COVID-19

This page will compile sourcing requests and manufacturing-specific resources related to COVID-19.

Resources

Manufacturing-specific Business Resources

PPE Resources for Your Business

Workplace Considerations for Employers

Manufacturing-Specific Guidelines

  1. Increase work space and distance between employees.
  2. Minimize auditors, customers, vendors entering your facility and encourage the use of technology.
  3. Conduct meetings remotely or hold internal group meetings in larger conference rooms where people can maintain distance.
  4. Alter cafeteria practices so people have more space or stagger lunch times.
  5. Install disinfectant spray and hand sanitizer locations throughout the facilities.
  6. Disinfect conference rooms, office, desk locations down regularly throughout the day.

General Work Site Guidelines

  1. Conduct plan checks electronically or through a drop box outside the office.
  2. Determine a time for building inspections when only the inspector is present, ensuring that builders have vacated the site.
  3. Establish screening procedure, including temperature screenings, at facility entrances.
  4. Restrict access to critical work areas and introduce rotating shifts for workers.
  5. Establish onsite accommodations and protocol to manage individuals reporting flu-like symptoms while at work.
  6. Increase the frequency of janitorial services for shared space cleaning, including, but not limited to, workstations, countertops, handles, doorknobs, gang boxes, shared tools, and equipment.
    Service portable bathrooms frequently and provide hand sanitizer in/or around all portable bathrooms.
  7. Do not permit communal food on the jobsite or use a common water cooler.
  8. Do not permit the sharing of tools or personal protection equipment (PPE).
  9. Sanitize reusable PPE per manufacturer’s recommendation prior to each use and ensure it is properly disposed of.
  10. Instruct workers to wash hands after removing gloves.
  11. Instruct workers to change work clothes prior to arriving home and to wash clothes in hot water with laundry sanitizer.

US Chamber – Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act: What Small Businesses Need to Know

US Chamber – Coronavirus Small Business Guide

CARES Act Breakdown – CARES-Section-by-Section

Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) — The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act) requires certain employers to provide their employees with paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. These provisions will apply from April 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020. Employers are required to post this poster and/or email or mail to employees not working at the place of business.

State of Idaho’s Statewide Stay-Home Order & Essential Services defined, and ‘Stay-Home Order’ Poster

Department of Homeland Security Cyber and Infrastructure Agency’s Guidance on Identification of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers

HUB International’s Risk Services Department provided a Workforce Absence Management document employers may find helpful. HUB Risk Workforce Abs Mgt – Coronavirus Update 3-23-20 – FFCRA

National Association of Manufacturers’ (NAM) COVID 19 Policy Action Plan

TechHelp’s COVID-19 Updates Page — Our partners at TechHelp have compiled a comprehensive list of resources. Check it out…

SBA COVID-19 Support for Small Business: The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering designated states and territories low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Find out more here. Call 1-800-659-2955 (TTY: 1-800-877-8339) or e-mail disastercustomerservice@sba.gov (link sends e-mail).

The State of Idaho will need responses from small businesses to demonstrate economic injury as determined by the SBA in order to activate Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance. In order to respond, businesses should complete and the SBA Disaster Economic Injury Worksheet to assist with the qualification process. The worksheet can be found on the Idaho Commerce website at https://commerce.idaho.gov/covid-19/.  Forms can be downloaded, completed, and emailed to Jerry Miller at the Idaho Department of Commerce at jerry.miller@commerce.idaho.gov. For alternative submission options, call 208-287-0780.

Center for Disease ControlBusiness Recommendations

OSHAGuidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID 19

Idaho Commerce – Covid-19 page for businesses

State of IdahoOfficial Resources for COVID 19

Restore Your Economy – COVID 19 Resources

How to Help

Locally

United Way of Treasure Valley

united way logoOur health community is short on medical and hygiene supplies. 

If you have any items of value including respirators, gloves, PPE, gowns, cleaning and sanitizing supplies, and much more please consider donating it. A community virtual donation matching service has been established by United Way of Treasure Valley in concert with our District Health Departments. Visit this link to see the items needed and let them know what you could donate. Click Here  

Thank you for joining the community of helpers working hard during this crisis.

Statewide

State of Idaho, COVID-19 How to Help Site

Resources for how to assist with the COVID-19 effort in Idaho.  Visit https://coronavirus.idaho.gov/how-to-help/.

idahoppeexchange imageThe IPX is a non-profit exchange to quickly connect buyers and sellers of PPE.  The IPX seeks to assist Idaho buyers in locating potential sources of scarce but critical supplies.  The IPX hopes that buyers will find sellers close to their operations to shorten the supply chain.

The IPX has no financial interest in any suppliers/buyers.  The IPX earns no revenue from the site or any transactions that occur as a result of the site. 

IPX buyers will likely be smaller organizations that cannot compete in the broader open market.  So if you are a fire department in Salmon, a medical center in Grangeville, a nursing home in Twin Falls, a police department in Spirit Lake, this site is made with you in mind.

The IPX is intended for Idaho buyers only.  While the suppliers who post here are free to choose their customers, in state or not, our hope is that Idaho’s needs will come first.  

The IPX is a non-profit exchange to quickly connect buyers and sellers of PPE.  The IPX seeks to assist Idaho buyers in locating potential sources of scarce but critical supplies.  The IPX hopes that buyers will find sellers close to their operations to shorten the supply chain.

The IPX has no financial interest in any suppliers/buyers.  The IPX earns no revenue from the site or any transactions that occur as a result of the site.

No buyer should take any comfort that a supplier on the IPX has been vetted by the IPX.  The IPX takes no responsibility for the claims or activities of any supplier.  The IPX specifically does not make any comment, representation, or warranty on the reliability of the information posted, or the efficacy of any product that one may purchase from a supplier listed on the IPX.  The IPX expressly warns each buyer to do their own due diligence before purchasing any product from any supplier whether listed on the IPX or not.

IPX will not warranty or represent anything about any product posted.  Caveat emptor rules the day.  As a supplier, you assume full and total responsibility for truth in advertising, contract fulfillment, etc.  

No. While the State of Idaho is aware of the IPX, the State of Idaho has no active role and is not liable for any activity of the IPX.

Any producer, Idaho based or not, who seeks to meet the local PPE need at a FAIR price.   We all expect some markup on products in this difficult time.  But profiteering from a crisis is immoral and un-American.   If you are seeking to maximize your price and revenue, this is not the marketplace for you.

1)       Register through the supplier form on the landing page.

2)      Await email confirmation of submission (same day is the goal)

3)      Await phone call to discuss your intent and product

4)      If approved, receive Supplier Password

5)      Complete the PPE Supply Registration Form under the Supplier tab on the site.  This form populates the “Available Today” spread sheet on the landing page

All posts evaporate within 24 hours.  You must repost daily by 9 a.m. by resubmitting the PPE Supply Registration Form.  For now, you must complete your name, city, etc each day.  We know this is repetitious and inefficient.  Apologies.  We are working on the ability for you to complete your company info one time.

1)       Disposable face shields, no design requirements.

2)      Reusable face shields

a.       Must follow the PRUSA design posted on the website

b.       Can be posted as a complete package of headband, bottom clip, and visor, or

c.       Can post any of the three components

Many end users prefer a disposable face shield.  They are initially cheaper and some believe they may post a smaller threat of contamination.  Some end users do not believe that the plastic headbands and bottom clips can be sterilized for reuse.

Some end users believe that reusable face shields are more economical in the long run.  They also believe that at least the visor is easily disinfected and are willing to accept the reusability of the headbands and bottom clips.

To facilitate reuse, it is important that hole spacing on the visor, and the corresponding nubs on the headband and bottom clip, be standard.  This allows a buyer to source any of the three parts as necessary to assemble their own face shields.

Idaho Makers Unite project

Healthcare workers need Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) to stay safe and ready to assist others. Hospital workers, first responders, nursing and retirement home staff, doctor’s office personnel, pharmacists, and more rely on these items to keep them healthy! Unfortunately, many of these critical items are in short supply.

You can help! Be part of an army of Idaho Makers providing solutions to keep those on the front lines of care safe and healthy!

Nationwide

If you or your organization are interested in helping the effort to combat the spread of COVID-19, FEMA has established a website (www.fema.gov/coronavirus/how-to-help) with more information. Examples for the private sector include:

  • To sell medical supplies or equipment to the federal government, please submit a price quote under the COVID-19 PPE and Medical Supplies Request for Quotation. Full details can be found in the solicitation (Notice ID 70FA2020R00000011).
    • This solicitation requires registration with the System for Award Management (SAM) in order to be considered for award, pursuant to applicable regulations and guidelines. Registration information can be found at www.sam.gov.  Registration must be “ACTIVE” at the time of award.
  • If you have medical supplies or equipment to donate, please provide us details on what you are offering.
  • If you are a private company that wants to produce a product related to the COVID response – email nbeoc@max.gov.
  • If you are a hospital or healthcare provider in need of medical supplies, please contact your state, local, tribal or territory department of public health and/or emergency management agency.
  • If you are interested in doing business with FEMA and supporting the response to COVID- 19 with your company’s non-medical goods and/or services, please submit your inquiry to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Procurement Action Innovative Response Team (PAIR) team at DHSIndustryLiaison@hq.dhs.gov.

For additional information please visit FEMA’s website: https://www.fema.gov/coronavirus/.

NYC is in the midst of rapid emergency procurement of PPE to aid in the city’s response to COVID-19. NYEDC is seeking businesses with the ability to source and/or make products such as face shields, isolation gowns, goggles, ventilators, nasal swabs, etc. If you know of any Idaho companies have excess medical supplies and would like to support New York City, please follow link and complete the below application.  COVID-19 Emergency Supply Sourcing & Manufacturing

At #GetUsPPE we are working to build a national, centralized platform to enable communities to get PPE to healthcare providers on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic.