SBA Launches Supplemental Targeted Advance for Small Businesses Hardest Hit by COVID-19

U.S. Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration launched a new round of Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) assistance – called Supplemental Targeted Advances – on April 22, 2021 that will provide $5 billion in additional assistance to 1 million small businesses and nonprofit organizations that have been most severely affected by the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The … [More]

SBA Announces Official Restaurant Revitalization Fund Application and Guidelines

U.S. Small Business Administration

SBA Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman today announced key details on application requirements, eligibility, and a program guide for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF). The restaurant industry has been among the hardest-hit sectors during the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. To help bring jobs back and revive the industry, the American Rescue Plan, … [More]

ADHS Recommends Pause in Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine

Arizona Department of Health Services

The Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) today announced it is recommending a pause in the use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine based on recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The CDC and FDA are recommending a pause in the use of the vaccine based on six reported U.S. cases, out … [More]

Health Co. Now Providing COVID-19 Vaccinations at Mesa Community College

Embry Health

Embry Health will provide COVID-19 Vaccinations starting April 8th at Mesa Community College located at 1833 W. Southern Rd., Mesa, AZ 85202. Embry Health will provide Moderna vaccinations for those over 18 years old who work and live in Maricopa County between 8AM–8PM. Please come prepared with a face mask, driver's license, insurance card, and documentation of … [More]

Phoenix Reaffirms Mask Mandate

City of Phoenix

After consideration and review with legal counsel, the City of Phoenix has determined the June 19, 2020 Declaration of the Phoenix City Council requiring face coverings in public for most people within city limits remains in effect. The mandate follows Arizona Department of Public Health Face Covering Guidance and is in accordance with current Centers for Disease Control … [More]

State Farm Stadium Vaccination Site Moving into Gila River Arena

State of Arizona Office of the Governor

Arizona’s largest vaccination site at State Farm Stadium, described as a “national model” by President Biden, will transition to an indoor site at Gila River Arena in Glendale on Friday, April 23 as temperatures heat up in Arizona. Home to the Arizona Cardinals, the State Farm Stadium site has administered more than 632,000 doses since … [More]

COVID-19 Stories: Navajo Woman Business Owner Steps Up to Lead Volunteer Relief Distribution Effort

Navajo & Hopi Families COVID-19 Relief Fund

Last March, Navajo business owner Vanessa Tullie had just completed construction of a new office space when she responded to a call to join the Navajo & Hopi Families COVID-19 Relief Fund efforts. Based in Phoenix, Ariz., Tullie owns and operates a home care agency, appropriately named Ahehee’ Shidine’e Homecare LLC., which loosely translates to mean, “Thank you, my … [More]

Indoor Drive-Thru COVID-19 Vaccination Site in Mesa will Maintain Vital East Valley Presence

State of Arizona Office of the Governor

A Mesa distribution center operated by Dexcom, maker of innovative continuous glucose monitoring products for people with diabetes, will serve as the Valley’s first state-run indoor drive-thru COVID-19 vaccination site. “As the hot summer months approach, we want to ensure our vaccination sites continue to operate efficiently,” said Governor Doug Ducey. “Health care … [More]

Phoenix Sky Harbor Is Working Together to Help Travelers with COVID-19

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport

Early in the pandemic, the aviation industry realized the need to communicate health and safety requirements and information about COVID-19. Because there wasn't one standardized place to look for information, under the leadership of the ACI World IT Standing Committee's ACRIS (Airport Community Recommend Information Services) Group, ACI, multiple airports and World Business … [More]

Face Masks and Other Personal Protective Equipment to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 Are Tax Deductible

Internal Revenue Service

The Internal Revenue Service issued Announcement 2021-7 PDF today clarifying that the purchase of personal protective equipment, such as masks, hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes, for the primary purpose of preventing the spread of coronavirus are deductible medical expenses. The amounts paid for personal protective equipment are also eligible to be paid … [More]

Governor Halts Restrictions on Events, Businesses and Masks

State of Arizona Office of the Governor

With the state of Arizona hitting several important public health benchmarks, Governor Doug Ducey announced several updates to the state’s COVID-19 measures, including on events, businesses and local ordinances. Several key data points contributed to these changes: Mass distribution of the vaccine: 3,041,773 doses of COVID-19 vaccine had been administered to … [More]

Stimulus: More Economic Impact Payments Set for Disbursement in Coming Days

inbusinessPHX.com

For taxpayers receiving direct deposit, this batch of payments began processing on Friday and will have an official pay date of Wednesday, March 24, with some people seeing these in their accounts earlier, potentially as provisional or pending deposits. A large number of this latest batch of payments will also be mailed, so taxpayers who do not receive a direct deposit by March … [More]

State Adopts a Unique Hybrid Model for COVID-19 Vaccine Prioritization

State of Arizona Office of the Governor

Governor Doug Ducey and the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) announced today a new hybrid approach that provides Arizonans 55 and older eligibility along with frontline essential workers to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. The new approach launches today in the Phoenix Metro Area. Arizona will continue its age-based approach to administering the vaccine. The new … [More]

Arizona Announces State-Run Vaccine Site in Metro Phoenix’s East Valley

State of Arizona Office of the Governor

Governor Doug Ducey and the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) today announced a state-operated COVID-19 vaccination site in the Phoenix metropolitan area’s East Valley, avoiding the closure of a successful mass vaccination site and further expanding the state’s nationally recognized model for speeding up vaccine administration. The vaccination site at … [More]

CVS Health and Other Pharmacies Will Begin Providing Covid-19 Vaccines

CVS Health

CVS Health will begin to offer COVID-19 vaccinations to eligible populations at a limited number of CVS Pharmacy locations across 11 states, including Arizona. Vaccinations were originally scheduled to begin on February 11, but in order to ensure in-store availability the start date has been moved to February 12. Vaccines in a retail setting will be offered on an … [More]

First Fully Integrated COVID-19 Prevention, Testing & Therapy Center Opens in Phoenix

Southwellness COVID Solutions

Concierge physician, Tyler Southwell, created a new division of his practice – Southwellness COVID Solutions (SCS) – late last year and is opening a 2,600 square foot one-of-a-kind facility this week in Phoenix, dedicated specifically to COVID-19 prevention, testing, and therapy. The convenient, comfortable, and private office is the first and only fully-integrated … [More]

Phoenix Mayor Announces Second COVID-19 Mobile Testing Van

City of Phoenix

Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego announced today the launch of Phoenix's second COVID-19 Mobile Testing Van (Van #2) during its first day of operations at Cielito Park.  Customized by the Phoenix Public Works Department's Fleet Management division, Van #2 will provide testing services to the community three days a week and will offer two types of COVID-19 tests at no … [More]

CDC Issues Order Requiring Face Masks on Public Transit

Valley Metro

Centers for Disease Control issued an order requiring everyone traveling on public transit to wear a mask covering their nose and mouth. This new mandate is in addition to the executive order by President Biden earlier this month. Valley Metro is committed to keeping your communities safe during this pandemic and remember, we're all in this together. You can do your part to … [More]

SBA Re-Opening Paycheck Protection Program to Small Lenders on Friday, January 15 and All Lenders on Tuesday, January 19

U.S. Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the U.S. Treasury Department, will re-open the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan portal to PPP-eligible lenders with $1 billion or less in assets for First and Second Draw applications on Friday, January 15, 2021 at 9 am ET.  The portal will fully open on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 to all participating PPP lenders … [More]

Nearly 44,000 People In Seven Hours Book Appointments for State 24/7 Vaccination Site

Arizona Department of Health Services

In just seven hours today, nearly 44,000 Arizonans have made appointments to be vaccinated at the state’s first 24/7 COVID-19 vaccination site at State Farm Stadium in Glendale. Of those appointments, nearly 29,000 are for the site’s first week of operation. The site, launched by the Arizona Department of Health Services in partnership with the Arizona Department of … [More]

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