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

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    May 08, 2020
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    IMPORTANT UPDATES 

    More and more we are realizing that in the months ahead, digital technologies will play a key role in efforts to control COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and restore consumer confidence. Many businesses have taken to launching online ordering that they may not have paid much attention to in the past. Doors are locked and offices hours have moved in many cases to “by appointment only.” Retail hours have been restricted and even the number of customers allowed in has decreased. All of this points to how we are responding to stay open and stay profitable.  

    Some strategies outside of the business world that are helping to control the spread of COVID-19 are contact tracing apps that have been generated across Asia and Europe. Not all of these strategies are easily adaptable in the U.S. But some tech companies, universities and others are already working with public health agencies to provide these digital contact tracing tools.  

     

    FEDERAL & STATE UPDATES FOR BUSINESS 

    The weekly figures for first-time unemployment benefits have been a little hard to watch.  Nationally, about 3.2 million people filed initial claims for unemployment last week, which is down from the record setting 6.8 million just a few weeks ago. The number now stands at 33.4 million nation-wide.  

    The labor market remains in a freefall, but the slowing of that fall is a slight silver lining. With states easing stay-at-home orders, some feel the economy will slowly start to creep back up. Unfortunately, it will take some time to repair the damage that has already hit the labor market due to COVID-19 (Coronavirus). For more information on the unemployment numbers, CLICK HERE 

     

    WILLIAMSON COUNTY 

    A panel of experts will be available for a Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area Webinar: Recession Proofing for Businesses on May 12th at 2:30pm. Panelists will include Adriana Cruz with the Texas Economic Development & Tourism Office, Joe Harper with Texas State University’s Small Business Development Center, Elva Zdeb with Atrium Hospitality and Dr. Bill Chittenden with Texas State University. For information to register for this event CLICK HERE. 

    The Williamson County & Cities Health District (WCCHD) reported 11 new confirmed COVID-19 cases yesterday. The county total is at 352 with 205 fully recovered. This means there are 147 active cases of COVID-19 currently. Of these 147 cases, 15 residents are hospitalized and 8 are in the ICU with 2 on ventilators.  

     

    CITY OF CEDAR PARK 

    Since the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic began and cases became active in Cedar Park, we have had 27 total confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 23 total recoveries. These numbers show that Cedar Park residents have been doing the proper things when going out in public. Thank you to everybody who continues to put Cedar Park first by maintaining social distancing measures, keeping up with good personal hygiene and doing everything you can to make sure we don’t take steps back. 

     

    IN CLOSING TODAY 

    As we enter the second weekend of retail shopping being allowed, I want to remind everybody to be safe. If you have the ability, bring hand sanitizer with you while you are shopping. Don’t touch items unless you intend to purchase them. Be sure to do what you can to be 6 feet away from others inside the store. These are things that will allow us to open fully, and open faster.  

    I would also like to remind you to shop locally as much as you feel comfortable doing. Many things have changed over the last few weeks, but one thing that remains strong is our business community’s ability to weather a storm. Our small businesses are the backbone of our business community. They employ thousands of people, and while ordering online may be what you need to do for your individual or medical needs, please think about ordering online with a local retail store. Pick it up curbside. Do what you can to support our community.  

    Be safe and be kind to one another!