The global COVID-19 pandemic has impacted all our lives and our businesses. As we all work to navigate these unprecedented times, we wanted to share resources and information for your businesses. As a manufacturing industry and a community, we are all in this together and our goal is to help navigate this with each of you.
Health & Safety Resources
CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
California Department of Public Health
Fresno County Department of Health
Continuous COVID19 updates and clearinghouses:
New Procedure Updates For Essential Businesses
Mandatory Screening of Employees
As of March 26, 2020, the Fresno County Department of Public Health issued this order requiring employers to screen employees daily before reporting to work. Employers may use this recommended checklist or something similar to complete the required daily screenings. At a minimum, the employer must be asking all of the symptom-related questions to show compliance with the screening order.
This is an enforceable order and should be taken seriously. The County Public Health Officer has the power to issue such orders under the California Health & Safety Code. Non-compliance can incur civil and criminal liability.
Suggestions for compliance and responses to common questions:
- For some employers, it will be easy to post the questions and have the employees sign a form as they come into work OR have supervisors ask each employee the screening questions each day after the start of their shift.
- For office employees, you can send out an email each morning and have each employee respond to it.
Opportunities Under CARES Act
The US Senate published a terrific resource outlining the various relief programs available to U.S. Small Businesses. This is the best summary we’ve found to date. Please take the time to read it here.
Additionally, here are two programs that we want to be sure to point out. More detailed information is available here.
Payment Protection and Loan Forgiveness:
- This program is more extensive than the SBA disaster loan.
- There is no cost to apply.
- The funding is meant to help retain workers, maintain payroll, and cover rent/mortgage/utility expenses.
- The loan covers expenses dating back to February 15, to June 30, 2020.
- The loan can be forgiven and essentially turn into a non-taxable grant.
- Small Businesses are those with less than 500 employees.
Emergency Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Grants:
- $10,000 grant associated to applying for an SBA EIDL.
California's New Intake Website for COVID-19 Supplies & Repurposing
At Gov. Newsom's press conference on April 4, 2020, he announced the fresh new site for California companies looking to facilitate supplies for hospitals for COVID-19. Read the entire press release here.
Go here to fill out the information needed and get coordinated to begin manufacturing, selling or donating supplies: covid19supplies.ca.gov
Additional Resources & Information
Our longtime sponsor Moss Adams has set up a COVID-19 Implications webpage, which is updated frequently with information you may find useful.
COVID-19: Bakken Center Information and Resources
While many of us have been sharing resources to help address the economic hardships so many face, this is one of the best curated lists we have seen to support people emotionally.
A one-stop resource for the people of California impacted by job loss during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
California Forward and their network of collective action remains committed to supporting communities and an economic recovery that is inclusive, sustainable and resilient.
U.S. Commercial Service Resources
EXIM Bank Coronavirus Resources
The following temporary EXIM programs now available to provide relief to U.S. businesses their buyers, financial institutions, and American workers negatively impacted by COVID-19:
- Bridge Financing Program
- Pre-Delivery / Pre-Export Financing Program
- Supply Chain Financing Guarantee Program
- Working Capital Guarantee Program.
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
The U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology has opened a funding opportunity for manufacturing institutions on their rapid, high-impact projects that support the nation’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Grants awarded through NIST's Manufacturing USA National Emergency Assistance Program with no requirements for cost matching.
U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security
Guidance on Essential Critical infrastructure Workforce from Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)
How To Help: Guidelines from FEMA
- For non-medical supplies, services or equipment, if you are interested in doing business with FEMA, visit their Industry Liaison Program.
Quickly Deploying Our Nation’s Additive Manufacturing Resources to Address the National Health Crisis, America Makes launched the next phase of the COVID-19 Health Care Needs and Additive Manufacturing (AM) Capabilities Repository, where additive manufacturers can upload 3D print designs to be reviewed and placed on the NIH 3D Print Exchange. The recording and slides of their recent webinar also available online.
U.S international Standards Developing Organization, ASTM is providing no-cost public access to important ASTM standards used in the production and testing of personal protective equipment.