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Ohio still needs relief from losses

Buckeye State residents are not out of the woods yet when it comes to the economic challenges that have accompanied the COVID-19 pandemic. In fact, last week, initial claims for unemployment compensation rose for the third week in a row.

For the week ending Oct. 3, 18,592 Ohioans filed jobless claims, an increase of about 3%, according to the Department of Job and Family Services. Depending on who you ask, there is a chance a second wave of the virus this winter might make the situation even worse.

In fact, virus cases are increasing right now in the Buckeye State, with the Department of Health reporting 1,539 confirmed and probable cases Thursday. That is well above the 21-day case average of 1,080. More than 164,000 confirmed and probable cases have been reported to date, including 4,983 deaths.

“Frankly, these numbers are very alarming,” DeWine told the Associated Press last week.

But DeWine says he has a plan that could help — a little, which he plans to discuss this week. A proposed aid plan would at least give a little breathing room to those struggling to pay their rent, and for small businesses and nonprofits.

Given the bickering and constant delays accompanying a reported relief plan bouncing around Washington, D.C., it is tempting to have little faith that an aid plan will come to fruition in Ohio. But DeWine and other state officials have had the interests of Ohioans in mind far more than their counterparts at the federal level, from the beginning of this challenge.

Surely he and Ohio lawmakers will find a way to quickly get Ohio residents at least some of the help they need — now.

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