COVID-19 Community Resources & Information

 In an effort to support our community’s public health and the well being of our local business community, we will be adding updates and resources regarding COVID-19. If there is a great community resource you would like added to this page, please email staff at info@fruitachamber.org.

State of Colorado Update

On Wednesday, April 22, 2020, Governor Polis has stated that the Stay At Home order will be moving to Safer At Home effective April 27, 2020. Please click here to learn more. 

Mesa County Update

A variance to the statewide safer at home plan was approved by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and the Governor’s Office. Mesa County’s variance allows for three specific sectors to begin operating at a limited capacity, with social distancing precautions in place, Mesa County Public Health is working with the industries on a timeline that is reasonable to allow for our community partners to implement the recommendations. For more information, visit www.health.mesacounty.us/saferathome/ 

 

Resources for Businesses

Financial Help for Small Businessess

Fruita Small Business Emergency Assistance Fund – APPLY NOW!

Payroll Protection Program (PPP)

  • Congree approved a second round of funding for PPP and EIDL. The SBA will be reopening applications. 
  • Next Steps: 
    • Verify your business’s eligibility.
    • Review the application and gather the necessary materials such as payroll tax filings, proof of lease payments, proof of mortgage payments, and proof of utility payments.
    • Get in contact with your accountant and/or bank that pays out your business’s payroll. Ask your lender if it is authorized to process your Paycheck Protection Program loan. If you are not connected to an authorized lender, find an eligible lender here.

Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL)

  • Next Steps: 
    • Verify eligibility through SBA’s online portal.
    • Gather necessary materials such as your business’s most recent tax return, owner’s/GP’s personal financial statement, and schedule of liabilities.
    • Apply through SBA. SBA put together an EIDL Application Guide to walk you through the application process.
    • To check the status of your application, please either call 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339) for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) or send an email to disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.

Business Incubator Center – COVID-19 Responder Loan

  • Purpose: Provide funds for working capital, equipment, and/or inventory to be used to directly support companies responding to the COVID-19 crisis.
  • Loan information can be found at www.gjincubator.org/loan-fund/

SBA Economic Disaster Loan Updates & Information

(CARE) Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act

Families First Coronavirus Act

Additional Information:

Resources for Employers:

Resources of Employees: 

Leadership & Working From Home: 

Supporting Local Business

Seven Simple Ways You Can Support Businesses and Shop Local Now

  • Buy a Gift Card – Support service based businesses by purchasing a gift card now to use later. Your investment can help the business sustain themselves during this time and you’ll be able to treat yourself later!
  • Buy Now, Pick Up Later – Support product based businesses by purchasing an item now to be picked up later. Many local restaurants are currently offering take-out or curbside pick up.
  • Tip & Say Thank You – Many employees are continuing to work with the public. Let them know you appreciate their hard work by tipping appropriately and remembering to say thank you.
  • Continue Your Membership or Subscription – Many organizations rely on membership or subscription based due. Support businesses by continuing these services.
  • Engage Online – Support local businesses by engaging with their online content. Spread encouragement by posting a positive comment, liking a post, and sharing content.
  • Talk to a Business Owner – Reach out to a local business owner and ask what you can do to support them at this time. Let them know they’re not alone.
  • Stay Positive – Remember that we are a community and we are all in this together! Rather than spreading fear, seek opportunities to lend a helping hand and spread a positive message.

Community & Public Health Information

To stay up to date on public health information in Mesa County, we reccomend visiting Mesa County Public Health’s website at: www.health.mesacounty.us/covid19/

Mesa County Public Health can be contacted at: 

Grand Junction Office: 510 29 1/2 Road, Grand Junction, Colorado 81504
*Fruita Office: 
215 N. Plum St. Fruita, Colorado 81521

Main Phone Number – (970) 248-6900.     Email healthinfo@mesacounty.us

Hours: Monday – Thursday 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. and Friday 8 a.m. – Noon

*Fruita location: Limited hours & services, call (970)248-6935 for an appointment.

Key Actions For Public Health
According to the CDC, there are seven key actions we all should take to minimize spread of respiratory viruses such as seasonal flu and COVID-19: 
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. 
  • Stay home when you are sick. 
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. 
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe. 
  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. 
  • Practice social distancing

Additional Health & Community Resources Include: 

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