Resources available to Ohio residents: These phone numbers, websites might come in handy during coronavirus crisis


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COLUMBUS — Ohio Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina) provided this list of state resources available to all Ohioans confronting the new realities the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic has created.

“All Ohioans must come together during this unprecedented time. The measures taken by Gov. Mike DeWine and the Trump Administration, although difficult, will help contain the spread of the coronavirus and save many lives,” said Senator Obhof. “I hope that you will find the resources below helpful. We will get through this together.”

Obhof’s office is available to all constituents of the 22nd Senate District in need of help communicating with state agencies or accessing state resources, and to listen to constituents’ concerns and questions. He and his staff can be reached by phone at 614-466-7505 or by emailing Obhof@OhioSenate.gov.

These resources are summarized below:

For the latest updates on COVID-19 from the DEPARMENT OF HEALTH, as well as prevention information and resources, visit www.Coronavirus.Ohio.gov or call the Department of Health’s hotline at 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634). Follow on social media @OHdeptofhealth and @GovMikeDeWine.

For UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS for affected workers, visit http://jfs.ohio.gov/ohio/Coronavirus.

Ohioans can apply for unemployment online 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at www.unemployment.ohio.gov. It’s also possible to file by phone at (1-877-644-6562) or TTY at (888) 642-8203, Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Employers with questions should email UCTech@jfs.ohio.gov. More details are available here: http://jfs.ohio.gov/RELEASES/pdf/031620-ODJFS-Provides-COVID-Number.stm

SMALL BUSINESSES and NON-PROFITS affected by the ongoing public health crisis are encouraged to contact Ohio’s Development Services Agency at BusinessHelp@development.ohio.gov.

Gov. DeWine’s request to the U.S. Small Business Administration to qualify Ohio for the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program was approved today, providing low-interest loans to affected businesses. For more information visit, https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/disaster-assistance.

The Small Business Administration Disaster Relief has a three-step process for funding/loan assistance, learn more here. For additional help call (800) 659-2955 or email DisasterCustomerService@sba.gov.

For information on one-time liquor buy backs for restaurants and bars, visit OhioLiquorInfo@Com.Ohio.gov or call (877) 812-0013.

For Ohioans struggling with MENTAL HEALTH AND ADDICTION concerns, the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services is providing regular updates and resources at https://mha.ohio.gov/Health-Professionals/About-Mental-Health-and-Addiction-Treatment/Emergency-Preparedness/Coronavirus.

For K-12 SCHOOLS, educators, students and families, the Ohio Department of Education is providing regular updates at http://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Student-Supports/Coronavirus.

For new information on EMERGENCY CHILDCARE resources, this week’s press release from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services can be found here http://jfs.ohio.gov/RELEASES/pdf/031720-ODJFS-Implements-Emergency-Child-Care-Measures-during-COVID-19-Pandemic.stm with additional resources at http://emanuals.jfs.ohio.gov/ChildCare/ChildCareManual/CCMPL/CCMPL-137.stm.

For the latest information about the postponement of Ohio’s PRIMARY ELECTION, visit https://www.ohiosos.gov/coronafacts/. The Ohio Senate is working collaboratively with the Governor and the Secretary of State in the coming days on any legislation necessary to deal with this unique and challenging set of circumstances.

DAILY UPDATES from the Governor: Senator Obhof also encouraged constituents to follow Governor DeWine’s and Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton’s daily 2 p.m. press conferences for the latest COVID-19 updates and resources. Those press conferences are available live on Ohio’s public radio and television stations, as well as on www.OhioChannel.org.

Many of Ohio’s newspapers are also offering paywall-free COVID-19 coverage on their websites.

This list of resources will continue to be updated at www.OhioSenate.gov/Obhof. Follow Senator Obhof on social media @LarryObhof and @OhioSenateGOP.

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