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Coronavirus pandemic puts Ohio’s safety nets to the test

The flood of unemployment claims and applications for public assistance show the staggering financial toll of the coronavirus pandemic and unprecedented strains on safety net programs Ohioans rely on during tough times.State and county officials are being crushed by applications for unemployment benefits, Medicaid health coverage, food stamps and cash assistance as many jobs disappear and restless residents hunker down in their homes.Meanwhile, food banks and other […]

Coronavirus pandemic puts Ohio's safety nets to the test

The flood of unemployment claims and applications for public assistance show the staggering financial toll of the coronavirus pandemic and unprecedented strains on safety net programs Ohioans rely on during tough times.State and county officials are being crushed by applications for unemployment benefits, Medicaid health coverage, food stamps and cash assistance as many jobs disappear and restless residents hunker down in their homes.Meanwhile, food banks and other […]

Coronavirus in Ohio | Stow dispatchers make masks in spare time

They are always ready to answer the call for help.And part of their job is being able to multitask.As an emergency dispatcher, one has to be able to not only offer a calm voice for a caller in need but simultaneously work with police, fire and EMS to get them to the right spot and make sure they are safe too.So when the coronavirus pandemic turned life as we once knew it upside down, a pair of Stow police dispatchers decided they couldn’t just sit idly […]

Coronavirus in Ohio: Cases rise another 14% with 10 more deaths reported

With Ohioans ordered to hunker down at home for four weeks to come in the fight to reduce the toll of coronavirus, another 410 daily cases and 10 deaths were reported Friday.State figures now show a total of 3,312 cases of the infectious respiratory disease since March 9, ranging from an infant to a 99-year-old, with deaths rising to a total of 91.Home to the second-highest number of cases, Franklin County recorded 62 more daily cases to increase its total of virus […]

Ohio's stay-at-home order extended until May 1, here's what the new order includes

Read the order at the bottom of this file.Ohio’s stay-at-home order will be extended until May 1, Gov. Mike DeWine announced Thursday.The new order will begin at 11:59 p.m. Monday, April 6, the same time the first stay-at-home is set to expire.”This is a stay-at-home order, an essential business order and it will extend until May 1. This coincides with what we have done in regard to our schools,” DeWine said. “Basically there’s no way we’ll be […]

Who can file for unemployment? Answers from Gov. DeWine’s coronavirus Twitter Q&A

A question on all of our minds: When will things go back to normal?Gov. Mike DeWine answered the best way he could on his Thursday evening #AskTheGov Twitter chat, but really the answer is: he does not know.DeWine: “It is going to take some time before we get back to a sense of normalcy, but it will happen.”For those feeling particularly helpless in all of this uncertainty, DeWine suggests reaching out to the 24/7 crisis text line by […]

Who can file for unemployment? Answers from Gov. DeWine's coronavirus Twitter Q&A

A question on all of our minds: When will things go back to normal?Gov. Mike DeWine answered the best way he could on his Thursday evening #AskTheGov Twitter chat, but really the answer is: he does not know.DeWine: “It is going to take some time before we get back to a sense of normalcy, but it will happen.”For those feeling particularly helpless in all of this uncertainty, DeWine suggests reaching out to the 24/7 crisis text line by texting […]

Coronavirus in Ohio: DeWine extends stay-at-home order until May 1 as deaths increase 25%

Acknowledging Ohioans’ frustrations and economic fears, Gov. Mike DeWine laments extending his stay-at-home order to May 1 – while warning even that date may be optimistic – to undercut the rise of coronavirus.But, DeWine said the science and experts warn the price to be paid for liberating Ohioans could dramatically increase the number of dead – which rose by 25% to 81 on Thursday – and the numbers fallen ill.Ohioans are confronted with an additional four […]

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