• COVID 19 Resources - Updated April 9, 2020

    COVID 19 Resources - Updated April 9, 2020

    This page provides information about resources for Southwest Washington Contractors Association members affected by COVID-19 and the economic impact of the pandemic. This is a rapidly evolving situation and we will update this page as new information becomes available. For health and safety information and guidance, please consult the Centers for Disease Control's guide for business and employers, or the Washington State Department of Health's fact sheet.

    Local Resources and Information

    • Most cities are reporting changes to operations due to the COVID 19 outbreak.  Please check with them or check their webpages for the most updated information.
    • Please scroll to the bottom of this page to find a comprehensive list of links to city and county coronavirus pages.
    • Clark County-area utility providers including Clark Public Utilities and NW Natural are suspending automatic service shutoffs in the event of nonpayment.
    • Clark Public Utilities
      • Contractors should call ahead to make arrangements for plan reviews (360-992-3000
      • Current Information
    • City of Battle Ground
      • Permit office will be closed to the public, though staff will continue processing permits
    • City of Camas
      • Effective Wednesday, March 18: Community Development, Planning, Building, Engineering closed to the public. Operating on an appointment basis.
      • Non-essential building inspections in occupied dwellings and businesses suspended.
      • Public is encouraged to access city services online or via telephone.
    • City of Ridgefield
    • City of Vancouver
    • Clark County
    • Skamania County
    State of Washington Resources
    • Governor Inslee’s Executive Order on 03/23/2020 – Read the transcript of his speech here.   Read the text of the “Essential Businesses” here.  We will be updating you with information as it becomes available.
    • Washington Department of Labor and Industries information on dealing with COVID 19 can be found here.
    • Washington's Employment Security Department has a number of programs for employers affected by COVID-19:
      • Partial unemployment: In place of laying off employees, the SharedWork program allows employers to reduce the hours of permanent and paid hourly employees by as much as 50 percent, and the employees can collect partial unemployment benefits to replace a portion of their lost wages.
      • Temporary shutdown: If you need to shut down operations temporarily because an employee becomes sick and other employees need to be isolated or quarantined, your workers may be able to receive unemployment benefits and you may receive relief of benefit charges. You may request to place employees on standby for up to eight weeks and your employees can collect unemployment benefits without having to look for other work.
      • Temporary layoffs: You may request to place an employee on standby for eight weeks and your employee can collect unemployment benefits without having to look for other work. If on standby, workers must accept any work you offer that they can do without breaking isolation or quarantine.
      • Deferred tax penalties: Financial penalties may be waived for employers who file tax reports late, pay taxes late, or do not respond to requests for information in a timely fashion as a result of COVID-19.
      • If you have questions – you can contact Susan Milke who works in Business Solutions For Employment Security  Department, State of Washington at WorkSource Vancouver.  Email her at mailto:SMilke@ESD.WA.GOV.
    • Gov. Inslee's office has compiled this partial list of resources to support economic retention and recovery related to COVID-19 coronavirus.
    • The Washington Small Business Development Center is launching a series of Business Resiliency webinars targeted at small businesses starting this Thursday at 11 a.m. in Response to COVID-19. View the upcoming events to support your business. Webinar participants will also receive access to a business resiliency PDF fillable form that they can customize according to their particular needs. About 30 minutes of the webinar will be an overview of resiliency planning and the remainder of the time will be for questions and answers. In addition, they have a business resiliency web page. On the page, you’ll be able to download a copy of our Business Resiliency Guide, as well as a Business Resiliency Plan, which can be customized by small business owners to meet their specific needs. 
    State of Oregon Resources
    • Associated General Contractors – Oregon Columbia Chapter (AGC) has shared some great information
      • For Information about Governor Brown’s March 23, 2020 Executive Order, click here.
      • AGC Oregon information about Job Site Practices can be found here.
      • AGC Oregon template for appointing a Social Distancing Officer can be found here.
    Federal and National Resources
    While things on the Federal Level seem to be changing by the hour, here is some recent information that small businesses may find helpful.
    • Small Business Administration loans: The SBA announced it would offer disaster assistance loans for up to $2 million for small businesses affected by the coronavirus. Businesses can apply here.

      These low-interest loans are available to businesses that have sustained “substantial economic injury” due to the spread of the coronavirus. These loans can be used to pay off outstanding debts, payroll and any other bills they are unable to pay. However, small businesses that have access to credit are not eligible. Small businesses with no available credit qualify for an interest rate of 3.75 percent, and nonprofits will have an interest rate of 2.75 percent. The SBA’s Office of Disaster Assistance will coordinate with state governors that submit relief requests. Once a state or territory is approved, these affected businesses will receive more information.
      • The US Chamber of Commerce has provided some clarification information (click here) on the loan program. 
      • The SBA has compiled a list of resources for businesses impacted by COVID-19.
      • The U.S. Small Business Administration is holding information calls twice a day until April 3 to help small businesses impacted by COVID-19 navigate the disaster loan funds available. Call in today for an overview of the program and how to apply. There will also be a chance to answer any questions.
    These sessions are open to the public.
    When: Every workday through 4/3/2020 at 9am and 2pm EST
    How: Join by phone +1 (202) 765-1264, 522409519#
    Conference ID: 522409519
    • US Department of Labor Information
      • Click here to see the press release from the DOL on COVID 19. This release contains guidance for workers and employers explaining paid sick leave and expanded FMLA Benefits.
    • United State Internal Revenue Service updates
      • The IRS has provided guidance  on changes relate to the COVID-19 outbreak.
    • Forbes has a list of refund and cancellation policies for airlines. The list is updated regularly.
    • Capital One, Citi and Wells Fargo have all issued statements indicating that they are willing to work with customers that experience financial difficulties.
      • Citi issued a statement that for 30 days, small business customers are eligible to have their monthly service fees waived. Citi is also waiving the fees on early CD withdrawals.
      • Wells Fargo donated $6.25 million in aid to help the public relief effort. The bank also encouraged customers that are experiencing financial hardship to contact customer service for assistance.
    City and County Coronavirus and Economic Development Links
    • CREDC is assessing the economic impact of COVID-19 on Clark County businesses.  Companies can fill out the survey here.
    • Quick action guides on COVID-19 from the Better Business Bureau Northwest + Pacific here and here.
    • Grubhub and major cities across the U.S. launch economic relief effort up to $100 million for independent restaurants and delivery partners impacted by COVID-19.
    Resources for our Community
    Here are some of the latest communications from local health providers and state and federal agencies on how to best prepare and address the situation in your business.