Harris County is currently under a “Stay Home-Work Safe” Order, effective through April 30. Learn more about the order, companies and industries that are deemed essential, and how to become a "Work Safe" company.
A full copy of the order including exempted industries and additional details is available via the link.
Harris County has adopted a list of essential employees identified by the U.S. Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) as part of its order. View the list via the link.
This sample letter can be adapted for use by exempt companies for use by their essential employees.
Businesses not covered under the exempt industries enumerated in the Order that would like to apply for exempt status can do so directly with Harris County via this form.
The Greater Houston Partnership, in cooperation with Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo, encourage essential companies in the Houston area to Work Safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Get sample social media posts, a one-sheeter on the principles, and the Work Safe Company badge.
Provides guidance and other resources for preventing exposures to, and infection with, the novel coronavirus in the workplace.
Tips, alerts and other information from the Better Business Bureau around COVID-19.
The Resilience in a Box toolkit is helpful for businesses that need help putting a plan in place.
Partnership President & CEO Bob Harvey hosted an information session on March 25 covering Harris County's "Stay Home-Work Safe" Order now in effect.
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.
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.”
The City of Houston Emergency Operations Center maintains this page with case updates and local resources.
The latest from the CDC on the U.S. response to the virus.
Global case updates, travel advice and more from the WHO.
Case figures across the county, resource phone numbers and more from the Harris County Health Department.
KHOU has outlined local testing locations including those provided by Legacy Community Health, United Memorial Medical Center and others.
Texas Department of State Health Services’ information on COVID-19.
A live look at confirmed cases around the world by country and region.
Commonly asked questions around COVID-19 including how it spreads, how to protect yourself and signs and symptoms.
Covers school closures, superintendent debriefs and other information related to school districts across the state.
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.
State resources for those whose employment has been impacted by COVID-19.
Southern Smoke is a nonprofit foundation that assists individuals in the food and beverage industry facing a crisis. Relief funds are awarded through an application process based on need and availability.
Guidance on applying for benefits if your job has been affected.
Testing information, fact sheets, important phone numbers and more.
Consider these tips to help you navigate your next steps, from filing an unemployment claim to embarking on a new job search in the middle of an unprecedented crisis.
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.
Updates, financial assistance and other information from Harris County.
United Way of Greater Houston and the Greater Houston Community Foundation have come together help support those in the Houston area who have been impacted by COVID-19 and those who may be impacted by unforeseen economic conditions.
Testing information, fact sheets, important phone numbers and more.