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Ohio changes unemployment requirements amid coronavirus: Here's how you can file

Gov. DeWine announced the changes during Sunday's briefing.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The State of Ohio has broadened the requirements for unemployment to include those in quarantine or unable to work due to coronavirus preventive measures beginning Monday.

On Sunday,Gov. DeWine order the closing of all Ohio restaurants and bars. To lessen the impact of the order, Dewine is making several changes to the current unemployment policy. 

A list of those initial changes can be found below: 

  • Individuals quarantined by a health professional or by their employer are considered to be unemployed and will not be subjecct to requirement to actively seek work. 
  • Companies that determine it necessary to temporarily shut down operations will also be eligible to seek unemployment. 
  • The 1-week waiting period prior to receiving benefits is being waived. 

For more information on the unemployment policy, click here

These changes were announced during Sunday's news briefing. You can watch the full press conference below.

Dr. Amy Acton with the Ohio Department of Health says that due to the rapid and ongoing changes, it is becoming increasingly harder to provide accurate updates. 

However, as of Sunday afternoon, Ohio has 36 confirmed cases of COVID-19 spanning 11 counties.

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Gov. Mike Dewine is aware of the impact the order will have on worker and business. In order to lessen the impact, DeWine announced that the state would broaden unemployment requirements.

Worker who do not have paid leave benefits will have access to unemployment. There will also be changes to the standing underemployment policy.

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