U.S. Federal Government Resources & Information in Response to COVID-19

Last Update: 6/16/20

COVID-19 Cases Across the U.S 
This tracker is updated daily; number close at 4:00 p.m. the day before reporting.

Here is the latest information coming out of Washington, D.C. 

6/16/20 Update 

EIDL UPDATE
Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) are reopening, beginning June 15, for small businesses and nonprofits affected by COVID.  Click here for more information.

Here is a helpful article about the new federal grants available.

Community Reopening Guidance 

Guidance for Small Businesses Reopening 

FAQs for Businesses

Here are some useful sources of information from Federal agencies: 

COVID-19 Travel Recommendations by Country   

Get and Keep America Open, Support for States, Tribes, Localities and Territories   

COVID-19 Forecasts by the CDC 

Groups at Higher Rick for Severe Illness  

How COVID-19 Spreads  

What to Do If You Are Sick 

Tips to Keep Your Children Safe While Home From School 

Recent Information

Senate eyes Thursday action on billions in funding for small businesses. Read article. 

COVID-19 GUIDELINES: 30 Days to Slow the Spread  

Cloth Face Masks Guidance from the White House Coronavirus Task Force 

U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams - How to Make Your Own Cloth Mask Video  

COVID-19 and Travel in the U.S

CARES Act/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.


ADDITIONAL FEDERAL RESOURCES

FAACOVID-19 and Travel in the U.S

Federal Real ID - Feds are postponing the deadline for Real ID requirements, new date TBD.

Tax Deadline Extended to July 15 - Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announced that Tax Day will be moved to July 15 from April 15 because of the Coronavirus outbreak. The decision comes after widespread complaints over the administration's plan to give people who owe the IRS an additional 90 days to pay up, without penalties or interest, yet still require them to file their returns by April 15.

At President Donald Trump's direction, Mnuchin tweeted, "we are moving Tax Day from April 15 to July 15. All taxpayers and businesses will have this additional time to file and make payments without interest or penalties."

News from the Education Department

  • No enforcement of federal rules on standardized testing for K-12 schools.
  • Federal student loan borrowers can request to suspend payments for at least 60 days without penalty.
  • Borrowers would have to contact their student loan servicers to take advantage of the benefit.

News from the State Department

  • State Department: Level 4 Global Travel Advisory
  • The advisory would instruct all Americans abroad to either return to the United States or prepare to shelter in place, given the global threat of the coronavirus outbreak. Under the advisory, Americans would be instructed not to travel abroad.
  • U.S. and Mexico restrict non-essential travel.
  • Non-essential US travel to Canada is closed until further notice. 

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Loans

Click here for information on assistance and resources for businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The SBA will work directly with state Governors to provide targeted, low-interest loans to small businesses and non-profits that have been severely impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program provides small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing. 

Emergency Aid Package

The Senate passed a multibillion-dollar emergency aid package to help Americans suffering from the economic impacts of the coronavirus.The package could send two $1,000 checks to many Americans and devote $300 billion towards helping small businesses avoid mass layoffs. The bill awaits President Trump’s signature. More details include:

  • Offer two weeks of paid sick and family leave to many American workers who are in quarantine, helping a family member with COVID-19 or who have children whose schools have closed. Workers will get 100% of their normal salary.
  • A total of 12 weeks of paid leave to many of those who have children whose schools have closed. Workers would get about 67% of their normal salary for this period.
  • Bolsters unemployment insurance.
  • Free testing for the coronavirus for those who need it.
  • Boosts food assistance (SNAP) and federal funding for Medicaid. 

Foreclosures & Evictions
Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is suspending foreclosures & evictions through April.  

Center for Disease Control (CDC)

COVID-19 GUIDELINES: 30 Days to Slow the Spread  

RESOURCES FOR BUSINESSES & EMPLOYERS: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/organizations/businesses-employers.html

For more information, go here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html


HELPFUL LINKS

Visit Coronavirus.gov for the latest official information from the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Task Force at the White House.

Visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for official Coronavirus (COVID-19) health information.

Visit FEMA for answers to Coronavirus myths and rumors.


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