Ohio officials announce pandemic relief for businesses, hospitals and non-profits


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) โ€” People struggling to pay rent, along with small businesses and nonprofits hurt by the pandemic and the weak economy, learned details Friday about an aid package to help them.

Republican Gov. Mike DeWine and GOP legislative leaders House Speaker Bob Cupp and Senate President Larry Obhof announced during a press conference that funding from the CARES Act would be distributed to different sectors in the state, including bars and restaurants.

Checks in the amount of $2,500 will be given to establishments with on-premise consumption.

Small businesses with no more than 25 employees will also be eligible for a $10,000 grant. In addition, $62 million will be set aside for rural and critical access hospitals.

With todayโ€™s announcement added in, and pending Controlling Boardโ€™s approval on Monday, the total amount of Coronavirus Relief Fund and CARES Act dollars to help Ohioans will total $2.531 billion, according to Gov. DeWine.

DeWine has previously acknowledged that people and businesses may need more help than the state can provide from its share of federal aid dollars. The governor has also said Ohio must balance the use of the federal pandemic aid dollars for such assistance while reserving money for coronavirus testing.

โ€œWeโ€™re battling back, weโ€™re doing things, but we still have a lot of people hurting and we need to give them some relief,โ€ DeWine said on Oct. 6.

The news comes as Ohio experiences daily record-breaking numbers of coronavirus cases.

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