If you are sick or in need of medical care:
- If you feel sick, call your physician. If you don't have a physician, call the Missouri COVID-19 hotline: 877-435-8411. More information from the Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services: https://health.mo.gov/
- CoxHealth is offering free virtual visits using code "COVID" for those with COVID-19 symptoms: fever over 100.4, cough, and shortness of breath. Learn more here: https://www.coxhealth.com/services/virtualvisits/
- Mercy is offering a free interactive risk assessment for COVID-19 symptoms. Get screened online: https://www.mercy.net/service/covid-19/?utm_source=homepage&utm_medium=website&utm_campaign=covid_19
- Mental and emotional healthcare. Burrell is offering telehealth options. Learn more: https://www.burrellcenter.com/covid19response/ New or existing clients may call 417-761-5000.
- Nixa Police are seeing a dramatic increase in calls for service related to mental health and attempted suicides. Please take warning signs seriously from your loved ones. Asking a loved one about their depression may help prevent suicide. Call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255 to be connected with a counselor. Or text HELLO to 741741. Visit BeThe1To.com to learn how to help someone who may be struggling.
Help for local businesses:
- City Council have authorized a utility deferment program for commercial and industrial customers of Nixa Utilities during the COVID-19 state of emergency. This is intended to assist businesses with potential catastrophic cost or revenue loss resulting in the potential loss of the business or the retention of its employees during the pandemic related emergency shut down. To learn about details and eligibility of this program for your business, contact Nixa City Hall by sending an email to email@example.com.
- For tips on preventing the spread of coronavirus at your business and information on what to do if you have a confirmed case at your workplace, visit the Springfield/Greene County Health Department: https://www.springfieldmo.gov/5098/For-businesses
- For ideas, tips, networking and trainings for helping your business survive the economic impact of the pandemic, contact the Nixa Area Chamber of Commerce: https://www.nixachamber.com
- For information about federal and state programs designed to help your business survive the pandemic, or to be connected with regional resources, contact Show Me Christian County: https://showmeccmo.com/covid-19-business-resources/
- The Paycheck Protection Program is now live! Starting April 10, 2020 independent contractors and self-employed individuals can apply. The Department of Treasury and SBA is encouraging those who need assistance to apply as quickly as you can because there is a funding cap. Below find additional information on the final overview provided by the Department of Treasury, the borrower application form, and an eligible lender lookup. Final Overview of PPP: https://home.treasury.gov/system/files/136/PPP%20--%20Overview.pdf
Borrower Application Form: https://home.treasury.gov/system/files/136/Paycheck-Protection-Program-Application-3-30-2020-v3.pdf
Eligible Lender Lookup: https://www.sba.gov/paycheckprotection/find
- Treasury Payroll Support: Title IV of the CARES Act related to payroll support to aid airline industry employees, and on loans to airline industry and businesses critical to national security.
Treasury has opened the online portal to apply for Payroll Support: https://forms.treasury.gov/caresact/PayrollSupportRequestForAirCarriers
Q&A document on Payroll Support: https://home.treasury.gov/system/files/136/QandA-Payroll-Support-to-Air-Carriers-and-Contractors.pdf
- Support Nixa businesses! See lists of Nixa area businesses that need your support during this pandemic: https://www.nixachamber.com/operation-forward-covid-19-resources/
- Nixa restaurants that are offering pick-up and delivery services.
- Other Nixa businesses which are open and need your support.
- Nixa churches which are offering virtual services.
Information to protect your family:
- Questions about COVID-19? Call the Missouri COVID-19 info hotline: 877-435-8411 More information from the Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services: https://health.mo.gov/
- Latest information from the Christian County Health Department about the number of COVID-19 cases: https://spark.adobe.com/page/sC1Vw1DehA102/
- More information from the Christian County Health Department including WIC benefits: https://www.christiancountyhealth.com
- For parents: Information from the Springfield/Greene County Health Department about preventing the spread of coronavirus in your home and what to do if someone in your home has COVID-19: https://www.springfieldmo.gov/5097/For-parents
- Running low on household cleaning products? Here's a guide for household disinfectants which are effective against COVID-19. It is very important to regularly disinfect surfaces which are touched frequently.
- Nixa Public Schools: https://www.nixapublicschools.net/covid19
- American Sign Language Coronavirus Hotline & Resource Center: https://www.csd.org/coronavirus
- FEMA COVID-19 Research Guide: https://www.usfa.fema.gov/data/library/libguides/covid-19/
Beware of COVID-19 and IRS related scams:
- Report price gouging online or call the Missouri Attorney General's Consumer Protection Hotline: 1-800-392-8222
- Read the FBI's warning about fraud schemes related to COVID-19. These fraud schemes may try to get you to pay using a crypto-currency such as Bitcoin. These may include: blackmail attempts, work from home scams, paying for non-existent treatments or equipment, investment scams, donation scams, and IRS scams.
- Read the FBI's warning about health care fraud schemes related to COVID-19. These fraud schemes may try to bill you for healthcare services which you did not receive.
- Read the FBI's warning about fraud schemes that target buyers of personal protective equipment, medical equipment, and other supplies during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) warns individuals to remain vigilant for scams related to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Cyber actors may send emails with malicious attachments or links to fraudulent websites to trick victims into revealing sensitive information or donating to fraudulent charities or causes. Exercise caution in handling any email with a COVID-19-related subject line, attachment, or hyperlink, and be wary of social media pleas, texts, or calls related to COVID-19.
CISA encourages individuals to remain vigilant and take the following precautions.
- Avoid clicking on links in unsolicited emails and be wary of email attachments. See Using Caution with Email Attachments and Avoiding Social Engineering and Phishing Scams for more information.
- Use trusted sources—such as legitimate, government websites—for up-to-date, fact-based information about COVID-19.
- Do not reveal personal or financial information in email, and do not respond to email solicitations for this information.
- Verify a charity’s authenticity before making donations. Review the Federal Trade Commission’s page on Charity Scams for more information.
- Review CISA Insights on Risk Management for COVID-19 for more information.
- Report fraud to the Internet Crime Complaint Center: https://www.ic3.gov/default.aspx
Information for job-seekers:
- Missouri Job Center: 417-887-4343
- For employment opportunities in the Ozark Region and information on apprenticeships throughout the state, visit https://jobs.mo.gov
- To file for unemployment through the Missouri Department of Labor. (Businesses can file unemployment for groups of employees they are having to lay off due to COVID-19): https://labor.mo.gov/coronavirus
Assistance for Families and the Regional "Help Ozarks" effort:
The City of Nixa, Nixa Utilities, the Nixa Area Chamber of Commerce, and Nixa Public Schools have all taken the "Help Ozarks Pledge." Learn more about Help Ozarks here: https://www.springfieldmo.gov/5107/Help-Ozarks
- Opportunities to donate and volunteer: https://www.springfieldmo.gov/5127/35688/Helping-Our-Community
- Community Foundation of the Ozarks, Community Partnership of the Ozarks and the United Way of the Ozarks are working as a triad to coordinate the response of the nonprofit community. Anyone who would like to donate money or otherwise assist in relief efforts throughout this crisis should call 417-888-2020 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Need more time to pay your Nixa Utilities bill? If you can't afford to pay off your utility bill right now due to the economic impact of the pandemic, Nixa Utilities is offering utility bill deferment. That means you would still owe the full amount for the utilities you have used, but we can spread the cost out by helping you set up a payment plan. If you need a payment plan, you must apply by June 1st.
If you need assistance paying for electric and heating costs, OACAC offers assistance to qualifying families. Apply for utility bill assistance. For more information, and for additional assistance options such as for Senior Citizens, call the OACAC Neighborhood Center in Ozark at 417-581-7631. You can also call the Springfield Regional office at 864-3460. https://oac.ac/liheap-energy-programs/
- Community Meals program through Nixa Public Schools. Starting April 1, Nixa Public Schools will be able to open up breakfast and lunch pick-up to all members of the community and your household. However, you must complete the form below so we can have the number of people you need in your house including younger children, parents, grandparents, etc. Please fill this NEW form out so we know how many people to plan for (if you filled out the previous form, you need to fill out the new one). We are excited to expand the program so EVERYONE in the community can receive meals. Once you are signed up on the new form you will receive an email and text from the school district. The text and email will tell you what day and time you can start picking up food at the location you picked. Fill out the form here.
- Nixa Public Schools are offering childcare for healthcare workers & first responders, feeding students and Nixa residents, and providing school supplies to Nixa students who are now doing school from home. But they need some help to cover these costs. If you want to donate to support these programs through Nixa Public Schools, click here: https://www.schoolpay.com/link/COVID19
- Food assistance and other resources for Christian County residents: Least of These, Christian County Food Pantry
- Food assistance for senior citizens. (The Nixa Senior Center is closed but is still delivering free meals to those over 60 Mondays-Fridays) Call 417-725-2322 for more information. Visit their Facebook page. https://senioragemo.org/
- Changes to food stamp benefits in response to COVID-19: Department of Social Services Family Support Division has announced an extension of the Food Stamps/SNAP certification period by six months for recertifications coming due in March, April, and May. This ensures that benefits will not end during the pandemic. To learn more or apply for benefits, call 1-855-373-4636 or apply online at MyDSS.mo.gov
- Social Security Recipients: The Department of Treasury provided an updated statement regarding Economic Impact Payments to Social Security recipients. On April 1, 2020 Secretary Steven Mnuchin clarified for Social Security recipients that they will NOT have to file 2018 or 2019 tax returns to be eligible for the Economic Impact Payments. Social Security recipients who are not typically required to file a tax return do not need to take an action, and will receive their payment directly to their bank account. The IRS will be using data from Form SSA-1099 and Form RRB-1099 for Social Security recipients so they can receive their payments as a direct deposit or check like they would their normal benefits. Find the press release here.
- If you wish to donate rental space for people who are quarantined, including homeless individuals, please contact the Ozarks Alliance to End Homelessness: http://www.cpozarks.org/endhomelessness/