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Update on Administration COVID-19 Efforts

Office of Public Liaison

April 22, 2020 – Amanda Robbins, Associate Director

Click here to read the Highlights in PDF form.

COVID-19 Faith Community Resources

Update on the Paycheck Protection Plan (PPP)

The Paycheck Protection Program has already processed nearly $350 billion in loans to 1.6 million small businesses, non-profits and houses of worship. Through the Paycheck Protection Program, the Administration has already processed nearly $350 billion to 1.6 million small businesses across the nation to keep American workers on the payroll.

President Trump is committed to ensuring small businesses have the support they need during this challenging time and is working with Congress to secure additional funding for the critical Paycheck Protection Program.

PRESIDENT TRUMP ON 4/20/20: “My administration continues to press Congress to replenish the enormously successful Paycheck Protection Program, which has impacted 30 million American jobs. We hope to have an agreement very soon.”

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 ( 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 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 or someone you know represent 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
  • If you would like to meet with a federal agency regarding a vaccine, diagnostic, therapeutic or other medical device that you are developing for SARS-CoV-2 or COVID-19, please go to
  • For all other issues and concerns not related to offering products, services, or donations, please email

For additional information please visit FEMA’s website:

Guidelines for Opening Up America Again

President Trump has unveiled Guidelines for Opening Up America Again, a three-phased approach based on the advice of public health experts. These steps will help state and local officials when reopening their economies, getting people back to work, and continuing to protect American lives. Please click here for more information: Guidelines for Opening Up America Again

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.

White House COVID-19 Updates

  • With Excess National Supply, Exchanges Will Allow U.S. Hospitals to Continue Meeting Ventilator Demand (HERE)
  • Memorandum on Providing Continued Federal Support for Governors’ Use of the National Guard to Respond to COVID-19 and to Facilitate Economic Recovery (HERE)
  • Message from Robert O’Brien: President Trump Made Courageous Decisions to Fight Coronavirus (VIDEO)
  • Message from Robert O’Brien: President Trump’s Strong Leadership During Coronavirus (VIDEO)
  • Message from Robert O’Brien: Project Airbridge Delivers Protective Equipment Across America (VIDEO)

HHS Announces Nearly $1 Billion in CARES Act Grants to Support Older Adults and People with Disabilities in the Community During the COVID-19 Emergency (HERE)

  • The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is announcing $955 million in grants from the Administration for Community Living (ACL) to help meet the needs of older adults and people with disabilities as communities implement measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The grants will fund home-delivered meals; care services in the home; respite care and other support to families and caregivers; information about and referral to supports; and more.

Coronavirus Update: FDA Authorizes First Test for Patient At-Home Sample Collection (HERE)

  • The U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorized the first diagnostic test with a home collection option for COVID-19. Specifically, the FDA re-issued the emergency use authorization (EUA) for the Laboratory Corporation of America (LabCorp) COVID-19 RT-PCR Test to permit testing of samples self-collected by patients at home using LabCorp’s Pixel by LabCorp COVID-19 Test home collection kit.

FDA Provides Flexibility to the Food Industry to Support Food Supply Chain and Meet Consumer Demand During COVID-19 (HERE)

  • The FDA has issued temporary guidance that provides flexibility to various segments of the food industry—restaurants, food manufacturers, producers and retail establishments—to help support the food supply chain and meet consumer demand in this time of crisis.
    • FDA Daily Round Up – April 20 (HERE)

Kentucky, Missouri, and Texas Added to Innovative SNAP Online Pilot Program (HERE)

  • U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced approval of requests from Kentucky, Missouri, and Texas to provide online purchasing of food to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) households. This announcement further demonstrates President Trump’s whole of America approach to fighting the coronavirus pandemic by ensuring those affected are fed.

Secretary DeVos Delivers $6 Billion in Additional Grant Funding to Support Continued Education at America’s Colleges, Universities (HERE)

  • After quickly making available more than $6 billion for colleges and universities to provide direct emergency cash grants to students, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced today an additional $6.2 billion is now available to higher education institutions to ensure learning continues. The funding is available through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, signed into law by President Donald J. Trump less than one month ago.

U.S. Department of Labor Ends Temporary Non-Enforcement of Paid Leave Protections to Help American Workers During Coronavirus Pandemic (HERE)

  • The U.S. Department of Labor announced today the end of the temporary period of non-enforcement of paid leave protections under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).

DOD Details $133 Million Defense Production Act Title 3 COVID-19 Project (HERE)

  • As previously announced, the Department of Defense will invest $133 million to increase U.S. domestic N95 mask production by over 39 million over the next 90 days.

Hospital Ship USNS Comfort Admits New Jersey Patients (HERE)

  • The Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Comfort has begun admitting patients from hospitals in New Jersey in an effort to expand its support of the nation’s COVID-19 response efforts.

VA’s Telehealth System Grows as Veterans Have Access to Unlimited Data While Using VA Video Connect (HERE)

  • The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) announced, Veterans using VA Video Connect on their TracFone mobile phones through the T-Mobile network, will no longer pay for data while using video telehealth technology to connect and meet with their VA health care teams.

Expert U.S. Panel Develops NIH Treatment Guidelines for COVID-19 (HERE)

  • A panel of U.S. physicians, statisticians, and other experts has developed treatment guidelines for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). These guidelines, intended for healthcare providers, are based on published and preliminary data and the clinical expertise of the panelists, many of whom are frontline clinicians caring for patients during the rapidly evolving pandemic.

Photos of Whole-of-America COVID-19 Response (HERE)

  • FEMA continues to expedite movement of commercially pre-sourced and commercially procured critical supplies from the global market to medical distributors in various locations across the U.S. through Project Airbridge.

FEMA Approves $4.9 Million for Breathing Machines in Pennsylvania (HERE)

  • The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania will receive $4,999,500.00 from FEMA to include costs associated with the purchase of BiPAP machines to assist those having difficulty breathing as a result of exposure to the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19.

FEMA Programs Helping People from Coast to Coast (HERE)

  • As part of the whole-of-America response to the COVID-19 pandemic, FEMA is working to help disaster survivors, the homeless, and state, local, tribal and territorial governments across the country.

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