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COVID-19 Small Business Support

Kittitas County Chamber remains committed to the health and well-being of our members and community. We are receiving questions about the best resources for accurate and up-to-date information surrounding the novel coronavirus officially named COVID-19.

State, federal, and international government agencies have developed resources and guidance for this rapidly evolving situation and we encourage members to refer to these sources for accurate information.

For Employers

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.

If you are experiencing a loss of any kind, be it closures or cancellations please fill out the Estimated Disaster Economic Injury Worksheet for Business.

The Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce and partners would like to determine the unique challenges facing Kittitas County businesses, both large and small.

A response team has been created to review the results in order to implement support services.

 

Signs.com recognizes that many businesses may be struggling when it comes to sourcing appropriate Coronavirus (COVID-19) signage for critical messaging to customers, clients, employees, and others.

 

Washington Hometown has launched a map to help communities and businesses during this crisis. Sign up below.

SharedWork is a voluntary business sustainability program that provides flexibility to retain employees at reduced hours.

 

 

The U.S. Small Business Administration

FISH Community Foodbank

FISH is located at 804 Elmview Road. You can reach them by calling (509) 925-5990.

FISH provides ESSENTIAL services and we will remain OPEN! The food pantry is essential and our staff is approved to be at work and continue serving our community.

Food Pantry

Monday/Tuesday NO DISTRIBUTION, Wednesday/Thursday 12:00-4:00 Friday we will be open to SENIORS and SPECIAL NEEDS CLIENTS ONLY from 9:00-12:00.

-Clients will not be admitted into the building to browse the Pantry and food or to use facilities.

Anyone who is sick should NOT come to the Pantry.  Instead, call our offices at 509-925-5990 and you will be given instructions on how to receive food.

-We will continue to accept new clients.

Senior Nutrition / Meals on Wheels / Open Table

-Senior Nutrition will become home delivered meals.

Meals on Wheels clients will move to a weekly delivery of FISH prepared and frozen meals.

-There will be NO Open Table meals served for the immediate future.

Anyone who is hungry and needs food is encouraged to come to the FISH Food Pantry.

HopeSource

HopeSource Ellensburg is located at 700 E Mountain View Ave STE 501. You can reach them by calling (509) 925-1448.

HopeSource Cle Elum is located at 110 N Pennsylvania Ave. You can reach them by calling (509) 674-2375.

Hours are: Monday-Thursday 9am-4pm, open till 5pm on Wednesday. Food Distribution Monday 11-4 and Wednesday 11-5

HopeSource has been working with communities on the brink since 1967. This current public health crisis exposes the gaps and inequities in all of our social safety nets. Because of this, it is more important than ever that we stand united in mitigating the growing fallout of the COVID-19 outbreak. Our organization is designated as an essential service and we will continue to operate throughout the community during this time.

HopeSource has long been offering services like rental assistance, food access, transportation and more. We will continue to ensure our community has the resources we all need to protect the health and safety of our citizens while adjusting our service models to comply with public health guidance.

For any questions please contact us at info@hopesource.us

The food bank at The Cle Elum HopeSource is currently in need of donations: DISINFECTANT WIPES and toothpaste

 

Risk in Kittitas County

Kittitas County Public Health & Social Services reports that there are 11 confirmed cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Kittitas County as of 4/5/20. We encourage members to follow Kittitas County Public Health on Facebook here.

Risk in Washington

The Washington State Department of Health is providing daily updates on testing and confirmation of COVID-19 cases in our state here.

“These are unprecedented times,” Inslee said. “We must do everything we can to support the resiliency of Washington workers and employers.”

Stay at Home Order

The Kittitas County Health Officer has issued a Health Order requiring all Kittitas County residents stay at home or at their place of residence except as needed to perform essential tasks or to maintain continuity of operations of the federal critical infrastructure sectors.

 

For Workers

You may be eligible for unemployment benefits if you’re out of work due to a lack of work. (These benefits are intended to assist workers who lost their jobs through no fault of their own.)

Risk Worldwide

For the latest updates, including daily global situation reports, please refer to the World Health Organization.

For Individuals

Healthcare providers state there are simple things you can do to keep yourself and others healthy:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If it is not feasible to wash your hands, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care. Separate yourself from other people and animals in your home, and call ahead before visiting your doctor.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces you touch.
  • Get your flu vaccine, if you haven’t already.
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