Earlier this week Gov. DeWine and Lt. Gov. Husted announced that anyone who is laid off as a direct result of COVID-19 is immediately eligible for benefits. This measure will 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.

Yesterday, it was announced that 111,055 Ohioans have applied for unemployment to date. Ohioans can apply for unemployment benefits online 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at unemployment.ohio.gov. The state continues to urge people to file using the website. It is also possible to file by phone at 877-644-6562 or TTY at 888-642-8203, Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 7 p.m and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. Employers with questions should email UCTech@jfs.ohio.gov. Workers with coronavirus-related claims can use the mass-layoff number 2000180 on their applications, but those who have already submitted claims do not need to add it.