Forward Together: COVID-19 Information

Last Updated August 7, 2020 - 2:30pm

PCDA’s “Forward Together” Plan is designed to address the immediate impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and to position Ponca City’s local economy for the next economy that will emerge. It is a living document, subject to change as conditions and opportunities change. Click this link to see the plan.

COVID-19 Business Toolkit:

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Video Watch List:

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OSHA Recommended Workplace Measures

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration, better known as OSHA, has released guidelines about workplace safety during the COVID-19 pandemic. Those guidelines can be found at: https://www.osha.gov/Publications/OSHA3990.pdf

RAPID EMPLOYEE TESTING OPTION

For employers who are seeking a fast turnaround for a COVID-19 test to determine if an employee should be allowed to return to work, Ponca City Urgent Care and Family Practice has said they can produce test results in as little as 30 minutes. This is not a walk-in test and an appointment must be made in advance following certain procedures.

This information is being provided as a service and is not intended to be medical advice or an endorsement of any particular medical provider. This provider has represented that they can deliver test results in a timely manner if the following procedures are followed:

  1. An employer will need to work with their employee to determine if there is a valid reason for a COVID-19 test (exposure, fever, etc.) is necessary.
  2. If testing is necessary, call the clinic at 580-762-1911 to verify that the employer’s insurance carrier is an “In-Network” provider to the clinic
  3. If the insurance provider is in network, then the employee being tested will provide the insurance information to the clinic on the initial phone call to schedule the test. There won’t be any out-of-pocket expense for the employee being tested.
  4. If the employer’s insurance is an “Out-of-Network” provider, the clinic will collect $200 prior to performing the test. The “who pays” the out-of-network test fee will be determined between the employer and the employee.
  5. Have the employee call the clinic at 580.762.1911 to set an appointment for the test. The clinic will provide the employee with detailed instructions on the testing protocol.

The employee will need to provide the following to Ponca City Urgent Care and Family Practice when they call to make the appointment:

  • Patient name & date of birth;
  • Insurance information
  • If the employee is self pay or out of network. Ponca City Urgent Care and Family Practice will collect the $200 fee upfront;
  • Telephone number;
  • Email address;
  • Report on any potential known exposure to COVID and/or if they are having any symptoms.

Changes to Unemployment Wage Charges that are directly related to COVID-19

A waiver will be applied to benefit wage charges to experience-related employers for allowed claims directly related to the CIVID-19 pandemic. The waiver is not across the board and does not affect all wage claims. This waive will remain applicable until all claims related to the pandemic are resolved or the Governor issues a subsequent Executive Order.

For Information, on this COVID-19 related unemployment waiver, go to:

https://www.ok.gov/oesc/Businesses/Employer_FAQs_about_Unemployment_Insurance_and_COVID-19.html?fbclid=IwAR0uRsgsQ7-ZOlIoSruR5uZd4YLrRNCZefy5xA8qHcaWZDtTPjSz2bsSAro

Paid Leave Information

In March, Congress passed and the President signed the "Families First Coronavirus Response Act" that has, among other things, a lot of paid leave requirements. Below are links to some of this information:

For Employers: www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pande...

For Employees: www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pande...

Frequently Asked Questions: www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pande...

Workplace Retention Tax Credit for Businesses Closed During the Pandemic by Government Order

The CARES stimulus package signed into law on March 27th also included a tax credit of 50% of wages paid after March 12th that can be received immediately, for businesses that have been forced to close by government order during the pandemic. The credit is based upon keeping people on the payroll and companies receive it by immediately reducing their normal federal tax payments to the IRS.

Qualifying employers must fall into one of two categories:

  1. The employer’s business is fully or partially suspended by government order due to COVID-19 during the calendar quarter.
  2. The employer’s gross receipts are below 50% of the comparable quarter in 2019. Once the employer’s gross receipts go above 80% of a comparable quarter in 2019, they no longer qualify after the end of that quarter.

Employers with less than 100 employees: If the employer had 100 or fewer employees on average in 2019, the credit is based on wages paid to all employees, regardless if they worked or not. If the employees worked full time and were paid for full time work, the employer still receives the credit.

Employers with more than 100 employees: If the employer had more than 100 employees on average in 2019, then the credit is allowed only for wages paid to employees who did not work during the calendar quarter.

Information:

https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/faqs-employee-retention-credit-under-the-cares-act

FAQs on this program:

https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/covid-19-related-tax-credits-for-required-paid-leave-provided-by-small-and-midsize-businesses-faqs

Contact Us

Ponca City Development Authority

400 E Central Ave, Suite 200 Ponca City, OK 74601

Phone: 580-765-7070 Fax: 580-765-0969

Forward Together: COVID-19 Information