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During the coronavirus pandemic, you may have questions about available resources for your business and family, or about current guidance from federal, state, and local public health authorities. We want you to know that we're here to help you find the resources you need and we will get through this together.
Resources for businesses and individuals are compiled below, along with contact information for public health authorities and updates from Clayton County businesses.
Click to read more about the Proclamation to reopen Clayton County.
Governor Reynolds recently announced the Test Iowa initiative to expand testing so that we can stem the spread of the virus and get Iowans back to work as quickly and safely as possible. Iowa is only the second state to put in place such a widespread testing initiative. The assessment informs Iowans of their current health status, whether or not they should get a COVID-19 test and instructions on how to get tested.
Business & Nonprofit Resources
Find sources of funding for businesses, nonprofit organizations, the self employed, and individuals.
Food Retailers and Restaurants
General Business Support
Mobile Splash Open $100 Special - Special advertising opportunity from KWWL app
Gift Card and Advance Admission Marketplace - Travel Iowa has partnered with Bandwango to launch a statewide Gift Card and Advance Admission Marketplace to help drive cash flow to tourism entities affected by COVID-19. All merchants will be represented on one centralized marketplace, promoted by Travel Iowa and tourism partners. Iowa Gift Card Marketplace FAQs.
CIRAS has launched https://www.ciras.iastate.edu/covid-19/ to provide you with up-to-date resources on how to respond to COVID-19 for your business.
Iowa Business Recovery Assistance from the Iowa Economic Development Authority.
Iowa Workforce Development will provide updates related to the impact of COVID-19 as they become available. Please review this page for the latest information and resources. The Iowa Department of Public Health also provides updates here.
ATTENTION EMPLOYERS: If you have offered work to employees and your employee refuses to return to work, you must notify Iowa Workforce Development here: https://www.iowaworkforcedevelopment.gov/job-offer-decline-form-employers
Legal Assistance Hotline for COVID-19 Questions: Individuals with questions of a legal nature should call the COVID-19 Legal Information Hotline at 1-800-332-0419. The hotline can assist Iowans with business and compliance issues, eviction, denial of unemployment benefits, employment issues and other personal legal concerns. You will be asked to leave a message and someone will return your call.
Recorded Webinar: Dealing with Coronavirus - What to do to Save Tourism Industry and Small Businesses
Jo Eckert - Branch Manager, Iowa District Office/Cedar Rapids Branch Office, U.S. Small Business Administration
2750 1st Ave., N.E. - Suite 350
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402
(319) 362-6535 (office)
(319) 450-2027 (cell)
AmeriCorps Program Host Site Interest Form - Volunteer Iowa is creating new AmeriCorps programming for COVID-19 response work and to support Iowa's nonprofit organizations who are struggling with the impacts.
Institute for Museum and Library Services - CARES Act Grants for Museums and Libraries, deadline: June 12
Resources for Individuals
Home Energy Assistance - The Iowa Department of Human Rights' network of local community action agencies administer the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) to assist eligible households with a portion of their utility bill. Applications are being accepted at the local agencies through May 31, 2020. Find out how to apply for assistance through your local Community Action Agency.
COVID-19 Multi-lingual Hotline Launched - Interpreters in high-demand languages are available 8:30 am-5:00 pm with a 24-hour voicemail at 1-877-558-2609. This hotline was made possible to help expand language access to Iowans with limited English ability.
Educational Resources - The Iowa Department of Education has partnered with other agencies to develop a list of educational resources available to students and parents during this time. To view the resources, visit: https://educateiowa.gov/pk-12/resources-support-learning-during-covid-19.
Food Delivery Program - Arrange a delivery through your local food pantry. They will contact NEICAC to schedule the delivery. A NEICAC staff member will contact you to confirm delivery date/time. Visit www.neicac.org for more information.
Other resources for food assistance are available on the State of Iowa coronavirus website, including programs through the Iowa Department of Education, Iowa Department of Public Health, Iowa Department on Aging, and other services.
The Iowa Department of Human Rights' network of local community action agencies has various types of help available such as food and clothing pantries, emergency assistance, and other services. Contact your local agency to what what services are available in your area.
The Food Bank of Iowa also has a searchable site/map to learn which food bank serves your area: https://www.foodbankiowa.org/gethelp.
Iowa Department of Public Health develops online resource for underserved populations in Iowa - The Iowa Department of Public Health, working with the Iowa Department of Human Rights (DHR), other state agencies and nonprofits, has developed a new web resource for Iowans who are at higher risk for health concerns related to the COVID-19 virus. Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Iowans, Iowans with disabilities, Iowans with a first language other than English, caregivers, people at risk for violence, Iowans who are homeless, LGBTQ+, or households with mixed or undocumented status and those who are at higher risk and may need additional resources or information. Please visit this site at https://idph.iowa.gov/Health-Equity/COVID-19-Resources-for-Underserved-Populations to learn more.
Questions about Unemployment Benefits in Iowa? Employers or claimants with questions can email Iowa Workforce Development (IWD) at email@example.com or call IWD at 1-866-239-0843. Please check www.IowaWorkforceDevelopment.gov for the specific information needed within the email in order for IWD to answer your questions.
Temporary Workers - Are you or do you know of a worker impacted by COVID-19 closures? There are temporary job openings available statewide. To view a list of openings, visit: https://www.iowaworkforcedevelopment.gov/temp-jobs
COVID-19: Keeping Your Circle Small
By Dr. Michele Dikkers, Chair of Clayton County Board of Health
“So, if my child is in daycare and both of us work outside the home and around others, do we have to social distance when we are aren’t at work?”
“If we can go to the mall, why can’t we gather in groups of more than 10?”
Fair questions, which provoke answers that aren’t as difficult as they may seem once we break them down.
Let’s start with a fact that we hear frequently… “80% of the cases are mild and may not even show symptoms”…
And that’s the point, isn’t it? 80% of those infected may not know it. If you are part of that 80% and you aren’t aware that you are infected, how will you know to avoid situations where you may spread the infection to others, to those who could be the 20% who could become seriously ill or even die?
Social distancing is the answer. Wearing masks is also part of the answer.
Social distancing decreases the risk of spreading the virus to others. The fewer contacts you have in a day, the less the risk you have of exposure to the virus. There are contacts you have to have every day and can’t avoid, like work. And there are contacts that you can avoid. There are ways to manage those contacts. I like to call it “keeping your circle small”. The more people you include, the larger your circle becomes, bringing in risks from others’ “circles” and maybe even other communities.
There are essential and nonessential parts to our life. Food, clothing, necessities of life are essentials. Social, recreational and leisure events are considered nonessential.
Shopping for food and essentials for everyday life explain the need for grocery stores, pharmacies, restaurants and malls to be opened and accessible to us. Concerts, festivals, sporting events and celebrations fall under nonessential activities.
Some of us may feel that social activities are essential, and some of them may be. We are social creatures and we do need to interact with each other, but in groups of ten or less.
So, when it seems difficult to navigate the guidelines, try breaking it down into whether or not what you want to do is considered essential or nonessential. Social distancing and keeping your “circle” small will decrease your risk of contact with the “80%” with mild symptoms.
Remember, social distancing, washing your hands and wearing masks are the only tools we have to protect ourselves, those we love and each other, from this virus.
We are in this together.