Soprema Senior Center COVID-19 Updates
Due to the health concerns resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Soprema Senior Center and Cafe is closed until further notice.
Staff are working remotely from home and are available to answer questions and provide support and information.
Please call the Soprema Senior Center at 330-335-1513 and leave a message. Center staff will return your call as soon as possible.
Current information about the ongoing coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic can be found at these websites:
Vote-by-Mail in the 2020 Primary Election
On March 25, 2020, the Ohio General Assembly passed H.B. 197, legislation aimed at dealing with the state’s response to the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic. Among other items, the bill set April 28, 2020, as the final day of Ohio’s primary election. Secretary of State Frank LaRose has developed a good resource page that answers many questions voters might have. The following is a brief overview of that information and information from the Medina County Board of Elections.
- If you voted by mail or in-person before March 17, 2020, you do not need to vote again. All ballots already submitted by mail or in-person will count, so long as they were otherwise valid. Those ballots are securely locked at the Board of Election until counting begins on April 28. Please encourage friends and family who haven’t already voted to request an absentee ballot from your local board of elections.
- Since most Ohioans are being advised to stay home right now, the new legislation only allows for very limited in-person voting on April 28th. In-person voting will only occur at boards of elections early vote centers, NOT at the usual precinct polling locations. In-person voting will only be available for individuals with disabilities who require in-person voting and those who do not have a home mailing address.
- The deadline to register for the 2020 primary election was February 18, 2020. Anyone who is eligible to vote, but has not yet registered, can do so for the November 3, 2020 General Election, at VoteOhio.gov.
- Voters can find applications for the Primary Election Absentee Ballot on the Medina County Board of Elections website. Download and print off an Absentee Ballot Application and mail it to the board of elections’ office. Or, request to have an Absentee Application mailed to you by emailing your information to them at medina@OhioSoS.gov. Please include your name, mailing address, contact information and number of applications needed. If you do not have email or access to a printer, please call the Medina County Board of Elections at 330.722.9278 and leave a detailed message to request that an application be mailed to you. Once your absentee ballot request is received by the board of elections, they will process your request and mail your ballot to your address. The board of elections will prepay return postage. Once you receive your ballot, to make sure your ballot is counted, it must be received by the board of elections by 7:30 p.m. on April 28 OR be postmarked by April 27 and delivered by mail to your board of elections by May 8.
The address for drop off and for mailing is: Medina County Board of Elections
P.O. Box 506
Medina, OH 44258
- The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) estimates that it may take two to five days for your voted absentee ballot to be delivered to your board of elections by mail. You can track your request and your ballot online at VoteOhio.gov. Tabulation of votes will begin on April 28, 2020, after 7:30 p.m.
Please take the time to cast your vote in the primary election!
Tax Deadline Extended through July 15
The filing deadline for federal, state, and municipal taxes has been extended to July 15, 2020.
Wadsworth municipal income returns and payments for the tax year 2019 with a due date of April 15, 2020, have been extended to July 15, 2020. Estimated payments for the first and second quarters of the tax year 2020 have also been extended to July 15, 2020. For more information about RITA, please visit www.ritaohio.com or call at (330) 335-2745.
Tax Commissioner Jeff McClain announced that Ohio will be following the federal government and IRS in extending the deadline to file and pay the state income tax. The new deadline is July 15, an extension of approximately three months from the original deadline of April 15. The website for the Ohio Department of Taxation is tax.ohio.gov.
The Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service announced that the federal income tax filing due date is automatically extended from April 15, 2020, to July 15, 2020.
Taxpayers can also defer federal income tax payments due on April 15, 2020, to July 15, 2020, without penalties and interest, regardless of the amount owed. This deferment applies to all taxpayers, including individuals, trusts and estates, corporations and other non-corporate tax filers as well as those who pay self-employment tax.
Taxpayers do not need to file any additional forms or call the IRS to qualify for this automatic federal tax filing and payment relief. Individual taxpayers who need additional time to file beyond the July 15 deadline, can request a filing extension by filing Form 4868 through their tax professional, tax software or using the Free File link on IRS.gov. Businesses who need additional time must file Form 7004.
More information can be found at https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus-tax-relief-and-economic-impact-payments.
2020 Census Information
Just a friendly reminder that 2020 is a census year! Most households received their invitation to respond to the 2020 Census between March 12 – 20. Please complete your form by mail, online at 2020census.gov, or by phone at 884-330-2020.
- Census results help determine how billions of dollars in federal funding flow into states and communities each year.
- The results determine how many seats in Congress each state gets.
- It’s mandated by the U.S. Constitution in Article 1, Section 2: The U.S. has counted its population every 10 years since 1790.
Coronavirus Scam Warnings
The Wadsworth Police Department shared the following information from the Ohio Attorney General’s Office:
In preparation for the upcoming COVID-19 stimulus payments that will be arriving from the federal government, the Ohio Attorney General’s Office is providing residents with tips to avoid any potential SCAM or FRAUD attempts that may arise.
- You do not need to pay a fee, or any kind of ’processing fee,’ to receive a stimulus check. The government WILL NOT ask for any upfront payments.
- If you receive a stimulus check for an odd amount of money ($1,129.50) or if the check states it needs to be verified over the phone, this is a scam.
- The government WILL NOT call you and ask for your social security number, bank account numbers, or credit card information.
- DO NOT disclose your PayPal information in order to get a stimulus check. All payments will be through direct deposits to a bank account or paper check.
- Avoid people who say they can get you an ’instant check’ or know how to ’speed up the process.’ This is a scam.
- Don’t click on any links or download anything online that is related to a stimulus check unless you’re able to verify the source. Doing so could infect your devices with malicious software that could steal your personal information.
- Residents should receive a paper notice in the mail several weeks after your payment is sent, letting you know where it was sent and when. If you can’t locate your payment after this point, call the IRS at a legitimate phone number (IRS.gov).
Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program (OSHIIP)
The Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program (OSHIIP) provides Medicare beneficiaries with free, objective health insurance information, one-on-one counseling, and educates consumers about Medicare, Medicare prescription drug coverage (Part D), Medicare Advantage options, Medicare supplement insurance. Though closed until further notice, the Soprema Senior Center staff is able to continue to connect seniors with trained OSHIIP volunteers.
The website for the Ohio Department of Insurance is https://insurance.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/odi/home.
OSHIIP-specific information can be found at here.
Additionally, you can reach an OSHIIP representative toll-free at 800-686-1578 or through email at email@example.com.
Food Resources for Seniors
Medina County Office for Older Adults
The Soprema Senior Center staff is able to complete referrals for a number of Medina County Office for Older Adults programs.
Any adult over the age of 60 can now contact Medina County Office for Older Adults at 330-723-9514 to be connected with a volunteer shopper. The volunteer will contact the senior and take their grocery order. They will then shop at any Medina County Beuhler’s location (Medina River Styx, Medina Forest Meadows, or Wadsworth) and the customer service desk will facilitate payment with the senior. The financial transaction is between Buehler’s and the senior customer ONLY and the volunteers will complete the shopping and deliver it to the senior’s residence.
MCOOA reached out to Buehler’s Fresh Foods and they responded by adapting their business practice to accommodate seniors who may be somewhat technologically challenged or unable to utilize an online shopping system.
MCOOA also continue to offer meal delivery service and delivery of shelf stable foods from local pantries and Feeding Medina County. The MCOOA website is http://www.mcooa.org/.
Food Resources/Financial Assistance
Feeding Medina County
FMC’s next food distribution is April 16 from 7:30am-9:00am at the Medina County Fairgrounds. People in need of assistance should "bring a picture ID and empty trunk" and "stay in your car." For more information, call FMC at (330)421-4816, or visit their website http://www.feedingmedinacounty.org/ or Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/FeedingMedinaCounty/.
Wadsworth FISH is providing assistance with groceries. Families with 1-4 individuals can receive $50 every 90 days for groceries. Call (330) 336-4300 or visit https://wadsworthfish.org/.
Wadsworth Salvation Army
The Wadsworth Salvation Army is located at 527 College St. They have a food pantry and may be able to provide financial assistance for rent, utilities, and medical bills. For more information, call (330) 335-2327 or visit https://neo.salvationarmy.org/northeastohio/wadsworth.
Sacred Heart Of Jesus St. Vincent dePaul Society Applications for assistance are accepted on Mondays and Thursdays from 6 – 8 p.m. for food and financial assistance. Applicants are required to come to the SHOJ parish center and provide a photo identification. Please be informed clients can only receive financial assistance once every six months, food from the food pantry is provided twice monthly. To leave a message for the St. Vincent de Paul Society, call (330) 336-3049 ext. 2011. SHOJ "Serving Neighbors In Need" Brochure
Akron Canton Regional Foodbank
Located at 350 Opportunity Parkway, Akron, OH 44307-2234. Their phone number is (330) 535-6900 and email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. More information can be found at https://www.akroncantonfoodbank.org/need-food.
Medina County Job and Family Services
Located at 232 Northland Drive, Medina, OH 44256. They can be reached at (330) 722-9300 or toll free at 1-800-783-5070. More information can be found at https://www.mcjfs.us/assistance/.