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Important Notice from WESST Regarding the COVID-19 “Coronavirus” Global Pandemic

Clients, Donors, and Friends of WESST,

We continue to monitor the developments of the ongoing spread of COVID-19 closely. On Wednesday, our Governor Michele Lujan Grisham declared a public health emergency in light of four confirmed cases of the virus in two counties out of the 33 in our state. Because we are a statewide non-profit organization, we have a responsibility to consider health crises that may affect areas of our reach in differing levels of emergency.

Currently, WESST is conducting business as usual in all six of our statewide locations – Farmington, Santa Fe, Rio Rancho, Albuquerque, Roswell, and Las Cruces. Because of the volatile nature of the now global pandemic, this may change at a moment’s notice, and we want our clients and friends to be made aware of these changes in a timely manner. As a precautionary and sensible measure, we will be reducing and eliminating handshakes, hugs, and other social contact, as a preliminary, concrete first step. For more information about what our office and ANY office, workplace or business can do to help stem the spread of the virus, the World Health Organization has made some very important and easy-to-understand information available here.

Our Albuquerque management staff will be meeting daily and communicating directives to our statewide Regional Managers so that our communication to our clients are clear and consistent across all of the communities we serve.

In the meantime, with there being no immediate change to our typical consulting, training, lending and incubation services, we want you to have the following resources at your service in case your businesses might need to utilize them if the situation in any of the communities we serve should change rapidly.  As a reminder, the Center for Disease Control and New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) are recommending no travel occur to China, Italy, South Korea, and Iran. Anyone who does travel to these countries or was in contact with a person known to have COVID-19 will be placed on a mandated two-week quarantine/self-isolation, with daily monitoring phone calls from the NMDOH (questions can be directed to the NMDOH Epidemiology Hotline at 505-827-0006). As an organization that services the public daily, it is our responsibility to support these guidelines and do everything we can to keep our community safe. Please cancel any appointments you may have with us if you fall into the category described above.

For more information about COVID-19 in general, please click here. To help you and those you serve to separate fact from fiction regarding the spread of the virus, feel free to click here.

MOST IMPORTANTLY FOR NOW, in light of the potential impact to your small businesses, The SBA has a useful resource to reference in times of emergency or disaster, in order to help speed recovery from things such as weather tragedies, fires, and other emergencies. To find out more info and access this Guide for Businesses, click here.

Lastly, since WESST is a Grow with Google partner, we thought we should mention that Google has made available a suite of Google products, including those that can help with remote work, or for teleconferencing, video conferencing, etc. ENTIRELY FREE through July 2020, in response to the global pandemic. For more information on this, click here.

Thank you for reading this important message from WESST and feel free to contact us at any time with questions regarding your small business needs whether regarding the COVID-19 situation, or not.