Coronavirus Resources

Small Business Update:
Wyoming small businesses impacted by coronavirus have received final federal approval to seek loans up to $2 million as part of the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loan program.

SBA has added all 23 Wyoming counties to it’s list of designated “economic disaster” regions eligible for small business disaster loan assistance.

If you are a Wyoming small business owner and have been negatively impacted by coronavirus, the SBA’s Federal Disaster Loan program can provide you with loans to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue you might be experiencing.

The loan amount will be based on actual economic injury and financial needs, so business owners should gather items such as financial statements, tax returns, and revenue projections to prepare for a loan request.

To apply for a SBA Federal Disaster Loan, click on the following link:  https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/


As we respond to the Coronavirus pandemic and provide economic relief, I want to make sure we are getting information to everyone as quickly as possible.

Each day, we’ll be posting updates to this page with all the details about the public health and economic aspects of this challenge, as well as details concerning what we are doing in Congress and with the Trump Administration to defeat the virus and restore our economy.

We have designated Ryan Hofmann in our D.C. office as a contact person for questions related to the coronavirus’s impact on our state. Please email him at ryan.hofmann@mail.house.gov.


Here’s The Latest:

April 3, 2020 | 5:02 P.M.

At last night’s briefing with the White House Coronavirus Task Force, President Trump, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, and Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Jovida Carranza outlined the launch of the Paycheck Protection Program which – STARTING TODAY – will help small businesses to keep their employees on payroll. 

The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), a provision of the CARES Act, provides relief in the form of loans that will be fully forgiven when used for payroll costs, interest on mortgages, rent, and utilities.

Small businesses looking to receive PPP loans can apply through any federally insured depository institution, federally insured credit union, and Farm Credit System institution that is participating.  

At last night’s White House Coronavirus Task Force Briefing, President Trump, Secretary Mnuchin, and Administrator Carranza detailed how the program will work and why it will help millions of small business owners. 

The below information provides important background to know about the program’s launch today:

Click here to access the Paycheck Protection Program Application: https://bit.ly/39J7S0G

April 2, 2020 | 7:55 P.M.

Since the start of the coronavirus outbreak, my focus has been ensuring that the people of Wyoming, including our healthcare providers, small businesses, ranchers, and energy producers, receive critical resources necessary to combat the unprecedented global health and economic crisis caused by COVID-19. 

Over the last week, I’ve been in communication with federal leaders at the Department of Health and Human Servicesthe Department of Agriculture, and the Departmentof Interior requesting essential support and financial aid for the workers and families on the frontlines of this pandemic.

The fight to defeat coronavirus will not be easy, but I’m committed to making sure that the people of Wyoming have access to every tool available to confront the challenges we will face in the weeks and months ahead.  

As always, if you have any specific questions or need assistance as it pertains to the coronavirus response effort, please contact Ryan Hofmann with my office at ryan.hofmann@mail.house.gov.

This morning, I joined “Let’s Talk With Al Harris” on KUGR to discuss the latest guidance from the Coronavirus Task Force on slowing the spread of COVID-19. You can listen to my conversation here.

Wyoming small business owners: This Friday, small businesses and sole proprietorships will be able to apply for the Paycheck Protection Program, a provision of the CARES Act that provides small businesses with funds to pay up to 8 weeks of payroll costs including benefits. Funds can also be used to pay interest on mortgages, rent, and utilities.

The funds are provided in the form of loans that will be fully forgiven when used for payroll costs, interest on mortgages, rent, and utilities, and small businesses looking to receive them can apply  through any federally insured depository institution, federally insured credit union, and Farm Credit System institution that is participating. 

Information from The White House, Treasury Department, and Small Business Administration about how the program is designed to work is included below:

April 1, 2020 | 7:10 P.M.

The President announced that his Administration’s nationwide guidance to slow the spread of the virus, which was published 15 days ago, will be extended until at least April 30th. As Dr. Fauci said, “the reason why we feel so strongly about the necessity of the additional 30 days is that now is the time, whenever you’re having an effect, not to take your foot off the accelerator.” See below for the specifics on that guidance:

Today, I joined the Wyoming Business and Industry Federation on a tele-townhall to answer questions about what we have done in Congress to combat coronavirus and the resources available to help local small businesses. You can listen to today’s tele-townhall by clicking on the image below. 

March 31, 2020 | 3:22 P.M.

On Sunday, President Trump announced that he was extending the CDC’s guidelines for slowing the spread of the coronavirus until April 30th. Stay up to date on what’s included in those guidelines, as well as other key facts to know about COVID-19 and the federal government’s response by visiting https://www.coronavirus.gov/.

At yesterday’s briefing with the White House Coronavirus Task Force, President Trump continued to talk about the strides the Administration was taking to combat this virus. He cited the multiple emergency use authorizations issued by the FDA that is allowing for faster testing, making more potential therapeutics available, and giving more personal protective equipment to medical professionals. 

Following the emergency use authorizations making hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine – potential therapeutics for COVID-19 – available for use, Bayer Pharmaceuticals donated one million doses to the federal government and Novartis donated 30 million doses of hydroxychloroquine. These positive steps were lauded by The Wall Street Journal Editorial Board as a way to, “reduce the strain on hospitals,” in the immediate future, while calling effective drug treatments, “more important and less costly than government quarantines in defeating the pandemic,” in the long run.

In terms of needed medical supplies, the President said yesterday that FEMA and HHS have already delivered 11.6 million N-95 respirators, 26 million surgical masks, 5.3 million face shields, 4.4 million surgical gowns, and 22 million gloves. He also announced that more than 8,100 ventilators have been delivered directly to states, and 1,000 more will be delivered in the next two days.

In addition, the Administration continues to collaborate with the private sector. Yesterday, in conjunction with BARDA, Johnson & Johnson announced that it plans to initiate human clinical trials of its COVID-19 vaccine candidate by September and anticipates that the vaccine could be available for emergency use by early next year. On top of that, Ford announced that it will produce 50,000 ventilators in Michigan over the next 100 days. Production is expected to start the week of April 20 at a plant in Ypsilanti, Michigan, with the capacity to produce 30,000 ventilators per month if needed. 

Finally, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced new policies to provide more flexibility for health care providers and patients to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. The regulatory waivers and new rules will increase hospital capacity, rapidly expand the number of health care professionals providing care, make it easier for patients to access care they need, promote telehealth in Medicare, and more.

Seema Verma, the Administrator at CMS, specifically cited the “Hospitals Without Walls” component at the briefing yesterday, which will allow communities to take advantage of local ambulatory surgery centers to care for patients, and permits non-hospital buildings and spaces to be used for patient care and quarantine sites. According to Administrator Verma, this will, “allow hospital systems to create new treatment sites outside of their facility, to expand capacity and be able to safely separate patients that are infected with the coronavirus and those that are not.”

March 30, 2020 | 1:49 P.M.

During the briefing of the White House Coronavirus Task Force yesterday afternoon, President Trump announced that he would be extending the CDC’s guidelines for slowing the spread of the coronavirus until at least April 30th. These initial guidelines can be found here, and the President said that the White House would be finalizing these plans on Tuesday, and would be providing a summary of findings, supporting data, and strategy to the American people.

In making this announcement, President Trump said, “nothing would be worse than declaring victory before the victory is won.” He also added that his Administration’s modeling estimates that the death rate for the virus’s impact on the United States is expected to peak in two weeks, which is why the decisions was made to extend these guidelines for at least another month.  

American workers and small businesses will begin to feel the effects of the CARES Act after the House passed it on Friday and President Trump signed it into law. 

During an interview yesterday, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said that Americans who qualify for direct payments as a result of the act will receive them within three weeks.

In addition to the above comments from Secretary Mnuchin, the Director of the United States National Economic Council Larry Kudlow said in an interview yesterday that the loans available to small businesses who have been impacted by the effects of the coronavirus will be ready for processing this week.

The Trump Administration continues to take steps to protect the health of the American people and use all the tools of the federal government to combat this virus. 

Today, USNS Comfort arrived in Manhattan to treat patients and alleviate some of the burden that hospitals in New York are facing. The Comfort has 1,000 beds and 12 operational rooms, and its arrival comes days after the transformation of the Javits Center into a temporary field hospital with 2,900 beds in conjunction with FEMA and the National Guard. On Friday, the USNS Mercy docked in Los Angeles and began accepting patients to ease the strain on that city’s hospitals.   

In terms of expanding the availability of personal protective equipment and critical supplies needed for medical professionals, FEMA is working with the private sector to launch “Project Airbridge.” President Trump announced that the first flight with this equipment arrived yesterday containing 130,000 N-95 masks, nearly 1.8 million surgical masks and gowns, more than 10.3 million gloves, and more than 70,000 thermometers.

The President also continues to marshal the resources of the private sector to fight the pandemic through the use of the Defense Production Act, and signed a memorandum on Friday to require General Motors to accept, perform, and prioritize Federal contracts for ventilators.

On Sunday night, the FDA issued an emergency use authorization for hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine which will allow for the drugs to be donated to the Strategic National Stockpile to be distributed and prescribed by doctors to hospitalized teen and adult patients with COVID-19. This comes as New York has begun clinical trials testing the effectiveness of these drugs in combating the virus.

The FDA also issued an emergency use authorization to allow for convalescent plasma therapy to be used for seriously ill patients.

The President also announced yesterday that the FDA had authorized a new test from Abbott Labs that will be able to deliver results in as little as five minutes. The test, which the President called, “a whole new ballgame,” and Dr. Scott Gottlieb called a “game-changer,” is expected to be made available this week and they hope to ramp up manufacturing to deliver 50,000 tests per day.   

After calls from Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, the FDA also approved technology from Battelle that will allow for the decontamination and sterilization of personal protective equipment that medical professionals need to fight the coronavirus. In talking about this development, the President said that the new technology allows for a mask to be sterilized up to 20 times. 

Finally, the President said during the briefing that health insurers Humana and Cigna were waiving co-pays and all out-of-pocket costs for coronavirus treatment. This came after the Administration asked insurers to take this step, which President Trump said would, “ease the financial burden on American families during this pandemic.”

March 27, 2020 | 4:20 P.M.

This morning, prior to passing the CARES Act, I spoke on the House floor recognizing our doctors, nurses, first responders, and public safety officers. These heroes have worked around the clock, risking their own lives and separating themselves from their families, in order to fight this virus. Watch my full remarks:

March 26, 2020 | 4:25 P.M.

Copied below is a brief outline of what is included in the CARES Act:

In addition to the CARES Act, the White House has taken executive action to protect the health and wellbeing of Americans: 

March 25, 2020 | 7:41 P.M.

It’s understandable that many Americans are eager to get back to work and restart the economy. However, there will be no normally functioning economy if our hospitals are overwhelmed and thousands of Americans of all ages, including our doctors and nurses, lay dying because we have failed to do what’s necessary to stop the virus. 

It is critical that all Americans continue to follow CDC guidance and practice social distancing and isolate as much as possible. Click here to watch members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force discuss safety guidance for all Americans. 

March 23, 2020 | 7:39 P.M.

The Federal Reserve announced this morning that it would go beyond its prior commitment of $700 billion in bond purchases to buy “the amounts needed” to keep markets functioning and the economy stable. It also announced significant new programs to keep credit flowing to businesses and consumers, including loans for students, auto buyers and small businesses. In addition, the Federal Reserve expects to announce soon the establishment of a Main Street Business Lending Program to support lending to eligible small-and-medium sized businesses, complementing efforts by the SBA. See the full announcement here.

In an interview on CBS’s Face The Nation yesterday, former FDA head Scott Gottlieb lauded the progress being made in attempting to identify potential therapeutics, and the “highly promising” steps that have been taken in regard to vaccine development. Watch the interview here.

March 21, 2020 | 4:19 P.M.

In Congress, House and Senate Committees are working over the weekend on a bipartisan basis to pass the 3rd coronavirus economic relief package titled the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. 

The CARES Act is focused on four main priorities:
1. Direct financial help for the American people;
2. Significant steps to stabilize our economy and protect jobs;
3. Rapid relief for small businesses and their employees;
4. Increased support for the brave healthcare professionals and the patients who are fighting the coronavirus on the front lines

We are working to swiftly pass the CARES Act in the Senate and House so that President Trump can sign this legislation into law this week. More details about the CARES Act can be found here

March 20, 2020 | 1:53 P.M.

On Thursday, Governor Mark Gordon endorsed a decision by the Wyoming State Health Officer to close public places for a two-week period to help slow the community spread of coronavirus. The order is effective immediately and extends through April 3.

The mandate affects “schools, theaters, bars, nightclubs, coffee shops, employee cafeterias, self-serve buffets, salad bars, unpackaged self-serve food services, gyms, conference rooms and museums.” Restaurants can still operate, as long as they do so outside of a dine-in setting. Child care services are also closed, except for those that cater specifically to “essential personnel.”

The full order can be found here.

March 19, 2020 | 2:44 P.M.

This morning, I joined Glenn Woods on KGAB to discuss the steps we are taking in Congress to support Wyoming families as we continue to fight the spread of coronavirus. Click here to listen to my conversation on KGAB.

At today’s briefing with the Coronavirus Task Force, President Trump announced that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is working to eliminate barriers to getting therapeutics for coronavirus to patients. FDA commissioner Stephen Hahn discussed the effort to eliminate “outdated” regulations for anti-viral therapies, which potentially opens the door for the use of hydroxychloroquine and other drugs as coronavirus treatments.

On Wednesday, the Senate passed legislation adopted by the House earlier this week, and then President Trump signed the bill into law. This legislation, known as the Phase II Package, expands testing for all Americans, provides paid sick leave for workers impacted by the coronavirus, and gives small businesses the flexibility they need to to care for their employees and remain open. The Senate is working with the U.S. Treasury Department on a Phase III Package to help further support American workers and businesses as we combat the impact of coronavirus on our economy.

March 18, 2020 | 3:16 P.M.

At a briefing today with the White House Coronavirus Task Force, President Trump announced that he was invoking the Defense Production Act, which will marshal the private sector to help assist in response to the virus. The invocation of this law will also expand the production of masks and protective gear to prevent the spread of the virus. The President also announced that the Department of Housing and Urban Development would be suspending evictions and foreclosures.

Vice President Pence announced that the Department of Health and Human Services would be issuing a regulation allowing doctors and medical professionals to practice across state lines to meet the needs of hospitals that may arise in adjoining areas, and again asked all hospitals across the country to postpone elective surgeries to ensure that medical supplies and medical capacity go where they’re needed most.


What’s Happened In Congress And What’s Ahead:

In Congress, we recognize the importance of moving quickly and urgently to address this crisis. 

On March 4, we passed an $8.3 billion emergency supplemental legislation to expedite vaccine development, increase testing, and provide resources directly to state and local public health officials. The bill’s full specifics are here:

On March 14th, we then passed legislation supported by President Trump that will allow for testing for all Americans and ensure that Americans have access to emergency paid sick leave. The legislation also provides assistance to small business, giving them flexibility and support to care for their employees and remain open. A summary of the bill is below:

In addition, here are the bill’s full specifics:

Going forward, Congress is working to pass additional legislation that will continue to support small businesses and give money directly to the American people. Please follow this page for updates on those proposals: 


Small Business Guidance and Loan Resources:

For small business guidance and loan resources, please visit the Small Business Administration’s website here.

The Small Business Administration (SBA) will work directly with state Governors to provide targeted, low-interest loans to small businesses and non-profits that have been severely impacted by coronavirus.

The SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program provides small businesses with working capital loans that can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing. 

Find more information on the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans at: SBA.gov/Disaster.

SBA works with a number of local partners to counsel, mentor, and train small businesses. The SBA has 68 District Offices, as well as support provided by its Resource Partners, such as SCORE offices, Women’s Business Centers, Small Business Development Centers and Veterans Business Outreach Centers. When faced with a business need, use the SBA’s Local Assistance Directory to locate the office nearest you.

The following interim guidance may help prevent workplace exposures to acute respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19, in non-healthcare settings. The guidance also provides planning considerations if there are more widespread, community outbreaks of COVID-19. Here is more information for small businesses: 

Wyoming Counties Eligible For SBA Loans:

Wyoming small businesses impacted by coronavirus have received final federal approval to seek loans up to $2 million as part of the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loan program.

SBA has added all 23 Wyoming counties to its list of designated “economic disaster” regions eligible for small business disaster loan assistance.

If you are a Wyoming small business owner and have been negatively impacted by coronavirus, the SBA’s Federal Disaster Loan program can provide you with loans to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue you might be experiencing.

The loan amount will be based on actual economic injury and financial needs, so business owners should gather items such as financial statements, tax returns, and revenue projections to prepare for a loan request.

To apply for a SBA Federal Disaster Loan, click on the following link: https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/Account/Login

Again, please continue to visit this page for updates and information, and do not hesitate to contact my office with any questions.