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Dear Members,

We are living in unprecedented times with the current pandemic of Covid-19, the Corona Virus.  During this time, we want to continue to be a resource to our members and work together toward continuing to build successful HVACR businesses across the state of Louisiana.

It is our hope that you will use the list of resources below to assist you as you navigate through these challenging times.  If we can be of further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact our state association coordinator, Leslie Davis at: 225-400-8476 or 


We are stronger together!


Charles Weckesser

State President

Weeding Through The Corona Virus Resources:

There are thousands of resources available to businesses; here are a few links that appear to be of utmost interest to our HVACR members during the Corona Virus/Covid-19 Pandemic.  Consider starting here:


NEW!  Updated information on the Omnicron Variant from the CDC

NEW!  Information on Self-testing from the CDC

NEW!  Symptoms of Corona Virus/Covid-19

NEW!  Vaccine and booster shot updates

NEW!  Find a vaccine location near you

NEW!  OSHA guidance/help for Covid-19

US Chamber: Info on Emergency Business Loans (Covid-19 Related)

How to Market HVAC During Corona-Virus Pandemic

Small business owners should immediately apply for Payment Protection Program

Corona-Virus Crisis Leads HVAC Contractors to Protect Health of their Staff, Customers

SBA Instructions on Applying for Covid-19 Virus Assistance

Organizations Call for HVACR to Continue During Corona-Virus Crisis

Louisiana Workforce Commission: Info for Businesses/Workers Affected by Covid-19

Comprehensive Guide: HVAC Service Calls During Corona-Virus Crisis

Ready.Gov: Business Continuity Plan

Ready.Gov: How to Develop an Emergency Preparedness Plan

CDC: Recommended Business Strategies for Covid-19

RSES: Covid-19 Resource List

ACCA: Employer Guidance Resources during Covid-19

ASHRAE: Covid-19 Preparedness Guide

Covid-19 Hotline for Louisiana Businesses (Mon-Fri 8 am - 8 pm)  833-457-0531 or

SBA Customer Service Center for Business Owners:  800-659-2955 or


Other Generic Links Regarding Covid19 / Corona Virus

CDC - Centers for Disease Control Covid-19

Louisiana Covid-19 website for LA DHH

Families First Coronovirus Response Act - U. S. Congress

WHO - World Health Organization Covid-19

World of Meters Statistics on Covid-19

Governor John Bel Edwards 'Stay at Home' Order

Louisiana Law Guidelines



(provided by Brent Guilbeau)


Medical care:

  • The CARES Act provides coronavirus testing at no cost to patients and requires private insurance plans to cover testing costs,

  • ensures the coronavirus vaccine is free to recipients,

  • includes $117 billion for hospitals and veterans’ health care,

  • includes $11 billion for vaccines, therapeutics, diagnostics and other preparedness measures,

  • includes $4.3 billion for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,

  • includes $1.5 billion for state and local health responders,

  • includes $45 billion for the FEMA disaster relief fund and

  • includes $16 billion for the Strategic National Stockpile to improve access to supplies needed for national security and pandemic recovery.


Small businesses:

  • The CARES Act includes $450 billion for loans, loan guarantees and investments to support eligible businesses, states and municipalities,

  • authorizes main street lending at the Federal Reserve to be leveraged up to $4 trillion,

  • allows small businesses to delay paying payroll taxes,

  • provides $350 billion in guaranteed Small Business Administration loans for businesses and non-profits with 500 or fewer employees, including those who are self-employed or part of the gig economy, allowing funds to pay employee salaries, wages, cash tips, sick leave, employee group health care benefits and insurance premiums, retirement contributions and covered leave,

  • offers loans immediately and would waive affiliation rules for small businesses in the hospitality and restaurant industries, certain franchises and businesses receiving financing through the Small Business Investment Company program and

  • waives the early withdrawal penalty for qualified retirement accounts up to $100,000 for reasons related to the coronavirus.



  • The CARES Act provides $1,200 checks to individuals and $2,400 to couples in low- and middle-income households, with payments increasing by $500 per child per household,

  • makes more workers eligible for unemployment benefits and provides them with $600 per week for up to four months, allowing the Department of Labor to approve funds for states lacking the resources to make these payments,

  • provides $1.5 billion to support economic development grants for areas impacted by the coronavirus,

  • provides $1 billion in loans to the rural business and industry loan guarantee program,

  • provides $300 million to provide direct financial assistance to all manner of fishers, fishery participants and communities that have been affected by the coronavirus and

  • provides $25 million for the learning, telemedicine and broadband grants program.


Key industries and state and local governments:

  • The CARES Act establishes a $500 billion economic stabilization fund to support industries, states and cities,

  • includes $150 billion to supplement state and local government budgets,

  • provides an estimated $1.8 billion to Louisiana to fund coronavirus-related assistance,

  • provides $25 billion in collateralized loans for airlines and

  • provides $17 billion in collateralized loans for businesses critical to maintaining national security.

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