You must meet certain wage requirements. If you are laid off, the Rhode Island Department of Labor & Training strongly urges you to apply for benefits. They will determine whether you qualify based on all the facts relating to your claim and notify you as quickly as possible.
You must have been paid at least $12,600 in either your base period or an alternate base period. If you did not earn this amount, you may be eligible if you meet all of the following conditions:
You were paid at least $2,100 in one of your base period quarters, and
You were paid total base period taxable wages of at least one and one-half times your highest single quarter earnings, and
You were paid total base period taxable wages of at least $4,200. Also, if you have had a previous claim, you must have worked again since filing that claim and must have been paid taxable wages of at least eighty times the R.I. minimum hourly wage of $10.50, or $840.
You must be unemployed through no fault of your own. You must be able to work, available for work and searching for full-time work. You must always be willing to accept a suitable job while you are claiming benefits.
The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea. These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. Some people become infected but don’t develop any symptoms and don't feel unwell.
Most people (about 80%) recover from the disease without needing special treatment. Around 1 out of every 6 people who get COVID-19 becomes seriously ill and develops difficulty breathing. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness.
People with fever, cough and difficulty breathing should seek medical attention.
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