Below are resources related to COVID-19, precautions to take, symptoms, travel restriction information, and latest updates on government action. If you are experiencing symptoms, please call your healthcare provider and follow the CDC's guidelines on what to do if you are sick.
- Updates from the Governor's Office, including the current Safer Apart order with all of its updates can be viewed in full here.
- The COVID-19 Vaccine and Alabama
- COVID-19 Alabama State Profile Report -- check this report regularly for case and hospitalization numbers, community transmission levels, and vaccination progress throughout Alabama.
- Book your vaccine appointment today!
- Click here for regularly updated information from the CDC about the COVID-19 vaccines, recommendations for those vaccinated, and vaccine recommendations for specific groups.
- Here you can find information about the different types of available COVID-19 vaccines.
- United States COVID-19 Vaccine Tracker
- Check here for the weekly COVID-19 data tracker
Unemployment Fraud Help
Given the risein fraud related to unemployment benefits throughout 2020-2021, be vigilant about reporting any potential issues or identifying whether you have been a victim of fraud. See the below links for help in reporting:
Executive Updates 2020
- Remarks by the President during Update on Operation Warp Speed (Nov. 13, 2020)
- 8 Things to Know About Vaccine Planning
- Trump Administration Releases COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Strategy
- President Donald J. Trump is Ensuring that Americans Are Not Displaced by Foreign Workers Using Federal Dollars
- President Donald J. Trump and His Administration Have Created the Best COVID-19 Testing System in the World
- President Trump is Leading a Once-in-a-Generation Effort to Ensure Americans Have Access to a COVID-19 Vaccine
- President Trump's Letter on the Distribution of Farmer's to Families Food Boxes - English Version, Spanish Version
- FEMA's Community Mitigation Decision Support Tool
- COVID-19 Interim Guidance for Communities of Faith
- The Trump Administration is Supporting the People of Alabama
- President Trump's Guidelines for Opening Up America Again
- How the White House is Supporting Small Businesses
- The President's Coronavirus Guidelines for America
- President Donald J. Trump is Providing Economic Relief to American Workers, Families, and Businesses Impacted by the Coronavirus
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: FDA Issues First Emergency Use Authorization for Point of Care Diagnostic
- Executive Order onPrioritizing and Allocating Health and Medical Resources to Respond to the Spread of COVID-19
- Delivering on President Trump's Promise, Secretary DeVos Suspends Federal Student Loan Payments, Waives Interest During National Emergency
- President Trump Expands Telehealth Benefits for Medicare Beneficiaries during COVID-19 Outbreak
- FDA Provides More Regulatory Relief During Outbreak, Continues to Help Expedite Availability of Diagnostics
- Medicare Telemedicine Healthcare Provider Fact Sheet
Center for Disease Control and Prevention
The CDC is regularly sharing updates on COVID-19, the government's response, and what you can do to mitigate the spread of the virus.
- Donate COVID-19 Plasma to Help SaveLives
- Guidance for Reopening Schools for Fall 2020
- Guidance about the disease
- Guidance for Businesses and Employers
- CDC News and Updates
CARES Act of 2020
- The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act, H.R. 748) was signed into law on March 27, 2020. Find here a summary of the content of this bill regarding healthcare, individual financial assistance, and relief for businesses of various capacities.
- Find here a summary from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on how the CARES Act affects your small business and for information on emergency loans.
- Be sure to check out these Frequently Asked Questions about the CARES Act: Part 1 and Part 2
Unemployment Compensation Resources
Relief packages recently signed into law have enacted a number of options for filing for unemployment benefits. Find resources on what steps to take next below.
- Alabama Department of Labor: General COVID-19 Resources
- Phone Numbers for Claimants in Alabama
- Alabama to Begin Processing Claims Under Cares Act Provisions
Impact of COVID-19 on Small Businesses
- Paycheck Protection Program FAQs
- Calculating Loan Amounts
- Coronavirus Relief Fund FAQs
- Summary of Paycheck Protection Programfrom the U.S. Treasury.
- Find here a summary of requirements on small businesses under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (H.R. 6201)
- Small Business Protection Guide from SafeHome.org
- Guidance from the Small Business Administration (SBA)
- Small Business Guidance and Loan Resources
- Apply here for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan
- Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program: SBA's Office of Disaster Assistance will coordinate with the state's or territory's Governor to submit the request for Economic Injury Disaster Loan Assistance.
- Once a declaration is made for designated areas within a state, the information on the application process for Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance will be made available to all affected communities.
- These loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable, and other bills that can't be paid because of the disaster's impact. The interest rate is 3.75% for small businesses without credit available elsewhere; businesses with credit available elsewhere are not eligible. The interest rate for non-profits is 2.75%.
- SBA Products and Resources
- Government Contracting
- Find Local Assistance
Health, Unemployment, and Tax Provisions Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (H.R. 6201)
- Temporarily increases state Medicaid FMAP by 6.2 percent for the duration of the public health emergency.
- Eliminates patient cost-sharing for COVID-19 in Medicare, Medicare Advantage, and Medicaid.
- Requires private health insurers to cover COVID-19 testing at no cost to the patient.
- Provides $1 billion in emergency Unemployment Insurance administration grants to states.
- Tax filing deadline for 2019 has been postponed three months to July 15th.
Alabama Department of Public Health Call Center:
- There is a 24/7 COVID-19 hotline at 1-888-264-2256. You can call this number for testing sites and hours of operation.
- The most up to date information on COVID-19 cases in Alabama and other resources from the state can be found here.
- Providers and facilities that are in need of supplies should use the Alabama Incident Management System (AIMS) to make requests to the ADPH.
Contacting your county's health department in the Sixth District:
Alabama Department of Revenue
- Alabama is waiving late payment penalties for retailers whose monthly sales for calendar year 2019 averaged less than $62,500 or less and are unable to pay their February, March, and April 2020 state sales tax liabilities through June 1, 2020.
- Businesses over this threshold should contact the Alabama Department of Revenue for assistance.
Local Resources and Response:
United Way is positioned with staff expertise, volunteers and a network of agency service providers to help with a rapid response. If you are an organization providing resources to address COVID-19, please call 2-1-1 and provided your information.
United Way's 2-1-1 Connects is an information referral center providing details on available resources for those impacted by the Coronavirus. You can also dial 2-1-1 if you wish to talk to a representative by phone.
The best way to preventillness and exposure to the coronavirusis to observe good hygiene methods and avoid social contact with sick people. People over the age of 60, and those who have pre-existing or chronic health issues are at a higher risk of contracting the coronavirus and should take extra precautions.
- Wash your hands often!
- Avoid touching your face.
- Practice social distancing right now. You should especially stay home if you feel sick.
- Cover your coughs and sneezes.
- Frequently disinfect surfaces that are regularly touched.
If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath, call your medical provider first. Keep in mind that symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.
Regular updates about travel precautions, restrictions, and countries of concern are available on the State Department's website. It is providing the most updated travel information regarding COVID-19. Find additional travel guidelines from the CDC.
- Travel conditions and restrictions vary by state and country. Caution is still advised when traveling due to the unpredictable nature of the ongoing pandemic. Research your destination thoroughly before departure.
- Passport Services: Applying by mail for a passport or passport renewal is encouraged. In-person application sites are open, but likely have more limited hours.
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Response to COVID-19
- Information for facilities and providers related to actions taken by CMS in responses to COVID-19 can be found here.