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Coronavirus Business Resources

As the economic development agency that serves the City of San Marcos and Hays and Caldwell counties, the Greater San Marcos Partnership (GSMP) is working diligently during this time of uncertainty to support the business community throughout the Greater San Marcos region.

HAYS COUNTY   CALDWELL COUNTY

 

GSMP is tracking the spread of the virus throughout Texas. Click here for daily data updates.


Executive Order No. GA-32 relating to the opening of Texas in response to the COVID-19 disaster

March 3, 2021. Read the executive order on reopening Texas to 100% capacity and rescinding previous COVID-19 orders here.

Where To Get Testing

Testing in Hays County is available at a wide variety of clinics and medical facilities. For more information on specific locations, see the latest updates from the Hays County COVID-19 page. If you are uninsured, underinsured or indignent, see the free testing sites available for you.

Testing in Caldwell County is available at a wide variety of clinics and medical facilities as well. If you do not have a medical provider, Ascension will assign one to you via their (COVID-19) website.

 

COVID-19 Vaccine

Texas continues to receive doses of the Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines. The shots are distributing statewide to hospitals, pharmacies, local health departments, freestanding ERs and other clinics.

Effective Monday, March 29, all Texas residents age 16 and up will be eligible to sign up for a vaccine.

Who’s getting the vaccine now?

If you are a front-line healthcare worker or resident of a long-term care facility, you are eligible now to receive the vaccine, since December 14. This group is considered Phase 1A.

If you are in Phase 1B, you are also eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine, depending on availability and the vaccine provider. Vaccine supply remains limited, but more vaccine will be delivered to providers each week. Phase 1B recipients include:

·       People 65 years of age and older

·       People 16 years of age and older with at least one chronic medical condition that puts them at increased risk for severe illness from the virus that causes COVID-19, such as but not limited to:

o   Cancer

o   Chronic kidney disease

o   COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)

o   Heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease or cardiomyopathies

o   Solid organ transplantation

o   Obesity and severe obesity (body mass index of 30 kg/m2 or higher)

o   Pregnancy

o   Sickle cell disease

o   Type 2 diabetes mellitus

Group 1C, defined as age 50 and above, will be eligible for the vaccine beginning March 15.

If you are in Phase 1A, 1B, or 1C please visit the Texas COVID-19 Vaccine Provider Locations map to see if and where you might be able to get a vaccine today. Remember, your ability to get a vaccine today or this week will depend on vaccine availability at your provider’s office, clinic, or facility. Please call ahead to your provider.

 

School and Child Care Personnel Now Eligible To Be Vaccinated

With the federal directive, the following education and child care personnel are now eligible to be vaccinated in Texas:

  • Those who work in pre-primary, primary, and secondary schools;
  • Head Start and Early Head Start programs (including teachers, staff, and bus drivers); and
  • Those who work as or for licensed child care providers, including center-based and family care providers.

Additional information for educators and school staff is available in the Texas Education Agency (TEA) K-12 COVID-19 Vaccine FAQ.

Who’s getting the vaccine next and when?

The Expert Vaccine Allocation Panel (EVAP) is considering what criteria could be used for later stages of vaccine distribution. This webpage will be updated when those decisions are completed.

Spring 2021 is the best estimate of when vaccine will be available for the general public, but that may change. It depends on vaccine production and how quickly other vaccines become available.

What do I need to do now?

·       Phase 1A: If you are a healthcare worker, contact your employer. If you are a long-term care resident,
contact your caretaker.

·       Phase 1B: Please visit the Texas COVID-19 Vaccine Provider Locations map to see vaccine providers near you.

o   Do not show up at a hospital or clinic looking for vaccine.

o   Instead, please check their website for information about vaccine availability. Call if the website doesn’t answer your questions.

Remember, your ability to get a vaccine today or this week will depend on vaccine supply at hospitals, clinics. Texas receives more vaccine shipments each week. Please check this page frequently for updates.

 

Two Doses

Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines both require two doses. It’s best if you get your second dose from the same brand as your first dose. For example, if you got a Moderna first dose, it’s best to get Moderna for your second dose.

The timing between your first and second dose depends on which vaccine you received:

  • Moderna: 4 to 6 weeks after your first dose
  • Pfizer: 3 to 6 weeks after your first dose

 

Additional COVID-19 Vaccine Information

For more information on vaccines, please use the following resources:

Texas Health and Human Services

Vaccine Provider Info

Vaccine Provider Map

Vaccine Safety

Vaccine Data Dashboard

 

Hays County Task Force

Hays County public and private leadership have formed a taskforce to address the growing concerns around COVID-19. This team will work to better understand the impact of the virus on employers, employees, and residents to ensure current and future needs are met. The team will continuallly update this website with useful information to help ensure the business continuity while offering any available resources from the federal and state governments.

Hays County Task Force Members

Ruben Becerra, Hays County Judge

Lon Shell, County Commissioner

Mark Kennedy, General Counsel 

Alex Villalobos, Hays County Emergency Management Coordinator

Julie Snyder, President – Kyle Chamber of Commerce

J.R. Gonzales, President – Buda Chamber of Commerce

Jason Mock, President – Greater San Marcos Chamber of Commerce

Susan Kimball, President – Dripping Springs Chamber of Commerce

Michaelanne Hurst, President – Wimberley Valley Chamber of Commerce

Paul Fletcher, CEO - Workforce Solutions Rural Capital

Rachael McGuire, Coordinator – Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area (Hays and Caldwell County)

Jason J. Giulietti, President – Greater San Marcos Partnership

Caldwell County, in partnership with the GSMP, is contributing helpful information to this website on an ongoing basis to assist and support the business community during this unprecedented time as we address the challenges associated with COVID-19. 


 

Office of the Governor

Resources and updates from the State of Texas. 

 

Governor's Report to Open Texas

Last Updated: March 17, 2021

Governor's Strike Force to Open Texas

March 2, 2021: On March 2, 2021, Governor Greg Abbott issued Executive order GS-34 to provide that, in all counties not in an area with high hospitalizations:

  1. there are no COVID-19-related operating limits for any business or other establishment; and
  2. individuals are strongly encouraged to wear face coverings over the nose and mouth wherever it is not feasible to maintain six feet of social distancing from another person not in the same household, but no person may be required by any jurisdiction to wear or to mandate the wearing of a face covering.

In counties that reside in Trauma Service Areas (TSAs) with high COVID-19 hospitalizations,

  1. there are no state-imposed COVID-19-related operating limits for any business or other establishment;
  2. there is no state-imposed requirement to wear a face covering; and
  3. the county judge may use COVID-19-related mitigation strategies; provided, however, that:
    1. business and other establishments may not be required to operate at less than 50 percent of total occupancy, with no operating limits allowed to be imposed for religious services (including those conducted in churches, congregations, and houses of worship), public and private schools and institutions of higher education, and child-care services;
    2. no jurisdiction may impose confinement in jail as a penalty for violating any order issued in response to COVID-19; and
    3. no jurisdiction may impose a penalty of any kind for failure to wear a face covering or failure to mandate that customers or employees wear face coverings, except that a legally authorized official may act to enforce trespassing laws and remove violators at the request of a business establishment or other property owner.

October 13, 2020: Businesses may operate up to 75% capacity, effective October 14, 2020 (See Executive Order 32 for qualifying counties)

October 7, 2020: Businesses may operate up to 50% capacity, effective October 7, 2020 (See Executive Order 32 for qualifiying counties) 

September 17, 2020: Protocol revisions related to food service, no changes to operating capacity, effective September 17, 2020

 

Governor Abbott Announces Phase III to Open Texas

Governor Abbott Announces Phase 2 to Open Texas

Governor Abbot Announces "Texas Helping Texans" a New Task Force to Reopen Texas

 

Executive Orders

Last update: 3.17.21

Governor Abbott issues Executive Order (GS-34) relating to the opening of Texas in response to the COVID-19 disaster

Governor Abbott issues Executive Order (GS-33) relating to protection of Texas's energy industry from federal overreach

Governor Abbott issues Executive Order (GS-32) relating to the continued response to COVID-19

Governor Abbott issues Executive Order (GS-31) relating to hospital capacity during the COVID-19 disaster

Governor Abbot issues Executive Order (GS-30) relating to the continued response to the COVID-19 disaster as Texas reopens

Governor Abbot issues Executive Order (GS-29) relating to the use of face coverings during the COVID-19 disaster

Governor Abbott issues Executive Order (GA-28) relating to the targeted response to the COVID-19 disaster as part of the reopening of Texas

Governor Abbott issues Executive Order (GA-26) relating to the expanded opening of Texas in response to the COVID-19 disaster

Governor Abbott issues Executive Order (GS-24) relating to the termination of air travel restrictions as part of the safe, strategic plan to open Texas in response to the COVID-19 disaster.

Last update: 5.8.2020

Governor Abbott, OneStar Foundation Announce Texas COVID Relief Fund

Governor Greg Abbott and the OneStar Foundation today announced 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.

"There is nothing more powerful than Texans helping Texans, and the Texas COVID Relief Fund is another way we can come together to support those in need and help our communities respond to the COVID-19 pandemic," said Governor Abbott. "I thank the OneStar Foundation and their partners for their commitment to helping Texans through these trying times. By coming together and supporting one another, we will overcome this challenge." 

The Governor's Office of Economic Development & Tourism

Last update: 4.2.20

Dear Fellow Texans,

We hope you are continuing to remain healthy and safe during these uncertain times. Our office and community partners continue to closely monitor the current situation and are working hard to provide you with the latest information, updates and resources. Please review the below updates regarding the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and related assistance regarding COVID-19 for small businesses. 


Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act

The CARES Act was passed by Congress on March 27, 2020. The programs and initiatives in the Act are intended to assist business owners and nonprofits with current needs due to the COVID-19 crisis.

Following President Trump’s signing of the CARES Act, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the U.S. Department of Treasury announced a robust mobilization effort of banks and other lending institutions to provide small businesses with the capital they need.

The Treasury and SBA expect to have this program up and running by April 3, 2020, so that businesses can contact a participating SBA 7(a) lender, bank, or credit union, apply for a loan, and be approved on the same day.

For a comprehensive guide on most of the small business provisions and programs included in the CARES Act, download the Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act.


Paycheck Protection Program

The CARES Act established a $349 billion SBA-backed Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to provide immediate access to capital for small businesses who have been impacted by COVID-19.

The PPP is specifically designed to help small businesses keep their workforce employed and assist with payroll and other business operating expenses. It will provide critical capital to businesses without collateral requirements, personal guarantees or SBA fees. All loan payments will be deferred for six months. Most importantly, if employers maintain their payroll, certain portions of the loans can be forgiven, including payroll, interest on mortgage obligations, rent and utility payments.

Loans will be available through more than 135 existing SBA-certified lenders in Texas, including banks, credit unions and other financial institutions.

• Find a certified lender in your area: SBA’s local assistance finder
• Find out when you can apply: Treasury factsheet
• Find more information regarding PPP and loan requirements: SBA.gov/Coronavirus


SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans Update

Due to the CARES Act, small businesses and non-profits can get up to a $10,000 advance on an Economic Injury Disaster Loan even if a previous application was declined or still pending. For more information, visit the SBA’s website and apply for the loan advance here.


We urge you to contact our office if we can provide any additional information. Please continue to stay safe and healthy and we look forward to keeping you updated with the latest news and resources. You may continue to check in online at gov.texas.gov/business/coronavirus. For additional information on Texas’ response to COVID-19, visit gov.texas.gov/coronavirus.

-Governor's Economic Development & Tourism Office

#TexasBizStrong


Dear Fellow Texans and Economic Development Partners,

Please share this information with small businesses and non-profits in your area.

Today, Governor Abbott announced that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has now granted Texas’ Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) assistance declaration, making loans available statewide to small businesses and private, non-profit organizations to help alleviate economic injury caused by the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Next Steps: Small businesses who believe they may be eligible for an SBA EIDL should visit the SBA’s website where they can directly apply for assistance. The online application is the fastest method to receive a decision about loan eligibility.

For additional information on Texas business-related COVID-19 resources, including a list of required documentation for the SBA Loan process, visit gov.texas.gov/business/page/coronavirus.

We know this is a difficult time for all Texans. Please don’t hesitate to contact our office if we can provide any additional information.

Stay safe, keep healthy and continue to check in with us as we provide the latest updates and resources.

#TexasBizStrong

-Office of the Governor, Economic Development Team

Waivers Issued by the Governor

Check out https://gov.texas.gov/news for the latest updates and resources.

Last updated: 1.7.21

Waivers Issued by the Governor (most recent on top)

Statewide COVID-19 Disaster Declaration Extensions (most recent on top)

Governor Issues Executive Order On COVID-19 Reporting

View Executive Order


Governor Issues Executive Order Increasing Hospital Capacity

View Executive Order


Governor Issues Executive Orders To Mitigate COVID-19 Spread

View Executive Orders


State Health Services Issues Public Health Disaster Declaration

View Declaration


Governor Abbott Declares State of Disaster In Texas Due To COVID-19

View Proclamation

 

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

Check out https://comptroller.texas.gov/about/emergency/ for the latest updates and resources. 

Last updated: 4.13.20

Help is Available

These are challenging times for businesses all over the nation. The Texas Comptroller’s office knows that during periods of economic hardship, paying or remitting taxes and fees on time can feel like an extra burden when there’s so much uncertainty. We’re thankful to those businesses that were able to remit state and local sales taxes they collected from customers in February on the March 20, 2020, due date.

We understand that virtually all of our taxpayers are doing their best to remain in compliance and be responsible in submitting the taxes they collected from their customers. With that in mind, our agency is here to offer assistance to those businesses that are struggling to pay the full amount of sales taxes they collected in February.

For businesses that find themselves in this situation, our agency is offering assistance in the form of short-term payment agreements and, in most instances, waivers of penalties and interest.

We ask that you contact our Enforcement Hotline at 800-252-8880 to learn about your options for remaining in compliance and avoiding interest and late fees on taxes due. 

We strongly encourage you to use our online tools, tutorials and other resources for tax services, and establish 24/7 account access on Webfile.

We’re standing by to help Texas businesses during these difficult times.

Business Assistance & Guidance

Information and resources for small businesses throughout the region.

U.S. Small Business Administration: Assistance and Guidance

Check out https://www.sba.gov/page/coronavirus-covid-19-small-business-guidance-loan-resources for the latest updates and resources. 

Last updated: 5.21.2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources

Health and government officials are working together to maintain the safety, security, and health of the American people. Small businesses are encouraged to do their part to keep their employees, customers, and themselves healthy.


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Paycheck Protection Program

Last update: 3.18.21

The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) provides loans to help businesses keep their workforce employed during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. Borrowers may be eligible for PPP loan forgiveness.

SBA is currently offering PPP loans until March 31, 2021. President Biden  announced program changes to make access to PPP loans more equitable.

1. Find a lender:

2. Identify a PPP loan loan type:

  • First Draw PPP Loans: If you have not received a PPP loan before, First Draw PPP Loans are available to you.
  • Second Draw PPP Loans: If you have previously received a PPP loan, certain businesses are eligible for a Second Draw PPP Loan.

Click here for PPP Loans

 

Click here for PPP Loan Forgiveness Instructions

With the passing of the PPP Flexibility Act, here is what you need to know:

• Businesses may now spend their PPP funds over 24 weeks instead of 8 weeks.

• Payroll requirements have been relaxed. The 75/25 rule for payroll and other expenses have been amended to a 60/40 split.

• The employer deadline to rehire employees laid off between February 15 and April 26 has been extended to December 31.

• PPP loans will not have to be repaid until after the forgiveness application has been processed. Businesses will have up to 10 months after their covered period ends to either apply for forgiveness or begin payments. The act repeals a provision from the CARES Act that barred companies with forgiven PPP loans from deferring their payroll tax payments.

• PPP loans approved after June 5 will have a minimum loan maturity period of five years, up from the current two-year deadline set by the SBA.

Check out https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options/paycheck-protection-program-ppp for the latest updates and resources. 

The Paycheck Protection Program is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll.

SBA will forgive loans if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities.

You can apply through any existing SBA 7(a) lender or through any federally insured depository institution, federally insured credit union, and Farm Credit System institution that is participating. Other regulated lenders will be available to make these loans once they are approved and enrolled in the program. You should consult with your local lender as to whether it is participating in the program.

Frequently Asked Questions for Lenders and Borrowers

For affiliation rules applicable for the Paycheck Protection Program, click here.

The Interim Final Rule for Applicable Affiliation Rules for the Paycheck Protection Program information is being posted in advance of publication in the Federal Register.  The official version will appear in the Federal Register.

Frequently Asked Questions for Faith-Based Organizations Participating in the Paycheck Protection Program and Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program

CARES Act

Last update: 1.7.21

The CARES Act Works for All Americans

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was passed by Congress with overwhelming, bipartisan support and signed into law by President Trump on March 27th, 2020.  This over $2 trillion economic relief package delivers on the Trump Administration’s commitment to protecting the American people from the public health and economic impacts of COVID-19.

The CARES Act provides fast and direct economic assistance for American workers, families, and small businesses, and preserve jobs for our American industries.

 

Continued Assistance Act – CARES Act Extension

On December 27, 2020, President Donald J. Trump signed into law the Continued Assistance Act, which extends the unemployment benefits claim programs created under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). Once the legislation is enacted, the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) will work to implement the new legislation as quickly as possible. However, TWC must wait on guidance from the U.S. Department of Labor before the provisions of the Act can be implemented.

Note: TWC cannot take any action prior to the effective date of any new legislation. 

Assistance for American Workers and Families

Assistance for Small Businesses

Preserving Jobs for American Industry

Assistance for State, Local, and Tribal Governments

 

 

Updated: 4.14.20

CARES Act Bill 

CARES Act Works for All Americans

 

Economic Injury Disaster Loan

Check out https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/Account/Login for the latest updates and resources.

Last update: 9.10.20

The SBA is taking applications for Economic Injury Disaster Loans, but is no longer accepting applications for advances. Apply here for EIDL relief.

Texas Small Businesses

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) granted Texas’ Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) assistance declaration, making loans available statewide to small businesses and private, non-profit organizations to help alleviate economic injury caused by the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Small businesses who believe they may be eligible for an SBA EIDL, should visit the SBA’s website where they can directly apply for assistance. The online application is the fastest method to receive a decision about loan eligibility

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This is the first of several economic relief tools that are being developed and will not be the last.  We ask that you partner you’re your Chambers of Commerce and EDC’s or in some cases directly with your small businesses to complete the worksheet so that Texas may qualify for this assistance.  Business that don’t participate in the survey at this time will still be eligible for benefits.  This initial effort is to begin the economic loss documentation so that Texas can start qualifying for assistance.  

Once the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program is activated for Texas, all small businesses within affected counties will become eligible to apply directly through the Small Business Administration.  Counties not included in the original disaster declaration can also be added at a later time, but from previous disasters the earlier you report the more advantageous it can be.

-- Dowload the Economic Injury Worksheet Here --

All completed worksheets need to be e-mailed to TDEMPARecovery@tdem.texas.gov

Texas State SBDC

COVID-19 Announcement 

Governor Abbott has requested declaration of Economic Injury Disaster for all counties in the State of Texas.  The request and subsequent declaration triggers Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance to small businesses for injuries caused by the Coronavirus (COVID-19).  All action is being coordinated by the SBA’s Office of Disaster Assistance.  This assistance in a low interest potentially long-term working capital loan and as such requires eligibility and repayment ability.  The application process for Economic Injury Disaster loan program Coronavirus (COVID-19) has not yet been made available, so pending those instructions, it is a reasonable assumption that the application will resemble that of previous Disaster Declarations. The following list of SBA Forms are part of the application packet in sequential order: SBA Form 5, 5C, ELA; SBA Form 413; IRS Form 4506-T; SBA Form 2202; SBA Form 1368; SBA Form p-003; SBA Form 912.

https://sbdc.mccoy.txstate.edu/Disaster-Recovery.html

Still have questions regarding SBA's Economic Injury Disaster Loan Process, this webinar is for you. Join Texas State University SBDC's Executive Director Joe Harper as he discusses the latest information surrounding small businesses and COVID-19.

 

Friday, March 27, 2020

9:30am-10:00am

 

*Webinar to be hosted on ZOOM, with link to be sent out to all registrants on March 26, 2020.

REGISTER

America’s SBDCs are working to help small businesses address the business challenges of the Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Small business owners in all U.S. states and territories are currently eligible to apply for a low-interest loan due to Coronavirus (COVID-19).

 

We suggest before you register for this webinar that you visit our website for up to date information regarding SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Process.

SBDC Resources

 
 

 


 

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Resources & Toolkit

Visit https://www.uschamber.com/coronavirus for the latest updates and resources.

Last updated: 4.13.20

 

Combating the Coronavirus

Our nation and our economy are facing an unprecedented crisis. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is marshalling its full resources to help companies continue to operate and keep paychecks flowing to American workers and families, while mobilizing the business community to combat the pandemic.

Because no family and no business should go bankrupt as a result of the coronavirus.

 

RESOURCES & GUIDANCE


Help for Small Businesses

CO—Coronavirus Small Business Guide

Delivering the latest resources, advice and information to help small businesses navigate this challenging time, including financial aid guides, remote working tips, best practices, links to webinars and townhalls, and much more. Follow @GrowWithCo for the latest.

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Guide to Small Business Emergency Loans (PPP)

The CARES Act allocated $350 billion to help small firms keep workers employed. Called the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), the initiative provides 100% federally guaranteed loans that can be forgiven if borrowers maintain or restore payrolls. Check eligibility, calculate borrowing limits, and apply using this guide.

Guide to Small Business Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL)

The CARES Act expanded the SBA’s long-standing Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program (EIDL), which includes additional loan programs and $10,000 emergency grants. Check eligibility, calculate borrowing limits, and apply using this guide.

  • Spanish version: Coming soon

National Small Business Town Hall Series

In partnership with Inc. Magazine, CO— is hosting weekly virtual townhalls to help small business owners and sole proprietors navigate financial aid and support programs and answer common questions. Register to attend the next virtual town hall.

For Treasury Department guidance, visit the agency’s Direct Assistance for Small Businesses page. 

Revive SMTX

Visit https://revivesmtx.com/ for the latest updates and resources.

Last updated 6.29.20


Small businesses with 50 employees or less in San Marcos impacted by COVID-19 may be eligible for special funding up to $5,000 from the city of San Marcos. The funds can be used for operation safety, sanitation training, PPE and digital redesign for social distancing. 

The application process will begin in the coming weeks. Keep an eye on www.revivesmtx.com for additional updates and submit contact information to receive updates as they are released.

Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (COVID-19 Relief Provisions)

Last Updated: 1.7.21

The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (H.R. 133) is a $2.3 trillion spending bill that combines $900 billion in stimulus relief for the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States with a $1.4 trillion omnibus spending bill for the 2021 federal fiscal year. The $900 billion in stimulus relief provides fast and direct economic assistance for American workers, families, and small businesses, and preserve jobs for American industries.

AN EMPLOYER'S GUIDE TO THE CONSOLIDATED APPROPRIATIONS ACT, 2021

A DIVISON-BY-DIVISION SUMMARY OF COVID-19 RELIEF PROVISIONS

 

American Rescue Plan Act

American Rescue Plan Act signed into law by President Biden

SBA is currently implementing the American Rescue Plan Act signed into law by President Biden on March 11, 2021. Sign up to receive email alerts from SBA as additional information is available

The American Rescue Plan Act provides additional relief for the nation’s small businesses and hard-hit industries for programs SBA is currently administering and adds new efforts, including:

  • $7.25 billion additional for the Paycheck Protection Program, including to expand eligibility to additional nonprofits and digital news services
  • Additional funds allocated for the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) program, and now allows businesses to apply for both a PPP loan after Dec. 27, 2020, and the SVOG
  • $15 billion additional for Targeted Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Advance payments, including NEW $5 billion for supplemental Targeted EIDL Advance payments for those hardest hit
  • NEW: $28.6 billion for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund for industry-focused grants   
  • NEW: $100 million to establish a Community Navigator pilot program; grants will go to eligible organizations supporting efforts to improve access to COVID–19 pandemic assistance programs and resources.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN ACT

 

 

Regional Partners

Updates from the chambers, cities, and counties in the Greater San Marcos region. 

Hays County

Where To Get COVID-19 Vaccine

Last updated 3.19.21

To find more information on the availabilty of the COVID-19 vaccine in Hays County, please visit the following link: COVID-19 Information

To pre-register for the COVID-19 vaccine, please visit the following link: COVID-19 Vaccine Pre-Registration

 

Where To Get Testing

Hays County residents can call the Hays County hotline number (512-393-5525) and press 3 to schedule a test appointment. If residents lack medical insurance, are underinsured, indigenous or otherwise require assistance with testing, a representative will make arrangements with a local testing facility. For a full list of testing sites, please see the Hays County COVID-19 page. 

 

Visit https://hayscountytx.com/covid-19-information-for-hays-county-residents/ for the latest updates and resources.

 

Last updated: 6.24.2020

 

Resources:

 See how County staff are working to continue serving our residentsPlease visit the webpage of the office you need to contact for additional information. They are located at the dropdowns on https://hayscountytx.com. 

Resources for Persons Affected by COVID-19. If you need food, funds, mental health support, a job, etc., take a look at this list of area resources. It includes info for small businesses and nonprofits, as well. Additional information from Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area for Jobseekers and Employers is also available.

 

Testing

A list of testing sites in Hays County is here.

Please note, individuals must get a health screening by a physician who may recommend testing for COVID-19. There are no walk-in/drive thru COVID-19 testing sites in Hays County. You must contact your medical provider or local ER and be approved for the test, then given an appointment and a location for a test.

Beginning April 29, free COVID-19 testing will be available for uninsured, underinsured, and indigent residents of Hays County who are exhibiting symptoms of the virus. See more information here. Some sites, which follow CDC guidelines for testing, may require a physician referral to be tested. 

If you are not exhibiting symptoms but still would like to get tested (such as being exposed to someone with a positive result), contact the Hays County Local Health Department at 512-393-5525 to arrange a test.

 

HaysInformed

Our rolling list of notifications is at www.HaysInformed.com, where Hays County, cities, school districts, and law enforcement officials post emergency or critical information of interest to a countywide audience.

 

COVID-19 Hotline

Hays County residents can call a hotline for answers to their non-emergency COVID-19 questions. Operators are available in English and Spanish.  The number for the hotline is 512-393-5525. This hotline is for answers to health questions about COVID-19 — safety practices, symptoms, quarantining, testing, etc. Operators cannot answer questions about the Stay at Home Order and Curfew, or other general questions.

Fact Sheet in English y español. Y mas:

Renewal requirements for SNAP & Medicaid are temporarily waived.

Find out more about COVID-19 treatment and prevention in English. Información en español para la prevención y tratamiento de la Enfermedad del Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19)

 

Beware Scams and Price-gouging

Hays County provided information about possible scams and price gouging during the pandemic.

The FDA is warning citizens about fraudulent COVID-19 Home Test Kits. More on test kits here.

 

Caldwell County

Where To Get COVID-19 Vaccine

Last updated 3.19.21

To find a vaccine hub in Caldwell County, please visit the following link: COVID-19 Vaccination Hub Providers

For more current updates on the availabilty of COVID-19 vaccines and other COVID-19 related information, please visit Caldwell County's website

Where To Get Testing

COVID-19 TESTING SITE AND DATES

Dates:    From March 1, 2021 to March 31, 2021
              

Test Site Location : Caldwell County Office of Emergency Management Back Parking Lot.
1403 Blackjack Street (Back Parking Lot)
Lockhart, Texas 78644              

Type of Test:   Mobile Drive Thru / Mouth Swab

 

Hours of Operation:    7 Days a Week  8 AM to 4 PM

Caldwell County (COVID-19) Hotline (833-919-1680) for information regarding (COVID-19) for Caldwell County residents. Monday-Friday: 8:00 AM-5:00 PM. After Hours Contact Form: If you have medical questions, please call the Ascension (COVID-19) hotline at 833-919-1680. Follow Caldwell County Office of Emergency Management on Facebook for testing site updates @CCTXOEM

 

City Information

For more information about what your city is doing to help combat (COVID-19), Please visit your city's websites:

City of Luling

City of Lockhart

City of Martindale

City of Uhland

City of Niederwald

 

Caldwell County (COVID-19) Hotline: 512-359-4637

Monday-Friday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. 

After Hours Contact Form

If you have medical questions, please call the Ascension (COVID-19) hotline at 833-919-1680.

The best way to prevent infection is to take precautions to avoid exposure to this virus, which are similar to the precautions you take to avoid the flu. A full FAQ is available here.

Workforce Solutions (Hays & Caldwell Counties)

Check out https://workforcesolutionsrca.com/ for the latest updates and resources.

Last update: 6.24.2020

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) EMPLOYER RESOURCES:

Governor Greg Abbott has declared a state of disaster in Texas due to novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area is eager to help you in person, and will begin a phased reopening of their career centers and offices across the nine-county region beginning on Monday, June 22, 2020. For information on how to set up an in-person appointment, see their announcement here.

Jobs Now!

As Rural Capital Area Employers are contacting Workforce Solutions with immediate job openings, these postings are being postied them by county to the Jobs Now! tool. 

If you are an employer who would like to have your openings added to this resource, please email the Business Services Team at businessservices@ruralcapital.net.

For Workers

Please visit the Job Seekers Resources Page: click here.

For Employers

Concerns about COVID-19 are impacting our local economy. 

For our business community, WSRCA can assist with customized proactive outplacement services or layoff aversion strategies at no cost. Rapid Response provides early business-focused intervention assistance designed to transition affected workers to their next employment. Our services are tailored to each company, based on the needs of the affected employees. 

Please email rapidresponse@ruralcapital.net, for more information on Rapid Response services for employers.

  • Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) COVID-19 Resources for Employers: click here.
  • TWC Unemployment Benefit Claims Help & Resources for Employers: click here.
  • TWC Claimants Guide to Filing for UI Benefits (In English/Spanish): click here.

 

Workforce Solutions of Hays County 

4794 Transportation Way Building 5 

San Marcos, TX 78644 

512-392-1291

 

Workforce Solutions of Caldwell County 

1711 S. Colorado St. Suite G 

Lockhart, TX 78644 

512-398-3491

 
San Marcos

Check out https://www.sanmarcostx.gov/279/Coronavirus-Information-and-Prevention for the latest updates and resources.

Last update: 3.19.21

For COVID-19 vaccine information, please visit Hays County's website

For a list of testing centers in the San Marcos area, please see this list. Contact the clinic or care provider ahead of time to ensure supplies are available and ask what screening procedures they require.

Lockhart

Check out http://lockhart-tx.org/page/Coronavirus_info for the latest updates and resources.

Last update: 3.19.21

COVID-19 Vaccine

The DSHS is now maintaining a vaccine information page on its website, which includes updates about the vaccine distribution schedule. Visit HERE for up-to-date information about the COVID-19 vaccine in Texas.

City of Lockhart Emergency Management Coordinator Randy Jenkins is participating in daily calls with the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) to receive official updates.

COVID-19 information and updates

The City of Lockhart is monitoring developments pertaining to the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) that is causing an outbreak of respiratory illness worldwide. All information in this section is sourced from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS).

** If you are concerned you are experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, please contact your medical provider. **

 
Making Utility Payments:
 
Make utility payments at the drive-thru window, 1914 W. San Antonio Street. Hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.
We provide payment drop boxes accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. One is located behind City Hall on W. Market Street, and the other is located on the building at W. San Antonio. You can also make a payment using the 24/7 toll-free 800 number: 855-340-0595. 
Utility Account Customers: Please remember that you can utilize the online Utility Account method to make a payment, view utility consumption history or to print your payment history. If you have questions about viewing your utility billing information on-line, please call the Customer Service Department at (512) 398-3461.
 
Development Services:
 
Processing materials may be dropped off at the gray basement door of Lockhart City Hall. Call (512)398-3461, ext. 237 for staff assistance or to make an appointment to speak with a Development Services representative.
 
Library Operations:
 
The Dr. Eugene Clark Library is suspending its Grab and Go service and closing its doors to walk-in traffic.
 
The library has also suspended access to the technology center.
 
The library will continue to offer access to materials, services and technology in the following ways:
 
Phone service and email: Community members may contact the library information desk by telephone at (512) 398-3223 or via e-mail from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. For a list of library staff e-mails, visit https://www.clark-library-lockhart.org/about-us/contact-us.
 
Curbside Service: Patrons can call or reserve their material online at https://clarklibrary.biblionix.com/catalog/  or by phone.  To pick up materials, patrons will arrive at the Library, dial the main number, and remain in their vehicles. Pick up hours are 8:30-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Library staff will bring their materials to curbside-designated parking spots will be located adjacent to the library on Prairie Lea Street. 
 
The library has many online services, including eBooks, downloadable magazines, and audiobooks that are available for free using your library card at https://clarklibrary.biblionix.com/catalog/. The library also has a YouTube channel that includes regularly updated children’s programming. 

COVID-19 testing

Your doctor will help make the decision if you should get tested for COVID-19. If you do not have health insurance, you can still get tested for COVID-19 if your doctor or healthcare provider recommends it.

For information about testing, you just need to call your doctor and/or access care the way you usually do. If you need help finding a doctor or accessing medical care, call 2-1-1 and they can direct you to low- or no-cost providers in your area.

For questions about COVID-19 testing, dial 2-1-1, then choose Option 6.

General questions

Dial 2-1-1 and select option 6 to speak with a Texas Health and Human Services representative. Hours are 7 a.m.-8 p.m. The lines are open seven days a week.

Staying informed

City of Lockhart Emergency Management Coordinator Randy Jenkins is participating in daily calls with the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) to receive official updates.

It is easy to run into inaccurate information on the web. Visit one of the links below to educate yourself with trustworthy information.

https://www.dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/default.aspx

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/summary.html

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

Kyle

Check out https://www.cityofkyle.com/communications/visit-wwwcityofkylecomcovid-latest-city-kyle-covid-19-updates for the latest updates and resources.

Last update: 3.19.21

You may also contact 512-262-1010 for information about COVID-19 in the City of Kyle.

For COVID-19 vaccine information, please visit the City of Kyle's website to learn more.

Hays County is designated as a COVID-19 vaccine hub per the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS). Hays County residents can pre-register for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. Individuals will be placed on a waitlist rather than sign up for specific time slots. However, as of March 16, 2021, Hays County is redesigning the pre-registration portal to accommodate vaccine appointments. More information to come.

Pre-registration does not guarantee an appointment at the next vaccine clinic. Currently, Hays County is receiving a limited amount of vaccine doses. As more doses become available, registrants will be sent an appointment by email with an appointment day and time. It is important to note: Each sign up requires a unique email address. 

 

Buda

Check out http://www.ci.buda.tx.us/663/Coronavirus-COVID-19-Helpful-Information for the latest updates and resources.

Last update: 3.19.20

Visit their webpage for the latest news

How to sign up for a COVID-19 vaccine in Texas. 
1⃣ Sign up with a vaccination hub: https://bit.ly/3qjZOMP
2⃣ Use the Texas COVID-19 vaccine provider map to sign up with a community provider: https://bit.ly/3oDhjHu
Please be patient as supply is limited. Hubs may have long waiting lists but more vaccine is coming.
More Texas COVID-19 vaccine information: dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/immunize/vaccine.aspx
The week of January 11, Texas will direct most COVID‑19 vaccines received to large sites or hubs around the state to vaccinate more than 100,000 people. The goal of this plan is to provide more people the vaccine and a simpler way to sign up for an appointment.
All Phase 1A and 1B individuals are eligible to receive a vaccine at these hubs, regardless of where they reside.
Phase 1A: Front-line healthcare workers and residents at long-term care facilities
Phase 1B: People over 65 or with a chronic medical condition that puts them at increased risk for severe illness from COVID‑19

 

 

 

Wimberley

Check out www.cityofwimberley.com/covid19 for the latest updates and resources.

Last update: 3.19.21

Please visit HERE for Hays County's availability for a COVID-19 vaccine

FREE COVID-19 TESTING AVAILABLE AT THE WIMBERLEY COMMUNITY CENTER

Free COVID-19 testing is available seven days a week, from 9:00 a.m. until 5:30 p.m., at the Wimberley Community Center located at 14068 Ranch Road 12, Wimberley, TX 78676.

Make an appointment by visiting Curative’s website at www.curative.com for an oral swab test.

 

 

Dripping Springs

Check out www.cityofdrippingsprings.com/page/city.emergency or the latest updates and resources.

Last update: 3.19.21

Please visit HERE for COVID-19 vaccine information

If you have any questions, please reach out to the city at 512-858-4725 or email the Emergency Management Department at emergencymanagement@cityofdrippingsprings.com.

 

Luling

Check ouhttps://tx-luling.civicplus.com/331/COVID-19 or the latest updates and resources.

Last update: 6.24.2020

Blanco County

Check out the links below for the latest updates and resources.

Last update: 6.24.20

City of Blanco  |  Blanco County  |  Johnson City

 

 

Austin Chamber Resource Toolkit

COVID-19 Resources for Businesses

We urge Austin businesses to take precautions to protect their workforce while ensuring continuity of operations. We will continue to update this page with resources for businesses that need assistance in developing staffing, continuity, and other plans in light of this situation.

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