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NEWS RELEASE
Disaster Field Operations Center East
Release Date: March 18, 2020 Contact: Michael Lampton (404) 331-0333 Michael.Lampton@sba.gov
Release Number: 20-278, MA 16344 Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Blogs & Instagram
SBA Offers Disaster Assistance to Massachusetts Small Businesses Economically Impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19)
ATLANTA – The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to Massachusetts small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza announced today. SBA acted under its own authority, as provided by the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act that was recently signed by the President, to declare a disaster following a request received from Gov. Charles D. Baker on March 17, 2020.
The disaster declaration makes SBA assistance available in Massachusetts; and the contiguous counties of Hartford, Litchfield, Tolland and Windham in Connecticut; Cheshire, Hillsborough and Rockingham in New Hampshire; Columbia, Dutchess and Rensselaer in New York; Bristol, Newport and Providence in Rhode Island; and Bennington and Windham in Vermont.
“SBA is strongly committed to providing the most effective and customer-focused response possible to assist Massachusetts small businesses with federal disaster loans. We will be swift in our efforts to help these small businesses recover from the financial impacts of the Coronavirus (COVID-19),” said Administrator Carranza.
SBA Customer Service Representatives will be available to answer questions about SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program and explain the application process.
“Small businesses, private non-profit organizations of any size, small agricultural cooperatives and small aquaculture enterprises that have been financially impacted as a direct result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) since Jan. 31, 2020, may qualify for Economic Injury Disaster Loans of up to $2 million to help meet financial obligations and operating expenses which could have been met had the disaster not occurred,” said Carranza.
“These loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact. Disaster loans can provide vital economic assistance to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing,” Carranza added.
Eligibility for Economic Injury Disaster Loans is based on the financial impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The interest rate is 3.75 percent for small businesses. The interest rate for private non-profit organizations is 2.75 percent. SBA offers loans with long-term repayments in order to keep
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payments affordable, up to a maximum of 30 years and are available to entities without the financial
ability to offset the adverse impact without hardship.
Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download
applications at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer
Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov for more
information on SBA disaster assistance. Individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing may call
(800) 877-8339. Completed applications should be mailed to U.S. Small Business Administration,
Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.
The deadline to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan is Dec. 18, 2020.
For more information about Coronavirus, please visit: Coronavirus.gov.
For more information about available SBA resources and services, please visit: SBA.gov/coronavirus
U.S. SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
FACT SHEET – ECONOMIC INJURY DISASTER LOANS
MASSACHUSETTS Declaration 16344
(Disaster: MA-00078)
Incident: CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)
occurring: January 31, 2020 & continuing All counties within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts; the contiguous Connecticut counties of: Hartford, Litchfield, Tolland and Windham; the contiguous New Hampshire counties of: Cheshire, Hillsborough and Rockingham; the contiguous New York counties of: Columbia, Dutchess and Rensselaer; the contiguous Rhode Island counties of: Bristol, Newport and Providence; and the contiguous Vermont counties of: Bennington and Windham
Application Filing Deadline: December 18, 2020
Disaster Loan Assistance Available:
Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) – Working capital loans to help small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture, and most private, non-profit organizations of all sizes meet their ordinary and necessary financial obligations that cannot be met as a direct result of the disaster. These loans are intended to assist through the disaster recovery period.
Credit Requirements:
• Credit History – Applicants must have a credit history acceptable to SBA.
• Repayment – Applicants must show the ability to repay the loan.
• Collateral – Collateral is required for all EIDL loans over $25,000. SBA takes real estate as collateral when it is available. SBA will not decline a loan for lack of collateral, but SBA will require the borrower to pledge collateral that is available.
Interest Rates:
The interest rate is determined by formulas set by law and is fixed for the life of the loan. The maximum interest rate for this program is 3.750 percent.
Loan Terms:
The law authorizes loan terms up to a maximum of 30 years. SBA will determine an appropriate installment payment based on the financial condition of each borrower, which in turn will determine the loan term.
Loan Amount Limit:
The law limits EIDLs to $2,000,000 for alleviating economic injury caused by the disaster. The actual amount of each loan is limited to the economic injury determined by SBA, less business interruption insurance and other recoveries up to the administrative lending limit. SBA also considers potential contributions that are available from the business and/or its owner(s) or affiliates. If a business is a major source of employment, SBA has the authority to waive the $2,000,000 statutory limit.
Loan Eligibility Restrictions:
Noncompliance – Applicants who have not complied with the terms of previous SBA loans may not be eligible. This includes borrowers who did not maintain required flood insurance and/or hazard insurance on previous SBA loans.
Note: Loan applicants should check with agencies / organizations administering any grant or other assistance program under this declaration to determine how an approval of SBA disaster loan might affect their eligibility.
Refinancing:
Economic injury disaster loans cannot be used to refinance long term debts.
Insurance Requirements:
To protect each borrower and the Agency, SBA may require you to obtain and maintain appropriate insurance. By law, borrowers whose damaged or collateral property is located in a special flood hazard area must purchase and maintain flood insurance. SBA requires that flood insurance coverage be the lesser of 1) the total of the disaster loan, 2) the insurable value of the property, or 3) the maximum insurance available.
Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov for more information on SBA disaster assistance. Individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing may call (800) 877-8339. Completed applications should be mailed to U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.
 
Although the school is closed at this time, please email any specific question and we will respond as soon as possible. We will keep you informed of any additional changes in operation as this rapidly evolving public health situation continues. Please continue to check our web page and Facebook for the most up to date information.

COVID-19 UPDATE

Due to Governor Baker's mandate that all schools must close for the next three weeks, Upper Cape Tech Adult & Continuing Education has suspended all classes until at least April 7, 2020. Please visit our website www.uppercapetech.cc for the most up-to-date information .
MANDATED CLOSURE
Due to the mandatory closure of all non-essential businesses in Massachusetts, we will be temporarily closing and halting all operations, Tuesday, March 24th at noon.
We will remain closed until April 7th or until the closure mandate has been lifted.
Our most important focus is the health and safety of our employees, customers, friends and family.
To our service customers who commonly drop off their boats for spring work, we ask that you hang on to your boat. Do not leave it here during the closure. We will do the best we can to accommodate everyone at a later date.
Thank you for your understanding throughout this difficult time.
 
As an essential business Sullivan Tire & Auto Service will be open for all automotive services especially for essential business’s on Cape Cod.

Ken Rubino
Sullivan Tire & Auto Service
Business Specialist
978-239-6035

Effective at noon on Tuesday, March 24th, there will be no staff at the offices of Triffletti & Costa. All attorneys and some staff will be working remotely as much as possible. Attorneys will have access to emails but will have limited access to files. Real estate closings will continue to be processed for closing as scheduled. Thank you for your patience and understanding during the virus emergency.

For all real estate closing matters, please contact Katie at krl@plymouthlaw.com

As you most likely have heard, the governor today (Monday March 23) issued an "Essential Services And Revised Gatherings Order" for all of Massachusetts. This order is in effect until April 7, 2020. As we, along with other sectors of agriculture, have had ongoing discussions with the MA Department of Agriculture outlining our concerns over travel restrictions, this order recognizes agriculture as an essential service. As a result, agriculture and related businesses are in effect, exempt from the order. However, the order states that your operation still needs to do so with allowance for social distancing protocols consistent with the guidance provided by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

For concerns when traveling to your bog or related agricultural business, this document may help relieve some concerns. It is NOT necessary to use this document. You can modify it for your own purposes and provide to your employees (or yourself) if you have any concerns when traveling to your farm or related ag business. I am not anticipating travel issues and the state has indicated that as well but if you'd like an added level of comfort, use at your discretion. This document was created by the Produce Marketing Association and was obtained by CCCGA through Farm Credit East and speaks to the Federal Guidance on agriculture as a critical infrastructure.: http:www.cranberries.org/uploads/pdf/Meeting_files/Travel.pdf

 
As we follow the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19), the health and safety of our employees and business customers remains our top priority. As your trusted business partner, I am reaching out to you personally to let you know what we are doing to maintain our safety standards and keep your business connected to our services during this time.
These enhanced safety and reliability measures include:
Maintaining network reliability. We know how critical it is for your business to stay connected. Our engineers have extensive experience preparing for a wide variety of situations and our network has the capacity to handle spikes and shifts in usage patterns. Our network operations centers are staffed 24x7 with engineers and technicians to ensure network performance and reliability. And we continuously test, monitor and enhance our systems and network to ensure it is ready to support your business’s usage as needed.
 
Employee & business support. As the situation continues to evolve, we are taking additional steps to make sure we can continue to serve your business in the safest way possible consistent with the health and well-being of our customers and our teams. Hygiene standards for our team members and the cleanliness of our products is and always will be a top priority. We are following all public health guidelines and the latest guidance from the CDC, including specific requirements that if employees are feeling unwell, they are not to report to work.
 
Scheduling changes. We can schedule or reschedule installation and service appointments during times that are less busy for your business to minimize risk to your employees and our teams.
 
We recognize that you may have concerns about getting out in your community or have employees who may not be able to access your business at this time. We offer several digital solutions to help keep you and your team members connected to your business from any device — anytime, anywhere.
 
My Account and the Comcast Business App make it easy for you to manage your service features and sign up for alerts.
 
Enable Call Forwarding to receive business calls on your mobile device or set up Be Anywhere to make or receive calls from your mobile device while still displaying the Caller ID of your business line.
 
Visit the Service Status Center to monitor your services at your business location from anywhere you are.
In the event you need additional support, you can contact us 24x7 . We’re here to help. You can also access our frequently asked questions for more information on our response plan to the coronavirus.
We are prepared to navigate these challenging circumstances with the health and safety of our business customers and employees at top of mind. We are here and will work with you to support all your service needs.
Thank you for being a valued Comcast Business customer.
The Gateway Printing Company
174 Main Street
Wareham, MA 025781
Ph: 508-295-0505
Fax: 508-295-4643

Suspension of Service
 
As a result of the COVID-19 health crisis, and in support of the national and state efforts as well as our wish to help protect our local communities, we will temporarily suspend all bus service
 
Effective Tuesday, March 24, 2020:
 
Please remain subscribed to our service alerts so that we may keep you informed of updates and can notify you when our bus service resumes.
 
We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.
Thank you for your understanding. Our best to you and your families.
 







Cape Cod Healthcare (CCHC) will expand the number of locations where residents can donate essential medical supplies to be used by healthcare providers to protect themselves as they care for patients in the fight against the coronavirus (COVID-19).
Items needed are listed by priority:
  • Isolation Gowns
  • Face Shields
  • Surgical Masks
  • Nitrile Gloves
  • 3M N95 Masks # 1860,1860S & 1870
  • Disinfectant Wipes
  • No Touch or Forehead Thermometers
“We have been overwhelmed by the generosity of our local community and friends,” said Michael Lauf, president and CEO of Cape Cod Healthcare. “It is a true indication of how Cape Cod has banded together during this COVID-19 crisis.”
Due to the outpouring of generosity from local residents, Cape Cod Healthcare will be working with the Cape Cod Medical Reserve Corps to expand the medical supply donation program to include additional sites across Cape Cod.
Many generous Cape Cod residents and others have offered to donate hand-sewn masks. To help ensure the safety of physicians, nurses and staff, unopened or sealed packages of medical grade masks in all sizes are preferred. Hand-sewn masks will be accepted at donation locations. Masks should be boxed or sealed in plastic.
Donations can be made at the following locations: (Please see maps below.)
·          Falmouth Hospital - 100 Ter Heun Drive, Falmouth (Employee Parking lot)
·          Fontaine Outpatient Medical Center – 525 Long Pond Road, Harwich
·          Hyannis Urgent Care - 1220 Iyannough Road, Hyannis
·          Parking Lot - 9 East Main Street, Hyannis (intersection of Rt. 28)
·          Stoneman Outpatient Medical Center – 2 Jan Sebastian Dr, Sandwich
For location information, please visit https://www.capecodhealth.org/locations/
Financial contributions to help support Cape Cod Healthcare in its response to COVID-19 can be made at: https://support.givetocapecodhealth.org/covid