COVID-19 Updates 04/17/20202

COVID-19 Updates 04/17/20202

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White House Issues Guidelines for reopening the economy: 

    • Trump’s plan includes three phases. 
    • Phase one: Phase one: Restaurants, movie theaters, sporting venues, places of worship and gyms can reopen if they observe strict social distancing. Elective surgeries can resume when appropriate on an outpatient basis.


  • Phase two: Schools and organized youth activities like camps can reopen. Nonessential travel can resume, and people can start circulating in parks, outdoor recreational areas, and shopping centers while avoiding gatherings of more than 50 individuals unless unspecified precautionary measures are taken. Restaurants, movie theaters, and other large venues can operate under moderate social distancing rules.


  • Phase three: Vulnerable individuals can resume public interactions but practice social distancing. Employers can resume unrestricted staffing of workplaces
  • Administration officials said there was no set timeline for any of the steps to start, leaving the responsibility to governors to schedule when their states’ residents can return to restaurants, gyms, and offices. The president told governors in a call Thursday they could call their own shots in reopening their states. 
Schumer, Senate Democrats demand small business loan data
  • Senate Democrats asked for a clearer breakdown of where and to whom the first round of PPP loans went. They also asked for the volume of loans disbursed to large restaurant chain operators that can receive loans even if they exceed the program’s 500-employee limit
  • The SBA provided a loose breakdown of where the funds went by state, industry and loan type. About 4 percent of the approved loans were for $1 million or more. Those loans in total — about $152.4 billion — represented 44.5 percent of all the money approved under the program.
  •  69,527 loans were approved in Pennsylvania totaling $15,697,648,689

Grant Opportunities and Upcoming webinars 

Second Round of Grant Applications for Verizon Small Business 

  • An investment of $2.5 million from Verizon is making it possible for LISC to begin offering critical relief and resiliency-building support to small businesses facing immediate financial threat because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding will go to make grants of up to $10,000, especially to entrepreneurs of color, women-owned businesses and other enterprises in historically under-served places who don’t have access to flexible, affordable capital.  
  • Sign up here for details on when the second round of funding will be available.

National Alliance to End Homelessness: COVID-19 Webinar Series: Federal Funding to Address Homelessness and COVID-19: Ask the Experts

    • The CARES Act provided important new financial resources for addressing homelessness, both through grants to communities’ homelessness systems and through direct payments to most low-income individuals and families. This webinar will provide details about what new money is available and how to access it. It will also update listeners on the prospects for additional resources in upcoming legislation. Experts in federal policy, including the Alliance’s own Vice President for Programs & Policy, Steve Berg, will be on the call to answer all your questions!


  • Date April 23rd 3:00


Pittsburgh Foundation Webinar series for nonprofits 

    • The Pittsburgh Foundation has been conducting webinars every day for the past three weeks to help nonprofit organizations navigate COVID-19. Past topics include: Cash Flow and Strategic considerations to enable recovery and Telehealth. 


  • Upcoming webinars include: Pressing legal issues in a COVID Environment and Insurance, and COVID: What Nonprofits Need to Know. 

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COVID update: 30,000 people have tested positive for COVID-19 and  756 people have died after getting the virus.

Coronavirus testing capacity slowing reopening in Philly and across Pennsylvania

  • Gov. Wolf outlined a broad plan today to reopen parts of the economy by region but said that without more testing, reopening the state would be much more difficult. 
  • He did not provide a specific timeline for reopening the state, and he did not provide benchmarks on which he would base that decision.
  • Gov. Wolf plans on vetoing bills that were passed this week by Republicans to reopen the economy. 
  • Health Secretary Levine that the state is struggling with finding enough tests to meet demands. 


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COVID-19 update: Philadelphia has 8,562 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 298 deaths. 

Mayor Kenney talks about when Philly will reopen 

  • After Gov. Wolf announced today, Mayor Kenney told reporters that any conversation about reopening businesses would need to come after a significant improvement in “testing, tracking and quarantine.”
  • Philadelphia Public Health Commissioner Thomas Farley said that Philadelphia is also facing a shortage of tests because of a lack of swabs needed for testing.
  • In addition, he said that there are still too many cases for the city to implement contact tracing. 

Black doctors consortium takes COVID-19 testing into their own hands

  • A group in Philadelphia called Black Doctors COVID-19 Consortium was started by Pediatric surgeon Ala Stanford who felt that the medical community was not doing enough to educate and go into black communities. 
  • Dr. Stanford and her small team have started making house calls to patients and she hopes to be able to test around 200 people per day. 
  • A GoFundMe the Black Doctors COVID-19 Consortium set up has raised more than $2,200 of its $50,000 goal as of Thursday night. 

Good News of the Day

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Starbuck Foundation donates coffee and care packages to the Philadelphia Police Department 

  • As a way to thank the Philadelphia police, Starbucks and Operation Gratitude donated food and coffee to over 6,800 police officers. 

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