COVID-19 Federal Resources

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act)

This bill addresses economic impacts of, and otherwise responds to, the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak and secures $300 million to provide economic relief for the fishing industry, including shellfish farmers.

Emergency Loans – Small Business Guide and Checklist

Keeping American Workers Paid and Employed Act

ARTICLE – Cantwell secures $300 million for fishermen hurt by impact of COVID-19

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

The USDA’s website has answers to “frequently asked questions” regarding their operations and their role in the federal response to the COVID-19 outbreak.


Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program

Small business owners in all U.S. states and territories are currently eligible to apply for a low-interest loan due to Coronavirus (COVID-19). Click here to apply.

Find more information on the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans at:

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. 

For up-to-date information including states or counties that are included or to apply for assistance, visit:

Department of Homeland Security

Seafood workers are “essential” and can keep working.

Regarding Foreign Labor

The Department of Labor Office of Foreign Labor Certification has released an update on DOL and H2B visas, U.S. Department of Labor: Employment and Training Administration, Office of Foreign Labor Certification – COVID19 FAQ as part of a COVID-19 update. 

Coronavirus Rumor Control – FEMA

The purpose of this FEMA page is to help the public distinguish between rumors and facts regarding the response to coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Rumors can easily circulate within communities during a crisis. Do your part to the stop the spread of disinformation by doing 3 easy things; don’t believe the rumors, don’t pass them along and go to trusted sources of information to get the facts about the federal (COVID-19) response.