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COVID-19 resources

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Information regarding the novel coronavirus is constantly being updated. We will continue to post trusted links and resources here as the situation develops.

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Government and legislation

General

Government services and information

US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The World Health Organization

US Secret Service alert regarding coronavirus scams 

FDA surgical mask and gown conservation strategies

OSHA standards and directives (instructions for compliance officers) and other related information that may apply to worker exposure to novel coronavirus, COVID-19

The Department of Public Health and Environment has created a hotline to answer any questions about the coronavirus. You can reach it at 303-389-1687 or 1-877-462-2911. You can also view their website for the latest updates on the outbreak

The Small Business Administration is offering low-interest loans to provide capital to small businesses that are suffering from the coronavirus outbreak

 

Legislation

Information on COVID-19 legislation and relief programs from AVMA

H.R. 6201: Families First Coronavirus Response Act (AVMA)

The AVMA’s Essential Employee Authorization letter was developed in response to some states or locales requiring employees of essential businesses—such as veterinary medicine—to show evidence of their employment within those essential businesses when traveling to and from work

The American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB) is tracking any recent state actions regarding CE changes or telemedicine changes due to the COVIS-19 pandemic

Families First Coronavirus Response Act (AVMA)

SBA loans: The money problem (NEWStat)

The PPP is out of money. Now what? (NEWStat)

The CARES Act: What practices should know (NEWStat)

The CARES Act: What veterinary staff should know (NEWStat)

COVID-19 state orders regarding telemedicine and more (AVMA)

FDA says yes to telemedicine—by not saying no (NEWStat)

Unemployment

 

Financial resources

From AAHA’s NEWStat

The PPP is out of money. Now what?

SBA loans: The money problem

Practice liquidity during a pandemic: A guide to the small business loans offered through the CARES Act

The CARES Act: What practices should know

Applications for SBA Loans for small businesses (including veterinary hospitals) roll out today

Budgeting during a pandemic: advice and a break-even calculator

Family First Coronavirus Response Act: Fact sheet

Families First Coronavirus Response Act overview and related issues

From the AVMA

Addressing contractual obligations in a COVID-19 world

COVID-19: CARES Act small business loan programs (log in required)

COVID-19 insurance claims & CARES leave provisions (log in required)

COVID-19 legislation and relief programs

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act)

From the Colorado Veterinary Medical Association

COVID-19: Economic support for employers and employees

From the government

Benefits.gov help center

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources (SBA)

Tool to find eligible lenders (SBA)

Paycheck Protection Program (SBA)

SBA disaster assistance in response to the coronavirus

Unemployment help (usa.gov)

Coronavirus response & resources (US Chamber of Commerce Foundation)

CareerOneStop (source for career exploration, training, and jobs, US Department of Labor, Employment, and Training Administration)

US Department of Labor Announces New Paid Sick Leave and Expanded Family and Medical Leave Implementation

IRS-related coronavirus scam reporting (US Department of the Treasury)

The CARES Act provides assistance to small businesses (US Department of the Treasury)

From Inc.

Financial Assistance Tracker for Businesses

Free Tools, Resources, and Financial Help for Business Owners Hit by Covid-19

From the North American Veterinary Community

COVID-19 Business Advice from a Veterinary CPA (video)

From Today's Veterinary Business

The federal CARES Act could be a financial lifeline for some hospitals

From the Veterinary Hospital Managers Association

Coronavirus: Understanding the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) (webinar)

From VITICUS Group

Quick Cup of Knowledge: Owen E. McCafferty, CPA, shares all the details on what practices and individuals need to do to take advantage of the financial assistance being offered to offset lost funds due to the COVID-19 pandemic

Running your practice

General

Colorado Veterinary Medical Association resource center

Wedgewood Pharmacy’s information and COVID-19 response

Management

New COVID-19 employer survey: See how your hospital’s handling of the pandemic stacks up (NEWStat)

Aspire leadership courses, including:

The PPP is out of money. Now what? (NEWStat)

What one AAHA-accredited practice wishes they could tell their clients (NEWStat)

SBA loans: The money problem (NEWStat)

North Royalton takes a monstrous approach to COVID-19 (NEWStat)

Practice liquidity during a pandemic: A guide to the small business loans offered through the CARES Act (NEWStat)

The CARES Act: What practices should know (NEWStat)

Applications for SBA Loans for small businesses (including veterinary hospitals) roll out today (NEWStat)

The CARES Act: What veterinary staff should know (NEWStat)

Budgeting during a pandemic: advice and a break-even calculator (NEWStat)

Veterinary hospitals and social responsibility in the era of COVID-19: An interview with J. Scott Weese (NEWStat)

Free legal advice for small businesses (NEWStat)

Family First Coronavirus Response Act: Fact sheet (NEWStat)

Families First Coronavirus Response Act overview and related issues (NEWStat)

Pandemic Conversations: Economic Predictions, Technology, and Staffing Challenges (NEWStat)

7 everyday ways to adapt veterinary practice during the pandemic (NEWStat)

Keep scheduling those wellness appointments with free teletriage service (NEWStat)

AAHA-accredited hospitals reaching out to each other for advice during pandemic (NEWStat)

Coronavirus guide: Communicating with staff and clients (NEWStat)

HUB International Workforce Absence Management’s COVID update

COVID-19 Response Survey to share your experience and needs (from the Illinois Veterinary Medical Association)

Resources from the Veterinary Medical Associations Executives

Major internet providers have pledged not to cut service to homes and small businesses that can’t pay their bills because of disruptions related to the coronavirus. They will also make their Wi-Fi hotspots available to anyone who needs them

Medical and safety

New NIH study: How to sanitize N95 masks for reuse (NEWStat)

COVID-19 test for pets now available to veterinarians (NEWStat)

Removing PPE the right way: Do you know how to doff? (NEWStat)

Interim clinical considerations for North American companion-animal vaccination practice during the COVID-19 pandemic (AAHA) 

COVID-19 Practice Tips from AAHA Members (video)

AVMA’s guidelines for use of personal protective equipment (PPE) during the COVID-19 pandemic when demand exceeds supply

2018 AAHA Infection Control, Prevention, and Biosecurity Guidelines

Triage: Determining when cases are urgent or nonurgent  (AVMA)

American Heartworm Society provides new guidance on heartworm protocols during the pandemic (NEWStat)

Veterinary hospitals and social responsibility in the era of COVID-19: An interview with J. Scott Weese (NEWStat)

Saying goodbye during COVID-19: How AAHA-accredited practices are handling pet euthanasia (NEWStat)

Step-by-step COVID-19 protocol for receiving patients in a small-animal veterinary hospital by J. Scott Weese,DVM, DVSc, DACVIM 

Keeping team members safe

Client communications and shareables

Telemedicine

Resources for Canadians

Wellbeing and self-care

Miscellaneous resources

AAHA Career Center

Chalkbeat has created a map of locations across the state where kids can get meals while schools are closed

Major internet providers have pledged not to cut service to homes and small businesses that can’t pay their bills because of disruptions related to the coronavirus. They will also make their Wi-Fi hotspots available to anyone who needs them

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