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Dear Neighbor,
 
I want to thank you for all you have done to help stop the spread of COVID-19. You have helped flatten the curve and kept our more vulnerable populations safe. Now it's time to reopen Ohio and get back to work.
 
I am working with my colleagues in the House and Senate to help Ohioans safely get back to work and make our economy strong again. This includes new safeguards and procedures to protect our workforce from COVID-19. Today, I offer this special prayer: God be with all who are suffering in this crisis, but especially those who are separated and alone. God please see us through.
 
As always, my office is available to assist you in accessing state resources. You can reach me by email at Johnson@OhioSenate.gov or by phone at (614) 466-8082. Please do not hesitate to reach out with your concerns or ideas.
 
Thank you again for you patience and hard work during these times. We have all felt the effects of COVID-19, but by working together we will overcome them.

Sincerely,
 
Terry Johnson
State Senator
Ohio's 14th Senate District
Last week, the Ohio Senate unanimously passed Senate Bill 310, authorizing the distribution of $350 million of federal CARES Act funding to local communities across Ohio for COVID-19 pandemic-related expenses. I am excited to have co-sponsored this important piece of legislation.

Republicans and Democrats came together on this issue to move much-needed funds to our county and local governments. The bill now moves to the Ohio House for consideration. For more information on S.B. 310, click below.
Lt. Governor Jon Husted recently announced that the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation has developed a website specifically geared toward matching essential businesses with Ohioans who are able and willing to work as an essential employee during the COVID-19 crisis. Over 50,000 jobs have been posted coming from 866 unique companies. Both essential businesses and current job seekers can post and search.

The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services has also implemented recent unemployment expansion changes under the CARES Act. Pandemic Unemployment Assistance provides an option for individuals who typically do not qualify for regular unemployment benefits, but had their jobs affected by COVID-19.

Visit www.unemploymenthelp.ohio.gov to learn more about the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Program's expanded eligibility. Registration is now open, and you can find a step-by-step guide here.
Senator Johnson represents the 14th District in the Ohio Senate, which encompasses all of Adams, Brown, Clermont, and Scioto counties as well as a portion of Lawrence County.