Gov. Mike DeWine said this afternoon that he is recommending in-person Ohio voting be pushed back to June 2, and that absentee voting continue until that date. Because he does not have the power to push back the date on his own, he said a lawsuit will be filed in Franklin County Common Pleas Court by affected individuals seeking the delay. You can find information about requesting an absentee ballot here. We will keep you updated as more information comes available.
Fifty confirmed cases have been identified in Ohio as of this afternoon.
Grant Street Consultants is in communication with all levels of our government and we have been asked by the Governor’s office to share the following information so you can stay informed as the situation develops:
WHERE YOU CAN FIND INFORMATION:
ONLINE: Please visit www.Coronavirus.Ohio.gov for the most up-to-date information from the Ohio Department of Health.
PHONE: For any questions you have about COVID-19, please call 1 (833) 4- ASK-ODH from the hours of 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
SOCIAL MEDIA: @GovMikeDeWine @LtGovHusted @OHDeptofHealth
DAILY UPDATES: Governor DeWine is holding daily press briefings at 2:00 p.m. to deliver the most recent updates as well as give updated guidance for the state’s response. These press events are carried live at www.OhioChannel.org.
WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP PREVENT THE SPREAD OF DISEASE – THESE ACTIONS WILL SAVE LIVES
• Wash your hands for 20 seconds or more with soapy water several times a day. If soap and water are unavailable, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
• Avoid contact with people who are sick.
• Stay home while you are sick (except to visit a health care professional) and avoid close contact with others.
• Cover your mouth/nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces each day. Use a household cleaner according to label instructions.
• Avoid large gatherings.
• Use online transactions when possible.
• Avoid visiting nursing homes — and if you are sick, do NOT visit nursing homes.
• If you have an older person in your home or someone with compromised health, such as asthma, understand that the biggest threat to them may be you bringing the virus into the home.
• If you or a loved one are older, think twice about an upcoming trip.
• Avoid visiting nursing homes—and if you are sick, do NOT visit nursing homes.
• If you have an older person in your home or someone with compromised health, such as asthma, understand that the biggest treat to them may be you bringing the virus into the home.
• If you or a loved one are older, think twice about an upcoming trip.
SUPPORT FOR SMALL BUSINESSES & NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS:
The Ohio Development Services Agency is preparing to submit an application in the coming week to qualify Ohio for the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program. This program provides low-interest loans up to $2 million in order to help businesses overcome the temporary loss of revenue during the state of emergency. Non profit organizations in Ohio will also be eligible for low-interest loans through the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program. In order to complete the state’s application, businesses impacted by the current public health crisis should immediately send their contact information to BusinessHelp@Development.Ohio.gov. Additional information on the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program is available at SBA.gov/Disaster.
ENHANCED UNEMPLOYMENT AID FOR OHIOANS: The Governor will issue an executive order, which will grant the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) with the authority to accept and grant requests for unemployment compensation suspending the normal 1-week waiting period. This order will also give relief to applicants who are not offered paid leave through their job, as well as those who have been quarantined by a medical professional, their employer, or whose employers must temporarily close. Those who apply for unemployment under these circumstances will be exempt from the requirement that they be actively seeking work. Learn more at Unemployment.Ohio.gov or JFS.Ohio.gov/Coronavirus.