For Health-Related Questions
For health-related questions about COVID-19:
- Visit Indiana State Department of Health’s (ISDH) Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) webpage
- Sign up to receive ISDH's COVID-19 news updates (found on their webpage)
- Call the ISDH 24/7 help line at 877-826-0011
- Email questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
For business-related questions about COVID-19:
- For general resources and assistance, visit Indiana Economic Development Corporation’s (IEDC) COVID-19 Resources webpage
- For business and industry with questions about essential business operations, call the Critical Industries Hotline 9 a.m.-6 p.m. at 877-820-0890 or email email@example.com
Please Note: This hotline is ONLY for business and industry. Employees should direct any questions they may have about essential business to their employers.
- Sign up to receive business-related COVID-19 news updates
- If your business can help contribute supplies, please reach out to IEDC at firstname.lastname@example.org to let them know.
If you are out of work due to COVID-19 and need of guidance on how to file for unemployment:
- Visit Indiana Department of Workforce Development’s (DWD) COVID-19 Information webpage
- Watch DWD's webinar recently recorded to inform Hoosiers impacted by COVID-19: The Unemployment Insurance Basics: What Impacted Hoosier Workers Need to Know.
Below is a list of supplementary resources stemming from co-learning and best practice conversations taking place with partners across the state. For ongoing updates and guidance related to COVID-19, please visit the Indiana Department of Health's Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) webpage.
COVID-19 Resource Index:
- Small Business
- Updates from Gov. Holcomb
- Trending Questions
- For Families:
- Families who need help finding or paying for care can contact Brighter Futures Indiana staff at 1-800-299-1627 and a referral specialist can support them in their search.
- Every community has a Child Care Resource and Referral Agency (CCR&R) who can connect parents with local child care options and provide referrals for support. To find your local CCR&R you can call 1-800-299-1627 or go to https://www.in.gov/fssa/carefinder/5712.htm.
- When locating care it is important to ensure that families are choosing licensed and regulated care for their children. To check if the environment is licensed or regulated you can go to childcarefinder.in.gov or call 1-800-299-1627.
- YMCA Childcare for Essential Workers
- For Childcare Facilities:
Preventing COVID-19 from Spreading:
- For Communities:
- For Businesses:
- For Public Facilities and Organizations:
- For Parents and Students:
- Remote Learning Resources (Indiana Department of Education)
- Free Educational Programming - activites, lesson plans, videos, virtual tours (i.e., aquariums, museums, zoos), worksheets, etc.
Homeschooling Resources from Aspen Institute’s Global Leadership Network - online interactive learning through games, quizzes, videos, etc.
Internet Access - information about free or low-cost connectivity for those with need
- For Educators:
- Remote Education Resources (Indiana Department of Education)
- Office of CTE - COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions/Guidance Document
- For Educational Institutions:
- The CDC will continuously update their guidance for employers so they can plan, prepare, and respond effectively.
- Lessonly has a crash course in what you need to know about COVID-19 and how to start making changes in your company.
- Almanac created a Company Playbook for COVID-19 responses that details steps and checklists for companies to be able to implement a fully virtual work environment.
- BlueNorth created a really powerful list of resources that includes anything from policy, communication, professional development, and child care during these times.
- Similarly, GGV Capital has a page filled with resources hyperlinked.
- "Keeping the Business Going" [PowerPoint] (Workforce Safety and Catastrophe Management Group)
HR Resources from SHRM - i.e., HR forms, How-to guides, Q&As, etc.
Filing for Unemployment Insurance Benefits (Indiana Department of Workforce Development)
The CFPB has resources and guidance for protecting yourself financially from the impact.
- For Individuals:
- How to Protect Yourself (Center for Disease Control and Prevention)
- Coronavirus Prevention Steps (Indiana State Department of Health)
- If You Are Sick (Center for Disease Control and Prevention)
- IU Health Virtual Visit App - virtual clinic offers individuals in Indiana regardless of age free Coronavirus (COVID-19) screenings
- Anthem NurseLine: Call 1-800-337-4770 or visit the Anthem NurseLine online for a free symptom screening. Available to anyone with an Anthem health plan (this includes State of IN employees).
- For Healthcare Professionals:
SBA’s Disaster Assistance Loan offers small businesses working capital up to $2M to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact.
Indy Chamber Rapid Response Hub - a resource for businesses with questions of how to manage during this time.
gener8tor Emergency Response Program - free daily webinars designed to identify, understand and help small businesses secure resources to withstand the current crisis.
- Zapier has a book guiding you through remote working.
- Tech Against Coronavirus lists a myriad of tech apps and solutions to make your virtual work environment easier and more productive.
- Teleworking Tips from Aspen Institute’s Global Leadership Network
These questions are compiled from conversations we have had with partners across the state on what they are doing within their companies and communities to address COVID-19 response needs:
Q1: How are companies managing childcare needs?
A1: Many are utilizing backup childcare options as well as offering employees a sum of money per day (ex: $100/day) to pay for childcare from a provider of their choice (including local network such as friends/family who are out of work due to COVID-19).
Q2: How are companies communicating the currently ever-evolving situation to their employees?
A2: Employers are offering guidance and direct communication to all workers – including full-time employees, contractors, hourly workers, and interns – through regular (ex: daily) emails from corporate HR teams or CEO. The key is establishing a single source of communication for employees to be able to refer to.
Q3: How are companies handling hiring and new employee onboarding?
A3: Many companies are moving to virtual interviews and an e-onboarding model; they are having work equipment (ex: computers) shipped to new hires, or are asking them to come pick it up. Some companies have paused hiring, but recognize they cannot keep it paused for long.
Q4: How are companies assisting employees who are not set up to work from home?
A4: Some employers are offering a one-time office equipment expense reimbursable through the company.
Q5: What are employers doing to keep employees engaged during this time?
A5: For all employees, extra communication is important. For essential employees still required to be on-site, employers are trying to keep them engaged with extra communication and show appreciation by providing lunch and other thoughtful perks. For employees who are working from home, they are utilizing video meetings during the work day, open office hours for Q&A, and fun engagement activities such as video happy hours.
Q6: What are employers doing for employees whose jobs can’t be done right now?
A6: If they are financially able to support it, many are trying to still pay those employees. Some are allowing their employees to use PTO days and exploring plans to do a PTO reset.
Q7: How are employers ensuring their employees don’t contribute to the spread of COVID-19?
A7: Employers are prohibiting work-related travel.
If you have a question related to COVID-19 we can help answer, please email email@example.com.