COVID-19 Information & Resources

Kristi Pronovost The Merit Shop Safety Blog, The Merit Shop Spokesman Blog

Updated April 6, 2020

This is an unprecedented and confusing time for business owners. In an effort to provide you with valuable resources that you can use, below is a listing of links that we will continue to update and add to in the weeks ahead. Please check back often for updates. For specific questions that you might have, please feel free to reach out to

Click here for the full Coronavirus section of our website which includes links to resources and updates from ABC Keystone and ABC National.

For all of the recent email updates from the Chapter, please see the COVID-19 section of our website here.
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The information contained in the Coronavirus Update and Resources webpages is intended for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice or opinion, nor is it a substitute for the professional judgment of an attorney. We encourage you to reach out to your attorneys, accountants, insurers and other parties for advice. For your convenience, you can access a listing of ABC Keystone member associates here.

Supplemental Health and Safety Plan to Address Novel Coronavirus/COVID-19 – CLICK to Download
Note: The above is provided as a supplement for your company’s Safety Plans and Procedures. Please consult with your insurance providers and attorneys for advice.

ABC National Information Resources:

City, State Government and Healthcare Industry Information Resources:

Federal Government and Healthcare Information Resources:

Unemployment Compensation  (UC), Worker’s Compensation Information, and Notices:

Financial Resources:

Coronavirus Emergency Relief Legislation:

The CARES act creates a $350 billion loan program for small businesses, and establishes a $500 billion lending fund for industries, cities and states. Other provisions include payroll tax delays and other tax fixes for businesses and, importantly, $140 billion for hospitals. Click here for a copy of the final bill and click here for a section-by-section analysis. Additional information and links on the bill are included below.
  • Click here to learn about the Senate CARES bill tax provisions.
  • Click here to learn about the Senate CARES bill unemployment provisions.
  • Click here to learn about the Senate CARES bill small business provisions.
  • Click here to learn about the Senate CARES bill distressed industries provisions.

Please consult with your legal/accounting/insurance team for advice. There are restrictions to which you are subject as a result of the acceptance of a mid-sized business loan under the CARES Act.

Department of Labor Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) Resources:

Below is some additional information on the previously passed legislation that requires paid leave from employers with fewer than 500 employees.
On March 26, the U.S. Department of Labor issued additional guidance explaining paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act:

COVID-19 Toolbox Talks from ABC National:

Mental Health Resources:

Additional Resources:


  • How to Donate Respirators & Other Items to Lancaster-area Hospitals
  • From the PA Chamber: “A complete list of in-demand supplies that are needed can be found here.  If you are able to assist in this crucial request, please email  Any questions may be directed to Joe Tibbs, President of HAPEvolve, who is coordinating the effort on behalf of HAP. We are urging all businesses that believe they are able to turn their existing supply chain into the PPE output that the health care industry so desperately needs to please contact PA Chamber Government Affairs Director Kevin Sunday at 717 645-2071 or”

Food Banks are in dire need of donations right now. To discover how to provide assistance during this time as many locations can not currently accept in-person drop offs, please see the links below or visit the website of the location nearest you. If you’d like your local food bank website added to this list, please email