COVID-19 Resources

As the Chamber of Commerce, it is our duty to promote economic vitality and strength in the Jefferson City Area. We hope that the information below will ease the strain and burden on businesses in the Jefferson City Area. 

In an effort to better understand the impacts on local employment due to COVID-19, the Jefferson City Area Chamber of Commerce is actively seeking information related to employee layoffs and/or the need to hire additional staff.  This data will provide valuable information to be used by the Chamber to identify potential employment opportunities and to connect job-seekers who were impacted by sudden layoffs. Please CLICK HERE to answer a short COVID-19 Local Employment Impact Questionnaire.


  • The Cole County Health Department is the lead agency for the COVID-19 health issue for Cole County. Click here to view current orders in place. The current stay at home order requires you stay home unless you are an employee of an "essential business." Submit this form to find out if your business is considered essential.  For workplaces that do not qualify as essential under the order or the federal guidance but believe that, in the interest of public health and safety, they should receive a waiver from the prohibition against social gatherings of 10 or more people, they may apply to the Department of Economic Development Director, by clicking here
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is the leading national public health institute of the United States. Click here to view current orders and recommendations. Subscribe to all COVID-19 email updates from the CDC by clicking here.

Contact Information

Employment Issues

Financial Help and Resources

View the Coronavirus Emergency Loans Small Business Guide and Checklist

To sign up for weekly COVID-19 briefings about development finance, click here.

  • Loans
  • View the Guide to SBA'S Economic Injury Disaster Loans
    • SBA Economic Injury Disaster Advance - Applicants for SBA’s economic injury disaster loan program can apply for a loan advance of up to $10,000. To access the advance, you must apply for an SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL). Funds will be made available within three days of a successful application, and this loan advance will not have to be repaid. Apply online directly with SBA.
    • SBA Small Business Debt Relief Program - Provides relief to small businesses with non-disaster SBA loans. SBA covers principal and interest on new 7(a) loans issued prior to September 27, 2020 and current 7(a) loans for a period of six months. To access this program, contact your SBA lender for more information.
    • The SBA is offering a Paycheck Protection Program. Approved lenders may begin processing applications as soon as April 3, 2020. View the FAQ here.
    • The USDA offers immediate relief opportunities for rural residents, businesses and communities.
    • Facebook is offering $100 million in cash grants and ad credits for up to 30,000 eligible small businesses

Broadband Resources

  • Several broadband providers are temporarily offering free internet service, waiving disconnect and late fees, and other measures to help people at home access the services they need.


Supply Needs

  • SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospitals in Jefferson City and Mexico are now accepting donations of personal protective items and medical supplies, which may be available at consumer retailers, as well as cash donations. 

    For safety reasons, all donated supplies should be unopened and in their original packaging. Priority needs include:
    ● Alcohol pad wipes 
    ● Exam gloves
    ● Goggles, face shields and safety glasses
    ● Hand sanitizer (individual and pump bottles)
    ● Isopropyl alcohol 
    ● N95 Medical Masks or NIOSH-certified N95 Respirators (such as painter's masks)
    ● Protective isolation gowns
    ● Sanitizing/bleach wipes
    ● Thermometers (display digital or forehead models)

    Although the CDC doesn’t recommend using homemade masks for COVID-19 patients, they do encourage covering the N95 respirators. A beard cover is something that can be homemade and used in this situation. 

    In Jefferson City, United Way of Central Missouri is collecting homemade masks, hair covers and beard covers. Help the Helpers is coordinating with those who would like to sew these items. Contact Help the Helpers at or their website: In Mexico, donations of these items will be accepted at The Help Center located at 409 Fairground Street, Mexico, MO by calling 573-581-3238.


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