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Self-isolating due to coronavirus? You may be eligible for unemployment, says Iowa governor

Self-isolating due to coronavirus? You may be eligible for unemployment, says Iowa governor

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Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds speaks during a news conference about an update on the state's response to the new coronavirus outbreak Friday in Johnston.

DES MOINES — If you’re stuck at due to coronavirus and you can’t work, you could receive unemployment benefits, the governor announced Monday.

Iowa Workforce Development announced those who are laid off due to COVID-19, as well as those who “have to stay home to self-isolate, care for family members or due to illness related to COVID-19” are eligible to receive unemployment, “provided you meet all other eligibility requirements.”

“Iowa has incredible employers accommodating the needs of Iowans during the disruption caused by COVID-19,” Gov. Kim Reynolds said in a statement Monday afternoon. “The state of Iowa is doing everything we can to ease the process and shorten the time it will take for Iowans to receive unemployment benefits.”

Iowa Workforce Development will not charge employers for COVID-19 claims and will waive fact-finding interviews for those claims.

The agency is asking employers to “utilize paid leave and telework options” before temporarily laying off employees.

Those with questions were asked to call IWD at (866) 239-0843 or visit iowaworkforcedevelopment.gov.

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