COVID-19 Information & Resources

[UPDATE: Friday, March 27th, 2020] – Message from Community Health Manager Michele Cullen:

Good afternoon,

I just wanted to take a moment to touch base with you all.  As I’m sure you’ve heard we’ve had our first positive COVID-19 test.

We know that this is a difficult time for business and a change in how we do business.  As a community, we need to make prevention a priority.   We have received several calls concerning different agencies and their policy regarding ill workers, as public health, we want to make sure you have the guidance from IDPH and CDC for addressing any of these issues in your business and helping you to provide a safe working environment.

Any questions contact public health at 563-244-4923.

The Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act- Download HERE

First Case of COVID-19 Confirmed in Clinton County 

A case of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has been confirmed in Clinton County. According to the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), one individual in the age range from 41-60 is self-isolating at home.

Q&A for Employers: Emergency Paid Sick Leave and Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion, Monday, March 30th, at 10:30 AM (QC Chamber)

Learn more about the U.S. Department of Labor’s guidance on paid sick leave and expanded family & medical leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which takes effect April 1.

Access webinar via Zoom Meeting:

Iowa Child Care Resource & Referral offers assistance in identifying child care resources for essential employees.

Download the CCR&R contact information

[UPDATE: Thursday, March 26th, 2020]Gov. Reynolds signs new proclamation continuing State Public Health Emergency Declaration

Additional nonessential retail closures include – bookstores, clothing stores, shoe stores, jewelry stores, luggage stores, cosmetic, beauty, or perfume stores, florists, and furniture and home furnishing stores.

Illinois Small Business Emergency Loan Fund

DCEO and the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) are establishing the Illinois Small Business Emergency Loan Fund to offer small businesses low interest loans of up to $50,000.

Businesses located outside of the City of Chicago with fewer than 50 workers and less than $3 million in revenue in 2019 will be eligible to apply.

Information Released on the proposed Cornavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Assistance for Small Businesses 

NEW! CARES Act Section by Section Explanation 

Download the CARES Act information sheet

US Department of Labor launched COVID-19 Resource Page 

The U.S. Department of Labor has resources to help workers and employers prepare for the COVID-19 virus (also known as novel coronavirus).

Consider Donating Personal Protect Equipment to Assist in COVID-19 Response

Businesses and organizations are urged to donate personal protective equipment, or PPE, by contacting their local public health department and the county emergency management

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) is encouraging Iowa businesses and organizations to donate extra personal protective equipment to assist health care providers and health care facilities responding to COVID-19.

Targeted Small Business Sole Operator Fund

A fund has been created to support Targeted Small Businesses (TSB) with zero employees that have been economically impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The program will process applications in order of receipt of application and submission of all required documents until funds are exhausted. Please review the requirements and eligibility guidelines here before starting an application. Click here to learn more and apply.

[UPDATE: Wednesday, March 25th, 2020] WEBINAR: Applying for Economic Injury Disaster Assistance

Please note:  There have been two significant changes since this presentation was recorded on Monday, March 23, 2020.

  1. NO tax returns required to be uploaded at the time of application regardless of size.
  2. The SBA is not requiring personal assets used as collateral.

Thank you to Nick Glew of Marion Economic Development Corporation for hosting the webinar.

OSHA Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19

Download the booklet about COVID-19 and the workplace, with steps employers can take in different types of workplaces.

Iowa Small Business Relief Fund – “Not first come, first served!” 

On March 23, Governor Reynolds announced a new Iowa Small Business Relief Program to provide financial assistance to small businesses and tax deferrals to Iowa businesses economically impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The program is NOT first-come, first-served. All applications received by the deadline, March 31 at 12:00 p.m. (noon), will be reviewed for consideration.

Please review the required documents before starting the online application. Click here to learn more and apply.

Trump, Congress agree on $2 trillion virus rescue bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House and Senate leaders of both parties announced an agreement early Wednesday on unprecedented emergency legislation to rush sweeping aid to businesses, workers and a health care system slammed by the coronavirus pandemic. Full article

[UPDATE: Tuesday, March 24th, 2020] – Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds launches “COVID-19 in Iowa” website as a resource to Iowans.

Iowa Small Business Relief Fund – Apply for Benefits

On Monday, March 23, Governor Reynolds announced a new Iowa Small Business Relief Program that will provide financial assistance to small businesses and tax deferrals to any Iowa businesses that have been economically impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Application deadline is Tuesday, March 31, at 12 p.m.

Apply: Click here to complete an application.

Please be patient and try again later if you are unable to access the application. The program is not first-come, first-serve. Each application received will be reviewed.

Click here for more information and FAQs. 

MercyOne Clinton establishes COVID-19 Information Line

Individuals with general questions can call the MercyOne COVID-19 Information Line at (563) 244-5055 to speak to a health professional beginning Monday, March 23. The information line will be answered from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Upcoming Webinar: Plant, Don’t Panic w/Andy O’Brien of AJO Solutions (Wednesday, March 25th, 9 AM – 2 PM) Register via Eventbrite 

  • How to plan in an ever-changing environment
  • How to navigate threats, manage emotions and stay focused on what really matters
  • Balancing how to manage short-term challenges and mid-range impacts with long-term goals
  • What your business needs to do NOW to stay on track for your 2020 goals

UNI Advance Iowa Live Stream Series on Social Media: Topics will include resources available, workforce issues such as managing a virtual staff, unemployment law changes, flexibility and productivity, finance and strategy, marketing, mental health and more.

Visit the UNI Advance Iowa page on Facebook daily at 10 AM and 2 PM for a live virtual business discussion.

Iowa announces 1st death linked to coronavirus outbreak

Reynolds identified the deceased as an “older adult” resident of Dubuque County who was between 61 and 80 years old. Reynolds and the Dubuque County Public Health Department said that no other information would be released about the individual. Full article

[UPDATE: Monday, March 23rd, 2020]Gov. Reynolds Announces COVID-19 Iowa Small Business Relief Program

Visit for more information

[UPDATE: Monday, March 23rd, 2020]Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds Press Conference 

[UPDATE: Friday, March 20th, 2020]Governor Pritzker’s Address To Illinois 
Gov. J.B. Pritzker issues order requiring residents to ‘stay at home’ starting Saturday

[UPDATE – Friday, March 20th, 2020] Existing Industry Manager, Andy Sokolovich, had the opportunity to interview Marc Schneider of Iowa State University’s Center for Industrial Research & Service on the topic of supply chain management during disruptions. Click on the image below to listen!

Download the ISU CIRAS Supply Chain Checklist 

[UPDATE – Wednesday, March 18th, 2020] The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) needs to assess the impact of the pandemic in Iowa. To assist in these efforts, please complete this survey, developed by the University of Northern Iowa – Institute for Decision Making, to tell us what your business is experiencing and how your business is handling the current crisis.

IEDA will use the information collected in this survey to inform its public policy in response to the crisis, as well as potential assistance to businesses.

The deadline to complete this survey is Monday, March 23 at 5 p.m.

Thank you for mobilizing and providing this information on such short notice. We will remain connected with you in the coming weeks to provide additional guidance as warranted.

Our thoughts are with all of you and our business community, and we remain confident the efforts we are undertaking today will mitigate the long-term impact on our economy.


The Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity has created a similar survey seeking information from Illinois-based businesses that have been negatively impacted by COVID-19. Responses to the questions will assist the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity in evaluating specific areas of need.


[UPDATE – Monday, March 16th, 2020] By now, we are all aware of the impacts related to COVID-19. To prepare and educate our regional business partners, the Clinton Regional Development Corporation will be hosting an informational conference call on Thursday, March 19th, at 12 PM. Call-in information is below.

We ask that you announce your name when joining the call, but hold all questions/comments until after our subject matter experts have had the opportunity to share their insights and instructions. Please mute your phone following the introduction to reduce distractions.

Featured presenters:

Michele Cullen
Community Health Manager
Community Health/ Genesis VNA

Chance Kness
Clinton County Emergency Management 
Office: (563) 242-5712 | Fax: (563) 242-3095

Nicole Gonner
Emergency Management
MercyOne – Clinton 
Office: (563) 244-5730

Call-in information: Dial number: (605) 313-5607, Access code: 289125

General Information

What is COVID 19?

COVID-19 is a respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in China and has now been detected internationally, including the United States.

Why is there so much concern about COVID-19?

Because this is a new virus, no one has immunity, and there is currently no vaccine for COVID-19.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure:
– Fever
– Cough
– Shortness of breath

Should people get the pneumonia vaccine since it appears people with COVID-19 are at a greater risk of developing pneumonia?

Check with your doctor or health care provider about your vaccine status and what vaccines you are recommended to receive.

What type of PPE should school custodial staff wear when they clean the building after a student develops a confirmed case of COVID-19?

The CDC has developed general environmental cleaning guidance: CDC Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection Recommendations

I have symptoms similar to COVID-19, should I get tested?

The symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to other seasonal illnesses like the flu or a cold, so just having symptoms doesn’t mean you have the disease. Reach out to your doctor or health care provider if you aren’t feeling well for guidance.

COVID-19 Downloads 
Helpful Links

Dail 2-1-1 for direct assistance regarding COVID-19 

Iowa Workforce & Employer Information 

Gov. Reynolds Announces COVID-19 Iowa Small Business Relief Program 

Gov. Reynolds Announces Unemployment Insurance Tax Extension to Assist Small Businesses

Iowa Small Businesses Affected by Coronavirus Can Apply for an SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan

US tax filing deadline moved to July 15, Mnuchin says

Treasury and IRS Issue Guidance on Deferring Tax Payments Due to COVID-19 Outbreak

Facebook Small Business Grants Program – $100M in cash grants and ad credits

Gov. Reynolds issues a State of Public Health Disaster Emergency

Reynolds Signs Proclamation to Waive Transportation Weight Requirements

COVID-19: Iowa Business Recover Assistance (Iowa Economic Development Authority)

Iowa Department of Human Services COVID-19 Resources

Iowa Employers – Voluntary Shared Work Program

Iowa Workers – COVID19 and Unemployment Insurance Questions

Iowa Employers – COVID-19 and Unemployment Insurance Questions

Iowa Department of Public Health updates

Illinois Workforce & Employer Information 

Illinois Small Business Emergency Loan Fund

Essential Businesses & Operations – Executive Order 20-10 

Webinar: 3.24 at 11:30 Am CDT – Coronavirus / COVID-19: Risk Mitigation Webinar – Part 2 

Illinois Manufacturing Helpline

Support for Illinois Small Businesses 

Illinois Economic Injury Survey 

Illinois Department of Employment Security

Protecting Your Business

COVID-19 Small Business Resources – Small Business Development Center 

ISU Center for Industrial Research & Service (CIRAS) – How to deal with COVID-19

CIRAS Contacts:

Marc Schneider, 563-221-1596,
Mike O’Donnell, 515-509-4379,

Facebook Small Business Grant Program 

SBA disaster loans

Businesses and private nonprofits in Illinois and Iowa may now apply for loans of up to $2 million through the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program

If your business has been affected by COVID-19, this program offers working capital to meet different needs, including payroll, accounts payable and fixed debt payments, until the situation improves. Interest rates are 3.75% for businesses without credit available elsewhere and 2.75% for nonprofits.

Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program FAQ
More information about federal Disaster Loans

Before applying for this loan, however, small business owners should work with their current lenders to secure more favorable terms of credit. Doing it in reverse may cause issues in the future, according to Joel Youngs, Certified Business Advisor and Regional Business Director of Eastern Iowa Small Business Development Center in Davenport.

SBA Disaster Assistance in Response to the Coronavirus

Business Frequently Asked Questions – Safeguard Iowa Partnership 

CIRAS Checklist: Protecting Your Business from COVID-19

CIRAS Checklist: Responding to a COVID-19 Exposure

Centers for Disease Control (CDC) COVID-19 Home Page

CDC What you need to know about COVID-19 Fact Sheet

Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019

Supply Chain Disruptions

CIRAS Checklist: Supply Chain Disruption Planning

FDA Statement – Coronavirus (COVID-19) Supply Chain Update

Iowa Grain Quality Initiative – Industry Updates

FedEx International Trade Bulletins

DB Shenker Customer Advisory on COVID-19

Trendforce Analysis of COVID-19 Impact on High-Tech Industry

General Resources

Managing Anxiety & Stress 

US Department of Labor COVID-19 Resources 

Community Action of Eastern Iowa 

John Hopkins COVID-19 Dashboard

IATA Travel Ban Update Page

McKinsey & Company – COVID-19:  Implications for Business

RaboResearch – Economic research article:  Coronavirus:  Outbreak of uncertainty

Additional Resources 

Gallup: COVID-19 Strategies and Policies of the World’s Largest Companies

COVID-19 Cases in the United States 

Travel Notices

Testing in the United States 

Coronavirus Pandemic: Top Questions and Answers for Employers


Employer Unemployment Insurance Benefits During COVID-19

Clinton, IA Mayor Scott Maddasion Announcement – Dated 3.20.20

Donning and Removing PPE

Gov. Kim Reynolds Press Conference | March 19, 2020, 3:30 p.m.

Who Should Get Tested? Interview with Dr. Pedati of Iowa Department of Public Health

10 Things You Can Do to Manage COVID-19 at Home

What is Cornonavirus 2019? 

What Older Adults Need to Know