COVID-19 Community Updates & Information
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COVID-19 Vaccine: The following information is in regards to the COVID-19 vaccine. Full details regarding the COVID-19 vaccine are available at bit.ly/3rUMTCk. For those who do not fall into the first tier (1A), please be patient. Additional vaccines are being sent to Texas weekly.
Who Can Get Vaccinated Now: The goal is to quickly vaccinate as many health care workers, residents of long-term care facilities, and people at risk of severe illness or death from COVID-19, as possible. Vaccine providers are encouraged to prioritize health care workers but can start vaccinating people in Phase 1B if they have vaccine available after vaccinating all available and willing people in Phase 1A.
Vaccine Availability: Vaccine supply is still limited but new shipments of the vaccine will arrive in Texas each week.
– The Texas COVID-19 Vaccine Provider Locations map shows where the vaccine has been sent. It will be updated weekly after the new shipments of vaccine have been shipped out to vaccine providers.
How Do I Find a Place To Get Vaccinated: Health care workers in Phase 1A should contact their employer about getting vaccinated. Smaller health care facilities and medical offices can reach out to large vaccine providers to arrange for vaccination of their employees. Visit the Texas COVID-19 Vaccine Provider Locations map to see which providers have received the vaccine.
– People in Phase 1B may be able to get vaccinated now if vaccine providers have the vaccine available. To register with Tarrant County Public Health, visit bit.ly/3pTa6TP. Visit the Texas COVID-19 Vaccine Provider Locations map to see which providers have received the vaccine and contact them to find out if you can make an appointment to get vaccinated.
LOCAL BUSINESS UPDATES
The Governor's Report to Open Texas
U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) published its first round of implementation guidance pursuant to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). The guidance addresses critical questions such as:
How does an employer count its number of employees to determine coverage?
How can small businesses obtain an exemption?
How does an employer count hours for part-time employees?
How does an employer calculate wages employees are entitled to under the FFCRA?
The initial Wage and Hour Division guidance is available in three-parts:
U.S. Small Business Administration
Guidance for Small Businesses & Employers
U.S. Small Business Administration Disaster Loan Program
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Small Business Development Center
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U.S. Department of Labor
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U.S. Chamber of Commerce
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Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives
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To help people facing the challenges of COVID-19 issues, the IRS announced a sweeping series of steps to assist taxpayers by providing relief on a variety of issues ranging from easing payment guidelines to postponing compliance actions. Please share this with your members, staff, clients, colleagues and anyone who may benefit from this information.
- Given the #COVID19 outbreak, #IRS is suspending compliance programs temporarily to ease the burden on people facing tax issues.
- Due to the #COVID19 outbreak, #IRS is postponing payments related to Installment Agreements and Offers in Compromise and limiting other enforcement actions.
- #IRS will temporarily suspend many collections and enforcement activities as soon as possible.
- In addition to extending tax deadlines and working on two new tax credits, #IRS will temporarily suspend many collections and enforcement activities.
- #IRS is easing the burden on people facing tax issues. In addition to extending tax deadlines and working on two new tax credits, we’ll temporarily suspend many collections and enforcement activities.
- #IRS is taking several steps to assist taxpayers in various stages of the Offers in Compromise process.
- A new #IRS People First Initiative provides immediate relief to help people facing uncertainty over taxes.