GovWin SLED Weekly Coronavirus Recon
Published: July 10, 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.
Deltek will now be publishing the GovWin SLED Coronavirus Recon once a week.
Word on the Street
(What our Analysts are hearing from government)
- A manager at the Bureau of Professional Services, Division of Procurement in the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) informed Deltek that State furloughs in July 2020 created uncertainty in certain project solicitation dates.
- 'Epic failure': U.S. election officials warn of November chaos due to budget crunch
- A Michigan town wants machines to speed up counting of absentee ballots. In Ohio, officials want to equip polling places so voters and poll workers feel safe from the coronavirus. Georgia officials, rattled by a chaotic election last month, want to send voters forms so they can request absentee ballots more easily.
- States with severe coronavirus outbreaks should ‘seriously look at shutting down,’ Dr. Fauci says
- States with rapidly expanding coronavirus outbreaks should seriously consider “shutting down” like the country did when the virus first hit the U.S. in March, White House health advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci said.
- L.A. could reimpose stay-at-home order if coronavirus spike continues, mayor warns
- Los Angeles residents could again be ordered to stay home to stem the spread of the coronavirus should infections and hospitalizations continue to climb, Mayor Eric Garcetti warned.
- Colorado Unveils Coronavirus Modeling Tool For Public
- Gov. Jared Polis unveiled a coronavirus modeling tool that allows the public to input parameters such as age, a percentage of people wearing masks or social distancing to predict a COVID-19 infection rate.
- NASCIO cancels year-end conference, will replace with virtual sessions
- The National Association of State Chief Information Officers said it is calling off the annual conference it had planned to hold in October, and will instead host a series of virtual panels as the COVID-19 pandemic stretches on.
- (Maine) Governor extends coronavirus civil state of emergency another 30 days
- Gov. Janet Mills on Wednesday extended the state of civil emergency another 30 days due to the coronavirus outbreak. This is the fourth extension of the civil state of emergency, which now runs through Aug. 6.
Funding & Economic Impact
- (Hawaii) State Facing $2.3B In Lost Tax Revenue Due To Coronavirus Pandemic
- The projected shortfall is expected to force the state to consider cuts to the budget in the upcoming fiscal year.
- (Michigan) $300M in grants available to help first responders, local governments due to COVID-19
- State Treasurer Rachael Eubanks announced two new grant programs that will provide an overall total of $300 million to help first responders receive premium hazard pay and reimburse local governments for payroll costs incurred due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Funding for 37 Oregon projects killed by economic downturn from coronavirus pandemic
- A steep drop in lottery funds due to the COVID-19 crisis has killed the sale of $273 million in state bonds to pay for major projects in Oregon.
- Michigan small business restart program to provide $100M in grants for COVID-19 recovery efforts
- The Michigan Strategic Fund approved a $100 million program that will provide grants to small businesses around Michigan working to recover from the ongoing impacts of the COVID-19 virus, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation announced.
- (Minnesota) State distributes nearly $600 million of COVID-19 relief to local governments
- The Minnesota Department of Revenue and Minnesota Management on Budget announced that the state has distributed nearly $600 million in aid to local governments impacted by the coronavirus as part of the federal CARES Act.
- Sen. Schumer Pushing for Federal Funding for Municipalities Devastated by Coronavirus
- U.S. Senator Charles Schumer renewed his push for immediate, direct federal aid for state and local governments.
- (New York) $4.3 Million in Federal Funding to Support Local COVID-19 Planning and Response
- $4.3 million in federal funding is being made available to county emergency management agencies and the City of New York to support COVID-19 planning and operational readiness.
- (New Mexico) Bipartisan committee asks for probe of governor's COVID-19 spending
- Members of a bipartisan legislative panel have agreed to begin a legal probe into whether Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham overstepped her authority in unilaterally approving $30 million in state funds for use in New Mexico’s emergency response to COVID-19.
- Florida Matters: Budget Cuts And COVID-19
- Governor Ron DeSantis slashed a billion dollars from the state budget. And as the coronavirus pandemic drags on, future cuts are likely.
- Connecticut will soon have spent its $1.4B share of federal coronavirus aid and state leaders say more challenges lay ahead
- At some point next month, Gov. Ned Lamont’s administration expects to finish divvying up Connecticut’s $1.4 billion share of the Coronavirus Relief Fund [CRF] — Congress’ chief vehicle to provide direct pandemic relief to states and large cities. But with more than $760 million already committed, and outstanding needs far greater than the $640 million soon to be assigned, state officials could soon be facing much
- Illinois state revenues down $1.1 billion in last fiscal year
- Illinois revenues took a $1.1 billion hit during the just-concluded fiscal year, the result of the economic chaos caused by the COVID-19 virus.
- New York State Reopening Guidelines Require Higher Education Institutions to Develop Reopening Safety Plans
- Prior to reopening, all New York businesses and institutions, including those previously allowed to open as “essential,” must follow comprehensive, industry-specific reopening guidelines and rules.
- In addition to certain mandatory elements that must be followed, unlike other industry guidelines, rather than provide a template safety plan, the higher education guidelines require that institutions develop and then submit their own safety plan to NYDOH for approval.
- COVID-19: Why higher education in the US must embrace digital
- The shift to online learning has been devastating to many, it also marks an opportunity to address many of the inequities in higher education: increasing costs, greater debt, limited access and curriculum, and a failure to effectively utilize technology to benefit the modern student.
- (Missouri) Fall semester plans for universities during COVID-19
- With experts still worried of a second outbreak of the virus, most colleges are concluding all face-to-face classes by Thanksgiving. Most colleges will use online learning for the remainder of the semester, while other colleges have already moved their entire curriculum to online for the fall.
- Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine releases guidance for college campuses reopening amid coronavirus
- The guidance includes minimum operating standards that should occur on all campuses, in addition to best practices to further enhance those standards. These guidelines include the requirement for every campus to develop policies and procedures for COVID-19 testing and the isolation of symptomatic students, faculty, and staff members.
- Partially due to the costs associated with increased testing, DeWine said that he has requested that the Controlling Board of the General Assembly approve a request to allocate $200 million for higher education and $100 million for K-12 educational institutions.
- (Texas) Gov. Abbott announces emergency relief funding for state higher education
- Governor Greg Abbott announced that the State of Texas will invest $57 million in federal funds to maintain the state’s need-based financial aid programs and keep more students enrolled at their colleges and universities.
- (Georgia) State Budget Cuts $1.2 Billion From Education
- Georgia K-12 schools will lose nearly $1 billion and public colleges and universities $250 million under the budget approved by the state legislature and signed by Gov. Brian Kemp last week. But at least there will be no furloughs.
- Start Date For Arkansas School Delayed Due To Coronavirus Concerns
- Gov. Hutchinson announced Thursday that districts are to begin school the week of August 24 but no later than the 26th in response to the state handling the COVID-19 pandemic. Hutchinson said the reschedule comes after having a conversation with Secretary of Education Johnny Key and teachers.
- Hopkins launches K-12 school reopening policy tracker
- Johns Hopkins University researchers launched a new website that provides a range of tools dedicated to assessing and guiding K-12 school reopening plans across the United States, including a School Reopening Policy Tracker that provides real-time analysis of the latest guidance documents from every state.
- (Missouri) State Coronavirus Relief Funds to Address K-12 Education Challenges
- Missouri will use $55 million from the state’s Coronavirus Relief Fund to expand educational opportunities for students and address both the challenge of student internet connectivity and potential learning loss during extended school closures.
- (Connecticut) Lamont: in-person school depends on CT’s coronavirus status, as COVID numbers inch upward
- Connecticut’s Department of Education says that state COVID-19 data will guide the decision-making process on how K-12 students should learn this fall which is being cited as the cases ticked upward this week.
- Nesmith said his team is trying to get more laptops for students in these districts, in addition to the 60,000 secured through the now-disbanded Partnership for Connecticut cooperative between state officials and Dalio Philanthropies. He also said he’s trying to get money to resolve student connectivity issues.
- (Ohio) Coronavirus: DeWine announces updated guidance for K-12 school reopening
- DeWine also announced a new four-color Public Health Advisory Alert System for each Ohio county, based on several coronavirus indicators. The Governor stated there was a “strong consensus” from Ohio educators and parents “that our kids need to get back into the school buildings” citing the American Association of Pediatrics recommendation that the developmental risks to kids from missing school are greater than the risks of COVID.
- What California’s budget deal means for K-12 schools
- The final version of the budget signed by the governor reflects a compromise with state legislators who pushed back on the extent of proposed cutting. The state budget gives schools a short-term financial breather and enacts sweeping requirements for how schools will operate this fall. But it also heightens the stakes for potentially bigger, steeper cuts to schools in the long run.
- (Arizona) Start date, online learning issues a concern for K-12 schools
- The earliest schools will open in Arizona is August 17, but teachers and parents are skeptical on what education will look like in the fall. Gov. Ducey is offering federally funded “enrollment stability grants” to schools that help ensure they don’t lose money due to the COVID crisis. But an executive order that Ducey issued on June 24 stipulates that schools must be physically open for at least as many days per week as they were during the last school year in order to qualify for the grants.
- (Connecticut) Dept. of Education Releases Roadmap for Reopening K-12 Schools in the Fall
- The plan will allow all school districts in the state to deliver full-time, in-person classes and includes COVID-19 mitigation, containment, and monitoring strategies for districts to implement. The roadmap also includes contingency plans for class cancellation should Connecticut see a rise in COVID-19 cases.
- The plan features five operational considerations: co-horting, social distancing and facilities, transportation, face coverings, and ensuring equity and access to education.
- Maine Dept. of Education estimates it will cost $327 million to reopen K-12 schools
- According to Department of Education Commissioner Pender Makin, the cost includes things like personal protective equipment (PPE) and more buses to spread students out on the ride to school.
- It also includes the cost for substitute teachers, as she says up to 20% of teachers are estimated not to return to the school immediately in the fall.
- (Ohio) Gov. DeWine announces new relief funding plan for schools
- Ohio colleges and universities would receive $200 million to help them safely reopen for fall semester during the COVID-19 pandemic, while K-12 schools will receive $100 million, under a new funding plan state officials intend to submit to the Ohio Controlling Board.
- New Mexico vows to defend school funding amid virus plans
- Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham pushed back Thursday against threats by President Donald Trump to withhold federal funds if public schools don’t fully resume classroom studies under pending federal health guidelines.
- Missouri Gov. Parson announces $125 million in workforce, higher education spending
- $9.7 million is going to job training, $80 million is going to support for safe return to in-person instruction and campus life, and $23.6 million is going to the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund.
- Mississippi’s five largest hospitals are out of ICU beds
- Mississippi's five largest hospitals had no intensive care unit beds available for patients by midweek because of a surge in coronavirus cases, officials reported. Four more hospitals had 5% or less of those beds available.
- 56 Florida hospitals hit 100% ICU capacity as DeSantis defends refusal to release coronavirus data
- Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis defended the state's refusal to release coronavirus hospitalization data as dozens of hospitals in the state reported they had run out of space in their intensive care units amid a dramatic surge in infections.
- (New York) How a Long Island county automated its health system to fight coronavirus
- For Suffolk County CIO Scott Mastellon, COVID-19 forced his team to dive headlong into Robotic Process Automation to help nurses and public health officials save lives.
- Blumenthal calls for $20 billion in federal funding to help Connecticut’s nursing homes fight COVID-19
- Sen. Richard Blumenthal said the federal government has failed the elderly who have died in places like the Riverside Health & Rehabilitation Center in East Hartford and that Congress must approve $20 billion in emergency funding for long-term care facilities.
- HHS announces billion-dollar push toward experimental COVID-19 vaccine
- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced that it would invest $1.6 billion toward the commercial development of a COVID-19 investigational vaccine by the Maryland-based company Novavax. HHS also announced that it would provide $450 million to Regeneron to manufacture and supply the company's antiviral antibody treatment, REGN-COV2.
- (Missouri) Health Department scrambling to keep up with contact tracing
- The recent surge in case numbers has overwhelmed the departments contact tracers, and the department may have to change its goal to reaching out to patients within 48 hours instead of 24.
- (Arizona) Ducey announces efforts to expand COVID-19 testing through lab capacity and new sites
- Governor Ducey said the state would ramp up testing after weeks of insufficient testing during Arizona’s rampant spike in cases.
- Minnesota health officials offer ‘no-barriers’ COVID-19 testing across state for immigrants, uninsured
- The Minnesota Department of Health is organizing COVID-19 testing events across the state that offer residents a chance to be tested without worrying about immigration status or a lack of health insurance.
- Texas announces extension of emergency SNAP benefits amid COVID-19 pandemic
- Governor Abbott announced that the state will provide $182 million in emergency SNAP food benefits for the month of July.
- Republicans call on Tony Evers to use fed funds to speed payments to unemployed Wisconsinites
- Assembly Republicans called on Democratic Gov. Tony Evers to use some of the state’s remaining federal coronavirus relief dollars to provide immediate relief to the thousands of Wisconsinites waiting for state unemployment benefits.
- Pandemic gives Smart911 a boost in Arkansas
- Arkansas officials said the COVID-19 pandemic has spurred public interest in emergency operations, especially a newer service that arms first responders with additional information about callers before they arrive to the scene. Officials said the service, called Smart911, offers an additional degree of safety when responding to house calls involves potential exposure to a deadly virus.
- How COVID-19 in Jails and Prisons Threatens Nearby Communities
- While inmates mostly stay behind concrete walls and barbed wire, those barriers can’t contain an infectious disease like COVID-19. Not only can the virus be brought into jails and prisons, but it also can leave those facilities and spread widely into surrounding communities and beyond.
- Money for Florida’s Guardian Program cut from state budget
- Money for Florida’s Guardian Program has been cut from the state budget. $41 million in unused funds was cut from the program that pays law enforcement agencies to train armed school staff or volunteers to act during a shooting.
- (New York) MTA's Transit Tech Lab asks startups for COVID-19 technology ideas
- The Metropolitan Transit Authority asked startups to contribute technology solutions to fight the spread of the coronavirus on New York City’s public transit, ranging from robots that automatically clean subway car interiors to thermal monitoring systems for passengers hopping onboard.
- (California) OCTA receives $160 million in federal CARES Act funding
- The Orange County Transportation Authority has been awarded a $160.4 million grant from the Federal Transit Administration to help continue providing safe and reliable public transit services during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
- (Washington) With coronavirus and car-tab hits, Seattle pitches scaled-back tax for bus funding
- Seattle voters will likely be asked to renew a sales tax for bus service this fall, but a combination of financial blows will mean less money for service than before the coronavirus pandemic.
- (Missouri) Lawmakers challenge Bi-State on COVID-19, security before funding agency for next year
- St. Louis County lawmakers raised concerns Tuesday about Bi-State Development Agency's response to COVID-19 and security on MetroLink as the agency requests millions from local governments for its next annual budget.
- As COVID-19 surges, federal regulators worry about energy sector supply chain
- The U.S. electric grid has held up reliably during the pandemic. But if the economic shutdown stretches on, regulators are worried about potential supply chain and reliability issues.