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Unemployed Ohioans wait, and wait, for checks from state

Nearly 700,000 people filed for unemployment in the past three weeks, the state Department of Job and Family Services said Thursday, almost double the 364,603 claims filed in all of 2019.

Posted: Apr 12, 2020 9:30 AM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — As Ohio fields record unemployment claims, many workers out of a job find themselves scrambling to make ends meet as they wait days or weeks for their claim to be processed and checks to be issued.

Nearly 700,000 people filed for unemployment in the past three weeks, the state Department of Job and Family Services said Thursday, almost double the 364,603 claims filed in all of 2019.

The 226,007 claims filed for the week ending April 4 marked the second consecutive week that claims topped 200,000.

Ohio has paid more than $124 million so far to more than 195,000 people with claims.

Lt. Gov. Jon Husted says hundreds have been added to the state call center to handle all the inquires, but he has repeatedly asked people to be patient.

People will receive checks for work lost from the day they were laid off, regardless of how long it takes to process the claim, he promised.

“We hear you. And we are acting. And we will get the benefits to you that you have earned,” Husted said Friday.

In Newark in central Ohio, information technology worker Stephen Kelty had a job offer on the table that was then rescinded because of the pandemic.

That made him eligible for unemployment insurance, and he endured hours of waiting before he spoke to someone about his claim.

Now, a week has passed without any updates. He and his husband, a psychotherapist currently working from home, have three children and are relying on his husband’s salary.

But they are also without health insurance, since that was to come from Kelty’s new job.

They are saving money by not driving or going out to eat, and have deferred student loans and mortgage payments.

They have also canceled streaming services just when they would come in handiest.

Kelty, 42, believes the state is doing everything it can, but says it’s also telling that many times when he calls, “most of the time their system can’t put you into a queue to wait to be able to talk to somebody.”

People laid off before the pandemic are also feeling the pinch of the backlog.

Carrie Barth, 29, of Marietta in southeastern Ohio, lost her job as an administrative assistant at an accounting firm in February.

Weeks later, she is still struggling to get information on the status of her claim.

She couldn’t find someone to tell her whether she was required to look for work to receive unemployment checks since her layoff came before COVID-19 hit.

She is not, said Bret Crow, a Job and Family Services spokesman.

“There are no work search requirements for anyone right now during the pandemic,” Crow said in an email to The Associated Press.

As of Saturday, 6,250 people in Ohio have tested positive for the virus, and 247 have died, the state health department reported.

Ten Ohio prisons are under full quarantines, with 38 inmates and 74 employees having tested positive. One prison guard died.

Other coronavirus developments:

Special Olympics Ohio announced Friday it had canceled its Summer Games, scheduled for late June at Ohio State University in Columbus. The organization said it was suspending all activities through July 6.

The ACLU of Ohio has sued U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement on behalf of vulnerable immigrants who are medically at risk of being infected by COVID-19 at the Geauga and Seneca county jails.

The Wayne County Health Department said Friday that a nursing home in Wooster accounts for more than half the 37 people infected with COVID-19 and all five coronavirus-related deaths in the county, The Daily Record reported.

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office in Columbus said Saturday that two inmates at a corrections facility in Jackson Pike have tested positive for the irus and have been placed together in a “negative air flow” cell.

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 595436

Reported Deaths: 9466
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Marion822851311
Lake44626670
Allen32165543
Hamilton28684308
St. Joseph26917378
Elkhart24173343
Vanderburgh18856236
Tippecanoe17638125
Johnson14687289
Porter14513163
Hendricks14010242
Madison10715216
Vigo10540177
Clark10349135
Monroe9189108
Delaware8956134
LaPorte8867158
Howard7982140
Kosciusko791380
Warrick652994
Hancock646999
Bartholomew631096
Floyd6205107
Wayne5984159
Grant5874110
Dubois547175
Boone538867
Morgan524192
Henry497764
Marshall495384
Cass475362
Dearborn464545
Noble463157
Jackson417846
Shelby405680
Lawrence383876
Clinton367840
Gibson360058
DeKalb339163
Montgomery338152
Harrison333643
Knox329839
Miami312743
Steuben309343
Adams297435
Whitley297225
Wabash294947
Ripley294345
Putnam288047
Jasper285234
Huntington284959
White269138
Daviess263073
Jefferson253838
Decatur243482
Fayette242948
Greene237062
Posey234427
Wells231347
LaGrange225061
Clay219032
Scott218538
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Jennings193935
Sullivan189632
Spencer184319
Fountain180527
Washington179321
Starke172743
Jay163922
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Owen161137
Carroll153915
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Perry149327
Vermillion145833
Franklin144433
Tipton129232
Parke12918
Pike114326
Blackford109222
Pulaski95337
Newton89821
Brown85931
Benton85310
Crawford7719
Martin70713
Warren6637
Switzerland6235
Union6146
Ohio4727
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Ohio Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 836049

Reported Deaths: 10323
CountyCasesDeaths
Franklin98533705
Cuyahoga831801065
Hamilton61931441
Montgomery42028399
Summit33849736
Lucas30524605
Butler30003228
Stark25093419
Warren19083140
Lorain18418212
Mahoning16931337
Lake15592136
Clermont15335105
Delaware1403077
Licking12819132
Trumbull12515307
Fairfield1232480
Greene11729135
Medina11286165
Clark10672264
Wood10081156
Allen9639126
Portage9006107
Miami895273
Richland8910116
Marion7377113
Tuscarawas7177174
Columbiana7164124
Pickaway710350
Wayne6855165
Muskingum678241
Erie5976118
Hancock542990
Ross535287
Scioto527063
Geauga491755
Darke459489
Ashtabula443172
Lawrence439353
Union437028
Sandusky427462
Mercer427387
Seneca417357
Auglaize416259
Huron416138
Shelby413521
Jefferson409066
Belmont403740
Washington375940
Putnam367872
Athens36759
Madison343429
Knox340122
Ashland336838
Fulton328543
Defiance322578
Crawford316371
Preble313836
Brown298819
Logan296529
Ottawa283934
Clinton281243
Williams272866
Highland266018
Jackson259043
Guernsey245325
Champaign244427
Fayette229729
Morrow22574
Perry223318
Holmes220362
Henry213547
Hardin206433
Coshocton199620
Van Wert198744
Wyandot192549
Gallia192126
Adams167415
Pike167417
Hocking165523
Carroll151316
Paulding141121
Noble118740
Meigs105021
Monroe97229
Harrison8598
Morgan79728
Vinton67613
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