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Nelson Mullins is continuing to monitor developments related to COVID-19, including guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (“CDC”); World Health Organization; various health officials; and federal, state, and local government authorities. The firm is taking appropriate precautionary actions and has implemented plans to ensure the continuation of all firm services to clients from both in office and remote work arrangements across in our 25 offices.

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  • April 1 — 7:38 a.m.
    Following President Trump’s signing of the historic Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, SBA Administrator Carranza and Treasury Secretary Mnuchin announced that the SBA and Treasury Department have initiated a robust mobilization effort of banks and other lending institutions to provide small businesses with the capital they need. The CARES Act establishes a new $349 billion Paycheck Protection Program. The Program will provide much-needed relief to millions of small businesses so they can sustain their businesses and keep their workers employed. More information can be found below and on Treasury’s CARES Act website.
  • March 31 — 6:21 p.m.
    In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, more than 30 states have issued executive orders requiring citizens to stay home and shuttering non-essential businesses. Though South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster has not issued an order requiring South Carolinians to stay at home, he has issued an order shuttering non-essential businesses, Executive Order 20-17. The Executive Order stops short of being a full shelter-in-place or stay-at-home order issued by many states and even a few South Carolina cities and counties. 
  • March 31 — 1:24 p.m.
    In a letter to Secretary of the Treasury and the administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Ro Khanna urged that they exercise appropriate discretion under the law to secure coverage for as many small businesses under 500 employees as possible.
  • March 31 — 11:28 a.m.
    The Treasury Department issued procedures and minimum requirements for loans to air carriers, eligible businesses, and national security businesses under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act. Additionally, they issued guidelines and application procedures for payroll support to air carriers and contractors.
  • March 31 — 11:23 a.m.
    In support of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, FEMA and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service created a Supply Chain Stabilization Task Force, one of eight COVID-19 focused task forces under the National Response Coordination Center (NRCC). This task force is taking a whole-of-America approach to address limited supply of critical protective and life-saving equipment.
  • March 31 — 10:41 a.m.
    President Trump issues a memorandum on providing federal support for governors' use of the National Guard to response to COVID-19.
  • March 31 — 9:49 a.m.
    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issued new temporary rules yesterday that will allow hospitals to expand their capacity during the coronavirus epidemic. These new flexibilities are designed to allow health care workers to treat more patients than the system is built for, and to help separate patients with the coronavirus from those without it.
  • March 30 — 6:55 p.m.
    The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) announced today that it received waiver approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to allow schools to provide free meals to all children during statewide COVID-19 mitigation efforts.
  • March 30 — 2:44 p.m.
    Glenn Fine, the acting inspector general for the Pentagon, was appointed to lead the newly created committee that oversees the implementation of the $2 trillion coronavirus relief bill signed by President Donald Trump last week. He will lead a panel of fellow inspectors general, named the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee, and command an $80 million budget meant to "promote transparency and support oversight" of the massive disaster response legislation. His appointment was made by a fellow committee of inspectors general, assigned by the new law to pick a chairman of the committee.
  • March 30 — 11:08 a.m.
    Pennsylvania Department of Corrections Secretary John Wetzel announced that at 10:00 p.m. on March 29, he implemented a statewide inmate quarantine in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • March 30 — 9:43 a.m.
    Under the President’s leadership, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is announcing an expansion of its accelerated and advance payment program for Medicare participating health care providers and suppliers, to ensure they have the resources needed to combat the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). This program expansion, which includes changes from the recently enacted Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, is one way that CMS is working to lessen the financial hardships of providers facing extraordinary challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic, and ensures the nation’s providers can focus on patient care.
  • March 29 — 10:21 a.m.
    Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf requested a major disaster declaration from the President through the Federal Emergency Management Agency to provide additional support for state, county, and municipal governments and certain nonprofits, as well as individuals who are struggling during the COVID-19 outbreak.
  • March 28 — 8:07 p.m.
    The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) executes the Secretary of Homeland Security's authorities to secure critical infrastructure. Consistent with these authorities, CISA has developed, in collaboration with other federal agencies, State and local governments, and the private sector, an "Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce" advisory list.
  • March 27 — 4:18 p.m.
    The new bipartisan economic stimulus legislation — known as the CARES Act — contains significant new resources to help states address their massive, immediate budget problems due to COVID-19, though states will almost certainly need more aid in coming months. The centerpiece of the state aid is the $150 billion Coronavirus Relief Fund, which state, tribal, and local governments can use this year to meet costs connected to the virus. View the act.
  • March 27 — 11:58 a.m.
    The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) is hosting an online dialogue from now that ends this Sunday, March 29 to gather ideas it will use in developing its guidance, resources, tools, and outreach related to changes in paid leave made by the Families First Act in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  
  • March 27 — 10:06 a.m.
    In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Pennsylvania Department of State is giving nurses, graduate medical trainees, nursing home administrators, and other professionals more time to renew their occupational licenses. April, May, and June license renewal deadlines for these professionals — as well as for barbers, navigation pilots and real estate professionals — have been extended to July, August and September. 
  • March 26 — 3:30 p.m.
    President Donald Trump told U.S. governors in a letter that the federal government will rank counties according to their risk of a coronavirus outbreak, as he seeks to return Americans to work by his aspirational Easter deadline.
  • March 26 — 3:24 p.m.
    Bank Accounting Derailed: If the House passes the measure and President Donald Trump signs it into law, it would be the first time lawmakers have successfully intervened in the accounting standards process. A provision tucked in the sweeping measure would give banks and credit unions temporary relief from the current expected credit losses (CECL) accounting standard.
  • March 26 — 1:50 p.m.
    Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced that he will spend up to $50 million in transferred state funding to purchase medical equipment and supplies for hospitals, nursing homes, and emergency workers to help fight the COVID-19 pandemic in Pennsylvania.
  • March 26 — 12:54 p.m.
    A vote on the legislation is expected later tonight for the $2 trillion coronavirus relief bill. The massive rescue package — the biggest in U.S. history — would provide hundreds of billions of dollars in loans and grants to major industries and small businesses, direct cash payments to taxpayers and significantly expands unemployment benefits.
  • March 26 — 12:12 p.m.
    The Trump administration is extending the REAL ID deadline by a year due in part to DMV closures nationwide amid the coronavirus outbreak. The new deadline for REAL ID enforcement is October 1, 2021.
  • March 26 — 11:09 a.m.
    Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment has issued an amended public health order implementing stay at home requirements.
  • March 25 — 5:59 p.m.
    Boston has issued a temporary executive order concerning exemption of certain businesses from the City of Boston plastic bag ordinance.
  • March 25 — 5:52 p.m.
    The governor of Nevada issued a Declaration of Emergency prohibiting gatherings of 10 or more to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
  • March 25 — 5:29 p.m.
    Minnesota Governor Tim Walz and Idaho Governor Brad Little issued statewide stay-at-home orders on Wednesday to curb the spread of the coronavirus, with exemptions for certain essential workers and businesses.
  • March 25 — 5:10 p.m.
    Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced that new funding is available to help small businesses impacted by the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, through a new program under the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority’s (PIDA) Small Business First Fund, the COVID-19 Working Capital Access Program (CWCA).  
  • March 25 — 5:09 p.m.
    The Wolf Administration today submitted a waiver to the Food and Nutrition Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture to waive the student eligibility criteria for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
  • March 25 — 3:55 p.m.
    Senate Finance Committee Republicans laid out a list of trade actions they said President Donald Trump should consider to ease the economic downturn tied to the coronavirus pandemic.
  • March 25 — 3:35 p.m.
    Stimulus bill waives 2020 minimum IRA withdrawals for seniors. Retirees would be exempt from having to draw down certain retirement plans under a $2 trillion stimulus package, according to a summary released by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley.
  • March 25 — 1:41 p.m.
    IRS announces steps to help taxpayers with the impact of the coronavirus by providing relief on issues including easing certain payment guidelines and postponing compliance actions. Changes apply from April 1 and initially run through July 15, IRS says in statement
  • March 25 — 1:39 p.m.
    Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear issued a "Healthy at Home" order and that all non-life-sustaining businesses must close by 8 p.m. Thursday.
  • March 25 — 1:15 p.m.
    Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York, the epicenter of the outbreak in the U.S., said the stimulus package working through Congress is inadequate. He also cut off access to a malaria drug that President Donald Trump has touted as a treatment for the novel coronavirus.
  • March 25 — 1:15 p.m.
    $340 billion surge in emergency funding is being used to combat coronavirus outbreak.
  • March 25 — 12:10 p.m.
    The Wolf Administration submitted a waiver to the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to temporarily grant flexibility of requirements for providers of Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) to ensure availability and access to health care and public assistance programs for people who need them in light of COVID-19 mitigation efforts.
  • March 25 — 11:21 a.m.
    More than 110 groups representing various industries are asking the White House, governors, and local officials to coordinate on deeming their operations essential so they can continue transportation of goods and employees regardless of local efforts to slow the spread of coronavirus. 
  • March 25 — 11:13 a.m.
    The Pennsylvania State Police released data on actions taken yesterday, March 24, against non-life-sustaining businesses that failed to comply with Governor Tom Wolf’s order closing their physical locations. Enforcement began on Monday, March 23, 2020. 
  • March 25 — 11:05 a.m.
    Rep. Doug Collins is asking the Trump administration to institute a temporary export ban on all coronavirus testing and diagnostic equipment, personal protective gear, respirators, pharmaceuticals and other medical supplies that U.S. hospitals need to battle the pandemic.
  • March 25 — 10:05 a.m.
    Pennsylvania is acting to enable retired health care professionals to assist with the COVID-19 response by waiving certain licensing regulations.
  • March 24 — 8:44 p.m.
    The mayor of the District of Columbia issues the closure of non-essential businesses and prohibits large gatherings during public health emergency for COVID-19.
  • March 24 — 8:20 p.m.
    The Trump administration is debating whether to defer payments of duties on imported goods from around the world for three months.
  • March 24 — 6:13 p.m.
    The White House advised anyone who has been in New York to self-quarantine for 14 days to stop the spread of the coronavirus, which has become widespread in the city.
  • March 24 — 6:01 p.m.
    The governor of Kansas issued an executive order temporarily prohibiting mass gatherings of 10 or more people to limit the spread of COVID-19.
  • March 24 — 5:29 p.m.
    Secretary Mnuchin issued the attached memorandum which points to guidelines from the President and the Department of Homeland Security. The memorandum provides guidance to State and local officials as they work to protect their communities while ensuring continuity of critical functions to public health and safety, as well as economic and national security. 
  • March 24 — 4:47 p.m.
    Georgia Governor Brian Kemp issued an executive order declaring a Public Health State of Emergency in Georgia. The order states that Georgia is now limiting large gatherings statewide, ordering "shelter in place" for specific populations, and closing bars and nightclubs for fourteen days.
  • March 24 — 2:44 p.m.
    Colorado Governor Jared Polis issued an executive order for Colorado employers to reduce in-person workforce by 50% due to the presence of COVID-19 in the state.
  • March 24 — 12:21 p.m.
    Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner Jessica Altman and Human Services Secretary Teresa Miller highlighted health insurance options Pennsylvanians have through the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Medicaid, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) during the COVID-19 pandemic. 
  • March 24 — 12:04 p.m.
    Pennsylvania Department of Health provides update on COVID-19, 207 new positives bring statewide total to 851.
  • March 24 — 12:02 p.m.
    FEMA Administrator Peter Gaynor said the Trump administration will formally implement the Defense Production Act to secure medical equipment needed to fight the coronavirus pandemic on Tuesday.
  • March 24 — 12:01 p.m.
    The National Association of State Medicaid Directors, the National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services, and Advancing States requested in a letter to congressional leadership that they delay federal requirements to allow states to focus on disaster response; provide clear, consistent, verifiable information; and make sure that older adults and people with disabilities are able to eat by waiving Medicaid rules related to meal limits.
  • March 24 — 10:50 a.m.
    Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine issued “Stay at Home” orders to Allegheny, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Erie, Lehigh, Monroe, Montgomery, Northampton, and Philadelphia counties.  counties, as the state seeks relief to save lives and stop the spread of COVID-19.
  • March 24 — 9:58 a.m.
    CMS approved an additional 11 states Medicaid waiver requests under Section 1135 of the Social Security Act, bringing the total number of approved Section 1135 waivers for states to 13. 
  • March 24 — 9:47 a.m.
    Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin supports DHS’s recent guidance identifying financial sector workers as essential during the coronavirus outbreak.
  • March 23 — 8:41 p.m.
    House Democrats have introduced a new bill that would make emergency supplemental appropriations for the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2020. It is dubbed the “Take Responsibility for Workers and Families Act.”
  • March 23 — 6:25 p.m.
    Florida Governor Ron DeSantis restricts air passengers from New York and New Jersey. Passengers from those states bound for Florida will be subject to temperature checks and a mandatory quarantine in an effort to stop new cases of the coronavirus from entering Florida.
  • March 23 — 5:56 p.m.
    FHFA moves to provide eviction suspension relief for renters in multifamily properties.
  • March 23 — 5:17 p.m.
    President Donald Trump signed an executive order to prevent hoarding and price increases of supplies amid the coronavirus outbreak.
  • March 23 — 8:22 a.m.
    Federal Reserve announces extensive new measures to support the economy.
  • March 22 — 3:45 p.m.
    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced unprecedented relief for the clinicians, providers, and facilities participating in Medicare quality reporting programs including the 1.2 million clinicians in the Quality Payment Program and on the front lines of America’s fight against COVID-19.
  • March 22 — 11:23 a.m.
    The governor of New Jersey issued an executive order requiring that all non-essential businesses and all residents to shelter at home unless reporting to work.
  • March 22 — 11:21 a.m.
    New York posted Guidance on “Essential Services” for its PAUSE Order. The PAUSE link outlines the 10-point policy, which includes requiring businesses that provide essential services to implement rules that help facilitate social distancing of at least 6 feet.
  • March 22 — 11:12 a.m.
    In a letter to the National Governors Association, Blue Cross Blue Shield requested that all health insurance providers, including the workers and vendors who manage health plans, be designated as "essential infrastructure" and "essential businesses."
  • March 20 — 1:30 p.m.
    The Department of Homeland Security clarified guidance on which workers classify as members of the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce during COVID-19 response.
  • March 20 — 12:10 p.m.
    President Donald Trump said Friday that loan payments on federally-held student loans could be suspended for 60 days without penalty as the economy is hit by the coronavirus.
  • March 20 — 11:57 a.m.
    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo ordered the entirety of New York's workforce to stay home for the foreseeable future.
  • March 20 — 11:51 a.m.
    The Department of Homeland Security has defined a range of "essential" cross-border travel scenarios as Canada and the U.S. set temporary restrictions on movements to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus. Those traveling home, for medical reasons, to work, or serving as first responders and public health workers will be permitted to cross the border into the U.S.
  • March 20 — 10:17 a.m.
    Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announced that the tax filing deadline is moved to July 15 at the direction of President Trump.
  • March 20 — 9:27 a.m.
    The State Department is beginning to put together charter flights for Americans stranded overseas during the coronavirus pandemic, with Morocco and Peru scheduled soon.
  • March 19 — 4:47 p.m.
    The State Department issued an advisory urging Americans not to travel overseas, to return to the United States if they can, or to otherwise shelter in place. The Level 4 advisory for all international travel is the most severe such warning issued by the department.
  • March 19 — 4:04 p.m.
    The Department of Homeland Security today outlined the types of employees in the public health, law enforcement, food, defense, and 12 other "critical" industries who should maintain their usual work schedules to aid the nation's response to the coronavirus outbreak.
  • March 19 — 1:36 p.m.
    A new accounting standard should be put on hold while banks deal with the coronavirus pandemic, Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. Chairman Jelena McWilliams said in a letter to the Financial Accounting Standards Board Thursday.
  • March 19 — 1:31 p.m.
    In a memo to the Trump administration, the National Governor's Association expressed guidance based on their shared experiences in responding to COVID-19.
  • March 19 — 2:49 p.m.
    U.S. banks can receive community-lending credit funding efforts that help communities deal with fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, the Federal Reserve said in a statement.
  • March 19 — 11:59 a.m.
    The State Department announced on Thursday that U.S. passport agencies will only accept applications from customers with life-or-death emergencies who plan to travel within 72 hours.
  • March 19 — 11:15 a.m.
    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo issued an executive order that requires all non-essential businesses to implement work from home policies by Friday, March 20. Essential businesses include those that provide needs like healthcare, food, and housing, and other essential services.
  • March 19 — 10:53 a.m.
    The Small Business Administration's Economic Injury Loan Program has received additional funding for disaster relief loans related to coronavirus, including eligibility for for-profit and nonprofit organizations. Local applicants who are in a declared disaster area and a state that has applied for SBA eligibility can contact their local district SBA office to pursue this process. Here's the list of states that have completed the process so far.
  • March 18 — 8:24 p.m.
    President Trump has signed H.R. 6201 into law. H.R. 6201, also known as the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, gives workers at companies with fewer than 500 employees up to 12 weeks of paid family and sick leave, pays for virus testing, bolsters unemployment and food assistance, and will send emergency funds to states.
  • March 18 — 5:54 p.m.
    House Democrats released recommendations on house financial services to address coronavirus, including distributing $2,000 to every adult in the U.S. with an additional $1,000 per child.
  • March 18 — 3:08 p.m.
    The Treasury Department issued guidance that taxpayers can delay paying some federal income taxes for 90 days but still must submit their forms to the IRS by April 15.
  • March 18 — 1:17 p.m.
    The National Restaurant Association has requested more than $170 billion in emergency relief funds from Congress to address the vast economic and collateral losses felt by the industry as a result of COVID-19.
  • March 18 — 1:15 p.m.
    The United States Conference of Mayors has requested that Congress allocate $250 billion in emergency relief funds to the 1,400 cities that the organization represents.
  • March 18 — 12:25 p.m.
    The Department of Housing and Urban Development will suspend foreclosures and evictions through the end of April as the country combats the coronavirus outbreak, according to the president.
  • March 18 — 12:23 p.m.
    President Donald Trump says he will invoke the Defense Production Act to address the coronavirus outbreak, which would "expedite and expand the supply of resources from the U.S. industrial base," according to FEMA.
  • March 18 — 11:04 a.m.
    The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) relaxed criteria for states or territories seeking economic assistance in order to expedite the qualification process and to expand access to SBA Disaster Assistance small business loans.
  • March 18 — 10:57 a.m.
    President Donald Trump said today that the U.S. and Canada have agreed to close the border between the countries to non-essential traffic as coronavirus spreads.
  • March 18 — 10:35 a.m.
    The White House budget office is seeking nearly $46 billion for multiple federal agencies to combat the coronavirus outbreak, Office of Management and Budget Director Russ Vought wrote in a 115-page letter to congressional leaders on Tuesday.
  • March 17 — 3:23 p.m.
    The U.S. military is preparing two hospital ships, the Mercy and the Comfort, for possible deployment on the East and West coasts as the coronavirus outbreak grows, Dow Jones reports, citing U.S. officials.
  • March 17 — 1:57 p.m.
    The Trump administration announced expanded Medicare telehealth coverage that will enable beneficiaries to receive a wider range of healthcare services from their doctors without having to travel to a healthcare facility.
  • March 17 — 1:25 p.m.
    Hospitals have some leeway to disclose patient information under federal health privacy rules now that coronavirus is a national emergency. This is one of the waivers issued by the Department of Health and Human Services allowing entities to bypass certain HIPAA provisions they must typically follow.
  • March 17 — 1:23 p.m.
    As part of a new economic stimulus plan, IRS payments can be delayed for 90 days, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announced at the White House's daily coronavirus briefing.
  • March 17 — 12:19 p.m.
    The Federal Reserve Board announced that it will establish a Commercial Paper Funding Facility to support the flow of credit to households and businesses.
  • March 17 — 11:24 a.m.
    The Georgia General Assembly concurred with Governor Brian Kemp's declaration of a public health emergency, which extends until April 13. DeKalb County, where Atlanta is located, and several of its cities have begun restricting public access to government buildings and facilities.
  • March 17 — 11:19 a.m.
    The Department of Energy (DOE) is encouraging the research community to consider scientific questions that underpin COVID-19 response and that could be answered using DOE facilities, resources, and infrastructure.
  • March 16 — 8:15 p.m.
    The U.S. House of Representatives passed by unanimous consent H.R. 6201, the revised coronavirus emergency bill. The Senate will take up the bill as the coronavirus continues to spread throughout the U.S.
  • March 16 — 5:18 p.m.
    San Francisco area officials announced a shelter-at-home order for six counties, beginning at 12:01 a.m. PT on Tuesday. The decision affects more than 6.5 million people in San Francisco, Santa Clara, San Mateo, Marin, Contra Costa, and Alameda counties and will last until at least April 7. It's the strongest order issued on a large scale anywhere in the 50 states. The governor of Puerto Rico has announced a total shutdown of the island.
  • March 16 — 5:03 p.m.
    The Chamber of Commerce asked that employer payroll tax payments for March, April, and May be cancelled to help workers and businesses struggling to stay afloat amid the coronavirus. Temporarily halting the collection would help businesses continue to pay employees who are unable to work right now as people throughout the country self-isolate, Chamber CEO Tom Donohue wrote.
  • March 16 — 3:56 p.m.
    Although President Trump says he is not considering a nationwide quarantine, in guidelines released today by the White House he recommends avoiding: gatherings of more than 10 people for the next 15 days; eating and drinking at bars, restaurants, and food courts; going on shopping trips; and visiting nursing homes and retirement or long-term care facilities.
  • March 16 — 3:25 p.m.
    U.S. trade officials said they were exempting additional medical items from the tariffs that President Donald Trump has imposed on more than $350 billion worth of Chinese goods.
  • March 16 — 12:55 p.m.
    Maryland's Republican governor issued an executive order to shut down bars, restaurants, gyms, and movie theaters and prohibit large gatherings and events in the state.
  • March 16 — 12:36 p.m.
    New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut will act jointly to suppress gatherings and commerce to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. Crowds of more than 50 are banned, and bars, restaurants and gyms will close at 8 p.m.
  • March 16 — 11:20 a.m.
    The U.S. Supreme Court postponed a two-week argument session that was set to start next week. The court would have heard 11 cases between March 23 and March 30, including an $8 billion copyright clash between Alphabet Inc.'s Google and Oracle Corp.
  • March 16 — 9:45 a.m.
    10-country survey about the virus revealed that people around the world are more likely to trust information from health officials and their employers than government communications and the media.
  • March 16 — 9:29 a.m.
    The CDC said in new guidelines Sunday that gatherings of 50 or more people should be postponed or canceled in order to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.
  • March 16 — 9:29 a.m.
    Nursing homes should not allow any visitors, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said in a new memo. There's one exception: "compassionate care situations, such as an end-of-life situation."
  • March 15 — 11:20 a.m.
    The Small Business Administration announced that they can soon provide small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million to help alleviate the loss of revenue they are experiencing from the virus. SBA will issue loans through the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program as soon as state declarations and partnerships are executed.
  • March 14 — 5:04 a.m.
    The U.S. Department of Defense has suspended all domestic travel for personnel and their families.
  • March 13 — 6:15 p.m.
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced an agreement with the president's administration on an economic relief plan to deal with the spreading coronavirus outbreak. The House package includes free testing for everyone who needs it and two weeks of paid sick leave to allow people with the virus to stay home from work.
  • March 13
    The Department of Homeland Security has issued a Notice of Arrival Restrictions outlining the process for American citizens, legal permanent residents, and their immediate families who are returning home after visiting certain European countries, China, and Iran.
  • March 13
    Senate Democrats urged banks and regulators to go easy on the travel industry in an effort to mitigate the economic impact that the coronavirus has on the hospitality and tourism industries.
  • March 13
    The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has temporarily waived its bed increase rule, allowing extra space in hospitals and healthcare facilities for potential COVID-19 patients in North Carolina.
  • March 13
    Senator Ted Cruz is working with airlines, the Trump administration, and Congress to provide relief from the impact the coronavirus is having on the airline industry, according to Cruz's office. Delta Air Lines became the first to announce that the company is in discussions with the White House and Congress to receive aid.
  • March 13
    The National Society of Accountants is pressuring IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig to extend this year's tax filing season to May 31, given interruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic. 
  • March 13
    The White House is meeting Friday with executives from the retail, pharmaceutical and technology industries to discuss development of a web portal that would direct people to drive-through sites for coronavirus testing, according to people familiar with the plan.
  • March 13
    President Donald Trump plans to declare a national emergency on Friday over the coronavirus outbreak, invoking the Stafford Act to open the door to more federal aid for states and municipalities, according to two people familiar with the matter.

    Trump is under increasing pressure to act as governors and mayors nationwide step up actions to mitigate the spread, closing schools and canceling public events. The president said he will hold a news conference at 3 p.m.
  • March 13
    Following warnings about the inadequacy of U.S. testing and its impact on the ability to accurately measure the virus' spread, the Trump administration has announced new steps to speed up testing for the coronavirus. The administration and the Food and Drug Administration is also allowing New York state to authorize labs to expand testing on their own.
  • March 13
    The Pentagon has halted Defense Department military and civilian personnel travel to and from COVID-19 affected countries that classify with Level 3 danger for the next 60 days.
  • March 12
    The House is expected to vote today on a multi-billion dollar bill, H.R. 6201, in response to the coronavirus outbreak, with emergency provisions that include paid sick leave, widespread free testing, food aid and unemployment insurance.
  • March 11
    COVID-19: Potential Economic Effects
  • March 11
    Proclamation—Suspension of Entry as Immigrants and Nonimmigrants of Certain Additional Persons Who Pose a Risk of Transmitting 2019 Novel Coronavirus
  • March 11
    Senate Democrats’ COVID-19 Economic and Community Services Proposal
  • March 11
    Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is supplementing its guidance to home health agencies and dialysis facilities to protect the health and safety of our nation’s patients and providers in response to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
  • March 11
    “The Trump Administration’s forthcoming Executive Order is a very strong first step toward increasing domestic production by enforcing Buy American requirements for pharmaceuticals and medical supplies,” Sen.Marco Rubio says in emailed statement.
  • March 10
    The spread of the new coronavirus is very close to being a pandemic after the disease has reached more than 100 countries, Mike Ryan, head of the World Health Organization’s Health Emergencies Program, said at a daily briefing. “The threat of a pandemic has become very real,” said WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. “But it would be the first pandemic in history that could be controlled.” 
  • March 9
    At least 545 people have now been treated for coronavirus in the United States, with the cases spread across 34 states and Washington, D.C., according to a New York Times database. At least 22 patients have succumbed to the virus in the U.S.
  • March 9
    Trump admin. shifted ground and opened the door to some “micro-measures” that it said could include helping workers forced to stay home, and small businesses or industries such as airlines hard-hit by the coronavirus. 
    • Trump touted the rapid deployment of commercially available coronavirus testing which should be available by the beginning of this week
  • March 6
    Airlines, travel and cruise industries hurt by coronavirus could get tax relief from White House
  • March 4
    About $8 billion dollars in emergency funding would be provided to combat coronavirus under HR 6074. The measure would provide $6.5 billion for the Health and Human Services Department and $1.25 billion for the State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development.
  • March 4
    House passes $8.3 billion emergency coronavirus package. The House approved a massive emergency funding package to combat the rapidly spreading coronavirus, capping a chaotic several days of partisan feuding over vaccine affordability.The $8.3 billion package is aimed at helping states and the federal government muster more power to fight the outbreak, which is nearing a pandemic and has claimed 11 lives in the U.S. The Senate is expected to pass the bill as early as Thursday and send it to President Donald Trump's desk.
  • March 4
    Hill negotiators reach $8.3 billion emergency coronavirus package. Congressional negotiators on Wednesday clinched a bipartisan emergency funding package to combat coronavirus, which both chambers are expected to pass by the end of the week. The measure includes roughly $8.3 billion aimed at helping states and the federal government fight the coronavirus, with more than 100 confirmed cases in the U.S. Lawmakers will release the full text of the legislation later Wednesday, with plans to vote in the House the same day. The Senate could vote as soon as Thursday, enabling Congress to send the bill to President Donald Trump by the end of the week.
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  • March 4
    Negotiators were aiming to release the coronavirus spending bill yesterday with plans to pass the measure in the House today. They have yet to release a bill, though lawmakers said yesterday they were close to a deal. A provision to ensure vaccine affordability was the last sticking point as of yesterday afternoon, House Appropriations Chairwoman Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.) told reporters. 
  • March 3
    Preliminary Guidance to Agencies during Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
  • March 3
    David Pekoske, the head of the TSA, told senators today that additional coronavirus-related travel restrictions are likely coming soon, on the heels of new curbs just announced for for travelers coming from China and Iran
  • March 3
    The Department of Homeland Security shuttered a federal facility near Seattle today after an employee exposed to the coronavirus fell ill, marking the first full closure of a federal site amid the outbreak. 
  • March 3
    Banking industry calls for regulatory rollback in face of coronavirus. Via Axios: “Top officers at America's largest bank lobbying organization are calling on the Fed not only to cut U.S. interest rates, but also to institute a series of reforms that were last put in place during the 2008 financial crisis.
  • March 3
    Lawmakers could release legislation as soon as today to boost the administration’s funds to tackle the coronavirus, with plans to consider the legislation on the floor as soon as tomorrow.
  • March 2
    White House set to meet with airline, cruise industry CEOs
  • March 2
    House and Senate negotiators worked over the weekend on a COVID-19 aid package, with funding targets between $7 billion and $8 billion. The largest portion of the funding would go to HHS, with the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development also in line funding. The plan is for the supplemental funding to be filed in the House tonight with a likely vote on the package Wednesday.
  • March 1
    Vice President Mike Pence said the Trump administration will defer to local officials on their decisions on the coronavirus. “I think the president would respect any decisions that are made at the state and local level,” he said in an interview airing today on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” Pence made it clear the administration is trying to walk a fine line, by allowing local officials and businesses to deal with the coronavirus as they see fit, but also encouraging everyone not to overreact.
  • Feb. 28
    COVID-19: Economic Development Implications
  • Feb. 28
    The World Health Organization raised its risk assessment of the coronavirus to the highest level of concern in terms of spread and impact, as the novel virus has now reached 49 countries at minimum. 
  • Feb. 28
    Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette said on Saturday that the Trump administration is testing existing “off-the-shelf” drugs to combat the coronavirus.
  • Feb. 28
    Gov. Kemp Names Coronavirus Task Force
  • Feb. 28
    Bill Gates offers proposals for combating Covid-19 in the New England Journal of Medicine.
  • Feb. 27
    The FDA said late Thursday that it has identified the first known drug shortage caused by the coronavirus outbreak in China. FDA did not identify the medicine, but it updates its drug shortage list daily. New additions over the past few days included antibacterial infusion Avycaz and Mylan-made beta-blocker Pindolol, for which stock is low because of shortage of an active ingredient.
  • Feb. 27
    FDA also shed light on possible challenges for device supplies . It announced that is knows of 63 manufacturers that utilize 72 factories in China to make "essential" medical devices — including many with worker shortages due to the coronavirus. No such devices are reported to be in short supply, but device makers aren't legally required to disclose if circumstances exist that could lead to shortages. 
  • Feb. 27
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the agency fixed an issue with the coronavirus test kits it is sending to state health labs, allowing for faster screening and diagnosis of the virus.  
  • Feb. 27
    Vice President Pence tapped Ambassador Debbie Birx to serve as the White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator.
  • Feb. 27
    Vice President Pence and HHS Secretary Azar announced the addition of Treasury Secretary Mnuchin, Surgeon General Adams, and National Economic Council Director Kudlow to the Coronavirus Task Force.
  • Feb. 27
    The Trump administration is considering invoking special powers through a law called the Defense Production Act to rapidly expand domestic manufacturing of protective masks and clothing to combat the coronavirus. 
  • Feb. 27
    U.S.-based banks and brokers are in discussions with federal regulators about allowing staff to work from home and making other business continuity arrangements amid the spread of the coronavirus.
  • Feb. 26
    FDA has decided to let public health labs (PHL) across the United States jointly develop a laboratory developed test (LDT) using a standard protocol as a way to speed diagnostic testing for COVID-19, according to a letter FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn sent to the Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) 
  • Feb. 25
    The National Institutes of Health said Gilead Sciences Inc.'s antiviral drug for the coronavirus is undergoing testing at the University of Nebraska. Meanwhile, Moderna Inc. sent a shipment of a potential coronavirus vaccine to the National Institutes of Health, becoming the first drugmaker to do so, just 42 days after sequencing the virus' genome.  
  • Jan. 29
    President Trump announced the formation of the President’s Coronavirus Task Force and named its twelve initial members.
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