EAGLE COUNTY COVID-19 INFORMATION
Eagle County Public Health, Colorado state government and other trusted sources have shared information for Vail Valley Partnership to put together a resource page to help you learn more about precautions you and your family can take, what to do if you get sick, and what you can do if you are an employer.
We want to remind everyone that Vail Valley Partnership is not a health official or government organization. Our goal is to share business relief and county health information that is accurate and unbiased in a timely manner.
PLEASE rely on the official, trusted sources for information and not secondhand knowledge. Rumors and bad information spread faster than any disease out there, which only causes distress.
TABLE OF CONTENTS: Please click to review below:
- BRE COVID-19 Business and Worker Impact Survey for Eagle County
- Open for Business and Jobs in Eagle County
- COVID-19 Updates, Resources & Info: Eagle County & Colorado (FAQ for Business Response & Recovery ENGLISH/SPANISH)
- Federal, State & County Updates: Regulations, Protocols & Notifications
- CARES Act: The Small Business Owner’s Guide
- SBA Economic Injury Disaster Business Loan & SBDC Recovery Guide
- Eagle County COVID-19 Bank Deferral & Loan Recovery Programs
- Business Resources & Best Practices
- Unemployment Resources
- Public Health: Prevention Guides, Plans & Info
- COVID-19 Testing in Eagle County (VIDEO EN ESPANOL)
BRE COVID-19 Emergency Response Network
ACTION REQUESTED: COVID-19 Business and Worker Impact Survey
It is imperative that our businesses have their voices heard during the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, we encourage you to use the link below to respond to the Business and Worker Impact Survey of COVID-19 Virus on behalf of your business or organization. Adding your input now will help us develop a data-informed Eagle County Economic Recovery Plan and direct this information to decision makers as they address the economic implications of this situation.
The survey was developed by Business Retention Expansion BR|E COVID-19 Emergency Response Network for local economic developers to use to survey their clients. It is part of a national effort and is being deployed across the country now. Survey data will be shared with local, state, and federal officials to help us advocate for the needs of Eagle County’s business community moving forward
We are all in this together. Help make a difference. Let’s make decision makers aware of what is happening to our organizations.
Open for Business and Jobs
Fill out the form to let locals know you are open
Vail Valley Partnership has created this resource for local businesses to keep the public updated about their business status during the COVID-19 outbreak. Please enter your business status on this Google form so that we can share this information with the community: https://forms.gle/np9PTsPMDX1CvK6Y7 *This form is open to the public and NOT limited to only VVP members, so please share with ALL Eagle County businesses.
Supporting small and local businesses in Eagle County
WhatBusinessesAreOpenInEagleCounty.com – View the lists of businesses who are open, in one way, shape or form (organized by their category). Please read how to support these local businesses in our community during this time!
Post Open Positions– Current Hiring Needs- Northwest Colorado
During the current COVID-19 outbreak, the Northwest Colorado Workforce Area is working to identify organizations that have immediate needs for temporary or permanent work as well as identify openings that are not impacted by the current state of emergency. This effort will work to align job seekers with current opportunities in the community. The Colorado Workforce Center can provide hiring assistance such as initial screening, virtually hosted interviews, job posting assistance, and more.
COVID-19 Updates, Resources & Info: Eagle County & Colorado
- Eagle County – COVID-19 Relief Programs Directory
- Frequently Asked Questions for Business and COVID-19 Response and Recovery (ENGLISH/SPANISH)
- Eagle County information
- Eagle County Community COVID-19 Monitoring & Reporting
- EC Community Transmission – What this Means for Employers
- Colorado COVID-19 Resource Page
- Colorado COVID-19 Fast Facts: Number of confirmed cases (updated)
- State Employer and Employee Resource Page
- The Colorado Office of Economic Development & International Trade and the recently announced Economic Stabilization and Growth Council are actively identifying all available and potential resources, technical assistance programs, and funding opportunities and how these tools can scale quickly. That begins with federal programs such as the SBA loans but also includes engaging with the banking industry locally and seeking creative solutions to fill any gaps in federal relief. Impacted businesses should reach out for more information in the following ways:
Regulations, Protocols & Notifications
- March 27 – U.S. federal government approves CARES Act: Review Guidelines for Small Businesses and Nonprofits
- March 25 – Governor Polis’ Executive & Public Health Orders: Coloradans to Stay at Home Due to the Presence of COVID-19 in the State | Executive Order | Public Health Order | FAQ
- March 25 – USDA Implements Immediate Measures to Help Rural Residents, Businesses and Communities Affected by COVID-19
- March 22 – State of Colorado Executive Order: Polis Requires Employers to Reduce In-Person Workforce by 50%
- March 21 – Gov. Polis Announces State’s Economic Response to COVID-19
- March 19 – Consumer Advisory: Colorado Division of Insurance Establishes Special Enrollment Period | Uninsured can enroll in individual health coverage from March 20 – April 3
- March 19 – SBA Disaster Loan Program: Gov. Polis Secures Federal Loan Assistance for Colorado’s Small Businesses | Approval Unlocks Billions in Economic Recovery Loans for Small Businesses Impacted by
- March 19 – Town of Vail extends due date for sales tax collection; Vail Transit suspends operations March 18
- March 18 – Families First Act Signed Into Law | The act provides for paid sick time, protected paid family leave, and insurance coverage for private employers with fewer than 500 employees, and public sector employers of one or more employees.
- March 18 – US Small Business Administration (SBA): How you can prepare for SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans
- March 18 – EAGLE COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH: Updated public health order implements more aggressive measures to slow the spread of COVID-19
- March 18 – VAIL HEALTH: We need to take this seriously, NOW
- March 18 – Gov. Polis, Coloradans Launch COVID Relief Fund – Nearly $3 million raised for relief efforts
- March 16 – State health department issues public health order closing Colorado bars, restaurants, gyms, theaters, and casinos– still allowing takeout and delivery
- March 15 – CDC recommends that for the next 8 weeks, organizers cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 50 people or more throughout the U.S. More Information on Mass Gatherings
- March 13 – Vail Health NOTICE Regarding COVID-19 Testing in Eagle County
- March 13 – Eagle County Schools announces a three-week closure beginning Monday, March 16, 2020, through Wednesday, April 8, 2020
- March 13 – Eagle County issues public health order limiting events to 50 people or less
- March 12 – COVID-19 Employer Sick Pay Rule for Colorado
- March 11 – State of Colorado COVID-19 Planning for Schools & Child Care Closure
- March 5 – How to ensure a healthy work environment
The Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act
The programs and initiatives in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that was just passed by Congress are intended to assist business owners with whatever needs they have right now. When implemented, there will be many new resources available for small businesses, as well as certain non-profits and other employers. This guide provides information about the major programs and initiatives that will soon be available from the Small Business Administration (SBA) to address these needs, as well as some additional tax provisions that are outside the scope of SBA.
Struggling to get started? The following questions might help point you in the right direction. Do you need:
- Capital to cover the cost of retaining employees? Then the Paycheck Protection Program might be right for you.
- A quick infusion of a smaller amount of cash to cover you right now? You might want to look into an Emergency Economic Injury Grant.
- To ease your fears about keeping up with payments on your current or potential SBA loan? The Small Business Debt Relief Program could help.
- Just some quality, free counseling to help you navigate this uncertain economic time? The resource partners might be your best bet.
Small Business Guide and Checklist – Prepared by the U.S. Chamber Of Commerce Coronavirus
Economic Injury Disaster Business Loan & Recovery Guide
Take the steps to business recovery using the SBDC guide to track financial loss and apply for SBA’s economic injury disaster loan program.
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 the Coronavirus (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.
- Loan amounts: Up to $2 million
- Rates: 3.75% for small businesses, 2.75% for nonprofits
- Terms: Up to 30 years, based on your ability to repay
From the SBDC’s experience with the 2013 Northern Colorado flood, they recommend you gather key financial documents to be prepared for the application process:
- Last three years of federal tax returns for your business.
- Last three years of personal federal tax returns
- A Personal Financial Statement
- Articles of Incorporation
- A Business Plan with Financial Projections might be helpful, but probably not required
Business Recovery Guide: Colorado Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Business owners need to start working on page 27 to track their financial records and losses — these proactive steps are very important. Please consider tracking business losses as soon as possible (Business Recovery Guide page 27).
How do I apply?
Follow these steps to apply for an SBA:
- Check your business eligibility. Your company must qualify as a small business based on SBA size standards or private nonprofit.
- Apply online. SBA disaster loans applications are available directly through the SBA website — and are a lot simpler than your typical SBA application..
- Get in touch. Call 800-659-2955, TTY 800-877-8339 or email email@example.com to talk to an SBA official if you have any questions about the process.
Eagle County COVID-19 Bank Deferral & Loan Recovery Programs
Each of our local, community banks of Eagle County are quickly setting up COVID-19 deferral, loan and recovery programs to support individuals, families and businesses. These programs are subject to change. We recommend reaching out to your bank to find the best and most up-to-date information. Vail Valley Partnership’s goal is to share business relief and county health information that is accurate and unbiased in a timely manner.
- Alpine Bank
- ANB Bank
- Citywide Bank
- Community Banks of Colorado
- First Western Trust Bank
- US Bank
- Wells Fargo
Business Resources & Best Practices
- Coronavirus (COVID-19): Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources
- 9 Options If Your Business Can’t Pay Its Bills Due to Coronavirus
- Customizable Workplace Flyer (Please open this file in the latest version of Chrome or Edge browser, or Adobe software, to customize.)
- UPDATED FAQs for Employers on the COVID-19 Coronavirus
- Workplace Tips for employees
- Creating an internal communications plan
- SBDC Remote Work Checklist
- Colorado COVID-19 restaurant protocols and information
- For travelers and travel related industries (CDC)
- Workers’ rights and employers’ responsibilities
- COVID-19 Safety and Health Standards, Control & Prevention (OSHA) – An overview of information for workers and employers about the evolving coronavirus outbreak. Includes links to OSHA standards, control and prevention, by Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
- Fair Labor Standards Act and job protected leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act – The Wage and Hour Division provides information on common issues employers and employees face when responding to influenza, pandemics, or other public health emergencies, and their effects on wages and hours worked under the Fair Labor Standards Act and job-protected leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: Because of the high volume of claims, we are asking that you help us help you and our greater community.
If you need to file an unemployment claim and your last name begins with the letter A – M, file a claim on Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, or after 12 noon on Saturday.
If you need to file an unemployment claim and your last name begins with the letter N – Z, file a claim on Monday, Wednesday, Friday or before 12 noon on Saturday.
- While filing the claim, click the Save & Finish Later button often, and click File a Claim to return to the last page you saved.
- File during non-peak hours (evenings after 8 p.m., late nights, early mornings). It may improve your experience.
- You must provide information about the reason you are no longer working for all employers from the last 18 months. If you have a lot of information to include, it is best if you type up this information before you start, then copy/paste at the appropriate time.
- Once finished, click Submit one time. When the claim is successfully submitted, you will receive a confirmation page and number.
We are working to improve the experience and appreciate your patience. The application to file a claim will be unavailable daily from 6 to 8 p.m. for maintenance.
Unemployment Insurance – During layoffs, all employees are encouraged to apply for unemployment insurance. Those who are job-attached (meaning workers will be expected to return after a separation of up to 16 weeks) should file as “job-attached.” Before filing, please look over the following document: HELPFUL FACTS ABOUT UI 2019
Work-Share Program may allow certain employees who have had reduced hours to claim partial unemployment benefits and is an alternative to laying people off.
Businesses considering layoffs should encourage employees to contact the Division of Unemployment Insurance at 1-800-388-5515, in Espańol 1-866-422-0402. Because of the anticipated backlog, it could take up to six weeks for claims to get approved. Employers who are concerned about employee well-being might consider reducing hours immediately to let folks become eligible for UI while not losing all income entirely. Those who work fewer than 32 hours a week and earn less than the weekly amount of unemployment benefits (approximately 55% of the employees average wage) are eligible for unemployment benefits.
- Job Attached Unemployment: click here.
- Basic guide to unemployment: click here.
- File for unemployment: click here.
- Colorado online application for food stamps and other various sources of assistance programs such as help with child care, cash assistance, and access to health care coverage: click here.
Public Health: Prevention Guides, Plans & Info
Limit the Spread of Germs and Prevent Infection
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick.
- Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
- Practice other good health habits. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.
- CDC resources on COVID-19
- Prevention Guidance & Response Plan: For Businesses and Employers – CDC recommended guidance for employers, including advice for developing a response plan and steps that all employers can implement now. Based on what is currently known about the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (Feb 2020)
- Implementation of Mitigation Strategies for Communities with Local COVID-19 Transmission
- Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection Recommendations
- Preventing COVID-19 Spread In Communities: Schools workplaces & community locations
- Pandemic Guidance – A brief outline of how to prepare before and respond during a pandemic by Ready.gov, official website of the Department of Homeland Security.
- Reducing Stigma
- For travelers and travel related industries
What should I do if I show symptoms?
With community-level transmission of COVID-19 now confirmed in Eagle County, testing is not necessary for all patients and is being reserved for the most critical cases. Please be aware that the Vail Hospital Emergency Department is available for life-threatening emergencies only.
Test or self report symptoms
- Individuals classified as high-risk (over 60 or with underlying medical conditions) that are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, including fever, cough or shortness of breath.
- Those who are experiencing symptoms but are not getting tested are asked to self report symptoms.
COVID-19 VIDEO EN ESPANOL