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Additional COVID-19 Resources

 

COVID-19 Tax Relief

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the U.S. Department of Treasury and the IRS have officially delayed Tax Day from April 15 until July 15.  No other filing is necessary for payment extensions. All taxpayers and businesses will have this additional time to file and make payments without interest or penalties. Current guidance and information, and more as it becomes available, can be found here.

COVID-19 Resources for Caregivers of Alzheimer’s Patients

The novel coronavirus presents unique challenges for more than 5 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s and their 16 million caregivers. 

For those who are caregivers for someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia, you can find a COVID-19 tip sheet here. You can also receive assistance from the Alzheimer’s Association free, 24/7 Helpline at 800.272.3900, which is staffed by masters-level clinicians and offers translation services in more than 170 languages.

Beware of Scams

Fear and uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus pandemic could give rise to an outbreak of scams. Ohio Attorney General Dave Yostencourages Ohioans to follow these tips to avoid coronavirus-related scams:

  • Watch out for emails claiming to be from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or other expert sources with special advice or information about the coronavirus. Legitimate information is available for free on the CDC’s website.
  • Ignore online advertisements promoting cures for the coronavirus. According to the Federal Trade Commission, “There currently are no vaccines, pills, lotions, lozenges or other prescription or over-the-counter products available to treat or cure Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) online or in stores.”
  • Research nonprofit organizations and crowdfunding campaigns before donating. A database of registered charities is available on the Ohio Attorney General’s website. Avoid groups that pressure you into donating and never donate via cash, gift cards, wire transfer or prepaid money card. These are the preferred payment methods of scammers.
  • Be cautious of anyone going door to door offering coronavirus testing or temperature readings and requesting personal information. Call law enforcement immediately if you see a suspicious person. Never let strangers into your home.
  • Beware of emails and other attempts to “phish” for your personal, financial and medical information. When in doubt, do not share. If the source claims to be your bank or a government agency, confirm they are legitimate by calling the organization at a phone number you have verified.
  • When online, avoid clicking on unknown links or pop-ups and never download any suspicious email attachment. Doing so could infect your devices with malicious software designed to steal your personal information or lock your computer until you pay a ransom.

Consumers who suspect an unfair or deceptive sales practice should contact the Ohio Attorney General’s Office at www.OhioProtects.org or 800-282-0515.

 

Coping with COVID-19 Stress & Anxiety for Adults:

  • The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has provided tips for taking care of your emotional health which can be found here

    • SAMHSA’s Disaster Distress Helpline also provides 24/7, 365-day-a-year crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters. Call: 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor.
       

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
    1-800-273-8255
     
  • The CDC provides guidelines for adults and children coping with a disaster or traumatic event which can be found here and here.
     

  • Ohio Crisis Text Line
    Text the keyword “4HOPE” to 741 741
     
  • Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services help line
    1-877-275-6364 (to find resources in your community)
     
  • Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services COVID-19 resources: 
    http://mha.ohio.gov/coronavirus.

 

For Students and Parents

Virtual Exhibits for Online Learning and Fun

Lions, tigers, and bears…paintings, sculptures, and digital art! Children can continue their learning by “visiting” museums, art galleries, zoos, or aquariums online from the comfort of their own homes. Virtual tours, exhibits, and activities provide learning opportunities about arts and culture, animals, history, and more. View a list of these online learning resources, click here.

Family Activities to Do During COVID-19

There are so many things you can during this time at home! Here is a list of suggested activities, both indoors and out!

Free Internet for Students

The Spectrum cable television and Internet provider is offering free Internet for 60 days for students without a connection during the coronavirus school shutdowns. Learn more here.

Special Store Hours for Seniors, Others at High-Risk for Serious COVID-19 Illness

Many stores across OH-14 are designating specific times for seniors and others who are at higher risk for serious illness with COVID-19 to shop. While there are more, below are at least two stores in each OH-14 county that have done so:

Business Day of Week Hours Designated Group
Wal-Mart Tuesday 6am-7am/
7am-8am online order pick-up
Seniors, first responders, healthcare workers and at-risk customers
Whole Foods Every Day 8am-9am Seniors and at-risk customers
Trader Joes Every Day First Hour (either 8am-9am or 9am-10am, contact local store) Seniors and at-risk customers
ALDI Tue/Thurs 8:30am-9:30am Seniors and at-risk customers
BJ's Wholesale Every Day 8am-9am Older than 60
Costco Tue, Wed, Thurs 8am-9am Older than 60, one member card per person only.
Dollar General Every Day First Hour (contact local store) Seniors
Rite Aid Mon-Fri 9am-10am Seniors and at-risk customers
Target Wednesday 8am-9am Seniors and at-risk customers
Big Lots Every Day First Hour (contact local store) Seniors and at risk customers
Giant Eagle Mon-Wed (seniors)/
Thurs-Fri (First responders/healthcare workers)
6am-7am Seniors, at risk customers, first responders, healthcare workers
Heinens Every Day 8am-9am Seniors and at risk customers