Last Updated: October 25, 2020

Ohio COVID-19 Risk-Level Guidance for the Public

Governor DeWine announced that going forward, Ohio will maintain vital, necessary baseline orders to control the spread of COVID-19 while also implementing a new alert system. The Ohio Public Health Advisory System will provide local health departments and community leaders data and information to combat flare-ups as they occur in different parts of the state. The system consists of four levels that provide Ohioans with guidance as to the severity of the problem in the counties in which they live.

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First, Check Your County’s Public Health Advisory Level
Health Advisory Level
Second, Review the COVID-19 Symptoms Checklist Below:
Do you have any of these symptoms?
  • Cough
  • Difficulty Breathing / Shortness of Breath
  • Severe Headache
  • Sore Throat or Loss of Smell
  • Fever
  • Abdominal Pains
  • New Joint / Muscle Pains
  • Rash or Red Eyes
  • Vomiting / Diarrhea
Have you traveled outside the US in the past months?
Have you been in contact with anyone who has confirmed COVID-19 or traveled outside the US?
Have you been tested for COVID-19, and if so, was the result positive?
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If you answered “Yes” to any of the checklist questions, please consider scheduling a virtual appointment or calling an OMJ Center.

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Other Resources

Business and Non Profit Resources

The State of Ohio has provided resources for economic support to Ohio businesses and workers to ensure we all weather this difficult time. Particularly for businesses you will find information as it relates to:

  • Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program which Ohio small businesses and nonprofits are now eligible to apply for up to a $2 million, low-interest loan through the SBA.
  • Publicly-Funded Daycares increasing the number of children allowed to be supervised by childcare staff.
  • The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) modifying the haulers carrying heavy loads of essential goods.
  • Ohio’s Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) system is the exclusive provider of workers’ compensation insurance in Ohio and serves 249,000 public and private employers.
  • Grace Period for Health Insurance Premiums for all health insurers being required to provide the option of deferring premium payments, interest free, for up to 60 calendar days from each original premium due date.
  • Keeping Essential Goods Moving is the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) modified process for haulers carrying heavy loads of essential goods.
  • TechCred Program helps Ohioans learn new skills and helps employers build a stronger workforce with the skills needed in a tech-infused economy.
  • Suspension of Pharmacy Audits requiring third party administrators, including Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs) to suspend pharmacy audits during the state of emergency.
  • Wi-Fi HotSpots in which BroadbandOhio, the state’s office dedicated to improving access to high-speed internet, has been working with providers to find public hotspot locations that Ohioans can use in areas where they may not otherwise have access to internet from home.

Details found at BusinessHelp.Ohio,gov

Essential Businesses Seeking Jobseekers and Dislocated Workers

A site has been provided that features a highly-streamlined interface with a link for essential businesses to post jobs. Applicants can search through jobs in their area, their region, and the entire state.

Details found at

Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act

The federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was signed into law on March 27, 2020. One of the program benefits as it relates to 1099/self-employed workers is the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) Program:

Broader Unemployment Eligibility

  • Targeted for 1099 tax filers/self-employed workers and individuals ineligible for state unemployment benefits.
  • The program is effective from Jan. 27 through Dec. 31.
  • Unemployment benefits for eligible individuals will be available for no more than 39 weeks.
  • The PUA benefit amount will be similar to what traditional Ohioans eligible for unemployment can receive, plus $600 a week.

Ohio, just like every other state in the nation, is working to stand up this new program. The exact details of
how it will be implemented and the process for eligible Ohioans to apply and claim benefits are still in the
planning stages. We are awaiting many of the implementation details from the U.S. Department of Labor. Once the process is finalized, we will communicate details with all 1099 filers in Ohio, as well as publicly post

Office of Small Business Relief (OSBR)

Governor DeWine’s  announced the creation of the Office of Small Business Relief (OSBR) housed under Ohio Development Services Agency. This new office will serve as the State’s central point of information on business and economic relief programs being rolled out. The website includes information on: small business considerations during COVID-19 outbreak, business & nonprofit support, layoff alternatives, and banking updates along with a FAQ section.

Details found at