Ohio’s stay-at-home order extended until May 1
There are now 2,902 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state, with 81 deaths. Seventy-five counties are reporting cases.
Ohio will have a new stay-at-home order go into effect at 11:59 p.m. on April 6 and last until 11:59 p.m. on May 1.
There is a new policy in the order that requires retail businesses to establish a maximum number of people that should be in the business at one time.
Each business will set their own number.
Online grocery shopping
The U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service and grocery stores are implementing a “click and collect” option for grocery shopping, according to a press release from Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine.
For residents who receive SNAP benefits, they can shop online, and pick up their groceries and swipe their EBT cards all while staying in their vehicles.
For stores where paying from a car isn’t possible, SNAP recipients can still order online, but pick up the groceries and pay inside.
DeWine signed an order on April 1 that aims to help small businesses with mortgage and rent payments, according to a press release from DeWine.
The order asks lenders and landlords in the state to work with their small businesses and suspend payments for at least 90 days to avoid foreclosures.
The call center for unemployment benefits now has expanded hours. Along with weekday hours from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., it is now open on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Sundays from from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The call center can be reached at 1-877-644-6562.
For residents who are looking for work, they can visit coronavirus.ohio.gov/jobsearch to see companies that are in need of employees.