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President Trump and the Coronavirus Task Force Update Americans on Response Efforts

Office of Public Liaison

April 15, 2020 – Amanda Robbins, Associate Director

President Trump continues to mobilize supplies to the frontlines to protect our healthcare workers and combat the coronavirus.

·       Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) deliveries coordinated or currently being shipped by FEMA and HHS:

o   38.2 million N95 respirators

o   32.6 million surgical masks

o   5.5 million face shields

o   4.7 million surgical gowns

o   30.3 million gloves 

o   212,000 coveralls

o   8,600 medical station beds

·       Ventilators provided or shipped so far from the Strategic National Stockpile and the Department of Defense:

o   More than 10,800 nationwide

o   4,400 to New York

o   1,558 to New Jersey

o   700 to Michigan

o   600 to Illinois

o   470 to Maryland

o   400 to Louisiana

·       FEMA launched Project Air Bridge to expedite imports of critical PPEs.

o   More than 40 Air Bridge flights have taken place as of April 14.

·       28 million tablets of Hydroxychloroquine have been shipped across the country from the Strategic National Stockpile.

COVID-19 Faith Community Resources

·       COVID-19 Recommended Preventive Practices and FAQs for Faith-based and Community Leaders

·       Considering Faith, Community, and Mental Health During the COVID-19 Crisis (Attached)

The Paycheck Protection Plan

The Paycheck Protection Program prioritizes millions of Americans employed by small businesses and eligible nonprofits by authorizing up to $349 billion toward job retention and certain other expenses. Last week, the Administration issued a FAQ Regarding Participation of Faith-Based Organizations in PPP and EIDL, which clarifies how the affiliation provision impacts faith-based entities. For more information and updates, visit Treasury.gov/CARES and SBA.gov/PayCheckProtection.

·        Paycheck Protection Program Loans: Frequently Asked Questions (Updated 4/14)

·        Top-line overview of the paycheck protection loan program 

·        More information for borrowers

·        Borrower Application Form – Updated 4/2

·        Interim Final Rule

·        Interim Final Rule on Affiliation

·        Applicable Affiliation Rules

·        Find an eligible lender

·        Lender Assistance Hotline: (833) 572-0502

For more information and updates, visit Treasury.gov/CARES and SBA.gov/PayCheckProtection.

Assistance for American Workers and Families

·       Assistance for American Workers and Families

·       Preserving Jobs for American Industry

How to Help – If you or your organization are interested in helping the effort to combat the spread of COVID-19, FEMA has established a website (www.fema.gov/coronavirus/how-to-help) with more information. Examples for the private sector include:

  • To sell medical supplies or equipment to the federal government, please submit a price quote under the COVID-19 PPE and Medical Supplies Request for Quotation. Full details can be found in the solicitation (Notice ID 70FA2020R00000011)
    • This solicitation requires registration with the System for Award Management (SAM) in order to be considered for award, pursuant to applicable regulations and guidelines.  Registration information can be found at www.sam.gov.  Registration must be “ACTIVE” at the time of award.
  • If you have medical supplies or equipment to donate, please provide us details on what you are offering.
  • If you are a hospital or healthcare provider in need of medical supplies, please contact your state, local, tribal or territory department of public health and/or emergency management agency.
  • If you are interested in doing business with FEMA and supporting the response to COVID- 19 with your company’s non-medical goods and/or services, please submit your inquiry to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Procurement Action Innovative Response Team (PAIR) team at DHSIndustryLiaison@hq.dhs.gov.
  • For all other issues and concerns not related to offering products, services, or donations, please e-mail nbeoc@max.gov.

For additional information please visit FEMA’s website: https://www.fema.gov/coronavirus/.

30 Days to Slow the Spread

President Trump announced updated guidelines to continue slowing the spread of Coronavirus in America. This 30-day window will be crucial: If every American does his or her part, the latest model suggests we could save 1 million or more U.S. lives. Please click here for more information: 30 Days to Slow the Spread (Español)

If you are a healthcare worker and would like to volunteer to assist in New York City, please find more information here.

The Administration for Children and Families to Release Funding to Support the Child Care and Development Block Grant (HERE)

“President Trump has secured more than $6 billion in funding to help meet the needs of America’s most vulnerable during this time of crisis, including those who need assistance affording child care,” said HHS Secretary Alex Azar. “As part of the President’s all-of-America approach to combating the coronavirus, ACF is providing extra support for human services that Americans—including healthcare workers, first responders, and other essential workers—may rely on even more in this time of crisis.”

FEMA Announces Funding Notice for Emergency Management Performance Grant Supplemental Allocation (HERE)

The Department of Homeland Security and FEMA are announcing the funding notice for an additional $100 million in supplemental Emergency Management Performance Grant Program funds. The money is available to all 50 states and six territories as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. All applications must be submitted by April 28.

EPA Continues Efforts to Increase the Availability of Disinfectant Products for Use Against the Novel Coronavirus (HERE)

“There is no higher priority for the Trump Administration than protecting the health and safety of Americans,” said Assistant Administrator for the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention Alexandra Dapolito Dunn. “EPA recognizes the important role the agency plays in protecting public health and the environment and ensuring that Americans continue to have access to effective and approved disinfectants that can help combat the spread of COVID-19. The flexibilities that we are providing in today’s temporary policy change will help ensure Americans have access to the products they need to protect their families during this public health emergency.”

IRS, Security Summit Partners Warn Tax Professionals on Scams, Urge Additional Security Measures to Protect Taxpayer Data (HERE)

The IRS, state tax agencies and the nation’s tax industry continue to see an upswing in data thefts from tax professionals as cybercriminals try to take advantage of COVID-19 and Economic Impact Payments to create new scams.

Federal Banking Agencies to Defer Appraisals and Evaluations for Real Estate Transactions Affected by COVID-19 (HERE)

The federal banking agencies today issued an interim final rule to temporarily defer real estate-related appraisals and evaluations under the agencies’ interagency appraisal regulations. The Federal Reserve Board, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency are providing this temporary relief to allow regulated institutions to extend financing to creditworthy households and businesses quickly in the wake of the national emergency declared in connection with COVID-19.

For the most up-to-date information, please see the CDC’s website: www.coronavirus.gov.

Lastly, we have attached a document on Considering Faith, Community, and Mental Health During the COVID-19 Crisis. The document is attached as a pdf and you can share the document HERE.

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