Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources
Please continue to check this page for updated resources to assist businesses and our communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Avera New Normal Business Toolkit (7.8.2020)
- Pam Juber, Director of Osceola Community Health Services shares updates related to COVID-19. (7.14.2020)
- Osceola County (IA) Mental Health Coalition statement (6.29.2020)
- Dr. Gregory Kosters, Chairman of the Osceola County Board of Health and Physician at Avera Medical Group Sibley, shares updates about testing, symptoms, and treatment of COVID-19 here. (6.23.2020)
- Avera COVID-19 Workplace Guidelines (4.10.2020)
- Please Donate Personal Protective Equipment to Osceola Community Health Services
- F.A.C.E. (Faith And Community Engage) Masks - Osceola Regional Health Center is seeking volunteers to sew cloth masks
State of Iowa:
- Gov. Reynolds will return to regular bi-weekly press conferences to update Iowans on the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Bi-weekly press conferences will be held Tuesday and Thursday of each week at 11 a.m. They will be streamed live on Governor Reynolds' Facebook page. (8.3.2020)
- Gov. Reynolds signs new proclamation continuing State Public Health Emergency Declaration (7.24.2020)
- State Launches #StepUpMaskUpIA to Slow the Spread of COVID-19
- Test Iowa site
- Iowa COVID-19 website
- Iowa Department of Public Health website
- Public Health COVID-19 Reopening Guidance (5.12.2020)
- COVID-19 Small Business Utility Disruption Prevention Program: – This new program will provide short-term relief to eligible small businesses and nonprofits that faced significant hardship in the payment of utility bills for service provided during the months of disruption to their business due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The program offers grants up to $7,500 to be applied to utility bill debt for eligible small businesses. Click HERE for eligibility info and to apply. Assistance will be provided to eligible applicants on a first come, first ready to proceed basis until all funds have been exhausted or August 21, 2020, whichever comes first.
- Paycheck Protection Program - The Paycheck Protection Program has resumed accepting applications in response to the Paycheck Protection Program Extension Act. The program was extended to August 8. View the EZ Forgiveness Application and Full Forgiveness Application forms here. Revised Lender and Borrower PPP application forms. PPP recipients can begin submitting requests for loan forgiveness on August 10. Paycheck Protection Forgiveness Platform. Frequently Asked Questions about PPP Loan Forgiveness (8.4.2020)
- The Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) application portal is open to ALL eligible small businesses, non-profits, and agricultural businesses impacted by COVID19. Learn more and apply for assistance: https://sba.gov/disaster. All available funds for the EIDL Advance program have been allocated. By law, SBA is not able to issue EIDL Advances once program funding has been obligated and is no longer available. EIDL loan applications will still be processed even though the Advance is no longer available. For additional resources, small business owners are encouraged to visit www.sba.gov/coronavirus.
- Small business grants: LISC Small Business Relief Grants - Application period for round 6 opens on August 31. Before applying, please review the grant information and FAQ here. In addition, Hello Alice has a $10,000 emergency COVID-19 Business for All Grant to help small businesses in crisis. Grants are awarded on a rolling basis and are due September 25, 2020 at 2:00 am. Apply here.
- IRS Tax Credits: Three new credits are available to many businesses hit by COVID-19/ .
- The employee retention credit can help employers keep employees on their payroll. The new employee retention credit is 50% of up to $10,000 in wages paid by an eligible employer whose business has been financially impacted by COVID-19.
- The IRS recently issued Publication 5419, New Employer Tax Credits to help employers understand that tax credits available to them due to the coronavirus pandemic. The one-page document breaks down the details of the Employer Retention Credit and the credits for paid sick and family leave in easy-to-follow charts. Using the document, employers can quickly determine whether they are eligible for the credits, the amount of the credits and which wages apply to the credits.
- IRS News for Business July 2020
- More IRS info: www.irs.gov/coronavirus
- Helpful contacts:
- Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) Program: If you received a notice that you have exhausted your initial entitlement of regular unemployment benefits, you may be eligible for 13 weeks of Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC). IWD will automatically transition your claim to this program at the end of your 26 weeks of benefits. Please continue to file your weekly claims throughout to ensure there is no break in your receipt of benefits. For more information on PEUC, visit the PEUC Information Page. If you have exhausted your PEUC benefits, visit the State Extended Benefits page
- COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and Unemployment Insurance Benefits for Employers (6.16.2020)
- Iowa Workforce Development has partnered with Coursera to offer FREE online learning opportunities, courses, and certificate programs to Iowans during the pandemic. Register and enroll in courses by September 30, 2020 and complete those courses by December 31, 2020 at no cost to you. Request your Invitation here.
- PTO and Unemployment Benefits Talking Points
- Unemployment insurance customer service line: 1-866-239-0843.
- Click HERE to watch an Employer Webinar: Covid-19 and Unemployment Benefits for Employers
- Covid 19 for workers
More Business Resources:
- CIRAS COVID-19 Food Industry Roundtable - During these times of rapid change, CIRAS is hosting a weekly manufacturing roundtable to provide updates on COVID-19, share best practices, and host expert speakers. Participation from attendees, including sharing lessons and asking questions, is encouraged. Register here. The roundtables will be August 6, 13 and 20.
- FAQs about COVID-Related Employment Law Compliance (7.21.2020)
- The Iowa Economic Development Authority published guidance for businesses working to reopen to the public. Click here for reopening signage, checklists and additional guidance.
- It's important to adhere to safety measures in order to limit the spread of COVID-19. OSHA has prepared safety guidelines for many industries here.
- Iowa's SBDC has produced new resources with printable posters and checklists that businesses can use as they reopen. Visit www.iowasbdc.org/back2biz.
- COVID-19 Customizable Flyer (US Chamber of Commerce)
- Business Capacity Calculations (Iowa Dept of Public Safety)
- Retail Ready to Reopen COVID19 Resources
- Small Biz Best Practices (from ISU Iowa Retail Initiative)
- Resources for Restaurants
- State of Iowa to strengthen enforcement of social distancing requirements for food and alcohol businesses (8.3.2020)
- Restaurant Reopening Guidelines
- Was Your Business Mandated Closed Due to Covid 19? Iowa Restaurant Association has prepared this chart to help businesses determine what lost revenue has been and will be. (5.26.2020)
- To help foodservice workers navigate this crisis, ISU Extension and Outreach's family finance program specialists are providing one-on-one financial conversations.
- Iowa Restaurant Assocation resources
- National Restaurant Assn. Reopening Guidance (5.15.2020)
- CIRAS Iowa COVID-19 Preparedness and Return to Work Checklist 4.30.2020
- Small Business Development Center COVID-19 Small Business Resources
- CDC Resources for Businesses and Employers
- OSHA Guidance for COVID-19
Resources for non-profits:
- Iowa NonProfit Recovery Fund Launches: Governor Reynolds has allocated federal CARES Act funds to assist nonprofits economically impacted by COVID-19. The Volunteer Iowa and Iowa Economic Development Authority’s (IEDA) Nonprofit Recovery Fund will provide short-term relief to nonprofit organizations that have seen reduced revenue and increased costs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here to learn more and to apply: https://www.iowaeconomicdevelopment.com/Business/nonprofit-recovery Applications will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on August 14, 2020 or until all funds have been exhausted, whichever comes first. (8.3.2020)
- Resources for Nonprofit Organizations from the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines
- Nonprofits and Coronavirus, COVID-19
- USDA Implements Immediate Measures to Help Rural Residents, Businesses and Communities Affected by COVID-19 (6.4.2020)
- USDA to Provide $1 Billion in Loan Guarantees for Rural Businesses and Ag Producers
- USDA Coronavirus Food Assistance Program
- USDA Offers Farm Loans for Farmers Facing COVID-19 Related Challenges.
- USDA's COVID-19 Federal Rural Resource Guide (4.13.2020)
- Free Counseling available to ALL Iowans through new COVID Recovery Iowa program. (6.1.2020)
- Iowa renter/homeowner assistance program is accepting applications. Visit here or click here for the program overview (5.29.2020)
- A 24/7 hotline has been set up for Iowans to call with COVID-19 related questions. Call 211 or 1-800-244-7431. The Iowa Concern Hotline is also available on 800-447-1985.
- Iowa Resource Coordination Center to help farmers through the pandemic (5.7.2020)
- Alliant Energy Energy Assistance (5.1.2020)
- COVID-19 Multi-Lingual Hotline: Interpreters in high-demand languages are available from 8:30am-5pm with a 24-hour voicemail at 1-877-558-2609.
- Iowa Legal Aid: 2020 Coronavirus Outbreak: What you need to know
- Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Questions and Answers
- Child Care Guidance in Response to COVID-19 from Iowa Child Care Resource & Referral. For questions call (877) 216-8481.
- Funding Opportunities Available to Childcare Programs
- DHS Child Care Availability
School District Updates: