What is being done about COVID-19?
The federal government is taking steps to stem the spread of COVID, updates to actions taken can be found below:
- 3/27/2020 - House passes historic stimulus package. CARES ACT SUMMARY
- 3/26/2020 - Senate package passes vote unanimously.
- 3/25/2020 - Deal struck for COVID-19 aid package.
- 3/24/2020 - Fed moves to boost market liquidity, pledges unlmited purchases of U.S. governmental bonds.
- 3/23/2020 - Fed moves to boost economy with emergency efforts.
- 3/23/2020 - House Dems to introduce aid package bill on Monday.
- 3/20/2020 - Tax day moved to July 15.
- 3/20/2020 - New travel restrictions for southern border expected.
- 3/19/2020 - Lawmakers, Treasury continue to work on relief packages.
- 3/18/2020 - US & Canada working on non-essential travel restrictions.
- 3/17/2020 - Congress working furiously to pass enormous aid package.
- 3/16/2020 - Senate waits on final draft of coronavirus bill from the House.
- 3/14/2020 - House passes coronavirus bill after the President's approval.
- 3/13/2020 - President Trump declares COVID-19 outbreak a national emergency.
- 3/6/2020 - President Trump signed the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2020 (H.R. 6074), a $8.3 billion supplemental spending package. The bill designates $1.05 billion for grants to state and local governments and allows funds to be used to reimburse state and local costs already incurred.
- 3/5/2020 - CMS announced the development of a new code that can be used by health care providers and laboratories to bill for certain COVID-19 diagnostic tests to help increase testing and track new cases.
- 3/4/2020 - CDC announces initial funding to jurisdictions to supporting COVID-19 response.
- 3/4/2020 - House of Representatives approves a $8.3 billion emergency supplemental package for the coronavirus, sending it to the Senate for consideration.
- 3/4/2020 - CDC updated its guidance for evaluation of Persons Under Investigation to include a wider group of individuals in an effort to make testing more widely available.
- 3/4/2020 - CMS announces actions to address the coronavirus, including an enhanced focus on infection control procedures and guidance for nursing homes.
- 3/2/2020 - CDC and FDA announced they are taking emergency action to allow more types of respirators to be used in health care settings amid several outbreaks of coronavirus in multiple states.
- 2/29/2020 – President Donald Trump issued a proclamation suspending entry of foreign nationals who have been in Iran within the past 14 days.
- 2/29/2020 - FDA issued a new policy for certain laboratories seeking to develop diagnostic tests for coronavirus in order to achieve more rapid testing capacity in the U.S.
- 2/28/2020 - CDC updated its guidance on testing and evaluation of suspected cases, expanding the criteria for who should be tested.
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Health officials worldwide continue to track the impacts of COVID-19. In efforts to support the preparation and response to the continuing spread of COVID-19, GFOA is compiling resource materials from our national partners and local leaders. Links to the resource pages of the Center for Disease Control (CDC) & the World Health Organization (WHO) can be found below:
Important Links to More Helpful Information
- Center for Disease Control
- World Health Organization (WHO)
- National Incident Management System (NIMS) Incident Command System (ICS) Forms Booklet (Use page 64 for activity log of Covid-19 expenses.)
- Resource Roundup: Ideas and Advice for State and Local Governments as they Face the Coronavirus Pandemic
- Bond Buyer Provides Coronavirus Resources for Free
- USDA Urgent Request-Rural Utility Service
- FEMA COVID-19 Eligible Protective Services Fact Sheet
- COVID FEMA Advisory (March 27th)
- Contact your Representatives
- Department of Labor Issues Posters for Employers to Post related to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act
- Letter from FEMA Administrator Pete Gaynor
- How to help-FEMA
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