Give us 3 minutes to better serve you
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
  • *NEW* Be careful: The FBI is warning the country about fraudulent PPE material. (Link)

  • Thursday, April 23 noon - Jarvis Law Firm session on How to Protect Your Business and Family (Facebook event)
  • 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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