CORONAVIRUS RESOURCES AND UPDATES

Thanks to all who have been able to join our virtual townhalls. I’ll be hosting one again this week on Thursday, April 9 from 6:00 – 7:00 pm MDT and you can join by dialing 855-962-1075. You will be automatically placed into a toll-free conference to listen in with your neighbors and have an opportunity to ask me a question.

I will be sharing updates on the coronavirus and the work I’m doing in Congress to keep you and your family healthy and safe. Howard Headlee, President of the Utah Bankers Association and Dr. Eddie Stenehjem, Infectious Diseases physician and Intermountain Healthcare’s Medical Director of Antimicrobial Stewardship will also be on the call to help answer questions and provide additional information.

As a reminder, you can also stay in the know by following my Twitter account, my Facebook page, my Instagram profile, or our page just for Coronavirus updates for more information.

BLOOD DONATIONS NEEDED

The Red Cross normally supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood but they’ve had to cancel thousands of blood drives. Check the American Association of Blood Banks locator, visit the Red Cross website, or call 1-800-RED-CROSS. You can also find information through the America’s Blood Centers website.

Talk to your local center about eligibility guidelines. In these new circumstances, you’ll be asked where you’ve recently traveled and what your personal coronavirus exposure has been. In most states you have to be 17 and above; with parental consent, some states allow donors to be 16. You must weigh at least 110 pounds.

FOR BUSINESS LEADERS

The Utah Economic Response Task Force, with the support of Congressman Curtis and the SBA Utah District Office, has established a Rapid Response Team (RRT) to help level the economic impact of COVID-19 by increasing the number of Utah businesses using federal resources. The RRT is staffed with an incredible team of volunteers from many different Utah organizations. It is a great example of the collaboration that exists in our state. 

The RRT’s initial focus is supporting the SBA as it responds to a tsunami of requests for assistance from Utah businesses. If you have questions regarding the SBA Paycheck Protection Program and/or the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program, please submit an inquiry to the rapid response team by clicking here.

For additional information, please contact the SBA disaster assistance customer service center at 1-800-659-2955 (TTY: 1-800-877-8339) or by email. The RRT team is standing by to help respond to inquiries submitted to the SBA.

Paycheck Protection Program
Paycheck Protection Loans opened on Friday, April 3 2020. If you haven’t done so already, we highly recommend that you reach out to your lender now and begin gathering supporting documents in order to submit your application.

Disaster Loan Program
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 overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing. Small business owners in all U.S. states and territories are currently eligible to apply for a low-interest loan.

SOCIAL SECURITY RECIPIENTS

The Department of the Treasury (Treasury) announced on April 1 that Social Security beneficiaries who are not typically required to file tax returns will not need to file an abbreviated tax return to receive an economic impact payment. The IRS will use the information on the Form SSA-1099 to generate $1,200 economic impact payments to Social Security beneficiaries who did not file tax returns in 2018 or 2019.

Treasury, not Social Security, will make automatic payments to Social Security beneficiaries. Beneficiaries will receive these payments by direct deposit or by paper check, just as they would normally receive their Social Security benefits.

For updates from the IRS, visit: irs.gov/coronavirus.

Note for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Recipients:

We are working closely with Treasury to address outstanding questions about our SSI recipients in an attempt to make the issuance of economic impact payments as quick and efficient as possible. We realize people are concerned, and the IRS will provide additional information at irs.gov/coronaviruswhen available. Please note that economic impact payments will not be considered as income for SSI recipients, and the payments are excluded from resources for 12 months.

There will be continuous updates on Social Security’s COVID-19 web page socialsecurity.gov/coronavirus/ as further details are made available.

SILVER LININGS

Enjoy these stories of Utahns bringing positivity and light to our community in this time of anxiety and uncertainty: