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COVID-19 Resource Center

In an effort to keep our members up to date on the latest news regarding the novel coronavirus, OABA has established this resource page. Links to important news stories and important resources will be added as they are made available. 

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Coronavirus Impacts by State

 

April 2

Ohio Stay at Home Order Extended Through May 1

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced today that Ohio's Stay at Home order has been extended until 11:59 p.m. on May 1, 2020. 

Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton, MD, MPH, signed the updated order this afternoon. It goes into effect at midnight on Monday.

"We understand that this is tough - it is very difficult. But, I would not be making these decisions if it wasn't a mater of life and death," said Governor DeWine. "We have to keep this monster down. It's not dead - it's very much alive." 

The full Stay at Home order can be found here or on coronavirus.ohio.gov

Updates to the new order include: 

  • The creation of a dispute resolution process for situations where two local health departments have come to a different conclusion on what is or is not an essential business. 
  • The requirement that essential businesses determine and enforce a maximum number of customers allowed in a store at one time.  These businesses must ensure that people waiting to enter the stores maintain safe social distancing.
  • Direction that travelers arriving to Ohio should self-quarantine for 14 days. Exceptions include persons who live and work in trans-border areas, heath care workers, public health workers, public safety workers, transportation workers and designated essential workers. Visitors are instructed not to travel to Ohio if they are displaying symptoms, excepting in certain circumstances for medical care. 
  • The mandate that wedding receptions be limited to no more than 10 people.
  • A clarification to close campgrounds with the exception where a camper or recreational vehicle in a campground serves as a citizen's permanent residence and they are unable to secure safe alternative housing.
  • The requirement that public swimming pools and swimming pools at private clubs or housing complexes close to prevent transmission of COVID-19.  This does not apply to private residential pools. 
  • The clarification that retail garden centers can remain open but should determine and enforce a reduced capacity to keep customers and employees safe.
  • The closure of day camps for children.
  • The prohibition of organized youth and adult sports. 
  • The clarification that fishing is permitted if proper social distancing is practiced.

Read more here. 

Notes from Remington Road Group from April 2 Press Conference.

Attached above are notes from the Governor's daily press conference from Remington Road Group

 

  • In Ohio there are 2,902 confirmed cases, 260 ICU admissions, 802 hospitalizations, and 81 deaths as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. More data is available on the COVID-19 Dashboard HERE. 
  • Governor DeWine announced today that Ohio’s Stay at Home order has been extended until 11:59 PM on May 1, 2020. Updates to the new order include:
  • Governor DeWine and Lt. Governor Husted recognize that extending this order will significantly impact all Ohioans. We would like to thank the Ohio Hospital Association, Ohio Business Roundtable, National Federation of Independent Businesses- Ohio Chapter, Ohio Council of Retail Merchants, Ohio Manufacturers Association, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, Ohio Chamber of Commerce, County Commissioners Association of Ohio, Ohio Municipal League, Buckeye State Sheriffs Association, Ohio State Bar Association, and our other partners for their support and continued efforts to fight the spread of COVID-19. Here are association statements:
  • Governor DeWine announced the creation of his Economic Advisory Board that will help the administration work through economic issues facing Ohio as the state looks toward the future. A list of the advisory board members can be found HERE.
  • Lt. Governor Husted announced that the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation has developed a website specifically geared toward matching essential businesses with Ohioans who are able and willing to work as an essential employee during the COVID-19 crisis. Both essential businesses and current job seekers can visit Coronavirus.Ohio.gov/JobSearch to post and search.
  • For the week ending March 28, 2020, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) reported 272,117 initial jobless claims to the U.S. Dept. of Labor, which set a record for the second straight week. The number of initial jobless claims filed in Ohio over the last two week stands at 468,414. Over these last two weeks, ODJFS has issued unemployment compensation payments totaling more than $45 million to more than 108,000 claimants.  Pursuant to a Department of Labor order, Ohio will release unemployment numbers on a weekly basis as soon as the national report is released on Thursday. 
  • Ohioans can apply for unemployment benefits online 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at unemployment.ohio.gov. It is also possible to file by phone at 877-644-6562 or TTY at 888- 642-8203, Monday through Friday 7 am to 7 pm and 9 am to 1 pm on Saturdays. Employers with questions should email UCTech@jfs.ohio.gov.

 

April 1

Notes from Remington Road Group from April 1 Press Conference.

Attached above are notes from the Governor's daily press conference from Remington Road Group

According to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, Ohio has paid $40 million to 95,000 unemployment claims, as of today, April 1st.  Last week, ODJFS said it received 187,780 jobless claims the week ending with March 21.  

 

  • Rapid COVID-19 testing will begin as soon as hospitals receive them, which will likely be within a week. Free standing urgent cares, ERs, ambulatory surgery centers, etc. with existing labs will be used to get the results of the tests.
  • Measures have been put in place to make it easier for those receiving SNAP assistance to purchase groceries online and pay and pick up from their car, to alleviate high-risk recipients from needing to enter the store.
  • Lt. Gov. Husted urged young people with time on their hands to seek work at grocery stores - all are hiring and desperately need help fulfilling the needs of their communities.

 

March 31

Notes from Remington Road Group from March 31 Press Conference.

Attached above are notes from the Governor's daily press conference from Remington Road Group

 

  • Battelle and Ohio State University have developed a rapid COVID-19 test that allows for results within 5 hours.
  • The first 3500 masks were sterilized yesterday and Battelle is ramping up the number of sterilized masks each day.
  • Dr. Acton mentioned a study by the Harvard Business Review and its impact on two different locations in Italy. It can be read here.

 

March 30

Governor DeWine Extends School Closure Order

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine today announced that the Ohio Department of Health will extend its order to keep schools closed through the end of April. 

Ohio's previous order was set to expire on April 3, 2020. The new order will extend the closure through May 1, 2020. Read more of today's news...

 

Notes from Remington Road Group from March 30 Press Conference.

Attached above are notes from the Governor's daily press conference from Remington Road Group

Additionally, President Trump extended the social distancing guidelines through April, Congress is working on a 4th stimulus package, the St. Louis Fed said that unemployment could rise to over 30%, and according to the Treasury, small business loans from the stimulus are expected to begin Friday.

 

  • In Ohio there are 1,933 confirmed cases, 163 ICU admissions, 475 hospitalizations, and 39 deaths as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  More data is available on the COVID-19 Dashboard HERE.
  • Last night the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized Columbus-based Battelle to sterilize surgical masks in Ohio without a daily limit. Governor DeWine and Lt. Governor Husted thank the FDA for their quick reconsideration of this issue. If your organization needs to connect with Battelle regarding COVID-19 mitigation efforts and support, please call the Battelle customer service hotline: 1-800-201-2011 (prompt #2) or visit the Battelle website and complete the contact form HERE.
  • There will be an extension of the K-12 order closing school buildings through Friday, May 1, 2020. The original order was only in effect for 3 weeks. The administration will again reevaluate the order once we get closer to May 1, 2020. 
  • Governor DeWine is asking all local communities to include homeless shelters in their planning so that we can help support these Ohioans to meet social distancing guidelines. Additionally, Governor DeWine has created a Homelessness Team dedicated to this specific issue. If you or your organization have questions or recommendations related to this, please email COVID19Housing@mha.ohio.gov.
  • The Ohio Emergency Management Agency (Ohio EMA) is receiving reports of spam calls to Ohioans from individuals claiming to be from the Ohio EMA and requesting personal protected information, such as a Social Security number. Please note the Ohio EMA will NOT call you asking for personal information. More information is available HERE.
  • The following documents may be helpful to you or someone you knowUnemployment Compensation Information And Contact Information, Together Ohio Information (ways that businesses can contribute needed PPE supplies), and a Checklist Out Of Network Insurance Coverage.

 

March 29

Governor DeWine, Lt. Governor Husted Thank FDA for Approal of Use of Battelle Technology

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Lt. Governor Jon Husted today thanked President Trump and Commissioner Stephen Hahn, M.D. of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the full approval of the use of new technology to sterilize desperately-needed surgical masks in Ohio and other parts of the United States. 

The FDA has authorized Columbus-based Battelle to deploy its groundbreaking technology to sterilize surgical masks without a daily limit, which will allow Battelle to operate at its desired capacity. The Battelle Critical Care Decontamination System is capable of decontaminating up to 80,000 respirator masks per system each day.

 

March 28

  • In Ohio there are 1,406 confirmed cases, 123 ICU admissions, 3444 hospitalizations, and 25 deaths as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  There are confirmed cases in 66 counties across the state.
  • Today, hospitals from 8 regions submitted their draft action plans for their capacity increase. The Ohio Department of Health and Ohio National Guard are currently reviewing these and will get back with the hospitals soon.
  • The Ohio “At Home Learning” initiative will include a full schedule of daily television programming geared toward students in prekindergarten through 12th grade. This programming will be available on Ohio PBS television stations across the state starting in most areas on Monday, March 30th. Additional resources and information are available at Coronavirus.Ohio.Gov/LearnAtHome
  • The state of Ohio is asking residents and businesses who can donate PPE, or any other essential service or resource, to please email Together@Governor.Ohio.Gov

 

March 27

Governor DeWine Signs House Bill 197

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine today signed House Bill 197 which provides emergency relief to Ohioans during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The bill:

  • Waives state testing requirements for school children this year.
  • Extends professional licenses for those who cannot get them renewed.
  • Allows local governments to hold public meetings remotely and with transparency.
  • Extends the income tax deadline to July 15, 2020. 
  • Extends absentee voting by mail until April 28, 2020. 
  • Provides funding for small businesses, such as day cares and services for the disabled.   

A line item veto was issued to correct a drafting error. 

 

In addition to the below, the Governor, in cooperation with the General Assembly have postponed the State of the State address.  Also, the President just signed the coronavirus rescue package, “CARES Act” into law.

Below is a short run-down of the Governor’s daily COVID-19 press conference.

Federal CARES Act resource guide: https://blogs.loc.gov/law/2020/03/coronavirus-resource-guide/

Governor Mike DeWine

  • Everyone is flying American and Ohio flags to show unity in this crisis—thanks to “Flags of Freedom” for providing 500 flags that will fly at the pro-football hall of fame
  • Governor DeWine signed coronavirus related bill during press conference, HB 197—he thanked all leadership, and state legislature
  • Talked about extending professional licensing requirements for nurses, etc during this crisis
  • Senator Portman was on a live call (Senator Sherrod Brown will be on tomorrow)
  • Senator Portman outlined the $2 trillion aide package that was passed by the Senate and House and just signed by the President (including $1,200 check to individuals, strengthened unemployment benefits that will offer workers an additional $600 weekly for four months, $367 billion in loans and grants to small businesses, over $130 billion for hospitals and community health centers and financial support to airlines and other industries affected by the virus)
  • Governor stated that the state will launch an effort to try and support small businesses through a campaign that will encourage Ohioans to support businesses by shopping online and ordering carry-out at restaurants
  • Governor earlier in the day did a call with Cleveland Clinic that said that according to their modeling, they project we may not hit the peak until mid-May (however others are saying April) and at that peak, we will need to go up 3x in our hospital capacity
  • State hospitals have been divided into 8 regions and the state has required each of them to come up with a draft by 9am tomorrow and a final plan by noon Monday on how they will increase hospital beds and ICU beds
  • We have not issued an order on travel, but we ask those coming into Ohio to quarantine for 14 days
  • Modeling tells us that cases will double every six days—“this is a train that is moving.  It starts slowly, but it will start moving faster and faster”, “All you have to do is look at the news coming out of NY and Louisiana—this virus is not respecting state lines"

Lt. Governor Jon Husted

  • A large number of businesses that need help and are hiring: Kroger, Walmart, Giant Eagle, Marcs, Amazon, and Drug Mart
  • The state has asked local law enforcement and health departments that if they see people gathering together to nicely tell them they cannot congregate 
  • In Ohio there are 1,137 confirmed cases, 107 ICU admissions, 276 hospitalizations, and 19 deaths as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  There are confirmed cases in 61 counties across the state.
  • Today, Governor DeWine signed HB 197 which provides emergency relief to Ohioans during the COVID-19 pandemic. HERE is the press release with statements of support for HB 197 from over 25 associations representing a variety of industries. On behalf of Governor DeWine and his team, thank you!
  • President Trump signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act today. This stimulus package provides $1,200 to most Americans along with funds for unemployment insurance and small businesses. Coronavirus Aid Relief And Economic Security Act Or CARES Act
  • Governor DeWine, President Obhof, and Speaker Householder announced the State of the State Address would be postponed until a later date, after the State of Emergency has concluded. The State of the State was originally scheduled for next Tuesday.
  • Governor DeWine and Lt. Governor Husted have launched a new “Ohio. Find It Here.” Campaign to help residents support businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please visit Ohio.Org/SupportLocal and this Checklist to Support Local

 

March 26

COVID-19 Resources for Businesses & Families

The Ohio Department of Health issued a “Stay at Home” order for the state. The order is in effect until 11:59p.m. on April 6th, unless it is rescinded or modified. You can read the order here and find answers to frequently asked questions here.  

Please regularly visit Coronavirus.Ohio.Gov/BusinessHelp for the most complete and up-to-date information about resources available for Ohio businesses, individuals, and families. Listed below are just a few.

Bureau of Workers’ Compensation Payment Deferral

Ohio’s Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) system is deferring insurance premium installment payments for March, April and May until June 1, 2020. For more information, visit bwc.ohio.gov.

Health Insurance Premium Grace Period

All health insurers are required to provide the option of deferring premium payments, interest free, for up to 60 calendar days from each original premium due date. This means that employers can defer their premium payments for up to two months, giving them some relief on costs, while keeping their employees insured.

SharedWork Ohio

SharedWork Ohio allows business owners to cut employee pay between 10 percent and 50 percent and provides a portion of the benefit the employee would receive through unemployment to that employee. This program is designed to allow employers to reduce payroll costs during times of business decline, without having to lay off employees. For more information, visit jfs.ohio.gov.

Transportation of Oversized Loads

The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) has modified the process for haulers carrying heavy loads of essential goods. Generally, the state requires haulers with loads classified as “oversized” to seek advanced permission from ODOT before they are permitted to travel in and through the state. Haulers carrying essential goods can download and print the permit at Transportation.Ohio.gov. The federal government has also cut red tape around obtaining or renewing Commercial Drivers’ Licenses and other licenses to prevent interruption of essential shipping. The Ohio Department of Public Safety and the Public Utilities Commission have adjusted their enforcement practices to avoid confusion.

Small Business Administration Economic Injury Disaster Loan

Ohio small businesses and nonprofits are now eligible to apply for up to a $2 million, low-interest loan through the SBA. Apply online at https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/disaster-assistance, which is recommended, or call (800) 659-2955 to have an application mailed to you.

 

  • Surgeons and speciality doctors are volunteering to be trained in "Just in Time Training" to serve as nurses to be able to help in hospitals, and retired doctors who are considered "high risk" are being trained to serve as telemedicine doctors to help those who become infected and can be treated at home.
  • For those experiencing difficulty logging on to the BWC site, Lt. Gov. Husted suggested trying at "off-peak" hours (late at night, early morning, available 24/7) to help ease the heavy traffic to the site.
  • Lt. Gov. Husted also mentioned that unemployment benefits will be retroactive from the date the individual qualified, so if someone is having trouble getting through, they will be covered.

 

March 25

Governor DeWine Statement on Passage of House Bill 197

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine issued the following statement after the Ohio General Assembly passed House Bill 197, which will enact numerous provisions to assist with the COVID-19 pandemic

"I want to that Senate President Obhof, House Speaker Householder, Minority Leaders Sykes and Yuko, and all members of the Ohio General Assembly who worked for the bipartisan and unanimous passage of House Bill 197. This bill will ensure continuity of government, extended mail-in voting for our primary, clarity for schools and students, relief to workers impacted by COVID-19, and measures to make sure we are prepared to help Ohioans get back to work when this pandemic subsides. I applaud the collaborative work on this bill and look forward to signing it soon."

PUCO Announces Hours-of service Relief; Notice Required for Drivers

Earlier this week, PUCO took action to extend temporary relief from the hours-of-service requirements for drivers operating commercial motor vehicles transporting consumer goods, medical supplies, gasoline, diesel, propane, heating oil and waste within the state of Ohio. PUCO grants hours-of-service relief to intrastate trucks hauling specific relief materials during state of emergency.

The drivers are to keep a copy of the attached notice in each vehicle affected by the relief. Download notice.

We encourage customers to contact the PUCO Transportation Department at (614) 466-0369 with questions regarding this matter or online with other utility related questions or concerns.www.PUCO.ohio.gov/contact-us.

 

March 24

Health and wellness resources available for adults coping with COVID-19 pandemic

RecoveryOhio in partnership with the Ohio Department of Health has launched a resource page for adults coping with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Created for adults 18 and older, this web page connects people to training opportunities, webinars, fact sheets, apps, support groups and more. 

Resources for Adults Coping with the COVID-19 Pandemic

 

  • In Ohio there are 564 confirmed cases, 145 individuals being hospitalized, and 8 deaths due to COVID-19. There are confirmed cases in 49 counties across the state.
    • Dr. Action said that 91 cases are healthcare workers and of the 145 hospitalizations, 62 (11%) are ICU cases. It was mentioned that there are 3600 ICU beds available in Ohio and they are working to increase that capacity by 50%. They are working to make hospitals ICUs-type settings and create other hospital-like environments in hotels and dorms. She said there would be 6,000 new cases a day if we aren't doing what we are doing to flatten the curve. 
  • The entire shipment of personal protective equipment (PPE) that we’ve received from the Strategic National Stockpile has been distributed to counties based on the prioritization of need.
    • PPE includes gloves, masks, etc. Approximately 36 pairs of gloves are needed per day for each patient being treated for coronavirus. There are experts working to develop technology to reuse PPEs with UV light.
  • Pursuant to a Department of Labor order, Ohio will now release our unemployment numbers on a weekly basis as soon as the national report is released on Thursday.
  • Banks and credit unions across the state are taking steps to offer loan payment deferrals, fee waivers or refunds and extend credit lines to both businesses and individuals. Many financial institutions are also suspending foreclosures where possible. If individuals need help, they should reach out to their local banker for assistance. Joint Statement from Ohio Credit Union League and the Ohio Bankers League
  • Below are several documents with guidance for businesses under Ohio’s “Directors Order Stay At Home ” order. If businesses still have questions after reading the order and supplemental materials, they should seek independent legal council instead of contacting law enforcement or local health departments.
  • Lt. Governor Husted mentioned a website for any business that is struggling to seek help: coronavirus.ohio.gov/businesshelp
  • The executive orders adopting emergency rules related to temporary pandemic child care licenses and closing child care centers: Signed EO Adopting Emergency Rules ODJFS Temp Pandemic Child Care License
  • Finally, HERE is a link to the video that played during today’s press conference. Governor DeWine is grateful to our community leaders and all Ohioans who are working to #StopTheSpread. Please help share this encouraging message with your networks using #InThisTogetherOhio.

 

March 23

Governor DeWine Orders Hiring Freeze for State Agencies, Boards, and Commissions

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced today that Ohio will take steps to cut expenditures in state government. 

Governor DeWine announced today that any child care facility that remains open to care for children under a Temporary Pandemic Child Care license must give priority to families on the front line of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Read more...

 

  • Governor DeWine announced a temporary hiring freeze in state government. The only exceptions are for positions that provide a direct response to COVID-19, safety and security, and/or direct care or institutional services. The Governor’s cabinet has been instructed to look for unnecessary spending cuts by 20%. There will also be a freeze on all new contract services.
  • Lt. Governor Husted addressed concerns with the unemployment website. The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services has been working around the clock to streamline performance and boost capacity so the system can handle the unprecedented influx of online claims, which has been affecting processing times. If you receive a confirmation number when you file your claim, your application will be processed as soon as possible.  We appreciate your patience during this time. 
  • HERE is information regarding temporary pandemic child care licenses, prescription requirements for chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine, and Information For Victims Of Domestic Violence.
  • Reminder, Ohio’s “Stay At Home" Order goes into effect tonight at 11:59 PM.

 

March 22

Ohio Issues "Stay at Home" Order; New Restrictions Placed on Day Cares for Children

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, Lt. Governor Jon Husted, and Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton, M.D. MPH, today announced that Ohio will be under a "Stay at Home" order.

The order will go into effect beginning Monday, March 23, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. and will remain in effect until 11:59 p.m. on April 6, 2020, unless the order is rescinded or modified. 

Read the full order here: Director's Stay At Home Order

CHILD CARE/DAY CARE

Beginning on Thursday, March 26, 2020, all operating child care centers in Ohio must do so under a Temporary Pandemic Child Care license and follow these guidelines:

  • There should be no more than six children in a class.
  • Ratios must be kept at one teacher to no more than six children.
  • Children whose parents are employed by the same entity should be kept together whenever possible.
  • The same teachers and children in each room should be maintained whenever possible.
  • There should be limited use of shared space or mixing of groups.
  • If shared space is used, a rigorous cleaning schedule must be in place.
  • Parent interaction should be limited at drop off and pick up.

The program will operate until April 30, with the potential to extend and adjust as needed.

NEW WEBSITE FOR BUSINESSES: 

Businesses and workers can now access all of these resources related to COVID-19 in one place at ohio.gov/BusinessHelp.

COVID-19 OHIO DATA: 

There are 351 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ohio and three deaths. A total of 83 people are hospitalized.

Confirmed Deaths: Cuyahoga (1), Erie (1), Lucas (1). 

Confirmed cases: Ashland (1), Ashtabula (2), Belmont (2), Butler (17), Carroll (1), Clark (1), Clermont (5), Clinton (1), Columbiana (2), Coshocton (2), Cuyahoga (125), Darke (1), Defiance (2), Delaware (6), Erie (1), Franklin (34), Gallia (1), Geauga (2), Greene (1), Hamilton (19), Hancock (1), Huron (1), Lake (6), Licking (1), Lorain (19), Lucas (5), Mahoning (18), Marion (1), Medina (10), Miami (13), Montgomery (5), Portage (1), Richland (1), Stark (10), Summit (23), Trumbull (3), Tuscarawas (2), Union (1), Warren (3), Wood (1)

 

March 21

BWC Payments Deferred; Trucking Waiver Issued

Ohio’s Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) system is the exclusive provider of workers’ compensation insurance in Ohio and serves 249,000 public and private employers.To help businesses facing difficulties due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ohio BWC is announcing that insurance premium installment payments due for March, April, and May for the current policy year may be deferred until June 1, 2020. At that time the matter will be reconsidered.   

The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is modifying the process for haulers carrying heavy loads of essential goods. Generally, Ohio requires haulers with loads classified as "oversized" to seek advanced permission from ODOT before they are legally allowed to travel in the state. To assist in the state’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak, ODOT will modify the process for haulers carrying heavy or oversized loads of food, non-alcoholic beverages, medical supplies, cleaning products, and other household goods.

Read more...

ODH Reports 3 Deaths, 247 Cases

The Ohio Department of Health said in its daily update on coronavirus Saturday that it has confirmed three deaths and 249 cases, with confirmed cases of the virus reaching 33 counties and resulting in 58 hospitalizations. A story on today's updates will be posted at www.hannah.com following the governor's daily briefing.

 

March 20

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton, M.D., MPH, today announced that a Lucas County man has died from COVID-19. The death of the 76-year-old man is the first death due to COVID-19 in Ohio. 

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine also announced today that he is ordering all of Ohio's senior centers and adult day care services to stop providing care in congregate care settings. Congregate care settings are single locations where more than 10 people, including staff and providers, are in a confined space. Read more...

Applications Being Accepted for Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Lt. Governor Jon Husted today announced that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved their request to allow small businesses and nonprofits in Ohio to apply for low-interest, long-term loans of up to $2 million through the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program.

The Economic Injury Disaster Loans may be used by Ohio small business owners and nonprofits to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable, and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact. The interest rate is 3.75 percent for small businesses without credit available elsewhere; businesses with credit available elsewhere are not eligible. The interest rate for nonprofits is 2.75 percent. Read more...

Ohio BWC Coronavirus (COVID-19) FAQs

To our customers, stakeholders, partners and interested parties:

We've prepared this Frequently Asked Questions document to provide information about the coronavirus' (COVID-19's) impact on BWC operations. We're monitoring the situation closely and will provide updates as necessary.

We know you may have questions that we're just not able to immediately answer. We promise to keep you updated and share information as we have it.

 

  • In Ohio there are 169 confirmed cases and 39 hospitalizations spanning across 28 counties.  Governor DeWine also sadly announced that the state has suffered its first death as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Governor DeWine announced an executive order closing all senior centers and adult day care facilities. This will go into effect at the end of the day Monday. Additional information is HERE.
  • The Ohio Department of Insurance issued an order that will allow employers to take care of employees with a grace period for insurance premiums. Employers can defer their premium payments for health insurance for up to 2 months. A copy of the order is HERE

 

March 19

Governor DeWine Announces Additional Temporary Business Closures

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton, M.D., MPH, announced today that the Ohio Department of Health is ordering the temporary closure of Ohio's barbershops, hair salons, nail salons, and tattoo parlors due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Governor DeWine also ordered the temporary closure of most of Ohio's Bureau of Motor Vehicle (BMV) deputy registrar locations and BMV driver examination stations. Because of these BMV closures, Governor DeWine announced that he will work with the Ohio General Assembly to extend the expiration date of driver's licenses that are up for renewal. Read more...

 

  • In Ohio there are 88 confirmed cases and 26 individuals currently being hospitalized. There are confirmed cases in 19 counties across the state: Ashland, Belmont, Butler, Coshocton, Cuyahoga, Darke, Delaware, Franklin, Geauga, Huron, Lake, Lorain, Lucas, Mahoning, Medina, Stark, Summit, Trumbull, and Tuscarawas.
  • Governor DeWine announced that he will order the majority of Bureau of Motor Vehicle offices to close. Five centers will remain open and some online services will continue to operate. To comply with this order, law enforcement offices have been instructed not to issue tickets for expired drivers licenses. HERE  is a statement from the Ohio Deputy Registrars Association.
  • Governor DeWine also announced he will order all spas, tattoo parlors, barber shops, and beauty salons to close effective this evening.

 

March 18

BMV Deputy Registrars, Barbershops, Salons, Tattoo Parlors Among New Announced Closures

Gov. Mike DeWine Wednesday announced new steps to contain the coronavirus outbreak in Ohio, including the closure of all but five Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicle deputy registrars in Ohio. The remaining five will only stay open for the issuance and renewal of commercial driver's licenses. All other services will be only available online or simply paused. The General Assembly will be asked to pass a grace period for people who couldn't renew their licenses, and DeWine is asking all law enforcement to not issue tickets for persons with an expired license because of the closing. All 52 driver exam stations will close as well. DeWine is also ordering that all barbershops, hair dressers, nail salons, and tattoo parlors to close at the end of business Wednesday. He is asking all Ohio employers who remain open to check workers' temperature daily and to be vigilant about cleaning workplaces and sending home sick employees.  (Source: The Hannah Report)

Governor DeWine, Lt. Governor Husted Submit Formal Request for Federal Assistance for Small Businesses

On Tuesday afternoon, Governor Mike DeWine and Lt. Governor Jon Husted sent a letter and application to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to qualify the State of Ohio for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program. This federal program will enable small businesses and non-profits throughout the state impacted by the outbreak of COVID-19 to apply for low-interest loans up to $2 million in assistance that can provide vital economic support to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing. Read more...

Ohio IRP Extension - Emergency Declaration COVID-19

This morning the State of Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles has posted this notice of IRP registration Extension with IRP Inc. to share with all IRP Jurisdictions.

This notice is asking, until further notice, that there be no vehicle registration violation enforcement on Ohio IRP Registrant’s whose Fleet Registration Expires 3/18/2020 and after.

This type of extension is not uncommon, and there have already been numerous extension and exemption notices being posted via IRP Inc.  A list of similar extensions from other IRP Jurisdictions can be found using this link https://www.irponline.org/page/Covid19waivers.  

The BMV IRP Unit is currently operating remotely to continue the registering of new vehicles to Ohio IRP Fleets, and providing minimum service level responses via our customer service phone line.  Additionally, our online services at www.ohcors.com remain fully operational for all registration transactions on current IRP Fleets.

Coronavirus Guidance from the White House and CDC 

The White House and CDC have released guidance for reducing the spread of coronavirus. Read more...

  • In Ohio there are 67 confirmed cases and 17 individuals currently being hospitalized. There are confirmed cases in 16 counties across the state: Belmont, Butler, Coshocton, Cuyahoga, Darke, Franklin, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Lucas, Mahoning, Medina, Stark, Summit, Trumbull, and Tuscarawas.
  • Dr. Acton has announced an order limiting elective surgeries. Exemptions for this include procedures for preservation of life, organ, or limb; procedures to stop the progression of severe symptoms; and procedures to stop the metastasis of cancer. This order also applies to animals. A copy of the order is HERE.  
  • Dr. Acton ordered all polling locations to be closed Tuesday, 3/17. A copy of the order is HERE. In response, Secretary LaRose issued a directive to county boards of elections that primary election day will be on June 2nd. From now until May 26th, voters may request absentee ballots on VoteOhio.gov, and submit absentee ballots by June 1st.
  • Governor DeWine signed an executive order today authorizing the Department of Job and Family Services to issue temporary pandemic child care licenses to help ensure childcare is available for children of parents employed in fields providing health, safety, and other essential services. A copy of the order is HERE.

Elective Surgeries Postponed in Ohio Hospitals

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced today the the Ohio Department of Health has issued an order declaring that elective surgeries and procedures in Ohio's hospitals be postponed in an effort to conserve personal protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare workers and first responders. Read more....

 

March 17

FDA Publishes Temporary COVID-19 Policy for FSMA Supplier Verification Onsite Audit Requirements

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued guidance to communicate FDA’s intention to temporarily not enforce supplier verification onsite audit requirements for receiving facilities and importers under the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) in response to the global pandemic of COVID-19.  FDA does not intend to enforce the onsite audit requirements if other supplier verification methods are used instead. Read more...

USDA Continues Focus on Service During COVID-19 Outbreak

While President Donald J. Trump continues to take action during this COVID-19 National Emergency and enact measures to ensure Americans are safe, secure, and healthy, the U.S. Department of Agriculture continues to be open for business to provide services to the American people. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue recorded the following video message reassuring the American people that the U.S. supply chain remains strong. Additionally, the Secretary thanked those on the front lines of the American food supply: folks stocking the shelves of local grocery stores, truck drivers keeping supply networks open and functioning, food service workers in kitchens across the country preparing the products at markets, school lunch workers keeping America’s families and children fed during closures, and USDA’s food safety inspectors ensuring the food we eat is safe, healthy, and nutritious. Read more...

Resources Available from the Ohio Common Sense Initiative 

Governor Mike DeWine has taken quick and decisive action in order to slow the spread of the coronavirus, which causes COVID-19. Each of these actions is to ensure that Ohio’s healthcare system is able to remain strong and available to anyone who needs it.

We are aware that the disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic is and will continue to modify regular life for all Ohioans; however, our state is home to world-renowned healthcare institutions and together we’ve taken the steps needed to keep Ohioans safe. Once the initial threat of this virus has passed, Ohioans will return to work and school, our stadiums and arenas will open their doors to spectators again, and our restaurants will fill with patrons.

Ohio Department of Health Issues Order on Closure of Polling Locations

Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton, M.D., MPH, issued an order regarding Closure of the Polling Locations in the State of Ohio on Tuesday, March 17, 2020. Click here to read the Director's Order.

Statement from Ohio Governor Mike DeWine on the March 17, 2020 Election

Governor DeWine announced the following: 

"During this time when we face an unprecedented public health crisis, to conduct an election tomorrow would would force poll workers and voters to place themselves at a unacceptable health risk of contracting coronavirus. As such, Health Director Dr. Amy Acton will order the polls closed as a health emergency. While the polls will be closed tomorrow, Secretary of State Frank LaRose will seek a remedy through the courts to extend voting options so that every voter who wants to vote will be granted that opportunity."

COVID-19 Strategies and Policies of the World's Largest Companies

Gallup Managing Director Larry Emond gathered the strategies and policies of 100 members of the CHRO Roundtable, an organization that includes the CHROs of more than 650 of the world's largest companies, for their responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. The companies in this sampling average $27 billion in revenue with 80,000 employees and most are global organizations. Read more...

PUCO extends utility reconnect order

Last week the PUCO took action to ask utilities to suspend disconnection, and waive any requirements for reconnections. For all types of customers (residential and business).

All of the utilities are doing so, however, we know many are unable to quickly edit their automated billing systems to stop sending disconnection notices. We know Columbia Gas of Ohio was able to stop sending them, but looks like most others still are. However, we know utilities are not following through with those disconnections.

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) today extended its winter reconnect order through May 1, 2020. The Winter Reconnect Order helps Ohioans reconnect or maintain electric and natural gas service during the heating season between Oct. 14, 2019 and May 1, 2020. Read more...

Free Webinars:

  • HealthChats: Stopping COVID 
    Presented by UnitedAg
    Date: March 20, 2020
    Click Here to Register
    (This will be a recorded webinar and can be downloaded at a later date.)

  • Can You Confidently Protect Those You Care For From COVID-19?
    Presented By: AgriSafe Network
    Date: April 2, 2020
    Time: 10:00 AM (PST)
    Click Here to Register

 

March 16

Joint Statement from Governor DeWine and Secretary LaRose on Ohio Primary

"The only thing more important than a free and fair election is the health and safety of Ohioans. The Ohio Department of Health and the CDC have advised against anyone gathering in groups larger than 50 people, which will occur if the election goes forward. Additionally, Ohioans over 65 and those with certain health conditions have been advised to limit their nonessential contact with others, affecting their ability to vote or serve as poll workers. Logistically, under these extraordinary circumstances, it simply isn’t possible to hold an election tomorrow that will be considered legitimate by Ohioans. They mustn’t be forced to choose between their health and exercising their constitutional rights."

Governor's Letter - Reliable Information Sources

It is important to Governor DeWine that we are a regular source of reliable information to the public as we continue managing the state’s response efforts to the COVID-19 outbreak. Read the Governor's letter regarding reliable information sources.

PUCO grants hours-of-service relief to intrastate trucks hauling relief supplies

In response to the state of emergency declared by Governor DeWine, the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) today extended temporary regulatory relief from the hours-of-service requirements for drivers operating commercial motor vehicles transporting relief supplies including consumer goods and medical supplies within the state of Ohio. Read the full notice here. 

Video: Basic precautions to prevent the spread of coronavirus

Safety Made Simple has created this short video covering basic precautions to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Watch here.

 

March 15

Governor DeWine Orders Ohio Bars & Restaurants to Close

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine today announced that the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) has issued a Director's Order that will close all Ohio bars and restaurants to in-house patrons, effective at 9:00 p.m. today, March 15, 2020. Restaurants with take-out and delivery options will still be able to operate those services, even as their dining rooms are temporarily closed.

ENHANCED UNEMPLOYMENT AID FOR OHIOANS:

The Governor will tomorrow issue an executive order, which will grant the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) with the authority to accept and grant requests for unemployment compensation suspending the normal 1-week waiting period.

SUPPORT FOR SMALL BUSINESSES & NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS:

The Ohio Development Services Agency is preparing to submit an application in the coming week to qualify Ohio for the U.S. Small Business Administration's (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program. This program provides low-interest loans up to $2 million in order to help businesses overcome the temporary loss of revenue during the state of emergency.

Read more...

Director's Order - Limiting the Sale of Food and Beverages, Liquor, Beer and Wine to Carry-out and Delivery Only

Click here to read the full order from the Ohio Department of Health regarding food and beverage sales. 

Business, community leaders praise efforts to slow spread of COVID-19

Leading business organizations across Ohio tonight praised Governor DeWine's recent actions to curb the spread of coronavirus, which causes COVID-19. Most recently, the Governor announced his decision to close bars and restaurants to in-house patrons until further notice, in order to limit community spread of the disease. Click the organization below to read their statement. 

 

March 14

  • In Ohio there are 26 confirmed cases, 85 negative cases, and 264 individuals under investigation.  There are confirmed cases in 8 counties across the state: Cuyahoga, Stark, Belmont, Butler, Summit, Trumbull, Franklin, and Lorain.  
  • The Governor has asked all healthcare providers to look at their inventory of personal protective equipment (masks, gloves, etc.) and preserve surplus items and consider donating extra supplies to their local EMA. Contact information for each county’s EMA can be found on the Emergency Management Association of Ohio website HERE.
  • Additionally, dentists, veterinarians, doctors, and patients are encouraged to consider postponing non-emergency, elective surgeries to preserve hospital rooms and personal protective equipment. 
  • The Departments of Mental Health and Addiction Services (MHAS) and Medicaid announced they are filing emergency rules regarding telehealth options for individuals with mental illness and substance-use disorders. These emergency rules will temporarily eliminate the requirement for first-time in-person appointments.  MHAS has also temporarily suspended patient visitation at the 6 state operated psychiatric hospitals.
  • The Department of Health signed an order requiring health screenings for patient admission to state operated psychiatric hospitals or to the Department of Youth Services facilities.  Read the order HERE.
  •  HERE is a copy of the K-12 school closure order. Reminder, this officially takes effect at the end of the day Monday, March 16 until April 3, 2020.

 

March 13

  • In Ohio there are 13 confirmed cases, 50 negative cases, and 159 individuals under investigation.  There are confirmed cases in 6 counties across the state: Cuyahoga, Stark, Belmont, Butler, Summit, and Trumbull. 
  • There will be an order issued in the coming days prohibiting visitors in county jails and community based correctional facilities. The order follows what has already been done in our state prisons.  I will share a copy of the order once it’s complete. 
  • The USDA has granted an Ohio waiver allowing the provision of meals to students during the school closures beginning at the close of business Monday through April 3, 2020. 
  • The state is not closing daycares at this point; however, this is not being ruled out as a future measure.  We suggest that families start thinking of alternative child care options. The Governor signed an executive order approving emergency rules for the Department of Jobs and Family Services related to childcare. Read the Childcare Executive Order
  • Today, the Governor and Lt. Governor sent a letter to the Trump Administration requesting flexibility on certain regulatory restrictions during the spread of COVID-19. As conditions on the ground evolve, Ohio will continually assess opportunities for federal assistance and communicate those needs to the federal government on an ongoing basis.  Read the Letter to President Trump
  • The Governor also announced yesterday there will be an order prohibiting guests in nursing homes and long-term care facilities. Read the Letter Limiting Access to Nursing Homes.

Schools Closed - Working From Home. How To Make It Happen?

The entanglement of work and care is a delicate balancing act for many in ordinary times, but during a crisis, like the just declared Covid-19 pandemic, it really hits home. Finding and securing affordable, quality childcare that has availability when working parents need them is a problem in the most tranquil times. Read more...

 

March 12

Ohio Bans Mass Gatherings of 100 or More

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced that Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton, M.D., MPH has signed an order to prohibit mass gatherings in the state of Ohio. Read more...

Letter from Governor Mike DeWine

As you can tell by the news, we have a dangerous situation in Ohio with the coronavirus. We are 6 very concerned about community spread, which just means we are seeing cases of people with 7 the virus, where we can’t determine where they got it. Read more...

ODH Order to Limit Gatherings 

Click here to read the order from the Ohio Department of Health.

OABA Events Postponed

Earlier today, the Ohio Department of Health released a statement banning “mass gatherings” of 100 people or more. Out of an abundance of caution and for the safety of our members, we have made the difficult decision to postpone our upcoming March events: Bowling for Scholarships and the second Grain Merchandising Course. Read more...

Governor DeWine Announces School Closures

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has announced that due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, he has ordered that all kindergarten through 12th grade schools close for a period of several weeks. Read more...

Preparing the Farm for the Novel Coronavirus

The warnings are dire – the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) now poses a significant risk here in the United States. On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization officially characterized COVID-19 as a pandemic. What can a farm or agricultural business do to prepare? Here are five ideas. Read more...

 

March 6

COVID-19 Updates and Resources

By Healthcare Ready

Healthcare Ready's most recent update provides resources to help guide businesses to plan and respond to the current COVID-19 outbreak. Read more...

 

Coronavirus Impacts by State

Compiled from state and regional agribusiness associations by Evan Callicoat - OABA Student Intern. 

Please send any relevant state updates to Callicoat.22@osu.edu or complete this form: 

https://forms.gle/7vh3k1n6EwAeLCjHA

Resources:

National:

National: The US Senate has drafted a Coronavirus Stimulus Package, which totals at over $1 trillion. The bill was unveiled Thursday, there is no word yet on when a vote will take place

 

Alabama:

Resources:

 

3/31/2020

  • Non-Essential Businesses closed Saturday, March 28 and shall remain closed through Friday, April 17 at 5 p.m.
  • Alabama Schools have been closed for the remainder of the year, distance learning will begin on April 6 through June 5
  • Legislative Session suspended until at least April 28 (date proposed)
  • Non-Work Related gatherings with more than 10 people are prohibited
  • Alabama Beaches are closed through April 17

 

3/25/2020

  • What are your state's current operating status recommendations/restrictions? (i.e. shelter in place, self-quarantine, curfew, meeting size restrictions, etc.)
    • 215 Confirmed Cases No Change in current operating status since last update
  • How is your state defining essential industries?
    • Federal/CISA
  • Have any of your members had issues with drivers/employees being detained by those enforcing the shelter-in-place requirements?
    • None currently reported
  • Is your state experiencing delays in deliveries?
    • No

 

3/23/2020

  • 81 confirmed cases
  • Gatherings of more than 25 prohibited where a distance of 6 feet cannot be safely observed
  • Restaurant, bars closed for onsite dining- takeout and delivery services still available
  • Beaches closed
  • Preschool/Childcare Centers closed
  • Hospitals, Nursing Homes Closed to Visitors- except maternity and end of life circumstances

 

3/19/2020:

Alabama has 46 reported cases of COVID-19. State Offices have been authorized to implement telework, flexible work schedules through at least April 6. Schools are closed through at least April 6, School closure plan will be reevaluated on March 30. The Department of Agriculture is operating under guidelines set by the Governor. No requests from industry to adjust regulations have been made at this time. Meat Inspections and similar services are ongoing at this time so food producers can remain in operation. Department of Agriculture working with the Emergency Management Agency and other agencies to coordinate state response. Legislature is currently on Spring Break through March 31. Primary Runoff Election set for March 31 postponed until July 14. Dept. of Agriculture working with Governor and EMA requesting their immediate assistance in designating all agricultural stakeholders as ‘Critical Infrastructure and Essential Services’ and for these vital industries to be allowed to continue to operate unrestricted.

 

California

3/20/2020

Governor Newsom has ordered a stay-at-home order for all Californians indefinitely. Essential travel includes trips to the grocery, gas stations, farmers markets, food banks, convenience stores, take-out and delivery restaurants, banks and laundromats, according to the Los Angeles Times. Those exempt from the order include energy and financial services, food and agriculture, healthcare, and transportation.

 

Connecticut:

3/23/2020

This link is a follow up to Governor Lamont’s Executive order on Friday that detailed essential businesses, of which he included agriculture. More information is available at this link: https://portal.ct.gov/DECD/Content/Coronavirus-for-Businesses/Coronavirus-for-Businesses

 

3/19/2020:

The Connecticut Department of Agriculture delivered communications this morning affirming that farmers’ markets and farm stands in Connecticut can remain open during the civic preparedness and public health emergency. These entities are not covered by the executive order on restaurants the governor issued earlier this week. A number of farm stands and farmers’ markets have already integrated online or order-ahead options with home delivery or curbside pickup. The agency is working with producers to compile an updated listing of farmers’ markets and farm stands on www.ctgrown.gov, which will be modified as new information is available. Farm and retail staff are reminded to implement social distancing and limit customer interactions. Farm stores and farmers’ market managers are encouraged to reinforce the importance of washing hands, sanitizing surfaces frequently, and not working when sick. Growers interested in assisting their local communities are encouraged to connect directly with FoodShare (www.foodshare.org) or Connecticut Food Bank (www.ctfoodbank.org).

 

Delaware:

3/19/2020:

The Delaware Department of Agriculture continues to provide services to the public and industry to ensure that our food supply remains safe and plentiful for consumers during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak. “As Delaware’s number one industry, family farms are crucial to supplying a variety of food from poultry and meats, fruits and vegetables, and many value-added products,” said Secretary of Agriculture Michael T. Scuse. “We take the health and safety of our employees seriously, but we realize that even during the outbreak, that we have a duty to our constituents. The Department will remain open, but we will be making changes to minimize risk to our employees.” Farmers will be active over the next few months as planting season is underway. Secretary Scuse has asked for flexibility from the public as guidance surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak continues to change. Members of the public are encouraged to call ahead before coming to the Department. Non-essential meetings are being canceled or moved to online/teleconference to enable social distancing. The following changes to programs or processes are in effect:

  • Agriculture Compliance Lab: Samples must be dropped off in the entrance of the lab.
  • Communications and Marketing: The informational grant workshop scheduled for March 24 is canceled. If you have questions, please contact Jo-Ann Walston at 302-698-4592 or email joann.walston@delaware.gov
  • Guidance is being developed for farmers’ markets and on-farm markets.
    Delaware Standardbred Breeders’ Fund: Delaware Standardbred Breeder’s Fund Races are not scheduled until June at Harrington. Yearling and 2-year old payments due on May 15th and should be mailed or paid online by credit card.
    Food Products Inspection: The Produce Safety Alliance training scheduled for March 24 has been postponed. The On-Farm Entrepreneurs Food Safety Training with University of Delaware Extension has been postponed. Dates will be announced in the future. There are no changes currently for customer contact information.
  • Delaware Forest Service: Until further notice, the Redden Lodge is closed. All state forest campsites are closed, and no gatherings of more than 25 people are permitted on state forest property. All Arbor Day events are canceled.
  • Delaware Harness Racing Commission: Until further notice, casinos and racetracks in Delaware are closed. The Delaware Harness Racing Commission (DHRC) has cancelled our monthly meetings for March and April and will provide any needed public information electronically.
  • Aglands Planning and Preservation: The March 18 Delaware Agricultural Lands Preservation Foundation meeting will be conducted virtually.
  • Nutrient Management: Farm visits will be limited to reduce the chance of spreading coronavirus.
  • Pesticide Management: All pesticide testing has been canceled until further notice. Any insect samples can be left at the front desk along with your contact information.
  • Plant Industries: All seed for testing should be placed in the large mailbox outside the building marked Seed Lab. Hemp Producer applications should be emailed, and changes are coming to the physical license.
  • Poultry and Animal Health: Samples may be brought to the front lobby for submission. No one will be able to walk samples back to the labs.
  • Thoroughbred Racing Commission: Until further notice, casinos and racetracks in Delaware are closed. The stable has been opened for training.
  • Weights and Measures: Complaints should be submitted using the online complaint form at https://agriculture.delaware.gov/weights-measures/.

 

Florida:

Resources:

 

4/1/2020

Florida Governor Desantis has issued a Stay at Home order for all Floridians. No other information is available at this time.

 

3/31/2020

  • What are your state's current operating status recommendations/restrictions? (i.e. shelter in place, self-quarantine, curfew, meeting size restrictions, etc.)
    • March 30 Update Gov. Ron DeSantis announced: A four-county "safer at home" executive order has been issued for all of southeast Florida, including Broward, Palm Beach, Miami-Dade and Monroe counties. All air travelers into Florida's major airports must register with the state and self-quarantine. Checkpoints have been set up for motorists at entry points to Florida on I-10 and I-95 to register people coming into Florida. They must also self-quarantine for 2 weeks.

 

3/27/2020

Notable updates from this week (3/23-27/20): By Executive Order, Gov. DeSantis is urging Floridians 65 and older to stay home and requiring travelers from NY, NJ and CT to self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in FL.

 

3/24/20

  • What are your state's current operating status recommendations/restrictions? (i.e. shelter in place, self-quarantine, curfew, meeting size restrictions, etc.):
    • Since 3/9 Florida has operated under a State of Emergency declaration from Gov. Ron DeSantis for 60 days unless extended.
  • How is your state defining essential industries?
    • Left up to counties and municipalities; FFAA is lobbying for Federal/CISA guidance as the rule
  • Have any of your members had issues with drivers/employees being detained by those enforcing the shelter-in-place requirements?
    • None Currently Reported
  • Has your state implemented the following: (check all that apply)
    • Hours of Service Exemption: Yes
    • Pesticide License Extension: Yes
    • Extension on CDL terminations and renewal requirements: Yes
    • Exemption for CDL requirement for retail to farm deliveries: No
    • Other: Effective 3/16, All Florida driver licenses, commercial driving licenses and identification cards set to expire in the next 30 days will be granted a 30-day extension beyond their current expiration date.
  • Is your state experiencing delay in deliveries?
    • No
  • Beyond the above, please describe any other impacts your state is facing? (include impacts of executive orders, public closures, etc.)
    • Closed statewide until further notice: Public beaches, state parks, bars/nightclubs, in-house restaurant dining, gyms/fitness centers and gatherings limited to no more than 10 people. Counties -- such as Miami-Dade, Broward, Orange and Osceola -- have been adopting their own versions of emergency orders. So please contact me for Florida specific information -- it's been fluid. In short, Florida's tourism industry is essentially shut down, cruise ships may be needed as floating hospitals, PPE for health workers is needed and TP is still hard to find on grocery store shelves, and yet, Florida's farmers continue to do what they do best.
  •  

 

3/23/20

Emergency Order 2020-002 provides relief to pest control, pesticide, fertilizer, and animal feed licensees by suspending the late fees assessed for failure to timely pay fees, or timely renew licenses and certifications. Additionally, it extends (by 30 days) the timeframes required for both quarterly and annual reporting, as well as for renewing licenses and certificates.

Emergency Order 2020-003 waives fees that would typically be imposed for late renewals of the following permits and registrations: solicitors of contributions (charities), brake fluid, commercially-used weights and measures (e.g., scales), motor vehicle repair shops, and dealers of agricultural products.

  • Other specific issues: Travel curfews with exceptions for work are in place from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. in Orange and Osceola counties as of March 20.

 

3/19/2020:

FFAA is maintaining daily contact with the Florida Department of Agriculture. Thanks to WPHA and ARA for sharing the Yolo County Executive Order -- borrowed their language and shared it with FDACS for use in Florida Executive Orders. We added a request that FDACS include language allowing servicing of T&O clients as essential business activities so the significant investments Florida's tourism, hotel, theme parks, sports arenas and golf courses are maintained with as near normal delivery of products as possible -- can't allow these properties to deteriorate given their  economic and environmental impacts. We are working with the UF/IFAS Pesticide Information Office on ways to capture the training that county agents normally offer. We are looking to get this captured online, and distributed such that stakeholders can view the material and get their CEU’s remotely.​

3/17/2020

FFAA has been in communication with Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services as well as participating in state conference calls about Florida’s response to the spread of COVID-19. FFAA is advocating on behalf of the agchem supply chain and its role in providing essential services and working to minimize impacts to the industry.

Much like in Ohio, travel is being curtailed, schools are closed and those companies who can are making plans for essential employees to work remotely when possible. Continuity of operation plans are under review.

FFAA are directing members to official channels such as the Centers for Disease Control for virus and health information. We are also encouraging social distancing and supporting efforts to flatten the curve sooner than later. We are considering postponing our Scholarship Golf Tournament currently set for May 7 and investigating the possibility of postponing our Annual Meeting, currently set for July 7-9. A decision on the Scholarship Golf Tournament is expected by the end of next week.

 

Georgia:

4/2/2020

  • What are your state's current operating status recommendations/restrictions? (i.e. shelter in place, self-quarantine, curfew, meeting size restrictions, etc.)
    • Shelter in Place beginning April 3rd
  • How is your state defining essential industries?
    • Federal/CISA
  • Have any of your members had issues with drivers/employees being detained by those enforcing the shelter-in-place requirements?
    • None currently reported
  • Has your state implemented the following: (check all that apply)
    • Hours of Service Exemption
    • Pesticide License Extension
  • Is your state experiencing delays in deliveries?
    • No
  • Beyond the above, please describe any other impacts your state is facing? (include impacts of executive orders, public closures, etc.)
    • - Georgia Agribusiness Council has been included in the state’s COVID-19 task force - Governor made an executive order to waive HOS and increase truck weights temporarily - Most ag industries are operating normally for now - Poultry industry is concerned about executive orders requiring 6ft spacing between employees at processing plants - Kubota manufacturing as stopped operations in N. GA plant

 

Idaho:

The ISDA is in constant contact with the Governor’s Office regarding our response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The Governor has provided guidance for all of Idaho.

One thing is clear: the food system is critical infrastructure. The ISDA will do everything we can to ensure we’re doing our part to keep the food system moving. We are fielding calls from businesses, such as livestock sale yards, asking whether ISDA is mandating closure of any agribusiness. The Governor has not mandated closure of operations. However, we strongly encourage enhanced health and cleaning measures.

In response to COVID-19, the ISDA has postponed and canceled some meetings including pesticide exams statewide (list here). 

Temporarily, there also will be adjustments for some ISDA services. Traffic into all ISDA buildings is limited to by-appointment only at this time. We still will be processing phytosanitary certificates for pick up and other essential services.

 

Illinois:

3/25/2020

Illinois has a Stay in Place order effective until April 7, 2020.   All ag activities and other essential industries that align with the DHS guidance are exempt.  IFCA has posted all of the exceptions being provided to agriculture and Q & A documents pertaining to ag and other related services impacting the ag sector at www.ifca.com

  • What are your state's current operating status recommendations/restrictions? (i.e. shelter in place, self-quarantine, curfew, meeting size restrictions, etc.)
    • Stay in Place until April 7, 2020
  • How is your state defining essential industries?
    • All food production activities and services provided for food production activities
  • Have any of your members had issues with drivers/employees being detained by those enforcing the shelter-in-place requirements?
    • None Currently Reported
  • Has your state implemented the following: (check all that apply)
    • Hours of Service Exemption
    • Pesticide License Extension
    • Other: Federal law governs CDL extensions and requirements
  • Is your state experiencing delays in deliveries?
    • No

 

Indiana:

3/25/2020

  • What are your state's current operating status recommendations/restrictions? (i.e. shelter in place, self-quarantine, curfew, meeting size restrictions, etc.)
    • Shelter in place
  • How is your state defining essential industries?
    • Federal/CISA
  • Have any of your members had issues with drivers/employees being detained by those enforcing the shelter-in-place requirements?
    • None Currently Reported
  • Has your state implemented the following: (check all that apply)
    • Hours of Service Exemption
    • Pesticide License Extension
  • Is your state experiencing delays in deliveries?
    • No

 

3/23/2020

Gov. Holcomb announced that there will be a “Stay at Home” order for the whole state. More information on this order are available here.

 

3/20/2020

Key Points in Executive Order 20-05

  • All K-12 schools will remain closed until May 1 and all state-mandated assessments are canceled. 
  • The state will follow the federal government's guidance and extend state income tax payments to July 15 without penalty, in addition upcoming property tax bills will have a 60 day grace period. The state will assist local governments with cash-flow issues related to this extension. 
  • Utilities are prohibited from discontinuing service during the public health emergency.
  • Unemployment insurance laws will be loosened and broadly interpreted to allow maximum flexibility for applicants to be approved and paid.
  • No eviction or foreclosure action may take place during the state of emergency.
  • Under Medicaid and HIP, telehealth will be expanded, recipient renewals will be extended, job requirements will be waived un TANF, and no premium payment will be required under HIP.
  • Insurers are asked to adopt a 60 day moratorium on policy cancellation for non-payment, suspend prior authorization for COVID-19 related treatment and testing, and not increase coverage costs for medical care related to COVID-19 

 

3/17/2020

State employees will maximize the use of remote work and meet virtually whenever possible while maintaining operations. Non-essential in-person meetings will be limited to 10 persons or less and should meet virtually whenever possible. High-risk individuals should not attend meetings in person

 

Iowa:

3/25/2020

The Iowa legislature suspended the session for 30 days on March 16 and provided Governor Kim Reynolds with additional authority to manage the ongoing COVID-19 health emergency. A number of emergency declarations have been made by the governor including identifying all crop production activities as essential.

Addition declarations supporting agricultural production: pesticide applicator licensing renewal period has been extended to the end of the year; movement of agricultural products has been helped with weight increases for trucks and waiver of hours of service regulations; CDLs will remain valid without meeting renewal requirements going back to mid-January.

Within the industry, Iowa Agriculture Secretary Mike Naig is holding a weekly teleconference for the crop production industry and another for the livestock industry. The state also has issued Auction Market Guidance for livestock sales which includes evaluation of whether the auction is necessary, virtual auctions, and restriction of venue access only to buyers with sellers restricted from entering the facility.

Many ag retailers tell us they have ceased face to face meetings with customers and some are isolating essential employees to mitigate any issues that may arise from employees who may contract the COVID-19 illness.

The Agribusiness Association of Iowa is continuing to communicate the message that it is in the vital interest of the country for the food production system in the United States to remain as uninterrupted as possible, and that we will, as much as possible, offer our full cooperation in any State and Federal guidelines and regulations put in place because of COVID-19.

 

3/17/2020

To help slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig announced today that the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship is canceling its in-person pesticide applicator testing sessions through the end of the month. Additional pesticide applicator certification testing sessions may be offered at partner locations later in the year.

State agencies already are developing remote work plans for employees and will continue to implement them while maintaining necessary state services. Employees who work outdoors are encouraged to practice social distancing.

 

Kansas:

3/31/2020

  • What are your state's current operating status recommendations/restrictions? (i.e. shelter in place, self-quarantine, curfew, meeting size restrictions, etc.)
    • Governor Kelly issued Executive Order #20-16 establishing a statewide "stay home" order effective March 30, 2020. The Governor’s Order directs all individuals within the state of Kansas to stay in their residences unless performing an essential activity including but not limited to: Performing, or going to or from work at a business or organization to perform, an essential function as identified in the Kansas Essential Function Framework (KEFF). The KEFF includes businesses that maintain supply chains for essential functions and critical infrastructure as defined by a March 19, 2020 US Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS) memorandum. The memorandum defines “agricultural storage facilities,” “agricultural inputs,” and biofuel facilities as critical infrastructure.
  • How is your state defining essential industries?
    • Federal/CISA
  • Have any of your members had issues with drivers/employees being detained by those enforcing the shelter-in-place requirements?
    • None currently reported
  • Has your state implemented the following: (check all that apply)
    • Hours of Service Exemption
    • Extension on CDL terminations and renewal requirements
    • Exemption for CDL requirement for retail to farm deliveries
  • Is your state experiencing delays in deliveries?
    • No

 

3/25/2020

  • What are your state's current operating status recommendations/restrictions? (i.e. shelter in place, self-quarantine, curfew, meeting size restrictions, etc.)
    • Meetings limited to 10 persons. Several counties have implemented self-quarantine orders.
  • How is your state defining essential industries?
    • Federal/CISA
  • Have any of your members had issues with drivers/employees being detained by those enforcing the shelter-in-place requirements?
    • None currently reported
  • Has your state implemented the following: (check all that apply)
    • Extension on CDL terminations and renewal requirements
  • Is your state experiencing delays in deliveries?
    • No
  • Beyond the above, please describe any other impacts your state is facing? (include impacts of executive orders, public closures, etc.)
    • County restriction orders are varied, vague and require clarification RE: Ag biz exemptions.

 

3/20/2020

The Kansas legislature just adjourned the regular session two weeks early by passing a base budget, a transportation plan, and little else.  Their questionable return is slated for late April.  Governor Kelly has cancelled K-12 schools for the rest of the 2020 school year and implemented a two week break for non-emergency state employees, has temporarily suspended all foreclosures and evictions, and has limited public gatherings to 50 or less (several counties have implemented much more strict restrictions). The Kansas Department Agriculture (KDA) has cancelled all commercial pesticide applicator certification exams and other similar events for the foreseeable future. 

An essential workers definition is TBD.

KGFA/KARA is working closely with KDA, Kansas Department of Transportation, Kansas Highway Patrol, Kansas Department of Health and Environment, and Kansas Emergency Management to ensure that Kansas Agribusiness is at the table during this crisis and not on the menu.

 

Kentucky:

3/17/2020:

All Kentucky Department of Agriculture Livestock Shows until April 4, 2020 have been cancelled. State workers have been ordered to telecommute or use sick leave at every opportunity possible.

 

Maryland:

3/18/2020:

The Director of Agriculture stated that agribusiness (seed, nutrient, crop protection, feed provision and equipment maintenance) is considered to be essential business during this time and should continue to provide services. Additionally, if any travel restrictions be put in place, inter-county and interstate travel for agribusinesses is essential and should not be impacted. The Governor understands that farmers can't stop working and that means we can't either.

However, please consider implementing precautionary measures to limit interaction and contact:

  • Limit/prohibit public entry into retail locations.
  • Take orders over the phone to the extent possible.
  • Avoid contact with customers in the field during deliveries.
  • Limit non-office staff (drivers, applicators) entry into office areas.
  • Increase cleaning of public areas, trucks, equipment, etc.

Maryland Secretary of Agriculture Joe Bartenfelder has issued the following statement regarding the state’s food supply chain:

“Agriculture and food production are essential industries that provide food and fiber for all and play a critical role in the state’s economy. As we continue to navigate these unprecedented times, I want to assure all of our farmers, watermen, producers, agribusinesses, wholesalers, distributors, consumers and the many other members of Maryland’s food supply chain that the state is working hard to continue business as usual with minimal interruptions. 

“We are in uncharted territory that may require some creativity and flexibility, but that is nothing new for Maryland farmers and growers. I am confident that our department, the agriculture community and allied industries will continue working together to overcome any obstacles we may face as we head toward planting season.”

 

Massachusetts:

3/27/2020

Today, Governor Baker issued “Travel Guidance” for those entering Massachusetts, advising them to quarantine for 14 days. 

Travel Guidance: Beginning March 27, all travelers arriving to Massachusetts are instructed to self-quarantine for 14 days. This guidance will be displayed as posters at service plazas along 1-90 eastbound, distributed as flyers at major transportation hubs and on posted on highway message boards. Visitors are instructed not to travel to Massachusetts if they are displaying symptoms. Health care workers, public health workers, public safety workers, transportation workers and designated essential workers are exempt from this requirement.

As you likely know, every Northeast state has designated Food and Agriculture essential critical infrastructure per the US Homeland CISA. See https://www.cisa.gov/publication/guidance-essential-critical-infrastructure-workforce and below. Some states have expanded essential businesses under Agriculture while some have provided more specific guidance. If you are getting questions from customers about whether they are “essential” please reach out. The most important thing is for our customers to follow all cleaning and social distancing directives.

See most recent MA actions and guidance here: https://www.mass.gov/news/baker-polito-administration-announces-travel-guidelines-and-new-health-care-resources-to

 

3/19/2020:

From the Department of Agricultural Resources:

On-farm biosecurity should remain of utmost importance at this time.  The recommendations below apply to general precautions against introducing or spreading disease on the farm, which are excellent practices to follow at all times.

Be sure your farm and family biosecurity is strong. Keep all visitors to your farm, wildlife and new livestock out of direct contact with your animals, as well as their feed and water.
Use good management to keep your family’s and your animals’ innate immunity strong. Good nutrition, housing, ventilation, water and general hygiene will strengthen immune defenses and reduce the chance of serious disease of any kind.

Be a good observer. Report serious illnesses to your veterinarian, processor representative or medical professional as appropriate. While no one needs to panic, it’s always good to discuss how to best address illnesses on the farm. No matter what, usual occurrences of disease and losses will occur on farms but shouldn’t be confused with more serious disease.

Keep enough resources on hand to be able to manage if backups are needed. You should have replacements for essential items at the farm, as well as at least two weeks’ worth of supplies.

 

Michigan:

Resources:

 

3/27/2020

  • What are your state's current operating status recommendations/restrictions? (i.e. shelter in place, self-quarantine, curfew, meeting size restrictions, etc.)
  • How is your state defining essential industries?
    • Federal/CISA
  • Have any of your members had issues with drivers/employees being detained by those enforcing the shelter-in-place requirements?
    • None currently reported 
  • Has your state implemented the following: (check all that apply)
    • Hours of Service Exemption
  • Is your state experiencing delays in deliveries?
    • No
  • Beyond the above, please describe any other impacts your state is facing? (include impacts of executive orders, public closures, etc.)
    • We are working with the state to extend a wide range of licenses and permits, and also seeking clarity on seasonal CDL availability.

 

3/25/2020

  • Governor Whitmer yesterday issued a “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order and it went into effect at midnight. The announcement is here and a link to the order is here. Food and agriculture supply chain businesses in Michigan can continue to operate under this order, with employers and employees making every effort to maintain separation and follow other best practices to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
  • The Michigan food and agriculture supply chain is designated in Governor Whitmer’s executive order as a critical industry that may continue to operate. The order references the guidance memo issued by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) entitled “Memorandum on Identification of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers During COVID-19 Response.” Food and agriculture elements of that memo are at the end of this page for your convenience.

 

3/17/2020:

There are a wide range of restrictions are in place at a state level in Michigan. Most major companies have instituted travel restrictions, work-from-home policies and remote interaction with customers.

Here are a few of the announcements we have seen at the state level in the past few days:

  • Bars, restaurants, gyms and theaters have been closed, except for food takeout and delivery orders.
  • Unemployment benefit eligibility has been extendedto include those caring for sick family members or kids home from school.
  • ‘price-gouging’ orderwas issued by Governor Whitmer.
  • Truck weight restrictions were suspendedin Michigan for those directly engaged in response activities. This order is specific to certain categories of emergency response.

Yesterday, Canada announced it will bar entry to non-citizens. Here’s the news via the CBC.

Importantly, U.S. citizens are exempt from the Canadian announcement, for now. Canadian PM Justin Trudeau indicated U.S. citizens are not affected by the ban “at this time.” In addition, the restrictions do not impact trade and commerce activities. Remember that this could change quickly.

We encourage you to consider how operations would be affected in the event movement of U.S. citizens into Canada is further restricted.

However, that is just one of many variables that could change. It is important to think about and plan for what else might be ahead, and how it might affect your business. Every sector is different, but there are some basic elements that need to be examined:

Look at product inventory levels headed into spring. We were already going to be squeezed in some areas on inventory for certain seed and chemistry, and Coronavirus has injected more uncertainty here from many angles – manufacturing, supply chain and more. And if you are in a good position today, think about possible resupply issues caused by potential border and movement restrictions, driver availability and workforce issues, etc. in the coming weeks.

Consider policies for employees dealing directly with customers. We are hearing many who are limiting or canceling on-farm visits, implementing measures to sanitize customer-facing areas, and finding new ways to provide remote service.

Have a plan for employee absences. With schools closed, many members are already navigating this issue together with their employees – and from what we hear, our members are doing a great job managing this difficult situation. It is also important to track what happens in Congress and the resulting impact on employees and businesses. Watch MABA's resources page for updates on that front.

Contingency planning for operations will be important. The consensus is that we will see additional COVID-19 cases during the coming weeks. It will be important to have plans in place should an employee be diagnosed with this illness.

Communication is key! It is important to consider both internal (employee-facing) and external (customer-facing) communication. Here is one good example, courtesy of MAC. If your company or organization has provided something similar, MABA would like to share it on our resources page with your permission. 

 

Minnesota:

Resources:

 

3/30/2020

  • What are your state's current operating status recommendations/restrictions? 
    • Governor Walz issues stay at home order for Minnesotans. Executive order directs Minnesotans to limit movement to slow the spread of COVID-19. This order take effects on Friday March 27, until Friday April 10. 
  • How is your state defining essential industries?
    • Federal/CISA

 

 

3/24/2020

  • What are your state's current operating status recommendations/restrictions? (i.e. shelter in place, self-quarantine, curfew, meeting size restrictions, etc.)
    • Governor Walz has still not ordered shelter in place, however, he is sheltering in place as the Governor has been in contact with a perosn with the virus and the Lt. Governor's relative as died from the virus. The Governor on March 23 signed Executive Orders to suspend evictions during the peacetime emergency, establish Peacetime Emergency Loans for small businesses, direct non-hospital entities to conduct an inventory of personal protective equipment, and clarifies that Executive Order 20-09 on elective surgeries and procedures applies to veterinarians.
  • How is your state defining essential industries?
    • Federal/CISA
  • Have any of your members had issues with drivers/employees being detained by those enforcing the shelter-in-place requirements?
    • None currently reported
  • Has your state implemented the following: (check all that apply)
    • None
  • Is your state experiencing delays in deliveries?
    • No

 

3/19/2020

Governor Walz Signed Three Executive Orders on 3/18/20 on COVID-19 but so far has not included ag suppliers in HOS. The orders support state employees affected by COVID-19, lift certain regulations for vehicles providing emergency relief, and protect veterans from the spread of COVID-19 including  Executive Order 20-03 , Executive Order 20-06 , and Executive 20-07 to further strengthen Minnesota’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Governor Walz signed Executive Order 20-06 to exempt vehicles and drivers providing direct assistance for emergency relief efforts in response to COVID-19 from certain regulations including provisions on weight and hours of service. After encouraging Minnesota companies to take action to support workers affected by COVID-19, Governor Walz also signed Executive Order 20-07 providing paid leave for state employees who are not able to work for reasons related to COVID-19 and suspended the waiting period for insurance coverage for new employees. He also provided more flexibility for the Commissioner of Management and Budget to respond to the evolving COVID-19 situation. Yesterday, Governor Walz signed Executive Order 20-03 to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Minnesota’s Veterans Homes. This executive order allows Veterans Homes to protect residents and staff by temporarily restricting visitors, thereby reducing the risk of COVID-19 spread among residents. Previous orders closed schools, bars and restaurants.

MCPR has been in regular contact with the MN Dept of Ag Commissioner and executive staff to advise and update them regarding issues developing among MCPR members and their customers. Bill Bond appealed to MCPR members yesterday to provide samples of actions, policies, and posters members are using to reduce the spread of the virus and has send a document to MDA and the Governor  containing samples of the tremendous leadership and response ag retailers and their suppliers are taking to stop this pandemic in it’s tracks.

 

Missouri

3/31/2020

Cases of COVID-19 in MO: 1,031

Deaths: 13

  • Is your state experiencing delays in deliveries?
    • No
  • Beyond the above, please describe any other impacts your state is facing? (include impacts of executive orders, public closures, etc.)
    • Schools are closed until April 13 and college campuses moved to online classes for the rest of the spring semester. The Missouri State Legislature suspended Senate activity, effective March 12, 2020, through April 3, 2020. The House was set to reconvene April 7, 2020. Planting season is upon us! With much conversation from the federal and state level regarding availability of fertilizer and other material, we are seeing all is on schedule to deliver for the season. With additional provisions provided on the trucking side which expires April 30, the rest of the supply chain is operating as normal

 

3/23/2020

The Missouri Agribusiness Association has a page on their website dedicated to information on COVID-19. If you are interested in learning more, please visit the link here.

All Missouri public, charter schools are now closed through at least April 3, 2020. Missouri Governor, Mike Parson, Saturday, issued orders from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services necessary to protect public health, and prevent further spread of COVID-19:

  • No social gatherings of 10 or more people, maintain six feet distance between individuals
  • Avoiding eating or drinking at restaurants, bars, or food courts. However, drive through, pickup or delivery options are allowed
  • Not visiting nursing homes, long-term care facilities, retirement homes, or assisted living homes unless to provide critical assistance

The order does not prohibit people from visiting grocery stores, gas stations, parks, and banks, so long as necessary precautions are taken. Governor Mike Parson directed the Missouri State Emergency Management Agency and the Missouri Department of Economic Development to seek assistance for Missouri businesses through the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loan program.

Many businesses and families are experiencing interruptions. Many companies are working with minimum staff onsite and asking others to work from home. Timing is crucial as agribusinesses are gearing up to support farmers during the busy spring planting season. Missouri is working to ensure that some exemptions are allowed for agribusiness. Executive Director, Steve Taylor has reached out to Governor Parson’s office and the Department of Agriculture encouraging them to proactively affirm that the State plans to follow DHS guidance, and the activities DHS lists would be authorized to continue as essential business operations.

Both the House and Senate are adjourned until March 30, 2020.

As of March 23, 2020:
Number of positive cases of COVID-19 in MO: 106
Deaths: 3

 

Montana:

Resources:

 

3/27/2020

  • What are your state's current operating status recommendations/restrictions? (i.e. shelter in place, self-quarantine, curfew, meeting size restrictions, etc.)
    • Shelter in Place - effective 3/28/20
  • How is your state defining essential industries?
    • Federal/CISA
  • Have any of your members had issues with drivers/employees being detained by those enforcing the shelter-in-place requirements?
    • None currently reported
  • Has your state implemented the following: (check all that apply)
    • Hours of Service Exemption
    • Extension on CDL terminations and renewal requirements
  • Is your state experiencing delays in deliveries?
    • No

 

3/25/2020

  • What are your state's current operating status recommendations/restrictions? (i.e. shelter in place, self-quarantine, curfew, meeting size restrictions, etc.)
    • Meeting size reduced to 10 people, closures of schools, restaurants, bars extended to April 10
  • How is your state defining essential industries?
    • Other: Nothing state specific
  • Have any of your members had issues with drivers/employees being detained by those enforcing the shelter-in-place requirements?
    • None currently reported
  • Has your state implemented the following: (check all that apply)
    • Extension on CDL terminations and renewal requirements
  • Is your state experiencing delays in deliveries?
    • No
  • Beyond the above, please describe any other impacts your state is facing? (include impacts of executive orders, public closures, etc.)
    • MT Department of Agriculture - State Grain Lab is halting all of off site sampling and testing for 72 hours as a precautionary measure.

 

3/18/2020:

Commodity Group guidelines – MABA is working with the commodity groups to develop guidelines for their producers with regard to loading trucks, unloading trucks, tests, etc.  Currently the going standard is that no one leaves the truck unless absolutely necessary.  If necessary the guidelines are wash hands, gloves, masks, remove, wash hands leave.

Canadian Border closure - MT gets A LOT of inputs (fertilizer) out of Canada.  The impact of the closure is yet to be seen.  If it isn't considered an essential good then we are going to be in a bind.

Hutterite Colonies -- The colonies in general have 40 families living a communal life style.  The limit of 10-50 people will be extremely difficult.  They are significant farmers and producers in MT (pork, chickens, eggs, milk, small grains, hemp).  If one or more colonies are quarantined the impact on food supply in MT could be significant.  The larger colonies ship out 2-3 semis of hogs per day.  

Registered Livestock Sales and Livestock Markets - Bull sales and the ability to bring buyers together is a challenge for folks.  Most offer online options already but it is yet to be seen how this will work out for the sellers.

Grain elevators - A majority if not all grain elevators are still accepting grain from growers.  The truck drivers are not allowed to exit the trucks.  Some elevators are sending paperwork in the mail and others are bringing paperwork out to the trucks.

MT Dept of Ag is still open for business and exams can be taken at regional offices.  Trainings are moving to online only. State Grain Lab is business as usual with no limitations.

 

Nebraska: 

3/20/2020

Governor Pete Ricketts issued an executive order to increase flexibility in requirements for licensing and vehicle registration requirements, including CDL. Acknowledging the restrictions in place to limit the spread of COVID-19, the Governor is extending driver licenses and vehicle registrations expiring on or after March 1st. The extension will remain in effect until 30 days after the order is lifted.

Nebraska is following the CDC guidelines of 10 or less individuals at a gatherings as well as schools closing, many businesses and families are experiencing major disruptions.

Governor Ricketts does not currently intend to close businesses or restrict employees to 10 or less individuals like in public settings and gatherings. We will continue to work on additional clarification that agriculture production workers will be deemed essential if further restrictions do become necessary.

 

Pesticide Applicator Licensing

If you our your employees were due to re-certify your pesticide license by April 15, 2020, The Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) is considering a one year exemption. They are also looking into online re-certification for commercial applicators.

For Employees planning to test and certify at a session that was cancelled, the NDA is working with the University and exploring all options to complete the needed examinations.

For new employees using the 60 day exemption this season, NDA is considering extending the exemption to 120 days or more to allow additional time for individuals to test. This mirrors legislation currently in the Unicameral that has not yet passed. We will provide updates on the pesticide certification process going forward as soon as something is finalized.

Hours of Service (HOS) exemption

Under Governor Ricketts’ emergency declaration, HOS rules have been eased for consumer productions. We are coordinating with other state ag groups to share the importance of expanding this to ag inputs, especially during the busy spring season. Nebraska Ag Groups had a conference call this morning with the NDA and the Governor’s Chief of Staff, Matt Miltenberger, to express the urgency on this issue. We are also working with our national partners at the federal level, ARA and TFI, to extend these exemptions nationwide.

Restricted CDLs/Seasonal Permits

A number of DMV locations have temporarily closed or are limiting their normal services. We have shared the importance of getting RCDLs issued for the movement of product with the Department of Motor Vehicles, NDA and Governor’s office. We will share any changes to the licensing process as they are updated.

Employees Assistance in Nebraska

If you have employees that are unable to work due to closures or schools being cancelled, the Governor has eased the requirements for applying for unemployment through the Nebraska Department of Labor (DOL). They have waived the one week waiting period and requiring to show proof of job hunting. The DOL is also waiving the charge to the employer.

 

3/19/2020

Nebraska is following the CDC guidelines of 10 or less individuals at a gatherings as well as schools closing, many businesses and families are experiencing major disruptions.

Governor Ricketts does not currently intend to close businesses or restrict employees to 10 or less individuals like in public settings and gatherings. We will continue to work on additional clarification that agriculture production workers will be deemed essential if further restrictions do become necessary.

Pesticide Applicator Licensing

If you our your employees were due to re-certify your pesticide license by April 15, 2020, The Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) is considering a one year exemption. They are also looking into online re-certification for commercial applicators.

For Employees planning to test and certify at a session that was cancelled, the NDA is working with the University and exploring all options to complete the needed examinations.

For new employees using the 60 day exemption this season, NDA is considering extending the exemption to 120 days or more to allow additional time for individuals to test. This mirrors legislation currently in the Unicameral that has not yet passed. We will provide updates on the pesticide certification process going forward as soon as something is finalized.

Hours of Service (HOS) exemption

Under Governor Ricketts’ emergency declaration, HOS rules have been eased for consumer productions. We are coordinating with other state ag groups to share the importance of expanding this to ag inputs, especially during the busy spring season. Nebraska Ag Groups had a conference call this morning with the NDA and the Governor’s Chief of Staff, Matt Miltenberger, to express the urgency on this issue. We are also working with our national partners at the federal level, ARA and TFI, to extend these exemptions nationwide.

Restricted CDLs/Seasonal Permits

A number of DMV locations have temporarily closed or are limiting their normal services. We have shared the importance of getting RCDLs issued for the movement of product with the Department of Motor Vehicles, NDA and Governor’s office. We will share any changes to the licensing process as they are updated.

Employees Assistance in Nebraska

If you have employees that are unable to work due to closures or schools being cancelled, the Governor has eased the requirements for applying for unemployment through the Nebraska Department of Labor (DOL). They have waived the one week waiting period and requiring to show proof of job hunting. The DOL is also waiving the charge to the employer.

 

New York:

3/19/2020:

While New York State’s efforts to mitigate the impacts of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) continue, the State’s agriculture and food industries remain open and continue to work hard to provide food for our communities, families and animals. Guidance prepared for food manufacturing businesses and retail stores can be found here.

New York State has not imposed any travel restrictions and all industries essential to the food supply chain, including grocery stores, gas stations, retail food stores, food processors and related food businesses, etc., are exempt from the workforce reduction guidance issued today. Please see the guidance and exemptions here:

https://agriculture.ny.gov/system/files/documents/2020/03/essentialservicesexception.pdf

It is more important now than ever that New Yorkers know that the State and our food industries are working together to keep our entire food supply moving and our communities and animals fed. 

New Paid Sick Leave Law: Special Provisions for COVID-19 Sufferers
Governor Cuomo yesterday signed into law mandatory paid sick leave legislation, for private employers, which include special provisions addressing the COVID-19 epidemic.  The first part of this legislation will provide paid leave and other benefits to employees who are impacted by mandatory or precautionary order of quarantine or isolation due to COVID-19. The second part of this legislation will create new and permanent regulation requiring employers to provide sick leave to their employees. Click here to view New York farm Bureau’s fact sheet on this legislation.

In an effort to further control the spread of COVID-19 in our State, Governor Cuomo issued Executive Order (EO) 202.6.

https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/no-2026-continuing-temporary-suspension-and-modification-laws-relating-disaster-emergency

To reiterate: This executive order continues to exempt food processing (including but not limited those supplying goods and services to this industry such as agricultural operations, agri businesses, etc.) and retail grocery stores (including gas stations and convenience stores), from all restrictions imposed by emergency executive orders issued as a result of this emergency. NOTE: EO 202.6 also exempts businesses, vendors and services who provide goods and supplies to these essential businesses, see except provided below.

Effective on March 20 at 8 p.m.: All businesses and not-for-profit entities in the state shall utilize, to the maximum extent possible, any telecommuting or work from home procedures that they can safely utilize. Each employer shall reduce the in-person workforce at any work locations by 50% no later than March 20 at 8 p.m. Any essential business or entity providing essential services or functions shall not be subject to the in-person restrictions. This includes essential health care operations including research and laboratory services; essential infrastructure including utilities, telecommunication, airports and transportation infrastructure; essential manufacturing, including food processing and pharmaceuticals; essential retail including grocery stores and pharmacies; essential services including trash collection, mail, and shipping services; news media;  banks and related financial institutions; providers of basic necessities to economically disadvantaged populations; construction; vendors of essential services necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation and essential operations of residences or other essential businesses;  vendors that provide essential services or products, including logistics and technology support, child care and services needed to ensure the continuing operation of government agencies and provide for the health, safety and welfare of the public.

 

North Carolina:

3/24/2020

  • What are your state's current operating status recommendations/restrictions? (i.e. shelter in place, self-quarantine, curfew, meeting size restrictions, etc.)
    • 50 or less for meetings, restaurants, bars, salons closed. School out until May 15, beach access closed.
  • How is your state defining essential industries?
    • Federal/CISA
  • Have any of your members had issues with drivers/employees being detained by those enforcing the shelter-in-place requirements?
    • None currently reported
  • Has your state implemented the following: (check all that apply)
    • None
  • Is your state experiencing delays in deliveries?
    • Yes
  • If yes to above, which how long is the delay and for which products? (please list all)
    • No answer
  • Beyond the above, please describe any other impacts your state is facing? (include impacts of executive orders, public closures, etc.)
    • H2A has been of big concern, seems for now to be resolved.

 

Ohio:

4/2/2020

  • What are your state's current operating status recommendations/restrictions? (i.e. shelter in place, self-quarantine, curfew, meeting size restrictions, etc.)
    • Stay-at-Home Order until May 1st. Groups of 10 or above are prohibited. Most businesses have been told to establish a maximum size allowed in their establishment and maintain 6-foot distance at all times. All non-essential business are closed, and all indications from Governor Dewine show that agricultural businesses will remain essential for the duration of this crisis. 
  • How is your state defining essential industries?
    • Federal/CISA
  • Have any of your members had issues with drivers/employees being detained by those enforcing the shelter-in-place requirements?
    • None currently reported
  • Has your state implemented the following: (check all that apply)
    • Hours of Service Exemption
    • Pesticide License Extension
    • Extension on CDL terminations and renewal requirements
  • Is your state experiencing delays in deliveries?
    • No
  • Beyond the above, please describe any other impacts your state is facing? (include impacts of executive orders, public closures, etc.)
    • All schools are closed until May 1st. The administration have asked landlords and financial institutions to provide some leeway on rent and mortgage payments for individuals, families, and small businesses. Conversations the Dewine administration and ODA so far have shown that ag business will remain essential.

 

3/27/2020

For Ohio, we are up to 1,137 cases, 276 hospitalizations, and 19 deaths. Governor DeWine signed House Bill 197, which affects regulations on schools, state and local government procedures, tax deadlines and much more.

 

3/23/2020

  • The flags will be flown at half-staff at the Statehouse for Rep. Don Manning and officer in Dayton who died this week due to COVID-19
  • The state will forgo school testing for the 2019-2020 School Year
  • Board of pharmacy took action today to deal with the malaria drug to make sure that only those who need the drug, including those who have tested positive for COVID-19
  • ODH Director Amy Acton enacted a “stay-at-home policy” for all non-essential personnel and infrastructure. Ag is considered essential infrastructure
  • Most daycares have reduced in size—we will have a change in daycares starting Thursday.  All daycare centers will apply for a pandemic childcare license and the max is six children per room, limit parent interaction at drop off and pick up, try to keep kids in same family in the same room
  • Orders will be enforced by local health departments and local law enforcement
  • 351 confirmed cases in Ohio, (feb 7-march 22) (1 year-93 with medium age at 53), three deaths in Cuyahoga, Lucas, and Erie.
  • Governor DeWine announced that adult day services for individuals with developmental disabilities will be ordered to close. There will be exceptions for groups of less than 10
  • The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) will issue waivers for haulers carrying heavy or oversized loads of essential goods. ODOT will also waive the current permit fee for this

Three separate parts to Governor Dewine’s executive order: 

  1. Leaving home for essential actives is permitted—health safety, necessary supplies and services, and recreational activity like taking a walk or going to a park “walk your dog”—but no playgrounds.  Weddings and funerals are ok.
  2. Addresses essential workers and businesses using Homeland Security guidelines
  3. Businesses that are to remain open now have expanded guidelines. Nothing new, but just now prescribed (general 6-foot rule, washing hands, etc.)—childcare centers, etc.

 

3/20/2020

Governor Dewine is making an executive order that will close down all senior centers at the end of business on Monday. Additionally, Governor Dewine is considering what should be done with businesses that aren’t complying with his crowd order. He had no official announcement today, but is mulling over what should be done about these businesses.

 

3/19/20:

On March 18 Governor DeWine put out a statement on taking employees’ temperatures and the closing of Ohio’s Bureau of Motor Vehicle (BMV) deputy registrar locations and BMV driver exam stations. You can access it here: https://governor.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/governor/media/news-and-media/announced-additional-temporary-business-closures.

There was some miscommunication and misunderstandings yesterday regarding the need for employers to take the temperature of employees when they arrive at work. This is NOT mandatory or a Dept. of Health Order, it is a recommendation for the health and safety of our employees, their families and communities.

Regarding the closing of Ohio BMV locations; there are five geographically located facilities still open. Exact locations are listed in the link above. We know this will create some challenges and we are in conversations with the administration on these issues. (For example, the need to receive temporary CDL waivers for seasonal workers as we move into the spring planting season).

Lastly, the Ohio AgriBusiness Association, in partnership with the Ohio Farm Bureau and our state’s major agricultural commodity organizations, sent a letter to Gov. DeWine outlining the essential nature of the agricultural supply and service industry. The Governor and his administration recognize the essential nature of what our companies do to put food on the table of Ohioans. The purpose of the letter was to ensure the Governor and his team understood exactly how many jobs are essential. The list was extensive and a copy will be shared. I also spoke directly with Dept. of Ag Director Pelanda yesterday afternoon and conveyed these messages to her. She understands it, as does the Governor and Lt. Governor.

 

3/18/2020:

All International Registration Plan (IRP) jurisdictions and enforcement personnel should refrain from taking enforcement action on vehicles barring Ohio IRP Vehicle Registrations (IRP Cab Card or IRP Temporary Authorization Authority [TA]) that have expirations dates on or after March 18, 2020.

All Bureau of Motor Vehicles and Driver Exam Stations are closed except a few for essential operations.

All employers are required to take employee temperatures daily while on the job.

Currently 88 cases and 26 hospitalized.

 

3/17/2020:

OABA has established the Coronavirus Resource Center in order to keep our members updated. It can be found here: http://oaba.net/aws/OABA/pt/sd/news_article/286738/_PARENT/layout_details/false

Some co-ops and ag businesses have gone to ”skeleton crews” in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Ohio Department of Agriculture Public facilities have been closed until April 11th.  All events at the Ohio Expo Center and Fairgrounds have been cancelled for the immediate future. Pesticide Applicator Meetings and Exams have also been postponed.

 

Oklahoma

3/25/2020

  • What are your state's current operating status recommendations/restrictions? (i.e. shelter in place, self-quarantine, curfew, meeting size restrictions, etc.)
    • Yesterday the governor amended his Executive Order to close all businesses in 19 counties until April 16 that have a COVID-19 case that are not defined as a critical infrastructure business by DHS. Therefore Ag is covered in this amended order.
  • Yesterday, Governor Stitt amended his Emergency Order to place more restrictions on 19 Oklahoma counties that have positive cases of the Covid-19 virus. Item #20 says, in part, the following relevant to agriculture..."Effective at 11:59 pm on March 25, 2020, all businesses NOT identified as being within a critical infrastructure as defined by the Department of Homeland Security and located in a county experiencing community spread of Covid-19 shall close.”
  • Also yesterday the Department of Homeland Security clarified language in its guidance on critical workers, that now reads...EMPLOYEES OF COMPANIES ENGAGED IN THE PRODUCTION, STORAGE, TRANSPORT, AND DISTRIBUTION OF CHEMICALS, MEDICINES, VACCINES, AND OTHER SUBSTANCES USED BY THE FOOD AND AGRICUILTURE INDUSTRY, INCLUDING PESTICIDES, HERBICIDES, FERTILIZERS, MINERALS, ENRICHMENTS, AND OTHER AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION AIDS. Therefore, Oklahoma agribusiness is covered under the "critical infrastructure" definition by DHS in the Governor's Emergency Order.

 

3/24/2020

  • What are your state's current operating status recommendations/restrictions? (i.e. shelter in place, self-quarantine, curfew, meeting size restrictions, etc.)
    • Following CDC guidelines. larger cities have shut down bars and sit in dining, church, areas of large gatherings
  • How is your state defining essential industries?
    • Other: Following federal at the moment but state request in to the Governor to cover all of ag if he orders a lockdown
  • Have any of your members had issues with drivers/employees being detained by those enforcing the shelter-in-place requirements?
    • None currently reported
  • Has your state implemented the following: (check all that apply)
    • Other: Following federal guidelines. all licenses, permits, etc delayed until further notice
  • Is your state experiencing delays in deliveries?
    • Yes
  • If yes to above, which how long is the delay and for which products? (please list all)
    • Not to our members, but most definitely to supermarkets and grocery stores. we are short TP, some meats, some eggs, flour, bread, pasta, as the shelves are replenished these items done last long.

 

Pennsylvania:

3/23/2020

PDA Pesticide Certification Updates 

All pesticide applicator exam sessions have been cancelled, at least through the month of March 2020.  The PaPlants website, www.paplants.pa.gov, will be updated with the latest exam schedule when exams resume.  

As of March 16, all Third-Party testing sites have been closed.  

For those who have taken exams recently:  notification of exam results will be delayed. Those who have taken a pesticide exam and have not heard back from PDA will receive notification once PDA offices are re-opened and exams can be processed.  Those who are already signed up to take a pesticide exam at exam sessions that were cancelled will be contacted by the department to reschedule. 

Private applicators with March 31, 2020 expiration dates will be extended to June 1, 2020.   For those who are currently licensed and need to renew their license, the PDA will be extending the private applicator renewal date to June 1, 2020.  Additionally, this extension will allow private pesticide applicators to purchase and make pesticide applications legally until June 1, 2020.  The PDA will not be mailing out new certification cards to reflect this extension, but we will be notifying pesticide dealers so you will be able to purchase your pesticides during this time period.   

For those whose private applicator certification expiration date reads March 31, 2019, or March 31, 2020, you will have until June 1, 2020 to obtain the required recertification credits and make payment for the applicators license.  Even with this extension, we urge private pesticide applicators to utilize pesticide online resources to obtain your recertification credits and pay for your license.  This can be done through the PaPlants website, www.paplants.pa.gov. Completed renewals may be viewed in PaPlants, www.paplants.pa.gov, but mailing of certification cards will be delayed. If you have any questions about this information, please contact 717-772-5231 or pesticides@pa.gov.  

Here is a link to the statement by Governor and First Lady Wolf on how important agriculture and the food supply are to Pennsylvanians in this trying time.

 

3/19/2020:

Essential businesses for a safe and accessible food supply include farms, greenhouses and vegetable plants, orchards, pest management services, feed mills and ag supply businesses, agriculture equipment sales and services, animal feed and supply distribution network, transportation system from farm to retail, food and meat processors and manufacturers, veterinary services and supplies, distribution and transportation system from processors and manufacturers to retailers, retailers to include grocery stores and farmers markets, grocery delivery services, laboratories, and inspectors that ensure food safety.

The Wolf Administration encourages these operations, especially food production and distribution facilities, to continue operations and issued guidance for essential operations to continue with procedures that will protect both employees and the public from
COVID-19.

 

3/17/2020:

PA Department of Agriculture Labs will remain open, but are not accepting public samples.

Effective Friday, March 13, 2020, all public events scheduled for March at the PA Farm Show Complex & Expo Center are canceled in response to COVID-19. Private meetings with 250 or more in attendance are also be prohibited.

 

South Dakota:

Resources:

 

3/24/2020

  • What are your state's current operating status recommendations/restrictions? (i.e. shelter in place, self-quarantine, curfew, meeting size restrictions, etc.)
    • Governor Noem issues an Executive Order yesterday outlining guidelines for all South Dakotans, for-profit and not-for-profit employers, enclosed retail businesses that promote public gatherings, and healthcare organizations as it relates to COVID-19 in the state of South Dakota. Basically, use CDC Guideline hygiene practice, no public dining, no large groups and work from home
  • How is your state defining essential industries?
    • Other: Nothing yet but we have been told by the Governors office that agriculture will be protected.
  • Have any of your members had issues with drivers/employees being detained by those enforcing the shelter-in-place requirements?
    • None currently reported
  • Has your state implemented the following: (check all that apply)
    • Extension on CDL terminations and renewal requirements
  • Is your state experiencing delays in deliveries?
    • No
  • Beyond the above, please describe any other impacts your state is facing? (include impacts of executive orders, public closures, etc.)
    • Schools are closed until May 1 and college campuses moved to online classes for the rest of the spring semester. The town Huron has community spread and mandated closures on March 22, 2020 for a variety of food, beverage, and entertainment businesses. Rapid City gave first reading to a closure ordinance on March 22, 2020. Second reading scheduled for Friday, March 27, 2020 when the ordinance could go into effect. Provisions are similar to the City of Huron.

 

3/18/2020:

Governor Noem closed schools this week and next week – March 16-27.  Non-essential State Government employees were asked to work from home this week -March 16-20 but have not heard anything about next week.  Our legislative session ended its main run last Thursday and are scheduled to go back on March 30th to consider veto’s and possible COVID 19 funding.  There is an SBA form on the states website and there is talk about allowing for unemployment benefits for people that cannot work.

Many companies are working with minimum staff onsite and asking others to work from home.  Companies have restricted travel to meetings with less than 10 people and sit 6 feet apart or no meetings at all.

Restaurants are open but few people using them but they are offering take out and home delivery with many small businesses concerned. 

South Dakota has 11 Positive tests, 551 Negative and 35 pending.  There was one death of a person who just returned from Italy.

So far, there have been no market disruptions but there are concerns if this lasts until the use season.

 

Texas:

Resources:

 

4/2/2020

  • What are your state's current operating status recommendations/restrictions? (i.e. shelter in place, self-quarantine, curfew, meeting size restrictions, etc.)
    • "Safe -at Home" is the verbiage being used. Our Governor will not call it a state wide "Stay at Home Order". However there are many counties in our state that are calling for a shelter in place.
  • How is your state defining essential industries?
    • Federal/CISA
  • Have any of your members had issues with drivers/employees being detained by those enforcing the shelter-in-place requirements?
    • None currently reported
  • Is your state experiencing delays in deliveries?
    • Yes, just toilet paper so far
  • Beyond the above, please describe any other impacts your state is facing? (include impacts of executive orders, public closures, etc.)
    • I am concerned how this might escalate now that Louisiana is a hot spot. Travelers coming from that state into Texas are asked to do a self quarantine of 14 days. I have not heard this effecting my members yet, but that may change.

 

Vermont:

3/19/2020:

Governor Scott has recognized Food services, agriculture, fuel, utilities, schools and medical as essential services.  The State is considering lifting some truck hours of service restrictions and weight restrictions

 

Wisconsin:

3/25/2020

  • What are your state's current operating status recommendations/restrictions? (i.e. shelter in place, self-quarantine, curfew, meeting size restrictions, etc.)
    • Today (March 24), Governor Tony Evers released his "Safer-At-Home" Order which goes into place at 8:00 am Wednesday, March 25 and extends through 8:00 am Friday, April 24. All agricultural businesses listed as essential businesses by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security CISA are included in Wisconsin's list of essential businesses.
  • How is your state defining essential industries?
    • Federal/CISA
  • Have any of your members had issues with drivers/employees being detained by those enforcing the shelter-in-place requirements?
    • None currently reported
  • Has your state implemented the following: (check all that apply)
    • Hours of Service Exemption
    • Pesticide License Extension
    • Exemption for CDL requirement for retail to farm deliveries
  • Is your state experiencing delays in deliveries?
    • No

 

3/18/2020:

Many restrictions on public meetings and gatherings.  Most agriculturally related meetings have been cancelled or converted to conference call meetings where possible.  At this point, no forced restrictions on offices, manufacturing, processing, distribution, or production facilities.  Wisconsin agribusinesses are taking precautions as possible, but still doing business somewhat as normal.

Wisconsin Agri-Business Association is participating in conference calls daily with the Governor's office and weekly with the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. We are all in information overload right now, as three out of every five emails and half of our conference call meetings are focused on the virus.

 

Washington:

Resources:

 

3/31/2020

  • What are your state's current operating status recommendations/restrictions? (i.e. shelter in place, self-quarantine, curfew, meeting size restrictions, etc.)
    • Shelter in place, self-quarantine
  • How is your state defining essential industries?
  • Have any of your members had issues with drivers/employees being detained by those enforcing the shelter-in-place requirements?
    • Yes
  • If yes to above, please describe situation further (number of members, frequency, etc.)
    • Farmworkers driving to work have been questioned.
  • Is your state experiencing delays in deliveries?
    • No
  • Beyond the above, please describe any other impacts your state is facing? (include impacts of executive orders, public closures, etc.)
    • Our Governor issues a stay home shelter in place order for all except essential workers. Most state employees are home.
  • Please list any relevant links you'd like to include on your state's sections
  • Since it hit first in Washington State, we are ahead of many states. This letter was sent to Governor Inslee
  • Also see Washington State Essential business list:  https://coronavirus.wa.gov/whats-open-and-closed/essential-business
  • Scroll down to: 
  • FOOD AND AGRICULTURE
    • Sector Profile
    • The Food and Agricultural (FA) Sector is composed of complex production, processing, and delivery systems and has the capacity to feed people and animals both within and beyond the boundaries of the United States. Beyond domestic food production, the FA Sector also imports many ingredients and finished products, leading to a complex web of growers, processors, suppliers, transporters, distributors, and consumers. This sector is critical to maintaining and securing our food supply.
    • Essential Workforce
      • Workers supporting groceries, pharmacies, and other retail that sells food and beverage products, including but not limited to Grocery stores, Corner stores and convenience stores, including liquor stores that sell food, Farmers’ markets, Food banks, Farm and produce stands, Supermarkets, Similar food retail establishments, Big box stores that sell groceries and essentials.
      • Restaurant carry-out and quick serve food operations – including food preparation, carry-out and delivery food employees.
      • Food manufacturer employees and their supplier employees—to include those employed in food processing (packers, meat processing, cheese plants, milk plants, produce, etc.) facilities; livestock, poultry, seafood slaughter facilities; pet and animal feed processing facilities; human food facilities producing by-products for animal food; beverage production facilities; shellfish facilities including hatcheries and nurseries and growing areas; brewery and wine-making facilities; coffee production facilities; artisan food production; and the production of food packaging.
      • Farm workers to include those employed in animal food, feed, and ingredient production, packaging, and distribution; manufacturing, packaging, and distribution of veterinary drugs; truck delivery and transport; farm and fishery labor needed to produce our food supply domestically.
      • Farm workers and support service workers to include those who field crops; commodity inspection; fuel ethanol facilities; storage facilities; and other agricultural inputs.
      • Employees and firms supporting food, feed, and beverage distribution (including curbside distribution and deliveries), including warehouse workers, vendor-managed inventory controllers, blockchain managers, distribution.
      • Workers supporting the sanitation of all food manufacturing processes and operations from wholesale to retail.
      • Company cafeterias - in-plant cafeterias used to feed employees.
      • Workers in food testing labs in private industries and in institutions of higher education.
      • Workers essential for assistance programs and government payments.
      • Workers supporting cannabis retail and dietary supplement retail.
      • Employees of companies engaged in the production of chemicals, medicines, vaccines, and other substances used by the food and agriculture industry, including pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers, minerals, enrichments, and other agricultural production aids.
      • Animal agriculture workers to include those employed in veterinary health; manufacturing and distribution of animal medical materials, animal vaccines, animal drugs, feed. ingredients, feed, and bedding, etc.; transportation of live animals, animal medical materials; transportation of deceased animals for disposal; raising of animals for food; animal production operations; slaughter and packing plants and associated regulatory and government workforce.
      • Workers who support the manufacture and distribution of forest products, including, but not limited to timber, paper, and other wood products.
      • Employees engaged in the manufacture and maintenance of equipment and other infrastructure necessary to agricultural production and distribution.

 

State Legislatures:

Below is the status of all state legislature’s sessions. This will also be updated daily. For real time updates on state legislatures, visit any of the three links below:

Multistate: https://www.multistate.us/pages/covid-19-policy-tracker

NCSL: https://www.ncsl.org/research/about-state-legislatures/legislative-sessions-and-the-coronavirus.aspx

Stateline: https://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/blogs/stateline/2020/03/17/coronavirus-latest-state-actions

State Session Start End   Current Status
AK 31st Legislature (2019-2020) 15-Jan-20 6-May-20   In session
AL Regular Session 2020 4-Feb-20 30-May-20   Postoponed until April 28th
AR 2020 Regular Session 8-Apr-20 7-May-20   Adjourned until April 8th
AZ 54th Legislature - 2nd Regular Session 13-Jan-20 24-May-20   Adjourned until April 13th
CA 2019-2020 Regular Session 6-Jan-20 14-Oct-20   Suspended until April 13
CO 2020 Regular Session 7-Jan-20 6-May-20   Suspended until March 30
CT 2020 Regular Session 5-Feb-20 6-May-20   Suspended until March 30
DE 150th General Assembly (2019-2020) 14-Jan-20 30-Jun-20   Suspended until March 24
FL 2020 Regular Session 14-Jan-20 30-May-20   Adjourned
GA 2019-2020 Regular Session 13-Jan-20 8-May-20   Suspended
HI 2019-2020 Regular Session 15-Jan-19 7-May-20   Suspended Indefinitely
IA 2019-2020 Regular Session 13-Jan-20 21-Apr-20   Suspended until April 15
ID 65th Legislature, 2nd Regular Session 6-Jan-20 10-Apr-20   Adjourned
IL 101st Regular Session (2019-2020) 8-Jan-20 31-Dec-20   Suspended for week of March 16
IN 2020 Regular Session 6-Jan-20 14-Mar-20   Adjourned
KS 2019-2020 Regular Session 13-Jan-20 10-May-20   Adjourned until April 27th
KY 2020 Regular Session 6-Jan-20 31-Dec-20   Suspended
LA 2020 Regular Session 9-Mar-20 1-Jun-20   Suspended
MA 191st Legislature (2019-2020) 2-Jan-19 31-Dec-20   In session
MD 2020 Regular Session 8-Jan-20 10-Apr-20   Suspended
ME 129th Legislature (2019-2020) 8-Jan-20 15-Apr-20   Adjourned
MI 2019-2020 Regular Session 8-Jan-20 31-Dec-20   Adjourned until April 3rd
MN 2019-2020 Regular Session 10-Feb-20 18-May-20   Suspended until March 26
MO 2020 Regular Session 8-Jan-20 15-May-20   Suspension (Senate out / House in)
MS 2020 Regular Session 7-Jan-20 10-May-20   Suspended
MT 2019 Regular Session 7-Jan-19 30-May-19   Adjourned early
NC 2019-2020 Session 28-Apr-20 30-Jun-20   Not currently in session
ND 66th Legislative Assembly (2019-2020) 3-Jan-19 30-Apr-19   no session this year
NE 106th Legislature 1st and 2nd Sessions 8-Jan-20 28-Apr-20   Suspended
NH 2020 Regular Session 8-Jan-20 30-Jun-20   Suspended until April 10th
NJ 2020-2021 Regular Session 14-Jan-20 31-Dec-20   Adjourned until May 4th
NM 2020 Regular Session 21-Jan-20 20-Feb-20   Adjourned
NV 80th (2019) Session 4-Feb-19 3-Jun-19   no session this year
NY 2019-2020 Regular Session 3-Jan-20 31-Dec-20   Suspended
OH 133rd Legislature (2019-2020) 6-Jan-20 31-Dec-20   Suspended (House out / Senate in)
OK 2020 Regular Session 3-Feb-20 31-May-20   In session
OR 2020 Regular Session 3-Feb-20 7-Mar-20   Adjourned
PA 2019-2020 Regular Session 7-Jan-20 31-Dec-20   In session but voting remotely
RI 2020 Regular Session 7-Jan-20 30-Jun-20   Suspended
SC 2019-2020 Regular Session 8-Jan-20 9-May-20   In session
SD 2020 Regular Session 14-Jan-20 30-Mar-20   Adjourned
TN 111th Regular Session (2019-2020) 7-Jan-20 30-Jun-20   In this week, then recess
TX 86th Legislature (2019) 8-Jan-19 27-May-19   no session this year
UT 2020 Regular Session 27-Jan-20 12-Mar-20   Adjourned
VA 2020 Regular Session 8-Jan-20 1-May-20   Adjourned early
VT 2019-2020 Regular Session 7-Jan-20 8-May-20   Suspended
WA 2019-2020 Regular Session 13-Jan-20 12-Mar-20   Adjourned
WI 2019-2020 Regular Session 14-Jan-20 26-Mar-20   Not currently in session
WV 2020 Regular Session 8-Jan-20 7-Mar-20   Adjourned
WY 2020 General Session 10-Feb-20 6-Mar-20   Adjourned

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