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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

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce hosted a Small Business Update to detail what makes up the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act. The bill was signed into law on Thursday, March 11. The virtual event was held on Friday, March 12 at 11:00 am and you can watch the recording of the event. The speakers provide details of long-awaited aid dedicated specifically to the restaurant industry, new provisions for small businesses across other industries, and more money for the Paycheck Protection Program. (Updated March 15)

  • The U.S. Chamber also published a guide to help members of the restaurant industry navigate the funding options available to them through the Restaurant Revitalization Fund. This guide outlines the five big things restaurants need to know about grant eligibility, how and when to apply, and more. (Updated March 26)

The United States Chamber of Commerce has a COVID-19 vaccines digital resources center with general guidance, state specific plans, communications strategies, safety and efficacy information and more. Added March 1

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce hosted a informational session with Bharat Ramamurti, White House National Economic Council Director, Neil Bradley, U.S. Chamber Chief Policy Officer and Jeanette Mulvey, U.S. Chamber Content Director yesterday to go over the latest changes to the Payroll Protection Program and the specific focus on minority-owned businesses and those with fewer than 20 employees. That session was recorded and can be viewed here. The U.S. Chamber has more financial assistance resources for businesses as well as additional, on-demand video content. Added February 26

The United States Chamber of Commerce has a new guide to COVID-19 emergency loans. This guide will to provide the latest information and answers to FAQs about the changes that have been made to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and the Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) Program as part of the end-of-year pandemic relief package Congress has passed. The direct language about the resumption of the PPP can be found here (begins on page 2102). Added December 22.

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).

Testing and Vaccine Information

  • Schedule a free COVID-19 test at the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment’s Olathe location (11875 S. Sunset Drive).
  • Other resources and testing locations:
  • The Johnson County Community COVID-19 Hotline can answer questions about the virus and provide information if you need a safe place to quarantine or isolate. The line is staffed by public health professionals
    • (913) 715-2819 Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Johnson County FAQs on testing
  • The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has developed a vaccine prioritization plan that includes phases that sequentially broaden who is eligible to get vaccinated.
  • NEW! Governor Laura Kelly announced that on Monday, March 29, Kansas will enter Phase 5 of the vaccine prioritization framework and make the COVID-19 vaccine available to all Kansans age 16 or older
    • Kansans can find a provider near them with the vaccine available on the Vaccine Finder tool. If there are questions, please call the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment or the KDHE Public Information Hotline at 1-866-534-3463 or email 
  • The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment has a survey to assess vaccination interest and assist individuals with planning to get the vaccine.
  • Johnson County FAQs on vaccines

Government Resources

Local School Districts

Local School Districts

Blue Valley

Shawnee Mission

  • Shawnee Mission School District draft reopening plans for early childhood and elementary, middle, and high school (July 29)



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


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

Overland Park & Johnson County

Overland Park

Johnson County

  • NEW! The Johnson County Board of County Commissioners approved a change to the official Public Health Order removing the curfews and closing time restrictions for all bars, night clubs, restaurants, or other businesses licensed to serve alcohol and removing the curfews and restrictions on in-person dining and dining areas. The update to the public health order is effective immediately.
  • The Johnson County Board of County Commissioners, sitting in a special meeting as the County Board of Health, on November 13 issued Public Health Order No. 002-20 to slow the spread of COVID-19 in Johnson County. The order will become effective at 12:01 am on Nov. 16, 2020 and will remain in effect until Jan. 31, 2021 unless rescinded or amended and notes that Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly’s mask/face-covering order remains in effect in Johnson County.
  • Reopening Johnson County Plan
  • Johnson County Health and Environment
    • Johnson County COVID-19 hotline available from 7:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. - (913) 715-2819.
  • Johnson County Parks and Recreation department guidance.
  • Johnson County Department of Health and Environment COVID-19 FAQ
State of Kansas

State of Kansas

Office of the Governor

Kansas Department of Commerce 

  • Kansas Department of Commerce - COVID-19 RESPONSE
  • Due to overwhelming response, initial funds available through the the Hospitality Industry Relief Emergency (HIRE) Fund were allocated. However, the State will continue to collect information from hospitality businesses on losses due to COVID-19. For more information: click here.
    • UPDATE: Kansas Governor Laura Kelly announced that funding provided to Kansas' hospitality industry through the Hospitality Industry Relief Emergency (HIRE) Fund has been converted from bridge loans to grants. These funds will no longer need to be paid back and businesses that have made payments will be reimbursed. (updated March 3)
  • COVID-19 Jobs and Hiring Portal

Kansas Department of Labor

  • Rapid Response for Laid-Off Workers - If your company is facing a permanent layoff of workers, contact Shelly Thompson at
  • Displaced workers can file for Unemployment Insurance at 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 Coronavirus Page

Kansas Secretary of State 

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

Kansas Housing Resources Corporation

  • The Kansas Housing Resources Corporation (KHRC) launched the Kansas Emergency Rental Assistance (KERA) program. This program, funded by the federal Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021, provides rent, utility, and internet assistance to Kansas renters financially impacted by the COVID pandemic. To see if you are eligible and what specifically the assistance covers, please see the program and application on the KHRC website. Please note that both the renter and landlord must apply.

Other Business Resources

Financial Resources for Businesses (including PPP)

NEW! The U.S. Small Business Administration announced it has extended deferment periods for all disaster loans, including the COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program, until 2022. (updated March 16)

NEW! Johnson County Community College, through the JoCoWorks program in partnership with Workforce Partnership, has an opportunity for individuals to acquire new skills. This workforce training opportunity will las through December 31, 2021 or when grant funds run out. (updated March 3)

The U.S. Small Business Administration announced it is taking steps to prioritize equitable relief for the smallest of small businesses in the latest round of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funding that opened earlier this year. The program will be made more accessible to underserved borrowers through these changes:

  • Establish a 14-day, exclusive PPP loan application period (February 24 through March 9) for businesses and nonprofits with fewer than 20 employees
  • Allow sole proprietors, independent contractors, and self-employed individuals to receive more financial support by revising the PPP’s funding formula for these categories of applicants
  • Eliminate an exclusionary restriction on PPP access for small business owners with prior non-fraud felony convictions, consistent with a bipartisan congressional proposal
  • Eliminate PPP access restrictions on small business owners who have struggled to make federal student loan payments by eliminating federal student loan debt delinquency and default as disqualifiers to participating in the PPP; and
  • Ensure access for non-citizen small business owners who are lawful U.S. residents by clarifying that they may use Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) to apply for the PPP.

For more information from the Small Business Administration on these changes, click here. (updated February 26)

The Small Business Administration (SBA) is reaching out to small businesses who applied for Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program last year to let them know they are eligible for cash grants. This version of the program, called Targeted EIDL Advance, is aimed at small businesses who applied for funds through the EIDL program before December 27, 2020 and either didn't receive funding or received less than the full cash grant amount. See the link above for a FAQ on the eligibility requirements and application process for the grant program and see here for additional information about financial relief enabled by legislation passed in December 2020. (updated February 5)

The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) provides business owners with loans that can be forgiven if spent to account for employee compensation. To apply, please consult your financial institution to determine your eligibility and what is needed to complete the application. 

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 U.S. Chamber Resources section at the top of this page.

The U.S. Treasury Department and IRS issued guidance recently clarifying the deductibility of expenses where a business received a PPP loan. This guidance provides new details for an earlier IRS decision that said normally tax-deductible items will no longer be deductible if they were paid for with PPP funds. Now, the agency has specifically prohibited any small business that it says has a reasonable expectation of PP loan forgiveness from deducting those expenses in its 2020 taxes -- even if it takes until 2021 or 2022 to reach actual forgiveness, or if the business has yet to even fill out a forgiveness application. 

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)
  • Paycheck Protection Program EZ Forgiveness Application (added June 25)
  • Paycheck Protection Program Full Forgiveness Application (added June 25)

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)

Kansas and Missouri 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.
Miscellaneous Local Resources

NEW! Evergy

  • As a result of recently made available COVID-19 relief funds, Evergy can provide customers access to flexible assistance programs if they are struggling to pay bills. Many people may not know that they are eligible for relief and where to go to get more information. Evergy has a Financial Help portal that brings together the various applications and criteria of programs that are active in a one-stop shop website. The portal tailors resources available based on your location and housing status. (Added March 24)

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 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.

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


This section highlights the needs of Chamber Members and ways you can help. Do you have information to share? Contact Drew at

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 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


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

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