2021 SMALL BUSINESS RELIEF GRANTS
On January 21, 2021, Governor Reynolds announced an extension of the Iowa Small Business Relief Program to provide financial assistance to restaurants and bars economically impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Program specifics will be added the week of January 25, and the application period will be from February 1, 2021, to February 15, 2021.
Visit the Iowa Economic Development website for more upcoming information.
Downtown Sidewalk Snow Removal for City of Fairfield
Predicted Incoming Weather
Monday, 1/25 - Tuesday, 1/26
In order to facilitate the clearing of snow from the downtown area after a snowfall, the City of Fairfield encourages businesses to shovel their sidewalk snow into the parking areas before the plows come through, so that plows coming through can remove that snow rather than having it form a wall between the sidewalks and the parking spaces. Thank you!
Reminder: There is no parking on the square or a block off of the square during snow emergencies.
Phase 1B Vaccine Sub Prioritization Summary
January 21, 2021
Iowa is currently vaccinating individuals in Phase 1A, which includes health care personnel and residents and staff of long-term care facilities. With the vaccination of Phase 1A moving closer to completion, it is time to focus attention on Phase 1B.
Last week, the Infectious Disease Advisory Council (IDAC) made recommendations and the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) issued a vaccine shortage order, which included prioritizing Iowans age 75 and older, and other Iowans who are vulnerable to exposure to COVID-19 or high-risk for illness as the result of a COVID-19 infection. These populations are eligible to receive vaccine beginning February 1, 2021. Since last week, there has been a push nationally to further expand eligibility of older adults. In response to this push, Iowa is expanding Phase 1B to include Iowans age 65 and over.
However, vaccine remains in short supply. This means not everyone in Phase 1B will be able to get vaccine right away. To help balance vaccine supply with the Phase 1B demands, IDPH has implemented a tiered prioritization, outlined below. IDPH remains in close contact with our federal partners to communicate Iowa’s need for additional vaccines.
Phase 1B Priority Populations
Persons aged 65 years and over. OR, the following populations vulnerable to high risk of exposure or severity of illness (listed in order of priority):
• First Responders
• PK-12 staff, early childhood education, childcare workers
• Frontline essential workers in food, agriculture, and manufacturing sectors who live or work in non-social distanced settings
• Individuals with disabilities living in home settings and their direct care staff
• Staff and individuals living in congregate settings not covered by previous Phase or Tier
• Government officials, including staff, engaged in business at the State Capitol
• Inspectors responsible for health, life and safety
• Correctional facility staff and individuals incarcerated
IDPH continues to urge Iowans that while the vaccine is still a scarce resource, to practice virus mitigation efforts.
• Wear a mask or face covering
• Practice social distancing with those outside your household
• Clean your hands frequently with soap and water
• Stay home if you feel sick
We are here to help.
The Iowa Department of Human Rights (DHR) brings strength to Iowa's rich heritage. Our three divisions - Community Action Agencies, Community Advocacy and Services, and Criminal and Juvenile Justice Planning - work to reduce cultural, social, and economic barriers to opportunities for Iowans to succeed.
Family Development and Self-Sufficiency Program (FaDSS)
The Iowa Department of Human Rights' Division of Community Action Agencies works to reduce poverty by addressing issues facing low-income families and bringing resources to the community level. We link state and federal programs with Community Action Agencies and other community based organizations across the state to serve elderly, disabled, and low-income Iowans. One of the programs that the Division administers is the Family Development and Self-Sufficiency (FaDSS) program. The FaDSS program was created in 1988 by the Iowa legislature to assist Family Investment Program (FIP) families with significant or multiple barriers to reach self-sufficiency. FaDSS provides services that empower and nurture families toward stability and economic self-sufficiency. The foundation of FaDSS is regular home visits with families using a strength-based approach. For more information on the program and eligibility, please visit https://humanrights.iowa.gov/dcaa/fadss/about-fadss.
Iowa Talent Bank
Thanks to Iowa Business Record for highlighting Iowa's gender balance law and the Iowa Talent Bank. Click here for the article. Housed at the Iowa Department of Human Rights, the Iowa Talent Bank's goal is to increase inclusion and representation of all Iowans serving on boards and commissions. If you are interested in making a difference in your community and state, consider serving on a board or commission. Visit https://talentbank.iowa.gov for opportunities, including mentorship.
COVID-19 Vaccine Phase 1B
The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has released an update on Phase 1B of the COVID-19 vaccine distribution, which will begins February 1, 2021. Due to limited supply, IDPH has implemented a tiered prioritization of eligible groups. Note that persons 65 years old and over will be eligible to receive the vaccine during any tier. Additional populations vulnerable to high risk of exposure or severity of illness will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine as indicated in the tiers below. .
You may contact your healthcare provider, pharmacy, and county health department for locations of where to get a vaccine. Additionally, the vaccine finder website will be updated in the upcoming weeks as providers share where you may get the vaccine.
For more information and updates, visit the Iowa Department of Public Health's website and social media pages.
CDC Eviction Moratorium Extended to March 31, 2021
In a media statement, the CDC will extend its eviction moratorium until March 31, 2021.
The moratorium protects renters who meet certain requirements and who sign a declaration form and give it to the landlord.
If you are unable to pay your rent, here are some resources on rental assistance, housing, and other help.
Free Tax Help
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and the Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) programs offer free tax help for taxpayers who qualify, including low-moderate income households, and individuals with disabilities, and taxpayers with limited English language skills. VITA and TCE sites are generally located at community centers, libraries, schools. Due to COVID-19, a number of sites may be closed.
To locate the VITA or TCE site nearest to you, use the locator tool, or call these numbers:
COVID-19 Language Resources
American Sign Language Videos-CDC
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)-Resources for Limited English Proficient Populations
Congolese Health Partnership Videos
Coronavirus, State Website
Crescent Community Health Center-Marshallese Language
EMBARC Ethnic Minorities of Burma and Advocacy and Resource Center
Hawaii Office of Language Access-Youtube
Iowa Department of Human Rights-Language Access
Iowa Department of Public Health
Iowa Spanish Helpline 515-344-3936
Multi-Lingual Hotline 1-877-558-2609
Refugee Alliance of Central Iowa
Test Iowa-Free COVID-19 Testing (Spanish available)
January 8, 2021
December 23, 2020
December 11, 2020
November 25, 2020
November 13, 2020
Are there other resources we should know about? Let us know.
Iowa Department of Human Rights
Lucas State Office Building
321 E 12th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319
515-242-5640 or 1-800-351-4659
Contact Us Form
Iowa Workforce Development will reissue 1099-G tax forms to claimants following identified error
DES MOINES - Today, Iowa Workforce Development announced that it will reissue new 1099-G tax forms to all claimants on Jan 25, 2021. After recently mailing the 1099-G forms, IWD discovered the forms may not have included all of the benefits received by claimants in 2020. The form is used to report unemployment compensation, and state and federal taxes withheld. The reason for the error has been identified and corrected.
If you receive a 1099-G prior to Jan. 25, we ask that you please disregard and destroy it. There is no need to contact IWD at this time to notify us of an incorrect 1099-G amount. IWD is committed to ensuring that all claimants receive accurate 1099s, and we thank you for your patience and understanding during this process.
Unemployment insurance benefits are taxable, and payments of $10.00 or more are reported annually to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Iowa Department of Revenue and Finance. An IRS Form 1099-G is mailed by January 31 of each year to individuals who received unemployment insurance benefits during the prior calendar year. This form provides important tax information that must be reported on your state and federal income tax returns, including the amount of benefits paid during the tax year and the amount of state and federal taxes withheld.
As always, additional information will be provided as needed on the IWD website at: https://www.iowaworkforcedevelopment.gov/
The City of Fairfield has provided their annual Recycle Calendar! Click below for a PDF copy.
Holiday Refuse/Recycling Schedule
The holiday schedule is as follows:
The Fairfield Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to partner with the Small Business Administration (SBA) for an informational meeting on the Paycheck Protection Program 2, also known as the PPP2 on Wednesday, February 3rd, 2021 at 8AM.
Joining us will be Bryan Ziegler, Regional Director for the SBA, who will answer questions and provide information about the latest round of government assistance available to many small businesses. This is a Zoom meeting, and is free and open to the entire business community in the area. Attendance is limited to the first one hundred people. To attend, click on the link below:
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 868 5349 7903
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Questions or comments may be addressed to:
Darien Sloat – CEO
Fairfield Area Chamber of Commerce
Phone (641) 472-2111
Or email to Ceo@FairfieldIowa.com
IDR Releases State Tax Guidance: Computers and Computer Peripherals
The Iowa Department of Revenue has released new sales tax guidance:
Jefferson County Public Health
Immediate Release: January 14, 2021 10:30 AM
COVID-19 Vaccine Update- Chris Estle RN, BSN, Administrator
All allocated doses have been administered or are scheduled to be administered to the Phase 1A priority group by the end of this week.
1. Please follow local and state news for vaccine related information.
2. Each state is responsible to distribute their vaccine allocation through their state response process.
3. Iowa continues to work through Phase 1A priority groups (Healthcare providers, Long Term Care/Assisted Living Facilities)
4. JCPH is set to receive a vaccine allocation next week.
5. Phase 1B distribution will begin as soon as IDPH approves counties to move forward. (Remember, not all healthcare providers across Iowa have been vaccinated, as of this date and time)
6. JCPH continues to work with all community partners on a daily basis to ensure vaccine distribution.
7. Jefferson County Public Health will continue to receive Moderna vaccine, as it does not require ultra-cold storage.
8. Once a multi-dose vial of Moderna vaccine is open, it must be administered within 6 hours. This is another layer of communication and coordination on the part of Jefferson County Public Health and individuals meeting priority group definition.
9. Multi-dose vials contain 10-11 doses of vaccine. We administer all doses in the vial. We do not waste vaccine.
10. JCPH continues to receive updated information from the Iowa Department of Public Health on a daily basis. Updates/changes have happened 2-3 times per day, without advanced notice.
11. Please share this information with your family and friends, that may not have access to this Jefferson County specific information.
12. The team at JCPH appreciates your continued support and understanding with this priority-phased vaccination approach.
While we continue to work through this process, I will again remind everyone to follow best practices: *Wear a mask/face covering*Stay home when even mildly ill *Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your elbow/upper arm* Good hand hygiene
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Fairfield Restaurants get ready to launch “The BIG Takeout” January 20 - 31
Fairfield restaurants are preparing for their first restaurant week, hosted by Visit Fairfield Iowa, the city’s Destination Marketing Organization. Called “The BIG Takeout”, Fairfield’s version of Restaurant week has a To-Go theme, allowing local food establishments to easily fit into State of Iowa mandates. 14 locally owned Fairfield restaurants will be participating in this event, held January 20 - 31. While the days and hours of operation will vary depending on the establishment, local residents and visitors will have an opportunity to try something new or reconnect with a favorite eatery. Everything from burgers to tacos, soup to sushi, and salads to sandwiches will be offered.
There will be gift card prizes given out throughout the week on the Visit Fairfield Facebook page, culminating in a grand prize of a $500 gift card to one of these amazing restaurants. Entering the grand prize drawing is easily accomplished with screen shots of the receipts from your food purchases during restaurant Week. Every receipt you submit is another entry. The winner will be chosen at random on Monday, February 1. A list of restaurants participating in “The BIG Takeout” and details about the $500 drawing can be found at www.visitfairfieldiowa.com.