Duke Energy Keeps the Lights On, Waives Fees
Duke has suspended disconnections for non-payment during the COVID-19 crisis. Also, effective March 21, Duke Energy will waive all late payment fees and fees for returned checks. Customers who were recently disconnected can contact the company to make arrangements for service restoration. Duke continues to encourage customers to stay as current with payments as possible to avoid building up large balances for later. In addition, Duke is relaxing usual timelines for payment arrangements to help those affected better manage their bills. Visit Duke’s website for more information.
Veterans Affairs Wants to Help Veterans and Their Families
Any Veteran with COVID-19 symptoms, such as fever, cough or shortness of breath, should immediately call their local VA facility. Alternatively, Veterans can sign into My HealtheVet to send a secure message to VA or use telehealth options to explain their condition and receive a prompt diagnosis. The Cincinnati VA has a coronavirus page for Veterans. The VA also recognizes family caregivers for the care and tireless support they provide to Veterans. For more information about how family caregivers can get support through VA, please visit this site or call the VA Caregiver Support Line: 1-855-260-3274 or the Veterans Crisis Line 1-800-273-8255 (press 1).
Small Business Administration Offers Low-Interest Loans
Ohio businesses and non-profits economically impacted by the outbreak of COVID-19 may apply for a low-interest loan of up to $2 million to help pay for fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact. You can apply for the loan online, which is recommended, or call (800) 659-2955 to have an application mailed to you. To expedite the application process, applicants should have ready complete copies of their most recent federal income tax return and a completed and signed IRS Form 4506T, which authorizes the release of tax information. Additional information to have available would be a schedule of liabilities, personal financial statement, monthly sales figures, a current year-to-date profit-and-loss statement, and a year-end profit-and-loss statement and balance sheet for that tax year if the most recent federal income tax return has not been filed. For the latest and most accurate information regarding the COVID-19 outbreak, please visit Coronavirus.Ohio.Gov or call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH.