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Our office has been asked by the Governor’s Office to reach out to all surgical centers and veterinarian facilities throughout the state to ask for donations of the following: Gloves Masks(surgical and n95) Gowns IV equipment Cotton swabs (preferably sterile) Ventilatory supplies Any other medical equipment that would be useful for pandemic response Any donations that you can make should be taken to your nearest Kentucky State Police (KSP) Post. If you are in Lexington or Louisville, please take donations to your KY Transportation Cabinet District Office. If you have larger...

Paycheck Protection Program The Treasury Department released a press release today indicating the Paycheck Protection Program will be operational by Friday: home.treasury.gov/news/press-releases/sm961.  From the press release: "This legislation provides small business job retention loans to provide eight weeks of payroll and certain overhead to keep workers employed," said Secretary Mnuchin. "Treasury and the Small Business Administration expect to have this program up and running by April 3rd so that businesses can go to a participating SBA 7(a) lender, bank, or credit union, apply for a loan, and be approved on the same day....

Recent emergency stimulus legislation has provided significant federal funding through the Small Business Administration (SBA) for new loan programs to assist small businesses, independent contractors, and the self-employed, coping with the financial impacts of COVID-19. SMALL BUSINESS LOANS Disaster Assistance Loans Who can apply? Small businesses operating in states that have declared a disaster How much? Up to $2 million available for economic injury including fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable, and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact. Terms and repayment? 3.75% interest rate with a 30 year-maximum repayment, determined on...

The following document provides a section-by-section summary of the relevant provisions of the CARES Act for veterinarians and veterinary business owners. Title I: Keeping America’s Workers Paid and Employment Act CARES Act Title I establishes a new, temporary payroll protection loan program for small businesses, sole proprietors/self-employed, and 501(c)(3)s to access loans for payroll, benefits, and operating expenses. The intent is to help small businesses maintain workers and operations by providing quick capital and broad loan forgiveness for the amount used for payroll and operating expenses. To expedite distribution, the bill waives...

Congress has taken unprecedented steps to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak and its impact on individuals and families, the health system and medical supply chain, and the economy. Two extensive packages of legislation were enacted in March 2020 - the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). Together, these bills temporarily expand access to paid leave, direct support to individuals and families, suspend federal student loan repayment, broaden unemployment benefits to include support for those who are self-employed, and provide financial support for small...

The goal of the Kentucky Board of Veterinary Examiners is to impress upon licensees the necessity to practice in a manner that incorporates the Governor’s Executive Orders and Directives to prevent the spread of the coronavirus and protect Kentucky communities. To that end, the Board recommends the following: Continue to ensure that your protocols are following the Governor’s current Executive Orders and Directives to keep social distancing. You should not allow clients into the building of clinics and hospitals unless there is critical need; please endeavor to use curbside exchanges....

Congressional leaders reached a deal to pass a nearly $2 trillion “stimulus” package. This legislation represents “Phase 3” of the legislative response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Below, is an outline all three pieces of legislation starting with the most recent. Many of these provisions may be of interest to you or your members which are small businesses. While there is already talk of a “Phase 4” bill but it is likely several weeks away. Note: We highly recommend for all tax provisions, you should check with your accounting professional or someone familiar...

Coronavirus Veterinarian Clinic Guidance Kentucky Department for Public Health What if a Veterinary staff member is diagnosed with COVID-19? No one should work while ill The local health department (LHD) will be given the results The LHD will follow up with the positive patient The patient will be either: Be hospitalized Isolated at home if not ill enough to be hospitalized To be released from isolation: A minimum of 7 days since onset of symptoms Have all symptoms resolved Be 72 hours fever free (without antipyretics) Contacts will be investigated and a...

The Kentucky Board of Veterinary Examiners (KBVE) is issuing an update related to the COVID-19 response. The Board has received disturbing reports of veterinary businesses operating as normal during this State of Emergency, in direct contravention of the recommendations issued from the Kentucky Governor, the KBVE, and the Department of Public Health. Note that the Secretary for the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) and the Department for Public Health (DPH), as empowered by Governor Andy Beshear under the current State of Emergency, signed a Directive mandating that all non-essential medical procedures and...

The Kentucky Board of Veterinary Examiners (KBVE) is providing the following additional guidance during the rapidly evolving national response to SARS-CoV-2 / COVID-19. You are receiving this message as an active or pending licensee or certificate holder of the Board. Cancel all non-essential procedures.  This includes delaying spays and neuters.  Conservation of medical supplies is critical during this time.  In a recent notice from the American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB), the association noted the following: Of utmost importance at this critical time is the conservation of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Federal and state officials are...

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