Chamber tele-town hall discusses COVID-19 legislation, employment and financing
The Chamber hosted a second tele-town hall for its members yesterday on the evolving COVID-19 situation. Speakers included Congressman Tom Cole, who gave a briefing on legislation to address the COVID-19 epidemic and its effects. Paul Ross and Josh Solberg with McAfee Taft discussed the law as it exists, and specific provisions employers need to know in managing their workforce during this crisis. Their discussion included issues around leave, testing of employees, the impact of new legislation and more. Roger Beverage, Oklahoma Bankers Association, and Dottie Overal, Small Business Administration, discussed funding issues for business impacted by COVID-19.
The Chamber's first town hall was held Monday and featured panelists discussing the public health information businesses need to make decisions about operations and have a better understanding of our community’s situation. The panelists included:
- Dr. Patrick McGough, Executive Director of the Oklahoma City County Health Department
- Gary Raskob, Ph.D., Dean of OU Medicine College of Public Health and Professor of Epidemiology and Medicine
- Dr. David Chansolme, Infectious Disease Specialist, Integris Medical Center
- Dr. Kevin Lewis, Pulmonologist and Regional President of SSM Health Medical Group