COVID-19 Resources for Virginia Manufacturers

Protecting Your Employees

People are the strategic advantage of any organization. The CDC has issued interim guidance to assist employers in determining appropriate responses and actions to protect the safety and health of their organizations. Some recommended actions are:

• Encourage individuals who are sick to stay home
• Separate employees who are sick
• Educate employees about the importance of personal hygiene such as handwashing
• Perform routine environmental cleaning
• Practice social distancing

Special note for employers: Please find important information below under the National section on the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).

Resources

Supplies:

https://www.projectn95.org/products
https://www.supplyden.com/search.do?keyword=gloves&searchType=keyword
www.kozas.com

Virginia:

Daily COVID-19 Report by Virginia Department of Health:
http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/
The Office of the Governor of Virginia Press Releases:
https://www.governor.virginia.gov/
Looking for Suppliers:
https://www.projectn95.org/products

Support for Impacted Virginia Businesses

  • The Commonwealth of Virginia’s website offers additional information regarding the support available for impacted employers:
    https://www.virginia.gov/coronavirus-updates/
  • The Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission utilizes several grant funds and a loan program to develop a diverse economy in Southern and Southwest Virginia. Information can be found at the site listed below:
    https://www.revitalizeva.org/grant-loan-program/
  • Updated tax filing information can be found here:
    https://www.tax.virginia.gov/news/coronavirus-updates
  • The U.S. Small Business Administration offers those businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronovirus pandemic low-interest disaster loans. Updated information on eligibility and how to apply for this assistance this program can be found here:
    https://www.sba.gov/disaster-assistance/coronavirus-covid-19#section-header-1
  • On March 18th, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) today approved an Economic Injury Disaster Loan declaration for Virginia. Small businesses and nonprofit organizations throughout the Commonwealth affected by the COVID-19 public health crisis can now apply for low-interest federal disaster loans of up to $2 million from the SBA to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable, and other expenses. To submit a loan application through the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan program, please visit disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/.
  • The Governor has requested that the Department of Taxation to extend the due date of payment of Virginia individuals and corporate income taxes. While filing deadlines remain the same, the due date for individual and corporate income tax will now be June 1, 2020. Please note that interest will still accrue, so taxpayers who are able to pay by the original deadlines should do so.

National

URGENT: Manufacturers Needed
On behalf of the White House, the National Association of Manufacturers is seeking manufacturers that can produce critically needed supplies for the national response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This survey will help identify those that can contribute to the federal government’s fight against COVID-19. Let’s show the federal government what Virginia manufacturers can do! If you have any questions or suggestions, please do not hesitate to contact the National Association of Manufacturers’ COVID-19 response team at ResponseTeam@nam.org:

https://namissvr.nam.org/namissvr/survey/index.aspx

The Center for Disease Control Interim Guidelines for Employers:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/guidance-business-response.html
CDC Print Resources:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/communication/factsheets.html
Guidelines from the Office of the President of the United States:
https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/03.16.20_coronavirus-guidance_8.5x11_315PM.pdf

Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)

Part of the stimulus package that was recently passed by Congress includes the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). The FFCRA was designed to ease the financial burden when an employee must be out of work due to forced quarantine, illness, and/or school closures related to COVID-19. The FFCRA provides paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19, from April 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020. Generally, the provisions of the FFCRA are applicable to all private sector employers with less than 500 employees, but more than 50 employees. Small businesses with fewer than 50 employees may qualify for exemption from the requirement to provide leave due to school closings or child care unavailability if the leave requirements would jeopardize the viability of the business as a going concern. Some helpful links regarding FFCRA:
FFCRA News Release:
https://www.dol.gov/newsroom/releases/whd/whd20200327
FFCRA Employee Paid Leave Rights:
https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic/ffcra-employee-paid-leave
FFCRA Employer Paid Leave Rights:
https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic/ffcra-employer-paid-leave
FFCRA Frequently Asked Questions:
https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic/ffcra-questions

U.S. Chamber of Commerce:

The Chamber of Commerce for your area is often a valuable resource. Be sure to visit your local Chamber’s webpage for additional resources that may be available to you. Some of the Chamber of Commerce websites for the larger and/or more high-risk areas in Virginia can be found below.
U.S. Chamber of Commerce Comprehensive Resource Kit:
https://www.uschamber.com/coronavirus
Virginia Chamber of Commerce:
https://www.vachamber.com/covid-19/
Top of Virginia Regional Chamber of Commerce:
https://www.regionalchamber.biz/CMSPages/GetPage?pageTitle=Coronavirus%20(COVID-19)&pageName=coronavirus-covid-19&menuId=498&navigationId=157375&parentNavigationId=29218#

Note:    If you have any questions regarding medical, health or legal issues, please contact an appropriate professional.