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COVID-19 News Updates for June 12, 2020


Guidelines for Opening Up America Again

President Trump has unveiled Guidelines for Opening Up America Again, a three-phased approach based on the advice of public health experts. These steps will help state and local officials when reopening their economies, getting people back to work, and continuing to protect American lives. Please click here for more information: Guidelines for Opening Up America Again

·         Testing Overview (HERE)

·         Testing Blueprint (HERE)

·         Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting Public Spaces, Workplaces, Businesses, Schools and Homes (HERE)

·         CDC guidance for CampsChild Care ProgramsSchoolsMass TransitRestaurants And Bars, and Workplaces

·         CDC Activities and Initiatives Supporting the COVID-19 Response and the President’s Plan for Opening America Up Again (HERE)

White House COVID-19 Updates

·         Vice President Pence Delivers Remarks to Employees on Opening Up America Again at Oberg Industries (VIDEO)

·         Vice President Pence Participates in a Listening Session with Faith and Community Leaders (REMARKSVIDEO)

SBA and Treasury Announce New and Revised Guidance Regarding the Paycheck Protection Program (HERE)

·         The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), in consultation with the U.S. Department of the Treasury, issued new and revised guidance for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).  This guidance implements the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act (PPPFA), signed into law by President Trump on June 5, 2020, and expands eligibility for businesses with owners who have past felony convictions.

OCR Issues Guidance on How Health Care Providers Can Contact Former COVID-19 Patients about Blood and Plasma Donation Opportunities (HERE)

·         Today, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued guidance on how the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy Rule permits covered health care providers to contact their patients who have recovered from COVID-19 to inform them about how they can donate their blood and plasma containing antibodies to help other patients with COVID-19.

FAQ: Hospital Beds, Stretchers, and Mattresses during the COVID-19 Pubic Health Emergency (HERE)

·         Due to the COVID-19 public health emergency, there may be an increased demand for hospital beds, stretchers, and mattresses to expand health care capacity in local hospitals, and health care systems through temporary expansion sites.

o   FDA – June 11 Daily Roundup (HERE)

Public Attitudes, Behaviors, and Beliefs Related to COVID-19, Stay-at-Home Orders, Nonessential Business Closures, and Public Health Guidance — United States, New York City, and Los Angeles, May 5–12, 2020 (HERE)

·         Stay-at-home orders and recommended personal protective practices were disseminated to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in the United States.

DHS S&T Launches Tool to Predict Decay of Airborne Coronavirus (HERE)

·         The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) added a new calculator to their online tools today to estimate the natural decay of SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) in the air under various environmental conditions. 

FEMA Releases Latest State-by-State Data on PPE (HERE)

·         As FEMA, under the direction of the White House Task Force, has led the whole-of-America response to the COVID-19 pandemic for the past several weeks, billions of essential resources and protective equipment have been delivered throughout the nation.

Statement by Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin on the Provision of Coronavirus Relief Fund Dollars to Native American Tribes (HERE)

·         “We are pleased to be making payments of the bulk of the balances remaining for tribal governments in the Coronavirus Relief Fund,” said Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin.  “These payments reaffirm our commitment to ensuring that tribal governments receive this much-needed economic relief, and are an important step towards defeating this virus and supporting our communities across the country.”

Treasury, IRS Provide Tax Relief to Investors and Businesses Affected by Covid-19 in New Markets Tax Credit Transactions (HERE)

·         The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service today provided tax relief for certain taxpayers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic involved in new markets tax credit transactions.

OSHA Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Masks in the Workplace (HERE)

·         This page includes frequently asked questions (FAQs) and answers related to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

U.S. Department of Education Issues Rule to Protect American Taxpayers from Waste, Fraud, and Abuse, Ensure COVID-19 Relief Funds Get to Eligible Students (HERE)

·         The U.S. Department of Education released a rule for public comment today that would help to ensure taxpayer-funded coronavirus relief money is distributed properly and does not go to foreign nationals, non-citizens, and students who may be enrolled in ineligible education programs.

Federal Government to Distribute Nearly 100 Million Cloth Facial Coverings for Transportation Passengers (HERE)

·         Today, the Federal government announced nearly 100 million cloth facial coverings will be sent to the aviation, transit, and passenger rail transportation sectors for passenger use. Approximately 86.8 million coverings will be distributed to airports, and 9.6 million coverings will be distributed to 458 transit agencies and Amtrak for passenger use.

VA Video Connect Visits Increase 1000% during COVID-19 Pandemic (HERE)

·         The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today telehealth video appointments using VA Video Connect increased from approximately 10,000 to 120,000 appointments a week between February and May of 2020. 

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