Photo: Stocksy/Ivan Gener Let’s be real for a second: Masks suck. They’re uncomfortable, especially in the heat, and they prevent you from gazing upon the beautiful faces of people you’re no longer allowed to get within six feet of, among other inconveniences. No one wants to live in a masked world forever. And that’s why it’s so important that you stop believing common mask myths you may have heard—or that’s the way it’s going to be. Read More... From: Well+Good
Our state, California, now has 46,500 confirmed cases of COVID-19, resulting in 1,887 deaths. The number of COVID-related deaths increased slightly by 4.3 percent from Monday April 27th's total of 1,809. The number of diagnostic tests for COVID-19 in California is on the increase, with a total of 603,139 on Tuesday, April 28th. California’s hospitalizations due to COVID-19 have increased by 40 over Monday's numbers. Check out the data for yourself at the state of California website dedicated to the COVID-19 numbers.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (CN) — Marking a milestone in the pandemic fight, California Governor Gavin Newsom on Tuesday offered a ray of hope to 40 million residents confined at home by unveiling a strategy to open up the state.
“This can’t be a permanent state, and it will not be a permanent state,” Newsom said.
In a media briefing, Newsom unveiled a 6-point roadmap that he says will guide California’s transition from total lockdown to a functioning society and economy. The full reopening of the state’s $3 trillion economy will hinge on enhanced testing and a statewide reshaping of businesses, hospitals and schools to further implement physical distancing. Read more here
Under THE CARES ACT stimulus bill, unemployment benefits will now include a $600 weekly bonus. The benefit is even available to freelancers and gig workers who don’t normally qualify for unemployment benefits. For more details on the new unemployment benefits see this article from Mother Jones here>>>
James Dyson, billionaire founder of Dyson, designed a new ventilator in only 10 days. His company has gone to work to produce 15,000 units for the COVID-19 pandemic fight. See the complete story HERE>>>
WEBINAR Monday, March 30, 2020 10:00 AM Sign-up to attend a Webinar hosted by FMBCC and featuring Congressman Jim Costa, SBA District Director Dawn Golik and FMBCC CEO Tara Lynn Gray to take a deep dive into the federal economic stimulus bill passed by congress on Friday, March 27, 2020. The bill contains billions of dollars toward a small business rescue plan. Find out how this will impact the Central Valley. REGISTER NOW>>>
During an emergency Fresno City Council meeting March 25, 2020 the Council members voted and passed two emergency ordinances in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The Resolution Directing Saff to Create "The Save our Small Business Act" and Ordinance Amending COVID-19 Pandemic Emergency Measures are both available for you to read in full HERE>>>
Senate Democrats have worked across the aisle to secure a $2 trillion dollar investment in American workers, have funded a Marshall Plan for hospitals, a small business rescue plan, emergency appropriations and more. See an outline detailing the full scope of the bill here >>> Here is short rundown of the funding package to support America's workforce during this unprecedented time in our history: Democrats secured a massive $260 billion dollar investment in the Unemployment Insurance program as well as critical reforms to make the program more effective for workers. In the wake of the economic recession caused by the coronavirus the UI program is an essential a long-term lifeline for millions of workers during this crisis. Democrats secured an unprecedented and historic investment for our health care system in its fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. The new $150 billion fund is widely available to all types of hospitals and providers most affected by COVID-19, and it will be available to fund whatever is needed to defeat this virus. Tough new requirements not included in the McConnell bill have been added to government loans lent to companies. The bill includes a $377 billion dollar small business rescue plan and has increased direct payments to working Americans from $600 to $1200 with an additional $500 payment per child. It also provides $150 billion dollars to assist States, Tribes and local governments meet expenses. It also includes an additional $330 billion dollars in emergency appropriations and student loan relief. Download the outline detailing the full scope of the bill here >>>
Are you a business owner trying to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic? Are you concerned about cash flow? Keeping your employees? Not sure what resources are available to you? Signup to attend this FREE and informative webinar. Following the webinar, the Fresno Metro Black Chamber of Commerce will be standing by to help you take the next steps in applying for assistance and navigating the system to ensure that you are able to make the right choices for your business in this critical time. SIGN UP NOW HERE>>>
Thank you to all that participated in the March 16, 2020 webinar we hosted with the Fresno SBA District Office, Access Plus Capital, and Central Valley BizFed. Presentations by Dawn Golik, SBA, Clint Olivier, CV BizFed, and Tate Hill, Access Plus Capital, and Tara Lynn Gray can be found on the slides below. A complete audio and video version of the webinar is linked below as well as updated disaster relief information. Please email with any questions. WEBINAR SLIDES & TRANSCRIPT SBA PRESS RELEASE
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Business Continuity Plan As novel coronavirus (COVID-19) cases continue to increase around the world, Fresno Metro Black Chamber of Commerce and Fresno Metro Black Chamber Foundation are committed to providing a safe environment for our employees and ensuring business continuity, to the best of our abilities, in service to our members, partners, and residents. We are confident that this coronavirus will not significantly impact the organization systems and platforms nor our commitment to serving our statewide community of members and program participants. With the rise in active cases and monitoring in the region, we are taking increased measures to maintain business continuity and protect the health of our employees with social distancing and cancellation of non-essential gatherings to contain COVID-19. We are currently taking the following measures of precaution: · All classes and cohorts have been moved to their online equivalents. · We have canceled all business travel and recommended that our team avoids non-urgent personal travel as well. · We require any employee that boards an aircraft, either domestically or abroad, to work from home for a 14-day precautionary period before coming back to the office. · We are only accepting the minimum number of visitors to our office and have postponed all planned events, fairs, and meetings for the next 30 days. · We have shared best practice health tips with our team and continue to keep them updated daily. · We are placing extra hand sanitizers around our offices and have requested an increase in the frequency of office cleaning. While we continue our work, we are preparing for different scenarios, including the possibility of our entire team working remotely, if required. As a community-based organization with strong cloud-based infrastructure, we are prepared to manage business continuity challenges virtually. We anticipate no impact to our core services and believe in our ability to keep things running with no interruption. We have ensured that our team members have whatever they need to work remotely, if needed, and to continue doing their jobs securely. We have increased channels of internal communication, and as always, prioritize communication with you. We will do our best to keep you updated across all of our communications channels of any developments, and we ask for your patience as we navigate the evolving nature of this circumstance. We will continue to monitor news from the World Health Organization, US Centers for Disease Control, among other sources and guidelines, and are committed to reassessing the situation and adjusting our plans accordingly. We encourage everyone to take preventative measures and protect those among us that are the most vulnerable. Please stay home if you are sick, wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds or more, cover your cough and sneeze, and avoid touching your face with unclean hands. We wish you all good health, and thank you for continuing to place your trust in us. Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions or inquiries. For more information on COVID-19, please visit the CDC’s website. Last updated: March 10, 2020