State of California Dedicated COVID-19 Website
Information about the Statewide Order to Shelter-at-Home, latest COVID-19 statistics, and statewide individual and business resources available (including how to apply for Unemployment and State Disability), as well as tips on protecting yourself and others. There is also an extensive social media toolkit to help you share vital information with your local networks. Visit State of CA COVID-19 Website
COVID-19 Construction Safety and Jobsite Best Practices
The Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR) has created a clearinghouse of COVID-19 safety and training information, including a free online program to assist contractors in creating site-specific safety plans to help prevent exposure to COVID-19.
Cal-OSHA has continued to release updated COVID-19 Guidelines and resources for each sector of industry. Visit their website and navigate to the “Construction” section for the latest guidance, jobsite safety checklist and other COVID-19-specific information.
Merriwether & Williams Insurance Services’ COVID-19 Construction Safety Webinar
Senior Safety Manager Anthony Malson of Merriwether & Williams Insurance Services (MWIS) was the key presenter during this Zoom webinar on COVID-19 Construction Safety. As part of our role in providing technical support and training to the small contractor community, we have posted the video to our new YouTube channel, which will be used to share additional education, information and technical support. The Safety webinar is now available to view online.
Stay Informed About COVID-19 Construction Delays
With COVID-19 causing construction delays throughout the country, you can keep on top of what’s happening in your state by visiting the ConstructConnect website, which tracks delays as well as legislation related to classifying construction as an “essential business activity.”
Emergency Loan Resources List
In conjunction with our public agency clients, Merriwether & Williams’ Safety Services Team has created this downloadable Emergency Loan Resources Chart, which we are updating on a regular basis. Please also scroll down to review the links below and visit our COVID-19 Resource Links page for additional links to various assistance resources.
ADDITIONAL NEWS LINKS
East Bay Economic Development Alliance | Online COVID-19 Business Webinars
Small Business Development Center (SBDC), NoCal Chapter | Free Business Webinars on Coping with COVID-19
Alameda County SBDC Finance | COVID-19 Business Webinars
City and County of San Francisco (CCSF):
CCSF Neighborhood Mini-Grants | $1,000 to $10,000 for Independent Contractors, Consultants, Freelancers
San Francisco Small Business Administration | COVID-19 Business Webinars
Small Business Grants from Salesforce | $10,000 each to help small businesses.
LA Regional COVID-19 Fund | $5K to $15K Grants for Micro Entrepreneurs, Very Small Businesses and Very Small Non-Profits
Small Business Development Center (SBDC), SoCal Chaper | Free COVID-19 Business Workshops
(scroll to bottom of the page to login and view workshops)
San Diego Workforce Partnership COVID-19 Business Support and Webinars
What the Governor’s “Shelter in Place” Order means for Contractors
First of all, this virus is not a hoax and it is exponentially more destructive than the flu. COVID-19 is a never-before-seen, highly infectious virus that primarily attacks and destroys the respiratory system, leading to a mortality rate that – so far – is ten times that of regular seasonal flu, according to Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.1.
Many people can become infected and not have symptoms, which is called being “asymptomatic,” but the virus they are carrying can still highly contagious to others. Ongoing studies are suggesting that those who are asymptomatic or have only mild symptoms may be causing some of the infection spikes seen throughout the country, because when people believe that they have not been infected because they don’t have symptoms, they often continue in-person interactions, which spreads the virus.2. This is why increasingly more state and local governments are issuing orders for residents to “shelter in place” or basically stay home and not engage in any in-person interactions with others outside of their immediate “locked down” household members.
Because public works construction has been deemed essential, many contractors will be or already are back on job sites, where taking steps to slow the COVID-19’s spread is still vital. Guidelines have been changing rapidly as more about this new virus becomes known. Click here for current Cal/OSHA guidelines.
One key factor in how well the country recovers from this crisis will be how many people heed the safety guidelines until a vaccine is readily available to the general public.3. On a day-to-day level, by minimizing all person-to-person contact, wearing a face covering, washing hands, coughing or sneezing into one’s elbow to prevent airborne particles, and disinfecting commonly used surfaces and items, the spread of the virus may be slowed down enough to allow our medical facilities to treat those who are ill – when everyone gets sick all at once, our hospitals get overwhelmed.
- https://reason.com/2020/03/11/covid-19-mortality-rate-ten-times-worse-than-seasonal-flu-says-dr-anthony-fauci/; https://www.cnbc.com/2020/03/11/top-federal-health-official-says-coronavirus-outbreak-is-going-to-get-worse-in-the-us.html
- https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/eid/article/26/6/20-0412_article; https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/covid-19-study-estimates-rate-of-silent-transmission; https://www.wionews.com/world/are-dormant-carriers-of-covid-19-the-primary-cause-of-spike-in-global-infections-286827
- https://www.news-medical.net/news/20200312/Flattening-the-curve-why-is-it-important-for-coronavirus.aspx; https://newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/discussion/covid-19-why-social-distancing-having-a-personal-plan-is-important/
Public Works Construction Deemed “Essential.”
The Associated General Contractors of California recently confirmed that CA Governor Gavin Newsom has clarified that many public works construction – including public housing, hospitals, schools, roads, bridges and other necessary public infrastructure projects – are considered “essential” services and as such, will be allowed to resume pursuant to following COVID-19 safety guidelines. Because the COVID-19 safety guidelines are being updated as new scientific and public health information emerges, we will be providing updates on safety guidelines as they are released. Click here for more information on the Governor’s statewide policy.