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COVID-19 Quick Facts

What do I do if...?

Information on personal hygiene, social distancing, and what to do if you are sick:

How do I protect myself?

I'm sick! Now what?

Where do I find the latest updates?

All the latest information on the coronavirus from WHO (World Health Organization).

Employees & Job Seekers​

Some resources that may help you

Looking get hired?

Information for workers and job seekers.

Mandatory Employer Paid Sick, Family & Medical Leave

Click here to download a pdf a chart explaining Paid Leave and Tax Provisions.

H.R. 6201– the second Coronavirus bill, that was just signed into law by the President — requires employers to provide notice of eligibility to employees. The Department of Labor is required to create model notification within 7 days after enactment of the bill.

Unemployment Insurance

The bill immediately provides $500 million in emergency administrative grants to increase state capacity to process unemployment applications and make payments. It also makes an additional $500 million available to states that experience a 10%  increase in unemployment to provide 100% federally funded benefits to provide extra weeks of benefits.

DOL has issued guidance that can be found here, which explains flexibility states have to provide unemployment benefits when:

-An employer temporarily ceases operations due to COVID-19, preventing employees from coming to work;
-An individual is quarantined with the expectation of returning to work after the quarantine is over; and
-An individual leaves employment due to a risk of exposure or infection or to care for a family member.


To find out details on your state’s unemployment insurance program, visit DOL’s website here.

Also, you can find a list of state-specific FAQ’s about unemployment insurance and COVID-19 here.

Businesses & Non-Profits

Answers to questions and helpful resources

Business Capital, Financial Assistance & Hiring

Small Business Administration COVID-19 Guidance & Loan Resources
Federal guidance for small businesses, including information on the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program

Business Oregon Interim Resources for Businesses
State COVID-19 resources for Oregon businesses​

  • Treasury Secretary Mnuchin recently announced a 90 day delay in tax payments for most small businesses and individuals. There is not a delay, however, in the tax filing deadline of April 15.   
  • According to Secretary Mnuchin, the Administration is in the process of working on a regulation to allow some businesses who have large amounts of their workforce out to take a tax credit in advance. This is designed to help small businesses with cash flow needs to make payroll and comply with new leave requirements. 
  • Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program — The SBA will work directly with the governor of Oregon, as well as other state governors, to provide targeted, low-interest loans to small businesses and non-profits that have been severely impacted by COVID-19. The SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program provides small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million that can provide economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing.
    • Click here for more information from SBA. 
  • SBA provides several loan resources for small businesses to utilize when operating their business. For more info on loans or how to connect with a lender, click here.
    • How to get access to lending partners: SBA has developed Lender Match, a free online referral tool that connects small businesses with participating SBA -approved lenders within 48 hours.
      • 7(a) program — provides loan amounts up to $5,000,000 and is an all-inclusive loan program deployed by lending partners for eligible small business within the U.S. states and territories. The uses of proceeds including: working capital; expansion/renovation; new construction; purchase of land or buildings; purchase of equipment, fixtures; lease-hold improvements; refinancing debt for compelling reasons; seasonal line of credit; inventory; or starting a business. 
      • Express loan program — provides loans up to $350,000 for no more than 7 years with an option to revolve. There is a turnaround time of 36 hours for approval or denial of a completed application. The uses of proceeds are the same as the standard 7(a) loan. 
      • Community Advantage loan pilot program — allows mission-based lenders to assist small businesses in under-served markets with a maximum loan size of $250,000. The uses of proceeds are the same as the standard 7(a) loan.  
      • 504 loan program — designed to foster economic development and job creation and/or retention. The eligible use of proceeds is limited to the acquisition or eligible refinance of fixed assets.  
      • Microloan program — involves making loans through nonprofit lending organizations to under-served markets. Authorized use of loan proceeds includes working capital, supplies, machinery and equipment, and fixtures (does not include real estate). The maximum loan amount is $50,000 with the average loan size of $14,000.  

Secretary Mnuchin has made clear immediate assistance is on the way. Moreover, H.R. 6047 — the first Coronavirus bill — allowed $1 billion in loan subsidies to be made available to help small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small aquaculture producers, and nonprofit organizations which have been impacted by financial losses as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. This funding could enable the Small Business Administration to provide an estimated $7 billion in loans to these entities. In addition, it provides $20 million to administer these loans.

H.R. 6201 — the second Coronavirus bill, which was just signed into law by President Trump — includes a refundable payroll tax credit to reimburse– dollar-for-dollar — local businesses for paid sick leave and family and medical leave wages paid to employees that are affected by COVID-19. Click here for an explanation of who is eligible and for what amounts.

H.R. 6201 provides significant relief to businesses that otherwise may not be able to afford the employee costs associated with coronavirus-related paid leave.  Treasury has broad regulatory authority to advance funds to employers to protect businesses concerned about cash flow.  In a March 14th press release, Treasury stated that “employers will be able to use cash deposited with the IRS to pay sick leave wages.  Additionally, for businesses that would not have sufficient taxes to draw from, Treasury will use its regulatory authority to make advances to small businesses to cover such costs.”

Reducing Employee Hours & Unemployment

Work Share allows employers to leverage Partial Unemployment Insurance benefits for employers whose workforce is impacted by COVID-19.

Visit Work Share Oregon to learn more.

The bill immediately provides $500 million in emergency administrative grants to increase state capacity to process unemployment applications and make payments. It also makes an additional $500 million available to states that experience a 10%  increase in unemployment to provide 100% federally funded benefits to provide extra weeks of benefits.

DOL has issued guidance that can be found here, which explains flexibility states have to provide unemployment benefits when:

-An employer temporarily ceases operations due to COVID-19, preventing employees from coming to work;
-An individual is quarantined with the expectation of returning to work after the quarantine is over; and
-An individual leaves employment due to a risk of exposure or infection or to care for a family member.


To find out details on your state’s unemployment insurance program, visit DOL’s website here.

Also, you can find a list of state-specific FAQ’s about unemployment insurance and COVID-19 here.

Mandatory Paid Leave

Click here to download a pdf a chart explaining Paid Leave and Tax Provisions.

H.R. 6201– the second Coronavirus bill, that was just signed into law by the President — requires employers to provide notice of eligibility to employees. The Department of Labor is required to create model notification within 7 days after enactment of the bill.

H.R. 6201 — the second Coronavirus bill, which was just signed into law by President Trump — includes a refundable payroll tax credit to reimburse– dollar-for-dollar — local businesses for paid sick leave and family and medical leave wages paid to employees that are affected by COVID-19. Click here for an explanation of who is eligible and for what amounts.

H.R. 6201 provides significant relief to businesses that otherwise may not be able to afford the employee costs associated with coronavirus-related paid leave.  Treasury has broad regulatory authority to advance funds to employers to protect businesses concerned about cash flow.  In a March 14th press release, Treasury stated that “employers will be able to use cash deposited with the IRS to pay sick leave wages.  Additionally, for businesses that would not have sufficient taxes to draw from, Treasury will use its regulatory authority to make advances to small businesses to cover such costs.”

H.R. 6201 permits the Secretary of Labor to exempt businesses with fewer than 50 employees from the longer-term mandate where it creates significant hardship.

The benefits under H.R. 6201 are not an expense for the business, rather it operates as a benefit to both the worker and the employer.  The legislation will ensure that every dollar of leave that an employer is required to pay is reimbursed — dollar-for-dollar — by the federal government.  It will allow workers to care for themselves and loved ones impacted by coronavirus.  Additionally, the credit will help businesses to stay up and running.  After all, workers who knowingly show up sick jeopardize the health of coworkers and business operations.

Nearly 90% of businesses with more than 500 employees offer paid sick leave to their full-time workers.  To facilitate more universal coverage of paid sick leave, H.R. 6201 provides temporary federal coverage for paid sick and family leave to all employers with fewer than 500 employees.

Non-Profits

The Oregon Community Recovery Grant program will provide funds to nonprofit organizations in Oregon that are particularly affected by the outbreak of COVID-19.

SBA Disaster Loans are low-interest loans made available by the U.S. Small Business Administration for non-profits across Oregon who have been affected by COVID-19.

Healthcare, Testing & Supplies

Information and answers to common questions

Healthcare

H.R. 6201– the second Coronavirus bill, that was just signed into law by the President — provided a temporary increase in the federal share of Medicaid spending.

Yes. Vulnerable seniors on Medicare need care, and providers must be able to focus on the most critical patients, especially during this national emergency. The Trump Administration has quickly acted on Congress’s work in the first coronavirus emergency supplemental to expand access to telehealth. Beginning on March 6, 2020, Medicare will temporarily broaden its policy to pay clinicians to provide telehealth services for seniors across the country. A robust FAQ via CMS– which includes what services are eligible and enforcement details– can be found here.

Testing & Supplies

H.R. 6047 — the first Coronavirus bill — included more than $4 billion to make diagnostic tests more broadly available; to support treatments to ease the symptoms of those infected with the virus; and to invest in vaccine development and to procure vaccines when they are available.

H.R. 6201– the second Coronavirus bill, that was just signed into law by the President — requires free access to coronavirus testing, ensuring there are no cost barriers to these tests. It also included $1.2 billion to help cover the costs of testing, including $142 million to directly help our servicemembers and veterans.

The Administration is working with industry partners to increase capacity. Moreover, the U.S. Trade Representative moved quickly to grant tariff exclusions to reduce the cost of a broad range of medical and health-related items, including hospital gowns and headwear, medical gloves, face masks, surgical drapes, biohazard bags, cleansing wipes, anti-microbial linens, and protective glasses.

Tests can be ordered from IDT, ThermoFisher, or Roche. All state public health labs are up and running, and LabCorp and Quest are also running tests. CDC continues to update their guidance, which can be accessed here.

Children, Seniors, Low-Income Families

Answers and the latest information to help you

Childcare & School

H.R. 6201– the second Coronavirus bill, that was just signed into law by the President — provides family leave for caretakers if the child’s school or place of care has been closed, or the child-care provider is unavailable, due to a coronavirus.

Vulnerable Seniors

Yes. Vulnerable seniors on Medicare need care, and providers must be able to focus on the most critical patients, especially during this national emergency. The Trump Administration has quickly acted on Congress’s work in the first coronavirus emergency supplemental to expand access to telehealth. Beginning on March 6, 2020, Medicare will temporarily broaden its policy to pay clinicians to provide telehealth services for seniors across the country. A robust FAQ via CMS– which includes what services are eligible and enforcement details– can be found here.

Food & Meals

H.R. 6201– the second Coronavirus bill, that was just signed into law by the President — provided half a billion dollars for WIC (the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children) to help low-income pregnant women or mothers with young children who lose their jobs or are laid off due to the coronavirus emergency. It also included as waivers to allow child and adult care centers to allow those eligible to take their food to go.

H.R. 6201– the second Coronavirus bill, that was just signed into law by the President — provided $250 million for the Senior Nutrition program in the Administration for Community Living (ACL) to provide approximately 25 million additional home-delivered and pre-packaged meals to low-income seniors who depend on the Senior Nutrition programs in their communities.

This funding will provide meals to low-income seniors:

          -who are home-bound;
          -who have disabilities;
          -who have multiple chronic illnesses;
          -as well as caregivers for seniors who are home-bound.

H.R. 6201 — the second Coronavirus bill, that was just signed into law by the President — included $400 million to assist local food banks in meeting the demand for low-income Americans during the coronavirus emergency.

H.R. 6201– the second Coronavirus bill, that was just signed into law by the President — allows the Department of Agriculture to approve state plans to provide emergency EBT food assistance to households with children who would otherwise receive free or reduced-priced meals if not for their schools being closed due to the coronavirus emergency.

Most individuals cannot use their SNAP EBT cards to buy hot or prepared foods. The FNS website offers a list of eligible items here. Some States operate a Restaurant Meals Program, a special State-run program allowing SNAP consumers to purchase restaurant foods at concession prices. Currently, only Arizona and California participate in this program. Additional information can be found here and here.

Other Common Questions

Answers and resources to make things easier for you

You can find the contact number via the SSA website  — https://secure.ssa.gov/ICON/main.jsp

Or you can always call SSA’s 800 number at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778)

I need a benefit verification or a new/replacement Social Security card, but my local field office isn’t processing those right now.  What do I do? 

While SSA field offices are prioritizing dire need and benefits related actions at this time, the SSA’s online portal, mySocialSecurity, can be used to obtain a benefit verification and in most states, a replacement Social Security card.  Access the portal here: www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount