COVID-19 UPDATES

Walmart’s Promise: Every Day Low Prices – Anytime, Anywhere

Walmart takes our responsibility to bring value to customers and consumers around the globe seriously. In great times of need, there is no substitute for trust and transparency. Given the unprecedented circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, we have taken additional steps to ensure fair pricing to protect our customers in stores, Clubs and online.

It is our position—always—that our culture of integrity leads all our decisions. We have made it our business to work directly with state authorities to inform them about our deliberate practices and processes. Particularly on Walmart Marketplace, third-party sellers are subject to our Pricing Rule, which automatically unpublishes any items that are offered at substantially higher prices than previous offered to customers (the blocked item will be shown as “out of stock” until it can be taken down). And, we’ve offered up our experience and expertise to help law enforcement and public officials apply proper oversight for transparent and fair pricing. We encourage our customers and members to always reach out to us if they have any concerns or identify any product issues, so we can take swift action.

For more information about Walmart’s additional steps to better ensure fair pricing, please visit here, and to read their full response to COVID-19, please visit here.

 

AT&T Offers Relief for Customers & Employees 


Consistent with FCC Chairman Pai’s “Keep Americans Connected Pledge” and concerns raised by members of Congress, which we share, AT&T is proud to support our customers by pledging that, for 60 days, we will:

* Not terminate the service of any wireless, home phone or broadband residential or small business customer because of their inability to pay their bill due to disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

* Waive any late payment fees that any wireless, home phone or broadband residential or small business customer may incur because of economic hardship related to the coronavirus pandemic. 1

*Waive domestic wireless plan overage charges for data, voice or text for residential or small business wireless customers incurred because of economic hardship related to the coronavirus pandemic.

*Keep our public Wi-Fi hotspots open for any American who needs them.

 

COVID-19: Unprecedented Moments Provide Opportunities to Redefine and Shape Collaboration

By Sindy M. Benavidez. LULAC National Chief Executive Officer

Today, we are witnessing an unprecedented moment in modern history as our nation and the world confront coronavirus (COVID-19), a health menace that threatens all of us. Mine is both the privilege and the responsibility of being on the frontline daily of this battle, as the first woman CEO to lead the oldest and largest Latino civil rights organization in the country, the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC). With that role comes the solemn realization that I am making critical decisions on issues impacting 58-million Latinos in the United States. As a grassroots organization, it is our unique infrastructure of volunteer members that is our biggest asset. One of the most important roles I am actively exercising daily is a trait that I learned in my first career as Deputy Director of Constituent Services for Governor Tim Kaine: listening to the needs of my community and taking immediate action.

 

IRS is Offering Coronavirus Relief to Taxpayers


In response to COVID19, Treasury and IRS allow most tax payments to be delayed until July 15. You need to file a return or request a filing extension by April 15. No other filing is necessary for payment extensions. See options at: www.irs.gov/coronavirus
For those looking for information on stimulus payments, the IRS will share it as soon as it’s available. In the meantime, there’s no need to sign up for anything – Just make sure you’ve filed a 2018 or 2019 tax return.
 
 

SBA To Provide Small Businesses Impacted by Coronavirus (COVID-19) Up to $2 Million in Disaster Assistance Loans

SBA Administrator, Jovita Carranza, issued the following statement today in response to the President’s address to the nation: “The President took bold, decisive action to make our 30 million small businesses more resilient to Coronavirus-related economic disruptions. Small businesses are vital economic engines in every community and state, and they have helped make our economy the strongest in the world. Our Agency will work directly with state Governors to provide targeted, low-interest disaster recovery loans to small businesses that have been severely impacted by the situation. Additionally, the SBA continues to assist small businesses with counseling and navigating their own preparedness plans through our network of 68 District Offices and numerous Resource Partners located around the country. The SBA will continue to provide every small business with the most effective and customer-focused response possible during these times of uncertainty.”

For those looking for information on stimulus payments, the IRS will share it as soon as it’s available. In the meantime, there’s no need to sign up for anything – Just make sure you’ve filed a 2018 or 2019 tax return.

 
 

Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando (HCCMO) Webinar Series for Small Business Owners

The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando (HCCMO) is dedicated to provide its members and the Central Florida community with the latest updates and the proper tools to thrive during the COVID-19 challenge. HCCMO has developed the “HCCMO Business Webinar Series” to strengthen our community and educate them so every business owner is able to take advantage of the resources provided by our State and Federal Government.
 
 

COVID-19 RESOURCES FOR VETERANS

Navigating this crisis is not easy, but you are not alone. Below is a list of resources that may be of use to your and/or your family. If you know of a resource not on this list, please let us know. For a full list click here
 
 

GET LOCAL: SBA regional and district offices are hosting information webinars on #COVID19 disaster assistance for small businesses.

 

GET LOCAL: SBA regional and district offices are hosting information webinars on #COVID19 disaster assistance for small businesses.

 

LIST OF PLACES TO GET TESTED FOR COVID-19 (Coronavirus) IN DC, MARYLAND, AND VIRGINIA

From drive-thru sites to outdoor hospital tents: As coronavirus spreads in the DMV, more testing sites are being set up. Here’s where you can find them.
DC: George Washington University
George Washington University announced that the hospital has set up a tent at its Foggy Bottom campus for those in the District to be tested. The tent, according to officials, will be used for COVID-19-suspected patients that medical officials anticipate discharging. Critical cases of the virus will be admitted into the hospital, officials said.
 United Medical Center
United Medical Center, the District’s public hospital in Southeast D.C., has added a separate emergency department waiting room and isolated spaces for patients who report to the hospital with flu-like symptoms.
Maryland
Drive-Thru Testing Sites
Gov. Larry Hogan announced on March 17 plans to re-purpose vehicle emissions sites as coronavirus testing sites. In our area, here’s a list of drive-thru testing sites across Montgomery and Prince George’s County:
Montgomery County
Gaithersburg: 15 Metropolitan Grove Road
Walnut Hill: 16520 S. Westland Drive
Derwood: 15910 Chieftain Avenue
Silver Spring: 2121 Industrial Parkway
Glenmont: 12335 Georgia Avenue
White Oak: 2131 Industrial Parkway
 

COVID-19 Information

There is so much information about COVID-19 and how it will affect our lives in the following weeks. It’s important to stay informed by accurate sources so there won’t be any confusion.
*The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cdc.gov ) is the leading national public health institute of the United States.
*The World Health Organization (who.int) is a specialized agency of the United Nations for international public health.
*The U.S. Small Business Administration sba.gov ) a United States government agency that provides support to entrepreneurs and small business.
*The Internal Revenue Service (irs.gov) is the revenue service of the United States Federal Government.

 

IRS Delays Tax-Filing Date to July 15, 2020

“We are moving Tax Day from April 15 to July 15,” Secretary Steven Mnuchin said. “All taxpayers and businesses will have this additional time to file and make payments without interest or penalties.”

The Treasury Department and IRS released guidance today, Wednesday March 20, that allows individuals and corporations to defer tax payments from April 15 to July 15, but had kept the deadline to file returns at April 15.
Taxpayers who want to use the IRS’s deadline extension for payments still need to file something by April 15
 For more information visit https://www.irs.gov/

Coronavirus (COVID-19) — Protect Your Health and Find Help for Financial Stress

Questions about Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) continue to swirl through daily updates and new information. How do I stay healthy? How can I afford to be sick? What happens if I lose my income? How do I protect myself and my family?

 

Working from Home 101

Working from home isn’t something any of us anticipated but let’s make the best of it!
Here are some few tips to getting into a new groove of growth and productivity: – Start your morning off bright and early, with coffee preferably ☕ – Take a break every now and then so you won’t get so overwhelmed! – Creating a list will keep you on track and be more efficient 📝 – Having a designated work space helps you focus on work in the comfort of your own home! 🏡 – Again, mini breaks are crucial, especially in quarantine time! 🍃 – Communication is key! Keep in contact with other colleagues to continue progress and success. – Stay positive & be efficient! ✨
The LATINA Style Team is working from home and putting a little twist with furry puppies, future Latina leaders and COFFEE!

Questions about Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) continue to swirl through daily updates and new information. How do I stay healthy? How can I afford to be sick? What happens if I lose my income? How do I protect myself and my family?

How can I stay healthy? Most importantly, get answers and information from a reputable source. Helpful suggestions can be found from the CDC, The World Health Organization, and your state or local health department. All provide instructions for simple preventative precautions that you can take to reduce the likelihood of getting sick:
  • Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your mouth, nose, and eyes.
  • Keep a distance of three feet from others whenever possible.
  • Stay home from work or other activities if you are sick.
Coping with financial stress
Can I afford to get sick? The new virus strain might be scary, causing worry about paying for the virus testing and hospital bills. Staying home from work might mean a missed paycheck, or even a lost job.Important: Call your health care provider first before seeking the test. A referral is required, and testing is not appropriate in all cases.
What about loss of income? Employer response varies widely — some are offering paid or partial paid leave, some are not or simply can’t. Discuss concerns with your employer. Are you self-employed? Proposed federal legislation offers relief.
How can I meet my obligations and expenses? Policies are quickly being implemented to specifically meet coronavirus related needs.
Protecting Your Health
Coping with Financial Stress
 
 
Walmart takes our responsibility to bring value to customers and consumers around the globe seriously. In great times of need, there is no substitute for trust and transparency. Given the unprecedented circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, we have taken additional steps to ensure fair pricing to protect our customers in stores, Clubs and online.

It is our position—always—that our culture of integrity leads all our decisions. We have made it our business to work directly with state authorities to inform them about our deliberate practices and processes. Particularly on Walmart Marketplace, third-party sellers are subject to our Pricing Rule, which automatically unpublishes any items that are offered at substantially higher prices than previous offered to customers (the blocked item will be shown as “out of stock” until it can be taken down). And, we’ve offered up our experience and expertise to help law enforcement and public officials apply proper oversight for transparent and fair pricing. We encourage our customers and members to always reach out to us if they have any concerns or identify any product issues, so we can take swift action.

For more information about Walmart’s additional steps to better ensure fair pricing, please visit here, and to read our full response to COVID-19, please visit here.

*Keep our public Wi-Fi hotspots open for any American who needs them.

 

COVID-19 RESOURCES FOR VETERANS