COVID-19 - What You Need to Know TODAY March 25, 2020March 25, 2020
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Another busy day! As many of you are now aware, Williamson County Judge Bill Gravell officially ordered a “Shelter-in-Place” for Williamson County, effective beginning at 11:59pm, March 24th until 11:59pm, Monday, April 13th. We understand it was certainly a difficult decision for the Judge to make to combat COVID-19. This decision will impact many businesses residents for longer than this order will be in place. But this was something that was done with a lot of advice and guidance from medical professionals and emergency management professionals.
Ultimately, we support the leadership of Judge Gravell, and our local leadership in Mayor Corbin Van Arsdale, Cedar Park City Council and City Manager Brenda Eivens. These unprecedented times call for collaboration and we thank our community leaders for continuing to work together for the health and well-being of our community.
WILLIAMSON COUNTY UPDATES
As of yesterday, March 24th, Williamson County announced a total of 19 confirmed COVID-19 cases.
In a proactive effort to reduce the number of new COVID-19 cases in Williamson County and in Central Texas, Judge Gravell issued a STAY HOME, STAY SAFE ORDER which went in to effect last night. There are limited exceptions to this order, and some of those exceptions are listed below.
ESSENTIAL ACTIVITIES AND ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES DURING THIS ORDER INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:
Tasks that are essential to maintain health and safety, such as going to the hospital, obtaining medicine from pharmacies, clinics, veterinary offices and other healthcare service facilities
Getting necessary supplies for you, your family or household members, such as groceries, pet food, food bank, farmers’ markets, convenience stores, carry-out or delivery restaurants, and other essentials for staying at home
Getting to work for essential businesses or services, including roles needed to maintain basic operations such as security, payroll, and similar activities
Engaging in outdoor activities, such as walking, hiking or running—just as long as you maintain at least 6 feet of physical distancing
Caring for a family member in another household, and caring for elderly people, minors, dependents, people with disabilities or other vulnerable persons
Childcare facilities providing services that enable essential employees to continue functioning
Gas stations and auto repair facilities
Banks and financial institutions
Critical infrastructure including energy, water, solid waste collection and other governmental services
Hardware stores, plumbers, electricians, and other service providers necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences and other essential businesses
Educational institutions, for the purposes of facilitating distance learning
Businesses that provide social services and necessities of life for economically disadvantaged individuals and shelter facilities
CITY OF CEDAR PARK
Of the 19 total cases, five individuals are from Cedar Park. These five individuals come from three separate households and are quarantining at home in accordance with CDC guidelines.
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.
Mayor Van Arsdale joined other elected officials at the Williamson and Travis Counties Shelter-In-Place Order yesterday. These orders cover the entire City of Cedar Park. While there are exceptions for the Stay Home, Stay Safe Order, everybody is encouraged to do everything you can to not go outside of your home unless necessary.
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.
As you have seen, the Cedar Park Chamber continues to work hard to provide you information. Please know we continue to work for you and our community. We have organized our first VIRTUAL POWER NETWORKING BREAKFAST for this Friday.
This Stay Home, Stay Safe Order impacts many of our local businesses, including the Cedar Park Chamber of Commerce. While the doors to the Chamber will remain closed, our team is working remotely during this time. Please be sure to reach out to us with questions during this time. If we do not know the answer, we will do our best to get you an answer quickly. We will continue our COVID-19 News You Can Use Newsletter to keep you informed during this time as well.
We also have published a 5-minute survey. Please take a moment to fill this out and let us know the current business climate in our community. CLICK HERE
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!