COVID-19 Resources & Articles

March 17, 2020 | General

We ENCOURAGE the community to continue supporting local businesses during this time of uncertainty. Public health crises affect all businesses, particularly the hospitality industry. There is no better time than the present to #ShopLocal and be #StrongerTogether.

We have been and will continue to update this page with important information as it comes available.

PLEASE NOTE: As of Wednesday, August 5, 2020, the Illinois Dept. of Public Health has reported 4,134 cases of COVID-19 in our county and 155 deaths in St. Clair County. For the most up-to-date public health information, please follow the St. Clair County Emergency Management Agency on Facebook. You can also check the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) website for current information.

As the threat of COVID-19 continues to spread to our communities, it is important for the Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce to take the appropriate precautions outlined by local and national public health organizations.

As of now, all Belleville Chamber in-person events are canceled through December 31, 2020. All purchased tickets, reservations and sponsorships will be honored when new dates are announced, and a separate communication will be made if refunds need to be applied.

For more information regarding the COVID-19 virus and updates, we encourage you to visit the following trusted resources:

Resource Websites

Back-to-Work Resources

Business Interruption Grants Program (June 25, State of IL)

Combat a Resurgence of COVID-19 – Updated Phase 3 Plan (July 2020)

Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Grant and Loan Program (June 15, U.S. Small Business Administration)

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Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act)

FFCRA for Employers related to COVID-19 Webinar Recording (New Labor Laws via Greensfelder, Hemker and Gale, P.C.; April 24, 2020) Access Password: 7V+4B60h

Five Questions and Answers for Employers

Guide to PPP Loan Forgiveness (June 17, U.S. Chamber of Commerce)

How to Run a Zoom Meeting Webinar (Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce/Techknow Solutions) 56 minutes

Internal Communication Tips to Help Navigate COVID-19 (PR NEWS)

Members Offering Services to Help Get Back to Work

Phase 4 Guidelines for Reopening Businesses & Returning People to Work Safely (State of IL)

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan Forgiveness Guide (U.S. Chamber of Commerce)

Ready to Reopen: A Playbook for Your Small Business (U.S. Chamber of Commerce)

Reopening Business Digital Resource Center (U.S. Chamber of Commerce)

Reopening Business Digital Resources Center Toolkit (U.S. Chamber of Commerce)

Restore Illinois: A Public Health Approach To Safely Reopen Illinois Phase 5 Plan (May 5, 2020)

“Return to Work: Critical Information for Employers as Employees Come Back to the Workplace” Webinar Recording (Greensfelder, Hemker and Gale, P.C.) **Available for a limited time to download as of May 4.

U.S. Department Of Labor Announces New Paid Sick Leave And Expanded Family And Medical Leave Implementation

Work Comp and the COVID-19 Effect Webinar (Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce/Schmale Insurance) June 2; 23 minutes
Password: 0P@!1M9L

Workplace Health and Safety Guidance for Employees and Staff of Businesses

Community Organizations & Non-Profit Specific Resources

Illinois COVID-19 Response Fund

Resources for Community and Faith-Based Leaders (CDC)

St. Clair County Non-profit Grant

St. Louis Community Foundation Regional Response Fund for Non-profits

Community Information

Ameren COVID-19 Updates for Businesses & Families

Beware of Scams and Fraud Schemes (SBA)

Disinfecting Your Home When Someone Is Sick (BJC)

Drive-through testing available in Swansea (BJC)

Easy Chair Workouts to Enhance Your Home Routine (BJC)

Energy Savings Tips (Ameren IL)

Free Virtual Screening for COVID-19 (SSM)

Home Isolation Guidelines: Patients & Household (BJC)

How to Know If You or a Coworker Needs Help (BJC)

How to Help Your Child Continue Learning at Home

Ideas for Fun Family Fitness (BJC)

Increase Your Safety with These Healthy Habits (BJC)

Know the Difference: COVID-19 vs. Flu vs. Allergies

Managing Coronavirus-Related Stress (BJC)

Need Help Buying Food For Your School-Aged Children?

Resources for Financial Assistance

Self-Care Massage at Home (BJC)

Start Meditating (BJC)

Talking to Kids About Coronavirus

Tips for Avoiding Coronavirus Scams

What To Do If You Are Sick

Contact Information

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has a statewide COVID-19 hotline and website to answer any questions from the public or to report a suspected case.
Hotline: 800-889-3931

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Service‚Äôs (DHSS) COVID-19 also has a statewide public hotline and website to provide citizens and providers guidance regarding COVID-19.
Hotline: 877-435-8411