Small and midsize employers can claim two new refundable payroll tax credits to reimburse them, dollar-for-dollar, for the cost of providing employee leave related to the COVID-19 outbreak. See #IRS info at: www.irs.gov/coronavirus
Businesses with less than 500 employees can get funds to provide employees with paid leave, either for the employee’s own health needs or to care for family members. More on this and other #IRS info related to COVID-19 outbreak at: www.irs.gov/coronavirus
To take immediate advantage of new paid leave credits, businesses can retain and access funds that they would otherwise pay to #the IRS in payroll taxes. Learn more about this and other #IRS info related to COVID-19 outbreak at: www.irs.gov/coronavirus
· What You Should Know (here)
· Travel Information (here)
· Preventing COVID-19 Spread in Communities (here)
· Higher Risk & Special Populations (here)
· Healthcare Professionals (here)
· Resources for Healthcare Facilities (here)
· Resources for Health Departments (here)
· Laboratories (here)
· Communication Resources (here)
Agency Resources and Hotline Contact Information: Below, please find agency-by-agency information, guidance, and contact information.
Resources – Below, please find agency-by-agency resources and guidance.
· U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (here)
· U.S. Department of Education (here)
· U.S. Department of Agriculture (here)
· U.S. Department of Labor (here)
· U.S. Department of Homeland Security (here)
· U.S. Department of State (here)
· U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (here)
· U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (here)
· U.S. Small Business Administration (here)
· Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (here)
Hotlines – Below, please find contact information for agencies that offer COVID-19 hotlines.
FDA’s hotline (1-888-INFO-FDA) is available 24 hours a day for labs to call regarding difficulties obtaining supplies for collecting patient samples for COVID-19 testing, including swabs, media needed for transport, and conservation of the samples. We also encourage labs to reach out at CDRH-EUA-Templates@fda.hhs.gov with any questions related to diagnostic development. You may also be interested in our COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions page, which contains information on vaccines, diagnostic tests, drugs, medical devices, food and other products FDA regulates.
The Department of State’s phone (1-888-407-4747) is available from 8 AM to 8 PM Eastern Standard and is toll-free in the United States and Canada. From other countries, citizens may call 1-202-501-4444. Citizens may also reach out directly to U.S. Embassies and consulates overseas. Links to Embassy links with country specific COVID-19 information is available here and health alerts can be found by searching specific countries here. Travelers who register through the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program at Step.State.gov will receive urgent country-specific updates via e-mail.
The Department of Education’s Federal Student Aid customer care line remains open at 800-4-FED-AID. Additionally, questions on which the Department can be helpful should be directed to COVIDfirstname.lastname@example.org.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention can be reached at 800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636). This is a hotline for the public with questions about anything related to the CDC, so feel free to share this number with constituents. Information is also available on the CDC INFO website.
The Department of Defense offers resources for constituents to take action and stay informed about COVID-19. You can sign up for email updates and check this page regularly for the latest information. The COVID-19 pandemic and our national response continues to evolve by the minute. If you have any questions, please visit https://www.tricare.mil/
The U.S. Army has established a COVID-19 Information Hotline at 1-800-984-8523.
The CBP Info Center offers a general information line at (877)227-5511. Please note that this line is not COVID-19 specific.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has published guidance on preparing workplaces for COVID-19 here. Contacts for Regional OSHA Offices is available, and OSHA can be reached at 1-800-321-OSHA.