The Clovis Economic Development (CIDC) and the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce understand businesses have been adversely affected by COVID-19. It is important for all employers to monitor the Coronavirus outbreak and implement strategies to protect their workforce while ensuring continuity of operations.
In effort to help connect employers and employees with resources during this time of great uncertainty, the Clovis/Curry County Chamber and CIDC created a Coronavirus Toolkit to be a source of information and resources to help local employers protect themselves and their employees.
For the most up-to-date information on the Coronavirus in New Mexico, please visit the New Mexico Department of Health Coronavirus website.
Get NM Safe Certified
NM Safe Certified provides businesses free on-demand virtual COVID-Safe Practice trainings to help ensure all New Mexicans remain safe as the state reopens for business and recreation. NM Safe Certified provides a recognizable brand across all industries to assist in building consumer confidence.
Business Reopening Guide
With requirements and public health orders everchanging, our Business Recovery Task Force released this guide to offer helpful checklists unique to each business type, using streamlined information and practices from the CDC, the NM Department of Health, and evidence-based data from the scientific and healthcare community.
The New Mexico SBDC is here to help and support small businesses during this time of uncertainty. They will be updating guidance on the EIDL and PPP from the SBA as they receive it. Their online workshops include live trainings with step-by-step instructions on federal, state and grant programs available to our small business community.
Small Business Support
Best Accounting Software created this guide to all the small business support that is available during the COVID-19 crisis. Unlike the IRS and SBA guides which focus on federal support they’ve dug into what’s available at a state level as well.
Assistance for Displaced Workers and Employees
Benefits Through New Mexico Workforce Solutions
Unemployment Eligibility and New Filing System
On March 27, federal lawmakers passed a COVID-19 stimulus bill that will expand Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits, referred to as Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA). This will open eligibility for independent contractors, the self-employed, and gig economy workers who will soon be able to apply for PUA benefits
New Mexico Workforce Solutions has implemented a new filing system in anticipation of the surge of claims. Individuals who call the Unemployment Insurance Operations Center (1-877-664-6984) now have a designated day to call based on the last number of the applicant's Social Security Number (SSN).
The guide for calling using the last number of SSN is as follows:
0 - 3 : Monday
4 – 6 : Tuesday
7 – 9 : Wednesday
Missed your day: Thursday and Friday
How to Apply:
- The most efficient method for filing an initial claim is online at jobs.state.nm.us. If you choose to call the Unemployment Insurance Operations Center (1-877-664-6984), please refer to the new call guide above.
- There is a week long waiting period from time of application to when benefits are received
- Maximum payment of $460 per week
Employer Layoff Avoidance:
- Employers, such as restaurants, should try to reduce hours for employees rather than laying off. Employee’s reduced wages can then be supplemented by unemployment benefits.
- The state is waiving work search requirements for unemployment benefits
The video below provides an overview for employers and employees to access the State of New Mexico Unemployment fund for displaced workers:
NMEDD Webinar: The NMEDD has provided some resources through a webinar it held in conjunction with the Department of Workforce Solutions and the Department of Health. This webinar is approximately 1 hour in length.
A Guide to Find Work During the Coronavirus Pandemic
This Zippia guide has resources for how to find work online, a search of remote jobs (updated every minute), and other useful information to help Clovis workers find a way to bring in much needed income.
Information around this outbreak is changing rapidly.
Below are links to a variety of resources provided by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state and local resources to help educate employers and employees on how to prepare for and address the impacts of COVID-19.
- Business Reopening Guidance - from the National Restaurant Association
- Employee Survey - Business Recovery Task Force – by Andrea Corpening, Elite Business Performance
-New Mexico Public Health Order – outlining the restrictions on gatherings and businesses.
-New addition to the DOH website providing additional demographics on COVID-19 in the state
-List of Essential Businesses – What is considered essential?
-Guidance For Employers - How to plan and respond to the Coronavirus
-Workplace Tips - Tips and resources for employers to combat the virus
-Corporate Aid Tracker - How businesses are helping nationwide
-Resilience in a Box - A toolbox to help businesses put a plan in place (created by the US Chamber Foundation in partnership with the UPS Foundation)
-More Resources - Including consolidated, business-specific guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
-An Employer Q&A, Barnes & Thornberg, LLP
-Guidance for Business from the Small Business Administration
-What's Open in New Mexico is an up-to-date list of all the restaurants and other businesses in New Mexico that are currently open to serve you.
-Albuquerque Journal Reports on the State Investment Council Fund
-Tips for Working at Home in Uncertain Times from All Business
New Mexico Department of Health Resources
Public health and other experts can answer health-related questions about COVID-19. The team can also direct residents and health care providers to the right resources in their local communities and in other state government departments.
The hotline is 1-855-600-3453.
Click Here for Frequently Asked Questions
Online Tools for COVID-19 Testing and Advising Who Needs Testing
The New Mexico Department of Health launched two online tools for the public regarding COVID-19:
- A portal for receiving COVID-19 test results
- A self-screening tool to aid in determining if one needs to be tested for COVID-19.
A little planning can ensure smooth business operations and protect public health at the same time. All individuals should continue to take the following basic personal-hygiene measures to prevent the spread of the virus:
-Wash your hands often with soap and water or use hand sanitizer;
-Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands;
-Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing;
-Avoid contact with sick people who are sick; and
-Stay home when you are sick.
Recognize the Symptoms of COVID-19
Daily COVID-19 Business Updates
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