GovWin SLED Coronavirus Recon
Published: April 03, 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)
- Virginia released an Emergency RFI calling for vendors that can provide specific infection-control products, healthcare supplies, and other emergency relief offers of assistance.
- All buildings and sites providing state government services in Kentucky are closed to the public, except those used in emergency or life-threatening circumstances, or to provide food, water, or medical assistance. Bidders are not permitted to personally deliver bids and proposals and should instead use Secure File Transfer. Contact the buyer listed in the solicitation with any questions.
- Mississippi’s Department of Information Technology Services (ITS) Board Meeting will be held via teleconference this month.
- Georgia’s Purchasing Division is continuing all operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. They have created a special site to assist with guidelines and provide resources for clients, such as forms, key contacts, and policies.
- The Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) has created a COVID-19 Business Emergency Response Unit dedicated to assisting businesses navigate resources and develop new resources.
- Here's when the coronavirus will peak in your state
- (Virginia) Governor updates state's response to COVID-19
- Governor Ralph Northam on Wednesday discussed preparations to contend with the potential surge in cases in Virginia, which are expected to peak between late April and May.
- (Connecticut) Coronavirus in CT: More Than 3,800 Cases, 112 Deaths; Unemployment Claims Soar Past 220,000
- Updated numbers were provided for COVID-19 cases in Connecticut, and the Governor has outlined additional plans, such as working through the large number of unemployment claims, making hotels and short-term rentals available for only essential workers, and a 60 day grace period for premium payments for insurance.
- (Delaware) Governor Carney Urges Delawareans, Businesses, Nonprofits to Support COVID-19 Response
- Governor John Carney issued a community call-to-action on Thursday, urging all Delaware citizens, businesses and nonprofits to offer their assistance in Delaware’s fight against coronavirus disease.
- (Wisconsin) ‘Ill-advised’ Election To Go On Amid COVID-19 Pandemic, Judge Says, but some Absentee Ballot Rules Back
- Wisconsin Dairy Industry Calls for Help as Farmers Forced to Dump Milk Amid COVID-19 Pandemic:
- The Cheese Makers Association and Dairy Business Association are calling on the U.S. Department of Agriculture to provide direct aid and make ‘a massive dairy commodity purchase’ that could be distributed to food pantries.
- (Wisconsin) Madison Mayor Says Absentee Ballots Extension Helps, but Election Should Still Be Postponed Amid COVID-19 Pandemic
Funding & Economic Impact
- $75 million of COVID-19 funding available to communities in the Rocky Mountain Region
- States in the Rocky Mountain Region are expecting to receive $75,968,530 through HUD grants.
- (California) State schools chief: $100M in COVID-19 funding available to districts
- California State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond on Thursday announced that $100 million will be sent to the more than 1,000 school districts.
- Philadelphia City Council votes an emergency funding bill to fight COVID-19
- City Council voted in favor of Bill 200258, an emergency funding bill that aims to contain the COVID-19 outbreak in Philadelphia, on Thursday
- San Antonio area to receive $14 million in recovery grants to fight COVID-19, according to Sen. Cornyn
- The San Antonio area, including Bexar County, was awarded $14,011,858 in federal grants to help from the economic fallout from the novel coronavirus outbreak.
- Economic crisis is not inevitable if Washington state acts now
- (Illinois) March state revenues spared COVID-19 impact
- Illinois tax collections were largely spared the impact of the coronavirus in March, but state officials warned that the worst is yet to come.
- The General Assembly’s Commission on Government Forecasting said general funds revenues increased by $174 million in March.
- Amid COVID-19 surge, Michigan leaders prepare for $1B-$3B budget hole
- The state is looking at a “wide range of scenarios” that could blow a $1 billion to $3 billion hole in this year’s budget and a $1 billion to $4 billion hole in next year’s, said Kurt Weiss, a spokesman for the State Budget Office.
- In anticipation of that impact, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Monday instituted a hiring freeze in state government and stopped discretionary spending.
- SD braces for ‘almost non-existent’ 2020 tourism season due to COVID-19
- The COVID-19 pandemic has almost completely shut down tourism in South Dakota, one of the state’s largest industries.
- Gov. Kristi Noem has said the pandemic and efforts to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus, such as social distancing and foreign travel restrictions, would likely continue through May, when infections are expected to peak in South Dakota. The unwelcome news could presage devastating economic consequences across the state.
- Iowa Lawmakers Won’t Reconvene Until at Least April 30
- Chamber of Commerce Hawaii Asks State to Suspend Taxes via Online Petition
- Virtual city council meetings are boom or bust for local governments
- Utah tech companies aim to assess, test everyone, find COVID-19 hot spots
- A new website matches cities with pandemic help, but many aren't ready for partnerships
- Google uses location data to show which places are complying with stay-at-home orders — and which aren’t
- The reports use data from people who have opted in to sharing their location history with Google to help illustrate the degree to which people are adhering to government instructions to shelter in place and work from home
- Drone company encourages partnerships for no-contact delivery amid COVID-19 crisis
- Kansas Uses Cellphone Location Data Tool to Track COVID-19
- A recently launched dashboard is showing users where people are obeying stay-at-home orders or not. The tool uses anonymized cellphone location data to identify where people are congregating during stay-home orders.
- Legislative Watch: The Rise of Drones During the Pandemic
- Drones continue to find new ways to be used amidst the coronavirus pandemic. States have introduced over 50 drone bills so far in 2020 and the importance of those bills may further help the in nationwide battle against coronavirus.
- California colleges adjust admission policies to account for COVID-19 school closures
- (Michigan) MSU graduating health care students to aid in COVID-19 response
- Michigan State University granted graduating health care students early completion of their program requirements to aid in state health care systems in response to the rapid growth of the coronavirus across the state.
- Massive Increase in LMS and Synchronous Video Usage Due to COVID-19
- Two of the EdTech platforms that are carrying much of the increased load are the learning management system (LMS) and the synchronous video tools (aka virtual classroom)
- The data from the report saw that synchronous video / virtual classroom usage has increased far more than the LMS usage
- The reported continued with a notation that LMS vendors have to pay for increased usage without necessarily gaining any increased revenue due to the licensing terms based on a school’s enrollment
- Survey: Library Employees at Community Colleges Less Likely to Work Remotely
- Roughly 96% said their institutions had moved all or most courses online until further notice. The rest said courses were canceled
- Community colleges and smaller institutions were more likely to be struggling with remote-work arrangements, the survey found
- Libraries are remaining open for students to use computers and other technology they can't access elsewhere
- Report: Ivy League Did Not Approve Extended Eligibility for Fifth-Year Athletes
- The Ivy League announced that it will not give an extra year of eligibility to athletes who play spring sports and had their seasons cut short by the coronavirus pandemic.
- How the Coronavirus Is Prompting Higher-Ed Grant makers to Change Course
- Priorities for grants:
- Efforts to get more emergency aid directly into the hands of students in financial need right now.
- Organizations that can help facilitate quality online learning as well as access to it.
- Academic services for populations of students who were already at a disadvantage in getting to and through college, and will now be even more affected by the economic turmoil.
- Priorities for grants:
- Schools Struggle to Get Laptops to Students During Pandemic
- The Scramble to Move America's Schools Online
- EdWeek reported that in little more than two weeks, the coronavirus led to the mass closure of at least 124,000 school buildings, leaving more than 55 million children without access to in-person classroom instruction, counseling, and other services
- EdWeek also continuously updates a map of US school closures here
- EdWeek cited the following initiatives taking place across the country: distributing Chromebooks to students and sending Wi-Fi enabled school buses into their communities, teaching on Instagram Live and hosting virtual class discussions on Zoom—and calling students and parents on the telephone to make sure they’re OK
- State’s School Districts Move to Retool Education For Next Three Months (Michigan)
- Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's order says seat-time requirements and attendance requirements for state aid will be waived for districts with approved plans for remote learning. State law says districts are required to provide at least 1,098 hours and 180 days of pupil instruction. It also says districts are required to have 75% attendance to be eligible for state aid
- What Will K-12 Schools Look Like Post-Coronavirus?
- Predictions account that this period of forced homeschooling will lead parents to demand different things from schools once they reopen. The article states that school leaders should start planning now for how to deal with the fact that students are getting very different quantities of learning while schools are closed
- Arizona high school seniors will get their diplomas despite coronavirus closures (Arizona)
- Without dissent, the state Board of Education adopted an emergency rule Tuesday that bars school districts and charter schools from withholding academic credit or a diploma “solely because the student missed instructional time due to a school closure issued by the governor.”
- FCC moves to establish a $200 million telehealth fund for hospitals
- Medicaid Nearing ‘Eye Of The Storm’ As Newly Unemployed Look For Coverage
- Pandemic-Stricken Cities Have Empty Hospitals, But Reopening Them Is Difficult
- Oregon Health Plan safety net catching more people during pandemic
- OHP is the state’s version of Medicaid, and new rules mean individuals can sign up for OHP without having to verify their income through documents
- Extra funding for OHP means the coordinated care organizations that manage benefits can better respond to the crisis
- Georgia Seeks New Medicaid Changes in Response to COVID-19
- Temporarily reduce health care delivery regulations during an emergency
- BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee to pay all member costs for COVID-19 tests and treatment
- The State’s biggest health insurer announced that it will cover all expenses for COVID-19 treatments, including hospitalization, for the next two months
- Molina Healthcare Waives Costs Associated with COVID-19 Treatment for All Members
- Molina announced that it is waiving all COVID-19 related out-of-pocket expenses for its Medicare, Medicaid, and Marketplace members nationwide
- Alabama cuts medical ‘red tape’ to speed COVID-19 response
- The process will speed up the process to welcome out-of-state health care workers like pharmacists, nurses, and doctors to get temporary licenses to practice in Alabama
- Texas Department of Public Safety Asks Doctors for Face Masks, Raising Questions about Coronavirus Planning for Protective Gear
- (Oklahoma) DPS Suspends In-Person Services Amid Coronavirus Crisis
- Oklahoma Department of Public Safety (DPS) is suspending all face to face services until further notice in order to protect the public and the employees of DPS from the spread COVID-19.
- MA: Coronavirus: President Donald Trump ‘looking at’ locking down some domestic air, rail travel amid COVID-19 outbreak
- The federal government has hinted that they have considered a partial lockdown of domestic air and rail travel. However, no decision has been made while the options are being weighed by the administration.
- (Montana) MT: Airport, train depot screening for COVID-19 starts Friday
- Passengers arriving into Glacier Park International Airport and the Whitefish train depot in Montana will be screened for COVID-9 by the Montana National Guard starting today Friday, April 3.
- (Ohio) RTA to begin using UV-C technology as part of its cleaning protocol
- The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA) will now use ultraviolet technology to disinfect high traffic areas, K-9 vehicles and rooms with sensitive equipment. RTA has also installed plexiglass enclosures for their booth attendants to keep staff at a distance from customers, and vice versa. These are practices that will likely become the norm in the future.
- Californians Won’t Have Water Service Turned Off for Unpaid Bills during Coronavirus, [Gov.] Newsom Says
- (West Virginia) Scammers posing as utility companies to threaten shutoffs amid coronavirus
- Scammers are posing as utility companies, asking customers to pay up or their service will be shut off. The West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey issued a warning to consumers to be on the lookout for these scams.