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Chamber Office Update

Dear Chamber Family,

In order for us to continue to provide assistance to our members, the Chamber is taking various steps to remain fully operational throughout the duration of this event—no matter how long it lasts—while taking necessary precautions to protect the health and safety of our staff and our members.

After careful consideration, extensive preparation to ensure we can maintain high levels of productivity, and alignment with the city of Kearney and our other partners, we will be closing our door to the Chamber and will be working by appointment only as of Wednesday, March 18 through Friday, March 27.

We will continue to track developments and make data-driven decisions about when it will be prudent to return to our offices. Importantly, our members will not experience any disruption in service during this time as we have prepared for this moment.

You can continue to go to our website for up to date information. Very soon we will have information on our Chamber member businesses and how you can continue to support them.

Moreover, we have suspended all of our committees and groups until April 1st. We also have closed our boardroom for use by outside groups. As live events are not advised, we are strongly encouraging our members to continue to host meetings and events virtually. Zoom and Cisco WebEx are great options. We are committed to advancing our programming and staying in touch with our members and other leaders in business and government using technology. Therefore, look forward to communication from us via email and social media.

Our goal is to have a fully functioning and nimble operation that serves our members and protects the health and well-being of our team. We are not changing what we do but how we do it over the short term. We are also calling businesses to find out what products, services, etc. they are providing. You can click here to see an example of some of our Chamber restaurants and what they are providing. Please contact us for anything you want us to forward on or add to our website. You can also continue to use the Chamber’s Hot Deals or any other resources that we provide.

We believe all employers should implement strategies to protect their workforce from COVID-19, while ensuring continuity of operations. To that end, the Chamber has compiled a number of resources to aid businesses—of all sizes—as they respond to, mitigate, and ultimately look to recover from this pandemic.

These resources, based on information provided by the CDC, include:

The U.S. Chamber’s main COVID-19 response page, including resources and guidelines for businesses.

A shareable, printable one-pager with Coronavirus (COVID-19) Workplace Tips for Employees.

Shareable social graphics for you and your business on how to keep families, schools, and businesses safe. And what to do if you get sick.

A quick take on the economic impact of the virus.

More health resources include:

Two Rivers Public Health Department website is great for local residents.CHI Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney has resourcesKearney Regional Hospital CDC has FAQs on COVID-19 basics, prevention and response.

The CDC also has a complete list of travel recommendations in response to COVID-19.

Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center tracks the global development of COVID-19.Nebraska State Chamber Resources

Feel free to contact me directly if you need anything. I can be reached at or call my cell phone 402-936-0175. Again, check out our COVID-19 page on our website.

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