COVID-19 Updates 12 May 2020
- The House Democrats are planning to vote on a $3 trillion package to respond to the Covid-19 crisis. President Donald Trump and Senate Republicans also object to the Democratic proposal, saying there hasn’t been enough time since the $2 trillion CARES Act passed to determine whether new legislation is needed or necessary.
- The Legislation stands at 1,815-pages and supports a wide range of policy priorities including $875 billion for cash for state and local governments, $75 billion to ramp up coronavirus testing and contact tracing, $75 billion for mortgage relief and $100 billion in assistance for renters, $25 billion for the U.S. Postal Service and $3.6 billion to shore up elections.
- The legislation also includes $75 billion for mortgage relief and $100 billion in assistance for renters, $25 billion for the U.S. Postal Service and $3.6 billion to shore up elections. It also includes another round of direct payments to individuals and families worth up to $1,200 per person.
- Senate Republicans have said that the bill is more of a wishlist and has no chance of passing.
- A 90 page summary of the bill can be found here.
- Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, testified to the Senate health committee today that states that open up to early will see “little spikes that turn into outbreaks.”
- Fauci said there are multiple potential vaccines in development and that he hopes the administration will have some idea whether they work by late fall, early winter.
- Dr. Robert Fedfield the FDA chair talked about contact tracing, and about how his organization is working with local officials to build up the capacity to conduct tracing.
- The National Alliance to End Homelessness and the National Health Care for the Homeless Council have developed the COVID-19 Online Learning Series. This online course curriculum is designed to provide training and materials to aid in community responses to COVID-19 among people experiencing homelessness and can support broader CoC homeless response.
- The COVID-19 Online Learning Series courses are available free of charge for the first 2,500 users, courtesy of the Kaiser Permanente National Community Benefit Fund at the East Bay Community Foundation. Once 2,500 spaces have been filled, these courses will remain available at a fee.
- They also have provided breakdowns on ESG and CDBG from the CARES Act.
- The State announced today that all residents and staff at long term living facilities would be screened for the novel coronavirus.
- Health Secretary Rachel Levine said that the plan would be to test all residents, staff, and clients once a week by using the state’s laboratory in Chester County, although Gov. Tom Wolf told reporters earlier in the day that private test capacity might still need to be leveraged.
- Today the Senate passed the Caring for Those Who Care for Us bill that provided $507 million from the federal CARES Act Funding for long term care. Specifically, the bill would provide:
- Nursing homes – $245 million, Personal assistance services $140 million, Community HealthChoices managed care organizations – $50 million, Assisted living centers and personal care homes – $50 million, Adult day services – $13 million, LIFE (Living Independence for the Elderly) providers – $8 million and Residential habilitation – $1 million
- The bill now moved to the house.
Bills Introduced Related to COVID-19
HB2495 Rep. Dan Miller (D)
- An act providing for COVID-19 large employer emergency paid sick leave.
HB 2507 Rep. Joe Ciresi (D)
- Act providing for loan deferrals, repayment plans and loan modifications by certain financial institutions for nonprofits during the COVID-19 disaster emergency.
HB2510 Rep. Mike Turazi (R)
- An Act providing for regional response health collaborations to promote health in facilities by supporting COVID-19 readiness and response and improving the quality of infection prevention.
HB2514 Rep. Tim Briggs (D)
- Amends Title 12 (Commerce and Trade), in small business first, further providing for definitions and for funds and accounts.
- Using an interactive model developed by the New York Times, Drexel’s Urban Health Collaborative estimated how many hospitalizations and deaths were prevented in 30 big cities, including Philadelphia, where stay-home orders took effect March 23.
- The researchers found that they avoided 57,000 hospitalizations and 6,200 since it shut down 45 days ago. If the city stays shut down until May 22nd, 68,000 hospitalizations will be prevented and 7,100 lives will be saved.
- Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf’s reopening plan also requires a low level of new infections (50 per 100,000 inhabitants over 14 days). Philadelphia, at the moment, is nowhere near that threshold. Today we reported 224 new confirmed cases.
- SEPTA wants to move forward with a plan to provide a free transfer with every trip and offer $1 fares for children starting July 1.
- The free transfers are available to SEPTA Key users and $1 fares are valid for up to three children between the ages of five and 11 traveling with a fare-paying adult. Up to three children under five-years-old can ride for free.
- SEPTA also joined a coalition of transportation agencies and unions to call on the federal government to provide another round of $33 billion in federal relief.
Good News of the Day
Via The Good News Network – Food Network star, Chef, and lifetime restaurateur, Guy Fieri has raised more than $22 million to help restaurant employees that have been unable to work during the COVID-19 shutdowns across the country.
Fieri has created the Restaurant Employee Relief Fund, into which has poured large donations from the heaviest-hitting CEOs involved in the restaurant business like Pepsi, Coke, and Uber Eats.