What is COVID-19
The Centers for Disease Control offers information on how coronavirus spreads, symptoms, prevention and treatment, and what to do if you're sick. You can find frequently asked questions along with printable fliers.
About Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Preparation, Not Panic
On March 13, a national emergency was declared over the coronavirus outbreak. The president's declaration of a national emergency enacts the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, which allows the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to direct federal aid to states hit by disasters and health crises.
State of Texas
Governor Abbott declares a state of disaster in Texas.
Situation Summary (CDC)
This is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation and CDC will provide updated information as it becomes available, in addition to updated guidance.
Travel Updates (CDC)
This page offers current travel warning, alert and watches, as well as destinations with risk of community spread.
Plan and Prepare
Communicate with Employees (CDC)
The CDC provides this guidance to help prevent workplace exposures to acute respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19, in non-healthcare settings. The guidance also provides planning considerations if there are more widespread, community outbreaks of COVID-19. Let your employees know you are monitoring the situation and share best practices for prevention and treatment.
Communicate with Customers
The U.S. Chamber has created a customizable workplace flier for you to dispay at your business. (Open in the latest version of Chrome or Edge browser, or Adobe software to customize)
Business Continuity Planning
US Chamber of Commerce
Additional resources and guidelines from the US Chamber.
Resilience in a Box
Additional tools such as a Business Preparedness Checklist and 20 Tips for Business Preparedness.
Small Business Association
Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) including the SBA's Economic Injury Disaster Loan program. This program provides small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to small business to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing.
Pandemic Preparedness Planning for U.S. Businesses with Overseas Operations (CDC)
The United States Government has created the following guide to help U.S. businesses with overseas operations prepare and implement pandemic business continuity. This is a list of suggestions and can serve as a starting point for developing a comprehensive plan. The checklist highlights actions applicable to businesses of all sizes, although each item does not necessarily apply to every overseas business.
Legal Guidance on Workplace Pandemic Planning (EEOC)
This technical assistance document provides information about Titles I and V of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and pandemic planning in the workplace. It identifies established ADA principles that are relevant to questions frequently asked about workplace pandemic planning such as:
-How much information may an employer request from an employee who calls in sick, in order to protect the rest of its workforce when an influenza pandemic appears imminent?
-When may an ADA-covered employer take the body temperature of employees during a pandemic?
-Does the ADA allow employers to require employees to stay home if they have symptoms of the pandemic influenza virus?
-When employees return to work, does the ADA allow employers to require doctors’ notes certifying their fitness for duty?
Sample Pandemic Threat Condition Levels
This is a sample of pandemic threat condition levels that could be implemented at your business.
Sample Pandemic Preparation Questions
Questions to ask during an outbreak, questions to ask once an outbreak becomes a pandemic, and which actions your crisis management team should perform regularly afterward to stay prepared.
Facebook Business Resource Hub
Support tools from Facebook.
Support Local Businesses
We understand that these are uncertain times for all of us including our small business community. Therefore we’d like to share some reminders and means to support the local businesses during these unprecedented circumstances. First and foremost, please continue to stay informed by credible sources like the CDC. We are urging people to spend their money strategically as our small businesses brace for a difficult month. Please continue to patronize your local businesses as appropriate while prioritizing the health of yourself and those around you. If you have the means please consider purchasing a gift card to pay forward from your favorite small business or a donation to the local food bank, who will be stressed for resources providing for those who cannot purchase food in advance. Here are some ideas of how you can support our business neighbors:
Buy a gift card - purchase by phone or online to use at a later date
Connect Alternatively - check social media for businesses offering pick up, delivery or virtual options
Shop Online - some of your favorite small businesses offer online retail!
Postpone Appointments - rather than cancel, if businesses know they can count on you at a later date it helps them budget and plan for the future.