Senate District 5
Stephen A. Huffman
 
 
 
 
 
Senator Huffman Reminds Ohioans of Critical State Resources Available During Coronavirus Pandemic
March 19, 2020

COLUMBUS - State Senator Steve Huffman (R-Tipp City) 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. 

"As a medical professional I am grateful for Governor DeWine's leadership during this unprecedented time. The guidelines set by the administration are especially important now with confirmed cases in Darke County and Miami County. The state of Ohio is leading the nation during this once in a lifetime pandemic and I believe the measures being taken will ultimately help save many lives," said Huffman. "I hope you will find the resources below helpful. We will get through this together." 

Senator Huffman's office is available to all constituents of the 5th 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) 466-6247 or by emailing SHuffman@OhioSenate.gov.

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.



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 BusinessHelp@development.ohio.gov



  • Governor DeWine’s administration has filed a request with the U.S. Small Business Administration to qualify Ohio for the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program, which provides 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 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, yesterday’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 Huffman 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 at www.OhioSenate.gov/SHuffman
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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