GovWin SLED Coronavirus Recon
Published: April 14, 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.
- COVID-19 slows access to government records in Pa. and N.J.
- Governor Murphy signed an emergency package of laws to deal with the outbreak, including one that loosened the requirements of the state’s Open Public Records Act (OPRA)
- (San Francisco) The City That Has Flattened the Coronavirus Curve
- Washington, Oregon, California governors create 'Western States Pact' to coordinate reopening
- The governors of the three Western states have pledged to coordinate their plans for post-pandemic economic reopening. Five states on the Eastern Seaboard – New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, and Rhode Island – have made a similar pledge.
- (Minnesota) State Government in Hiring Freeze
- Governor Tim Walz has ordered a hiring freeze the bars state agencies from filling any vacant positions and less they are for the COVID-19 response.
- Wisconsin Legislature releases COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic response bill
- The Wisconsin Legislature will pass a COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic response bill that will complement more than $2 billion in federal aid coming to the state.
- Coronavirus response: Massachusetts joins discussions on Northeast reopening plan, Gov. Charlie Baker’s office confirms
- Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker’s office confirmed that he joined discussions with governors across the Northeast on a possible regional reopening plan after the coronavirus surge.
- Gov. Northam talks Virginia-specific modeling, nursing homes, non-essential businesses
- Governor Ralph Northam addressed several topics in his most recent address, such as the creation of a nursing home task force, postponing elections, and modeling on the spread of the virus.
- Hawaii sees just 5 new COVID-19 cases as talks about how to lift stay-at-home order begin
- Hawaii reported just five new COVID-19 cases Monday, one of the lowest single-day counts in weeks, which is proof that stay-at-home measures are working.
- Esri announces FEMA data-sharing portal for pandemic response
- The mapping and geospatial data company Esri announced Monday that it’s been working with the Federal Emergency Management Agency the past three weeks to develop a new software platform that the federal agency and its partners across all levels of government can use to share data in response to the novel coronavirus pandemic.
- While Northeast states form pact, Maryland coordinating coronavirus response with Virginia and Washington, D.C.
- While Northeast states have announced a pact to figure out when and how to lift restrictions imposed to slow the spread of the coronavirus, Maryland continues to coordinate its response to the pandemic with its southern neighbors in Washington, D.C., and Virginia.
- District of Columbia Expands Sick Leave and Unemployment Eligibility
- District of Columbia enacted the COVID-19 Response Supplemental Emergency Amendment Act of 2020, creating a new category of “emergency” sick leave for reasons related to coronavirus, granting employees unpaid job-protected leave for coronavirus-related reasons and expanding the circumstances in which District residents who lost work due to the pandemic can receive unemployment insurance benefits.
Funding & Economic Impact
- National Governors Association Outlines Need For ‘Additional And Immediate’ Fiscal Assistance To States
- Maryland Governor Larry Hogan and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo released a joint statement calling for additional funds, up to $500 billion, to be made available for states.
- The North Carolina legislature is funding a year-long study that they hope will help state officials determine when they can safely reopen the economy.
- The state legislature provided $100,000 to Wake Forest University for 1,000 at-home antibody test kits to be used in the study.
- (Minnesota) Food shelves strained by COVID-19 receive state funding boost
- The state Legislature passed a $330 million COVID-19 relief package, which includes $9 million for food banks and food shelves statewide.
- Missouri schools to receive $208 million for COVID-19 response funding
- Missouri U.S. Senator Roy Blunt announced that Missouri will receive $208 million to help elementary and secondary schools respond to coronavirus-related needs.
- Ohio Approves Nearly $174M to Battle COVID-19
- On Monday, Gov. Mike DeWine thanked the Ohio general assembly for approving some $174 million, much of it federal funding, to pay for efforts in combating COVID-19, the disease spread by the coronavirus.
- Massachusetts up to 844 COVID-19 deaths; Baker offers funding for PPE production
- Governor Charlie Baker announced more than $10 million in funding is now available to help manufacturers shift their operations to produce personal protective equipment (PPE) for hospitals and other health care facilities.
- Wisconsin Legislature releases COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic response bill
- Bill suspends the one-week waiting period for people to receive unemployment benefits
- Prohibits certain insurers from prohibiting coverage based on a COVID-19 diagnosis
- Attempts to ease the licensing and credentialing process for health care workers, including allowing former providers and those from outside Wisconsin to get temporary credentials
- Reduces nurse training hour requirements
- Makes health care providers immune from civil liability from services provided during the pandemic
- Quarter billion dollars in coronavirus aid for Ohio approved by state spending panel
- $250 million was approved by the State Controlling Board to help Ohioans during the coronavirus crisis
- Many cities, counties fear losing out on stimulus funding
- The $2.2 trillion federal stimulus package could fail to deliver badly needed financial aid to thousands of smaller cities and counties where a majority of Americans live, according to documents and interviews with local officials.
- Amid the uncertainty, lawmakers and advocacy groups that include the National League of Cities and the U.S. Conference of Mayors have been urging Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to ensure the relief fund money is fairly distributed. Guidelines for how the relief fund will operate are slated to be issued by the Treasury Department this week. The department announced Monday it had launched a web portal through which eligible parties could register to receive the money.
- House members want state and local cybersecurity aid in next relief bill
- Top Democrats on the House Homeland Security Committee wrote in a letter Monday evening that Congress’ next emergency relief bill in response the COVID-19 pandemic should include funding for cybersecurity assistance to state and local governments, especially as people continue working from home for an open-ended period.
- More free, discounted tech for governments responding to COVID-19
- This article provides an overview of various tech products offering discounts to governments for the COVID-19 response, including cloud services, security products and solutions, infrastructure, and communications.
- (Wisconsin) Robots deliver food — and relief — to UW students still on campus during COVID-19 pandemic
- The University of Wisconsin-Madison’s fleet of robots, which debuted in November 2019, have been delivering food to the few hundred students remaining in the campus’ residence halls, preventing the spread of coronavirus.
- University Of Okla. Considering Furloughs, Online Classes Through Next Year
- Interim University of Oklahoma President Joe Harroz said COVID-19 could cause furloughs and online-only classes for another year.
- (University of New Hampshire) UNH rolls out housing refunds, emergency fund for students
- The University is working to process a partial refund on housing and meal plans to students. The university also plans to refund certain course fees but will not refund any tuition.
- Most schools do not plan to refund any tuition as courses are continuing online and cannot afford to do so.
- (San Diego, CA) $142M in Emergency COVID-19 Funding for Local Higher Education, Half Req’d for Students
- Colleges and universities in San Diego County will receive a combined $142 million in emergency funding from the CARES Act
- Half of that, about $71 million, will be allocated to students in the form of emergency cash assistance grants to help pay for housing, food and other basic essentials
- (Texas) Eight area colleges receive $23 million in federal aid
- Eight East Texas colleges are set to receive more than $23 million in federal grants in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- In total, Texas institutions of higher education were awarded more than $1 billion of the $14 billion available.
- (Illinois) $218 million coming to Illinois colleges and universities from COVID-19 package
- Illinois is expected to receive $437 million in total from the Higher Ed Relief Fund of the CARES Act one of the highest state allotments in the country
- Illinois State Senators are also working on additional forms of relief for students and colleges in the State.
- Idaho’s Public Higher Education to Receive Over $36 Million in Federal Relief
- Secretary DeVos Announces CTE Programs can Donate Unused Personal Protective Equipment, Medical Supplies to Support Coronavirus Response
- Career and technical education (CTE) programs can donate or loan personal protective equipment (PPE) and other medical supplies purchased with federal funds to public health agencies, private nonprofit hospitals, and other licensed health providers to support the nationwide coronavirus response effort.
- These supplies were originally purchased with federal funds for the hands-on instruction of the CTE programs and continues the U.S. DOE’s permissions released on flexible spending.
- Secretary DeVos Announces $3 Billion in Emergency Education Block Grants for Governors
- Nearly $3 billion will quickly be made available to governors to ensure education continues for students of all ages impacted by the coronavirus national emergency. The nearly $14 billion in funds to all of Higher Ed in the US was made available within roughly 2 weeks of the CARES Act going into effect making the GEER Fund likely to be allocated by the end of April.
- This amount of $3 billion is addressed in the Governor's Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund, authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and is designed to be a flexible "emergency block grant" to leave it up to the state governors to address how education funding should be allocated.
- (Ohio) CARES Act Funding For Ohio Could Address Ed Disparities Exposed By COVID-19
- The Cleveland Metropolitan School District recently conducted a survey that found two-thirds of its students don’t have computers or similar devices.
- Ohio’s status in funding and closure is $460 million from the Education Stabilization Fund of the CARES Act and $100 million out of the Governor’s Emergency Relief Fund for Education spending. Ohio schools are currently closed through May 10 and will be revisited as the date approaches.
- How Do We Exit The Shutdown? Hire An Army Of Public Health Workers
- Ohio crisis hotlines see uptick, hospitals see spike in mental health telehealth visits
- Crisis hotlines and behavioral health clinics in the state have seen an uptick in calls and telehealth appointments.
- Coronavirus’ Silver Lining: Innovation In Healthcare
- Loosened regulations during the coronavirus pandemic have allowed for drug testing and increased access to telehealth services.
- Missouri hospitals experience tremendous financial hit amid COVID-19 pandemic
- With hospitals deciding to stop doing elective procedures to protect staff, the public, and preserve PPE supplies, Missouri hospital revenues are estimated to be off by more than 50 percent
- Illinois announces virtual mental, physical health services
- Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s administration announced new initiatives Saturday to extend telehealth services and mental health support throughout the state to support people who are coping, either physically or mentally, with the novel coronavirus disease, COVID-19.
- U.Va.’s coronavirus model projects Virginia will have enough hospital capacity in next few months
- Virginia officials are now optimistic the state has enough hospital capacity to handle the number of coronavirus patients in the coming months, but how to prevent a later surge has yet to be determined.
- Google, New York build new unemployment website to handle claims surge
- (Texas) Could a new public health corps create jobs while battling COVID-19?
- What to know about filing a Florida jobless claim, including using the state’s new website
- The state launched a new mobile-friendly website last week to handle a dramatic spike in unemployment claims.
- Florida signs $119M in contracts to fix troubled unemployment website, call center amid coronavirus fallout
- The Department of Economic Opportunity has signed contracts totaling $119 million in a three-week period attempting to handle the influx of coronavirus unemployment-related calls and applications
- (Iowa) Rapid roll-out of telehealth services in Iowa: 'We're just going crazy with it,' one doctor says
- The state has been attempting to figure out a way to bring virtual medicine to their hospitals and clinics for a year now, but with the pandemic, the project was completed in less than two weeks
- (California) COVID-19 Daily; Newsom boosts foster childcare funding
- Because of the uniqueness of the pandemic, the Governor noted that he has requested additional $42 million in funding for minors in the state’s foster system, especially those who are soon to be emancipated, those at high risk for abuse, and foster families who will require additional assistance.
- Balancing public safety and privacy during COVID-19: The rise of mass surveillance
- Mass surveillance and monitoring is being used to help mitigate, control and analyze the spread of COVID-19. The use of these methods have increasingly called in to question privacy concerns. This article further discusses what bounds for using this technology will be established once the pandemic passes and is under control.
- Ohio electric vehicle legislation on back burner amid pandemic response
- A set of bills aimed at promoting electric vehicles in Ohio are on hold as lawmakers grapple with the coronavirus pandemic.
- Coronavirus Lockdowns Are Pushing Mass Transit Systems to the Brink – and Low-Income Riders Will Pay the Price
- This article discusses how the coronavirus’s effect on mass transit will greatly affect people whom rely on mass transit as their main form of transportation. Mass transit will need further support from the federal government to keep running in the long term. And those people whom rely on it will need it to get to their jobs as businesses open back up. There can be a domino effect if mass transit is not properly funded.
- Nevada DOT distributing federal CARES Act funding to support rural transit services
- “The Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) is administering $27.8 million in rural transit relief funding provided through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which was signed into law in late March and includes $25 billion in national transit relief funding.”
- 'Mostly empty': Covid-19 has nearly shut down world's busiest airport
- Georgia’s largest employer and busiest airport in the world, Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is a ghost town. With revenue down 50-60% the airports operations have slowed dramatically. The article discusses the impact it has had.
- A 'different world' awaits transit on the other side of coronavirus
- Recap of a recent webinar entitled "Public Transit in the Time of COVID-19". Public transit experts discuss how to efficiently and safety run transit operations during a pandemic.