Update on Administration COVID-19 Efforts from White House

6/3/2020

Today, President Trump met with U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar. The Trump Administration continues to take action to combat COVID-19, and today, HHS announced they are providing an additional $250 million in funding to aid U.S. health care systems treating patients and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. The funds will support workforce training for hospitals and health facilities, expand telemedicine, and procure supplies and equipment.

Assistance for Small Businesses
The Paycheck Protection Program is providing small businesses with the resources they need to maintain their payroll, hire back employees who may have been laid off, and cover applicable overhead.
Program Overview

For Borrowers

For Lenders

  • Lender Assistance Hotline: (833) 572-0502

Program Rules

 
For more information and updates,  visit Treasury.gov/CARES and SBA.gov/PayCheckProtection.
 
Assistance for American Workers and Families

 
How to Help – If you or your organization are interested in helping the effort to combat the spread of COVID-19, FEMA has established a website (www.fema.gov/coronavirus/how-to-help) with more information. Examples for the private sector include:

  • To sell medical supplies or equipment to the federal government, please refer to the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Request for information (RFI) through sam.gov. 

    • Effective immediately, FEMA Solicitation number 70FA2020R00000011 is hereby withdrawn due to an Interagency transition of mission responsibility from FEMA to the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA). Offerors who submitted proposals, capability statements, and/or any response to this solicitation who have not already been contacted will not receive any notices or further correspondence/communications.

  • If you have medical supplies or equipment to donate, please provide us details on what you are offering.

  • If you or someone you know represent a hospital or healthcare provider in need of medical supplies, please contact your state, local, tribal or territory department of public health and/or emergency management agency.

  • If you are interested in doing business with FEMA and supporting the response to COVID- 19 with your company’s non-medical goods and/or services, please submit your inquiry to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Procurement Action Innovative Response Team (PAIR) team at DHSIndustryLiaison@hq.dhs.gov.

  • If you would like to meet with a federal agency regarding a vaccine, diagnostic, therapeutic or other medical device that you are developing for SARS-CoV-2 or COVID-19, please go to medicalcountermeasures.gov.

  • For all others issues related to the private sector, please e-mail nbeoc@max.gov or visit our National Business Emergency Operations Center page.

 If you are a healthcare worker and would like to volunteer to assist in New York City, please find more information here.
 For additional information, please visit FEMA’s website: https://www.fema.gov/coronavirus/.
 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

 U.S. Secretary of Labor Scalia Highlights Economic Reopening During Visit to North Carolina (HERE)

  • Today, U.S. Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia traveled to Mooresville, North Carolina, where he joined business leaders for a roundtable discussion on reopening the economy safely. Secretary Scalia also toured a local Lowe’s store, met with frontline employees and discussed the reopening process with Lowe’s leadership team.

 HHS Awards $20.3 Million to Expand the Addiction Workforce in Underserved Communities (HERE)

  • Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), awarded $20.3 million to 44 recipients to increase the number of fellows at accredited addiction medicine and addiction psychiatry fellowship programs.

 Trump Administration Unveils Enhanced Enforcement Actions Based on Nursing Home COVID-19 Data and Inspection Results (HERE)

  • Under the leadership of President Trump, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) unveiled enhanced enforcement for nursing homes with violations of longstanding infection control practices.

 FDA Takes Action to Protect Public Health; Increase Supply of Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizer (HERE)

  • The FDA has taken additional action to help ensure widespread access to hand sanitizers during the COVID-19 public health emergency.

    • FDA Daily Roundup - June 1, 2020 (HERE)

Pandemic Challenges Highlight the Importance of the New Era of Smarter Food Safety (HERE)

  • In March, we were a few days away from announcing the release of the New Era of Smarter Food Safety Blueprint when the FDA’s focus turned to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our plans for the New Era initiative were rightfully put on hold in order to prioritize the agency’s COVID-19 response. As a public health agency, we will always prioritize any threat to the health of the American people.

 Remarks by Commissioner Stephen Hahn, M.D. — The COVID-19 Pandemic — Finding Solutions, Applying Lessons Learned (HERE)

  • Stephen M. Hahn, M.D., Commissioner of Food and Drugs, gives remarks on protecting the food supply, diagnosing and developing treatments, and communicating and educating the public on COVID-19.

 Weekly Update: DHS Response to COVID-19 (HERE)

  • For months, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has taken on the challenges presented by COVID-19. Thanks to our workforce’s efforts across its components DHS has facilitated a speedy, whole-of-government response to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. As the nation continues to reopen the economy, the Department and its components continue to ensure a safe, secure, and prosperous Homeland for the American people.

 FEMA Awards $31.9 Million to University of Washington for COVID-19 Response (HERE)

  • The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded nearly $31.9 million to the University of Washington for expenses incurred during the first 163 days of the COVID-19 response. The funding was made available under major disaster declaration FEMA-DR-4481-WA approved on March 22.

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

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