• COVID-19 - What You Need to Know TODAY March 23, 2020

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    March 23, 2020
    There have been several developments over the weekend that we want to make sure you are aware of. This includes the Small Business Administration’s approval of the statewide emergency designation, an Emergency City Council Meeting the City of Cedar Park had yesterday, and more.
     
    We also have a new link which will give you the most up-to-date information on restaurants, retail, daycare, medical and more! Remember – we are YOUR business advocate! CLICK HERE for more information.
     
    SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION (SBA) DISASTER LOANS
    The State of Texas requested on behalf of the entire state, an emergency designation which was approved late Friday afternoon. This designation allows qualifying businesses to apply for long-term, low-interest loans for the Economic Injury and Disaster (EIDL) program.
     
    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
     
    STATE OF TEXAS UPDATE
    The Governor of Texas held a press conference yesterday. During this press conference, he encouraged people to go to the Texas Department of State Health Services website to view the verified information on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) information. There are many websites tracking information, but this is the one the State of Texas uses and one of the only ones where you can find the verified information regarding the State efforts and tracking on Coronavirus.
     
    As of this communication, the State of Texas has Tested 8,756 people (1,518 in Public Labs |7,238 Private Labs). There have been 334 Verified COVID-19 Cases statewide and a total of 5 Deaths.
     
    WILLIAMSON COUNTY UPDATES
    The updates over the weekend included new verified Coronavirus cases in Williamson County. We are now at 9 verified COVID-19 cases inside Williamson County.
    While Williamson County has not yet ordered anything like this, late yesterday Dallas County placed a “shelter-in-place” order for all residents and non-essential businesses effective at 11:59pm tonight. This could be a sign of what is to come for many of the larger counties. Remember, Texas has 254 counties statewide. Williamson County is the 12th largest county in the state by population. Again, no such order has come out yet, but be prepared and start making a plan to keep your business running just in case we follow the same pathway.
     
    CITY OF CEDAR PARK
    Cedar Park City Council held an Emergency Council Meeting yesterday at 5:00pm. They unanimously voted for Cedar Park Mayor Van Arsdale to continue the Mayor’s Declaration of Local State of Disaster regarding the CVOID-19 Epidemic until Travis and Williamson County – or – the State of Texas terminate their Declarations of Disaster – whichever comes first.
     
    As of now, no termination exists for the counties or the state. The City of Cedar Park is taking proactive steps to limit exposure and spread right now. In support of State and Federal recommendations for social distancing, the City of Cedar Park is canceling non-critical events and programs.
     
    CLOSING
    The Chamber is continuing to find ways to keep you updated in our “new norm” for now. As you know, we are trying to verify the information we get out to you. Use our website and links as needed. Be proactive and be informed. Dallas County has a “shelter-in-place” order for all residents and non-essential businesses. Stay home if you can. Be mindful of what you come in contact with. Be safe!
     
    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!
     
    Tony Moline, IOM, PCED
    President & CEO
    Cedar Park Chamber of Commerce