COVID-19

Covid

Houston COVID-19 Resources

COVID-19 arrived in the Houston region in March 2020 and subsequently caused serious disruption to the Houston economy. This page is designed to provide resources and information concerning the virus to businesses

and individuals in our region. We will continue to update this page as new information becomes available.

CDC: Guidance for Fully Vaccinated Individuals

Update that fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear a mask or physically distance in any setting, except where required by laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.

Workplace Reopening Resources

U.S. Chamber: A Guide to Reopening Your Business

Reopening guide, checklists and helpful articles.

CDC: COVID-19 Employer Information for Office Buildings

Tips for creating a workplace health and safety plan, identifying potential exposure points and more.

Communicating with Employees on COVID-19 Vaccines

With all adults in Texas now eligible to receive one of the approved COVID-19 vaccines, employers can play an important role in communicating with workers about vaccine opportunities. The Greater Houston Partnership created this guide to help employers share key messages about the vaccines and the critical role they play in our community fully reopening and moving past the pandemic.

Emerging from the Pandemic: Safe Business Practices

Memorial Hermann has published this helpful guide to restarting workplace activity while maintaining health and safety.

 

Small Business Resources

SBA COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program

This Federal small business loan program supports small businesses’ recovery from the COVID-19 disaster’s economic impacts by providing accessible and borrower-friendly capital.

COVID-19 EIDL Application Portal Walkthrough

Step by step example of how to apply for SBA’s COVID-19 EIDL program.

Harris County Small Business Relief Fund

Harris County has created a new $30 Million Small Business Relief Fund to support micro and small businesses recovering from the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

SOAR TruFund Disaster Recovery Loan Program

TruFund Financial Service, Inc. is one of 13 Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) participating in the SOAR COVID-19 Disaster Recovery Loan Program. These loans provide disaster relief for small businesses in TruFund’s Southeast Region due to the COVID-19 crisis.

KKR Small Business Builders Grant Program

Created as a key pillar of KKR’s COVID-19 Relief Effort, KKR Small Business Builders (SBB) aims to support entrepreneurs and their small businesses around the world. The grants are designed to help business owners sustain their enterprises, maintain or create jobs, and spur economic opportunity as they respond to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis and recover from its resultant economic dislocation.

Federal Resources

Financial and other resources tied to federal aid packages.

Paycheck Protection Program

An SBA loan that helps businesses keep their workforce employed during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.

Details on PPP Loan Forgiveness

The Small Business Administration, in consultation with the Department of the Treasury, has provided guidance to address borrower and lender questions concerning forgiveness pf Paycheck Protection Program loans, as provided for under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), as amended by the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act (Flexibility Act) and reopened for first and second draw PPP loans by the COVID Relief package passed in December 2020.

Community Advantage Recovery Loans and Main Street Lending Program Overview

The Community Advantage Recovery Loan Program (CARL) is a pilot program to increase SBA-guaranteed loans to small businesses in underserved areas. It is intended to help these small businesses revamp their operations for the COVID-19 environment and/or to build financial resiliency against future disruptions though technical and financial assistance. The Main Street Lending Program is available to for-profit and non-profit businesses impacted by COVID-19.

SBA Debt Relief

The SBA is providing a financial reprieve to small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Reopen Houston Monitoring Dashboard

Reopening successfully will require maintaining a fine balance between public health vigilance and economic recovery. To monitor this balance, the Greater Houston Partnership has established this dashboard in collaboration with the Texas Medical Center. The dashboard includes a compilation of critical metrics spanning healthcare factors, economic metrics and local measures of citizen activity. A combined reading of these metrics can inform state and local elected officials and business leaders as we navigate the path to recovery.

State & Local Resources

Relief programs and other resources from the State of Texas and local government.

Office of the Texas Governor: Business Resource Site

The Office of the Texas Governor provides COVID-19 updates, resources, and information for Texas businesses.

UH Texas Gulf Coast Small Business Development Centers

With 14 locations, the University of Houston Texas Gulf Coast SBDC Network open and available to assist small businesses impacted by COVID-19.

Texas Association of Business Resource Toolkit

Texas Association of Business is working to inform and equip businesses with the most important and up-to-date information to prevent the spread of the virus and prepare businesses for the near and long-term impact.

Vaccination Resources

City of Houston Vaccination Site

Information on the vaccination effort locally, including details on appointment availability, populations in each phase and more.

Texas Department of Health Immunization Plan

Guiding principles for Texas’ COVID-19 vaccine allocation process, which serve as a foundation for the state’s initial distribution for COVID-19 vaccines.

Harris County Public Health Vaccination Resources

Information from Harris County Public Health on vaccination sites and resources.

Memorial Hermann Vaccine Resource Site

Memorial Hermann’s COVID-19 vaccine information page offers information on patient vaccinations, answers to frequently asked questions, helpful resources and a link to Governor Greg Abbott ‘s COVID-19 vaccine allocation process.

TMC COVID-19 Vaccine Tracker

A look at vaccine distribution through TMC institutions.

Vaccine Communication Resources

U.S. Chamber: Role of Employers: The Most Effective Ways to Talk About COVID-19

Discusses the role of employers in communicating about COVID-19 vaccines and helping overcome vaccine hesitancy.

U.S. Chamber: Public Attitudes About COVID-19 Vaccines

Examines the evolution of public attitudes around the COVID-19 vaccines.

SmartBrief: Taking Vaccines: The New Communications Hurdle for Employers

Breaks down how employers can discuss vaccines with employees.

Benefit News: 5 Strategies Employers Can Implement to Help Support COVID-19 Vac…

Discusses multiple strategies for encouraging employees to get vaccinated.

HR Executive: COVID Vaccine: What to Know About Compliance, Communication

Practical advice for encouraging a safe workplace through vaccinations.