GovWin SLED Coronavirus Recon
Published: April 10, 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.
- Michigan cities seek emergency federal aid in response to COVID-19 pandemic
- Michigan cities and towns are seeking federal relief aid amid the COVID-19 pandemic as they struggle to support emergency responders and maintain basic services, all while mitigating an unexpected drop in revenues.
- (Connecticut) Municipalities press Lamont to share COVID-19 federal relief funds
- Connecticut’s cash-strapped cities and towns pressed Gov. Ned Lamont on Tuesday to commit to sharing a portion of a $1 billion-plus federal relief program.
- Kentucky will get $2.4 billion in federal COVID-19 relief
- The state of Kentucky should get $2.41 billion from the CARES Act coronavirus relief package that Congress passed last month, with the largest sum — $1.59 billion — going to state government.
- Oregon rural hospitals losing revenue, laying off workers
- The Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems has asked the governor for $200 million in new state funding to be allocated directly to hospitals to address urgent needs and keep providing services.
- (Maryland) State hopes to get more funding for grants, loans
- Maryland had been offering grant and loan programs due to the high number of applications. Maryland Secretary of Commerce Kelly Schulz said she hopes more financial assistance is coming to continue to support these programs.
- What Municipalities Need To Know About The CARES Act
- States and municipalities could receive the financial assistance under the Act and through increased funding to grants and agencies, the Coronavirus Relief Fund, and direct loans.
- Wisconsin health officials step up efforts to track coronavirus exposure from primary election
- The Wisconsin Department of Health Services announced "new tracing mechanisms" on Friday to aid local health departments in tracking residents who were potentially exposed to the coronavirus during the state's primary election earlier this week.
- New Jersey, Second in U.S. COVID-19 Case Growth, Shuts Non-Essential Construction
- New Jersey now becomes the latest state to join the ranks of those shutting down more construction projects as an anti-COVID-19 measure, with Gov. Phil Murphy (D) issuing an executive order on April 8 that will halt "non-essential" work after 8:00 pm on April 10. Exceptions to the shut-down include: projects at hospitals and schools, in transportation and utility sectors, affordable housing, individual housing sites "that can adhere to strict limits on the number of workers on-site at any given time, emergency repairs, and work needed to safely secure a construction site, and other limited instances."
- COVID-19 Survey: Business Outlook Darkens Among Industry Firms
- With all but eight states having enacted stay-at-home orders in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and a growing number of cities shutting down non-essential construction, anxiety about impacts to the industry—both from a business and economic perspective as well as health and safety—continues to rise from week to week, according to results of the second in a series of surveys conducted by Clear Seas Research and BNP Media, the parent company of ENR.
- Better Safe Than Sorry: Ohio May Transition Election to Vote-from-Home
- The strife over Ohio’s 2020 primary election, converted at the last minute last month to a largely vote-by-mail election over the coronavirus pandemic, has cast a new light on whether the state elections system is capable of handling an all-mail election in November if need be.
- Utah Begins Sending Wireless Emergency Alerts to People Entering Its Borders
- Utah Division of Emergency Management is sending out text message alerts to motorists crossing the border into Utah. This alert will link to a declaration form which asks those entering to provide information about any COVID-19 symptoms they may have. This information is then collected by the Utah Department of Transportation and securely transferred to the Utah Department of Health.
- (Hawaii) Oahu, Maui to Enforce Stay-at-Home Order With Nighttime Curfew Over Easter Weekend
- The City and County of Honolulu along with Maui County have announces a nighttime curfew from 11:00 pm to 5:00 am restricting any mode of wheeled-transportation on roads this Easter Weekend.
- (Wyoming) What the federal stimulus package means for Wyoming
- The package is set to provide disaster relief for state, local and tribal governments, grants for public and higher education, assistance to newly unemployed workers, and loan and grant programs for big and small businesses
- (Texas) San Antonio stay-at-home order extended as collapse of tourism industry caused by coronavirus leaves gaping hole in city budget
- (New York) Cuomo asks Congress to stabilize Covid-19 response
- Governor Cuomo renewed his call for federal action to help New York during the pandemic
- (Vermont) Vt. Gov. Phil Scott Extends State of Emergency Until May 15
- (Michigan) ICYMI: Here’s Gov. Whitmer’s Update On The State’s Response To COVID-19
- Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer held a press conference Thursday providing updates on the state’s response to COVID-19.
- The statement addressed new facilities and staffing, the need for medication and treatment, and continuing to prioritize food benefits and unemployment issues.
- (New Mexico) Lujan Grisham gives update on COVID-19 response, preparations for ‘surge’
- New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham gave a press conference providing updates on the state’s response.
- This covered addition calls for residents to stay at home, discouraging visitors to the state, and also addressed new self-isolation sites and care facilities.
- (Minnesota) Gov. Tim Walz extends Minnesota's stay-at-home order to May 4
- Gov. Tim Walz is extending a statewide stay-at-home order to May 4 to push the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic into the summer — and to buy time to allow hospitals to stock up on supplies and researchers to develop tests and treatments against the new coronavirus.
Funding & Economic Impact
- Small, Mid-Sized Cities Currently Cut Out of Direct Coronavirus Funding
- Northam orders hiring freeze for state employees, tells agency heads to look for cuts
- Governor DeWine Orders Hiring Freeze for State Agencies, Boards, and Commissions
- Michigan cities seek emergency federal aid in response to COVID-19 pandemic
- Michigan cities and towns are seeking federal relief aid amid the COVID-19 pandemic as they struggle to support emergency responders and maintain basic services, all while mitigating an unexpected drop in revenues. They're also talking about delaying road and infrastructure projects.
- COVID-19 Could Cost Illinois “Tens of Billions of Dollars”
- The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic could end up costing Illinois state government as much as $28 billion in revenue over the next few years.
- Less tax money from the state’s three main sources of revenue, individual and corporate income taxes and sales taxes, would likely put state leaders in a tough spot.
- (South Carolina) Economists estimate SC to lose $1B in revenue from COVID-19
- The 2020-21 budget is predicted to lose nearly 60% of the additional money it had when first written
- Arizona faces estimated $1.1B budget shortfall due to COVID-19 economic hit
- (Washington) State Department of Commerce announces $5 million emergency response grant for tribes
- $5 million in emergency grants is now available to the 29 federally recognized tribes in the state to bolster their response to the pandemic
- (New York) Katko Urges HHS To Prioritize Funding For Local Hospitals
- US Rep John Katko of New York joined a group from New York’s Congressional Delegation in urging the US Department of Health and Human Services to prioritize funding for local hospitals.
- Gov. Tom Wolf imposes freeze on hiring and non-essential purchases by Pa. state government agencies
- Hogan freezes non-coronavirus spending, orders broad cuts as pandemic’s grip on region grows
- COVID-19 has not shut down government contracting
- Public hearings, meetings, and conversations about business decisions must still meet all transparency statutes and many states are holding virtual town meetings to discuss funding and budget decisions and allocation amounts.
- Most discussions are surrounding elections decisions and budget discussions
- Dallas County approves close to $1 million for consultants managing convention center hospital
- Dallas County commissioners on Thursday authorized close to $1 million in payments for two consultants to help the local government operate a pop-up hospital at the downtown convention center.
- It is the first major expenditure the county has authorized in its battle against the coronavirus. The total bill is expected to grow. But commissioners expect to recoup most of the county’s costs from the federal government.
- Gov. Noem: South Dakota Launching New ‘Care 19’ App to Help Residents Battle Against COVID-19
- ‘Care 19’, a voluntary and anonymous app, utilizes location services to inform South Dakota’s Department of health where you have been or who you have been with and if you would be diagnosed with COVID-19.
- Cellphone Data Used By New Mexico to Track Social Distancing
- New Mexico is creating prediction models of COVID-19’s impact on the state using anonymous cellphone data. The state has partnered with a third party to obtain location information tracking if the virus is being brought into the State.
- Tennessee state officials partnering with Nextdoor app for COVID-19 response
- The State of Tennessee is partnering with the Nextdoor app in their response to COVID-19.
- Governor Bill Lee said state officials plan to use the app to provide real-time information to Tennesseans during the pandemic
- Georgia colleges getting stimulus grants for students hurt by COVID-19
- More than $300 million is bound for public and private campuses and technical colleges throughout Georgia, half of which must go to emergency student aid.
- Mississippi colleges to receive $149 million in COVID-19 federal emergency relief funds
- Mississippi State University received the largest allocation at $17.8 million, followed by the University of Mississippi at $16.6 million.
- (Missouri) Mo. announces allocating $206 million for institutions of higher education, students impacted by COVID-19
- Missouri will see $206 million in funding for Missouri colleges, universities, and trade schools.
- The state will split half for emergency cash grants to students to cover expenses and the other half for distance learning costs
- Colleges turning to technology to provide virtual tours amid COVID-19 pandemic
- (New Orleans, LA) New Orleans schools prepare for unknown financial impacts from COVID-19
- Several New Orleans charter schools are looking at payroll protection loans and other safety nets as schools brace for a potential financial hit from COVID-19.
- The New Orleans school district is evaluation sales tax and how the reduction revenue areas such as tourism will impact school funding
- Michigan first state to provide food to families affected by school closings through new fund
- The state of Michigan is the first in the country to get federal approval for a food funding program targeted toward families with financial hardship while schools are closed during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Tennessee Board of Education passes emergency rules to address multiple COVID-19 obstacles
- The Tennessee State Board of Education (TSBA) has passed emergency rules addressing the effects the COVID-19 pandemic and March tornadoes have had on the school system
- California offers vouchers, stipends to health care workers
- Governor Newsome said the state is offering hotel vouchers and stipends to those on the front lines of the coronavirus outbreak
- The Latest: Federal government to release $30 billion for health care system
- Google, New York build new unemployment website to handle claims surge
- New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Thursday that he’s simultaneously managing stresses to the state’s health care system and mitigating threats to an economy increasingly composed of unemployed residents. In New York, as in many other states, this has largely meant ensuring that the government’s aging computer systems can withstand the barrage of applications for unemployment benefits. Cuomo said during his daily briefing that New York has been working with Google this week to launch a new website at 7 p.m. Thursday, but also warned that many of the state’s reactions are merely its best attempts to weather an unprecedented crisis.
- (Wisconsin) State projects 27% unemployment rate due to COVID-19
- Wisconsin’s jobless rate has skyrocketed to nearly 27% due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the state’s shuttering of thousands of businesses to combat the disease, according to a new estimate from the state Department of Workforce Development.
- States’ Unemployment Compensation Trust Funds Could Run Out in Mere Weeks
- Six states, which collectively account for over one-third of the U.S. population, are currently in a position to pay out fewer than 10 weeks of the unemployment compensation claims that have already come in since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
- How public safety companies are assisting the frontline pandemic response
- Many companies are supporting first responders with new products, logistical and technical expertise to obtain personal protective equipment, support operations, or free and deeply discounted products.
- Officers who die from COVID-19 could be eligible for federal death benefits
- Guidance from the U.S. Department of Justice states that law enforcement officers and other first responders who die of COVID-19 may be eligible for federal death benefits.
- 5 ways police drones could assist COVID-19 response
- (New York) NY: Budget cuts: NYC reduces overnight Staten Island Ferry service
- As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting revenue loses to the city, budgets cuts have been made to the Staten Island Ferry service.
- Transportation sends $1B in emergency assistance to Amtrak
- More details on how the stimulus funding for Amtrak will impact its operations.
- (Florida) Miami-Dade Transit partnering with Uber, Lyft for late night essential ride options
- The city of Miami has suspended its overnight bus service and has partnered with Uber and Lyft to continue with an on-demand ride option entitled “Go Nightly”.
- Public transit's death spiral
- This article discusses the massive impact COVID-19 is having on the public transit industry in detail. Several transit agencies are referenced as examples and short term and long term scenarios are discussed.
- Clearer picture of coronavirus-driven grid load declines emerges in US after weeks of lockdowns
- North American power markets are expected to see disruptions lasting upwards of 18 months or more as a result of the spread of COVID-19 and economic impacts.