COVID-19 Resources & Articles

March 17, 2020 | General

On Friday, March 20th, Governor Pritzker issued Executive Order 2020-10 requiring all Illinoisans to stay in their homes to prevent the further spread of COVID-19 until April 7, 2020. The order prohibits things like visiting the homes of friends and holding gatherings of any size and closes all nonessential establishments, including most retail, recreation and entertainment businesses. It does NOT prohibit essential activities like going to the grocery store, receiving medical care, or taking your pet for a walk. For more information on what this order means for you, please click here.

We ENCOURAGE the community to continue supporting local businesses during this time of uncertainty. Public health crises affect all businesses, particularly the hospitality industry. There is no better time than the present to #ShopLocal and be #StrongTogether.

We will update this page with important information as it comes available.

PLEASE NOTE: As of Thursday, April 2, 2020, the Illinois Dept. of Public Health has reported 53 cases of COVID-19 in our county and three deaths. For the most up-to-date public health information, please follow the St. Clair County Emergency Management Agency on Facebook. You can also check the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) website for current information.

As the threat of COVID-19 continues to spread to our communities, it is important for the Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce to take the appropriate precautions outlined by local and national public health organizations.

As of March 13, all Belleville Chamber events are canceled through April 30. All purchased tickets, reservations and sponsorships will be honored when new dates are announced, and separate communication will be made if refunds need to be applied.

For more information regarding the COVID-19 virus and updates, we encourage you to visit the following trusted resources:

Resource Websites

Business-Specific Resources

UPDATED – Coronavirus Emergency Loans Small Business Guide and Checklist (Paycheck Protection Program) (U.S. Chamber of Commerce)

COVID-19 and Unemployment Benefits (IDES)
** Are you having issues filing for unemployment? IDES is Taking Steps to Address Unprecedented Volume of Unemployment Claims

Five Questions and Answers for Employers

Guide to the Employee Retention Tax Credit

Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity (Emergency Small Business Grants and Loans Assistance)

Illinois Small Business Development Centers (SBDC)

Illinois State Treasurer (Small Business COVID-19 Relief Program)

Local/regional points of contact who are available to assist impacted businesses

U.S. Department Of Labor Announces New Paid Sick Leave And Expanded Family And Medical Leave Implementation

Community Organizations & Non-Profits

Illinois COVID-19 Response Fund

Resources for Community and Faith-Based Leaders (CDC)

St. Louis Community Foundation Regional Response Fund for Non-profits

Small Business Administration

Beware of Scams and Fraud Schemes

Guide to SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) 

Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources

SBA Offers Disaster Assistance to Illinois Small Businesses Economically Impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Press Release ENGLISH SPANISH

The Three-Step Process: Disaster Loans

SBA Disaster Assistance in Response to COVID-19

PowerPoint slide deck covering the basics of SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans

Fact Sheet – Economic Injury Disaster Loans

Disaster Business Loan Application

Community Information

Beware of Scams and Fraud Schemes (SBA)

Disinfecting Your Home When Someone Is Sick (BJC)

Drive-through testing available in Swansea (BJC)

Easy Chair Workouts to Enhance Your Home Routine (BJC)

Free Virtual Screening for COVID-19 (SSM)

Home Isolation Guidelines: Patients & Household (BJC)

How to Know If You or a Coworker Needs Help (BJC)

How to Help Your Child Continue Learning at Home

Ideas for Fun Family Fitness (BJC)

Office of the Illinois Secretary of State (All driver service facilities are CLOSED)

Increase Your Safety with These Healthy Habits (BJC)

Know the Difference: COVID-19 vs. Flu vs. Allergies

Managing Coronavirus-Related Stress (BJC)

Resources for Financial Assistance

Self-Care Massage at Home (BJC)

Start Meditating (BJC)

Talking to Kids About Coronavirus

Tips for Avoiding Coronavirus Scams

What To Do If You Are Sick

Contact Information

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has a statewide COVID-19 hotline and website to answer any questions from the public or to report a suspected case.
Hotline: 800-889-3931

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Service’s (DHSS) COVID-19 also has a statewide public hotline and website to provide citizens and providers guidance regarding COVID-19.
Hotline: 877-435-8411