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County Updates

Hello Logan County Chamber Members & Community Members –

We wanted to provide a quick update on some of the most frequently asked questions regarding the pandemic. Please contact our office if you have any additional questions or follow the links below for details. More information will be provided to you as it becomes available.

Q: Can an employee file for unemployment if his/her hours have been reduced?
A: Yes, unemployment is available for employees whose hours have been reduced. Click here for additional info on unemployment from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. Click here for a pdf of the unemployment instruction sheet for employees.

Q: If one or more of my employees receive unemployment benefits as a result of a coronavirus-related shutdown, will my unemployment taxes increase?
A: For contributory employers, charges during Ohio’s emergency declaration period will be mutualized.

Q: I would like to give back to help those in need. Where can I find volunteer opportunities?
A: United Way of Logan County has the most up-to-date and comprehensive information on volunteer opportunities. Click here to see volunteer opportunities on United Way’s website.

Q: Will there be financial assistance available to help small businesses affected by the health crisis?
A: Yes. On Tuesday, March 17, Governor DeWine applied to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to allow Ohio to qualify for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program. Click here to read more about the program on SBA’s website.

Q: Are restaurants and shops still open for business?
A: Yes! Most retail shops remain open and while restaurants are closed for dine-in service, many offer carryout options. We recommend checking the establishment’s Facebook page to check on hours of operation as some stores and restaurants have cut back from their regular hours.

Again, please contact our office with any other questions or concerns.

Lydia Hess, Director
Logan County Chamber of Commerce
100 S. Main St.
Bellefontaine, OH 43311
(937) 599-5121

Logan County COVID-19 Community Resource Call Center Now Operational


To alleviate increasing pressures on local primary care offices, Mary Rutan Hospital Urgent Care and Emergency Department, the Logan County Health District (LCHD), in partnership with Mary Rutan Hospital is advancing local preparations for COVID-19.  Beginning Thursday, March 19, a LCHD Community Resource Call Center (CRC) will begin operations to assist local physician offices in their triage process.

The Community Resource Call Center will assist through the following efforts:

  • Once a patient has received phone triage by their primary care provider, and it’s been determined that additional evaluation is necessary, the patient will be referred by their primary care provider to the CRC and will receive a second triage by the CRC nurse.
  • If testing is determined to be necessary, patient information will be forwarded to Mary Rutan Hospital by the CRC and an appointment will be set to perform drive-thru testing at a designated location.
  • If further testing is not determined to be necessary, appropriate patient instruction and education will be provided by the CRC.

Testing will be prioritized based on the number of tests available.  Patients who meet CDC-established criteria, which include a fever of 100.5 or higher (without the use of fever reducers for 4 hours, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen) and cough, will receive priority testing.

The Logan County Health District, Mary Rutan Hospital and local providers are in constant communication about the situation as it evolves and will continue to work together in the best interest of our patients and our community.

Union County Updates
From the Hope Center 3/18/20

Starting this Thursday, March 19, 2020, we will be serving dinners only.  This will be Monday – Friday, with no brunch on Saturday.  These will be served at our usual time, 4:30 – 6:00, but will be prepared in to go containers and handed out at the door.

The other meals we are handling are the 250 lunches per day for North Union Schools starting this Friday and all next week.

We need volunteers to help us get these done.  We will be preparing Fridays lunches this Thursday from 2:00 – 4:00 here at the Hope Center.  If you have the opportunity, please stop by and help us to feed these kids that might be going without otherwise.

Donations, donations, donations, are key to the success of this project.

We need the following to help us provide these lunches:

Sliced meats and cheeses
Fruit Snacks
Bread, bread, bread!
Small containers of applesauce, fruit, pudding, and jello, etc.

We have plenty of peanut butter and jelly for right now.

Any of these that can be provided will be of tremendous help to us.

We will continue to help with clothing and furniture needs, but we will also be handling this in a different manner.

There will still be Emergency Assistance appointments, which you need to call in and set up, however, there will be no shopping in ReStored 61. We will gather up the requests for clothes, or furniture from this meeting, and hand them out on Saturday mornings from 9:00 – 12:00.

We also ask at this time that no furniture donations be brought in due to lack of volunteers to handle the influx.

The Personal Needs Pantry will be open Saturdays, 9:00 – 12:00 and Monday & Thursday, 5:00 – 6:00.  They will also continue to be open the first Wednesday of each month from 12:00 – 2:00.

Our office hours during this time will be 9:00 – 6:00 Monday – Friday and 9:00 – 12:00 on Saturday starting immediately.

And of course you can call in at anytime, or reach out to us on Facebook with any urgent needs we have not covered here.