To Our Valued AASP-MA Members,
I want to take a moment to address you all relative to the COVID-19 Virus. As you may know, the World Health Organization has declared COVID-19 a pandemic. You can read the Director General’s remarks here. It is very important that as business owners, you are taking the proper precautions and educating your staff on how to prevent the spread of this virus. There are many valuable resources available on the Mass.Gov site which you can find here. As of March 11, 2020, there are 6 confirmed cases, and 89 presumptive cases in Massachusetts. Presumptive cases are positive COVID-19 test results in the community conducted by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. These 89 test results are in the confirmation process with the CDC. You can view a breakdown by county here. There are now 445 individuals under quarantine in Massachusetts.
As the virus continues to spread, we must all be prepared for the potential impact on our businesses. If you carry Business Interruption Insurance, it will cover lost revenue due to fire or natural disaster. A virus pandemic cannot qualify as a disaster unless it can be considered a natural catastrophe, as that term is defined for the Stafford Act. While we may be able to have some of our administrative staff work remotely, we cannot repair vehicles remotely should the federal or local government order a lockdown or shutdown, or you have a spread in your facility which results in a quarantine. During the President’s Address to the Nation last night, he has mobilized the Small Business Administration and there will be economic relief available to small businesses who are affected by COVID-19.
We’ve all been peppered with information over the last several months. It can be challenging to sort through it all to make sense of why COVID-19 has seemingly created alarmist, apocalyptic hype. Regardless of whether you think its fact or fiction, we must all perform due diligence as business owners and members of our community. We have a responsibility to our staff, our customers and our fellow humans to practice the basic preventative measures to help keep everyone as healthy as possible.
AASP-MA will continue to monitor the situation and make decisions about our upcoming scheduled Zone Meetings. Please watch your email closely as things are changing daily and we may have to make some last minute cancellations.
In the coming weeks as new information becomes available, we will do our best to disseminate it to you as quickly as possible.
In good health,