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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information and Resources

A message from the Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Mark Kilmer

Friday, March 20, 2020, at 3:00 p.m. 

Just hours ago the Governor expanded his Executive Order regarding in-person workforce rules from 75% to 100%. What this means is that any and all businesses deemed non-essential must reduce their onsite workforce to zero. This will be a terrible hit to businesses but it is felt this is the best way to address the rapidly rising number of COVID-19 cases across New York State.

We do know that it will be confusing to many of you to ascertain whether you are deemed an essential business or not. Find two links that will be helpful to you:


The Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce is committed and dedicated to providing resources for our members and region. We will continue to update you with the latest information regarding the COVID-19. 


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Resources


County Health Offices


New York State Resources 


U.S. Chamber of Commerce


U.S. Department of Labor


U.S. Small Business Administration


Please find below the latest update from Governor Cuomo:

What You Need to Know
  • Governor Cuomo directed schools and nonessential businesses to stay closed for an additional two weeks through April 29th.
  • NYS is investing in private companies to bring rapid testing to scale: interested businesses should contact Empire State Development at 212-803-3100 or
  • The Department of Health has developed a test to detect antibodies to the COVID-19 infection in an individual's blood.
  • SUNY Albany President Havidan Rodriguez is working with State Department of Health and Northwell Health to conduct more COVID-19 data research and increase testing in minority communities.
  • $600 in additional weekly unemployment benefits will be made available to all New Yorkers; and the period covered by unemployment benefits is being extended for another 13 weeks, for total of 39 weeks.
  • Flags on state government buildings have been directed to be flown at half-staff in honor of those we have lost to COVID-19 and will remain lowered while New York is on PAUSE.
  • An executive order is being issued to ensure New Yorkers can vote absentee in the June 23rd primary elections.
  • NYS is increasing the maximum fine for violations of the state's social distancing protocol from $500 to $1,000 to help address the lack of adherence to social distancing protocols.
  • New Yorkers without health insurance can apply through NY State of Health through May 15, 2020; must apply within 60 days of losing coverage.
  • New Yorkers can call the COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline at 1-844-863-9314 for mental health counseling.
  • Testing is free for all eligible New Yorkers as ordered by a health care provider.
  • Your local health department is your community contact for COVID-19 concerns.

Empire State Development Resource Guide to COVID-19 SBA Disaster Loans

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) throughout New York State.

Available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small aquaculture businesses and most private non-profit organizations.

The SBA will work directly with state governors to provide targeted, low-interest loans to small businesses and non-profits that have been severely impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19). The SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program provides small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing.


Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”) Executive Summary for Restaurants 

Congressional leaders released the final text of their $2 trillion coronavirus rescue package. The agreement includes a dramatic expansion of unemployment insurance, a rescue fund for state and local governments, immediate cash for hospitals, and a huge pool of grants and loans for small businesses.

Read the Executive Summary for Restaurants HERE

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