We have been working diligently with partner organizations to develop Keep Cape Strong – a trusted source of information for all things related to our public health crisis and how it’s affecting Cape Girardeau County. In addition to general COVID-19 information from the County Health Department, this site also houses self submitted information about hours, specials, etc. for our local businesses. If you have information you’d like included on the dining or shopping pages, please fill out this form. We will continue to update this site as we gather more information, so visit often.
Please take a look at www.keepcapestrong.com and help up raise awareness of its existence by sharing the site and using the hashtag #CapeCountyStrong.
SBA Disaster Declaration
Good news! The SBA has administratively declared the state of Illinois as an economic disaster, as well as the following Contiguous Counties of Missouri are declared – Cape Girardeau, Clark, Jefferson, Lewis, Lincoln, Marion, Mississippi, Perry, Pike, Ralls, Saint Charles, Saint Louis, Saint Louis City, Sainte Genevieve, Scott. Please visit the SBA’s website and begin filling out the loan application – the site will save your progress. If you have any questions about the application, the SBA can provide assistance. Call 800-659-2955 or email email@example.com.
Families First Coronavirus Response Act
On March 18, the Senate passed H.R. 6201, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. This bill provides, among other things, provisions to address Paid Sick Leave, Paid Family and Medical Leave, and Unemployment Insurance for workers displaced by the ongoing outbreak. Furthermore, it includes provisions to provide diagnostic testing for coronavirus and bolsters Medicaid and nutrition programs for at-risk populations. Click here to see the U.S. Chamber’s summary. Congress’s focus will now turn to the Phase Three stimulus package. Click here to see the U.S. Chamber’s letter to Congress and the President with the business community’s recommendations.
Webinar – Coronavirus —Thompson Coburn on Employment Law Issues
In this 25-minute webinar from the Missouri Chamber, three Thompson Coburn employment law attorneys walk employers through practical information about coronavirus. View the webinar now here.
Webinar – HR in the Shadow of Coronavirus
Heather McMillan, Ph.D., PHR is offering a free webinar on Monday, 3/23 at 1:00 entitled “HR in the Shadow of Coronavirus.” The information session will last approximately 30 minutes with a Q&A. The following topics will be covered:
- Sick leave and paid time off requirements under the newly passed HR6201 – The Families First Coronavirus Response Act
- Americans with Disabilities Act compliance
- Guidance on preparing your workforce for a potential shutdown
There is no cost to participate – register here.
Chamber office hours
Beginning Monday, March 23, the Chamber, MAGNET, and Visit Cape offices will be closed to the public. We will continue working for our members – please call or email any of us if we can help you in any way.