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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued new guidelines detailing how office buildings can reopen.
Lobbying groups for U.S. colleges are urging lawmakers to enact “temporary and targeted” protections from liability stemming from the coronavirus as the schools reopen. Congress must protect colleges from “excessive and speculative lawsuits” arising from the pandemic, Ted Mitchell, president of the American Council on Education, warned in a letter Thursday signed by more than 70 higher education groups.
The Treasury Department and Small Business Administration announced $10 billion from the Paycheck Protection Program to be lent by Community Development Financial Institutions.
The American Enterprise Institute created a tool that provides county-level insight into COVID-19 infection risk, as assessed by local positivity rates measured against historical infection rates.
The CDC released guidance on their initiatives, activities, and tools in support of the Whole-of-Government response to COVID-19.
President Trump announced the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program. This $19 billion program will support our nation’s agricultural producers, maintain the health of our critical food supply chains, and provide food assistance to American families.
President Trump signed an executive order to slash red tape in order to revitalize the economy and get Americans back to work.
Massachusetts has issued mandatory safety standards for manufacturing and construction regarding COVID-19.
Georgia Governor Brian Kemp has issued a 30-page Executive Order with detailed new restrictions on and guidance for businesses re-opening and operating in Georgia in the wake of COVID-19.
House Democrats release text for next stimulus bill to help manage the impact of the coronavirus pandemic and reopen the economy.
A coalition of hospitality, travel, restaurant, retail, gaming, attractions, and entertainment industry associations called on Congress to create a targeted and limited safe harbor from liability for companies in their industries.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued two documents, a checklist and an infographic, designed to assist retail food establishments that might have been closed or partially closed during the COVID-19 pandemic in preparing to reopen.
Small businesses working on coronavirus-related drugs or treatments can get patents in as few as six months under a new program announced by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. A typical patent application takes about 15 months just to get a first response from an examiner, according to the agency’s annual report. The new prioritized review won’t cost extra money, but it’s limited to firms that can be classified as a “small or micro” entity, which would include independent inventors, companies with fewer than 500 employees, people working for institutes of higher education, and non-profit groups. The applications also “must cover a product or process that is subject to U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval for use in the prevention and/or treatment of COVID-19,” the agency said.
House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy announces a GOP-led task force that is focused on China. Rep. Michael McCaul, head Republican on the Foreign Affairs Committee, will lead the panel. The task force is to have a report by October on issues including the spread of the novel coronavirus.
Governors and public health officials across the country have implemented stringent measures to help contain the spread of COVID-19, such as stay at home orders. Numerous jurisdictions have encouraged — or mandated — citizens to wear face coverings when out in public, especially when social distancing cannot be maintained effectively. A list of statewide orders has been populated identifying the jurisdictions where face coverings are recommended or required.
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced the availability of a program to provide free N95 respirator decontamination to healthcare facilities, first responders, and other eligible organizations that may be experiencing a shortage of the respirators due to limited availability through normal procurement channels.
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.
The U.S. Travel Association has created industry guidance for promoting the health and safety of all travelers. The guidance was developed based on the CDC and White House guidelines: "Opening Up America Again" and in consultation with public health experts.
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.
The U.S. Small Business Administration released updated data for the second round of funding for its Paycheck Protection Program, which offers loans of as much as $10 million that can become grants. The average loan size in the second round through May 1 dropped to $79,000 from $206,000 in the first round. Just over half of the $310 billion authorized for the program’s second round have been processed so far.
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced the reopening of 24 counties in the northwest and north-central regions of the state, moving them from red to yellow beginning at 12:01 a.m., Friday, May 8.
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