• COVID-19 - What You Need to Know TODAY May 7, 2020

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    May 07, 2020
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    IMPORTANT UPDATES 

    REMINDER: The Small Business Grant Program, WILCO Forward  application went live yesterday and is NOW AVAILABLE. This is open to most businesses in Williamson County. This is restricted to Williamson County businesses onlyThese will be processed in the order they are received. The funding started with $25 million to pass out as grants.  

     

    FEDERAL & STATE UPDATES FOR BUSINESS 

    Payroll company ADP released a report stating over 20 million Americans lost their jobs in April. This is jobs data week, and this Friday brings the official BLS report for April. Unemployment insurance claims for last week will be released today. ADP went on to explain that their report shows 20.2 million Americans lost their jobs in April. “There really isn’t a way to adequately explain how enormous this figure is. It’s more than 15% of those that were employed in the last report,” the report went on to explain. For the full report CLICK HERE 

     

    Yesterday, Governor Abbott announced $5.8 million for disaster crisis counseling services that had been received through federal funding. These funds are to be used to provide crisis counseling services to Texans who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding is provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Immediate Services Crisis Counseling and Training Program.  

    The grant allows 31 local mental health and behavioral health authorities to connect Texans to short-term crisis counseling services that include reducing stress and providing emotional support, assisting survivors in reviewing their disaster recover options, promoting the use or development of health coping strategies, connecting survivors with appropriate people and agencies that can help them, and referrals to other disaster recovery programs. For additional resources visit the Mental Health & Substance Use Resources web page.  

    Governor Abbott also announced the OneStar Foundation will begin the Texas COVID Relief Fund, which will provide critical funding and resources to organizations across the state working on the ground to support the economic recovery of local communities. Funds raised will be distributed through grants focused on the areas of community and economic development, healthcare and education. Funds will also be used to support local priorities and organizations serving the unmet needs of vulnerable populations and underserved communities. For more information, visit the OneStar Foundation website. 

     

    WILLIAMSON COUNTY 

    Williamson County started accepting WILCO Forward applications yesterday. Be sure to visit the website listed above and turn in your application today!  If you still have questions after reading the information on the website, you can email questions to SmallBusinessApp@wilco.org. For more information on this program CLICK HERE 

    The Williamson County and Cities Health District (WCCHD) released updated COVID-19 numbers yesterday. The county has seen the recovery of 199 individuals. There are currently 12 individuals in the hospital and 2 on ventilators. The county also received notification of the 12th COVID-19 related death in our county. The resident was a male in his 90s.  

    Remember, 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 

    The city has decided on a phased approach to reopening city facilities and amenities similar to the State of Texas. The health and safety of the residents and city staff is the top priority, and the city has been assessing and preparing, according to CDC guidelines, and evaluating what other health and safety measures must be implemented in order to align with protocols.  

    Parks Department through May 8th | Parks and open spaces remain open as the city installs new signage and removes barricades. Certain amenities will reopen according to these guidelines. 

    The Cedar Park Public Library – May 18th | The library plans to reopen with limited access beginning May 18th. This will include temporary hours and continuing online and curbside services. 

    Certain City Building Lobbies – May 18th | Based on anticipated delivery of necessary safety supplies and the installation of facility safety improvements, the City plans to reopen City Hall and Police public lobbies on May 18th. City Hall lobbies include Fire Admin, Permitting and Development Services. 

    For the complete list and information CLICK HERE and view the recent updates and orders for May 6th.  

     

    IN CLOSING TODAY 

    So many things continue to change rapidly. Thank you to all the businesses who continue to work through how to remain open during these difficult times. Thank you to all the patrons who continue to go to our local restaurants and ordered items online through local retail stores. You are helping not only our economy but help families of small business owners.  

    We have started realizing that times may not “get back to normal” for months to come. Depending on what you listen to and who you pay attention to, I don’t know that the experts have a firm handle on what the next few months will look like either. What I do know is things will “get back to better” for many of us. We will slowly see a new normal. We will slowly climb out of these holes and get back to doing what we were doing only 12 weeks ago. We will get back to business. 

    Be safe and be kind to one another!