COVID-19 Information & Resources
[UPDATE: Friday, March 27th, 2020] – Message from Community Health Manager Michele Cullen:
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
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.
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: https://zoom.us/j/858437086
Iowa Child Care Resource & Referral offers assistance in identifying child care resources for essential employees.
[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.
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
The U.S. Department of Labor has resources to help workers and employers prepare for the COVID-19 virus (also known as novel coronavirus).
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.
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.
- NO tax returns required to be uploaded at the time of application regardless of size.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
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 www.iowabusinessrecovery.com 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!
[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.
Community Health Manager
Community Health/ Genesis VNA
Clinton County Emergency Management
Office: (563) 242-5712 | Fax: (563) 242-3095
MercyOne – Clinton
Office: (563) 244-5730
Call-in information: Dial number: (605) 313-5607, Access code: 289125
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:
– 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.
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- Iowa Small Businesses Affected by Coronovirus
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- Additional COVID-19 Cases in Iowa
- Isolation Guidance for Iowans
- Clinton County Closing Buildings to Public in Response to COVID-19 Concerns
- RELEASE Gov Reynolds issues a State of Public Health Disaster Emergency
- SBA Information
- SBA Economic Injury Worksheet
- Iowa Department of Public Health COVID-19 Q&A
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- Iowa Workforce Assistance
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Iowa Workforce & Employer Information
Illinois Workforce & Employer Information
Protecting Your Business
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.
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.
Supply Chain Disruptions