GovWin SLED Weekly Coronavirus Recon

Published: July 24, 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

Higher Education

  • (Illinois) With Hopes Of Safe Reopening, Some Schools Launch Widespread COVID-19 Testing
    • At the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, large white tents, with signs reading “Walk-Up COVID-19 Testing,” have been popping up across campus. The school plans to offer free tests to the 50,000 students expected to return in August, and roughly 11,000 faculty and staff.
  • (Indiana) Pence to talk about reopening colleges during pandemic in visit to Indianapolis Friday
    • The White House has been urging both K-12 and higher education institutions to reopen for in-person instruction, with President Donald Trump going so far as to call for the withholding of federal funds for those that don’t reopen.
    • Purdue University President Mitch Daniels was an early advocate for bringing students back to college campuses and has pushed forward with plans to return 40,000 students to West Lafayette. Purdue has made a negative test mandatory to attend classes or move into a residence hall. Along the same lines, Indiana University will require all on-campus students to be tested.
  • Governor Abbott announces Additional $118 million in funding to Support Texas Higher Education
    • The funding announced follows the $57 million that the Governor and legislative leaders recently allocated to offset potential cuts to financial aid programs. this combined investment to post-secondary students and institutions, totaling $175 million, comes from the GEER Fund from the CARES Act.
  • (Washington) WSU announces it will move classes online for fall due to coronavirus
    • Sandra Haynes, Chancellor at WSU Tri-Cities, says that all campuses in the WSU system are moving to distance delivery and are in the company of other institutions of higher education across the nation who are doing the same.
  • Gov. Justice hosts West Virginia’s college and university presidents for virtual meeting to discuss reopening plans
    • Gov. Jim Justice held a virtual meeting with all 27 of West Virginia’s public and private college and university presidents to discuss reopening plans for the fall semester and how to ensure the safety of West Virginia’s students, teachers, faculty members, and communities amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
    • During the meeting, Gov. Justice renewed his calls for all students coming into West Virginia from out-of-state to be tested upon their return. The Governor also advocated for individuals on campuses to wear face coverings to the greatest extent possible and pledged to provide colleges and universities with any additional support they may need to facilitate a safe return.

K-12 Education

Health Care

Social Services 

  • Louisiana Unemployment Claims Continue Summer COVID Climb
    • Unemployment claims remain on a steady rise in Louisiana throughout the summer. Although the numbers have subsided since the spring, there has been an 18% jump in applications seen in the past week. As of July 11, continuous unemployment claims were paid out to 15.3% of the state’s eligible workforce.

Justice/Public Safety

  • Federal judge orders California prisons to set aside COVID-19 quarantine space
    • Amid concerns over the spread of the coronavirus, a federal judge has now ordered the state to set aside space for isolation and quarantine in its prisons.
    • The order is the latest result of a long string of court motions filed by prison reform advocates in recent months that have criticized the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation for its handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

Transportation

Public Utilities