• COVID-19 - What You Need to Know TODAY April 8, 2020

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    April 08, 2020

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    IMPORTANT UPDATES
     
     

    I never thought that I would be writing my 16th COVID-19 News You Can Use Newsletter, but here we are. Either things are starting to calm down, or I am getting used to the chaotic speed at which information is coming.  

     

    For all the female business owners, managers and workers – we will host our VIRTUAL Women’s Connection presented by Cedar Park Regional Medical Center this morning! You MUST REGISTER for this event ahead of time! We will have Darla Sees, Founder & CEO of Sees Consulting discuss “Ways to Thrive During the COVID Crisis.” This timely Special Edition to the Women’s Connection group is free for all women! CLICK HERE 

     

    FEDERAL & STATE UPDATES FOR BUSINESS 
     

    As a member of the Cedar Park Chamber of Commerce and a business in Cedar Park, you have been invited by Congressman Carter’s Office to participate in a discussion with Jack Howard, Senior Vice President of Congressional Public Affairs with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, April 9th at 3:50pm. To RSVP for this Small Business Teleconference – CLICK HERE. 
     

    WILLIAMSON COUNTY UPDATES 
     

    Yesterday, Judge Gravell extended the Stay Home Stay Safe order until 11:50pm April 30th for Williamson County. The decision to extend was made following President Trump and Governor Abbott’s move to extend their executive orders. This directive is intended to help control the spread by keeping people isolated at home.  
     

    The University of Texas model shows approximately 100,000 people in Williamson County could end up contracting COVID-19. This is according to the press release sent by Williamson County’s Public Information Office. The models predicts 5,000 will be hospitalized with nearly 800 in intensive care. For the full press release CLICK HERE 
     

    Williamson County and Cities Health District also received notification of the fourth COVID-19 death in Williamson County. The resident was a woman in her 50s. Privacy protection only allows this limited release of information. In addition to this passing, WCCHD announced six new positive cases bringing the total to 87 as of yesterday.  

     

    CITY OF CEDAR PARK 
     

    The City of Cedar Park will have another Virtual Council Meeting on April 9th. The Open Meeting will begin at 7:00pm. This meeting will be completely virtual. If you want to participate by speaking, you must CLICK HERE. As always, you can watch the meeting live at CPTV-10. 

    In order to ensure safe social distancing, and in consideration of recent federal, state and local orders, the City of Cedar Park is closing the Skate Park at Brushy Creek effective today, April 8th 

    The city would also like to remind all businesses that there are many temporary signage options, but they must be legal. To see what kinds of signage are available for businesses to useCLICK HERE. 

     

    COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS) EMERGENCY LOANS 
     

    To view the informative SBA Loan Update with Mike Litton, Executive Vice President and Director of SBA Lending for R Bank hosted by the Cedar Park Chamber of Commerce and Williamson County, please CLICK HERE. 
     

    The U.S. Chamber has several guides available to you to help guide you through the decision-making process of your next steps. Please take a moment to look these over as you continue to make these tough decisions. All of these links and many more are available on the Chamber Website 

     

    IN CLOSING 
     

    Once again, I am asking everybody to check on your neighbors today. Contact a business friend to see how they are doing. Contact a person you haven’t spoken to since the COVID-19 Orders became a part of our every day lives. Reach out to people and be nice. Everybody is dealing with stress in different ways – try to be somebody who reaches out with a helping hand today. 

    SEND US YOUR STORIES! Do you have a story to tell about how your business is helping? How another business helped you? A story of kindness or helpfulness? Send it to us. We want to promote those moments. Send directly to me – tony@cedarparkchamber.org 
     

    Please don’t forget to take our 3-minute COVID-19 LOCAL Business Survey. CLICK HERE! 

    You can forward this newsletter to anybody you think would find value in this. They can sign up for the daily newsletter as well on our website. Please know we are here to help you. We are YOUR business advocate. Stay safe and let us know how we can help!