• COVID-19: Doing Our Part to Keep You Safe and Informed

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    March 24, 2020

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    IMPORTANT UPDATES 
     

    COVID-19 continues to force major changes to our daily lives. Some of those changes were seen yesterday as Waco/McLennan County and Bell County joined Dallas County in orders for shelter-in-place. That news came as Austin/Travis County is looking to make the same major later announcement today.  


    Again, nothing has been finalized, but it has been reported in the Austin American Statesman that Williamson County will see a similar announcement very soon (if not today). As business owners, it is time to prepare to run your business from home. It is time to get things in place for you to remain viable as a business and be able to make it through these extraordinary economic times.  


    Visit our links to the left of this newsletter and on our website! They will help you. Whether it is getting accurate information or filling out your SBA Disaster Loan, these links are provided to you for help! 


    SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION (SBA) DISASTER LOANS 
     

    Now that the state has been approved, be sure to go to the SBA Link to fill out the paperwork. It is also on the Texas Department of Emergency Management (TDEM) link to the left. 

    You can contact an SBA Certified Lender with one of the financial institutions below: 


    American Bank – 512.306.5557 

    Frost Bank – 512.473.4858 

    Horizon Bank – 512.482.6051 

    Prosperity Bank – 512.260.9199 

    R Bank – 512.600.8113 

    Randolph Brooks FCU - 512.670.6954 

    SouthStar Bank – 512.456.0035 


    You can use our press release as a guide for the process to apply and submit your Disaster Loan. Please find a copy of that news release on our website by CLICKING HERE 


    WILLIAMSON COUNTY UPDATES 
     

    As of March 23, the Williamson County and Cities Health District (WCCHD) announced a total of 14 positive COVID-19 cases in Williamson County.  


    If you have symptoms of respiratory illness including cough, fever and shortness of breath, please contact your health care provider. It is important to call ahead before arriving at a clinic, urgent care or emergency department to avoid potential spread. 


    CITY OF CEDAR PARK 
     

    Of the fourteen confirmed COVID-19 cases in Williamson County, four individuals are from Cedar Park. The four individuals come from two separate households and are quarantining at home in accordance with CDC guidelines.  

    Under the declaration of local state of disaster, Mayor Corbin Van Arsdale issued orders closing all public, semi-public and homeowner association owned and/or operated playscapes, playground equipment, pools, splash pads, pavilions, exercise equipment and drinking water fountains within the City of Cedar Park. This took effect as of 7:00am this morning. 

    The Mayor mentioned during the Emergency City Council Meeting that he does not issue orders lightly and is using them only as warranted and needed. The orders do not change the declaration but are used as needed in addition to the declaration. 


    CLOSING 

    As you have seen, the Cedar Park Chamber continues to work hard to provide you new information. Please know we continue to work for you and our community. We have organized our first VIRTUAL Power Networking Breakfast (sorry, you’ll have to brew your own coffee) for this Friday. We look forward to seeing you there.  
     

    I also want to take a moment to remind you to check-in on one another. Take a few minutes today to actually pick up the phone to call someone you care about. Ask them real questions. When you ask people who have been asked, “how are you doing…” they will give you a canned answer. Ask them how their kids, parents, family members are doing. Ask them if you can pick them something up at the grocery store. Ask them if they have taken a minute to go for a walk and get away from the constant information overload they have been receiving. Pick up the phone and talk to somebody today. 


    You can see there are many other links which will continue to be available to you, your business, your friends and neighbors through this crisis both through this newsletter and on the Cedar Park Chamber website (CedarParkChamber.org). Please forward this newsletter to people who can use it! They can sign up for the newsletter as well. 
     

    Please know we are here to help you. We are YOUR business advocate. Stay safe and let us know how we can help! 

    Sincerely,

    Tony Moline, IOM, PCED

    President and Chief Executive Officer
    Cedar Park Chamber of Commerce
    512.260.7800
    CedarParkChamber.org