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Houston COVID-19 Resources

COVID-19 arrived in the Houston region in March and has since caused serious disruption to the Houston economy. This page is designed to provide resources and information concerning the virus to businesses and individuals in our region. We will continue to update this page as new information becomes available. 

Emerging from the Pandemic: Safe Business Practices

Baylor College of Medicine has published this helpful guide to restarting workplace activity while maintaining health and safety. 

Latest CDC Guidance for Fully Vaccinated Individuals

This is the first set of public health recommendations for fully vaccinated people.

Work Safe Resources for Houston Area Employers

As the Houston region moves to reopen our economy, it is important that we do so safely, sustainability and successfully. Get best practices, tools and guidance from the Partnership's Houston Work Safe Program and take the pledge to be a Work Safe Company. 

These guidelines and resources are intended to support businesses across the greater Houston region as they reopen and remain focused on the steps needed to resume work safely, sustainably and successfully.

The Partnership has developed this resource to provide a step-by-step process for how to respond to work-related cases. The document also addresses key legal considerations when taking these steps and the advantages and disadvantages for utilizing digital data management tools.

In April 2020, Governor Abbott released the Report to Open Texas, which laid out a plan for reopening closed businesses across the state in a phased approach.

To ensure continuity of operations of essential functions, CDC advises that critical infrastructure workers may be permitted to continue work following potential exposure to COVID-19, provided they remain asymptomatic and additional precautions are implemented to protect them and the community.

Provides guidance and other resources for preventing exposures to, and infection with, the novel coronavirus in the workplace. 

Work Safe 3.0: 10 Principles to Guide Houston's Reopen Effort

The Partnership has established these 10 principles for companies that are operating amid the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Federal Resources

Financial and other resources tied to federal aid packages. 

An SBA loan that helps businesses keep their workforce employed during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. 

The Small Business Administration, in consultation with the Department of the Treasury, has provided guidance to address borrower and lender questions concerning forgiveness pf Paycheck Protection Program loans, as provided for under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), as amended by the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act (Flexibility Act) and reopened for first and second draw PPP loans by the COVID Relief package passed in December 2020.

Enable small businesses that currently have a business relationship with an SBA Express Lender to access up to $25,000 quickly.

The Community Advantage Recovery Loan Program (CARL) is a pilot program to increase SBA-guaranteed loans to small businesses in underserved areas. It is intended to help these small businesses revamp their operations for the COVID-19 environment and/or to build financial resiliency against future disruptions though technical and financial assistance. The Main Street Lending Program is available to for-profit and non-profit businesses impacted by COVID-19. 

The SBA is providing a financial reprieve to small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The SBA is offering all designated states and territories a variety of additional resources to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as as a result of COVID-19.

Additional Resources for Employers

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

With an in-depth understanding of the local labor pool and regional opportunities, Workforce Solutions provide the resources, intelligence, and tools businesses need to navigate the local market and build, retain, and upskill their workforce.

The Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act helps ensure advance notice in cases of qualified plant closings and mass layoffs.

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

Businesses that file a WARN notice can receive immediate early intervention assistance designed to transition workers to their next employment as soon as possible. Rapid Response services are tailored to each company, based on the needs of the affected employees.

The Shared Work program provides Texas employers with an alternative to layoffs. TWC developed this voluntary program to help Texas employers and employees withstand a slowdown in business.

The Texas Workforce Commission continues to provide up-to-date resources for employers to withstand a slowdown in business due to the impacts of COVID-19.

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.

Recent News

More COVID-19 News

See additional recent news from the Partnership.

Reopen Houston Monitoring Dashboard

Reopening successfully will require maintaining a fine balance between public health vigilance and economic recovery. To monitor this balance, the Partnership has established this dashboard in collaboration with the Texas Medical Center. The dashboard includes a compilation of critical metrics spanning healthcare factors, economic metrics and local measures of citizen activity. A combined reading of these metrics can inform state and local elected officials and business leaders as we navigate the path to recovery.

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