HudsonAlpha Associate Company Resources & Updates on COVID-19

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  1. Learn about HudsonAlpha campus COVID-19 response efforts, events and policies as they are updated. HudsonAlpha Associate Company ongoing COVID-19 response, the use of face coverings, the Campus Visitor Policy, the Remote Work Policy, the Travel Policy, and resources are provided here for your information and use.
  2. Contact Us for other resources you may need for your business.
  3. BIO Alabama resources and statewide networking
  4. Altogether Alabama
  5. Huntsville Chamber Return to Work Resources

Financial Information for Businesses

  1. Small businesses impacted by COVID-19 may be eligible for a low-interest disaster loan from the U.S. Small Business Administration. Apply for assistance under the SBA’s Paycheck Protection Program and Economic Industry Disaster Loan program for COVID-19.
  2. The SBA is automatically deferring payments on previous disaster loans through the end of the year. Learn more details.
  3. Visit SBA’s Alabama District Office website.
  4. Visit the Alabama Small Business Development Network’s website and connect with the local Small Business Development Center at UAH 
  5. Facebook has announced a Small Business Grant Program for areas where Facebook has a presence, including Huntsville/Madison County. More information can be found on their website. 
  6. Answers to other questions related to State resources can be found here
  7. Governor Kay Ivey and the Alabama Department of Revenue have extended the state income tax filing due date from April 15, 2020, to July 15, 2020. Read the announcement.
  8. For small businesses, restaurants and other food service businesses unable to pay their state sales taxes due to the impact of COVID-19, the Alabama Department of Revenue is waiving late payment penalties for returns filed in February, March and April 2020. Visit the Department of Revenue’s COVID-19 updates webpage.
  9. The Alabama Department of Labor is waiving charges for employers whose employees must file unemployment compensation claims due to COVID-19. The department is encouraging all employers who can file on their employees’ behalf to do so. Read the announcement.
  10. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division has information for employees and employers about how each will be able to take advantage of the protections and relief offered by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) when it takes effect on April 1, 2020. Read the guidance.
  11. The federal government is providing small and midsize employers refundable payroll tax credits, designed to them, dollar-for-dollar, for the cost of providing Coronavirus-related leave to their employees. Get full details.
  12. For exporters, the Export-Import Bank of the United States is offering unprecedented financing flexibility.

Health Resources

  1. Flu/Cold/Allergies/Coronavirus symptom comparison
  2. Huntsville Hospital has a Fever & Flu Clinic at 120 Governors Drive for anyone age 6 and older who is exhibiting upper and lower respiratory illnesses, including influenza, fever, strep throat, sore throat or potential exposure to COVID-19. Patients will be tested for COVID-19 only if indicated by their exam. The Fever & Flu Clinic will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
  3. There is a drive-thru testing facility in Huntsville. Huntsville Hospital, Thrive Alabama, and the City of Huntsville are partnering to provide a Drive-Through Specimen Collection Site at John Hunt Park. (check the Huntsville Hospital link to confirm hours and availability prior to visiting)
  4. The Alabama Dept of Public Health has set up a hotline for people who are concerned about whether they need to be tested and where testing is available. That number is 1-888-264-2256.
  5. Center for Disease Control (CDC)
  6. Many insurance providers and physicians have begun offering a telehealth option for members. Check with your health care provider on whether they are set up to take advantage of telehealth.
  7. Video series by Dr. Neil Lamb: https://hudsonalpha.org/beyond-the-blog/

Family First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)

Effective April 1, 2020, certain employers are required to provide their employees with paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19 under the Family First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).

FFCRA will help the United States combat and defeat COVID-19 by giving all American businesses with fewer than 500 employees funds to provide employees with paid leave, either for the employee’s own health needs or to care for family members. The legislation will ensure that workers are not forced to choose between their paychecks and the public health measures needed to combat the virus while at the same time reimbursing businesses.

The FFCRA notice can be downloaded here.

General Prevention Recommendations:

Everyone is highly encouraged to adhere to best practices to avoid getting sick:

  • 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.
    • Any kind of soap works well, but in general, even in the absence of this outbreak, it is better NOT to use soap that has “antibacterial” in its label.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. 
  • Avoid touching your face (especially eyes, nose, and mouth).
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipes.
  • Wear a face covering/mask when in public