GovWin SLED Coronavirus Recon
Published: April 28, 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.
- What Nevada joining western states pact means in COVID-19 response
- Governor Sisolak making it official that Nevada is joining a coalition of five western states to coordinate reopening businesses and containing COVID-19.
- (South Carolina) Gov. McMaster declares new State of Emergency to continue the state’s response to COVID-19
- Governor Henry McMaster declared a new a state of emergency which allows South Carolina to continue its response to COVID-19.
- (Pennsylvania) Wolf Administration creates COVID-19 Response Task Force for Health Disparity
- Governor Tom Wolf created the COVID-19 Response Task Force for Health Disparity to make sure testing is available to everyone, regardless of race, previous medical care, or existing relationships to a physician.
- Texas plans reopening, Louisiana says not now as coronavirus cases in US approach 1 million
- Texas and other states are getting ready to reopen while others, such as Louisiana, the Lone Star State's neighbor to the east, are saying it's better to wait a while longer.
- (Kentucky) Beshear lays out plans to gradually reopen Ky. health centers, businesses
- The Governor is implementing a 4 phase plan for health care facilities to follow in the coming weeks
- (Michigan) ‘Cautiously optimistic’ Whitmer targets construction projects for reopening soon
- With few exceptions, construction has been deemed nonessential under Whitmer’s orders, bringing most state projects — including those in Greater Lansing — to a halt while only a handful of road construction projects have been able to continue. And that’s going to change.
- Parson outlines plan to reopen Missouri
- Colorado Joins Western States COVID Pact with California, Oregon, Washington, Nevada
- Governor Unveils "Reopen RI" Framework for Reopening Economy
Funding & Economic Impact
- (California) LA County unveils $35.5 billion budget blueprint, but coronavirus-fueled cuts will reshape it
- Officials expect a $1 billion drop in revenues by the end of June, and another $1 billion-plus revenue hit in 2020-21.
- (Maine) Janet Mills’ spending freeze could free $250M to balance pandemic-ravaged budget
- Gov. Janet Mills’ order that state agencies freeze spending and hiring except for emergencies could free up to $252 million in unspent funds to help shore up a state budget likely to be thrown out of balance as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, but it’s likely not all of the money will be available
- (Washington) Inslee announces distribution of funding to local governments from federal stimulus package
- Gov. Jay Inslee today announced nearly $300 million will be awarded from the state’s federal stimulus funding to local governments that did not receive direct distributions under the CARES Act.
- (New York) Gov. Cuomo pledges $25M in state funding for food banks during COVID-19 outbreak
- Governor Andrew Cuomo said food banks across the state will receive a combined total of $25 million in emergency funding.
- Bowser: $25 million in grants awarded to 10 D.C. hospitals for COVID-19 medical surge
- Ten D.C. hospitals have been awarded $25 million in grants to prepare for a medical surge in response to the coronavirus.
- Texas-side Council votes to disburse federal COVID-19 relief
- The Council approved amendments to the city's Community Development Block Grant plan that will make $195,000 available. An additional $23,921 will be used to cover administrative costs.
- $310 million in federal funds for COVID-19 pandemic response, childcare, and elections announced by Ohio House Democrats
- $310 million in federal funds was announced to support Ohio’s frontline workers, bolster the state’s publicly funded childcare programs, and help the state prepare for the November election.
- HHS Announces CARES Act Funding Distribution To States & Localities In Support Of COVID-19 Response
- The CDC is awarding $631 million to all 64 jurisdictions through the existing Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity for Prevention and Control of Emerging Infectious Diseases (ELC) cooperative agreement using funds from the CARES Act.
- Washington State Distributing $300 Million in COVID-19 Funds to Local Governments
- Funds will be provided to cities and counties with populations under 500,000 that were ineligible to receive direct funding under the CARES Act
- Secretary DeVos Launches New Grant Competition to Spark Student-Centered, Agile Learning Opportunities to Support Recovery from National Emergency
- More than $300 million in discretionary grant funds will be available for states to use to create adaptable, innovative learning opportunities for K-12 and postsecondary learners in response to the COVID-19 national emergency.
- The funds will be divided between two competitions: $180 million for the Rethink K-12 Education Models Grant and $127.5 million for the Reimagining Workforce Preparation Grant.
- (Michigan) Whitmer: Procurement process 'not followed' in canceled contract for COVID-19 contact tracing
- The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services did not follow the state's procurement process
- 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).
- Inside Higher Ed surveyed college presidents
- Low-Income Students Top Presidents' COVID-19 Worry List
- Minnesota lawmakers push for increased broadband for distance learning amid COVID-19 pandemic
- Rep. Ecklund has introduced a bill creating the Distance Learning Broadband Access Grant Program. It provides $8 million in grant money to reimburse schools for providing wireless or wired service to students through the end of the school year. It also includes $2 million in grants to medical facilities for telemedicine hookups and an additional $10 million for the state’s Border-to-Border Broadband Fund.
- (Wisconsin) Future of Madison School District’s budget unclear as state tax revenues plummet amid COVID-19 pandemic
- The proposed spending plan was built on revenue promised by the state last year and does not take into account Wisconsin’s projected $2 billion loss in tax revenues related to COVID-19.
- South Florida School Districts Face Impact on Budgets
- Both superintendents are citing the shortage of sales taxes from tourism as a huge impact to their budgets
- Many local school districts, joined by others around the nation, are asking Congress for $200 billion for K-12 education in the next pandemic relief bill.
- (Michigan) Potential funds will aid local schools
- State Superintendent Michael Rice said the funds will help in further narrowing the divide between districts that have the requisite technology in the homes of students and staff, and those that do not.
- Idaho State Board of Education Receives Update On Federal Funding
- $48 Million in Federal CARES Act funding will be available to Idaho Public K-12 education. The funds will be dispersed among school districts and charter schools in efforts to strengthen the K-12 infrastructure system and focus on districts without Learning Management Systems.
- 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.
- State unemployment systems are still struggling
- As state unemployment systems fail in new ways, governors are continuing to apologize for the outdated technology that is preventing financial relief to millions of Americans.
- Florida senator says "arbitrary" rules could explain 200k+ denied state unemployment claims
- Possibilities around being denied include rules regarding wage history and the wage base period
- (South Carolina) SC launches federal COVID-19 unemployment aid portal, pays out $4.6M in 1st weekend
- The portal allows people to apply online for special federal COVID-19 unemployment benefits through the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program
- Indiana Announces Additions To Food Stamp Benefits
- Families with children who are currently eligible for free or reduced-price school lunches will get money through SNAP, but this program will end once the public health emergency has passed
- (Missouri) P-SNAP BENEFITS EXTENDED THROUGH MAY
- The extension enables SNAP households to continue to receive the maximum SNAP benefit amount for their household size
- (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.
- Maine Airports Get Improvement Grants Amid Travel Slowdown
- Airports around Maine are getting more than $6 million in federal funding to make improvements while they cope with the impact of reduced travel.
- How COVID-19 has impacted transit maintenance practices
- Maintenance practices have had to be adjusted during the pandemic to better protect riders, operators and maintenance staff. Trapeze conducted an industry survey from March 27-April 4, with 24 agencies responding, to learn more about changes to maintenance practices during the COVID-19 pandemic. The results are in this article.
- (New York) NY: CDTA in line for $42.7M in Covid-19 response funding
- The Capital District Transportation Authority will receive $42.7 million from the United States Department of Transportation’s FTA to aid in with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
- (New York) NY: As Staten Island Ferry hit with budget cuts, lesser-used NYC Ferry retains all funding
- While the Staten Island Ferry has seen budget cuts, the NYC Ferry system has not been subject to similar measures, despite carrying less passengers annually than the Staten Island Ferry.
- (Hawaii) Rooftop solar applications up 40% despite COVID-19, HECO says, but DER groups want more
- Hawaii Electric (HECO) has not seen a dramatic decline in applications to interconnect rooftop solar systems as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and shelter-in-place orders. This is a good sign for the short-term future of renewable energies.
- 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.