Back in Business: COVID-19 Resources & More

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St. Joseph County Public Health Ordinance 2-2020

Public Health Order 2-2020, effective through September 7, 2020, requires all St. Joseph County residents to wear face coverings when in public spaces and any business open to customers must have hand sanitizers available (60% alcohol-based) at entrances | Order 2-2020

Indiana to Remain in Stage 4.5 Through July 17

Governor Eric Holcomb Wednesday (July 1) announced the state will modify the Back On Track Indiana plan through at least July 17. While a few restrictions will lift on July 4 in version 4.5 of the plan, most will stay in place. Elkhart County will remain fully in Stage 4 until at least July 17. Local governments may impose more restrictive guidelines. Read more

COVID-19 Response Team Coordination Updates

View current & archival information

Positive Cases | Deaths | Testing Data

As reported by the ISDH on July 2 (a.m.), the county’s (St. Joseph) total number of confirmed cases is 1,849 with 65 deaths (25,817 tests). Statewide, it is 45,952 (489,716 tested), with 2,456 deaths. View ISDH county by county map.

CrossCheck Self-Assessment

The county’s online self-assessment tool is now live. Here, residents can go through a series of questions and checks to assess their symptoms. Visit


State Back on Track Reopening Plan

The roadmap is a five-phase plan developed by the State of Indiana to reopen the economy.
News Release | BackOnTrack Website | 5 Stages | Specific Industry Guidelines

Executive Order 20-26: Business Requirements

We recommend that all employers review Governor Holcomb’s most recent Executive Order, 20-26, thoroughly and carefully. Please note that all Hoosier employers shall develop a plan to implement measures and institute safeguards to ensure a safe environment for their employees, customers, clients and members. The plan must be provided to all employees and staff, as well as posted publicly. At a minimum, the plan must include an employee health screening process, cleaning and disinfecting protocols, hand-washing/hygiene opportunities; and social distancing measures. And all employers must adhere to the health and safety standards established by IOSHA. These requirements and more are found at the top of page 4 of the executive order. Executive Order 20-26

Sample Return to Work Plans

Manufacturing, Logistics & Warehousing Sectors

Office Environments

Sales and Services Operations

Purdue Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Returning to Work & Recovery Guide
Email Purdue MEP if you have any questions, or if your organization needs additional assistance. To obtain the free guide, please complete the form here.

Miscellaneous Resources

CDC Cleaning & Disinfecting Guide | Download PDF | Website

ISDH Cleaning Guidance for Businesses | PDF

OSHA Guidelines on Preparing Workplaces | Download PDF | More IOSHA Resources/Info

OSHA Guidance for the Construction Workforce  | Website  

OSHA Prevent Worker Exposure | More

10 Steps All Workplaces Can Take to Reduce Risk | More

OSHA Guidance for Retail Workers | More

National Restaurant Association’s Guidance for Restaurants | Website

Brand & Marketing Recovery Guide, by Villing & Company | Download PDF

South Bend Clinic COVID Consulting | Download PDF
Call Dr. Brian Huber at 574.807.4697 |

Barnes & Thornburg Labor & Employment Business Return to Work Checklist | Download PDF

Business Furnishings Post-COVID Workplace Solutions Guide | Download PDF 


PPE Supplies

State PPE Marketplace | Website

Chamber PPE List

The Chamber has compiled an extensive list of PPE suppliers: face masks/coverings/shields, hand sanitizer/disinfectants, gloves, gowns, acrylic partitions, signage and more. View list

Purdue MEP COVID-19 Critical PPE Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative | Website

Purdue MEP COVID-19 PPE Manufacturing Design, Specifications & Instructions Portal | Website 


Mishawaka Small Business COVID Relief Program

More at

Small Business Restart Grants

Eligible Indiana small businesses can seek reimbursement for up to 80% of qualified expenses, such as rent/mortgage payments, utilities, lease payments for real or personal property, and safety investments, such as PPE and infrastructure improvements. Eligibility Requirements & Application

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP 2.0) 

The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) authorizes $310 billion (second phasa) in forgivable loans to small businesses to pay their employees during the COVID-19 crisis. All loan terms will be the same for everyone.

Download Updated FAQs (as of April 23) 

Download application

CDFI-Friendly Initiative

 News Release | Resource Guide

Other Funding Options

Indiana Small Business Development Center: Relief Options

SBA Update Links

Access the latest links from about funding sources for small businesses.

Economic Injury Disaster Loans

COVID-19 Relief Loan Options, SBA   


877.820.0890 or email (For business & industry questions only)

CDC Guidance for Businesses

General Info from the CDC

Prevention Steps for Close Contact (St. Joseph County Department of Health)

State Department of Health Dashboard

Feel ill? Don't have a doctor? Call 211.


Path Forward Series

The U.S. Chamber Foundation, in their Path Forward: Navigating the Return to Work webinar series, looks at the different phases and challenges of how we reopen the economy. Each episode features conversations between the U.S. Chamber president Suzanne Clark and experts with practical recommendations for businesses of all sizes. Episodes air every Monday and Thursday at 3:00 p.m. ET. You can register to attend, however, episodes are also recorded and can be found on their Facebook page and YouTube channel. Learn more

CDC Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting

Download PDF

ISDH Guidance for Businesses

View the Indiana State Department of Health's new (as of April 15) Guidance for Employers During COVID-19

ISDH COVID-19 Cleaning Guidance

View the Indiana State Department of Health's COVID-19 Cleaning Guidance for Businesses

Indiana Unemployment Insurance Employer FAQs

FAQs Link

Indiana Unemployment Insurance Claimant FAQs (How to File)

Download PDF (As of March 26)

Families First Coronavirus Response Act

All employers, with under 500 employees, are required to give their employees this Families First Paid Sick Leave Notice.  Download notice. If you have any question, please reach out to the Chamber's Director of Operations Mari Bishop at 574.400.4001. Download Families First Employee Rights Poster.

Labor & Employment Law

COVID-19 Employer Update: Barnes & Thornburg Webinar (March 23). Access Webinar

Benefits Playbook

View the Gibson COVID-19 Employee Benefits Playbook

Tax Information

With the impending federal $2.2 billion federal relief legislation, RSM shares their Tax Alert on the Legislation.

Preparing and Responding to COVID-19

Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers from the CDC

Workplace Tips - Tips and resources for employers to combat the virus

U.S. Chamber's Business Resources: Preparedness Tips and Guidelines

Corporate Aid Tracker - How businesses are helping nationwide

Survey on Business Impact - Results from the American Chamber of Commerce in China

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).

Coronavirus Resource Page

COVID-19 Safety and Health Standards

Key Planning Recommendations for Mass Gatherings

CISA Guidelines on Essential Businesses


Jobs Progress Online Portal

The City of South Bend and Goodwill Industries of Michiana, along with several other regional partners, like the Chamber, launched the Jobs Progress initiative, aimed at connecting community members facing unemployment or reduced hours with employers who are hiring in the region. View website at

Goodwill Industries of Michiana

View their Facebook page

HR Resources

View HR COVID-19 resources provided by the Society of Human Resource Management

Chamber Jobs Board

Post job openings on the Chamber Jobs Board and view job openings.


Online lifelong learning tool launched by the St. Joseph County Library | Website

Career Launch Virtual Tour

While we had to cancel the March 24 and 25 Career Launch event at the Century Center. We now bring it to you virtually! Our area employers are ready to show high school students and adults what entry-level or internship opportunities that have available. Use this page as a great learning exercise for high school students learning from home. Take the tour.

Home Learning

WNIT and WORLD to Broadcast Daily At Home Learning Programs for Grades 6-12. More Info


City of South Bend

City of Mishawaka

St. Joseph County Department of Health


Childcare Resources

Brighter Futures Indiana


1-800 Water Damage of South Bend

First Response

Face MasksCoverings

Running list of suppliers

Insurance Coverage for COVID-19

Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP: Why you should be looking at  your insurance coverage 

Mental Health and Well-Being

Counseling/Mental Health Business Category

Signage (COVID-specific)



As of March 16, Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb ordered no in-person events of more than 50 people, while also ordering bars, nightclubs and restaurants closed through the end of March. Restaruants can still provide takeout and delivery services. As of March 16, the CDC recommended gatherings of no more than 10 people. 

Guidance Regarding COVID-19 and Travel

List of Canceled/Postponed Events

Restaurants Offering Take Out


South Bend Clinic Hotline 574.307.6870
Beacon Answerline 855.523.2225
Call 211 for those people without access to a health care provider

Hygiene and Social Recommendations

  • Practice social distancing, six feet apart. Note: the CDC is recommending gatherings of no more than 10 people.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds. If soap and water is unavailable, use hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing, preferably with your elbow.
  • Avoid handshakes.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick. 
  • If you don't feel well, stay home



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