Archive: US COVID-19 Resources & Information
3/27/20 - 3/30/20

In the rapidly changing dynamics of combating the Cornonavirus, information is updated constantly. This archive is being provided as an additional resource for those seeking to learn more about how the United States Federal Government is addressing COVID-19.

3/27/20 - 3/30/20 Updates 
From the White House COVID-19 Task Force press briefing from the Rose Garden at the White House  

  • We could save more than 1 million American lives by following social distancing.
  • Abbott has made a 5-minute COVID-19 test (point-of-care test).
  • Over 1 million Americans have been tested to date.
  • N95 sterilization machines are now available: each machine can disinfect 120,000 masks per day.
  • $1.3 billion dollars in FEMA support to NY to date.
  • Ventilators are being distributed to various states, along with other medical supplies and equipment.
  • Ford will produce 50,000 ventilators in less than 100 days (9 other companies are also making ventilators).
  • 14,000 national guard members have been activated to date.
  • Sending $100 million dollars of medical equipment and supplies to Italy. 

President Trump announced yesterday that he extended the social distancing guidelines through April 30 in an effort to slow the spread of Coronavirus.

Stimulus Package – H.R. 748 (116)

STATUS: Signed into law by President Trump on March 27, 2020.

INDIVIDUAL IMPACT

Rebates will be based on adjusted gross income from your last tax filing.

  • Americans with an adjusted gross income of up to $75,000 ($150,000 for married couples) will get a check for $1,200 ($2,400 for married couples).
  • Additional $500 per child.
  • Who will NOT receive a rebate check? Single filers earning more than $99,000; head of household filers with one child, more than $146,500; joint filers with adjusted gross income greater than $198,000 with no children.
  • NOTES: Rebate checks will be direct deposited for those who use direct deposit with the IRS; 3-4 week timeline. All others will receive checks or in some cases prepaid debit cards; the turnaround time for this population will likely be months.

Unemployment Benefits

  • $600 per week for up to four months (on top of state unemployment benefits).
  • $500 billion for corporations.
  • $100 billion for hospitals.

BUSINESSES

  • Businesses would get a tax credit for keeping idled workers on their payrolls during the coronavirus pandemic, so long as the businesses meet certain criteria. Businesses will be refunded for half of what they spend on wages, up to $5,000 per worker.
  • Defer the 6.2 percent tax they pay on wages used to fund Social Security.

STATE & LOCAL GOVERNMENT

  • $150 billion; $8 billion of which is for local governments

DEFENSE DEPARTMENT

  • $10.5 billion, including $1.5 billion for the National Guard to deploy up to 20,000 on-call soldiers to help state response over the next six months.
  • $415 million on research and development.

TELEMEDICINE

  • $200 million for these services

FOOD STAMPS AND NUTRITION

  • $25 billion for food assistance, including nearly $16 billion for SNAP and nearly $9 billion for child nutrition

AGRICULTURE

  • $24 billion including $14 billion to stabilize the farm economy. Another $9.5 billion would be set aside for emergency aid for the agriculture sector, including cattle ranchers and fresh fruit and vegetable growers

SCHOOLS

  • $30 billion in emergency education funding for colleges and universities, states and school districts.


Also: 

President Trump has invoked the presidential power of the Defense Production Act to mandate that General Motors make ventilators.

 

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