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.

https://www.usda.gov/coronavirus

FACT SHEET: USDA PROGRAMS THAT ASSIST INDIVIDUALS AND SMALL BUSINESSES

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: SBA.gov/Disaster.

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: https://www.sba.gov/disaster-assistance/coronavirus-covid-19

Department of Homeland Security

Seafood workers are “essential” and can keep working.

https://www.cisa.gov/sites/default/files/publications/CISA-Guidance-on-Essential-Critical-Infrastructure-Workers-1-20-508c.pdf

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.
https://www.fema.gov/Coronavirus-Rumor-Control