GovWin SLED Coronavirus Recon

Published: May 14, 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

K-12 Education

  • (Texas) K-12 Educators Begin To Map Out The New School Year
    • The Texas Education Agency has proposed that Texas students could attend almost year-round school, starting in early August.
  • Ohio's top superintendent eyes changes next year as schools deal with pandemic
    • Ohio Department of Education’s superintendent of public instruction, Paolo DeMaria says his department has drafted health and safety guidelines for local districts and is getting feedback from educators and health experts now. DeMaria says local districts will be free to customize their own plans for the fall.
  • California superintendent outlines plans for Fall 2020
    • The Superintendent also says that fall start dates are set, not by the state, but by individual districts. Masks may be required for all students and staff before entering campuses. Some districts are even planning for school in shifts: a morning session and an afternoon session.
    • To bridge the learning gap caused by the pandemic, some districts may offer summer programs.
    • The Superintendent adds that despite budget cuts, his mission is to provide better technology and internet access to their 6.2 million students.
  • (Vermont) School districts without approved budgets face uncertain funding future
    • If current law stands, districts that don’t have a spending plan in place July 1 can get a loan for up to 87% of the prior year’s budget.
    • The chairs of the House and the Senate education committees have been unable to come to an agreement on a plan and the Senate Education Committee had crafted a plan that would allow schools to receive 100% of their current budget in the next year, avoiding the need to borrow funds, in the event they couldn’t hold a successful vote.

Health Care

  • As COVID-19 Worsens Mental Health Conditions, Home Health Providers Refocus Their Operations
    • For seniors already grappling with depression or anxiety, the outbreak has likely only compounded these issues further. With that in mind, many home health companies — including AccentCare and Elara Caring, two of the largest providers in the country — are working double-time on their behavioral health services.
  • Coronavirus drives health insurers back to Obamacare
    • United Healthcare, the nation’s biggest insurer, said it’s re-entering Maryland’s Obamacare market and planning other expansions after abandoning 34 states’ ACA exchanges since 2016. Anthem and Cigna have also made incremental moves over the past two years.
  • (Virginia) Fairfax County Releases More Zip Code Data on COVID-19 Cases
    • The Fairfax County Health Department announced that the county’s COVID-19 dashboard now includes more granular zip code data. The newly expanded data also offers information on probable cases, deaths by age groups and COVID-19 testing by week, according to the county.

Social Services 

Justice/Public Safety

  • As pandemic threatens budgets, 911 services begin scaling back
    • Despite declining numbers of 911 calls, emergency call centers are struggling to maintain staffing levels, locate enough personal protective equipment and cleaning supplies and fund technological maintenance and upgrades as the coronavirus pandemic wears on.
  • Severe budget cuts possible for Oregon State Police
    • The Oregon State Police would make the “heartbreaking” decision to lay off almost 200 personnel and close nine field offices under a proposal submitted to Gov. Kate Brown.
  • New Tech Aids 911 Centers During COVID-19 Crisis
    • Modern 911 dispatch centers are relying on new technologies to bridge the information gaps typical of landline telephone calls. Now, dispatchers and first responders are pulling data with new tools to improve public safety.

Transportation