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COVID-19 News Updates for June 22, 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 Updates

·         Proclamation Suspending Entry of Aliens Who Present a Risk to the U.S. Labor Market Following the Coronavirus Outbreak (HERE)

·         President Donald J. Trump Is Putting American Workers First as We Restore Our Economy to Greatness (HERE)

·         Remarks by Vice President Pence at a Roundtable Discussion with Faith and Community Leaders | Tulsa, OK (HERE)

·         Press Briefing by Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany (REMARKSVIDEO)

Statement by U.S. Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia on President Trump’s Proclamation (HERE)

·         “From his first days in office, one of President Trump’s top priorities has been protecting and supporting American workers and their families. Today’s Presidential Proclamation will help ensure that the millions of Americans who are unemployed due to the coronavirus are first in line to fill job openings. While we added 2.5 million jobs in May, there are still many more Americans unemployed and eager to return to the workforce.  Getting these Americans back into good-paying jobs is a top priority for the Administration, and the central aim of the President’s Proclamation. The Proclamation also ensures that certain nonimmigrants can be excepted from the suspension where necessary to facilitate the immediate and continued economic recovery of the United States.”

ICYMI: U.S. Department Of Labor Acts to Help American Workers and Employers during the Coronavirus Pandemic (HERE)

·         Last week, the U.S. Department of Labor took a range of actions to aid American workers and employers as our nation combats the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Trump Administration Invests $1.6 Billion in Rural Electric Infrastructure in 21 States (HERE)

·         The Trump Administration today announced that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $1.6 billion to build or improve rural electric infrastructure in 21 states.

USDA Approves Program to Feed Kids in South Dakota (HERE)

·         U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced South Dakota has been approved to operate Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT), a new program authorized by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), signed by President Trump, which provides assistance to families of children eligible for free or reduced-price meals dealing with school closures.

CARES Act Air Service Exemption Sun Country Airlines Renewal (HERE)

·         Today, the U.S. Department of Transportation is acting on a request from Sun Country for an exemption from the CARES Act airline service obligations announced in Order 2020-4-2.

U.S. Secretary of Labor Scalia Highlights Safely Reopening Economy during Visit to Pennsylvania (HERE)

·         U.S. Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia traveled to Beaver Springs, Pennsylvania, where he joined Rep. Fred Keller (PA-12) for a tour of Conestoga Wood Specialties and a meeting with employees and leadership to discuss workplace safety and reopening the economy.

Public Meeting: The National Vaccine Advisory Committee (NVAC) June 2020 (Part 1Part 2Part 3Part 4)

·         The National Vaccine Advisory Committee (NVAC) recommends ways to achieve optimal prevention of human infectious diseases through immunization. This meeting focused on COVID-19 and vaccination. You can learn more about this advisory committee by visiting the NVAC website: https://www.hhs.gov/vaccines/nvac/.

NIH Halts Clinical Trial of Hydroxychloroquine (HERE)

·         A clinical trial to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of hydroxychloroquine for the treatment of adults hospitalized with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has been stopped by the National Institutes of Health. Study shows treatment does no harm, but provides no benefit.

Medicare Coverage of COVID-19 Testing for Nursing Home Residents and Patients (HERE)

·         The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has instructed Medicare Administrative Contactors and notified Medicare Advantage plans to cover coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) laboratory tests for nursing home residents and patients.

CMS Announces Membership of Independent Coronavirus Commission on Safety and Quality in Nursing Homes (HERE)

·         Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that the MITRE Corporation has published the membership of the independent Coronavirus Commission on Safety and Quality in Nursing Homes

HUD Secretary Ben Carson Tours the South Orlando YMCA, a Future EnVision Center (HERE)

·         U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson Friday traveled to the South Orlando YMCA in Orlando, FL to tour the location, which has been designated the site of a future HUD EnVision Center. While there, Secretary Carson spoke with YMCA Central Florida CEO Dan Wilcox and YMCA District Executive Director Jocelyn Boyd about how the YMCA has responded and adapted to the impact of coronavirus, the resources offered to the community through in-house programs, and the recent, partial reopening of the facility for childcare services.

FDA Daily Roundup – June 19, 2020 (HERE)

·         The U.S. Food and Drug Administration continues to announce actions taken in its ongoing response effort to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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