GovWin SLED Coronavirus Recon
Published: March 30, 2020
GovWin's SLED Coronavirus Recon, produced by Deltek's SLED Market Research team, is designed to support awareness and understanding of the response to coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic by state, local, and educational (SLED) entities and the contractors that support them.
Word on the Street
(What our Analysts are hearing from government)
- The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services is no longer accepting paper copies of proposals. The employees are instructed to work remote during this time. There is no one in the office to accept bids or open bids that have already been received.
- We can expect delays in contract awards in Georgia.
- An NCSL Podcast: COVID-19: State Public Health and Fiscal Responses | OAS Episode 87
- This podcast is one in a series NCSL is producing to focus on how states are taking action in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The podcasts and a new webinar series look at public health responses, workplace issues, education and childcare, the economy, elections and continuity of government.
- The government is distributing emergency Covid-19 supplies. But some states are losing out.
- This article looks at which states are receiving aid, and that there might be disparity among the states in what they are getting.
- Louisiana’s largest employer, state government, struggles to keep working through coronavirus
- Massachusetts DPH asks cities, towns not to release coronavirus numbers
- The Massachusetts Department of Public Health, which only releases the number of people who have contracted or died from a disease by county, has asked cities and towns to stop releasing the number of cases of the coronavirus in their communities.
- Alaska Legislature gives Gov. Dunleavy sweeping powers to deal with coronavirus emergency:
- Emergency legislation has passed allowing the state to address the public health and economic problems created by the coronavirus pandemic. This will allow Gov. Dunleavy broad authority to spend money and enforce public health mandates. Economically, the legislation temporarily pauses foreclosures, evictions, vehicle repossessions and utility shutoffs for Alaskans who can prove their economic harm has been caused by the [COVID-19] pandemic.
- (Pennsylvania) Governor Wolf Requests Major Disaster Declaration for Additional Support in COVID-19 Response
- Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has requested a major disaster declaration from the President to provide additional start for state and local governments.
- (Louisiana) Gov. Edwards gives Sunday update on COVID-19 response
- Louisiana Governor John Bell Edwards gave a response providing updates in the state, such as possibly extending the stay at home order beyond the current April 13 end date, as well as the status on requested goods and equipment.
- Gov. Abbott expands quarantine for travelers to Texas, announces back-up housing plans for COVID-19 patients
- Texas Governor Greg Abbot has expanded quarantine orders for travelers heading into Texas, requiring visitors to quarantine for 14 days. He also announced continued efforts to find backup housing and makeshift healthcare facilities.
- FEMA Approves Major Disaster Declaration for Conn. COVID-19 Response
- Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont’s request for a Major Disaster Declaration has been approved by FEMA, unlocking additional federal assistance for the state.
- (North Dakota) Gov. Burgum requests major presidential disaster declaration for response to COVID-19 pandemic
- North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum has requested major presidential disaster declaration to make available additional federal assistance for the state.
- (Washington) Gov. Inslee on President Trump and COVID-19: ‘We need to make decisions based on science, reality’
- Washington Governor Jay Inslee called for better federal coordination to stem the COVID-19 pandemic to organize manufacturing for medical goods and policies to continue social distancing.
- Texas tightens rules on travelers from Louisiana over COVID-19
- State troopers will patrol the highway entry points at the Louisiana border and require “everyone stopped” in those cars to self-isolate, drivers will be required to fill out a form listing where they will quarantine in Texas
- (Texas) Gov. Abbott Issues Executive Order Increasing Hospital Capacity, Announces Supply Chain Strike Force For COVID-19 Response
- The Governor announced the creation of a temporary Supply Chain Strike Force – immediately naming Keith Miears, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Procurement at Dell Technologies, to serve as Supply Chain Director for the state of Texas. Miears will be supported by former State Representative John Zerwas, MD, who will assist with hospital relations and preparedness, Clint Harp, Vice President of Transmission Strategic Services for the Lower Colorado River Authority, who will assist with asset research and procurement, and Elaine Mendoza, Chair of the A&M Board of Regents, who will assist with statewide child care infrastructure for critical workers.
- The Supply Chain Strike Force will be tasked with guiding collaboration between the public and private sectors to ensure health care facilities have the supplies and resources they need to respond to COVID-19. In addition to working with the federal government and businesses to secure necessary personal protective equipment, the team will work to ensure day-to-day resources (including food) are available for Texas’ medical personnel, first responders and those who have contracted COVID-19.
- (Ohio) Governor urges approval of company's mask sterilizing system
- DeWine said the state is examining all contractors with an essential state contract to be sure they're following proper sanitation and spacing directives.
- DeWine also presented manufacturers with a top ten list of desperately needed equipment to be produced, including gowns, masks, face shields, gloves, respirators and thermometers.
- Virginia Governor Northam issues stay-at-home order
- (Maryland) Hogan orders Marylanders to shelter in place
- The State of Florida Issues COVID-19 Updates 03/29/20
- Governor Ron DeSantis is in constant communication with Florida Division of Emergency Management Director Jared Moskowitz and State Surgeon General Dr. Scott Rivkees as the State of Florida continues to monitor and respond to the threat of COVID-19.
- DIVISION OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT - To support communities responding to COVID-19, Governor DeSantis has directed FDEM Director Jared Moskowitz to expedite the delivery of more than $170 million in Hurricane Irma reimbursements to cities, counties and hospital districts that have now reached the 50-percent auditing threshold to receive funds.
- AGENCY FOR HEALTH CARE ADMINISTRATION - On March 16, Florida became the first state to receive CMS approval of its 1135 Medicaid Waiver giving AHCA more flexibility for its COVID-19 response efforts. This federal action lifts Medicaid prior authorization requirements for critical health care services and allows for expedited provider enrollment.
- DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY - Florida’s 24 local workforce development boards are available to provide career and business services remotely, with services and technology varying by location. For more information, visit careersourceflorida.com.
- (Delaware) Governor to U.S. Small Business Administration: Make low-interest loans available to DE small businesses, nonprofits affected by COVID-19
- Governor John Carney on Monday submitted an application formally requesting the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to provide Delaware an Economy Injury Declaration, which makes loans available to small businesses and nonprofit organizations in New Castle, Kent and Sussex counties.
- FEMA approves major disaster declaration for Connecticut as number of COVID-19 cases nears 2,000
- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved Connecticut’s request for a major disaster declaration, unlocking crucial federal funding needed to fight the COVID-19 pandemic as it continues its spread across the state.
- The Coronavirus Could Change How We Vote, In 2020 And Beyond
- The coronavirus stimulus bill currently on the table appears to include $400 million for election support, which may not be enough to help states fully transition to voting by mail.
Funding & Economic Impact
- Alaska Legislature approves $4.5 billion budget plus $1,000 Permanent Fund dividend, then departs Juneau
- Alaska legislature has approved $4.5 billion budget reserving $88 million in state money to address the [COVID-19] pandemic and allow state officials to accept federal aid.
- (Wisconsin) Evers moves forward with equipment purchases to fight COVID-19, calls on GOP lawmakers for $700 million in funding
- The office of Democratic Gov. Tony Evers plans to purchase 10,000 ventilators and 1 million protective face masks to assist with the state’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.
- The decision comes one week after Evers provided Republican leaders with a proposed $700 million legislative package that would; address health care needs related to the respiratory disease; extend the statewide public health emergency indefinitely until it is revoked by the Legislature; and boost health care staffing. The legislation also would waive the state’s voter identification requirement for the April 7 election, as well as extend the online registration deadline and waive the witness signature requirement for those voting absentee.
- Minn. legislature passes $330 million bill to help with COVID-19
- According to Sessions Daily, the new legislation will cover a much larger range of efforts containing a number of fiscal and policy measures intended to help mitigate the ongoing pandemic. The bill was passed 99-4 by the House, 67-0 by the Senate and awaits action by Gov. Tim Walz.
- Most notably, $200 million of this legislation was appropriated to create a fund specifically for COVID-19 that the Minnesota Management and Budget would call on state agencies to respond to the pandemic.
- Free tech help for state and local government
- The U.S. Digital Response for COVID-19 site offers a platform designed specifically to help state and local governments get tech help for managing pandemic response from volunteers. Started by three former U.S. deputy CTOs and a former Facebook executive, the site says it has more than 500 qualified volunteers skilled in technology, data, design and operations, many of whom have worked at all levels of government, including the U.S. Digital Service, 18F and Code for America.
- Governments fill out a form describing the problem they’re trying to solve and the support they think they need, and the response team will assess the needs, review available volunteers and identify matches. State and local governments have been asking for help gathering test result data from public and private testing facilities; keeping websites -- like benefit-application sites unaccustomed to providing broad digital services -- stable and update;, tracking hospital data on bed and ventilator capacity; and modeling and mapping infection data.
- New COVID-19 app, website help users screen themselves for virus
- Colleges extend decision deadline due to coronavirus as new students reconsider
- Colleges are extending the deadline for high school seniors to choose which school to attend
- The coronavirus pandemic has the potential to shift attitudes of students on application decisions
- Colleges are at risk of losing tuition money and there may be less financial aid to go around
- Who Will Get Emergency Funds?
- The American Council on Education has created a simulation of where the emergency funds for higher education included in the $2 trillion coronavirus relief package will be distributed.
- Higher Education will likely see $14 billion
- Why Coronavirus Looks Like a ‘Black Swan’ Moment for Higher Ed
- Many higher education institutions should use this time to prepare for future contingencies and reflect on previous times of need such as 9/11 or natural disasters in order to build resiliency
- How learning will change across California's K-12 schools amid coronavirus closures
- L.A. Unified, serving more than 600,000 students, plans to transition to teaching students remotely through a partnership with local public television.
- Here's What the Coronavirus Stimulus Bill Means for K-12 Education
- The package sets aside $13.5 billion of the $2 trillion stimulus package in dedicated funding for K-12 education through a stabilization fund which can be used for a broad range of educational purposes.
- Navigating Uncertain Times: How Schools Can Cope With Coronavirus
- Many schools are working to develop a digital learning plan and tools in place to enable a quick pivot to remote learning if needed. This comes into play heavily with schools that have not gone full remote for the remainder of the year and have prolonged cancelation of in-person classes.
- (Illinois) Gov. Pritzker vows to increase testing as COVID-19 cases surge
- The state will increase its testing capacity from 4,000 a day to 10,000 within days
- The state is adding more workers to its labs and technology to make this increase possible
- Cigna and Humana Waive Covid-19 Copay Costs
- Both companies have announced that taking effect through May 31, they are waiving copayments and customer cost-sharing for all treatments related to coronavirus
- Pennsylvania is Reinforcing the Health Care System to Fight COVID-19
- Reinforcing ranks by increasing the number of workers and supplies for the health care system, starting with streamlining the process for retired doctors, nurses, medical students, pharmacists, and other healthcare workers, allowed out-of-state practitioners to practice in Pennsylvania
- MassHealth Partners with Maven to Offer Immediate Free Access to Telemedicine During COVID-19 Public Health Crisis
- MassHealth will provide free telemedicine appointments for members with COVID-19 symptoms
- Telehealth services have been expanded due to COVID-19 crisis (Texas)
- These companies are racing to roll out COVID-19 treatments
- Johnson & Johnson just announced that it plans human testing by September with the hopes of having more than one billion doses of a vaccine available for emergency use by early 2021
- (Massachusetts) Gov. Baker: Coronavirus Surge Expected in Mass. in the Next 2-3 Weeks
- Gov. Charlie Baker said Monday that the latest models show that the coronavirus surge is expected to hit Massachusetts in the next two to three weeks, sometime between April 7 and April 17.
- Post-Coronavirus, How Telemedicine Could Upend The Healthcare System.
- After Trump's Tweet, The Government Is Funding A Coronavirus Study Of Hydroxychloroquine
- IBM's Watson and The Weather Channel's new county-by-county interactive map of COVID-19 cases is one of the first of its kind
- Medicaid Emergency Authority Tracker: Approved State Actions to Address COVID-19
- (Wisconsin) Gov. Evers moves ahead with plans to buy 10K ventilators, 1M protective masks to fight COVID-19
- Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers is moving forward with plans to buy large amounts of healthcare products.
- (Texas) SNAP, Medicaid renewal requirements temporarily waived
- The Texas Health and Human Services Commission has waived renewal requirements for those who qualify for SNAP and Medicaid
- Illinois changes Medicaid, food stamps and unemployment policies in response to COVID-19
- (South Carolina) ‘Everybody is scared’: Coronavirus pandemic leaves SC children stuck in DSS system
- Financially stressed by outbreak, fire departments foray into digital
- Missouri National Guard mobilized to support COVID-19 response
- Missouri’s National Guard has been mobilized to assist with response efforts across the state.
- FTA extends deadlines for several competitive grant programs
- The Federal Transit Administration has extended competitive grant program deadlines for 30 days amid the coronavirus pandemic, recognizing there may be time disruptions for submitting applications given the current circumstances.
- CARES Act signed into law; transit agencies to receive federal funds within seven days
- The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act has been signed into law and provides billions of dollars in support for the transit industry.
- (Vermont) NY/VT: Vermont governor suspends Amtrak service to state, tells residents to stay home
- At the request for Vermont’s Governor Phil Scott, Amtrak has suspended all service to the state of Vermont.
- (New York) New York MTA to distribute 75,000 masks to workers; Chairman Pat Foye tests positive for the virus
- New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority has secured 75,000 masks for their employees.
- (Washington State) WA: King County ombudsman begins investigation into Metro Transit's bus cleaning amid coronavirus outbreak
- The King County ombudsman’s office has launched an investigation into Metro Transit’s cleaning procedures after receiving several complaints dating back to November. This has been an issue since before the coronavirus outbreak and complaints of these kinds will now be looked at more closely.
- EPA gives power plants, regulated entities pollution compliance flexibility, citing COVID-19 concerns
- The Environmental Protection Agency has relaxed compliance for power plants amid the coronavirus pandemic. Environmentalists worry this relaxation of compliance may mean power plants are less diligent about complying with air and water pollution standard.
- Coronavirus could disrupt normal refueling practices for nuclear facilities as staffing concerns grow
- The nuclear power plant industry has long been prepared for events similar to the current pandemic that is occurring. While nuclear power plants may be several steps ahead of other industries, they are running low on personal protective equipment. Precautions are being taken to ensure staff does not come to work sick, and avoid spreading the virus amongst others.
- How COVID-19 is impacting 5 state energy legislation efforts
- Energy and/or environmental bills pending in states across the United States will likely see delays as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. States are shifting their focus and have suspended or postponed legislative sessions. This article discusses some examples.