COVID-19 State Updates: April 22
Ohio’s COVID-19 case data:
13,250 confirmed cases
475 probable cases
13,725 total cases
538 confirmed deaths
19 probable deaths
557 total deaths
838 ICU admissions
More data is available on the COVID-19 Dashboard HERE.
This week, the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) will begin sending up to $1.6 billion in dividends to Ohio employers to ease the impact of COVID-19 on Ohio’s business community and economy. The dividend equals approximately 100% of the premiums employers paid in policy year 2018. Approximately $1.4 billion will go to private employers and nearly $200 million will go to local government taxing districts.
For a county breakdown of the dividend, visit this link on BWC’s website.
Dividends for specific public employers are public record and can be found at this link.
Governor DeWine announced the creation of a new Testing Strike Force team led by former Governors Richard Celeste and Bob Taft that will work with leaders from business, academia, and public health to be part of the effort to help Ohio source critical testing items.
The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) announced Tuesday that it would be implementing a new weekly claim filing process for Ohioans approved to receive unemployment benefits.
Starting Sunday, April 26, individuals filing weekly claims should do so on certain days based on the first letter of their last name. Those with names starting between A through H should file on Sundays, followed by I through P on Mondays and Q through Z on Tuesdays. The remaining days of the week are open to all individuals.
To ensure the fastest processing, claimants should also set their correspondence preference to “electronic” as opposed to U.S. mail.
Ohioans can submit initial applications for benefits at any time, and are encouraged to apply online at www.unemployment.ohio.gov. Those without Internet access or who need assistance can file by phone at 877-OHIO-JOB (1-877-644-6562) or TTY at 888-642-8203 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays; and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sundays.
First-time applicants should be prepared to provide their name and Social Security number as listed on their Social Security card and, if they are unemployed as a result of COVID-19, the mass-layoff number 2000180.
Cleveland.com: “Ohioans working from home because of the coronavirus crisis will continue to pay municipal income taxes as if they worked at the office.” This is a provision, the Greater Cleveland Partnership was in support of, that was included in recent state emergency legislation.
According to the Ohio Secretary of State’s Office, nearly 1.7 million Ohioans have requested a vote-by-mail ballot for the Ohio primary election and 975,158 voters have already cast their ballot. About 3.3 million votes were cast during the 2016 primary.
Yesterday, JobsOhio, Peoples Bank and First Federal/Home Savings Bank announced a partnership to support existing small business clients with maintaining operations and payroll during the COVID-19 pandemic.