GovWin SLED Coronavirus Recon

Published: April 28, 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) PandemicRecon

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.

General

Funding & Economic Impact 

Procurement

Higher Education

  • Can Public College Systems Stave Off Closures?
    • Vermont State Colleges System projects a near-term operating deficit of up to $10 million
    • Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education forecasts a $52 million loss
    • University of Alaska system projects a $35 to $40 million loss
    • University of Maine system is looking at a $20 million short-term loss
    • New Jersey has frozen higher education dollars and New York is expected to cut higher ed funding
    • Governor Gavin Newsom recently called the January budget “no longer operable” which proposed a $217.7 million increase for higher ed funding
  • Low-Income Students Top Presidents' COVID-19 Worry List
    • Inside Higher Ed surveyed college presidents
      • Many more presidents in April than in March said their institutions had invested in key services for students and employees: new online learning resources (69 percent in April, compared to 43 percent in March), emergency response resources (52 percent versus 44 percent in March), and additional physical and mental health resources (36 percent versus 18 percent).

K-12 Education

Health Care

  • HHS Increases Telehealth Promotion, Rural Hospital Funding for COVID-19
    • The Department of Health and Human Services is increasing awareness around expanding telehealth services for patients and providers across the country during the COVID-19 pandemic, attending particularly to areas with historically limited access to health care services, such as rural communities.
    • The agency launched a new telehealth website Wednesday through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) as a means to better inform people about ongoing federal efforts to support and promote telehealth programs at this time.
    • In addition to launching the aggregated telehealth-information platform, the agency announced it will provide $165 million in funding to support telehealth in rural hospitals through HRSA.
  • Massachusetts' uninsured can access free COVID-19 telehealth visits via Doctor on Demand
    • Uninsured Massachusetts residents now have 24-7 access to free COVID-19 telehealth visits following a new partnership between Doctor on Demand and the Commonwealth. The telehealth vendor's deal with the state comes shortly after another agreement that provided the services to Medicaid and children's health insurance members.
  • Cerner, AWS partner to make COVID-19 data available to researchers
    • Healthcare technology company Cerner and Amazon Web Services are joining to offer access to de-identified patient data to researchers fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.

Social Services 

Justice/Public Safety

  • (Oklahoma) Oklahoma prisons launch tool for tracking inmates' COVID-19 cases
    • A new digital tool launched by the Oklahoma Department of Corrections will alert officials quickly with detailed information of an outbreak if the number of cases for COVID-19 begin to rise. The data the application gathers will help officials better maintain and control the virus in the corrections system.

Transportation

Public Utilities

Community Development/Housing

  • Against CDC Guidance, Some Cities Sweep Homeless Encampments
    • In March, the CDC issued guidelines instructing cities not to clear homeless encampments during community spread of COVID-19, unless housing units are available. According to the CDC, clearing encampments can cause people to disperse throughout the community and increase the potential for disease spread. Despite these warnings, many cities are still conducting sweeps, citing public health and safety concerns.