COLUMBUS—State Senator Stephanie Kunze (R-Hilliard) today reminded constituents of state resources available to all Ohioans confronting the new realities the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic has created in communities across the state.
“I know this is a difficult time for individuals and families throughout the district,” said Senator Kunze. “Please know that I share Dr. Amy Acton’s sentiment, ‘Human and economic development are inextricably linked. Our mission is creating the conditions in which all Ohioans can lead flourishing lives and can contribute to their full potential.’ I share in your concerns and struggles during this difficult chapter that has changed all of our lives. I am here to assist our neighbors so that we can emerge out of this crisis as a stronger community.”
Senator Kunze continues to work daily with Governor DeWine and his administration on all measures implemented in order to mitigate the coronavirus impact on Ohio’s families, schools, businesses and communities. Her office is available to all constituents of the 16th Senate District in need of help communicating with state agencies or accessing state resources, and to listen to constituents’ concerns and questions. She and her staff can be reached by phone at 614-466-5981 or by emailing [email protected].
These resources are summarized below:
For the latest updates on COVID-19 from the DEPARTMENT 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 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 [email protected]. More details available here: http://jfs.ohio.gov/RELEASES/pdf/031620-ODJFS-Provides-COVID-Number.stm
For SMALL BUSINESSES seeking relief, any small businesses and non-profits impacted by the ongoing public health crisis are encouraged to contact Ohio’s Development Services Agency at [email protected].
Small businesses and nonprofits in Ohio struggling because of the coronavirus crisis are now eligible for long-term, low-interest federal loans of up to $2 million each through the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program. 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 [email protected].
For information on one-time liquor buy backs for restaurants and bars, visit https://www.ohlq.com 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 Kunze 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 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 atwww.OhioSenate.gov/Kunze. Follow Senator Kunze on Facebook @StephanieKunzeOhio.