Capital Region Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update and Regional Resources
Many of you here in the Capital Region are likely working remotely at this time as we continue moving forward through a difficult time. Our families, communities and local businesses are facing challenges unlike those felt before. And yet we are still just at the beginning stages of a longer-term effort to severely limit the transmission of the virus and “flatten the curve” by limiting cases that our hospitals and health care professionals are dealing with. At this point, NY appears to have one of the greater numbers of infection rates in the US, although increased testing will continue to better illustrate numbers of those infected.
CDRPC is committed to sharing resources during this trying time- related to COVID-19 or to the many important initiatives important to communities that will continue to be important and continue on in the longer term. We will provide information and resources, and update as additional information becomes available. Please provide updates and additional resources for us to add. Share with others that may be interested or able to provide additional resources.
Please see this information about emergency changes to open meeting laws requirements.
Please see these excellent resource pages:
CDC Guidance for Individuals, Businesses, and Communities
For more information on coronavirus, please visit: cdc.gov/COVID19.For current information and guidance regarding COVID-19, including guidance for Businesses and Employers, please visit the Center for Disease Control’s COVID-19 webpage at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
Resources on this site include:
- Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan, Prepare and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019
- Health and government officials are working together to maintain the safety, security, and health of the American people. Small businesses are encouraged to do their part to keep their employees, customers, and themselves healthy.
- Review guidance from the CDC on protecting employees and customers.
US Small Business Administration (SBA) COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loans
SBA is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to (a) small businesses or (b) private nonprofit organizations that are suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus.
- Your business must be experiencing a business loss due to COVID-19
- Entities may qualify for loans up to $2 million
- Maximum unsecured loan amount is $25,000
- Interest rates: 3.75% for small business; 2.75% for private nonprofits
- Term – up to 30 years
- Use of funds: working capital, paying fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable, other bills that could have been paid had the disaster not occurred
- Loans are NOT intended to replace lost sales or profits or for expansion
- There is no obligation to take the loan if offered
- Applicants can have an existing SBA loan or other SBA loan and still qualify for this disaster loan. Loans cannot be consolidated.
*Note applications while be considered in order they are received.
*Information courtesy of SBDC, full posting here– Visit website to sign up for a pre-application counseling session with SBDC staff.
DOL Resources to help workers and employers prepare for COVID-19
he U.S. Department of Labor has resources to help workers and employers prepare for the COVID-19 virus (also known as novel coronavirus). Including:
- OSHA Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19 – Developed in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to help employers respond in the event of coronavirus in the workplace.
- The Wage and Hour Division is providing information on common issues employers and workers face when responding to COVID-19,
- The Employment and Training Administration announced new guidance outlining state flexibilities in administering their unemployment insurance programs to assist Americans affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.
Provides updated statistics and mapping of known COVID-19 cases throughout the world.
Information on Individual and Public disaster relief assistance.
ESD is providing up-to-date guidance for the agency’s partners and other stakeholders impacted by the virus.
Empire State Development Resource Guide to COVID-19 SBA Disaster Loans– Information related to submitting application for federal loans.
ESD has created this detailed FAQ to answer immediate questions businesses may have regarding State regulations and general guidance related to COVID-19.
In the interim, all businesses and counties are advised to reach out to their regional ESD office and Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Services. Overall guidance for NYS Businesses related to COVID-19: http://www.nysedc.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Guidance-For-New-York-State-Business-Related-to-Covid-19.pdf
Provides frequently updated news from State leadership on the response to COVID-19
New York State Department of Labor
NYSDOL is waiving the 7-Day waiting period for Unemployment Insurance benefits for people who are out of work due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) closures or quarantines.
Co-led by the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region and the United Way of the Greater Capital Region, The Capital Region Community COVID-19 Response Fund has been established to provide flexible resources to 501c3 organizations working with local communities who are disproportionately impacted by coronavirus and the economic consequences of this outbreak.
One-time operating grants will help fund frontline human services organizations that have deep roots in the community and strong experience working with vulnerable populations.
Banks and other lending institutions may be offering focused low-interest lending programs to assist small businesses. CDRPC will share any validated program information here in the interest of public information:
Understanding that our members may be adversely impacted by an interruption of income or other circumstances, we are offering special options to help members who are experiencing challenges due to this crisis.
Each County Public Health Department is leading efforts for reporting, statistics and intake for COVID-19 potentially infected: