Coronavirus (COVID-19) Business Toolkit
What is it?
The Coronavirus (COVID-19) was first identified in Wuhan, China, and reported by the World Health Organization on December 31, 2019. Around the globe, the Coronavirus is receiving heightened attention for infecting tens of thousands of people. The respiratory illness caused by a Coronavirus is thought to spread between people who are in close contact with one another (about six feet) through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land on common surfaces or in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby, or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
The Weslaco Chamber is closely tracking the impact of the Coronavirus for our businesses and the Weslaco community. Below are resources for advice on how your business and family can plan for and respond to the virus. We will update this page as information is made available. Updated 4/1.
- CDC Situation Summary, Updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tracking the situation in the U.S. and the latest recommendations
- CDC information for Travel, Updated information about Coronavirus for travelers and travel-related industries
- Texas Department of State Health Services, Updated COVID-19 monitoring by Texas DSHS
- Texas DSHS Texas Case Counts, Detailed information on number of cases in Texas by county
- Office of the Governor
- Hidalgo County Texas: Coronavirus Updates
- CDC Interim Guidance for Business and Employers
- U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation | Guidance for Employers To Plan and Respond to Coronavirus (COVID-19) Downloadable Document
- U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation | Workplace Tips for Employees Downloadable Document
- U.S. Chamber of Commerce| Live Vlog of COVID-19 Information
- Essential Employee Letter Sample
- Complete your Work Safe Plan, find it here plans must be emailed to email@example.com
Updates on Small Business Loans/Stimulus Package
- US Small Business Administration Resources
- Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act)-PDF
- Newly released CARES Guidelines
- Families First Response Act-Information Page
- All Non-profits (including C6) are eligible for $10,000 grant and SBA disaster Loans, read here
Plan and Prepare > Getting Started
- Communicate what you are doing with your customers, Interactive flyer
- Communicate with Employees
- Encourage Preventative Practices
- Complete our Business Impact Survey
Virtual Business forums
Virtual Business Forum: A conversation with Workforce Solutions and UTRGV SBDC, March 30, 2020
Virtual Business Forum: SBA loan Walk thru (EIDL), April 6, 2020
Virtual Business Forum: Resilience Strategies to Thrive during Uncertain Times, April 13, 2020
Virtual Business Forum: The science behind COVID-19 as we prepare to open up business, April 27, 2020
Virtual Business Forum: Best Practices for Maintaining a safe and clean workplace, May 4, 2020
- Link to Recorded Meeting 5.4.20
- Resources discussed
Virtual Business Forum: National Return to Work Plan, May 11, 2020
On April 27, 2020 Governor Greg Abbot released a document, The Governors Report to Open Texas, the report outlines critical steps that businesses must take as they prepare to open on May 1st.
*Pages 19-43 outline checklists for businesses eligible to open on May 1st
Here is what you need to know:
- UPDATED CHECKLISTS Can be accessed here
- Requirements for ALL:
- Regularly and frequently clean and disinfect any regularly touched surfaces, such as doorknobs, tables, chairs, and restrooms.
- Disinfect any items that come into contact with customers.
- Make hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, soap and water, or similar disinfectant readily available to employees and customers.
- Place readily visible signage at the business to remind everyone of best hygiene practices.
Things you need to do:
Need information on cleaning and disinfecting? Download this PDF
Need information on how to develop your plan to to ensure cleanliness of your business? Download this PDF
Here are some samples of the visible signage that is required to remind everyone of hygiene practices:
- What we are doing to keep you safe! Download here
- Avoid the handshake and opt for a smile and a wave! Download here
- COVID-19 Customizable Flyer, Download here
- Help Us, Help You! Flyer, Download here
Communicate with your Employees:
How will you be monitoring your staff's symptoms? Here is a log you can use.