If an individual is ill because of the coronavirus, will they be eligible for unemployment benefits? July 21, 2021 22:10 Updated No. An individual must be able and available for work. Related articles Will an employee be eligible for unemployment benefits if they are in mandatory quarantine because of suspicion of having the coronavirus? What if a claimant is required to participate in the Reemployment Services and Eligibility Assessment (RESEA) program? When should an individual file for unemployment benefits? General Information How can the employer protest the claim?