Helpline: 1-800-686-2646 or text NAMI to 741741 1225 Dublin Road, Suite 210, Columbus OH 43215


 Who is eligible?

You may be eligible for unemployment compensation if you are an employee and:

  1. Are unable to work because your doctor, health agency, or employer requests that you

isolate or quarantine due to COVID-19; or

  1. Your employer lays you off due to the loss of production caused by COVID-19.

You do NOT need to be diagnosed with COVID-19.

You do NOT have to be totally unemployed. If your hours of work are reduced, you may still be eligible

for some unemployment compensation.

Do I need documentation?

Documentation is NOT required, but may be helpful. If you do not have documentation, you should not

wait to file– file immediately. If possible, you should ask your doctor, health agency, or employer for

something in writing that you have been requested to isolate due to COVID-19 concerns OR that your

hours of work have been reduced due to COVID-19.

What if I am a tipped employee?

If you are a tipped employee and the employer did not include tips in the wages, you will need to file an

affidavit with your tipped wages for ODJFS to review and determine the benefit amount due. If the

employer includes tips in your wages, there is nothing for you to do.

What if I want to isolate myself but nobody has asked me to do so?

If you do not have any COVID-19 symptoms but want to isolate or quarantine because of COVID-19,

you may NOT be eligible for unemployment compensation.


How to apply:

  • Online: , 24 hours/day, 7 days/week.
  • Telephone: 877-644-6562 or TTY 1-614-387-8408, Monday through Friday 8am-5pm


How to qualify

To qualify, you must have worked at least 20 weeks and earned at least an average weekly wage of

$269 in the past 4 or 5 calendar quarters. If you are unsure, you should still apply and this information

will be verified.

No waiting week or work search

If you qualify because your doctor, health agency, or employer requests that you isolate or quarantine

due to COVID-19, you will not be required to meet the work search requirements to get unemployment


Whether you are totally, partially, or participating in the SharedWork Ohio Program, you can receive

unemployment compensation starting the first week.

For more information:


  • SNAP (food stamps)
  • Ohio Works First (cash assistance)
  • Prevention, Retention, and Contingency funds (one-time cash assistance)
  • Medicaid

You can apply for these benefits by contacting your local County Department of Job and Family

Services. You can also apply online at