GovWin SLED Coronavirus Recon
Published: May 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.
- (Washington) Privacy concerns raised due to state's new COVID-19 contact tracing strategy
- Washington state officials are ready to ramp up a new attack on the coronavirus. Governor Jay Inslee announced that nearly 1,400 people will be trained to “box in the virus” through aggressive contact tracing.
- '50 states and 50 different approaches:' States scramble to hire COVID-19 contact tracers
- Public health officials are counting on methodical contact tracing coupled with aggressive testing as the nation’s strategy to combat the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.
- Virginia, Maryland suburbs aligned with DC in COVID response
- Unlike other areas of the country that are itching to reopen, Virginia and Maryland suburbs outside of DC are insisting on staying shut down.
- Wisconsin's stay-at-home order has been overturned by the state Supreme Court; here's how people are responding
- The Wisconsin Supreme Court has struck down Gov. Tony Evers' order shutting down daily life to limit the spread of coronavirus — meaning bars, restaurant, concert halls and other businesses are allowed to reopen across Wisconsin.
- Walz to let Minnesota’s stay-at-home order expire, extends state of emergency another 30 days
- Gov. Tim Walz dialed back Minnesota’s stay at home order by allowing non-essential businesses and retailers to reopen with social distancing rules and letting gatherings of 10 or fewer people resume, effective May 18.
- Maryland Gov. Hogan lifts stay-at-home order, allows limited retail to resume
- The Governor is replacing the order with a “safer at home” advisory
- Rhode Island Gov.: Tracing App to Balance Efficacy, Privacy
- As Rhode Island looks to reopen, the government's ambitious COVID-19 contact tracing app has raised concerns about privacy and civil liberty implications, but Gov. Gina Raimondo says privacy is a key part of the project's design.
- (Hawaii) Thermal Sensors At Airports, Mass Testing Seen As Key To Safely Reopening Tourism
- Hawaii’s Mayors Discuss Efforts To Reopen Economy, Prevent Spread of Virus
- In a panel discussion on HNN, Hawaii’s four mayors outlined how they’re safely reopening the economy in the weeks and months ahead. All of them agreed that it will be difficult to reboot the tourist economy and it’s vital that Hawaii begin to seek out opportunities for diversifying industry.
Funding & Economic Impact
- Report: How States Use Different Budget Tools to Respond to Disasters Like the Coronavirus
- As states face massive budget shortfalls amid the coronavirus pandemic, many are using mechanisms typically set aside for natural disasters in responding to the crisis.
- COVID-19 pandemic wrecks many state budgets, could trigger deep cuts
- As the nation enters a third month of economic devastation, the coronavirus is proving ruinous to state budgets, forcing many governments to consider deep cuts to schools, universities, health care and other basic functions that would have been unthinkable just a few months ago.
- (California) Governor reworks budget as COVID-19 plays havoc with California economy
- Ambitious plans to strengthen California’s social safety net will likely be scaled back when Governor Gavin Newsom unveils a revised state budget reflecting an anticipated $54.3 billion deficit caused by the coronavirus crisis.
- Plummeting tax revenues will put governors in tough budget situations
- The magnitude of the fiscal crisis that governors and their states will have to face is just starting to emerge. And that crisis will affect states’ abilities to do everything from paying teachers to paving roads to providing social services.
- (Vermont) State revenues take a dive in April due to Covid-19
- Revenues in the state’s general fund fell by $140 million, 57% below their monthly target, largely because tax deadlines were pushed until July 15 to provide relief during the pandemic.
- In meeting with Trump, Colorado Gov. Jared Polis requests continued coronavirus aid
- Polis said he met with Trump alongside Burgum and requested the federal government continue the FEMA program providing protective masks to the state, which Polis said will supply the state's nursing homes.
- Coronavirus Response: Maryland Gets Nearly $206M To Expand COVID-19 Testing
- The state will get $205,723,600 to expand testing capacity across the state. The federal funds were approved as part of the Paycheck Protection Program and the Health Care Enhancement Act.
- Republicans Float Ideas on Jobless Benefits, State Aid for Coronavirus Response
- Senate Republicans are beginning to formulate their own set of policy ideas for the next bill grappling with the coronavirus pandemic, looking to present alternatives to the House Democrats’ package that focuses on trillions of dollars in new aid to states, cities, and households.
- Republicans say Senate likely won't vote on next big Covid response bill until after Memorial Day
- Senate Republicans dismissed the House's new stimulus bill as a nonstarter, balking at its $3 trillion price tag and warning that any future aid package -- if there is one at all-- won't come until after the Memorial Day recess.
- In $1 trillion state and local government aid, no specific IT funding
- The $3 trillion stimulus bill House Democrats unveiled would appropriate nearly one-third of its funds to prop up state and local coffers that have been sapped dry by the COVID-19 pandemic.
- However it stopped short of some of the programs targeting IT and cybersecurity that elected officials, technology leaders and some members of Congress had asked for as the package was crafted.
- (Wyoming) Gordon Allocating $17 Million To Expand Coronavirus Testing, Response
- Gov. Mark Gordon announced that he is allocating $17 million in federal funding to expand coronavirus testing, improve contact tracing and add to the state’s supply of personal protective equipment.
- (California) COVID-19 Messed Up the State's Bottom Line and Budget Timeline: Now What?
- Newsom and the Legislature must still move forward because the state Constitution mandates lawmakers pass a balanced budget by June 15. However, what they pass next month will be far less complete than the standard budget.
- It's likely the Legislature will pass a continuation of the state's current budget and work on a revised budget for next fiscal year after the new July tax filing deadline.
- (Montana) Bullock discusses state budget status amid COVID-19 storm
- Gov. Steve Bullock on Wednesday described Montana’s fiscal condition as “historically strong” heading into the COVID-19 pandemic and said the state entered into Fiscal Year 2020 with an “unobligated” general fund ending balance of more than $360 million.
- Michigan Senate OKs $524 million in COVID-19 relief spending
- The $523.7 million budget bill includes a $3 an hour pay raise for direct care workers at nursing homes and other facilities, and up to $1,000 in bonus pay for local law enforcement officers, firefighters and paramedics
- (New Jersey) Murphy predicts massive $10B state revenue loss through next year
- New Jersey’s treasurer is predicting the state will face massive revenue losses over two fiscal years, including a crippling $7 billion loss next year, according to a new bond disclosure
- (California) Gov. Newsom To Propose Pay Cuts For State Workers
- California State Governor Newsom is planning to propose pay cuts for state workers by 10% starting July 1. As the state has announced a $54.3 billion budget deficit, this proposal comes before the operating budget is set to pass by June 15.
- Inslee orders freeze on hiring, contracts, eyes budget cuts as coronavirus slowdown hits Washington state revenue
- Washington state agencies will freeze most hiring, equipment purchases and personal service contracts as the coronavirus pandemic continues to takes a toll on state coffers.
- Penn State to allocate COVID-19 federal emergency aid grants to 25,000 students
- 25,000 Penn State students will receive cash grants of up to $1,000 each in an initial round of funding from the University’s share of the federal Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund.
- Readout from the Vice President’s Discussion with Higher Education Leaders
- The discussion contained Interim Guidance for Administrators of U.S. Institutions of Higher Education that was issued by President Trump and the CDC.
- Harvard Medical School's incoming students to learn remotely for start of 2020 fall semester
- Harvard Medical's incoming classes of medical, dental and graduate students will be taking their classes remotely to start the 2020 fall semester; and HMS-directed external education programs that would have been held on campus will also be held remotely to start the new semester.
- Boston College Agrees To Merge With Pine Manor College
- Students currently enrolled in Pine Manor College and those who planned to start in the fall will get to finish their studies for the next two years, and then the school will become the "Pine Manor Institute for Student Success at Boston College."
- (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.
- 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.
- Texas families in need to receive $285 per child for food
- P-EBT will provide a one-time benefit of $285 per child, which can be used in the same way as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) food benefits to pay for groceries
- 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.
- (Tennessee) Clarksville Transit System receives $5.3 million for COVID-19 response
- CTS will use the grant funds for operating, preventive maintenance and administrative expenses, which are necessary to maintain service during the COVID-19 public health emergency
- Ports laying groundwork for post-coronavirus business
- The path ahead will look very different, according to global seaport authorities as ports around the globe will have to change the way they do business in a post-pandemic world.
- (New York & New Jersey) PANYNJ, civic and business leaders urge Congress to allocate $3 billion in direct federal funds
- The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ), civic leaders and business leaders from across the region are requesting $3 billion in direct federal assistance to help offset the agency’s estimated revenue losses over the next 24 months due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- (Pennsylvania) New report highlights SEPTA’s economic value to the region and state
- SEPTA says its prepared to support recovery following its essential role during the COVID-19 crisis.
- (New York) Ride Health launches COVID-19- equipped transportation network for NYC metropolitan area
- The company’s cloud-based and mobile-first transportation coordination platform can arrange rides for patients in COVID-19-equipped vehicles.