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 cornavirus-related resources and content. And see President Trump's Guidelines for Slowing the Spread

For Business Leaders

FMLA/Sick Leave Prvisions: 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 issuesd guidance to help Small Business owners better undersand the Paid Sick and Family Leave. Click HERE to learn more. 

Unemployment Insurance: The CARES Act created the temporary Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Program. Click HERE to learn more. 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. 

The SBA will be using the NAICS code to determine eligibility for loans and programs. Click HERE to find the complete list and explanation of eligibility. 

The Treasury Department has made public the application for the Payment Protection Loan program. Click HERE to learn more. 

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 a SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan online in the Disaster Loan Application Portal

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. 

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 COVID-19 outbreak. These funds will run through the state and help with training and assistant for dislocated workers. Click HERE for more. 

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 to be able to operate resiliently during the COVID-19 pandemic response.

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

Business Exporting Assistance: Businesses experiencing issues or disruptions in export business 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 so 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. 

For Agriculture

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

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

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.

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

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

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

FEMA Response/Coordination: The federal government continues to take aggressive and proactive steps to address coronavirus (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 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 launched of a special launch of its community development program, Investment Connection, which focuses to 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, 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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