BATON ROUGE, LA (March 12, 2020) – With the Coronavirus causing concern both nationally and within the state, LABI is sharing resources with our members in order to aid Louisiana's business community in their response.
Note: At this time, all LABI events and meetings will continue as planned. The Louisiana Legislature has also not announced plans to alter the regular session schedule, so we will remain engaged at the State Capitol and keep you updated.
We want to know how Coronavirus is affecting your operations. Please CLICK HERE as we attempt to gather information on the economic challenge facing Louisiana companies.
Recommendations for Louisiana Businesses
As you look to pass accurate information to your workers and make important decisions regarding business operations, a good place to start is with the CDC's recommended business strategies, which include:
- Actively encourage sick employees to stay home.
- Separate sick employees.
- Emphasize staying home when sick, respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene by all employees.
- Perform routine environmental cleaning.
- Advise employees before traveling to take certain steps.
For more information, see below or visit the Website of the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System, a LABI member company, for a variety of other resources, fact sheets and fliers regarding COVID-19 including:
Information From the Louisiana Department of Health
With 14 presumptive positive cases confirmed across five parishes (Caddo, Jefferson, Lafourche, Orleans and St. Tammany) the Louisiana Department of Health has resources available for the business community.
- To see LDH's Guidance for Business and Employers, click HERE
In addition, LDH has also made some printable items available that can be placed around your place of business and company facilities.
- How to Keep Illness from Spreading
- Coronavirus Symptoms and Travel Considerations
- LDH's Guidance for Family Preparedness
For more information visit LDH's Coronavirus website.
Information From the U.S. Chamber and the National Association of Manufacturers
Given the nationwide scope of this challenge, our partners in Washington at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) have made resources available for American businesses and workers:
- U.S. Chamber's Guidance for Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus
- To see the U.S. Chamber's Workplace Tips for Employees
- NAM's resources for manufacturers
- NAM's Policy Action Plan in Response to COVID-19
U.S. Small Business Association To Ramp Up Disaster Loans
President Donald Trump announced additional funding for small businesses directly affected by the Coronavirus. The U.S. Small Business Association will be offering low-interest federal loans for working capital, pending requests from state governors, to help alleviate economic injury caused by COVID-19. Read the details from SBA.
About the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry
The Louisiana Association of Business and Industry was organized in 1975 to represent Louisiana businesses, serving as both the state chamber of commerce and state manufacturers association. LABI’s primary goal is to foster a climate for economic growth by championing the principles of the free enterprise system and representing the general interest of the business community through active involvement in the political, legislative, judicial and regulatory processes. Find out more information at www.labi.org.