COVID-19 News Update: 8/7/20

August 7, 2020

Here’s a round up of COVID-19 related news for 8/7/20. See our Coronavirus Resource Guide for extensive resources and information.

Governor extends Phase 2 through Sept. 11th

On Wednesday, Governor Roy Cooper announced that North Carolina will remain paused in Safer At Home Phase 2 for another 5 weeks as students and staff return to schools, colleges and universities and the state doubles down on efforts to decrease COVID-19 numbers.

While overall we’re seeing signs of stability, we still have much more work to do. Stability is fragile and trends can change quickly if we let down our guards. COVID-like syndromic cases remains elevated.

North Carolinians need to work together to follow the 3 Ws—Wear, Wait and Wash—to keep the trends headed in the right direction.

Read the update

Phase 2 Extension FAQs

Applications for NC Job Retention Grants now open; due Sept. 1

If your business or non-profit organization experienced interruption due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, the new Job Retention Grant (JRG) Program may be able to offer assistance. State lawmakers provided $15 million for the grants being awarded by Commerce. The funding is part of a much larger $500 million coronavirus relief measure signed by the governor July 1.

NC Dept. of Commerce is accepting applications through Tuesday, September 1, 2020 at 11:59pm.  No grants will be awarded before the September 1 deadline, and the potential amount of each grant will not be determined until all applications have been reviewed and awarded.

Learn more

Join us for a town hall on this topic August 11. Register here

Webinar on PPP Loan Forgiveness – Updated Guidance, Considerations & Strategy
In June, the SBA released PPP loan forgiveness applications along with important changes to the criteria for receiving PPP loan forgiveness. Since then the Treasury and SBA have provided further interpretations and regulations affecting loan forgiveness.

On Wednesday, August 19th from 11:00 – 12:00 join JPS for an online presentation hosted by the Small Business & Technology Development Center (SBTDC) at WCU.

Rollin Groseclose, JPS Shareholder & Vice President of Tax Services will highlight updates and strategies as you prepare to submit your PPP loan forgiveness application.

To register, CLICK HERE.

Series explores “When Public Health Means Business”

This once-in-a-lifetime public health crisis demands a remarkable level of cooperation across sectors and disciplines. Now more than ever, public health and business need to forge ahead together to clear the runway for our economy and society to thrive.

What will it take to move forward globally? How do we battle the war against science? What will it take to succeed? How can we prepare now for the next pandemic?

“When Public Health Means Business” virtually convenes luminaries from the realms of finance, industry, and health to map a new path forward and ensure a better, safer future for all. Jointly presented by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the New England Journal of Medicine, and hosted by The Forum at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Recordings can be accessed from the Harvard Chan School website