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COVID-19 | Coronavirus Resources

As the Coronavirus situation continues to evolve, the Overland Park Chamber is a resource for employers in monitoring the outbreak and implementing strategies to protect their workforce while ensuring continuity of operations. To help educate employers and employees on how they can prepare for and address the impacts of the virus, please explore the following sections of helpful information and resources.

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U.S. Chamber Coronavirus updates

NEW - The Internal Revenue Service released its official guidance on the implementation the President's executive order authorizing a temporary payroll tax deferral for American workers—which under current law—would create a substantial tax liability for employees at the end of the deferral period. The U.S. Chamber has produced a summary of this information. (Added September 8).

NEW - The U.S. Chamber, in tandem with Women's Equality Day marking the adoption of the 19th amendment to the Constitution in 19220 granting women the right to vote, released a new report highlighting the disproportionate impact the pandemic has had on women-owned small businesses. (Added September 8).

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation had a conversation with Dr. Anthony Fauci to discuss the current state of the pandemic, progress on testing and vaccines, and how businesses should prepare for the coming months. The Chamber Foundation also has video from an event with Starbucks, IBM, and Dow on the lessons we can learn from companies that have been operating throughout the pandemic and the best practices they've developed. (Added July 20)

The U.S. Chamber has an updated Guide to the Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness. This guide reflects recent substantive changes made by Congress and the administration to the program to provide borrowers with more flexibility (Added June 16)

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) - The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has published a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan Forgiveness Guide and Reopening Business Digital Resources Center:

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation has launched the Save Small Business Grant Fund. Funded by contributions from corporate and philanthropic partners, the program provides $5,000 supplemental grants to small employers in economically vulnerable communities. (Added April 16)

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has published an Emergency Loan Guide and Checklist for small businesses (Updated April 2)

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has presented a legislative analysis of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, Economic Security (CARES) Act (Updated March 25)

Government Resources & Reopening Plan

Local School Districts

Local School Districts

The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment has released a document detailing public health recommendations for safe school reopening (updated on July 29). 

For general information on Johnson County health news and data, as well as updates on how and where to access free COVID-19 testing, please visit https://www.jocogov.org/health.   

On July 29, Chamber President and CEO Tracey Osborne Oltjen hosted the first event in the Powerful Voices Series on the processes and conditions for school reopening. The panel included Olathe School District superintendent John Allison, Blue Valley School District superintendent Dr. Tonya Merrigan, Shawnee Mission School District superintendent Dr. Michael Fulton, and Children's Mercy pediatric infectious disease expert Dr. Jennifer Goldman. Watch the recorded panel discussion. 

Children's Mercy has released a document providing guidance for school re-opening during the COVID-19 pandemic (updated on July 28).

The Kansas State Board of Education released its gating criteria for school reopening.

It's Not Safe to Reopen Schools, Johnson County Health Officials Advise School Districts (The Kansas City Star, August 18, 2020). 

Online? In person? See How Each Johnson County District Will Start School Amid COVID-19 (The Kansas City Star, August 20, 2020) 

Blue Valley

Shawnee Mission

Olathe

Overland Park & Johnson County

Overland Park

  • City of Overland Park - Coronavirus Information
  • NEW! A new small business relief fund is now available for companies in Overland Park! The Overland Park CDBG Small Business Economic Recovery Program is a new grant opportunity through a partnership of the Community Capital Fund and the City of Overland Park. This program will award grants of up to $5,000 to small businesses located in Overland Park, KS which may not qualify for other forms of relief. The Program opens on October 20 and informational sessions will be held on October 23 and 24. Please visit the Fund's webpage to see if your business qualifies, how to apply, and other details about the grant program. 

Johnson County

State of Kansas

State of Kansas

Office of the Governor

Kansas Department of Commerce 

Kansas Department of Labor

  • Rapid Response for Laid-Off Workers - If your company is facing a permanent layoff of workers, contact Shelly Thompson at shelly.thompson@ks.gov
  • Displaced workers can file for Unemployment Insurance at getkansasbenefits.gov. They can also call 800-292-6333. The call center is experiencing a high volume of calls, so filing online is best when possible.

Kansas Department of Health and Environment

  • NEW! The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has issues a COVID-19 travel quarantine list. Those who have traveled to the following locations need to quarantine for 14 days after arrival in Kansas. This applies to both Kansas residents and those visiting Kansas:
    • Alabama
    • Arizona
    • Arkansas
    • Florida
    • South Carolina
    • Cruise ship or river cruise passengers
    • International travelers

    This list was last updated on June 29 will be updated/reviewed again in approximately two weeks.

Kansas Secretary of State 

  • To file business forms with the Secretary of State's office, visit this page. (Added April 16)
Federal Government

U.S. Congress

Additional Resources

SBA guidance on calculating the forgiveness of PPP loans

  • The U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the U.S Department of the Treasury, released the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan Forgiveness Application, which informs borrowers how to apply for forgiveness of PPP loans, consistent with the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). The document helps small businesses seek forgiveness at the conclusion of the eight-week covered period, which begins with the disbursement of their loans. To view the application and instructions, click here. (updated May 18)
  • NEW  Paycheck Protection Program EZ Forgiveness Application (added June 25)
  • NEW  Paycheck Protection Program Full Forgiveness Application (added June 25)

U.S. Department of Labor
Guidance on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (updated March 27)

NEW Online Paid Leave Eligibility Resource - This interactive tool from the United States Department of Labor can assist workers in determining paid sick leave or extended family and medical leave eligibility pursuant to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). The resource guides workers (employers coming soon) through a series of questions designed to determine the act's applicability to their employer. The DOL also has a Frequently Asked Questions page on the FFCRA. (added June 25)

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Business Resources & Toolkits

Local Resources

Data Resources

  • Johnson County has a COVID-19 dashboard that shows key population stats, testing levels and positive test rates, hospitalization data and more. Visit the Johnson County Coronavirus update page and click Johnson County COVID-19 dashboard. Note: Dashboard is best viewed in web browser using a desktop computer. (Added August 20)
  • The University of Kansas Medical Center has a COVID-19 Executive Daily Digest, authored and updated by the University's Executive Daily COVID-19 Digest Working Group (Added August 20).
  • Track the Recovery is a data project from Opportunity Insights, a non-partisan organization at Harvard University. The project measures the economic impacts of COVID-19 on people, businesses, and communities across the United States in real time. Data includes consumer spending, job postings, unemployment rates and claims, and public health data, and can be viewed at the state, county, metropolitan area or national geography. (Added August 20)

Kansas Leadership Center:

 The United Way of Greater Kansas City:

  • United Way 211 connects callers and visitors to more than 8,000 programs run by nonprofit organizations and government agencies throughout the 23-county United Way 211 service area. During this public health crisis, United Way 211 provides a one-stop resource for community relief – food, financial help, utility assistance, tax services and more. Visit 211kc.org or dial 211

Small Business Development Center:

  • The Kansas SBDC has an FAQ and resource guide to COVID-19 for employers. It includes guidance on topics including human resources, business finances and customer interaction.
  • The Missouri SBDC has a helpful blog post about what you can do now for your business to respond to COVID-19. This includes financial options to manage cash flow and find additional resources to navigate this unprecedented situation. This information is specifically targeted at small businesses, entrepreneurs, and contractors.

TechCycle Solutions

  • TechCycle Solutions is here to help small businesses set up device donation drives to help them raise money and pay bills in this tough time. See this flyer to learn more or read their LinkedIn post here.

Kansas Chamber of Commerce

  • The Kansas Chamber of Commerce has launched a COVID-19 Recovery Dashboard that focused on consumer and business spending, business recovery, and employment and income.
Small Business Resources

The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) provides business owners with loans that can be forgiven if spent to account for employee compensation. Details and rules about qualifying for forgiveness on these loans is has been updating throughtout the year. Here are some resources to better understand the rules surrounding the PPP loans. Please also see PPP resources from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in  US Chamber Resources section at the top of this page.

The Federal Reserve has instituted a Main Street Lending Program that will provide business loans to help eligible small and medium-sized companies and nonprofit organizations through the COVID-19 pandemic. The program is designed to help credit flow to small and medium-sized businesses and nonprofit organizations that were in sound financial condition before the onset of the COVID-19 crisis, but now need loans to help maintain their operations until they have recovered from, or adapted to, the impacts of the pandemic. (Added August 20)

To support a broad set of employers, loan size starts at $250,000 and ranges up to $300 million for some loan types. The link above has a video that explains how the program works and what differentiates it from other financial relief programs. (Added August 20)

Surviving the Coronavirus - Resources for Small Businesses (US Chamber)

United States Small Business Administration

Coronavirus - Small Business Guidance and Loan Resources - SBA

Blog post from KC Sourcelink on SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans (Updated March 27)

The Hispanic Economic Development Corporation of Greater Kansas City's (KCHEDC) Impacto Fund was recognized by the United State Treasury Department as a Community Development Financial Institution. The Fund has been awarded $350,000 to support the organization's efforts in increasing capital available to Latino, immigrant, and refugee entrepreneurs in the Kansas City Region. (Added October 2)

AltCap Announces Small Business Relief Loan Fund to Provide Financial Support During the COVID-19 Pandemic (Updated March 31)

Jackson Lewis LLP has a COVID-19 resources page with government resources and blog posts from Jackson Lewis attorneys. (Added April 6)

Blog post on Forbes about what borrowers using the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) should know (Added April 10)

NEW! FisherPhillips posted a new legal alert on what employers need to know about the Department of Labor's new guidance on Return-to-Work, Remote Work, and Wage and Hour Issues (Added July 29)
FisherPhillips
has a Frequently Asked Questions from small businesses that continues to be updated regularly (Added April 27)

COVID-19 Events

Upcoming Events

Johnson County Community College is hosting twice a week EdTalks each Tuesday and Friday. These free, virtual, instructor-led courses will educate and entertain on both professional and personal topics.  

The U.S Chamber of Commerce Foundation hosts a seminar series every Thursday at 3 p.m. ET titled Path Forward. This series is designed to help business and community leaders find the answers they need to execute a responsible reopening strategy and plan for a post-pandemic world. Past events can be found and viewed here. 

For other upcoming events, visit the Member Events Calendar

Past Events

The Chamber hosted the first event in its Powerful Voices series featuring the three Johnson County district superintendents. John Allison (Olathe School District), Dr. Tonya Merrigan (Blue Valley School District) and Dr. Michael Fulton (Shawnee Mission School District) joined Dr. Jennifer Goldman, pediatric infectious disease expert at Children's Mercy Hospital and OP Chamber CEO Tracey Osborne Oltjen to discuss the challenges presented with the upcoming school year and what plans the districts have to educate students in a variety of different scenarios. You can view the virtual program and panel discussion here. This series is sponsored by UnitedHealthcare.

The Chamber hosted a webinar in which Valerie Jennings, Jennings Social Media and Martech, presented The New Normal - Transforming Your Digital Strategy For Success.

Fisher Phillips LLP hosted the webinar, Legal and HR Considerations for Employers to Get Back to Business, looking at various issues that may confront employers as workplaces re-open, including phased ramp-up requirements, employee testing, ongoing work from home issues.

Congresswoman Sharice Davids (KS-03) joined the Chamber for a listening session and discussion of policy issues.

The Kansas Small Business Development Center (SBDC):The Kansas Small Business Development Center is hosting multiple webinars aimed at supporting small businesses. To see past events, visit the SBDC's YouTube page.

  • Conversations with your Banker: Navigating the SBA Loan Process (April 14)
  • Working on your Business, When You Can't Work in your Business (April 15)
  • Working on your Business, When You Can't Work in your Business (April 29)

The Chamber hosted an event with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in which Jack Howard, Senior Vice President, Congressional and Public Affairs for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce provided details of the CARES Act and an update on additional federal relief efforts.

The Chamber and AdamsGabbertUtilizing Microsoft Teams to Optimize Your Remote Workforce. 

Network TechnologiesProviding Technical Leadership and Essential Services in a Dynamic Work Environment.

Foulston Siefkin

  • New Federal Laws in the Time of COVID-19
Chamber Events

Chamber events are being transitioned to meeting virtually where possible. Please visit the Chamber's Event Calendar to see which events are being held and to register.

If you have questions about Chamber events, please email cfritzwatson@opchamber.org

SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL BUSINESSES

This section highlights the needs of Chamber Members and way you can help. Do you have information to share? Contact Drew at daggus@opchamber.org

Members in Need & Ways You Can Help

Children's Mercy currently uses nearly 6,000 surgical masks per day. To assist with its PPE needs, it is accepting donations of new and unopened N95 masks, surgical masks (including handmade), protective eyewear, non-latex gloves, disposable hospital gowns, sanitizing wipes and pre-packaged hand sanitizer. To donate items, contact donategoods@cmh.edu to schedule a delivery.

Because of the temporary closure of its resale stores, attended donation centers and outlet center, Goodwill is interested and able to repurpose closed locations and typical operations in a way that could help businesses, governments, hospitals and other nonprofits scale services. It has a workforce ready to help and trucks and drivers that could be deployed to transport food or medical supplies. Its mobile lab could be deployed to provide computers and internet access to those in need. It can offer typical individualized job search services. More

Harvesters-The Community Food Network has an urgent need to get food to those who are without work or paid leave and is having to purchase all the food needed. After more normal life resumes, if the projections to the economy ring true, many more people will be at risk of food insecurity. It encouraging the community to help by donating money. For details, click here.

Community Blood Center of Greater Kansas City urges healthy donors to make appointments to help maintain the region's blood supply at this critical time. More

Johnson County Department of Health and Environment is accepting home-sewn face masks to be distributed to health care workers and first responders. The masks will be accepted in a basket, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays at the Johnson County Med-Act station, 205 East Fleming, Olathe.

St. Joseph Medical Center is accepting bulk donations of medical equipment/supplies such as medical specific personal protective equipment  that is new, unused, and in unopened manufacturer packaging. Some examples of what is needed include homemade masks, disposable face masks, N95 masks, sometimes called respirators, eye protection including face shields and safety goggles, disposable gowns, disposable gloves, especially non-latex, disposable surgical caps, disposable foot covers, wipes: bleach or antimicrobial, and hand sanitizer. If you have questions, contact Kim Chalmers at (816) 943-4543 or KChalmers@primehealthcare.comMore

Saint Luke's Health System is accepting donations of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). The items in the greatest need are Level 1 masks, Level 3 masks, N95 masks, face shields, goggles, nitrile gloves, gowns, and hand sanitizer. Please learn more about the requirements for these objects, the type of packaging needed for Saint Luke's to accept donations, and the dates and times of dropoff locations. More

United Way of Greater Kansas City partners keep this community moving in times of need. Your support is more important now than ever. You can join in their mission to support the health and well-being of our neighbors. There are two ways you can help: Volunteer and Donate

Restaurants & Retail

According the the Johnson County Health Department, businesses, including restaurants and retail spaces, are permitted to re-open.

Lodging

Drury Inn & Suites Kansas City Overland Park, 10963 Metcalf Avenue, wants to help you find your happy space! For a limited time, get away from the noise at home and enjoy a clean, quiet workspace with high-speed WiFi for $39 per workday, 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Call (913) 345-1500.

Embassy Suites Hotel, 10601 Metcalf Avenue - offering a $50 day/or overnight rate to anyone in the medical field and someone needing an office to work out of for the day. (913) 649-7060

Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Overland Park-West, 8787 Reeder Road - offering a special Healthcare & Emergency Personnel rate of $65 per night. Call Heather Shull at (913) 895-2761. For details, click here.

Marriott Kansas City Overland Park, 10800 Metcalf Avenue - offering takeout from the in-house 210 Bar and Grill, 4-9 p.m. daily, along with the in-house Starbucks, 6 a.m.-12 p.m. daily. For a full Easter dinner option courtesy of 210 Bar and Grill, click here.

My Place Hotel, 8983 West 135th Street - offering competitive and budget friendly rates for those needing short-term, long-term, and temporary housing. It is perfect for those essential workers that may be traveling between facilities, traveling to restock supplies and continuing to work on projects that are under strict deadlines. For more information, click here. (913) 897-8996

My Place Hotel, 8983 West 135th Street, is also offering a home office package, which includes free WiFi, coffee and snacks. For more information, click here.

Radisson Hotel Lenexa Overland Park, 12601 West 95th Street - offering a $59 rate for temporary housing for traveling nurses or anyone who needs a place to quarantine. (913) 802-2500

KWB Hotels - Staybridge Suites, 7020 West 108th Street; Home2 Suites by Hilton, 7121 West 135th Street; Hampton Inn & Suites, 7521 West 135th Street; Candlewood Suites-Lenexa, 9630 Rosehill Road; Holiday Inn Express & Suites Lenexa/Overland Park, 9620 Rosehill Road - offering a “Day Rate” for people who may want to office out of one of their guestrooms for the day (instead of a noisy home), or for medical professionals who need a place to sleep for a few hours during the day. For more information, click here.

WaterWalk Overland Park, 11200 Glenwood Street - offering a $55/night rate for first responders. (913) 302-9441

Apartments

Residences at Prairiefire Apartments, 5750 West 137th Street - virtually open to help you find the perfect home with 360 virtual tours, videos, and online leasing to keep you at a healthy distance.  Ask about special offers. (913) 685-2222

Town Center Apartments, 6233 West 120th Street - virtually open to help you find the perfect home with 360 virtual tours, videos, and online leasing to keep you at a healthy distance.  Ask about special offers. (913) 663-2929

Now Hiring

Morgan Hunter reports several area employers are finding innovative ways to use contract and temporary workers to keep their business moving forward. For more information, click here.

Cosentino’s Markets is hiring for several positions. More info: www.cosentinosjobs.com.  News story here.

Digital Content and Social Media

Be sure to follow the Overland Park Chamber on Twitter and Facebook to get updated information about businesses in our community and additional resources.

If you work for a Chamber member company and would like to receive e-mail communications from the Chamber, please login into your Member Info Hub or e-mail Drew at daggus@opchamber.org for assistance.