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COVID-19 News Updates for December 10, 2020


White House Updates

Mnuchin Statement on Discussions with Speaker Pelosi on Covid-19 Relief (HERE)

Tell Me More: Vaccines | How Would a COVID-19 Vaccine Protect Us? (HERE)

HHS Secretary Azar Address to U.N. General Assembly on COVID-19 (HERE)

Secretary Azar Remarks at ALEC Policy Summit on COVID-19 Response (HERE)

Five Things about Flu Vaccines (HERE)

Trump Administration Announces New Half Billion Incentive Payment Distribution to Nursing Homes (HERE)

HHS Publishes COVID-19 Hospital Facility-Level Data (HERE)

NIH-funded Tool Helps Organizations Plan COVID-19 Testing (HERE)

Study of Healthcare Workers Shows COVID-19 Immunity Lasts Many Months (HERE)

FDA Authorizes First COVID-19 and Flu Combination Test for Use with Home-Collected Samples (HERE)

Being Better Prepared for COVID-19 and the Next Global Health Emergency (HERE)

Partner Call: Resilience and Mental Health for the Holidays (HERE)

Summary of Guidance for Public Health Strategies to Address High Levels of Community Transmission of SARS-CoV-2 and Related Deaths, December 2020 (HERE)

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’ Interim Recommendation for Allocating Initial Supplies of COVID-19 Vaccine — United States, 2020 (HERE)

Implementing Mitigation Strategies in Early Care and Education Settings for Prevention of SARS-CoV-2 Transmission — Eight States, September–October 2020 (HERE)

Physically Active While Teleworking during the COVID19 Pandemic (HERE)

FEMA Approves Nearly $12 Million for Rhode Island COVID-19 Costs (HERE)

FEMA Approves Over $2 Million for Connecticut COVID-19 Costs (HERE)

Readout from a Treasury Spokesperson on Secretary Mnuchin’s Discussion with G7 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors (HERE)

Get Ready for Taxes: What’s New and What to Consider When Filing in 2021 (HERE)

National Tax Security Awareness Week, Day 5: Security Summit Alerts Tax Professionals to Potential Telework Scams during COVID-19, Urges All Practitioners to Use Multi-factor Authentication (HERE)

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

Texas Cabinet Manufacturer Pays Back Wages to Employee Wrongly Denied Paid Leave to Care for Child during Pandemic (HERE)

Pasadena, Texas, Employer Pays Back Wages to Employee Wrongly Denied Paid Sick Leave after Doctor’s Order to Quarantine (HERE)

Secretary DeVos Extends Student Loan Forbearance Period through January 31, 2021, in Response to COVID-19 National Emergency (HERE)

U.S. Department of Commerce Continues to Invest Cares Act Funding to Boost Economic Development Programs Critical to Helping Communities Respond to Coronavirus (HERE)

·       EDA CARES Act Recovery Assistance, which is being administered under the authority of the bureau’s flexible Economic Adjustment Assistance (EAA) program, provides a wide-range of financial assistance to eligible communities and regions as they respond to and recover from the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic. For complete information, please visit EDA CARES Act Recovery Assistance page.

This Week in Operation Warp Speed – Dec. 4, 2020 (HERE)

Operation Warp Speed

Recovery Resources

Recovery Hub: Explore available SBA assistance and funding programs, Coronavirus relief, and other financing options and tools to keep your business going.More information can be found here and below.

Economic Response Timeline: The U.S. Department of the Treasury is leading the response to COVID-19 by providing fast and direct economic assistance for American workers, families, and small businesses and preserving jobs for American industries.More information can be found here.

Assistance for Farmers, Ranchers, and Rural America

Assistance for Small Businesses

Our nation’s small businesses are facing an unprecedented economic disruption due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. On Friday, March 27, 2020, the President Trump signed into law the CARES Act, which contains $376 billion in emergency relief resources for American workers and small businesses.

Assistance for American Workers and Families

American Workforce Policy Advisory Board – Call to Action: The American Workforce Policy Advisory Board has released a call-to-action to help the millions of workers who need assistance now, and build the resilient and agile workforce of the future powered by skilled American workers. Specific actions:

Find Something New: FindSomethingNew.orgcan help workers of all ages and backgrounds identify the right path for their career goals by recommending multiple educational pathways, providing aptitude testing, offering a directory of critical resources for child care, food assistance, internet access and more. Educational pathways featured include online learning, professional certification programs, associate’s degrees, and vocational, technical and trades education.

Economic Impact Payments: The CARES Act provides for Economic Impact Payments to American households of up to $1,200 per adult for individuals whose income was less than $99,000 ( or $198,000 for joint filers) and $500 per child under 17 years old – or up to $3,400 for a family of four. More information can be found here.

Preserving Jobs for American Industry: The CARES Act offers meaningful financial support to American businesses and job creators so they can better support employees and be prepared to get back to business as soon as possible. More information can be found here.

Supporting Child Care: The CARES Act provided an additional $3.5 billion to the Child Care and Development Block Grant to support families with child care options during this public health crisis. Additional information and State-level information can be found here.

Dislocated Worker Grants: The U.S. Department of Labor is providing Dislocated Worker Grants to prevent, prepare for and respond to COVID-19. State-by-State data and additional details can be found here.

Temporary Halt in Residential Evictions: On August 8th, 2020, President Trump signed an Executive Order to ensure Americans facing financial hardships due to the coronavirus do not face eviction or foreclosure.

Assistance for Communities

CARES Act Recovery Assistance Grants: The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA)is awarding CARES Act Recovery Assistance Grants to assist communities in responding to the coronavirus pandemic. These grants are being administered under the authority of the bureau’s flexible Economic Adjustment Assistance (EAA) program, which provides a wide-range of financial assistance to eligible communities and regions as they respond to and recover from the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic. For complete information, please visit the recently updated EDA CARES Act Recovery Assistance page.

SPRINT Challenge: The Scaling Pandemic Resilience Through Innovation and Technology (SPRINT) Challenge will enable organizations across the country to address the economic, health, and safety risks caused by the coronavirus pandemic through entrepreneurship and innovation.

Opportunity Zones: Opportunity Zones were created under the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, signed into law by President Donald J. Trump on December 22, 2017, to stimulate economic development and job creation, by incentivizing long- term investments in low-income neighborhoods. During the COVID-19 pandemic, President Trump directed the White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council to focus on underserved communities impacted by the virus. For more information, visit opportunityzones.gov.

How to Help


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Developing Medical Countermeasures

Other Forms of Help

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