Resources

Are you looking for additional ways to support the community? Stay #WeAreColumbusStrong with these resources:

To see the latest reported COVID-19 cases in your county, CLICK HERE.

The Ohio Department of Health call center is open 7 days a week from 9am – 8pm to answer questions
regarding COVID-19 at 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634).

Ohio Department of Health coronavirus website

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention



Information by county

Columbus Public Health

Franklin County Public Health

Delaware General Health District

Fairfield Co. Department of Health

Licking County Health Department

Madison County Health Department

Pickaway County Health Department

Union County Health Department


 

Guidelines for safely celebrating the holidays from the CDC

Health Dept. order requiring COVID-19 reporting in schools

The Ohio Children’s Trust Fund has a resource guide for parents

“Responsible RestartOhio”: Gov. Mike DeWine’s plan for reopening Ohio’s businesses and workplaces

Mandatory requirements for youth, collegiate and professional sports

 

Click on the links below for the latest information:

For those struggling to find jobs during the crisis
Unemployment benefits for affected workers

For a step-by-step guide to file your unemployment claim, go to unemployment.ohio.gov. Your benefits are retroactive to when you became eligible. File claims during non-core business hours, if possible.

For those struggling to find food during the crisis
Mid-Ohio Food Collective
Lifecare Alliance Meals On Wheels
Ohio Association of Foodbanks

The Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation has developed a website specifically geared toward matching essential businesses with those looking for work

For those struggling to find food during the crisis
Mid-Ohio Food Collective
Lifecare Alliance Meals On Wheels
Ohio Association of Foodbanks

Help is available for those struggling with mortgages as a result of the pandemic

Around the country, blood centers are seeing supplies dwindle. Click here to donate

Most people recover from the coronavirus. Click here for more facts

Helpful infographics
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For those struggling to find jobs during the crisis
Unemployment benefits for affected workers

For a step-by-step guide to file your unemployment claim, go to unemployment.ohio.gov. Your benefits are retroactive to when you became eligible. File claims during non-core business hours, if possible.

The Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation has developed a website specifically geared toward matching essential businesses with those looking for work

 

Has your employment recently been affected due to the coronavirus? The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services has compiled a comprehensive list providing step-by-step guided instructions to help you file your unemployment insurance benefits. You can also find answers to many frequently asked questions. File claims during non-core business hours, if possible.

More Resources

  • Order online or over the phone whenever possible – Limit your direct contact and practice social distancing. Let your inner introvert out! Most businesses are actively communicating through phone, email, and their social media. Check out our list of local eateries for your next meal. New locations are added almost every day!
  • Get the To-Do List done – Have you been thinking about buying that membership or signing the kids up for a class? Look at all the free time on your hands! Do it now. Book that birthday party in advance, finally sign up for guitar lessons, etc.
  • Tip well – Remember the delivery driver when you order your pizza or have your items sent to your home.
  • Support Local musicians from the safety of your couch! With all the recent concert and venue cancellations, the music community is hurting now more than ever. Visit your favorite local musician’s social media pages to see if they’re doing any live performances from their home. And when all else fails – show your support by buying up their merch! 
  • Support Local Artists – As you know, most arts, entertainment, museums and activities have been cancelled or postponed for the time being.  However, our friends at the Greater Columbus Arts Council have set up emergency resources for our friends in the arts community.  So if you are a part of the arts community or know of someone who could use some help, please go to the Greater Columbus Arts Council’s website for more information.
  • For those struggling to find food during the crisis
  • Volunteer Your Time. Lend a Helping Hand to one of these local organizations.
  • Help Others Helping Others. As Ohio business owners and their employees weather this unprecedented pandemic, the Columbus Foundation has, in partnership with city, county, and state officials, activated its Emergency Response Fund. This fund assists nonprofit organizations that are responding to the spread of COVID-19 and experiencing financial challenges by doing so. Consider making a donation here.
  • The Ohio Association of Foodbanks – The COVID-19 Pandemic has impacted and will continue to impact all of our lives in many ways. Many companies and individuals are interested in helping Ohio’s foodbanks, and there are many other individuals will experience serious and difficult financial struggles in the weeks to come. Find a full list of resources here to help the helpers or to get the help you need.
  • Together At Home – Ohio officials are developing strategies to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and the concerns and uncertainties it brings, but they cannot flatten the curve on their own. Every Ohioan has a part to play in helping to save lives. For many, this will mean staying at home. For others, it will mean taking care of the most vulnerable among us or providing healthcare, food, education, information, or the things we need to stay safe at home. If you are interested in helping your fellow Ohioans, get more details here.
  • Around the country, blood centers are seeing supplies dwindle. Click here to donate

Are the kids at home looking for something to do? Here are some great ideas:

  • Keep the kids fed – Columbus City Schools is offering “Grab-and-Go” style lunches to any children 18 and under. Get more information, maps, and locations here.
  • Write letters or create a work of art for the elderly! The residents of local nursing homes are not getting many visitors these days. Pull out the old craft bin, fire up the glue gun (with adult supervision of course) and create something they will cherish for a lifetime. Here is a directory of local nursing homes that would love to hear from you – but any nursing or retirement home would greatly appreciate something from you little ones!
  • Art For Kids Hub has a huge database of free videos that teach your kids different creative skills- like drawing, painting, and even origami!
  • Visit the San Diego Zoo from your home! Featuring live videos, children’s activities, photos & more!
  • The Cincinnati Zoo is bringing you “Home Safari,” with daily live informational videos with the zoo residents, as well as paired activities that follow!
  • Take a Virtual Tour at the National Museum of Natural History at the Smithsonian Institute! Including some previously unseen archives!
  • Kids Live Cupcake Class – Every Wednesday at 10am, decorate cupcakes in a fun and unsualy ways with Jenny!
  • Macaroni Kid is a valuable resource for lists of events and activities to keep your kids busy! 
  • Play Outside – Go for a walk, hang out in the yard, go to a park. (while keeping social distancing and handwashing in mind) Visit any of the Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks, featuring 19 outstanding natural area parks with more than 230 miles of trails and over 27,700 acres of land in seven central Ohio counties.
  • Ohio History Connection – While Ohio schools are closed, caregivers are tasked with educating kids at home. The Ohio History Connection team has developed a number of engaging and educational history resources that you and your family can easily access on their website. New content is added all the time, so check back often.
  • Keep the kids educated or entertained – A variety of educational websites are available for free. Through a collaborative effort, we’ve compiled a long list of them for you

We are always looking for great online or educational resources for kids. Email us with your suggestions.

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