COVID-19-Related Resources for Durham Community

By Durham Chamber of Commerce / Published 03.22.20
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Updated on May 28, 2020

The Durham Chamber continues to work with local, regional, state, and federal governments and partners to help our community and businesses as the COVID-19 pandemic evolves. E-mail us with your questions or concerns. If we don’t have the answers to some of your questions and concerns, we will help you find them. That’s our commitment to you. In the meantime, below you will find resources to help you if you live, work, or have a business in the Durham area.

 

PERSONAL PROTECTION EQUIPMENT (PPEs)

Looking for Personal Protection Equipment (PPEs) for your organization? The Durham Chamber has partnered with New Day Care Products and other local Chambers to help you secure PPEs as you prepare for reopening or expanded services. Visit NEW DAY CARE PRODUCTS to learn more.

 

STAY-AT-HOME ORDER

The City and County of Durham are moving towards North Carolina’s Safer-at-Home phase. Businesses are encouraged to self-certify their adoption of current public health best practices, but restaurants, salons, and pools are further restricted until June 1. Learn more in the updated local FAQs.

 

As of Friday, May 22, 2020, at 5 p.m., Durham’s updated Stay-at-Home Orders remain in effect until rescinded. While mostly adopting Governor Roy Cooper’s statewide Executive Order 141, there are some more stringent requirements for Durham residents and visitors. Always CHECK HERE for the latest-date Durham-specific information.

 

The NC Chamber is tracking updates on other orders.

RECOVERY AND RENEWAL

Mayor Steve Schewel and County Commission Chair Wendy Jacobs have announced the formation of a Durham Recovery and Renewal Task Force, co-chaired by Chamber Board Chair Katie Galbraith of Duke Regional Hospital and Maticia Sims of fellow visionary member BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina, and including President & CEO Geoff Durham. Updates and opportunities to engage in industry-specific roundtables are ongoing.

The NC Chamber offers great tips on preparing your business for the road forward.

Remember that flushing pipes is a precaution that should be taken after any shutdown of more than a few days.

To help prepare our region for long-term recovery, company leads and/or HR representatives should fill out the workforce skills needs survey (10 minutes).

The Chamber’s event calendar is being constantly updated with a variety of events!

In case you missed the Chamber’s Live Address with NC State economist Dr. Michael Walden on March 31st, view the recording.

In case you missed our Conversation with Small Business Administration district director Thomas Stith, III on April 9th, view the recording.

In case you miss the Town Hall with Mayor Steve Schewel and County Commissioner Wendy Jacobs on May 12th, view the recording.

Consider joining us and the Connected Commerce Council in advocating for small businesses.

COMMUNITY RESOURCES

Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina, Durham County, City of Durham, Small Business Center at Durham Tech, Small Business & Technology Development Center at NCCU, Discover Durham, The Institute, Greater Durham Black Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Durham, Inc., and Duke offer a variety of events and other ways to either help or receive help in and around our community, for businesses, residents, and students.

MOST RELIABLE INFORMATION ABOUT COVID-19

Look to the experts for guidance and facts on this pandemic. Reliable information is the best chance we have at informing the public and stopping the spread of this illness. The experts who are most informed on this issue are the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, North Carolina Department of Health & Human Services, and Durham County Department of Public Health.