f you have concerns that you might have COVID-19 or been exposed to it, UAMS Health has a HealthNow website where you can get free online screening: https://uamshealth.com/healthnow/
The Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) is working with local, state and federal partners and has activated a call center to answer questions from health care providers and the public about the novel coronavirus. Learn more.
Call the Arkansas coronavirus hotlines: For children (staffed by Arkansas Children’s Hospital): 1-800-743-3616. For adults (staffed by UAMS): 1-800-632-4502. Contact the Arkansas Department of Health at 1-800-803-7847.
If you are a Medicare Beneficiary, consider using Telemedicine services. For more information, click HERE. For a FAQ on how to utilize telemedicine, click HERE.
The CDC offers information on how Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) spreads, symptoms, prevention and treatment, and what to do if you are sick, and frequently asked questions, including printable fliers. About Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Arkansas Department of Health tool that tracks the spread of COVID-19 in Arkansas: https://adem.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/f533ac8a8b6040e5896b05b47b17a647 Arkansas Center for Health Improvement (ACHI) has a webpage on COVID-19: www.achi.net/covid19 State NewsAs of March 25, Arkansas has reported 280 total known cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, according to Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson. Hutchinson previously said that all schools in Arkansas will close on-site instruction until April 17 to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Hutchinson previously declared a public-health emergency in Arkansas. The state will soon be receiving $6.2 million in emergency funding for virus response recently approved by Congress.
Small Business Resources
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved Disaster Declaration #16372 Arkansas Disaster number AR-00109 as a statewide declaration for small business affected by Coronavirus (COVID-19). Effective date 1/31/2020. Businesses located in all counties in Arkansas can apply at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.
Unemployment Insurance Claims: Effective Monday, March 23, the state of Arkansas set up a hotline number, 844-908-2178, to make UI requests. Information is also available at https://www.arkansasedc.com/covid19. Please do not go to workforce centers to sign up for unemployment benefits. Update on Unemployment Insurance Program Waivers: CLICK HERE
The Senate passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act by a 96-0 vote late Wednesday, March 25. The House is expected to pass the measure Friday, March 27 and send it to President Trump, who has indicated he will sign it into law. The $2.2 trillion relief package will provide loans to small businesses, direct financial checks to many Americans, expanded unemployment insurance and much more. Read NAM’s summary of the key provisions of the bill here.
A complete copy of the CARES Act, H. R. 748 can be accessed HERE
What the Families First Response Act means for your business:
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is granting a 90-day delay past the traditional April 15th deadline to everyone who owes money to the IRS. Individuals can defer up to $1 million without any penalties or interest, and businesses can do the same for up to $10 million. To learn more, click HERE. The IRS released Notice 2020-17 providing additional information related to the extension of the deadline for Federal income tax payments. All local Arkansas Social Security Offices are now closed to the public for in-person services. If you need to contact your local social security office, secure online services are available at www.socialsecurity.gov or you can call your local office. If you are not sure which Social Security office to call, you can find out here: https://www.ssofficelocation.com/arkansas-social-security-offices-sos4. Google launches COVID-19 website: https://www.google.com/covid19/
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