COVID-19 Employee Resources

Employee Resources for those impacted by COVID-19

New State Guidelines:  Today (November 18, 2020) Governor Andy Beshear announced new mandates to combat the spread of COVID-19.  These will take effect beginning on Friday, November 20 at 4 p.m. Central time with a three to six week duration. The Governor said these mandates represent the state’s 3rd “counter attack against the virus” and strongly stated “this is not and there will not be a shut down.” Instead, he said, the changes are targeted steps to stop the spread and added they are designed to cause the least amount of disruption possible.

Among the biggest changes (most of which have a mandate from Friday, November 20 through Sunday, December 13):

  1.  Restaurants and bars will be closed for indoor dining services (can still do outdoor dining, delivery and to go)
  2. Limited indoor social gatherings: Limited to your current household plus one other household; and not to exceed eight people.
  3. Indoor venues, event spaces or theatres can host no more than 25 people per room. This includes funerals and weddings. Does not apply to places of worship - rules to be issued tomorrow.
  4. Gyms, fitness centers, bowling alleys, pools and similar businesses must reduce capacity to 33% occupancy. Group classes are prohibited. Anyone inside the facility must maintain 6 ft. distance, and masks are required. No indoor practices for any sports.
  5. Professional services and office-based businesses must reduce capacity to 33% and allow as many employees to work from home as possible. If possible, these businesses should close to the public and, if open, maintain 33% of employees at most in the facility at one time.
  6. All public and private schools (K-12) will cease in-person instruction beginning Nov. 23. Middle and high schools will remain in remote instruction until January 4, 2021. Elementary schools may reopen on Dec. 7 if their county is not in the red zone and the school follows all Healthy at Schools guidance. 

Fall Sports:  The Kentucky High School Athletic Association (KHSAA) has postponed all fall sports and practices until past the Dec. 13 date. That same decision will be applied to all indoor recreation facilities, prohibiting indoor practices for sports teams. Individual lessons are allowed, but masks are required. 

KHSAA has also delayed the start of basketball season and other winter sports until January 4 and will conclude the season in late March in the hope of avoiding too much overlap with spring sports. The decision governs public schools in the state of Kentucky. January 4 also will mark the beginning of other winter sports -- swimming, wrestling and competitive cheer and dance. University and colleges are also being asked to move to virtual instruction.

Relief for Restaurants and Bars:  Gov. Beshear has allotted $40 million to assist restaurants and bars impacted by these shutdowns. Businesses that qualify will receive $10,000 to use for various costs. The maximum award is $20,000, if a qualifying restaurant or bar has more than one location. Businesses with 50% of sales via drive-thru will not be eligible and no publicly traded company will qualify. Applications will be accepted online from Nov. 30 to Dec. 18. It will be administered by the Public Protection Cabinet. More details about Team Kentucky Food and Beverage Relief Fund and the application process will be released by the Governor’s Office soon.

COVID-19 Contract Tracing Update:  
The Cabinet for Health and Family Services and the Kentucky Public Health departments have issued new information regarding Contract Tracing Strategy Adaptations. During an epidemic, contact tracing can be useful as a mitigation strategy, however when the disease incidence is too high, it exceeds public health system capacity and must be adapted to prioritize efforts. These three documents show the adaptations, what to do if exposed and COVID-19 Patient Guidance. 

Recent Numbers:  The Daily Report issued by the Governor had the state with 2,753 cases today and 15 total new deaths. The state’s COVID-19 Testing Positivity Rate is 9.13% based on a 7-day rolling average.  McCracken County was listed with 52 new cases today (11/18/20) and a total of 2,008 cases. For a copy of the daily report, click here

Employees Encouraged to Utilize Employee Assistance Plan: As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, local healthcare providers are seeing a dramatic increase in mental health related calls. Employers are encouraged to reiterate their Employee Assistance Plan information as another option for employee support in an effort to help manage the influx. Jobs Board: Some of our local businesses are continuing to hire. If you are looking for a new position please visit our jobs board 

Job Openings: Job Opening Information: The Kentucky Chamber Workforce Center staff is working with employers looking for talent due to surges experienced with COVID-19. The Workforce Center team is working with Kentucky's Workforce and Education Cabinet and Career Centers across the state to identify talent currently experiencing job loss due to COVID-19.

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Community Resource Guide from the United Way: Click here for the Quick Reference Guide from the United Way of Paducah-McCracken County.   

Additional Information: Many financial institutions are working with individuals on options for their home, vehicle, insurance and utility payments. Call your specific lender or provider to learn more about short-term payment options. 

Click HERE for Unemployment and Medicaid Information

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