Coronavirus is a group of viruses named for the way they look under a microscope (corona meaning crown). The novel (or new) coronavirus was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China - this is now recognized as COVID-19. The first case in the United States was reported on January 21, 2020. The virus is thought to spread mainly through respiratory droplets (currently not airborne) produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. A person can also contract COVID-19 by coming in physical contact with a surface/object that has been contaminated.
A new study in the New England Journal of Medicine observed the stability of virus outside of the body. Here are some of the findings:
Some general guidelines to follow:
Transmission in MRFS:
HHW & Other Services:
Resources for Working From Home
Leading the Whole Human (courtesy of APERIO)
Specific to leaders, supervisors, and managers.
Sustaining Solutions for Working at Home (courtesy of APERIO)
Financial Relief & Assistance Programs
> SBA Disaster Loans
The SBA is working to improve their website to handle the increased volume of applicants. For specific questions or assistance in applying, call the SBA hotline at (800) 659-2955.
Some tips when applying:
USDA Rural Development has taken a number of immediate actions to
help rural residents, businesses and communities affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.
> Guidance on Unemployment, Closures, and Layoffs
Missouri Department of Labor FAQ for Businesses & Workers
Information on unemployment, workers’ compensation and discrimination
Employment Transition Team
Helps employers meet legal obligations while connecting employees to new career and training opportunities
State Issued Regulatory Relief
> Support for Essential Businesses At time of writing, there has not been a list of essential sectors released at the state level. The Department of Homeland Security has issued national recommendations for essential businesses, but local ordinances and directives may be more restrictive and/or prescriptive in your area. Missouri One Start is working to help essential businesses staff up to meet demand.The state is reviewing offers from more than 200 PPE suppliers and manufacturers, and is still accepting new offers for assistance. Face shields, surgical gowns, and gloves are the highest need areas.
US Chamber of Commerce:
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