Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Iowa Governor has declared a state of emergency, but that doesn't mean business is closed. We are here to support you in this unprecedented time.


ABI members, as are people everywhere, are dealing with the outbreak of the respiratory illness known as coronavirus, or COVID-19. This brief outline provides basic information from the Centers for Disease Control and resources that may be helpful to you and your company.

COVID-19 exhibits several common signs of infection, such as respiratory symptoms, fever, cough and breathing difficulties. More severe cases may result in infection, pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death. COVID-19 is spread through respiratory droplets that are released into the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes.


The Centers for Disease Control recommends several precautions to avoid the spread of the disease. Most are part of a common standard precautionary protocol. They include frequently washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, avoiding close contact with people who are sick and staying home if you are ill, disinfecting common surfaces, and covering your coughs and sneezes.

Further, the CDC encourages employers to review protocols related to business travel. If business can be conducted remotely via video conference, that procedure is best. Direct staff to frequently disinfect common surfaces, make hand sanitizer available throughout facilities and offices, and direct employees to stay home when ill. Eliminate shaking hands and close greetings.


Several resources are available to employers to provide information and track the disease.


3.31.20 With $349 Billion in Emergency Small Business Capital Cleared, SBA and Treasury Begin Unprecedented Public-Private Mobilization Effort to Distribute Funds (U.S. Small Business Administration):

3.30.20 Small Business Protection Paycheck Program Key Eligibility Fact Sheet (U.S. Chamber of Commerce):

3.25.20 Summary of Phase III Coronavirus Legislation as Passed by the Senate (U.S. Chamber of Commerce):

3.25.20 Summary of Phase III Coronavirus Legislation as Passed by the Senate (National Association of Manufacturers):

3.24.20 U.S. Department of the Treasury, IRS and the U.S. Department of Labor Announce Plan to Implement Coronavirus-Related Paid Leave for Workers and Tax Credits for Small and Midsize Businesses to Swifty Recover the Cost of Providing Coronavirus-Related Leave:

3.21.20 U.S. Small Business Administration Issues Economic Injury Disaster Loan declaration for Iowa:

3.18.20 Congress Finalizes COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Act: Prepare To Provide Paid Sick Leave And FMLA (Fisher Phillips):

3.16.20 Summary of Phase II Coronavirus Signed Legislation (U.S. Chamber of Commerce)

H.R. 6201 Families First Coronavirus Response Act Employment Paid Leave Requirements and Tax Credit Provisions Overview (Graph)

Centers for Disease Control (great source of technical information):

U.S. Chamber of Commerce (strong source for employer recommendations):

Model Pandemic HR Policy (source for possible HR policy):

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (guidance for businesses and employers):

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA disaster assistance in response to the coronavirus):

COVID-19 in Iowa (information, maps, and resources about the coronavirus response in Iowa):

Office of the Governor of Iowa (source for state public health disaster declarations and daily press conference details):

Help Iowans Help Iowans (Local restaurants need customers. Struggling Iowans need support. You need the feeling of knowing you helped both with one gift.):

Iowa Department of Public Health (COVID-19 Preparedness for Iowa Businesses webinar):

Iowa Department of Public Health (general tips, updates and resources):

Iowa Economic Development Authority (COVID-19: Iowa Business Recovery Assistance):

Iowa Workforce Development (information for employers and workers):

BerganKDV (business- and industry-specific on-demand webinars):

CIRAS (terrific source for Iowa-specific information):

Gallagher (insurance brokerage, risk management and consulting information)


HR Simple (coronavirus updates for Iowa):

The Iowa Clinic

Leaders Helping Leaders (a Facebook group created by ABI member Kathleen Riessen for leaders who want to support other leaders and receive support in making critical decisions):

LMC Insurance & Risk Management (one-stop shop for questions tied to property & casualty/employee benefits/financial services and regulatory matters for COVID-19):