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COVID-19 Resources

July 20th, 2020

As  you have seen the Governor has issued Executive Order 82 and Emergency order 1.  We are working through all of this as quickly as possible to have as many answers as possible.  Here is a link to the orders and a frequently asked question document https://evers.wi.gov/Pages/Home.aspx

May 26, 2020

For Immediate Release: Drive-Through COVID-19 Testing to be Held in Adams County with the Wisconsin National Guard

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Please note that this is NOT an antibody test, which tests if someone has previously had COVID-19. It is a test to see if someone CURRENTLY has COVID-19. — sharing a COVID-19 Update.

The following important tax information is available at this link: https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/covid-19-paid-leave-tax-credits-for-small-and-midsize-businesses

May 7, 2020 - COVID Tax Tip 2020-53

Small and midsize employers can claim two new refundable payroll tax credits. The paid sick leave credit and the paid family leave credit are designed to immediately and fully reimburse eligible employers for the cost of providing COVID-19 related leave to their employees.
Here are some key things to know about these credits.
Paid sick and family leave
For COVID-19 related reasons, employees receive up to 80 hours of paid sick leave when they are sick or caring for someone else who is, and up to 10 weeks of paid family leave when their children's schools or place of care are closed, or child care providers are unavailable due to COVID-19.
Coverage
  • Employers receive 100% reimbursement for required paid leave.
  • Health insurance costs are also included in the credit.
  • Employers do not owe their share of social security tax on the paid leave and get a credit for their share of Medicare tax on the paid leave.
  • Self-employed individuals receive an equivalent credit.

Fast funds

  • Reimbursement will be quick and easy.
  • The credit provides a dollar-for-dollar tax offset against the employer's payroll taxes
  • The IRS will send any refunds owed as quickly as possible.

To take immediate advantage of the paid leave credits, businesses should use funds they would otherwise pay to the IRS in payroll taxes. If those amounts are not enough to cover the cost of paid leave, employers can request an expedited advance from the IRS by submitting Form 7200, Advance Payment of Employer Credits Due to COVID-19.
For details about these credits and other relief, visit Coronavirus Tax Relief on IRS.gov.

Related news coverage: https://www.thinkadvisor.com/2020/05/07/irs-reminds-employers-of-3-covid-19-tax-credits/
Some employers can use tax credits for employee retention, paid sick leave and family leave if they've been affected by the coronavirus pandemic, according to the IRS. This article explains eligibility, reporting and calculation.

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) now available in Wisconsin

Starting today, DWD is taking applications for PUA benefits. PUA is a new federal unemployment benefit created in the CARES Act. PUA is for individuals who are unemployed and otherwise not eligible for unemployment benefits. PUA is for up to 39 weeks and covers self-employed individuals, independent contractors, people with limited recent work history, and others not covered by regular UI. See the DWD explainer for further information on eligibility and benefits.

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WMC’s COVID-19 Employer Toolkit Includes:

Click here to view the full news release.

March 26, 2020

Passed 3-27-2020- CARES ACT, act now for your payroll

Guide to the Care Act

Guide to the Employee Retention Tax Credit

March 26, 2020

Attached please find a press release that was issued yesterday https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic.  You will see links to an Employer Fact Sheet, Employees Fact Sheet, and some initial Frequently Asked Questions.  We anticipate additional guidance issued soon we will share them as soon as they are posted.

COVID-19 and the Workplace
The Wage and Hour Division provides information on common issues employers and employees face when responding to COVID-19, and its effects on wages and hours worked under the Fair Labor Standards Act and job-protected leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act.

For further information about Coronavirus, please visit the HHS’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

March 25, 2020 - Safer at Home Order and Unemployment

Resources for Businesses and Employees During the COVID-19 Outbreak

Is your business classified as an “essential business” under the Governor’s Executive Order?
Generally, businesses that provide necessary services to infrastructure are classified as “essential” under Governor Evers’ Executive order. Nonessential businesses/nonprofit businesses are have been encouraged to cease all activities, except for maintaining minimal basic operations. Visit the website for the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation at https://wedc.org/essentialbusiness/ to see what an “essential business” is, or view Governor Evers’ Executive Order at: https://evers.wi.gov/Documents/COVID19/EMO12-SaferAtHome.pdf
Businesses that are still open shall comply with social distancing requirements.

What should my business/place of work do during the outbreak of COVID-19?
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services has great resource for business owners and employees regarding COVID-19 in the workplace. It can be found here: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/employers.htm

Is your business suffering as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak?
If your small business has suffered during the COVID-19 outbreak, WEDC is offering grants for small businesses with no greater than 20 employees. Visit https://wedc.org/programs-and-resources/small-business-2020/  for more information.
The SBA has disaster loans available for those businesses that are in need of assistance. More information can be found at https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/disaster-assistance

Have you found yourself unemployed as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak?
If you have become unemployed through no fault of your own, you may be eligible for assistance from the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Developments Unemployment Benefits. More information can be found at https://dwd.wisconsin.gov/covid19/public/ui.htm
If you are in search of employment, visit the Wisconsin Job Center at https://jobcenterofwisconsin.com/ to view available job opportunities, as well as see important updates regarding COVID-19 and the search for employment.

Below you will find a comprehensive overview of resources developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the State, the County and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to ensure your business and your employees have the necessary information to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. We all play a vital role in not only preventing the spread of COVID-19 but also enacting everyday safety and wellness precautions to keep our workforce healthy.
As of now, the Adams County Chamber of Commerce and Tourism will be working remotely and still have access to email and phone calls. Please call, Laura Hook at 608-547-0997 with any questions or concerns. We have been in touch with all of our legislators and are working with them as we all navigate through the new orders to shut non-essential businesses.You can find the video here from Governor Evers; ​https://wqow.com/2020/03/23/watch-live-130-governor-evers-covid-19-press-conference/

https://www.wisn.com/article/coronavirus-evers-safer-at-home-order-closing-businesses/31898958

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March 20, 2020

APPLY FOR SBA Assistance TODAY!
Please feel free to visit www.developadamscountywi.com for more info. You can also go to the WEDC website at https://wedc.org/programs-and-resources/covid-19-response/ or the SBA website at https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/disaster-assistance to get information.

Gov. Evers Announces Federal Approval of Disaster Loans for Small Businesses

Contact: GovPress@wisconsin.gov or 608-219-7443

MADISON — Gov. Tony Evers announced today that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved Wisconsin’s request for small businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic to access low-interest federal disaster loans.

“This is very good news for Wisconsin businesses that have already suffered financial losses due to the COVID-19 outbreak,” he said. “With the SBA loans now available to our state, small businesses and their employees have a little more certainty over their financial futures. This is another step in providing much-needed assistance to Wisconsin's small businesses.”
With unprecedented demand for the loans nationwide, processing of the applications may be delayed.

“We are encouraging business owners to reach out to SBA’s partners [mentioned below] and to SBA’s offices with their questions to help the loan application process go as smoothly as possible,” said Wisconsin's SBA district director, Eric Ness.
Under the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program, businesses and non-profits may qualify for up to $2 million in loans to cover losses resulting from the pandemic. The interest rate on the loans is 3.75% for for-profit businesses and 2.75% for nonprofits. Participants may be able to extend payments for up to 30 years.

Businesses and non-profits can begin their loan applications at www.sba.gov/disaster. The Wisconsin Small Business Development (SBDC) Network and it partners are helping small businesses apply for federal disaster loans to mitigate the substantial economic injury as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Wisconsin SBDC, a resource partner of the SBA, has created a web page to help business owners understand the qualifications and application process. That web page is available here. Consultants across the network’s 13 locations are working remotely via phone, email and virtual tools to assist clients.

The Wisconsin SBA and its other SBA resource partners – including WWBICWestern Wisconsin Women’s Business CenterSCORE and Veterans Business Outreach Center – are also working to assist their clients.

Additional business resources can be found on Wisconsin SBDC’s website https://wisconsinsbdc.org/covid-19/ and Institute for Business & Entrepreneurship’s website, www.business.wisconsin.edu/covid-19. The UW System is sharing updates regularly at www.wisconsin.edu/coronavirus.

As part of the application process, businesses will be asked to supply the following information:

  • Tax Information Authorization (IRS Form 4506T) for the applicant, principals and affiliates.
  • Complete copies of the most recent Federal Income Tax Return.
  • Schedule of Liabilities (SBA Form 2202).
  • Personal Financial Statement (SBA Form 413).
  • Profit and loss statements
  • Monthly sales figures (SBA Form 1368)

For more information, consult the FAQ sheet from SBA here, visit the SBA website at sba.gov, or visit the SBDC website at www.wisconsinsbdc.org/disasterloans.

Message from Adams County Administrator

Adams County’s top priority is to protect your health, your family’s health, and the health of Adams County residents. Effective immediately, we will implement the Adams County Emergency Declaration and Adams County COVID-19 PlanThese documents will make it easier for you to prioritize your health and wellness, as well as the safety and security of the people we serve as we take every effort to contain the spread of COVID-19. These plans will allow greater flexibility within the county structure to meet the evolving needs of employees and the community. This plan addresses response coordination, communication protocol, quarantines, and emergency leave, travel restrictions, and other issues.  Please take the time to review it.

As stated previously, the COVID-19 public health pandemic is rapidly evolving. The Department Heads are working closely with Public Health and county leadership to make decisions around existing programming and services.  It is important for Adams County to continue to provide services and support to the public for as long as possible. We are a safety net for many people that rely on our resources and support.
Public Health will continue to send out consistent and unified messaging to the public.  When you are working with members of the public or trying to ease fears and confusion, please use tools and resources that they have shared or that are on their Facebook page.  It is important that no one creates their own resources or guidance unless directed to do so by Public Health. There continues to be a great deal of misinformation and rumoring and we all need to do our part in providing a unified message.
If you have questions or concerns, please talk to your supervisor for additional guidance. It is also important that employees stay home when they are sick, especially if you have a fever, are coughing, sneezing or are experiencing shortness of breath.

The measures detailed in the attachment are taken out of an abundance of caution to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in Adams County. This is a very serious matter, and we appreciate your commitment and patience as we work to meet the needs of our employees, families and the residents we serve.

Stay healthy.

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Casey Bradley
County Manager/Administrative Coordinator
Adams County
PO Box 102
Friendship, WI 53934
W: 608-339-4579
C: 608-403-1618