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News Release: 1/8/2021

 
 
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***PLEASE NOTE THAT FOR ALL EVENTS GUIDELINES WILL BE FOLLOWED TO ALLOW GATHERINGS, MASKS TO BE WORN WHEN UNABLE TO SOCIAL DISTANCE, TEMPERATURE CHECKS WHEN ENTERING FACILITIES AND CONTACT LOG MAY BE KEPT AT HOSTS DISCRETION. ***
 
SHELBY COUNTY UPDATES
Current Case Information
 
Henry - 761 Cases Total (68 active)
Shelby - 3227 Cases Total (232 active)
Spencer - 1042 Cases Total (62 active)
Trimble - 421 Cases Total (45 active)
 
 
TOTAL CASES RECOVERED: 4975
 
 
BUSINESS HELP
 
Kentucky Chamber reported that the SBA has made an announcement releasing the PPP guidance. KCCE will be hosting a webinar on January 11th going over some details.
 
 
 
 
Senator Mitch McConnells office provides the following details on the PPP as well
 
Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Policy Update – Wednesday, January 6, 2021
 
SBA, in consultation with the Treasury Department, has recently released additional PPP guidance:
 
For more information and updates, visit SBA.gov/PPP or Treasury.gov/CARES 
 
Governor Update
JANUARY 8TH, 2021
 
Case Details
291,430 total cases
57,958 probable
233,472 confirmed
4,911 new cases
1,148probable
3,763 confirmed
2843 total deaths
152 probable deaths
2643 confirmed
200 probable
22 duplication
3,565,044 have been tested
221,512 positive tests total
38,173 at least recovered cases
11.93% positive rate
1744 hospitalized
424 in ICU
217 on ventilators
 
 
FEDERAL RELIEFF FUNDING OVER $5 BILLION TO KENTUCKY
Assistance to Individuals
  • Direct Payments to Households – $2,265,302,000
  • Unemployment Insurance, $300/week for 11 weeks – $489,614,031
  • Rental/Utility/Energy Assistance – $297,396,819
Education
  • Elementary & Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund – $928,275,000
  • Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund – $261,015,000
  • Governor's Education Emergency Relief Fund-2/3rds for private schools – $60,305,000
Families and Seniors
  • Child Care Development Block Grant – $192,822,381
  • Promoting Safe & Stable Families – $1,004,000
  • Meals for Seniors – 2,259,000
  • Chafee Foster Care Program – $5,879,000
  • Chafee Education & Training Vouchers-Foster Youth – $899,000
  • Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant – $19,221,000
  • Mental Health Block Grant – $21,560,000
Fighting the Virus
  • Testing, Tracing and Mitigation – $289,654,359
  • Vaccine Distribution – $56,965,810
Transportation
  • Federal Highways-Surface Transportation Block Grant – $164,914,864
  • FAA-Airport Improvement Program – $28,249,556
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Top counties with positive cases and new cases
  • Jefferson 683
  • Fayette 266
  • Warren 240
  • Kenton 194
  • Morgan 194
 
 
 
VACCINE UPDATE
  • Past 2 days 32,524 have been vaccinated
  • Pfizer will be sending 27,300 doses
  • Moderna will be sending 26,400 doses
  • Vaccines administered to long term facility residents and staff
  • Walgreens - 1009 doses
  • CVS - 501 doses
 
VACCINE PHASES
The planned vaccination phases are:
  • Phase 1a: Long-term care facilities, assisted living facilities, health care personnel
  • Phase 1b: First responders, Kentuckians age >= 70, K-12 school personnel
  • Phase 1c: Kentuckians age >= 60, anyone older than 16 with U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) highest-risk conditions for COVID-19, all essential workers
  • Phase 2: Age >= 40
  • Phase 3: Age >= 16
  • Phase 4: Children under the age of 16 if the vaccine is approved for this age group (estimated to comprise 18% of Kentucky’s population)
 
 
 
 
169,350 vaccine doses sent to Kentucky
92,938 administered
76,412 available
 
 
 
 
 
CONTACT TRACING
  • 60 out of 61 local health departments are utilizing the statewide contract tracing system
  • 1600 staffers currently employed for purpose of contact tracing
  • CARES Act gave $78 million towards contact tracing
  • $47.7 million has been used and remaining will be used in 2021
 
 
 
Check out our website for all the details on businesses opens and signage to use in your business
 
 
BUDGET UPDATE
PILLAR 1: IMMEDIATE RELIEF OF FAMILIES AND BUSINESSES HARMED DURING THE PANDEMIC
  • Better Kentucky Small Business Relief Fund
  • $220 million allotted
  • Lost Wages Assistance Program
  • $48 million allotted
  • Unemployment Insurance System Update
  • $47.5 million allotted
  • Paid $152 million in unemployment insurance loans and budgeted to pay additional $100 million
PILLAR 2: INVESTING IN OUR PEOPLE
  • $1000 raise to teachers and classified staffers that have gone above and beyond duties
  • 1% raise for state employees
  • Bring stipend up to $4600 for law enforcement and firefighters foundation program
  • added 76 new social workers for CPS
  • Doubling general fund support to health departments
  • $20 million in aid to small nonprofit businesses
PILLAR 3: INVESTING BOLDLY IN OUR FUTURE
  • $100 million to repair or rebuild schools
  • Provide "last dollar" to 6300 Kentuckians to complete their associates degree or certificate
  • $50 million allotted to expand broadband services
 
Other Notes
  • Need to legalize medical maijuana
  • Need to pass sport betting
  • Need to save historic horse racing
 
 
 
Welcome to the Shelby County
Chamber of Commerce
 
BUSINESS HELP
 
8-Sessions QuickBooks Online Workshops Series
Tuesdays & Thursdays in January, Starting January 5th @ 10AM
Instructor: Lisa Brann, KSBDC Business Coach
 
Join Lisa as she demonstrates the benefits of QBO and how to incorporate into your existing business systems. These one-hour virtual sessions happen every Tuesday and Thursday throughout January.
 
 
Wednesday Webinar Series: 7 Ways to Jumpstart Your SEO in 2021
Wednesday, January 6th @ 12PM
Guest Speaker: Jenna Ahern, Founder, and CEO of Guardian Owl Digital
 
SEO tactics should be your first step in getting noticed and driving traffic to your website. Learn techniques to boost your ranking and make it easy for your customers to choose you!
 
Understanding Certification: Kentucky Minority and Women Business Enterprise
Thursday, January 12th @ 9AM
Guest Speaker: Nancy Brown, Deputy Director at Kentucky Procurement Technical Assistance Center
 
This one-hour webinar covers:
Eligibility
Program Benefits
How to Apply
What you need to Apply
Guide to Entrepreneurship
Wednesday, January 13th @ 8AM
Instructor: Toni Sears, KSBDC Business Coach
 
Interested in starting a business? The Guide to Entrepreneurship is the best game in town for helping you to understand key pre-business concepts
Free and confidential these coaching sessions are ideal for individuals who have never been in business and want to fully understand what is involved to start a business.
 
 
Jan 2021 Hot Topics
  1. Don’t fall for a secret shopper scam! A local consumer reported to BBB Scam Tracker that she received a check to be a Secret Shopper. She was told to deposit the $2000 check, keep $500 for payment, then use the rest to purchase gift cards and send the gift card information. The check was fake, and the victim is out the money!
  2. A local consumer fell for a car wrap scam. Scammers used the address of a local business. The victim was sent a check, was told to cash it at the bank, keep part of it for payment, then take the rest of the money and deposit it to an account for the decal people to put the decal on his car. Supposedly, every two weeks, he would continue to be paid while the decal was on his car.
  3. Don’t fall for an employment scam! Several victims have reached out to BBB Scam Tracker saying they were contacted by “shipping companies” out of the local area, offering jobs as “Quality Control Inspectors.” Victims are told they will make a large sum of money to pick up packages, inspect them, and reship them. In order to get the job, the scammers ask for your personal information.
  4. A new phishing scam involves calls offering assistance with claiming unemployment benefits. The scammers usually claim to be from a federal or state labor department and ask for personal and confidential information. Just hang up.
  5. Scammers are using the confusion surrounding the second round of stimulus checks to take your money. Don’t provide personal information, upfront fees, or click on any links to fill out an “application” for the payment.
  6. Scammers are still cashing in on COVID scams. Be wary of anyone who reaches out to you in regards to getting the vaccine via a phone call, text, or email. Scammers impersonate the CDC, in an attempt to steal your personal information.
  7. fake notice from Amazon says that someone spent thousands of dollars using your account. In some cases, people receive what seems to be an invoice from Amazon requesting payment. The message contains a supposed fraud-hotline number. Victims are told they must send money to correct the "mistake."
  8. The New Year is a good time to check your free credit report, with one of the three major credit reporting agencies: Equifax, Experian, or TransUnion. Go to www.annualcreditreport.com or call 1-877-322-8228.
  9. Make a NY resolution to be a smart consumer in 2021. Update anti-virus software on your computer; change passwords; read the fine print; get everything in writing; and don’t forget to visit bbb.org to research businesses and charities.
  10. Tax season is right around the corner! Do your research before you hire a tax preparer. Find out what their service fees are upfront, avoid those who base their fee on a percentage of your refund, and never sign a blank tax form. Check out companies at bbb.org.
 
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