COVID-19 Resources for Ohioans
Our goal is to ensure that your access to quality, affirming healthcare is not interrupted during the COVID-19 pandemic. We also care deeply about your personal wellbeing and your ability to access critical social services—especially during this time of uncertainty.
We will update this page daily with critical information and links to important community resources. With local, state, and federal officials holding daily briefings it is often difficult to keep up with the flow of information, but our community depends on this information and we aim to lessen the impact of closures and cancellations due to this public health emergency.
What is the state of Ohio doing to combat the spread of COVID-19?
Gov. Mike DeWine and Ohio Department of Health (ODH) Director Amy Acton have taken considerable steps to reduce the risk of transmission of the virus. The DeWine administration is holding daily press conferences at 2 PM to address the state’s response. Livestream the press conference here.
DeWine Administration Orders (As of 8:00 AM, 3/24/2020):
- Governor DeWine Order, Related to State Government Hiring Freeze (3/23)
- Governor DeWine Order, Related to Temporary Pandemic Child Care Licenses (3/23)
- ODH – Director’s Order, Related to Stay at Home Directive (3/22)
- Executive Order 2020-05D, Related to Telehealth (3/19)
- Governor DeWine Orders BMV Closures (3/18)
- Governor DeWine Issues Proclamation to Assist Food Banks (3/18)
- ODH – Director’s Order, Related to the Additional Businesses (3/17)
- ODH – Director’s Order, Related to the Management of Non-Essential Surgeries (3/17)
- OHD—Director’s Order, Related to the Closure of Polling Locations in the State of Ohio (3/16)
- OHD – Director’s Order, Related to the Temporary Closure of Bars and Restaurants (3/16)
- ODH – Director’s Order, Related to the Limiting of Access to Ohio’s Detention Facilities (3/15)
- ODH – Director’s Order, Related to the Temporary Closure of K-12 Schools (3/14)
- ODH – Director’s Order, Related to the Prohibition of Mass Gatherings (3/12)
- ODH – Director’s Order, Related to Visitation in Nursing Homes (3/11)
- Executive Order 2020-01D, Related to the Declaration of a State of Emergency (3/9)
- ODH – Director’s Order, Related to Spectators at the Arnold Sports Festival (3/5)
The Ohio Department of Health has also established a COVID-19 Hotline. If you have questions about how to prepare and protect yourself, you can reach the call center at 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634).
What resources are available for those who have been impacted?
Due to the effect of statewide closures of businesses in response to COVID-19, Ohio is stepping up to support workers by expanding unemployment insurance and by requesting support from the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program.
- Apply for unemployment insurance here.
- Determine if your business is eligible for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program.
Please utilize these temporary financial assistance programs if you need them during this difficult time.
What is the federal government doing in response to COVID-19?
The President just signed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (H.R. 6201) that will provide paid leave, enhanced unemployment benefits, free coronavirus testing, and food and health care aid.
Employers with fewer than 500 workers (including nonprofits) and government entities are now required to provide up to 12 weeks of job-protected leave. This applies to employees who are unable to telework because they have to care for a child under 18 if their school or day care has been closed due to COVID-19.
Additionally, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act expands emergency paid sick leave for employees directly impacted by the coronavirus. Full-time employees who work in a company with fewer than 500 workers will be eligible to receive 80 hours of sick leave, and part-time workers will receive leave equivalent to the number of hours the employee works, on average, over a two-week period.
What resources are available in my community?
Organizers, activists, and thoughtful community members have been coalescing to protect our most vulnerable during this time. Groups like Mutual Aid of Central Ohio are offering to assist with childcare, food delivery, and transportation needs. If you know of similar efforts in communities across Ohio, please let us know so that we can promote them.
- COTA Waiving Fares
- CRIS Promotes Multi-Lingual COVID-19 Resources
- Franklin County Municipal Court Issues 8 Week Moratorium on Evictions
- City of Columbus Emergency Relief Efforts
What can we do to help?
Federal measures to expand paid leave, unemployment benefits, free coronavirus testing, and food and health care aid are a start. But we must do more to include all people who are affected by this pandemic—this includes people living with HIV, those who are hourly workers for companies with 500 or more employees, and those employed by small businesses who employer fewer than 50 people. Our communities deserve immediate relief.
If you agree, please contact Congress and let them know!
As our federal policymakers work to address COVID-19, we must urge them to include provisions that protect our nation’s most vulnerable people. We must also urge Congress to protect our nonprofits, especially those that are working on the frontlines to provide essential health and human services to families and communities.