Ohio and COVID-19 Updates

Staying safe and healthy: Staying home as much as possible, and washing your hands for 20 seconds or more, frequently, remain important protective measures during this pandemic. Additionally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now strongly encourage wearing cloth face coverings in public. Visit cdc.gov/coronavirus for more information.

Unemployment claims processing has been delayed because of a record number of applications, but benefits will be back dated to the beginning of individuals’ eligibility, when approved. Visit unemployment.ohio.gov or call 1-877-644-6562 to apply. Those waiting for unemployment may also qualify for additional benefits including Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). To learn more visit benefits.ohio.gov

Independently employed “1099 workers” will be eligible for unemployment benefits, beginning May 1 in Ohio.

Gradual reopening is currently scheduled to begin May 1, although K-12 schools will remain closed for the rest of this academic year. Businesses must implement protections including social distancing, face masks, barriers, limited occupancy, and frequent cleaning of surfaces; if safeguards are absent, customers and employees will be encouraged to contact the local health department.

Testing will be critical to reopening more fully. Ohio currently lacks adequate testing, and former governors Celeste and Taft will lead a team appointed to expand Ohio’s testing capability.

If you have questions or concerns, my office remains at work for you.