Coronavirus Resources

Please see the following Coronavirus-related resources. We will update this page daily. Please note, the administration has created Coronavirus.gov as a landing page for all coronavirus-related resources and content. And see the White House's plan for Opening Up America Again. On April 27, President Trump announced the Testing Blueprint for Opening Up America Again. This plan outlines the necessary coordination between Federal, State and Local governments. 

Americans in every state are coming together to help one another. Click HERE to read inspiring and heart-warming stories of America working together to defeat the virus. 

There is so much good stuff happening right here in the 1st Congressional District of Kansas. The Office of Congressman Marshall has started an online blog, tracking all of the people, businesses and communities making Lemonade Out of Lemons. Follow along HERE.

For Business Leaders

Hospital Funding: The CARES Act provides for a variety of funding opportunities for hopsitals. Click HERE to learn more about the various funding opportunities available for Kansas hospitals. 

FMLA/Sick Leave Provisions: U.S. Department of Labor has issued guidance for the expanded Family and Medical Leave Act and Sick Leave providing provided for in HR 6201. Guidance for employees can be found HERE. Guidance for employers can be found HERE. General questions and answers can be found HERE. The WSJ also published a helpful explainer piece, which can be found HERE

The Treasury Department has issued guidance to help Small Business owners better understand the Paid Sick and Family Leave. Click HERE to learn more. Finalized rules, published April 1, can be found HERE

Unemployment Insurance: The CARES Act created the temporary Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Program. Click HERE to learn more. The DOL has issued guidance on the program. Click HERE to review. This program does the following:

  • Extends unempoyment benefits to contract, gig and other previously uncovered Americans
  • Part-time and furloughed individuals can also receive benefits 
  • Provides an additional $600/week in benefits for the next four months

Kansas Governor Laura Kelly issued an executive order March 31, allowing for the temporary suspension of state rules to allow Kansans to access the full federal unemployment benefits. 

SBA Paycheck Protection Program: Resources for small businesses authorized by the CARES Act - Phase 3 creates two new programs for businesses: the Paycheck Protection Act and the Express Bridge Loans for existing SBA borrowers. Click HERE to learn more about all SBA lending programs. These are available for both 501(c)3s and for-profit small businesses. All businesses must have 500 or fewer employees. 

The USDA Rural Development office has released guidance for farms and hospitals with existing USDA loans that chose to participate in the PPP program. Click HERE for complete guidance. 

  • The Treasury Department has made public the application for the Paycheck Protection Loan program. Click HERE to learn more. Finalized rules, published April 2, can be accessed HERE
    • Churches and non-profits are eligible for the PPP. More guidance can be found HERE
  • The application for non-SBA-approved lenders wanting to participate in the Paycheck Protection Loan program can be found HERE. This must be submitted prior to and in addition to the borrower's application for the PPL program.
    • The Small Business Administration has also launched a hotline for lenders who need assistance accessing SBA's E-Tran system. That number is: 1-833-572-0502. 
  • The Treasury issued updated guidance and FAQs on various pieces of the PPP on May 13. Click HERE to access. 
  • The IRS has issued its own guidance on the PPP and EIDL program. It can be accessed HERE
  • The SBA has issued final rules on the program. It can found HERE
  • The Treasury has issued updates on PPP funding distribution by state. Click HERE to see the full report. 

*New* Forgiveness Guidance: The SBA and Treasury have announced documented guidance for forgiveness of the PPP loans along with the necessary application to apply for forgiveness of the funds. Click HERE to access the Interim Final Rule. 

SBA EIDL Program: The Kansas Emergency Declaration for the COVID-19 crisis has been approved by the federal government. Business owners can now apply for an SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan online in the Disaster Loan Application Portal

The SBA has issued updates on EIDL funding distribution by state. Click HERE to see the full report. 

*NEW* PPP Enhancement Act: The House is set to vote this week on a package that will provide adidtional funds to the SBA's EIDL program. Click HERE to learn more. Farmers will now be eligible to apply for those loans. 

Delayed 2019 Tax Filing Deadline: Guidance for 2019 Tax Filings: On Friday, March 20, the IRS announced that it would extend the filing deadline for all tax payers to July 15. Please contact your accountant for more details. 

Additional Tax Provisions: The Phase 3 CARES Act provides several tax provisions for business owners. Learn more HERE

Dislocated Worker Grants: The U.S. Department of Labor has made available up to $100 million in National Health Emergency Dislocated Worker Grants in Response to the COVID-19 outbreak. These funds will run through the state and help with training and assistant for dislocated workers. Click HERE for more info. 

Shared Work Program: The KS Dept of Labor's Shared Work Program also offers resources and options for employees to reduce employees' hours, keep them on payroll and still allow them to collect partial unemployment. Click HERE for more details. 

Financial Services Assistance: The House Financial Services Committee has compiled a list of resources and announcements that will help business owners during this outbreak. Click HERE to learn more. 

Critical Infrastructure/Employees: The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has identified 16 Critical Infrastructure Sectors. The list of sectors, which can be found HERE, is intended to serve as a guide for local, state and industry partners in identifying the critical infrastructure sectors and the essential workers needed to maintain these services and functions Americans depend on daily and need in order to be able to operate resiliently during the COVID-19 pandemic response.

Governor Kelly issued an executive order outlining Kansas' Essential Functions Framework, which gives counties a framework by which to identify essential functions and industries that can remain open in the case of a county-level stay-at-home order. Text of that order can be found HERE. Counties can add industries or employers to this list and any employers wanting to ensure they are included on this list should appeal to the local jurisdiction. 

Federal Reserve Response: The Federal Reserve announced initial details of its Main Street Lending program, which will be available to small and mid-sized businesses seeking financial asisstance as a result of COVID-19. Businesses employing up to 10,000 workers will be eligible for loans through the program, and can even apply if they have also participated in the Paycheck Protection Program through the U.S. Small Business Administration. Additionally, the Municipal Liquidity Facility will provide additional liquidity to state and local governments who are struggling to respond to the demands of the ongoing pandemic. Read more HERE

The Federal Reserve is committed to using its full range of tools to support households, businesses and the U.S. economy overall in this challenging time. You can find details on the Federal Reserve's actions in response to the coronavirus outbreak HERE

***Updated Guidance*** The Federal Reserve isused updated guidance - including eligbility and minimum loan amounts. Click HERE to learn more. 

Department of Education: The U.S. Dept of Education announced details of its funding for higher education. Half of the funds must be used to help students displaced by COVID-19. Click HERE to see a letter from Sec. DeVoss. Click HERE to find the funding breakdown for each college. **NEW**The Dept of Education has begun releasing FAQs to help answer commonly asked questions regarding the funding. You can find that guidance HERE

Business Exporting Assistance: Businesses experiencing issues or disruptions in exports during the COVID-19 outbreak, are encouraged to reach out to the U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Commercial Services. They have made some modifications on how they are handling export programs and encourage export businesses to touch base with their staff. Click HERE for the Kansas office. 

The Export-Import Bank of the U.S. has announced relief measures for exporters and lenders impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. More information on the organization's new assistance and relief programs can be found HERE

CDL License Guidance: The U.S. Dept of Transportation Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has issued waivers for renewal and completion of CDL licensure due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Click HERE for more information. 

USDA Rural Development Programs: The USDA Rural Development office has released guidance for delays and changes in payment requirements for various lending and financing programs. Click HERE to learn more. 

The FDA has released new, temporary guidance to allow restaurants and food manufacturers to sell ingredients or bulk products directly to consumers. See complete notice by the FDA HERE. This rule is intended to help curb food waste and allow restaurants and food processors to reduce inventory. 

For Agriculture

**New**Coronavirus Food Assistance Program: The USDA has released final details of its Coronavirus Food Assistance Program, which delivers payments to farmers and livestock owners impacted by COVID. Click HERE for the final rule from USDA and OMB. Read the USDA's announcement of the program HERE. A quick one-page document with payment rates is available HERE

Comprehensive Agriculture/Producer Resources: House Agriculture Committee Republicans have created a comprehensive list of resources available to producers through the USDA and the CARES Act. Click HERE to access those resources. 

Rural Community Resources: The USDA Rural Development office has released a resource guide for rural community leaders dealing with the impact of COVID-19. You can access the resource guide HERE

FSA Changes: The USDA Farm Service Agency has announced new flexibility in lending, conservation and safety net program. Click HERE for more information. 

USDA Resources: The USDA now has all of its coronavirus resources in one location. Find the rural development's coronavirus rural development resources HERE

For Families & Individuals

Childcare Grants: The Kansas Dept for Children and Families announced its Hero Relief Program to provide child care subsidies to eligible health care workers, first responders and other essential workers as well as funding to the child care providers continuing to provide services for families. Click HERE to learn more. 

HHS's Administration for Children and Families has created ChildCare.Gov as a resource to connect parents with child care providers in their state and help emergency workers connect with resources to pay for childcare during the pandemic. 

Kansas Dept of Commerce Jobs Board: The Kansas Dept of Commerce has put together job openings for Kansans looking for employment. Find their job board HERE

IRS Individual Impact Aid: The IRS has released more details on the individual impact payments authorized under the CARES Act. Click HERE for details. 

The House Ways and Means Committee has also created a great FAQ on the provisions of the individual payments. Click HERE to learn more. 

The IRS has published a FAQ page, click HERE to find answers to the most commonly asked questions. 

If you want to track your payment, click HERE for the Get My Payment App

Connecting with Elderly Loved Ones: Have a loved one in a nursing home or long-term care facility? Click HERE for some great tips and resources from LeadingAge Kansas on staying connected to loved ones while in-person visits are prohibited.

Notice of Scams: The FCC has been notified of several scams involving the COVID-19 outbreak. Click HERE to learn more about what you need to avoid. 

The Department of Justice has also published a set of resources and contacts that can be used to report scams, particulary those targeting the elderly. Click HERE to access that information. 

Virtual Museum Tours:

  • The House Science, Space and Technology Committee has assembled a great list of museums and federal agencies that can be accessed virtually. Click HERE to learn more. 
  • Take a virtual tour of the Smithsonian Museums. Click HERE to begin exploring. Or, utilize some of the Smithsonian's online/distance learning labs HERE
  • Access the many resources available through the Library of Congress HERE
  • Or explore the National Gallery of Art HERE
  • NASA has a lot of great projects and virtual experiences for grade school children HERE

Virtual Science School and science-based lessons for children of all ages are available from Kansas Corn

Delayed 2019 Tax Filing Deadline: Individuals can now delay filing of their 2019 taxes until July 15. Click HERE to learn more. 

CFPB Resources: Unsure how to handle personal financial situations? The Consumer Financial Protect Bureau (CFPB) has assembled a resource guide for various financial issues and hardships individuals may be facing. Click HERE to read more. 

Telemedicine Provisions for Medicare: Medicare beneficiaries can now use online tools to work with doctors and physicians. This can include Facetime and Skype, Zoom call or any digital platform created by the provider. Click HERE for frequently asked questions. 

For Community Leaders

**New** CDC Guidlines for School Meal Professionals and Community Food Program Volunteers: Click HERE for guidance for keeping employees safe and stopping the spread of the virus.

**New** The University of Kansas' Institute for Policy & Social Research has published a variety of COVID-19 Research and Resources. Click HERE to access those reports and data. 

**New** CDC Guidelines for Opening Water Parks and Swimming Pools: Click HERE for guidance from the CDC on re-opening and operating water parks and public swimming pools. 

USDA Families Food Box Feeding Program: USDA Secretary Perdue has announced the Families Food Box program, part of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program, to convert excess meat, dairy and produce to food boxes for families in need. The USDA will be engaging existing private food distribution companies to take food from processors to communities. Learn more HERE

Childcare Grants: The Kansas Dept for Children and Families announced its Hero Relief Program to provide child care subsidies to eligible health care workers, first responders and other essential workers as well as funding to the child care providers continuing to provide services for families. Click HERE to learn more. 

Rural Community Resources: The USDA Rural Development office has released a resource guide for rural community leaders dealing with the impact of COVID-19. You can access the resource guide HERE

Community Development Block Grants: The Department of Housing and Urban Development has released update guidance on eligible activities for COVID-19 responses. Click HERE to learn more. 

Older Americans Act/Senior Meal Programs: The Administration for Community Living has issued guidance for senior meal programs and other programs impacting the senior population. Learn more HERE

FEMA Response/Coordination: The federal government continues to take aggressive and proactive steps to address the COVID-19 pandemic as the health and safety of the American people remain a top priority. FEMA now leads federal operations on behalf of the White House Coronavirus Task Force; who oversees the whole-of-government response to the pandemic. As part of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, HHS will continue to provide their subject matter expertise as the nation’s pre-eminent public health responders. Click HERE for additional information on FEMA’s response efforts, including eligibility under the National Emergency Declaration, Community Based Testing Sites (CBTS) and the Defense Production Act.

FEMA Public Assistance: The Public Assistance Program provides grants to state and local governments and certain non-profit entities to assist with eligible costs associated with responding to and recovering from disasters. FEMA has simplified the Public Assistance application and funding process to address the magnitude of the COVID-19 event. All impacted governmental entities and nonprofit organizations can begin the Public Assistance application process by going online HERE and creating an account and directly submitting a request for Public Assistance.

FEMA Emergency Protective Measurers: President Trump's disaster declaration makes available FEMA resources for states and local governments. Click HERE for a list of eligible expenses for Emergency Protective Measures. 

KC Fed Investment Connection: The Kansas City Federal Reserve has announced the launch of a special community development program, Investment Connection, which focuses on community non-profits impacted by COVID-19. Kansas community organizations focused on supporting low-to-moderate-income populations affected by the coronavirus outbreak can now apply for the chance to connect with potential funders. Following an evaluation of the proposals, the KC Federal Reserve, will host a series of Investment Connection webinars to facilitate connections between nonprofits, whose needs quality for credit under the Community Reinvestment Act, and financial institutions, foundations and government agencies to foster economic and community development to address needs related to COVID-19. Funding requests range from $25,000 to $2.5 million and geographic target areas range from single community developments to statewide efforts. Click HERE to learn more. 

How Can You Help?

Retired nurses, doctors and medical professionals can step in to help combat this virus. The American Nursing Association offers three recommendations for retired medical professionals to volunteer their skills and expertise. People can join the Medical Reserve Corps, the Red Cross is always accepting volunteers and the Kansas Public Health Emergency Coordinator can also take on volunteers to help at times of high need. 

The U.S. Veterans Administration is inviting retiring retired employees to return to work to battle the coronavirus outbreak. If you are a retired VA employee you can learn more and registered to return to work HERE

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has published several recommendations for people looking to help others in this time of need. First and foremost, the most helpful thing all Americans can do is stay home as much as possible and practice social distancing when you are out in public. Here are additional ways to help: 

  • Cash donations to the non-profit of your choice IS THE BEST donation.
  • If you have medical supplies or equipment to donate, you may do so through the American Red Cross by filling out the in-kind donations form available on redcross.org.
  • Trained medical volunteers can offer their services by registering with a National VOAD member on https://www.nvoad.org .
  • One thing people can do to help is to donate blood. Many blood drives have been cancelled, impacting the supply. Blood donation centers have the highest standards of safety and infection control. To find where you can donate blood, visit redcross.org.
  • To sell medical supplies or equipment to the federal government, businesses can register through the System for Award Management (SAM) website.

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