Resources for COVID-19 response and prevention
As the coronavirus 2019 continues to spread the State of Illinois and the Center of Disease Control & Prevention has recommended steps to plan, prepare and respond. It is the Grundy County Chamber of Commerce & Industry’s mission to aid, protect and help our local business community. Below are the recommendations and resources we will follow and share with our members and community.
“Staying Home” for Grundy County
Provided by the Grundy County Health Department
The Health Department is reinforcing to the public each person’s responsibility in slowing the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Local medical and first responder resources may soon reach a concerning level, and it is only with our immediate action that they can be available for our neighbors and each of us during times of crisis.
Governor Pritzker’s “Stay at Home” executive order is now effective through April 30, 2020.
While most residents have the best of intentions with complying and cooperating, below is additional guidance intended to better articulate what we should and should not be doing right now.
What STAYING HOME looks like:
- Being indoors with your usual household members
- Being outdoors in your yard with usual household members
- Cleaning up winter debris from your yard and other lawn care/gardening
- Going for a walk or bike ride in the neighborhood, keeping a distance of at least 6 feet from neighbors you encounter
- One household member (when possible) going on infrequent and brief trips to the grocery store
- One household member (when possible) picking up dinner from a local restaurant
What STAYING HOME does NOT look like:
- Inviting friends over for a play date or to play video games
- Inviting neighbors over for a back yard barbeque
- Gathering to play a contact sport or one with shared equipment, such as basketball
- Hosting a small dinner party with extended family, even if the limit is fewer than 10 persons
We are in the early stages of this pandemic, and yet our local resources are becoming exhausted.
It is not time to panic. It is time to act. The more strictly we adhere to these guidelines now, the sooner we can resume our normal schedules.
It is important that each person and household evaluate how each can contribute to the solution.
The state has implemented a daycare closure, but there are options for essential workers. Click here for those options and more information on childcare at this time.
SBA Disaster Assistance Loans
SBA Loan information can be found on the Chamber's SBA Loan Information page here.
For additional information, please contact the SBA disaster assistance customer service center. Call 1-800-659-2955 (TTY: 1-800-877-8339) or e-mail [email protected]
Visit https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/Information/EIDLLoans to apply.
Chamber member restaurants providing carryout, curbside and/or delivery services.
U.S. Chamber proposed legislation to aid businesses:
COVID-19 will have a large economic impact on our local businesses. The Grundy Chamber with the U.S. Chamber is working on legislation to make sure no family faces financial hardship.
On March 14, the House of Representatives passed the U.S. Chamber of Commerce supported, Families First Coronavirus Response Act. Revised to Reflect Changes Passed By the House on March 16. Documents and Summaries found here Now Reflect THE Bill Pending in the Senate.
- Unemployment Compensation
- Paid Sick Leave
- Paid Family and Medical Leave (FMLA)
- Provisions for Diagnostic Testing
- Health Services
- School Nutrition Programs, WIC, SNAP, Senior Food Programs
- Medical Devices Liability
- Discussion of Liquidity Impact for Small Businesses
Visit here for more details.
U.S. Chamber "Surviving Coronavirus" resources for businesses. Click here.
CDC employee safety tips:
Actively encourage sick employees to stay home:
- Employees who have symptoms of acute respiratory illness are recommended to stay home and *not come to work until they are free of fever (100.4° F [37.8° C] or greater using an oral thermometer), signs of a fever, and any other symptoms for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing or other symptom-altering medicines (e.g. cough suppressants). Employees should notify their supervisor and stay home if they are sick.
- Ensure that your sick leave policies are flexible and consistent with public health guidance and that employees are aware of these policies.
- Talk with companies that provide your business with contract or temporary employees about the importance of sick employees staying home and encourage them to develop non-punitive leave policies.
- Do not require a healthcare provider’s note for employees who are sick with acute respiratory illness to validate their illness or to return to work, as healthcare provider offices and medical facilities may be extremely busy and not able to provide such documentation in a timely way.
- Employers should maintain flexible policies that permit employees to stay home to care for a sick family member. Employers should be aware that more employees may need to stay at home to care for sick children or other sick family members than is usual.
Separate sick employees:
- CDC recommends that employees who appear to have acute respiratory illness symptoms (i.e. cough, shortness of breath) upon arrival to work or become sick during the day should be separated from other employees and be sent home immediately. Sick employees should cover their noses and mouths with a tissue when coughing or sneezing (or an elbow or shoulder if no tissue is available).
- Emphasize staying home when sick, respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene by all employees:
- Place posters that encourage staying home when sick, cough and sneeze etiquette, and hand hygiene at the entrance to your workplace and in other workplace areas where they are likely to be seen.
- Provide tissues and no-touch disposal receptacles for use by employees.
- Instruct employees to clean their hands often with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60-95% alcohol, or wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Soap and water should be used preferentially if hands are visibly dirty.
- Provide soap and water and alcohol-based hand rubs in the workplace. Ensure that adequate supplies are maintained. Place hand rubs in multiple locations or in conference rooms to encourage hand hygiene.
- Visit the coughing and sneezing etiquette and clean hands webpage for more information.
Perform routine environmental cleaning:
- Routinely clean all frequently touched surfaces in the workplace, such as workstations, countertops, and doorknobs. Use the cleaning agents that are usually used in these areas and follow the directions on the label.
- No additional disinfection beyond routine cleaning is recommended at this time.
- Provide disposable wipes so that commonly used surfaces (for example, doorknobs, keyboards, remote controls, desks) can be wiped down by employees before each use.
- Advise employees before traveling to take certain steps:
- Check the CDC’s Traveler’s Health Notices for the latest guidance and recommendations for each country to which you will travel. Specific travel information for travelers going to and returning from China, and information for aircrew, can be found at on the CDC website.
- Advise employees to check themselves for symptoms of acute respiratory illness before starting travel and notify their supervisor and stay home if they are sick.
- Ensure employees who become sick while traveling or on temporary assignment understand that they should notify their supervisor and should promptly call a healthcare provider for advice if needed.
- If outside the United States, sick employees should follow your company’s policy for obtaining medical care or contact a healthcare provider or overseas medical assistance company to assist them with finding an appropriate healthcare provider in that country. A U.S. consular officer can help locate healthcare services. However, U.S. embassies, consulates, and military facilities do not have the legal authority, capability, and resources to evacuate or give medicines, vaccines, or medical care to private U.S. citizens overseas.
ComEd offers assistance to customers
ComEd is taking action to help its customers with payment assistance programs and by imposing a moratorium on service disconnections and waiving new late payment charges through at least May 1, as many businesses and institutions are following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention by taking temporary measures to shut down or limit operations to control the spread of COVID-19.
Nicor Gas provides energy assistance resources
In recognition that the evolving landscape surrounding the new coronavirus (COVID-19) may cause financial hardship for its customers impacted by employment changes or business slowdown, Nicor Gas voluntarily has suspended service disconnections for non-payment, effective immediately for both residential and commercial customers through May 1
Morris Hospital & Healthcare Center restrictions
For the safety of the community, Morris Hospital is implementing strict precautions to limit the number of persons coming to the hospital or any of its medical facilities.
From Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker’s office:
State of Illinois Coronavirus Response website.
BUSINESSES AND WORKPLACES
- The State encourages businesses across the state to take advantage of teleworking capabilities.
- Every business that can have employees work remotely should consider doing so immediately.
- For those who cannot, we encourage employers to take proper precautions to keep individuals safe in the workplace. This includes reminding staff to stay home when sick or with a fever; considering a plan for teleworking where feasible; remaining flexible on leave policies; and promoting robust mitigation approaches, such as hand washing, cleaning, and offering hand sanitizer. The City is also developing an addendum to its sick leave policies, as well as guidance on teleworking for employees.