GovWin SLED Coronavirus Recon
Published: June 24, 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.
- New York on track to contain coronavirus
- New York is one of three states on track to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus, a group tracking the virus across the U.S. said, and the state will use $65 million in federal coronavirus funding for child care providers to expand and comply with social distancing as nonessential employees return to work.
Funding & Economic Impact
- Cities warn of infrastructure spending cuts and more layoffs as coronavirus leaves holes in budgets
- More than 700 U.S. cities plan to delay or cancel infrastructure projects after their responses to the coronavirus outbreak left budgets with unplugged holes, according to a National League of Cities survey.
- (Maine) State helps towns and tribes qualify for COVID-19 disaster relief
- Maine plans to use $35 million of its coronavirus relief funds to help towns and tribes qualify for federal COVID-19 disaster relief.
- (Pennsylvania) Clarion Co. to receive $3.4 million in state COVID-19 funding
- COVID-19 relief funding is on the way for Clarion County.
- Clarion County Commissioners Wayne Brosius, Ted Tharan and Ed Heasley unanimously passed Resolution No. 11, authorizing the county’s application to the state Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) for the COVID-19 County Relief Block Grant.
- (California) Nevada County, cities to ask state for more funding, autonomy, in wake of COVID-19 spike
- As California’s statewide efforts to reopen while mitigating coronavirus concerns continue, Nevada County government entities will ask Gov. Gavin Newsom and state officials for continued local flexibility and additional funding to help further them along the road to recovery.
- (Arkansas) Path cleared to tap covid-19 rainy-day fund for crisis units
- Legislative leaders have signed off on Gov. Asa Hutchinson's request to tap the covid-19 rainy-day fund for about $2 million for the crisis stabilization unit programs in four counties in Arkansas.
- (Washington) COVID-19 Response Prompts Another $86.2M in Emergency Funding
- King County has approved a third round of emergency funding, including spending millions to support digital equity in K-12 schools, increase for food security, rental assistance, homeless services and a variety of measures to boost social programs.
- (California) Under Budget Deal, Gov. Newsom Has Power To Pull Funding From Counties That Disregard COVID-19 Rules
- The money comes from a pool of up to a billion dollars for social safety net programs.
- (South Carolina) S.C. Senate will spend $1.2B on COVID-19 relief
- $500 million will go to refill the state’s unemployment trust fund, and $225 million will be set aside for five additional school days to help students who missed in-class instruction last year.
- Over $200 million will be set aside to help colleges and local governments with COVID-19 expenses such as PPE and overtime.
- (Baltimore, Maryland) City to pay $38 million to suppliers of pandemic-related services
- Baltimore has spent $37.9 million on emergency materials, sanitary supplies, free meals and hotel rooms to combat the pandemic and the resulting high levels of unemployment.
- New Jersey towns fear COVID-19 will shrink property tax revenue, force public worker layoffs
- Despite skyrocketing unemployment and widespread economic pain, New Jersey’s property tax collections have not yet suffered a major blow from the coronavirus pandemic. But municipal officials are bracing for the hits still to come, they said Tuesday.
- (Minnesota) Governor Walz Announces Businesses Can Now Apply For $62M In COVID-19 Relief Funding
- Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) is now accepting applications for the $62.5 million Small Business Relief Grants Program for businesses impacted by COVID-19.
- (Pennsylvania) COVID-19 Relief Bill Aids Funding Student Educational Experience, Classroom Safety
- In the second round of funding under the federal COVID-10 relief bill, the University of Pittsburgh received $10.6 million which it has designated to support investments the University has been making in educational experiences and in the health and well-being of the Pitt community since the beginning of the pandemic.
- Survey Reveals Pandemic's Impact On College Students' Mental Health, Remote Learning, Families' Income
- Nearly 90 percent of respondents said they want to come back to campus when classes begin this fall. Also, 72.5 percent of respondents would like to get back to their universities even if the schools continue online instruction in the fall.
- Princeton faculty members receive grants for COVID-19 research from C3.ai Digital Transformation Institute
- The C3.ai Digital Transformation Institute has awarded $5.4 million to 26 projects to accelerate artificial intelligence research to mitigate COVID-19 and future pandemics.
- UConn eliminates four sports in COVID-19 related budget cuts
- The University of Connecticut decided to eliminate four athletic teams as it deals with an expected budget deficit driven by issues related to the coronavirus pandemic.
- (New Jersey) School district receives $682K?in federal, state COVID-19 relief funding
- Two grants totaling just over $682,000 were approved for use by the Jersey Shore Area School Board to help the district deal with issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- (Massachusetts) Union Says 2,000 State Educators Received Layoff Notices
- In 47 school districts where staff are represented by the Massachusetts Teachers Association, layoff and non-renewal notices were sent recently to more than 2,000 teachers and education support professionals, the union announced.
- (Illinois) State announces guidelines for schools to return to in-person instruction
- Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced on Tuesday guidelines that will allow K-12 schools, community colleges and higher education institutions to safely resume in-person instruction for the upcoming academic year.
- Utah Lawmakers Increase Funding to Reopen Schools in Fall
- With an eye on reopening public schools this fall, the Utah Legislature used a combination of federal CARES Act funds and money from the state's Rainy Day Fund -- and delayed some non-essential programs -- to give educators an increase to work with.
- Wisconsin School Districts Prepare For Fall Return; Wisconsin DHS Launches COVID-19 Activity Level Dashboard
- A dashboard comprised of maps and tables, launched by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, will be a helpful resource as school districts plan for the upcoming school year. The counties and regions on the dashboard are color-coded to indicate overall COVID-19 activity status. Plans to reopen have not yet been formally announced but the possibility of in-person and virtual learning is more than likely.
- Governor Hogan announces more than $45 million in education funding to help students affected by COVID-19
- Governor Larry Hogan has announced over $45 million in education funding for K-12 technology improvements, community college workforce development programs, and rural broadband initiatives.
- $10 million will go to K-12 Technology Funding; Community College Workforce Development Programs will receive $10 million; $10 million will go towards Competitive Innovation Grants, which will be awarded to educational institutions that present a unique or innovative approach to engage students, teachers, and school communities while working to address academic accessibility as a result of the pandemic; $10 million of the funding will go towards the Governor’s Office of Rural Broadband to construct a wireless education network for students’ use; the Maryland State Department of Education will also provide over $650,000 in grants to the Maryland School for the Blind and the Maryland School for the Deaf.
- Republicans propose $1.3B plan to help Michigan K-12 schools reopen
- Republicans who control the Michigan Legislature proposed a $1.3 billion plan to help K-12 schools reopen during the coronavirus pandemic, saying districts should have flexibility to start when they want and to offer remote instruction as an alternative if necessary.
- The one-time funding, including an $800 per-pupil increase to address new costs related to COVID-19, would come from $3 billion in federal relief. Teachers would get a $500 bonus.
- Arkansas Department of Education Commissioner issues update to COVID-19 guidance for schools
- According to the Arkansas Ready for Learning Re-engagement to Onsite Instruction document, students over the age of 10 are strongly recommended to wear a face covering while riding on the bus. It is also recommended that students under the age of 10 wear a face covering “where practical”, according to the document.
- Coronavirus: Indiana Launches Remote Learning Grant, Visa Order Harms Colleges, Industries
- Indiana schools will have access to a grant program aimed at improving remote learning. The $61.6 million for the state-run program comes from the federal CARES Act. The Holcomb administration said the money will be focused on three areas: adding more devices used for remote learning, closing gaps in internet connectivity and helping train teachers in remote instruction.
- Federal government promises help for rural healthcare providers
- As more COVID-19 patients flock to hospitals and doctor’s office, the federal government has agreed to finally release billions in money Congress authorized for medical providers back in March.
- The federal government is ending funding for coronavirus test sites in 5 states as Trump claims the US is testing too much
- The US federal government plans to stop funding and support for 13 coronavirus testing sites in five states on June 30.
- The 13 affected sites are located in Texas, Illinois, New Jersey, Colorado, and Pennsylvania.
- Texas Hits New COVID-19 Record as Feds Bail on Test Funding
- Texas has been reporting high numbers of new daily coronavirus cases amidst an end of funding for test sites in the state.
- Michigan hospitals shorted $130K per COVID-19 patient in federal aid
- A new report analyzing how federal coronavirus relief money was distributed shows stark disparities in which states got the biggest portions of $175 billion in aid from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
- Hospitals in the states hardest hit by the virus in March and April — New York, New Jersey, Michigan, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania — got the least amount of federal support per patient
- (Missouri) New funding could help local mental health clinics
- The Missouri Department of Mental Health announced that it will receive $2.3 million as part of FEMA's Crisis Counseling Program.
- The Race To Resupply Medical Stockpile For Second Coronavirus Wave
- The Trump administration and state governments, including Georgia, are racing to outpace COVID-19 as it seeks to replenish the country’s national medical and PPE supply.
- Swamped mental health and addiction services appeal for Covid bailout
- Mental health and addiction treatment centers and counselors have been overwhelmed with work during the coronavirus pandemic and economic crash. But many are struggling to stay afloat amid confusion and delays over the federal bailout for the health care industry.
- (New York) Governor Cuomo Announces $65 Million NY Forward Child Care Expansion Incentive
- Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that $65 million in federal CARES Act funding is available for child care providers statewide through the New York Forward Child Care Expansion Incentive program.
- USDA Approves South Carolina and Utah to Accept SNAP Benefits Online
- This approval will allow these states to expedite the implementation of online purchasing with currently authorized SNAP online retailers.
- Alabama cutting unemployment for workers who refuse to return to work
- As Alabama continues to fight through the coronavirus pandemic, the state now is dealing with workers who are refusing to return to their jobs.
- Ohio criminal justice agencies getting help during COVID-19 pandemic from state grant program
- Some local criminal justice agencies are getting help during the COVID-19 pandemic. Governor DeWine announced the first round of funding for the Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding Grant.
- DeWine said $2.1 million will be split between 65 Ohio criminal justice agencies including law enforcement, probation/parole offices, corrections agencies, courts, and victim service providers, several of which are in northeast Ohio.
- (North Carolina) State prisons start COVID-19 testing of all inmates
- The North Carolina Department of Public Safety said in a written statement that they have initiated plans to test all 31,000 offenders located in state correctional facilities for COVID-19. The testing is estimated to require at least 60 days to complete and is projected to cost approximately $3.3 million.
- New Jersey Transit may equip buses with UV lights to fight virus spread
- New Jersey Transit announced it will begin studying whether digitally mapping the interior of its buses to place virus-killing lights could help reduce the spread of COVID-19.
- US: Fearful commuters on trains, buses hold one key to US recovery
- As states gradually reopen, transit agencies are taking steps to coax back passengers who've been told for months to avoid just such tight quarters with strangers - an effort that will ultimately influence the economic recovery.
- Will regulators allow utilities to reap a windfall because of COVID-19?
- Most businesses are suffering a loss from the economic downturn caused by COVID-19. Less demand exists for products they sell. Those providing a continuous service, from apartment rentals to broadband subscriptions, have seen an uptick in nonpayment. Few of these businesses will be made whole — except, perhaps, for one industry: utilities.