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COVID-19 Information & Resources

The City of Alpine is monitoring the COVID-19 virus developments, including updates and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as state health departments, and other partners.

We are working to determine additional ways we can be supportive of our community businesses and organizations in this ever-evolving situation.

Please view the available resources below. As we learn more, we will continue to update this page with pertinent information.


Business Relief
As of April 3, 2020, these are the best available business relief resources under the newly-passed federal CARES Act:
 
1. SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL): There is a short online application at https://covid19relief.sba.gov/

Check the box requesting up to $10,000 in emergency advance funds that do not have to be repaid.

More information here: https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options/economic-injury-disaster-loan-emergency-advance
 
2. SBA Paycheck Protection Program: These “loans” go through a bank participating with the SBA and officially become available on April 3, 2020 (though some lenders may  have delays in implementation).

If you keep paying your employees, these “loans” become grants for payroll, utility, mortgage and rent expenses. These funds are limited and will run out, so apply SOON.

More information about the program herehttps://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options/paycheck-protection-program-ppp

A sample applicationhttps://www.sba.gov/document/sba-form--paycheck-protection-program-borrower-application-form

Find a participating lender here: https://www.sba.gov/paycheckprotection/find 


What should I do 2

You will probably qualify for unemployment benefits if you: 

  • Are not given work due to layoffs or permanent, indefinite, or temporary business closure caused by COVID-19; 

  • Are self-employed, if you cannot find work or your business has closed permanently, indefinitely, or temporarily because of COVID-19;

  • Are given reduced hours due to COVID-19;

  • Are fired or leave work due to a verified illness of yourself or a minor child under your care; 

  • Are unable to work (whether you were employed by someone else or self-employed) because you are caring for a child whose school or child-care facility closed due to COVID-19; 

  • Are fired or leave work to comply with a mandatory order issued under a disaster declaration; 

  • Are unable to work due to government-ordered quarantine; 

  • Are unable to work because a doctor advised you to self-quarantine due to COVID-19 concerns; 

  • Are unable to work because you have COVID-19 symptoms and are seeking a diagnosis;

  • Are unable to work because you have been diagnosed with COVID-19; 

  • Are unable to work because someone else in your household has been diagnosed with COVID-19; or 

  • Are unable to work because you are caring for a family member who has been diagnosed with COVID-19. 

Please see the following page from TRLA for more information: 

https://www.trla.org/taking-time-off-work-covid-19-response


If you are able, we recommend assisting those affected financially by this crisis. Please consider making a donation to any of our area’s worthy nonprofits or to the new Big Bend COVID-19 Pandemic Relief Fund (http://bigbendaid.org/) which will benefit Brewster County residents who lose work in the pandemic fallout.
 
You can donate at West Texas National Bank with a check to Big Bend Citizens Alliance ("COVID-19 Relief Fund" on the memo line), or online at https://fundrazr.com/bigbendC-19


LOCAL RESOURCES

City Manager Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates
Food Service & Community Information
Emergency Ordinance 2020-03-06
Brewster County Declaration of Local State of Disaster
Sul Ross State University Coronavirus Updates


SMALL BUSINESS RESOURCES

U.S. Small Business Administration Disaster Loan Program
SBA Disaster Assistance One-Pager
SBA Coronavirus Disaster Loans
SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans for COVID-19
Resources for Small Business In Response to the Novel Coronavirus Pandemic
U.S. Small Business Administration
TransPecos Banks statement on SBA loans


U.S. CHAMBER RESOURCES

U.S. Chamber Coronavirus Resources Website
U.S. Chamber Summary of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act
U.S. Chamber Disaster Help Desk
Resources to Help Your Small Business Survive


CDC RESOURCES

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) | CDC
Coronavirus Guidance for Employees
Guidance for Businesses and Employers


IRS RESOURCES

Tax Delay
Tax Delay (Español)


STATE RESOURCES

Texas Workforce Commission
Texas Workforce Commission Encourages Employers to Enroll in Shared Work Program
Texas Workforce Commission Unemployment Application
Texas Health & Human Services
Texas Department of Health & Human Services
Coronavirus (COVID-19): Resources and Updates for Affected Taxpayers
Governor Abbott's Executive Orders
Office of Governor Greg Abbott
FAQ for Employers from the Texas Workforce Commission


EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES (Through WSB)

The economic impact of the COVID-19 virus is of great concern to our entire nation. We expect that there will be employment disruptions for many of our residents. We will maintain this page with any employment opportunities that may become available in the hope that it might provide some assistance.

• Alpine Family Dollar has two part-time positions available.
• Fort Davis Family Dollar has multiple full- and part-time positions available.

The following positions are available through Workforce Solutions Borderplex:

• O'Reilly Auto Parts - part-time counter sales
• PermiaCare - two positions
• Preventative Care Health Services - various positions
• TxDOT- full-time positions
• Coca-Cola - part-time merchandiser

In response to concerns of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), Workforce Solutions Borderplex (WSB) announces a closure update for its job centers, including Alpine, effective March 18th (until further notice). WSB has moved to complete remote assistance to its clients and the greater Borderplex community. The Alpine center will be closed to the public for case management and in-office visits as we implement the federal guideline of social distancing. 

WSB encourages job seekers to contact them via phone or email to better tailor job search assistance to meet their needs. Call or email Virginia Sandoval at (915) 887-2383 or virginia.sandoval@borderplexjobs.com


Employment Opportunities with the City of Alpine:

www.cityofalpine.com/employment


March 18, 2020

Community Leaders discuss COVID-19 Emergency Declaration on the air on KVLF 1240