Saturday Stats: COVID-19 Updates
Posted March 21, 2020 in eNews
The COVID-19 crisis has laid bare some inescapable truths: Everything is connected and every person matters. Now is the time to fight harder than ever to make sure everyone is protected and cared for: No exceptions.
269: Any Ohioan paid less than $269 a week won’t be eligible for unemployment compensation if they get laid off, according to Zach Schiller. Governor DeWine took important steps to support some Ohioans who lose their jobs during the COVID-19 crisis, but more needs to be done.
20 million: The Families First Coronavirus Response Act passed by Congress and signed by President Trump extends sick pay to some working people affected by the COVID-19 crisis, but leaves out 20 million Americans, according to Wendy Patton. The act, Wendy wrote, would provide Ohio with an estimated $1.2 billion in additional federal Medicaid funds.
79,000: In 2018, the last year for which numbers are available, 79,000 Ohioans were incarcerated in state and federal prisons, local jails, and youth facilities. That’s 79,000 people, some of whom are especially vulnerable, in very close quarters. That’s why Piet van Lier and our friends at ALCU called for Governor DeWine and Ohio Supreme Court Justice Maureen O’Connor to do what they can do to protect the people who are incarcerated, and reduce the number of people in Ohio’s jails. You can raise your voice, too.