Here are links offering information and assistance as Idaho deals with the COVID-19 crisis. We will update this page as new information is available.
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INFORMATION ON THE CORONAVIRUS IN IDAHO: CORONAVIRUS.IDAHO.GOV
Latest COVID-19 statistics and news from the Governor, information on the statewide Stay-At-Home order, plus resources for parents with school-age children, healthcare providers, long-term care facilities, businesses, and more.
IDAHO COVID-19 HOTLINE: 1-888-330-3010
The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare has implemented a new toll-free number for Idahoans to call with questions about COVID-19 or the Statewide Stay-Home Order. The number, 1-888-330-3010, is staffed Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
CORONAVIRUS INFO PAGES FROM U.S. SENS. JIM RISCH & MIKE CRAPO, AND CONGRESSMEN MIKE SIMPSON & RUSS FULCHER
Comprehensive information, both general and Idaho-specific.
Contact info for the Idaho Congressional Delegation if you need help at the federal level:
Sen. Jim Risch: Phone numbers and addresses for State & DC offices
Email contact form
Sen. Mike Crapo: Phone numbers and addresses for State & DC offices
Email contact form
Rep. Mike Simpson: Phone numbers and addresses for State & DC offices
Email contact form
Rep. Russ Fulcher: Phone numbers and addresses for State & DC offices
Email contact form
Families, Individuals & Small Businesses
CASH PAYMENTS TO TAXPAYERS:
Under new federal legislation signed into law by President Trump, eligible individuals with adjusted gross income up to $75,000 for single filers, $112,500 for head of household filers and $150,000 for married filing jointly are eligible for the full $1,200 for individuals and $2,400 married filing jointly. In addition, they are eligible for an additional $500 per qualifying child.
For filers with income above those amounts, the payment amount is reduced by $5 for each $100 above the $75,000/$112,500/$150,000 thresholds. Single filers with income exceeding $99,000, $136,500 for head of household filers and $198,000 for joint filers with no children are not eligible and will not receive payments.
The IRS has FAQs and other info here.
The IRS link to the online application (coming mid-April) for receiving your payment is here.
From the Idaho Department of Labor:
“[Federal] Lawmakers agreed to a significant expansion of the unemployment insurance program with the CARES Act. Additional compensation, extensions, and assistance for self-employed individuals are all coming. We are working with our partners at U.S. Department of Labor for further details so we can implement the changes. We are working as quickly as possible to provide support for Idahoans. Please be assured you will be made aware of any changes that will potentially impact your unemployment benefit claim.
“The CARES Act expanded the unemployment insurance program to include Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA). This program allows payment for individuals who are not eligible for regular benefits, particularly self-employed individuals. We are working with the U.S. Department of Labor on further details so we can implement these changes, which could take several weeks. Please apply for benefits online at labor.idaho.gov/claimantportal and continue to submit your weekly certifications. Enter your work history on the online application as self-employment. We will inform you of any changes that will potentially affect your unemployment benefit claim.
“The CARES Act includes Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC), which adds an additional $600 to each claimant’s weekly payment. This is effective for weeks claimed with the week ending April 4, 2020, but we need additional guidance from the U.S. Department of Labor as well as to make programming changes which could take several weeks. If you are eligible, you will receive your regular weekly benefit amount now, and then you will receive the $600 retroactively when we get it programmed.”
Idaho Department of Labor Unemployment Benefits FAQ page is here.
SMALL BUSINESS PAYCHECK PROTECTION & OTHER LOANS:
From Sen. Jim Risch:
“You are eligible for a loan if you are a small business that employs 500 employees or fewer, or if your business is in an industry that has an employee-based size standard through SBA (Small Business Administration) that is higher than 500 employees. In addition, if you are a restaurant, hotel, or a business that falls within the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code 72, “Accommodation and Food Services,” and each of your locations has 500 employees or fewer, you are eligible. Tribal businesses, 501©(19) veteran organizations, and 501©(3) nonprofits, including religious organizations, will be eligible for the program. Nonprofit organizations are subject to SBA’s affiliation standards. Independently owned franchises with under 500 employees, who are approved by SBA, are also eligible. Eligible franchises can be found through SBA’s Franchise Directory.”
Sen. Risch has comprehensive information for small businesses here.
OTHER RESOURCES FOR SMALL BUSINESSES:
Idaho’s regional Economic Development Councils are offering local assistance:
ASSISTANCE FOR THOSE IN NEED:
Eligible Idahoans can get help for food costs, meal delivery to senior citizens, child care costs, cash assistance for families and Medicaid healthcare coverage.
FOOD & MEALS
MEALS FOR CHILDREN:
From the Idaho Food Bank:
“Free meals for children are available at approved sites across the state. Children ages 1-18 may pick-up meals at any site, regardless of enrollment. Children must be physically present at the feeding site to receive a meal. Please contact individual sites for meal service times. To locate a feeding site near you, go to the Idaho State School Feeding Site Locator.”
The Idaho Food Bank has information on Food Assistance locations throughout Idaho.
Click here to donate to the Idaho Food Bank.
GOVERNOR LITTLE’S EXECUTIVE ORDER:
From an April 7, news release:
“Governor Brad Little signed an executive order today, forming his new Coronavirus Financial Advisory Committee to oversee the approximately $1.25 billion in federal funds that Idaho will receive to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.
“In addition, State Controller Brandon Woolf is partnering with Governor Little report the use of funds on Transparent.Idaho.Gov, giving all Idahoans the opportunity to see how the federal funds are used.
“'This federal funding – the taxpayers’ money – must be prudently managed on behalf of all taxpayers,' Governor Little said. 'I can assure Idahoans that the federal funds will not be used to create new government programs in Idaho, and we will uphold our Constitutional mandate to provide a long-term, structurally balanced budget for the people of Idaho.'
“The Governor’s Coronavirus Financial Advisory Committee will make recommendations to ensure the federal funds are appropriately prioritized and efficiently distributed across state, local and tribal governments. It also will play a critical oversight role to ensure the federal funds are used judiciously and appropriately. The funds are expected to be available on or around April 24.”
MAY 19 PRIMARY VOTING INFO
THE MAY 19 PRIMARY ELECTION IS ALL VOTE-BY-MAIL:
Due to Coronavirus the May 19 Primary Election will be all vote-by-mail via absentee ballot. The Idaho Secretary of State’s info page on the May 19 Election is here.
The Idaho Secretary of State will mail Absentee Ballot Request forms to voters.
Voters must submit an Absentee Ballot Request in order to vote in the Primary.
Deadlines have been extended: Voters have until May 19 at 8PM to submit their Absentee Ballot Request, and until June 2 at 8PM to return their absentee ballot.
You can check if you are registered to vote on the Secretary of State’s website here.