Senate District 17
Bob Peterson
Peterson Reminds Ohioans of Critical State Resources Available During Coronavirus Pandemic
March 23, 2020

COLUMBUS—State Senator Bob Peterson (R-Washington Court House) today reminded constituents of state resources available to all Ohioans confronting the new realities the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic has created in communities across the state.

“State employees are working around the clock to assist Ohioans in getting the resources and help they need,” Peterson said. “I am thankful for the leadership of Governor DeWine and his commitment to keeping Ohioans safe and healthy.”

Senator Peterson continues to work 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. His office is available to all constituents of the 17th Senate District in need of help communicating with state agencies or accessing state resources, and to listen to constituents’ concerns and questions. He and his staff can be reached by phone at 614-466-8156 or by emailing

These resources are summarized below:

For the latest updates on COVID-19 from the DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, as well as prevention information and resources, visit or call the Department of Health’s hotline at 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634). Follow on social media @OHdeptofhealth and @GovMikeDeWine.

For UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS for affected workers, visit

For SMALL BUSINESSES seeking relief, any small businesses and non-profits impacted by the ongoing public health crisis are encouraged to contact Ohio’s Development Services Agency at

  • Small businesses and nonprofits in Ohio struggling because of the coronavirus crisis are now eligible for long-term, low interest federal loans of up to $2 million each through the U.S Small Business Administration's Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program. For more information visit,

  • The Small Business Administration Disaster Relief has a three-step process for funding/loan assistance, learn more here. For additional help call (800) 659-2955 or email

  • For information on one-time liquor buy backs for restaurants and bars, visit or call (877) 812-0013.  

For Ohioans struggling with MENTAL HEALTH AND ADDICTION concerns, the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services is providing regular updates and resources at

For K-12 SCHOOLS, educators, students and families, the Ohio Department of Education is providing regular updates at

For new information on EMERGENCY CHILDCARE resources, last week's press release from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services can be found here with additional resources at

For the latest information about the postponement of Ohio’s PRIMARY ELECTION, visit    

  • The Ohio Senate is working collaboratively with the Governor and the Secretary of State in the coming days on any legislation necessary to deal with this unique and challenging set of circumstances. 

DAILY UPDATES from the Governor: Senator Peterson also encouraged constituents to follow Governor DeWine’s and Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton’s daily 2 p.m. press conferences for the latest COVID-19 updates and resources. Those press conferences are available live on Ohio’s public radio and television stations, as well as on

Many of Ohio’s newspapers are also offering paywall-free COVID-19 coverage on their websites.

This list of resources will continue to be updated at
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