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Information Resources for COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

In recent weeks the Coronavirus (COVID-19) has received much media coverage. We cannot predict how this disease will progress, however we do know both Dallas and Collin Counties have quarantined or are monitoring a number of people.

Without the advantage of a crystal ball, it is prudent for all of us to become knowledgeable of this disease and the reasonable precautions we can all take for the safety of our employees and clients.

Working with our partners at the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE), the US Chamber of Commerce, and others we have pulled together the following resources.

Please check this page and the links below for more/new information as it becomes available.

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Various states including Texas are adopting a phased reopening process.  The White House issued Guidelines for Opening America Again and Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced his plan to repoen Texas, Texans Helping Texans: The Governor's Report to Open Texas.

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Do you have a question about the Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL)?  Email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov to get answers to your questions.
Do you have questions about PPP?  Contact your lender with any questions.
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  • How to Support / Get Support - Restaurant need COVID help?  Texas Restaurant Association has started a relief fund - grants of up to $5K per unit for immediate financial needs.

  • National Restaurant Association Education Foundation (NRAEF) Restaurant Employee Relief Fund - The NRAEF has created a program for Restaurant workers who have been financially impacted by COVID-19 and have suffered reduced hours or loss of employment. Starting April 2, 2020, impacted restaurant workers will be able to apply online for a one-time, $500 check to use towards housing, transportation, utilities, child-care, groceries, medical bills and/or student loans. These grants will be administered by the NRAEF and offered on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information on how your impacted employees can apply, visit RERF.US.
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  • CDC Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
  • Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
  • About Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
  • Sign up for COVID-19 email updates (Left column; scroll down)
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  • World Health Organization (WHO) COVID-19 Outbreak Information.
  • The biggest way we can all help is to “flatten the curve” which means to have a community mitigation response (aka “social distancing”). Our goal as a community is to reduce the exponential growth which will result in a longer duration (i.e. this will last longer), but with less simultaneous cases putting our health care system in a better position to handle this.

    Measures such as the restrictions on large group gatherings, six feet of distance and overall social distancing are in place to help slow the spread of COVID-19. While this may seem like an overreaction to some, think of it this way – what is the downside of taking a proactive approach by practicing social distancing? And does that downside outweigh the alternative worst-case scenario?
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  • Tax Updates - Small and midsize employers can claim two new refundable payroll tax credits to reimburse them, dollar-for-dollar, for the cost of providing employee leave related to the COVID-19 outbreak.
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