COVID-19 Update 05 May, 2020

COVID-19 Update 05 May, 2020

Federal 

Lawmakers attempt to improve on CARES Act upon return to Capitol Hill

  • Many businesses that received PPP loans are having difficulty rehiring workers in time as was stipulated in the CARES Act.
  • Senator Schumer failed to pass legislation today that would provide new transparency and oversight of the PPP, EIDL, and debt relief programs. Included in the legislation was a requirement for daily reports evaluating whether the Administration’s implementation of the funds effectively reached underserved and underbanked borrowers. 

 White House Coronavirus Task Force To Wind Down

  • The White House has said that the Covid-19 taskforce will wind down around Memorial Day (May 25th). Doctor Birx and Doctor Anthony Fauci will continue to stay involved. 

U.S. Chamber Of Commerce: Businesses Are Worried About Getting Sued As They Reopen

  • The U.S.  Chamber of Commerce has said that businesses are worried about being sued as states begin the reopening process. Senator McConnell is pushing liability protections in any new coronavirus aid measure.
  • McConnell’s proposal would make it difficult for workers to ensure that they were in safe working environments because they would not be allowed to sue.

Upcoming Webinars: 

May 7th, 9:00 am- 10:00 am Greater Philadelphia Philanthropy Network: Arts & Culture Funders: COVID-19, Government Budget Cuts, & the Impact on the Arts

  • Please join Philanthropy Network’s Arts and Culture Funders for an update on government budget cuts at the regional, state, and federal levels. This is also a chance for funders to continue the conversation about how to support the arts community as it moves to reimagine its future.

May 6th, 1:00 pm-2:30 pm Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania: COVID 19: Immediate and Longer Term Strategies to Mitigate the Impact on Tenants and Landlords

  • Third-party mediation is a model that has shown promising results in aiding the landlord and tenant to make alternative arrangements when rental situations go awry.  Join us as we highlight new models in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh that can be replicated in any community and that has been adapted to meet social distancing requirements. In addition, we will talk about the role landlords can play to ensure housing is foundational to the Pennsylvania recovery strategy.

May 12th, 11:00-12:30 pm Association of Fundraising Professionals:  Community Coffee Conversations series on Crisis Communications

  • On May 12, join Sylvia Bastani, CFRE, CPC, VP of Advancement and Strategic Partnerships, Girard College, and Chris Polito, Corporate VP, CCS Fundraising, for the next session in the Community Coffee Conversations series as they discuss Crisis Communications.

May 18th, 2:00-3:30 Brooking Institute: Health insurance auto-enrollment 

  • Auto-enrollment is a method by which individuals are placed automatically into the health insurance coverage they are qualified for, and it has received support across the political spectrum.
  • On May 18, the USC-Brookings Schaeffer Initiative for Health Policy, in partnership with the American Enterprise Institute, will host a webinar discussing pathways to auto-enrollment that can help expand health insurance coverage. These strategies are likely to be even more necessary as the ranks of the uninsured increase as the economy contracts.

State 

COVID-19: 50,957 cases in Pennsylvania and 2,458 deaths.

Why some small businesses didn’t stand a chance at getting relief from Pa.’s $61 million loan program 

  • In March, the state launched the $61 million Covid-19 Working Capital Loan program that ran out in six days. 
  • To apply, businesses have to go through their local economic development nonprofits that are not evenly distributed in the state. Montgomery County doesn’t have one at all. This resulted in only three of the nearly 900 applications the state received coming from Montgomery county. 
  • The program did not distinguish between businesses in different parts of the state, or give priority to those hurt the most by the crisis. For example, organizations in Philadelphia and Luzerne Counties say they submitted roughly about 75 applications each, even though Philadelphia’s population is almost five times bigger.
  • House Democrats have tried to refund the program but were unsuccessful.

Top Pa. health official says state won’t supply masks, other protective equipment to hospitals that resume elective surgeries

  • The state has told hospitals it will not provide them with masks and PPE if they resume elective surgeries. The state is shifting its priority to nursing homes where most of Pennsylvania’s COVID-19 deaths have occurred.
  • If you’re doing elective procedures, we’re not giving you any more PPE,” Secretary Levine said. “If you have enough PPE to do important but not emergency procedures, then we’re not going to be pushing out PPE to that hospital.”

Bills filed related to COVID-19

HB2488 Rep Greg Rothman (R)

  • Waiver for Licensed Health Care Practitioners

HB2494 Rep. Brett Miller (R)

  • in child protective services, further providing for employees having contact with children and adoptive and foster parents.

City 

COVID-19 update: 16,410 positive cases and 743 deaths. 38,316 tests have been completed in Philly.

City health commissioner takes issue with mandatory testing

  • Mandatory testing for coronavirus infection in the Black community could prove to be counterproductive, the city’s health commissioner, Dr. Thomas Farley, said Tuesday.  Most importantly he said the city does not have enough tests. 
  • The city now recommends coronavirus testing for anyone, regardless of age, who has a new cough, is experiencing new shortness of breath, or has two of the following symptoms: fever, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, headache, new loss of taste or smell.

Philly spends $5 million on coronavirus surge hospital that admitted 14 patients

  • Since its opening, the Liacouras Center has admitted 14 patients since it opened. The total cost will be $5.2 million by the end of May. The city expects to be reimbursed in large part for the upfront expenses by the federal government.
  • Many hospitals and nursing homes in Philadelphia said they struggled to understand the description of which patients Liacouras was supposed to admit.   
  • Hospitals could have also been reluctant to send patients elsewhere for financial reasons. 

Philly still needs to at least double its coronavirus testing capacity, officials say

  •  The city currently tests between 1,500 and 2,000 people per day. Health commissioner Farley has said that he wants Philadelphia to test 5,000 to 10,000 people per day.   

Philadelphia announces new programs for students 

  • On Tuesday, Mayor Jim Kenney announced Philadelphia students now have more than 100 out-of-school-time or “OST” programs to utilize.

After Decades of Work, Scientists Have Mapped the Entire Surface of the Moon for the First Time

VIA The Good News Network – Have you ever wondered what kind of rocks make up those bright and dark splotches on the moon? Well, scientists have just released a new authoritative map to help explain the 4.5-billion-year-old history of our nearest neighbor in space.

For the first time, the entire lunar surface has been completely mapped and uniformly classified by scientists from the United States Geological Survey (USGS) in collaboration with NASA and the Lunar Planetary Institute.

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