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Houston COVID-19 Resources

COVID-19 arrived in the Houston region in March 2020 and subsequently 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. 

The Rise of the Delta Variant and the Fourth Wave

On July 27, 2021, the Partnership held a webinar discussion on the rising number of cases and hospitalizations tied to the COVID-19 Delta variant. View the full webinar below as well as a written recap of the presentation. 

CDC: Guidance for Fully Vaccinated Individuals

Update that fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear a mask or physically distance in any setting, except where required by laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.

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. 

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.

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.

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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