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Coronavirus resources you need to keep you, your family, and those around you safe.
COVID-19 is a tough time for people across the world. The uncertainties and the tough times surrounding this pandemic can be daunting to individuals, families, and businesses. Our goal is to help as much as we can by providing resources to help keep you safe and keep you moving.
Resources for Businesses
The CARES Act has established several new temporary programs to address the COVID-19 outbreak.
The federal government application can be found on the SBA website.
Illinois’ Business Interruption Grants Program (BIG) applications are now live. Click here for more information and links to the applications.
If your business or organization has a case of COVID-19 as a result of workplace performance, OSHA has developed a webpage to help guide you on the standards of reporting it on your logs. Click here to visit OSHA’s resource page.
The U.S. Department of Labor released information on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) that requires certain employers to provide employees with paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. These provisions will apply till December 31, 2020. They also include a Q&A about FFCRA.
We are grateful for the first responders on the front lines of this pandemic. The CDC has released its own guide to help first responders and EMS personnel prepare in case a call involves a case of COVID-19.
Resources for Individuals
The CDC has a database of information on how to help protect yourself from contracting COVID-19. For more information, visit the CDC webpage.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
- Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue and throw the tissue in the trash.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, sneezing, going to the bathroom, and before eating or preparing food.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects (e.g., tables, countertops, light switches, doorknobs, and cabinet handles).
The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) webpage is where you would apply for unemployment insurance. Be mindful that the IDES has instituted rules on when you can apply because of a high volume of applications.
Resources for Fire Districts and Public Entities
The Illinois Municipal League has released information for mayors, village presidents, town presidents, managers, administrators, clerks, deputy chiefs, and all interested parties about the latest on COVID-19 in Illinois. Read the full document here.
Take some time to explore additional COVID-19 resources on the IML resources page and find out more about their efforts to protect public entities.
Video Conferencing Advice
Stay at home orders and social distancing guidelines have made video conferencing a very attractive alternative to in-person meetings. But you need to keep in mind that there are risks associated with this technology.
Every video conferencing platform has its own set of features. Look over them carefully while you are evaluating platforms. Focus on privacy policies and data storage. In particular, fire districts and public entities have increasingly become targets for hackers. Be sure to take extra precautions when operating in a virtual environment.
Insurance Company’s Responses
We want to provide you with the latest information from our insurance carriers in their efforts to help customers. Check for your insurance provider’s response below.
Mercury Insurance gives back 15% of monthly personal auto insurance premiums, 10% of monthly business auto premiums, and 15% of select commercial multi-peril policy monthly premiums for two month-long periods.
Rockford Mutual Insurance
Rockford Mutual Insurance has released a few statements for personal and commercial clients ensuring that their offices will continue to operate for anyone in need of assistance.