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Dear Neighbor,

We are living in uncertain times, and I know many of us are experiencing hardships because of coronavirus. I wanted to share a few things with you today in the enewsletter below.

First, help Ohio slow the spread. Please follow recommended guidelines to keep your family healthy … and stay informed. Visit for updates, prevention tips and other resources.

Secondly, my colleagues and I are working with Governor DeWine and have passed emergency measures to provide relief for Ohioans, and I included more details about this legislation below. Finally, remember that you are not alone. Ohioans are in this together, and we will make it through. Let’s keep encouraging one another and caring for those who need extra help.

It is a true honor to serve you and your families in this capacity. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to my office if you have any thoughts or suggestions to improve our community. I’m available at or 614-466-8060 or through my social media pages.

State Senator Theresa Gavarone
2nd Senate District

Coronavirus/COVID-19 has created health and economic emergencies and hardships for many Ohio families, individuals and businesses. The legislature is working with Governor DeWine on relief efforts, and we met last week to pass HB 197, an emergency relief measure to get aid to those in need now. It received unanimous support in the Ohio Senate, and Governor DeWine signed it into law last Friday.

Among other things, this legislation:
  • Expands eligilibity for unemployment compensation.
  • Waives K-12 standardized testing and school report card requirements and allows seniors to graduate.
  • Extends absentee voting by mail for Ohio's primary election to April 28.
  • Provides funding for small businesses, such as daycares and services for the disabled.

You can read more by clicking the link below about the other essential provisions included in this bill.
The coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic disrupted Ohio's primary election on March 17, but absentee, mail-in voting for this election has been extended to April 28. If you are a registered voter, you can still cast your vote.

Here's how:
Request an Absentee Ballot: There are two options to request an absentee ballot:
1) You can call your County Board of Elections, or 
2) You can go online at to print a request for an absentee ballot.

Mail Your Absentee Ballot Request: Please accurately complete the absentee ballot request and mail it to your respective County Board of Elections.

Cast Your Vote: Upon receiving your absentee ballot, make your selections and mail in your ballot using the pre-paid return envelope to cast your vote. Your mailed ballot must be postmarked by April 27 or be dropped off at your County Board of Elections' secure curbside box at the address above by 7:30 p.m. on April 28.

If you have already voted in this year's primary, your vote will count. Special provisions have been made for Ohioans with disabilities or those unable to receive mail. To learn more about this, or if you have other questions, visit

I will continue working daily with Governor DeWine and his administration on all measures implemented in order to mitigate the coronavirus impact on Ohio’s families, schools, businesses and communities. 

For the latest updates on COVID-19 visit or call the Department of Health’s hotline at 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634).

Please visit the link below for resources available to all Ohioans confronting the new realities the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic has created in our community. You will find information on Ohio's 
UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS, resources for SMALL BUSINESSES, help for Ohioans struggling with MENTAL HEALTH AND ADDICTION concerns and more.
We are fighting for Ohioans by enacting legislation that will provide relief during this pandemic, but we need your help.

Many people want to offer their time and resources to help our community during these uncertain times. The Governor’s Office has created a way for you to turn these gracious acts of kindness into reality. Please email to give back.

Continue to practice social distancing and adhering to the guidelines set by our public health officials. Getting through this crisis won’t happen without the resourcefulness, determination and resilience that makes us all Ohioans. We are all in this together!

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