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Houston COVID-19 Resources

In late January 2020 the World Health Organization declared a public health emergency in response to the spread of COVID-19, prompting an array of travel restrictions and business disruptions around the globe. More than 100,000 cases have been confirmed across the United States and there are currently hundreds of confirmed cases in the Houston region. This page is designed to provide resources and information around the virus to businesses and individuals in our region. We will continue to update this page as new information becomes available. 

Greater Houston Business Recovery Center

As businesses of all sizes across industry sectors continue to respond to the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation, company leaders must begin to plan for the recovery period that lies ahead. In an effort to build a business-led recovery initiative for the greater Houston region, the Partnership has established the Greater Houston Business Recovery Center (GHBRC), which will provide guidance on policy and financing related to recovery programs.

Small and Medium-Sized Business Resources

The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering designated states and territories low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the COVID-19 coronavirus. Texas is included in this designation. 

Follow this guide to apply for an SBA Disaster loan. 

Resources for small businesses compiled by the U.S. Chamber including toolkits, financial relief options. 

A key aspect of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act is the allocation of $350 billion to help small businesses keep workers employed amid the pandemic and economic downturn. 

The SBA and the Department of Treasury have begun releasing the information that will guide the programs created through the CARES Act.

The Office of the Texas Governor provides COVID-19 updates, resources, and information for Texas businesses. 

State resources including information for Employers impacted by COVID-19.

RestoreYourEconomy offers resources for economic development leaders to help support their economies in the short and long term.

SCORE is offering advice and assistance from its business mentors, including how to navigate financial challenges during unprecedented challenges.

With 14 locations, the University of Houston Texas Gulf Coast SBDC Network open and available to assist small businesses impacted by COVID-19.

Texas Association of Business is working to inform and equip businesses with the most important and up-to-date information to prevent the spread of the virus and prepare businesses for the near and long-term impact.

The Initiative for a Competitive Inner City has created a small business resource center for COVID-19 that provides updates on initiatives to mitigate unexpected financial losses.

 

COVID-19 Business Forum

The Greater Houston Partnership's COVID-19 Houston Business Forum is a digital series providing the latest information and analysis on the crisis and its economic impact. These presentations with local experts and business leaders are being conducted via teleconference. 

Guidance for Houses of Worship

Texas Governor Greg Abbott and Attorney General Ken Paxton have issued clarifying guidance indicating that if “a community is experiencing substantial community spread of COVID-19, then the houses of worship in that community should cancel all in-person gatherings of any size. But if a community is experiencing moderate to substantial spread, then the CDC recommends a reduction of activities in coordination with local health officials, possible smaller gatherings incorporating social-distancing measures, cancelation of activities with 10 or more people when high-risk populations attend in person (including those over 65 and those with underlying medical conditions), and use of creative means to deliver other faith-based services.”

Daily Updates

Receive a daily update from the Partnership on the latest developments regarding COVID-19. 

10 Principles for Work Safe Companies Operating During COVID-19

The Partnership has established these 10 principles for companies in industries exempted from the "Stay Home-Work Safe" Order. Those businesses that continue on-site operations must work to ensure the safety of their employees.

Strategies & Tools for Small Businesses

A roundup of technology resources, apps and software that can be used for remote working and collaboration. 

Here are some best practices from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce that you can follow to manage the situation for your employees and customers.

Here are some tips for small business owners looking to manage fears among employees during an uncertain time. 

Aimee Woodall of The Black Sheep Agency offers best practices on how businesses can engage their customers from a distance.

Even if you need to close due to health and safety concerns, there are ways to keep serving your customers during the coronavirus outbreak.

Tips and strategies for teleworking from a Houston thought leader. 

Your most commonly asked questions about the SBA loans being offered to small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic — answered.

Businesses are increasingly relying on their Internal Communications teams to quickly disseminate information to employees. For many companies, Human Resources or Communications takes the lead in those efforts.

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) warns individuals to remain vigilant for scams related to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Cyber actors may send emails with malicious attachments or links to fraudulent websites to trick victims into revealing sensitive information or donating to fraudulent charities or causes.

Recent News

News and Studies

An infectious disease expert from Rice University talks about the good, the bad and the future effects of our response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Report from the collaborative Understanding Houston that analyzes community data to better understand how COVID-19 stands to impact vulnerable populations in the Houston area.

Latest headlines and frequently asked questions at the local level. 

Up to the minute updates on the coronavirus situation in the Houston area. 

Coronavirus updates across the state. 

Social distancing aims to keep healthy people away from sick people in an effort to slow down and prevent the spread of a contagious disease, like COVID-19. It means limiting close contact with people and avoiding large crowds and groups.

Analysts' outlook on how the U.S. will cope during and after the shutdown.

As governments make significant interventions in response to the coronavirus, businesses are rapidly adjusting to the changing needs of their people, their customers and suppliers, while navigating the financial and operational challenges.

This article is intended to provide business leaders with a perspective on the evolving situation and implications for their companies.

Edelman conducted a 12-market study on the critical role brands are expected to play during the coronavirus pandemic, completed on March 26. 

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