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Refugees and Navigating COVID-19

The Refugee Services Office is closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic, under the direction of the Governor’s Office. Below you will find information and resources, including translated materials, to assist refugees. Please check back regularly as this information will be continually updated.

Refugee Education and Training Center

Health and Wellness

Learn about the Governor’s directive to Stay Safe, Stay Home at coronavirus.utah.gov.

Employment

If your job has been impacted by COVID-19, visit our COVID-19 page for assistance. The page includes information about unemployment insurance, temporary layoff virtual workshops, childcare and more.

Unemployment Insurance 

For additional information about unemployment insurance and COVID-19, find an FAQ at jobs.utah.gov/covid19/uifaqemployees.pdf.

Stimulus Payments Without Tax Returns

The IRS released a non-filers application for people to get the stimulus who did not file a tax return in 2018 or 2019 and do not receive Social Security or SSI payments. This will be helpful for newer arrivals who have never filed a tax return. More info is at https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/economic-impact-payments.

SNAP Benefits

Housing

Food and Basic Needs

Call or text 211 for assistance locating essential services to meet basic needs. More information is at uw.org/211/covid19-resources/?.

Childcare

More information about childcare can be found at careaboutchildcare.utah.gov/.

COVID-19 & Childcare, an FAQ for Parents, is at jobs.utah.gov/covid19/ccfaqparents.pdf.

School Closures

Utah schools are dismissed until May 1 in order to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. School officials will continue to work closely with state leaders to determine when it is safe for students to return. 

Translated Resources

The state of Utah has undergone an enormous translation project to make COVID-19 resources and information available in many languages.

English versions of the translated resources can be found at coronavirus.utah.gov/community-resources. Topics covered include:

Business Resources

Resettlement Agency Resources

The Office of Refugee Resettlement has helpful COVID-19 information, including multilingual resources. 

The Salt Lake City International Rescue Committee has COVID-19 materials. Translated materials are available in Amharic, Arabic, Burmese, Dari/Farsi, English, French, Kinyarwanda, Nepali, Oromo, Russian, Swahili, Tigrinya.