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The UMA’s Center for Business and Continuous Improvement is gathering information to help Utah manufacturers deal with the latest COVID-19 related information. UMA’s Center exists to directly help Utah manufacturing companies enhance their competitiveness, productivity, and performance. 

If you have any questions you would like addressed in future updates, or feedback about this information, please contact the UMA Center Director, Ryan Mecham at ryanm@umaweb.org .
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Stay Safe, Stay Home - Governor Herbert
DIRECTIVE TO THE STATE OF UTAH

THE GOVERNOR'S CORONAVIRUS DIRECTIVE FOR UTAH

"STAY SAFE, STAY HOME"

I would like to thank all Utahns who are already doing their part to slow the spread of COVID-19. These efforts are making an impact. It is time for us to do more.

I expect all Utah residents and businesses to follow these directives. They are necessary to keep Utah residents safe during the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. They will certainly result in disruptions to our lives, and that cannot be avoided. Those disruptions are a critical part of keeping ourselves safe. Following these directives now will avoid greater hardship later.

These directives establish minimum statewide standards. After consultation with, and consent of the State, local authorities may impose more stringent directives and orders to address the unique situations in different areas of Utah.

These directives are not to be confused with a shelter-in-place order. The following directives are in place until 11:59 p.m. on April 13, 2020.

Directives for Individuals
The following directives for individuals are effective immediately. All individuals

  • Stay at home as much as possible.
  • Work from home whenever possible.
  • Encourage socializing by phone and video chats.
  • Self-quarantine for 14 days after traveling or being exposed to an individual presenting symptoms of illness consistent with COVID-19.
  • Engage in appropriate social distancing, including:
  • maintaining a 6-foot distance at all times from other individuals when in public;
  • not shaking hands with other individuals;
  • not visiting friends or family without urgent need;
  • not attending any gathering of any number of people, except for members of the same household or residence.
  • Follow strict hygiene standards, including:
  • washing hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds;
  • using hand sanitizer frequently;
  • avoiding touching your face;
  • covering coughs or sneezes (e.g., into the sleeve or elbow, not hands); 
  • regularly cleaning high-touch surfaces (e.g., buttons, door handles, counters, light switches); and
  • following any other standards promulgated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Utah Department of Health, and applicable local health departments.
  • Help others as reasonably appropriate to practice all the same principles.

High-Risk Individuals
"High-risk individual" means any individual who is age 60 or older, or any individual with a serious underlying medical condition.

Interactions with High-Risk Individuals
  • Limit physical interactions with high-risk individuals.
  • Limit visits to hospitals, nursing homes, and other residential care facilities.

Actions by High-Risk Individuals
  • Limit travel to only essential travel, as defined below, including to perform work if you cannot telework.
  • Limit visiting friends or family without urgent need.
  • Limit physical interactions with other high-risk individuals, except for members of your household or residence.
  • Limit recreational travel.
  • Limit attending gatherings of any number of people outside your household or residence.
  • Do not visit hospitals, nursing homes, or other residential care facilities.

Children
  • Do not attend school outside the home.
  • Do not arrange or participate in in-person playdates or similar activities.
  • Do not allow children on public playground equipment.

Food Directives
  • Do not dine out except for carryout or delivery.
  • Schools may send home food.

Time Spent Outside
  • Maintain a distance of at least 6 feet away from another person at all times while outside.
  • Exercise outside while maintaining 6-foot distance from another person and without touching common areas.
  • Do not congregate at trailheads and other outdoor spaces.
  • Do not travel to, or participate in activities at, any of the following locations:
  • places of public amusement or public activity;
  • public swimming pools; or
  • gyms, and fitness centers.

Travel
  • Limit travel only to essential travel.
  • Essential travel means travel to:
  • safely relocate by an individual whose home or residence is unsafe including individuals who have suffered or are at risk of domestic violence or for whom the safety, sanitation or essential operations of the home or residence cannot be maintained;
  • care for a family member or friend in the same household or another household, including transporting family members or friends;
  • transport a child according to existing parenting time schedules or other visitation schedules pertaining to a child in need of protective services;
  • care for pets, including travel to a veterinarian;
  • seek emergency services;
  • obtain medications and medical services;
  • donate blood;
  • obtain food, including delivery or carry-out services, beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic), and other grocery items, gasoline, supplies required to work from home, and products needed to maintain the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of homes and residences, businesses, and personally owned vehicles, including automobiles and bicycles;
  • perform work if you cannot telework;
  • engage in recreational and outdoor activities;
  • laundromats and dry cleaners; and
  • return to a home or place of residence.

Recreational and Outdoor Activities and Parks
  • Remain at least six feet apart from individuals from other households while engaging in outdoor activities (e.g., walking, hiking, running, biking, driving for pleasure, hunting, or fishing).
  • Do not congregate at trailheads, parks, or other outdoor spaces.
  • Do not engage in close-contact or team sports.
  • Do not go to or engage in activities at a state park located outside the county in which you reside (the availability of national parks will be determined in consultation with the National Park Service and the county in which the park is located).

Exemptions to Directives for Individuals
Individuals without a home who may move between emergency shelters, drop-in centers, and encampments. Otherwise, law-abiding residents of encampments under ten people should not be subject to disbandment by state or local government; however, individuals experiencing homelessness may be abated to maintain public health as per local health departments.

Directives for For-Profit and Nonprofit Organizations
The following directives for for-profit and nonprofit organizations are effective at 12:01 a.m. on March 30, 2020.
  • Respond in a flexible way to varying levels of disease transmission in the community and refine business response plans as needed.
  • Consider how best to decrease the spread of COVID-19 and lower the impact in the workplace. This may include activities in one or more of the following areas:
  • reducing transmission among employees and volunteers;
  • maintaining healthy business operations; and
  • maintaining a healthy work environment.
  • Encourage and enable employees and volunteers to telework from home. Only employees or volunteers who perform work that cannot be done from their home should be exempted from teleworking.
  • Utilize video conferencing and virtual meeting services.
  • Implement policies for employees and volunteers who cannot telework, including:
  • requiring employees and volunteers who present symptoms of illness consistent with COVID-19 to stay home;
  • not requiring a positive COVID-19 test result or health care provider's note for employees or volunteers who stay home due to illness; 
  • enhancing social distancing by grouping employees and volunteers into cohorts of no more than ten individuals that have limited contact with other cohorts in the workplace;
  • enabling employees and volunteers to follow the directives for all individuals, as described above (e.g., by providing hand soap, hand sanitizer, or sanitizing wipes);
  • minimizing face-to-face contact with high-risk employees and volunteers, or assigning work tasks to high-risk employees and volunteers that allow them to maintain a distance of at least six feet from other workers, customers and visitors, or to telework if possible; and
  • implementing flexible work hours (e.g., staggered shifts).
  • Assess essential functions and the reliance that others and the community have on services or products offered.
  • Be prepared to change business practices if needed to maintain critical operations (e.g., identify alternative suppliers, prioritize existing customers, or temporarily suspend some of your operations if needed).
  • Identify alternate supply chains for critical goods and services.
  • Coordinate with companies that provide your business with contract or temporary employees or volunteers about the importance of sick employees and volunteers staying home and encourage them to develop non-punitive leave policies.
  • Coordinate with business partners about your response plans. Share best practices with other businesses in your communities (especially those in your supply chain), chambers of commerce, and associations to improve community response efforts.
  • Take measures to accommodate high-risk individuals in the workplace.

Exemptions to Directives for For-Profit and Nonprofit Organizations 
These directives do not apply to the following:
  • Health care professionals.
  • Law enforcement officers and first responders.
  • Faith leaders and workers, including an official, worker, or leader in a house of worship or other places of religious expression or fellowship, wherever their services may be needed. Faith leaders and workers also include a worker necessary to plan, record, and distribute online or broadcast content to community members.
  • Charitable and social services organizations, including workers supporting organizations that provide food, shelter, prescription delivery, mental health and substance abuse treatments, and other social services, as well as other necessities of life for individuals in need of such services, older adults who live alone, people with disabilities, and those who need assistance as a result of this emergency.

Now, therefore, I, Gary R. Herbert, governor of the state of Utah on March 27th 2020, issue this directive.
Gary R. Herbert 
Governor

To view the official declaration Click Here
Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Impacts on Small and Mid-Sized Businesses

Senator Mike Lee’s (UT-R) office provided the following digest on March 26 on the CARES Act for Small and Mid-Sized businesses. 

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act provides small and mid-sized businesses: (1) enhanced loans to cover payroll and fixed costs, (2) tax deferment, and (3) entrepreneurial assistance.

Small Business Administration (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program

The CARES Act provides loans to businesses with 500 employees or fewer (including restaurants/hotels with no more than 500 employees per physical location), self-employed individuals, and contractors to prevent workers from losing their jobs and businesses from going under due to losses caused by COVID-19.
  • Loan Terms: Eligible entities may apply for a loan equal to 2.5 times their average monthly payroll from 2019 or $10 million, whichever is less. Loans are interest-free for the first year, and then charge up to a 4% interest rate for out-years. Loans may be used towards payroll (capped at an annualized rate of $100,000 per employee), rent, mortgage interest, utilities, and interest on pre-existing debt.
  • Partial Loan Forgiveness: Any money spent within the first 8 weeks of receiving the loan (except on interest on pre-existing debt) will be forgiven. If the business reduces its number of employees, then the SBA reduces the amount of forgiveness by the same percentage. Likewise, if the business reduces the salary it pays to an employee earning less than $100,000 by more than 25%, the SBA reduces the amount of forgiveness on a dollar-for-dollar basis. Employers that restore their employment numbers and salaries by June 30, 2020 would experience no reduction in forgiveness.

Additional SBA Provisions:
  • All payments on principal, interest, and fees for SBA-issued loans undertaken before enactment of the bill will be covered by the SBA for six months.
  • The maximum amount for SBA Express loans (approved within 36 hours of application) is increased from $350,000 to $1 million.
  • Small businesses who have applied for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) may request a rapid advance (issued within three days of application) of up to $10,000 on the loan to cover paid sick leave, payroll, increased supply chain costs, rent/mortgage payments, and other obligations that cannot be met due to revenue loss.

Tax Deferment
Businesses and self-employed individuals (except some who take out forgivable loans under the SBA Paycheck Protection Program) may defer payroll tax payments for 2020, with 50% due on December 31, 2021 and 50% due on December 31, 2022. Tax payments for 2021 and 2022 are unchanged.

Entrepreneurial Assistance
The CARES Act provides additional funding for small business development centers, women’s business centers, and the Minority Business Development Agency. These organizations are available to help small businesses access federal assistance programs and advise businesses on how to manage the disruptions associated with COVID-19. You can connect with one of these organizations in Utah through these links:
  • Small Business Development Centers: https://utahsbdc.org/
  • Women’s Business Centers: https://wbcutah.org/
  • Minority Business Development Agency: https://www.mbda.gov/

Note: prior to the passage of the CARES Act, Congress passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) which applied new leave mandates on small and mid-size businesses. Please see our FFCRA one-pager for more information.
Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Impacts on Big Businesses

Senator Mike Lee’s (UT-R) office provided the following digest on March 26 on the CARES Act for big businesses. 

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act allocates $454 billion to the Federal Reserve to make loans and loan guarantees to eligible businesses, states, and municipalities.

The CARES Act requires the Secretary of Treasury to publish application procedures and minimum requirements for businesses to apply for this financial assistance within 10 days. While those regulations will detail how to access this aid, Congress provided the following parameters.
  • Eligible businesses are those that have been “created or organized in the United States... and that have significant operations in and a majority of its employees based in the United States”, and have not received adequate economic relief in the form of loans or loan guarantees provided elsewhere in the CARES Act (such as the SBA Paycheck Protection Program).
  • For the duration of the loan plus one year, the business cannot:
  • Repurchase an equity security of the business (or a parent company) that is listed on a “national securities exchange” (This is defined as an “exchange registered as a national securities exchange under section 6 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (15 U.S.C. 78f)) except to the extent required by an existing contract,
  • Pay dividends or make capital distributions with respect to the business’s common stock,
  • Increase the total compensation (“Total compensation” includes “salary, bonuses, awards of stock, and other financial benefits provided” to an officer or employee of the business) of any officer or employee who made more than $425,000 in calendar year 2019, (Note: employees subject to collective bargaining agreements are exempt from this requirement.)
  • Provide an officer or employee with severance or other benefits which is more than twice the maximum total compensation received by the officer or employee, and
  • Provide more than $3 million plus 50 percent of the excess over $3 million for officers or employees whose total compensation exceeded $3 million in calendar year 2019

Further, Congress provided specific requirements for non-profits and mid-sized businesses with 500 to 10,000 employees. The Secretary of Treasury will provide financing to banks and other lenders that make direct loans to these entities with the following conditions:
  • An annualized interest rate not higher than 2% with no required payments on the principal or interest in the first 6 months (or longer, if Treasury agrees).
  • When applying for the loan, the business must make a good faith-certification that:
  • The loan is necessary to support ongoing operations due to economic uncertainty.
  • The funds received will be used to retain at least 90% of the recipient’s workforce, at full compensation and benefits, until September 30, 2020.
  • The business intends to restore not less than 90% of the workforce that existed as of February 1, 2020, and intends to restore all compensation and benefits to workers not later than 4 months after the termination of HHS’ COVID-19 public health emergency.
  • The business is not a debtor in a bankruptcy proceeding.
  • For the duration of the loan, the business will not pay dividends or purchase any of the business’s (or parent company’s) equity securities (or a parent company’s).
  • The business will not outsource or offshore jobs for the term of the loan plus 2 years after completing repayment of the loan.
  • The business will not abrogate an existing collective bargaining agreement for the term of the loan plus 2 years after completing repayment of the loan.
  • The business will remain “neutral” in any union organizing effort for the term of the loan.
Alert #1
Intermountain Healthcare is looking for the following supplies. Please contact Luminita Daniela Cherry at daniela.cherry@imail.org or at her office 801-442-3661 if you can help.

  1. PPE Products: Isolation Gowns, Exam Gloves, N95 Masks, Ear Loop Masks, Surgical Gowns, Face Shields, and Goggles.
  2. Polypropylene mesh: It provides the best anti-microbial protection (short of an N95 mask). IHC is trying to source 5,000+ KGs of polypropylene mesh/surgical wrap in large quantities to make medical grade face masks.
  3. Testing swabs. Nasopharyngeal swabs with synthetic tips and non-wooden shafts. Synthetic material only, size: 100 mm, 3.5 ML of transport media in the vial approximately. More product specification info here
  4. 500ml pump bottles to fill 3 1/8” diameter to contain hand sanitizer.
  5. Foam pads in 1” x 1” strips. See photo. Color is not relevant. 
Alert #2
Mountain West Medical Center in Tooele is looking for simple surgical masks (i.e. a simple, elastic, behind the ear style mask). Please contact Bard Mecham, Materials Manager at Bard_Mecham@quorumhealth.com .  

Sterilization wrap is an acceptable material to make the masks. Most companies are out of stock of the masks but you may be able to get the wrap fabric. Click here and here for potential sources.
If you would like to learn how UMA's Center can help you, please contact
Ryan Mecham, Director of UMA's Center for Business and Continuous Improvement, at ryanm@umaweb.org or 801-557-9105.

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