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COVID-19 Resources

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.

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COVID-19 Vaccines

  • 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

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.

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.

Impact of COVID-19 on Small Businesses

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:

UnitedWay:

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.

NEED HELP?
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.

Staying Healthy:
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.

Travel Information:
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.