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COVID-19 News Updates – April 6, 2020

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COVID-19 News Updates for April 6, 2020:

Assistance for American Workers and Families

In the weeks immediately after the passage of the CARES Act, Americans will see fast and direct relief in the form of Economic Impact Payments. For more information, CLICK HERE.

30 Days to Slow the Spread

President Trump announced updated guidelines this week to continue slowing the spread of Coronavirus in America. This 30-day window will be crucial: If every American does his or her part, the latest model suggests we could save 1 million or more U.S. lives. Please click here for more information: 30 Days to Slow the Spread (Español)

 If you are a healthcare worker and would like to volunteer to assist in New York City, please find more information here.

How to Help – If you or your organization are interested in helping the effort to combat the spread of COVID-19, FEMA has established a website (www.fema.gov/coronavirus/how-to-help) with more information. Examples for the private sector include:

 

For additional information please visit FEMA’s website: https://www.fema.gov/coronavirus/.

 

White House COVID-19 Updates

·         President Trump Approves Disaster Declaration for Arizona, Delaware, Maine, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Utah, and Wisconsin

·         Dr. Birx: Stay 6 Feet Away (VIDEO)

HHS Announces Upcoming Funding Action to Provide $186 Million for COVID-19 Response (HERE)

·         HHS is announcing upcoming action by the CDC to provide $186,000,000 in funding for additional resources to state and local jurisdictions in support of our nation’s response to COVID-19.

HHS: Mitigate Absenteeism by Protecting Healthcare Workers’ Psychological Health and Well-being (HERE)

·         The resilience of our Nation’s healthcare system depends on our healthcare workforce’s ability to report for duty. Critical supplies, equipment, and surge capacity rely on dedicated, trained health professionals and support staff to provide care. Prepare now and take actions, such as those listed below, to help your healthcare facility protect your workers’ psychological health and well-being.

Secretary Azar Statement on New Defense Production Act Orders (HERE)

·         “President Trump’s latest orders under the Defense Production Act support HHS and FEMA’s efforts to ramp up ventilator production and ensure supplies of PPE that have been the target of hoarders—especially N95 respirators—go to America’s heroic healthcare workers rather than being exported.”

 

Secretary Azar Statement on New CDC Face Covering Guidance (HERE)

·         “This national voluntary effort is a new chance for every American to make a real difference in slowing the spread of the coronavirus. Evidence of pre-symptomatic and asymptomatic transmission of the coronavirus, as well as evidence of widespread transmission across the country, has led CDC to make a new recommendation: On top of existing social distancing recommendations, all Americans should wear a face covering, such as a cloth mask, when leaving their home to go to necessary places like the grocery store.”

CDC: How to Wear a Cloth Face Covering (HERE)

·         CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.

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FDA: FAQs on Shortages of Surgical Masks and Gowns (HERE)

·         The FDA is aware that as the COVID-19 outbreak continues to expand globally, the supply chain for these devices will continue to be stressed if demand exceeds available supplies. We have received information from healthcare organizations that some distributors may have placed certain types of personal protective equipment on allocation, basing the quantity available to the healthcare organization on previous usage, not projected use.

FDA: FAQs on 3D Printing of Medical Devices, Accessories, Components, and Parts During the COVID-19 Pandemic (HERE)

·         We recognize that the public may seek to use 3D printing to assist in meeting demand for certain products during the COVID-19 pandemic. As part of our effort to protect the public to the extent possible, we are including answers to frequently asked questions for entities who 3D print devices, accessories, components, and/or parts during the COVID-19 emergency.

SBA Clarifies Eligibility of Faith-Based Organizations to Participate in Paycheck Protection and Economic Injury Disaster Loan Programs (HERE)

·         SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza announced that SBA issued guidance clarifying that all faith-based organizations impacted by Coronavirus (COVID-19) are eligible to participate in the Paycheck Protection Program and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program, without restrictions based on their religious identity or activities, to the extent they meet the eligibility criteria outlined in the CARES Act that was passed by Congress, signed into law by President Trump, and implemented by the Paycheck Protection Act Interim Final Rule.

FEMA: COVID-19 Best Practice Information: Community Emergency Response Team (HERE)

·         The Community Emergency Response Team program is a nationwide program that educates volunteers about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains members in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations.

FAA: CARES Act Airport Grants FAQs (HERE)

·         This document answers frequently asked questions (FAQs) stakeholders may have related to the approximately $10 billion in grants for airports under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The FAA has additional information unrelated to CARES Act grants for airport sponsors considering COVID-19 restrictions or accommodations. That information can be accessed at www.faa.gov/airports.

DOL Published New OSHA Poster Aimed at Reducing Workplace Exposure to the Coronavirus (HERE)

·         OSHA has issued a new poster listing steps all workplaces can take to reduce the risk of exposure to coronavirus. The poster highlights 10 infection prevention measures every employer can implement to protect workers’ safety and health during the coronavirus pandemic. The new poster is available for download in English, or Spanish.

DOL Issues Guidance for Respirators Certified Under Other Countries’ Standards During COVID-19 Pandemic (HERE)

·         In the latest effort to implement President Trump’s Memorandum on Making General Use Respirators Available, OSHA has issued interim enforcement guidance regarding disposable N95 filtering facepiece respirators (N95 FFRs) that are either certified under certain standards of other countries or jurisdictions or certified under other countries’ or jurisdictions’ standards but are expired.

DOL Publishes Guidance on Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (HERE)

·         DOL announced the publication of Unemployment Insurance Guidance Letter 15-20 (UIPL) providing guidance to states for Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC). Under FPUC, states will administer an additional $600 weekly payment to certain eligible individuals who are receiving other benefits.

DOJ Issues Business Review Letter to Medical Supplies Distributors Supporting Project Airbridge Under Expedited Procedure for COVID-19 Pandemic Response (HERE)

·         DOJ announced today that it will not challenge collaborative efforts of McKesson Corporation, Owens & Minor Inc., Cardinal Health Inc., Medline Industries Inc., and Henry Schein Inc. to expedite and increase manufacturing, sourcing, and distribution of personal-protective equipment and coronavirus-treatment-related medication.

EPA to Donate Personal Protective Equipment to State and Local Responders Fighting COVID-19 Across the Country (HERE)

·         Today, the EPA announced that it has identified approximately 225,000 pieces of personal protective equipment available to support the COVID-19 response.

USDA Statement on the Confirmation of COVID-19 in a Tiger in New York (HERE)

·         The USDA National Veterinary Services Laboratories has confirmed SARS-CoV-2 in one tiger at a zoo in New York. This is the first instance of a tiger being infected with COVID-19. Samples from this tiger were taken and tested after several lions and tigers at the zoo showed symptoms of respiratory illness.

Secretary DeVos Authorizes New Funding Flexibilities to Support Continued Learning During COVID-19 National Emergency (HERE)

·         Secretary DeVos announced today a new streamlined process for providing states funding flexibilities to best meet the needs of students and educators during the COVID-19 national emergency.

NATO Takes Steps to Combat Coronavirus (HERE)

·         The coronavirus pandemic dominated a meeting of NATO foreign ministers in Brussels last week, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said.

 

For the most up-to-date information, please see the CDC’s website: www.coronavirus.gov.