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April 5, 2020

868 Confirmed Cases in the State of Iowa


April 4, 2020

786 Confirmed Cases in the State of Iowa

  • There are 2 new cases in Dubuque County, the total is now 24. One case initially assigned to Dubuque County, upon further investigation, was determined to be a person who is a resident of Jackson County. The State of Iowa has had 14 deaths related to COVID-19. Visit Iowa Department of Public Health

April 3,2020

Small Business Administration Opens Paycheck Protection Program 
**Applications are made through financial institutions--while program is open, check with your lender on specific processes**

  • 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.

  • Applicants can apply through any existing SBA 7(a) lender or through any federally insured depository institution, federally insured credit union, and Farm Credit System institution that is participating. Other regulated lenders will be available to make these loans once they are approved and enrolled in the program. You should consult with your local lender as to whether it is participating in the program. Lenders may begin processing loan applications as soon as April 3, 2020. The Paycheck Protection Program will be available through June 30, 2020.

  • Learn more on the SBA website.

 

699 Confirmed Cases in the State of Iowa


April 2,2020

Governor Reynolds Signs New Proclamation Continuing State Public Health Emergency Declaration

  • The proclamation orders the closure of schools, waiving time requirements as long as school districts put in place a continuous learning plan until April 30th. Also extends closures and limits placed on bars/restaurants previously identified retail stores, prohibits social gatherings of more than ten people, and continues to ban nonessential and elective surgeries until April 30th. Read the Full Proclamation.

COVID-19 Helpline Expanded for ALL Businesses

  • Helpline established to assist local businesses applying for funding assistance during COVID-19 emergency. Business owners may call 563-588-3350 between 8:30a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday or email sbhelpline@nicc.edu. Learn more.

Iowa Workforce Development Releases Unemployment Claim Data for March 22-28

  • The number of initial claims for this time period was 58,453. Top industries with claims during the time period are: Accommodation and Food Services, Health Care and Social Assistance, Manufacturing, and Retail. Read the full statement.
  • Claims in Dubuque County were 1,910, up from 1,273 between March 15-21.
  • Because of the surge of calls, longer wait times are being experienced for phone assistance. Many questions can be answered on their website: http://www.iowaworkorcedevelopment.gov

614 Confirmed Cases in the State of Iowa


April 1,2020

Department of Labor Issues Temporary Regulation on Employee Leave Under FFCRA

Department of Treasury - Paycheck Protection Program

  • The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), which offers forgivable loans through your lender to spend on payroll, rent, mortgage interest and utilities for 8 weeks. Starting April 3, 2020, small businesses and sole proprietorships can apply for and receive loans to cover their payroll and other certain expenses, and starting April 10, 2020, independent contractors and self-employed individuals can apply. See the U.S. Treasury Assistance page for more information.

549 Confirmed Cases in the State of Iowa


March 31,2020

Iowa Workforce Development to Hold Employer Webinar on Friday at Noon

  • This webinar will help answer employer questions regarding Iowa unemployment benefits and how they will be impacted by the CARES Act. Register Here.

Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) Goes into Effect April 1, 2020 - Mandatory Poster on FFCRA Employee Rights Available for Download

497 Confirmed Cases in the State of Iowa


March 30,2020

Summary Available for Employer on Federal Funding in Response to COVID-19

Iowa Workforce Development updates leave policy for employees impacted by COVID-19 layoffs

  • Iowa Workforce Development has implemented updates to its leave policy for filing unemployment insurance benefits following the enactment of the CARES Act. Effective immediately, employees who are or will be laid off, or are unable to work for reasons related to COVID-19, will no longer be required to use all paid leave prior to being eligible for unemployment insurance benefits.  This change is not retroactive and claims will not be backdated prior to the week of March 29, 2020, for new or existing claims by individuals who work for employers. Visit Iowa Workforce Development website.

424 Confirmed Cases in the State of Iowa


March 29,2020

336 Confirmed Cases in the State of Iowa


March 28,2020

298 Confirmed Cases in the State of Iowa


March 27,2020

235 Confirmed Cases in the State of Iowa


March 26,2020

Governor Reynolds Signs New Proclamation Continuing State Public Health Emergency

  • Extended closures of restaurants/bars, fitness centers, swimming pools, salons, medical spas, barbershops, tattoo shops, theaters, tanning facilities, casinos, senior citizen centers, and mass gatherings until 11:59 p.m. on April 7, 2020
  • Included non-essential retail closures: bookstores, clothing stores, shoe stores, jewelry stores, luggage stores, cosmetic/beauty/perfume stores, florists, and furniture and home furnishing stores until 11:59 on April 7, 2020.
  • Does not affect grocery stores, pharmacies, medical supply, or discount stores that sell these essential supplies.
  • Proclamation also includes new rules for elective dentistry and telehealth coverage by health insurers. Read the full proclamation

Small Business Development Center - NE Iowa, Northeast Iowa Community College, and Greater Dubuque Development Launch Small Business Helpline

  • Helpline established to assist local small businesses applying for funding assistance during COVID-19 emergency. Business owners may call 563-588-3350 between 8:30a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday or email sbhelpline@nicc.edu. Learn more.

Iowa Workforce Development Releases Unemployment Claim Data for March 15-21

  • The number of initial claims for this time period was 40,952. Top industries with claims during the time period are: Accommodation and Food Services, Health Care and Social Assistance, Education Services. Read the full statement.
  • Because of the surge of calls, long wait times are being experienced for phone assistance. Many questions can be answered on their website: http://www.iowaworkorcedevelopment.gov

179 Confirmed Cases in the State of Iowa


March 25,2020

Targeted Small Business Sole Operator Fund

  • A fund has been created to support Targeted Small Businesses (TSB) with zero employees that have been economically impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The program offers eligible small businesses grants ranging from $5,000-$10,000 to businesses that are sole proprietors or single-member LLCs that are also TSB certified, or have an application submitted to the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) by April 10, 2020 to become TSB certified. Learn more and apply.
  • **Processed in order of receipt and submission of required documents until funds are exhausted**

145 Confirmed Cases in the State of Iowa

U.S Small Business Administration Site Down for Scheduled Maintenance

  • The SBA Economic Injury Disaster site is currently down for maintenance (as of 3:33 p.m.). ***Site has been reopened***

March 24,2020

Dubuque County Resident is Iowa's First COVID-19 Death

  • “First and foremost, we express our sincere sympathy to this individual’s family,” said Patrice Lambert, executive director of the Dubuque County Public Health Department.  “This death is a tragedy and a reminder for all of the seriousness of this virus. However, it is also important that everyone understands that this does not mean Dubuque County is more at risk for COVID-19 spread or deaths than other areas.” Read the full statement.

City of Dubuque Suspends Parking Fees in City-Owned Ramps & Lots

State of Iowa Launches COVID-19 Website

Iowa Small Business Relief Fund Applications Open

  • The Iowa Economic Development Authority is now taking applications for the Iowa Small Business Relief Fund. The program offers eligible small businesses grants ranging from $5,000-$25,000 in addition to offering Iowa businesses a deferral of sales and use or withholding taxes due and waiver of penalty and interest.
    • Funds can be used to assist eligible businesses in maintaining operations or reopening business following the COVID-19 pandemic
    • The funds may not be used to pay debts incurred prior to March 17, 2020
  • Application deadline is Tuesday, March 31 at 12 p.m. (noon) Apply or learn more on the IEDA Website

Governor Reynolds Announces Unemployment Insurance Tax Extension for Small Businesses

  • First quarter unemployment tax payments that are due April 30th will be delayed till the end of the 2nd quarter, July 31, 2020.  Eligible employers include those employers with 50 or fewer employees. Eligible employers also must be in good standing with no delinquencies in quarterly payments. Read the full statement to see qualifications.
  • For an employer who elects to take advantage of the extension, please contact our Unemployment Insurance Tax division at either 1-888-848-7442 or by sending an email to Q1tax@iwd.iowa.gov.   If an employer would like to request additional time to pay the tax, please contact the Unemployment Insurance Tax Division. IWD recommends sending an email versus a phone call as there is a high call volume during this time that may lead to extended wait times.  Employers must notify IWD of intent to delay payment by Friday, April 24th at 4:30 pm.

124 Confirmed Cases in the State of Iowa

 


March 23,2020

Dubuque Mayor Urges Residents to Stay Home

Request for Donations of Masks and Personal Protective Equipment

  • To aid our Greater Dubuque area health care providers, we are requesting donations of N95 masks and Personal Protective Equipment. Donations can be coordinated with the Dubuque County Emergency Management office. Read our full request here. 

Iowa Small Business Relief Fund

  • Governor Reynolds announced a new Iowa Small Business Relief Program that will provide financial assistance to small businesses and tax deferrals to any Iowa businesses that have been economically impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Applications will be available on the Iowa Economic Development Website on Tuesday, March 24, at 8 a.m. Application deadline is Tuesday, March 31, at 12 p.m.

Webinars Scheduled with U.S. Small Business Administration on Small Business Assistance

  • Tuesday, March 24th and Thursday, March 26th - webinars will discuss loan program details, eligibility, application requirements as well as where and how to submit a loan application. There will also be information on counseling assistance available from SBA Resource Partners (Iowa Small Business Development Centers, SCORE, Women and Business Center and Veterans Business Outreach Center). Learn more and get webinar links.

105 Confirmed Cases in the State of Iowa


March 22,2020

Governor Reynolds Signs New Proclamation Continuing State Public Health Emergency Declaration

  • Closes salons, medical spas, barbershops, tattoo establishments, tanning facilities, massage therapists, and swimming pools from March 22nd to March 31st.
  • Professional licensing relief to remove barriers for healthcare professionals helping in the effort, prevents expiration of license during disaster
  • Includes other actions related to the disaster. Read the full proclamation on the Governor's website.

90 Confirmed Cases in the State of Iowa


March 21, 2020

U.S. SBA Issues Economic Injury Disaster Loan Declaration for Iowa


March 20, 2020

Tax Day now July 15: Treasury, IRS extend filing deadline and federal tax payments regardless of amount owed

Treasury, IRS and Labor announce plan to implement Coronavirus-related paid leave for workers and tax credits for small and midsize businesses to swiftly recover the cost of providing Coronavirus-related leave

  • For COVID-19 related reasons, employees receive up to 80 hours of paid sick leave and expanded paid child care leave when employees' children's schools are closed or child care providers are unavailable.
  • Employers receive 100% reimbursement for paid leave pursuant to the Act.
    - Health insurance costs are also included in the credit.
    - Employers face no payroll tax liability.
    - Self-employed individuals receive an equivalent credit.

  • Employers with fewer than 50 employees are eligible for an exemption from the requirements to provide leave to care for a child whose school is closed, or child care is unavailable in cases where the viability of the business is threatened.

  • Visit the IRS Website to learn more

COVID-19 Business Helpline
563-588-3350 M-F 8:30-4

SBA Economic Injury
Disaster Loan App

SBA Paycheck Protection Program Info

 

Government Resources

State of Iowa - COVID-19 Website

City of Dubuque

Dubuque County Health Department

Iowa Department of Public Health

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

Small Business Administration

- Small Business Assistance is now available.

Office of the Iowa Governor Newsroom

Internal Revenue Service

Department of Labor

 

Employer Resources

Downloadable Summary of Federal Relief

Downloadable Employee Rights Poster (Families First Coronavirus Response Act) 

Iowa Workforce Development

  • Includes FAQs for employers and employees in Iowa

Iowa Economic Development Authority

Occupational Safety & Health Administration - Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19

Iowa Association of Business & Industry

Center for Industrial Research & Service (CIRAS)

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Iowa Small Business Development Center - One-on-one Assistance 

COVID-19 Business Helpline Information

 

Other Resources

Dubuque Community School District

Iowa Child Care Resource & Referral

Dubuque Area Chamber of Commerce

  • Includes small business info and local restaurant guide (carryout/delivery)

Iowa Legal Aid

Food & Necessities Resource List - Courtesy of Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque (también en español)

United Way of Dubuque Area Tri-States 

Support for Mental Health & Addiction (Iowa Department of Publilc Health)


Greater Dubuque Development Announcements

April 1,2020

Greater Dubuque Development Provides an Update on the Response to and Resources for COVID-19


March 26,2020

Small Business Development Center - NE Iowa, Northeast Iowa Community College, and Greater Dubuque Development Launch Small Business Helpline

  • Helpline established to assist local small businesses applying for funding assistance during COVID-19 emergency. Business owners may call 563-588-3350 between 8:30a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday or email sbhelpline@nicc.edu. Learn more.

March 20,2020

Updated Appointment Policy

In response to the development of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), the Greater Dubuque Development office will be closed. We are continuing our work with community partners, just not face to face.

Appointments are available by phone or teleconference. If you would like to schedule an appointment, please call or reach out by email (see below). 

We apologize for the inconvenience.

 

Rick Dickinson rickd@greaterdubuque.org 563-557-9049 x 2389
Karen Kluesner karenk@greaterdubuque.org 563-557-9049 x 2388
Dan McDonald danielm@greaterdubuque.org 563-557-9049 x 2386
Kristin Dietzel kristind@greaterdubuque.org 563-557-9049 x 2383
Anna Roling annar@greaterdubuque.org 563-557-9049 x 2387
Emily Graves emilyg@greaterdubuque.org 563-557-9049 x 2384

March 16,2020

Appointment Policy

Limited in-person meetings are available with Greater Dubuque Development staff by appointment only. To schedule an appointment, please call 563-557-9049. All other meetings will be held by telephone or teleconference as circumstances dictate through May 2, 2020.


March 13,2020

Greater Dubuque Development Postpones Events and Changes Meeting Protocols in Response to COVID-19

No matter how serious or overblown we might think the Coronavirus pandemic is, if we all take reasonable precautions we can minimize the impact COVID-19 has in our community.  It is important that we all practice Social Distancing wherever it makes sense.  Social Distancing is a proactive measure to restrict when and where people gather in order to slow the spread of an infectious disease.

Working with our partners in the City, County and Business Community, we have been monitoring the information surrounding the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.  As circumstances continue to rapidly change, our priority is the health and safety of our staff and community.  Using an abundance of caution, it has been decided to continue our most important work while also taking action to do what we can to limit the spread of COVID-19.  We will achieve this through the use of social distancing measures.  Greater Dubuque Development’s office will remain open, but the following actions are being taken.

Effective, Monday, March 16th, Greater Dubuque Development is postponing in person meetings through May 1, 2020.  This includes the postponement of:

  • Distinctively Dubuque, March 18th – April 15th
  • Students of Color Career Luncheon, March 24th
  • Career Services Visit, April 30th and May 1st
  • Spring Workforce Breakfast, May 1st
  • Community Newcomer Tours

Announcements on rescheduling or cancellations of any other events will be made at a later date as more information becomes available.

Other meetings will be conducted by telephone or teleconference as circumstances dictate. This includes InfoAction and HR Action visits with our employer partners. Greater Dubuque Development staff will also limit in-person attendance to external meetings and will participate by telephone or teleconference when possible.  The use of the Greater Dubuque Development Boardroom by outside groups will also be discontinued through this time. 

As the situation develops, we will adjust our strategy and continue to inform our partners and the community.