There are a variety of resources and local organizations that can help during the current outbreak of COVID-19, whether you’re a small business owner, or concerned about your health as a community member. The best thing to do to prevent the spread of the virus and to reduce the impact of an outbreak is to stay calm, be prepared, and be vigilant in preventive actions. Read below for helpful information on stopping the spread of COVID-19, and what resources you have as a business and a community member. If you are a business member check out the MN Chamber’s tool kit page.
3/25/2020 Governor Walz authorized the Commissioner of Education to implement a Distance Learning Period beginning on March 30, 2020, until May 4, 2020 (Executive Order 20-19).
3/25/2020 Today Governor Walz ordered people to shelter in place effective Friday, March 27, at 11:59 p.m. for Friday, April 10, 2020. Closure of bars restaurants and other public accommodations set forth an executive order 20-04 and 20-08 is extended until May 1, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. For more details click here. Even though banks were not on the Governor’s list today they are also consider essential.
3/21/2020 Friday night (3/20) Minnesota was granted an Economic Injury Disaster Loan declaration (this is good news) which enables small businesses access to the SBA loan program. Now, online applications for these loans are open to Minnesota businesses at: https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/. Click here to see news clip. Also you can click here to see a PDF slide presentation – very user friendly.
3/21/2020 Minnesota has extended the tax return deadline to July 15 following the same extension as the IRS. See new clip.
3/20/2020 MN Governor Walz signs 3 Coronavirus executive orders: ban on price gouging, ability to modify federal programs and protecting the most vulerable. To see an entire list of Executive Orders click here.
3/19/2020 Memo from US Department of Homeland Security entitled Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers During Covid-19 Response. “If you work in a critical infrastructure industry, as defined by the Department of Homeland Security, such as healthcare services and pharmaceutical and food supply, you have a special responsibility to maintain your normal work schedule.”
3/19/2020 – Last night the state department of revenue announced plans to give a 30-day grace period to businesses on the payment of March and April sales and use taxes.
Tracking the Virus:
There is a website that is tracking the virus statistics worldwide. You can see data by country and by state. Click here to go to site. You will see countries listed first if you scroll down then you click on USA. They are answer some basic questions. To see more in-depth details on Minnesota then click here.
GRH is complying with recommendations from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and asking that folks with an undiagnosed fever and/or symptoms (cough, shortness of breath) self-quarantine for 7 days, and only seek medical care if symptoms become severe. Please stay at home while you recover.
Because of the limited availability of COVID-19 test kits and capacity for testing in Minnesota, MDH recommends taking a conservative approach in testing only patients who are most in need. As a result, MDH recommends that folks isolate at home if experiencing mild symptoms of COVID-19, and conserve hospital resources for those who are severely ill or in an emergency situation.
If you’re experiencing severe symptoms of cough, shortness of breath, or fever, please call the Glencoe Regional Health COVID-19 Hotline prior to arriving on their campus: 320-864-7168. Their hotline is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Staff will screen you over the phone to determine if you need to be seen by one of their providers, who will determine if you need to be tested.
During this time, it’s important to be vigilant in prevention, such as:
- Washing your hands regularly with soap and water for 20 seconds
- Practicing social distancing, such as keeping 6 feet between you and others, avoiding unnecessary social gatherings (especially of ten people or more), and waving hello instead of shaking hands.
- Clean and disinfect frequently-used items.
Minnesota Department of Health
There is a wealth of information on their website:
Covid-19 Information and Resources includes a map of the the cases, number of patients tested, and those that have tested positive.
Strategies to Slow the Spread (in Spanish) is based upon the CDC’s recommendations.
Executive Orders from Governor Walz.
Chamber and Small Business Resources:
Minnesota Employment and Economic Development
DEED’s Unemployment Insurance (UI) program assists employees who can’t work, have their hours reduced, or lose their jobs as a result of the pandemic. The UI program is prepared and ready to assist these workers. If you are unemployed or have your hours reduced, you may apply for unemployment benefits by visiting www.uimn.org.
Employers – According to the MN Unemployment Insurance website regarding layoffs due to Covid-19: “Employers are usually responsible for the cost of unemployment benefits paid to their workers. Given the unprecedented situation with COVID-19, Governor Tim Walz issued an executive order to relieve taxpaying employers of benefit charges associated with COVID-19. This means that any unemployment benefits your workers collect as a result of the pandemic will not be used in computing your future UI tax rate.” For more information about unemployment insurance click here.
U.S. Chamber of Commerce
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has also compiled a number of helpful resources on preparing for and addressing the impacts of the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak, including a coronavirus business preparedness checklist such as:
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) Workplace Tips for Employees
- Guidance For Employers To Plan and Respond To Coronavirus
- Customizable Workplace Flyer (Please open this file in the latest version of Chrome or Edge browser, or Adobe software, to customize.)
Minnesota Chamber of Commerce
Is your business COVID-19 ready? The virus has arrived in Minnesota and has many businesses asking critical questions. How can we keep our workplaces safe and clean? How can we accommodate changes in employee needs, like having to work remotely? And how might this impact my business and our economy? This site includes resources for the business community including a recent webinar.
U.S. Small Business Administration
The SBA will work directly with state Governors to provide targeted, low-interest loans to small businesses and non-profits that have been severely impacted by COVID-19. The SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program provides small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing.
Schools and Child Care
On March 25, 2020, Governor Walz authorized the Commissioner of Education to implement a Distance Learning Period beginning on March 30, 2020, until May 4, 2020 (Executive Order 20-19).
McLeod County Info Number
McLeod County has set up a phone line for citizens to access important recordings with information about COVID-19. This line will have a recorded message from McLeod County Public Health employees, updated daily and/or as necessary, with important information about COVID-19. To access these recordings, please call 320.484.4369.
McLeod Emergency Food Shelf
The food shelf is limiting the number of people in the building at one time. Check in at the front desk and you will be given instructions. Call 320-864-2088 for more information.
Glencoe Silver Lake School District will be closed through May 4, 2020.
Glencoe Public Library will be closed until further notice.
Hair salons are closed.
Restaurants and bars have been ordered to close to walk in customers. Delivery and curb side orders only through March 27, 2020.
Nursing homes have closed their doors to visitors.
We will continue to update this page as we get information.